Our list includes healthy options for everyone, including vegans.
Looking for a quick on-the-go munch or post-workout bite? Protein bars are a portable snack that are great when you're in a pinch and need something to eat quick. But the protein bar aisle has become saturated with countless choices and lofty nutrition claims that can be overwhelming to decipher. And just because something has the word "protein" in it does not make it automatically healthy.
So what makes a protein bar worthy of being on your grocery list? As a registered dietitian, ingredients are always at the forefront of any testing I do. After analyzing dozens of protein bars in our Good Housekeeping Institute's Nutrition Lab, our choices focused on protein bars with a readable list of ingredients and a whole grain or whole food (i.e. nuts, oats, legumes, etc) as the first ingredient.
We capped calories at 300 per bar, and looked for choices with no more than 10 grams of added sugar. In order to be considered a protein bar, we required at least 10 grams of protein per serving. We also feel that fiber is important to help keep you full and balance out the bar, which is why all choices on our list have at least 3 grams of fiber or more per serving. We also tried to keep sodium counts under 300mg per bar.
After careful consideration, we rounded up our top choices for the best protein bars of 2020: