Protein bars are very common in the WLS community. The important thing to remember is that they are NOT the best way to get your protein in. Really, they are glorified candy bars. Most don’t have quality protein and are packed full of ingredients you can’t pronounce. Scrutinizing any protein bar you put in your mouth is important.
In general, I try to find bars that have a minimum of 8 protein per 100 calories. This is lower than my typical rule of at least 10 grams of protein per 100 calories for any meal that goes in my mouth. Additionally, I try to stick with bars without an ingredients list a mile long that include things like high fructose corn syrup (oh yes, it slips in there!).
The BEST and currently the ONLY bar I eat is Quest. By a mile (or more!) Quest has completely exceeded the competition to produce a quality protein bar. Here’s a few reasons why I chose Quest over the others:
- Whey protein isolate. Best protein you can get – and a lot of other bars do not have this high quality source of protein.
- Loaded with fiber. Not only is this good for that little problem a lot of us have post op, but it also helps you out if you could net carbs instead of gross carbs.
- Contain healthy fats. Unfortunately for me, this means I can’t eat all the flavors – like their famed Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough because they contain cashews, but for the ones I can eat that get healthy fats from almonds, I’m a fan!
- Lowest net carbs of the bars on the market.
- An ingredient list that is short and I can pronounce and understand all of them!
- By far, also the best tasting I’ve tried.
- Gluten free! Not my movement, but I thought I’d throw that in for those of you who are.
- All natural sweeteners, no refined sugar (check out their website for more info).