Protein bars are a dime a dozen it seems. You'll find everything from RXBAR and Power Crunch to Garden of Life and Elemental bars in grocery store aisles and checkout lines everywhere. A brand that caught my eye recently at Trader Joe's was the Barebells protein bar. Intrigued, I bought three: Chocolate Dough, Hazelnut & Nougat, and Caramel-Cashew.
Why Eat Protein Bars?
Protein bars are an ideal post-workout snack. When consumed within 30-60 minutes after a workout, the protein helps provide a restorative energy boost and helps with muscle growth and recovery. People often, though, consume protein bars as a meal replacement when an actual nourishing meal isn't an option. (Think running from meeting to meeting with no time for lunch.) Bear in mind, though, that eating protein bars as meal replacements on a regular basis is not a great idea as there is simply no replacement for actual naturally occurring nutrients found in fresh fruits, veggies, and lean meats.
Barebells Protein Bar Nutrition Info & Serving Size
Barebells protein bars come in a variety of flavors. In addition to the flavors I tried, there are also options like Cookies & Cream, Salty Peanut, Creamy Crisp, and more. Each Barebells protein bar accounts for one serving, and each serving (i.e. one bar) contains 200 calories. On average, Barebells are low in cholesterol and sodium, feature a fair amount of fat and carbs, and are packed with protein. The Caramel-Cashew bar has a whopping 20 grams of protein, which accounts for 38% of your recommended daily allowance.
While the ingredients will vary from flavor to flavor, Barebells ingredients — generally speaking — are rich in dairy proteins like milk and whey protein as well as bovine collagen, starches, and both natural and artificial flavors. Clearly, these are not vegan or even vegetarian, so bear that in mind when considering purchasing.
What I Think About Barebells
Of the three flavors I tried, the Hazelnut Nougat was definitely my favorite. All were quite chewy with a bit of crunch, and they not only satisfied my hunger but also my sweet tooth. These bars are more filling than others I typically enjoy, such as RXBARs. And while I enjoyed each of them, I feel as though Barebells are likely more appropriate for the serious athlete or bodybuilder, neither of which I am. That said, I suspect they're worthy of being called the best protein bar for the following three reasons:
- There are a variety of flavors. From Hazelnut & Nougat to Cookies & Cream, there are plenty of flavor options, making it likely you'll find the most appealing flavor for you.
- Barebells also has plant-based options. So if you're vegan or vegetarian, again, you have options.
- They're packed with protein. Whether you're looking to bulk up with your workouts or you simply have no time to stop for a meal, Barebells provide an incredible amount of protein to fill you up and help your muscles recover post-workout.
Next time you're in Trader Joe's, pick up a Barebells protein bar and see what you think!
The image featured at the top of this post is ©MomsWhoThink /Ashley Haugen.