I aim to eat fresh real food whenever possible, but early morning workouts and a rushed commute to work means I occasionally reach for energy bars on the go. My flavor of choice is peanut butter and chocolate (because how could you not love the salty and sweet combo?!) and I've tried more varieties than I care to admit. Some are protein-filled and a delight like candy, and others taste like cardboard. It's hard to pick a winner, but my recent go-to has been the Think Thin Chunky Peanut Butter Bar, which packs 20 grams of protein and no added sugar but somehow satisfies my sweet tooth.
Are you a choco-nut too? Check out nutritional breakdowns and reviews of some of other popular choices.
Clearly, everyone's tastebuds, energy bar expectations, and needs differ. While bars are a handy option when you are in a pinch, replacing a meal with an energy bar isn't necessarily a good idea. Be sure to share your favorite brand in the comments and let us know what you like about it.
|Bar||Calories||Fat (g)||Sugar (g)||Protein||Taste Test Notes|
|Atkins Advantage Chocolate and Peanut Butter Bar||240 calories||12 grams||1 gram||18 grams||This one is filling and low in sugar, but it houses 12 grams of fat.|
|Clif Bar Chocolate Chip Chunky Peanut Bar||260 calories||4 grams||6 grams||10 grams||A great choice if you like chewier bars with a bit of texture.|
|Tiger's Milk Peanut Butter Bar||150 calories||6 grams||13 grams||6 grams||The peanut butter center is a bit chalky, but this mainstay energy bar brand offers one of the lower calorie options in the flavor.|
|Think Thin Chunky Peanut Butter Bar||240 calories||8 grams||0 grams||20 grams||If you're watching your sugar intake this bar is a nice option, and the 20 grams of protein make for a filling treat.|
|PowerBar ProteinPlus Reduced Sugar Chocolate Peanut Butter||270 calories||9 grams||1 gram, 26 grams Sugar Alcohol||22 grams||This bar packs serious protein, but is a bit crumbly.|