Protein Bars Put to the Test: Davey’s Top 3 Picks.

Protein bars are an effective and convenient way to recover after a hard workout. They can fuel muscle recovery and boost your energy for the day ahead. But when it comes to both taste and nutrition, some protein bars are better than others. I decided to put a dozen popular brands to the test.

Here are my top three picks:

  1. Pure Protein – Chocolate Peanut Butter
    Davey’s Grade: A+

    This bar is delicious and healthy. It’s packed with protein, low in calories, moderate in carbohydrates and low in saturated fat and sugar. It’s definitely my bar of choice for workout recovery.
    Serving Size 50g, Calories 200, Calories from fat 60, Total Fat 6g, Saturated Fat 3g, Cholesterol 10mg, Sodium 200mg, Potassium 140mg, Total Carbs 16g, Dietary Fiber 1g, Sugars 2g, Protein 20g
  2. Clif Builder’s – Peanut Butter
    Davey’s Grade: B+

    This bar tastes way too good to be nutritional. It does have quite a bit of sugar and the sodium is high. Still, not a bad choice.
    Serving Size 68g, Calories 270, Calories from fat 70, Total Fat 8g, Saturated Fat 5g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 310mg, Potassium 210mg, Total Carbs 30g, Dietary Fiber 4g, Sugars 20g, Protein 20g

  3. PowerBar ProteinPlus High Protein Bar – Chocolate Brownie
    Davey’s Grade: B-

    High in sugar and not too tasty, the PowerBar ProteinPlus bar is substantial in size – if you can get it down. It’s chewy and very dry. But, it will give you a substantial 30 grams of protein.
    Serving Size 90g, Calories 360, Calories from fat 100, Total Fat 11g, Saturated Fat 4.5g, Cholesterol 5mg, Sodium 240mg, Potassium (not listed), Total Carbs 33g, Dietary Fiber <1g, Sugars 30g, Protein 30g

For a nearly exhaustive comparison of popular protein bars and their nutrition information, check out this resource.

If you use protein bars to recover from your workout, which is your favorite? Let me know in the comments.

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  1. OMG THE BUILER’S BAR! well, its the best “vegan” bar i’ve found to date ^^ i was surprised to see it in your top 3!

  2. I thought after a workout was the one time where you want to consume simple carbs like sugars, is that not true?

    • Someone can correct me if I’m wrong, but I think after a workout your muscles have been worked and torn. I’m not so sure about the biological processes, but I’m guessing that consuming protein after your workout helps in building more muscle mass after the tearing.

  3. Leonard Hayes says:

    I’ve recently been eating on the Go Lean protein bars (chocolate peanut butter). I think I’ll cut back on how much I eat during the day though.


  4. Cliff uses unfermented soy in all of their bars, they taste great but in light of that I’ll have to pass.

  5. Have you ever tried the quest bars? So far the best I have found without a ton of stuff you don’t know what it is in them. I eat a few a week instead of a candy bar

  6. Have you ever tried the quest bars? So far the best I have found without a ton of stuff you don’t know what it is in them. I eat a few a week instead of a candy bar. Let me know what you all think

  7. For the last few months, I’ve been eating the chocolate peanut butter Pure Protein bars after my workouts (along with a banana and a litre of water), but I’m thinking I may switch to Quest Bars. They’re not as tasty, but the protein and fat amounts are comparable, the sugar content is lower, and they contain a good bit of fiber which Pure Protein bars lack.

    The biggest draw for me with the Quest Bars, though, is that they don’t contain a lot of fillers. The ingredient list is very short compared to most other protein bars.


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