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week82Like many of us, I am a person on the go. After waking up in the mornings and before taking off, I go over my day, pack a lunch if it’s a work day, and will grab an energy bar “just in case” I am running late for dinner or when I’m heading out for a physical activity. On occasion, the bar may even be a replacement meal for when I have a large dinner engagement planned or need to watch my calorie intake.

When shopping at my favorite market, there is one side of one isle that dedicated completely to protein energy bars. Five shelves high and unsure of how exactly how long in length, this side aisle is filled with all sorts of bars from crunchy ones, chewy, crispy, crème, gel and gummy like, and ones that, well, are like chowing down on a brick! With so many choices, which one is a girl to choose?

With so many protein energy bars now on the market today, deciding on which one you like best is a personal journey of trial and error based on taste, texture, smell, dietary needs and preferences, and nutritional value. That being said, the following are 10 of my favorite protein energy bars.

Atkins Advantage Meal Bar – Cookies n’ Crème
One of my absolute favorites, this crunchy cookie layer topped with cream and coated in chocolate bar not only tastes great, it will satisfy your hunger! Nutrients: 180 Calories, 80 Fat Calories (6g Saturated Fats, 0g Trans Fats), 15g Protein, 170mg Sodium, 140mg Potassium, 20g Total Carbs (10g Dietary Fiber, 1g Sugars).

Balance Bar – Dark Chocolate Crunch
Chocolate lovers beware! Rich, chewy, and dreamy, get your dark chocolate fix with this delicious gluten-free bar with dark chocolate coating over a crunchy cookie base. Nutrients: 180 Calories, 60 Fat Calories (4g Saturated Fats, 0g Trans Fats), 13g Protein, 190mg Sodium, 150mg Potassium, 20g Total Carbs (4g Dietary Fiber, 12g Sugars).

Clif Bar Natural Energy Bar – Oatmeal Raisin Walnut
Packed with 23 vitamins and minerals and filled with organic rolled oats, walnuts, raisins, and cinnamon, this bar can provide the energy you need for your next adventure! Nutrients: 240 Calories, 50 Fat Calories (.5g Saturated Fats, 0g Trans Fats), 10g Protein, 160mg Sodium, 240mg Potassium, 43g Total Carbs (5g Dietary Fiber, 22g Sugars).

Clif Builder’s Protein Bar – Crunchy Peanut Butter
Containing 40 percent of the recommended daily allowance and packed full of organic peanuts and peanut butter, this crunchy bar will help you recover faster after exercising. Nutrients: 280 Calories, 10 Fat Calories (5g Saturated Fats, 0g Trans Fats), 20g Protein, 370mg Sodium, 140mg Potassium, 30g Total Carbs (2g Dietary Fiber, 23g Sugars).

Detour Runners Bar – Chocolate Chip Cookie
Made with runners in mind who are hard on their knees, this contains whey protein and MicroLactin, a naturally occurring anti-inflammatory derived from milk proteins to improve joint health and function. Nutrients: 200 Calories, 30 Fat Calories (3g Saturated Fats, 0g Trans Fats), 12g Protein, 55mg Sodium, 29g Total Carbs (4g Dietary Fiber, 9g Sugars).

Luna Who Nutritional Bar – Carrot Cake
Is this dessert? Maybe! Regardless, it’s an indulgent cinnamon-spiced bar with carrots, walnuts, white soy chips, and sweet raisins, drizzled with creamy vanilla icing. Yum! Also try White Chocolate Macadamia. Nutrients: 180 Calories, 50 Fat Calories (2.5g Saturated Fats, 0g Trans Fats), 8g Protein, 130mg Sodium, 90mg Potassium, 25g Total Carbs (3g Dietary Fiber, 13g Sugars).

QuestBar Natural Protein Bar – Chocolate Peanut Butter
A bar with none of the guilt! With 20 grams of protein and only 1 gram of sugar this gluten free, this high fiber bar is simply delicious and nutritious. Also try the Chocolate Brownie. Nutrients: 170 Calories, 45 Fat Calories (1g Saturated Fats, 0g Trans Fats), 20g Protein, 340mg Sodium, 380mg Potassium, 24g Total Carbs (19g Dietary Fiber, 1g Sugars).

PowerBar Harvest Energy – Apple Cinnamon Crisp
Filling, delicious, and packed with nutrition, these bars are designed to provide extra energy in a naturally flavored, whole-grain bar. Also try the Peanut Butter Chocolate. Nutrients: 240 Calories, 35 Fat Calories (1g Saturated Fats, 0g Trans Fats), 9g Protein, 140mg Sodium, 200mg Potassium, 42g Total Carbs (5g Dietary Fiber, 20g Sugars).

Power Crunch Protein Energy Bar Original – French Vanilla Crème
If you like cupcakes, then this bar is the one for you! Light and airy, you might not be able to eat just one of these whey protein, crème-filled wafers! Also try the Peanut Butter Crème. Very low glycemic response and diabetic-friendly. Nutrients: 205 Calories, 105 Fat Calories (5g Saturated Fats, 0g Trans Fats), 14g Protein, 75mg Sodium, 115mg Potassium, 0g Total Carbs (1g Dietary Fiber, 5g Sugars).

Promax Energy Bar – Cookies n’ Cream
This yummy bar is my most recent find. High in protein and low in fat, it is quite sizeable and filling enough to get you through to your next meal, unlike most bars with similar nutritional value. Nutrients: 270 Calories, 40 Fat Calories (3g Saturated Fats, 0g Trans Fats), 20g Protein, 250mg Sodium, 250mg Potassium, 40g Total Carbs (1g Dietary Fiber, 30g Sugars).

Is your mouth watering yet? If so, happy snacking!

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