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An annual staple on this list. Quest Nutrition continues to kill the protein bar game with new products (the chips are delicious as well) and flavors. Each bar has around 20 grams of protein and only 2-4 net carbs. Some of their latest flavors include mocha madness chip and oatmeal chocolate chip. Of course you can never go wrong with the good old fashioned chocolate chip cookie dough either. In our opinion, Quest makes some of the best tasting protein bars in the industry. There’s a reason why people continue to buy them in droves. Again, the only downside with Quest is that the bars are fairly expensive at around $1.50-$2.50 per bar. If you are tired of your current snacks though, definitely give Quest a try.
A newcomer to the list this year after almost breaking through last year. ThinkThin continues to be a favorite among the female population – maybe it’s the name but there’s also plenty of other reasons to like these bars as well. Each bar has around 20 grams of protein and they taste great. It’s ingredients include both whey isolate and soy protein. And don’t get me wrong, plenty of guys like these bars as well. Jeff devours these bars all the time and trust me he gets made of fun of in the office constantly for it. The price is also decently affordable at around $13-16 for a 10-pack.
FitJoy bars were introduced to the market in 2016 and quickly started gaining market share. The FitJoy brand is owned by the popular supplement company Cellucor so you know these bars have been extensively tested and manufactured to the highest standards. The bars contain no artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners or preservatives, which you know I always look for. Each bar has around 20 grams of protein and 10-11 grams of fiber. The bars also taste delicious – they almost edged out Quest for best tasting. Our favorite flavor is Cinnamon Roll – highly recommended. They are also a little more affordable than Quest bars at around $1.50-$1.75 per bar.
A favorite among gym goers. Seems like I always see people at the gym scarfing these down before and after workouts. Each bar has around 20 grams of protein and 12-14 grams of net carbs. MusclePharm claims they use a proprietary baking process, which I don’t think really means much but I will say the bars are softer and easier to eat than some of the other dense, chewy bars on the market today. They also taste pretty good as well – we recommend going with the chocolate chip cookie dough flavor. The other thing I like about the Combat Crunch bars is that they do a good job of filling me up, which is something I can’t say about a lot of other protein bars out there. They are also more affordable than others on this list at less than $2 per bar.
We had to include Epic on the list again because we are just such big fans. Yes, they are expensive, the serving size is small and the shelf life is shorter than other protein bars but we just can’t stop eating these. They are definitely a nice change of pace from the typical sweet type of protein bar most people consume. There are a bunch of great flavors that incorporate meats like bacon, chicken, venison and more. Each bar has around 7-12 grams of protein and 120-160 calories. If you can get past the price, definitely give Epic bars a try, especially if you are tired of the traditional sweet, chocolate type of protein bars.
Another newcomer to the list this year. We are big Costco shoppers so when we saw they released new protein bars we had to give them try and we were immediately impressed given the price tag. Each bar has around 21 grams of protein, 1 gram of sugar and 4 grams of net carbs. You can tell Costco was trying to imitate Quest Nutrition because the bars taste eerily similar to Quest Bars but they just aren’t quite there yet. Unfortunately, they only come in two flavors (chocolate brown and cookie dough) right now but hopefully more will be coming soon. At just over a $1 per bar though, it’s hard to argue with the value proposition.