If you are researching protein bars, it can be a challenge. I recently went on the search for a protein bar that would help satisfy my hunger. My goal was to have them on hand so I could eat something healthier than my usual chocolate bar. (Did I mention that I’m a chocoholic?)
Find a bar that is nutritious
Protein bars should have nutrition value. Look for bars with a minimum of 10 grams of protein. When the bar has at least 10 grams of protein it will help to satisfy hunger.
Protein is good for the body. It helps to repair and build tissues. It’s good for your skin, bones, blood and muscles.
Make sure you look at the calories
I was surprised to see that the range of calories in a protein bar can vary from 90 to as much as 400 calories, depending upon the brand and added ingredients. If you want a quick snack between meals, go for a bar that is 225 calories or less. If you are looking for a meal replacement, stay within the 250 – 350 calorie range.
How sweet they can be
For someone like me, who has type 2 Diabetes, sugar is one of those ingredients I tend to watch. I have learned to enjoy my coffee with just a little cream and no sugar. (There was a time in my life that every coffee was ordered with 6 sugars, ouch!)
When it comes to sugar in protein bars, you have to take a look at the label. If the bar is filled with goodies like chocolate chips or caramel, it most likely is very sugary. In addition, you need to learn to look for ingredients like honey, sugar, or high fructose corn syrup because they too can cause elevate blood sugar levels, something I need to watch.
Overall, try to look for protein bars with 8 grams or less of sugar.
When it comes to carbohydrates, stay within the range of 20 grams or less. Lowering your intake of carbs helps you maintain your weight.
Fiber helps you feel full. You want a protein bar with 3 grams or more.
Check to see if your bar is low in saturated fats. This should be less than 3 grams per serving.
Stay away from kernel oil or palm oil.
With this list of suggestions of what to look for and avoid, you’r probably wondering, what protein bars should I consider?
With so many protein bars now available everywhere, I hope these tips and suggestions will help you make better choices as you search for a bar that will satisfy your hunger, taste great and add nutrition to your diet.
Please tell us about healthy protein bars you have tried and share in the comments below.