“This tastes like a candy bar,” I heard my friend say about her protein bar. Well, that’s because most “protein” bars aren’t exactly packed with protein. In fact, many protein bars have so much sugar and added ingredients that they equate to about as much nutritional value as a candy bar! Totally ok if that’s what you want — a tasty snack. But most people pick up a protein bar because they want a HEALTHY snack that, you guessed it, has protein.

Most people buy protein bars for 1 of 2 reasons:
  1. Because they want a nutritious snack that will help them reach their health and fitness goals.
  2. Or because they’re in need of a convenient protein-filled snack to hold them over until the next meal time.

Most people aren’t going to grab a candy bar as their mid-day snack, because it’s not going to help with either of those 2 goals. So, why would you grab a low-protein, sugar-loaded “protein bar?”

Sadly, many of the popular protein bars on the market could be more closely related to a Snickers bar than a health food. If you know me, you know I’m all about moderation, so, YES, indulge in that Snickers every once in awhile. But if you’re looking for a good protein bar, be sure you’re choosing wisely!

Before I dive in to my favorite bar and how it compares with the ones you’ve likely seen before, let’s talk about how much protein you should be getting on a daily basis.

How Much Protein Do You Need Each Day?

I actually touched on this in my blog about whether protein shakes will help you lose weight. But for those of you that missed it, adult women need approximately 46 grams of protein daily, while adult men need 56 grams per day (source).

But if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding (like myself), that number jumps up to 71 grams per day!

I’ve always struggled finding snacks that are a good source of protein. While protein bars can be convenient, I’ve discovered (just like with protein shakes), many bars contain ingredients that I don’t want in my body or my breast milk that my son is consuming!

Without any great protein bar options, my go-to protein-rich snacks are usually cottage cheese, hard boiled eggs, or greek yogurt… but those can get pretty boring! I’ve been dying for a high quality protein bar — one that has clean ingredients, is filling, delicious, and packed with important nutrients. And, I’ve finally found one!

What protein bars am I talking about?

They’re called BEACHBAR!

Best of all, compared to other bars out there, this one knocks it out of the park (especially taste wise)! I’ve tried them all — Kind Bars, Lara, RXBAR, Costco brand, Luna, Quest, Pure Protein — and, calorie for calorie, BEACHBARs bars have more protein, more fiber, and less sugar than others on the market. They are also gluten free and are seriously AMAZING.

These bars satisfy your hunger longer, don’t give you that energy crash, and it has a low glycemic index.

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Popular Protein Bar Nutrition Comparisons

Ok, so I mentioned Snickers, let’s start there… I know it’s not a protein bar but it will give us a pretty good comparison nutrition-wise for some of the brands out there!

Snickers Bar

Calories: 280
Fat: 13.59 g (5.2 saturated fats)
Protein: 4.3 g
Carbs: 35.1 g
Fiber: 1.3 g
Sugar: 28.8 g
Ingredients to Avoid: Hydrogenated Soybean Oil

Before I found BEACHBAR, I had tried some of the same ones you’ve probably tried, too. Here’s how they compare…

Quest Protein Bar (Cookies & Cream)

I actually loved the taste of this one, but had terrible stomach issues the few times I had it. I found I don’t do well with

Calories: 190
Fat: 9 g (2.5 saturated fats)
Protein: 21 g
Carbs: 20 g
Fiber: 14 g
Sugar: 0 grams (Why? Artificial sweeteners.)
Ingredients to Avoid: Sucralose, Erythritiol. Actually, the ONLY whole food ingredient in this bar almonds!

The Perfect Bar (Almond Butter)

These actually have a lot going for them as they contain mostly whole foods! However, if you look back at that Snickers bar, this has MORE total fat. Yikes!

Calories: 310
Fat: 18 g(1.5 saturated fats)
Protein: 13 g
Carbs: 24 g
Fiber: 4 g
Sugar: 18 g

Kind Bars (Salted Caramel & Dark Chocolate Nut)

Calories: 200
Fat: 15 g (3.5 saturated fats)
Protein: 5 g
Carbs: 16 g
Fiber: 14 g
Sugar: 5g (4g of which are added sugars including glucose syrup).
Ingredients to Avoid: Soy Lethicin.

RX Bars (Chocolate Sea Salt)

The thing I love about this one is the number of ingredients. Very few ingredients is great, but it has double the sugar of my favorite bar!

Calories: 210
Fat: 9 g (2 saturated fats)
Protein: 12 g
Carbs: 23 g
Fiber: 5 g
Sugar: 13 g
Ingredients to Avoid: Nothing!

Luna Protein (Mint Chocolate)

Calories: 170
Fat: 5 g (3 saturated fats)
Protein: 12 g
Carbs: 20 g
Fiber: 3 g
Sugar: 13 g
Ingredients to Avoid: Soy protein isolate, soy protein. (I avoid soy especially after being advised by my infertility doctor that soy can be an estrogen mimetic which is not good for those who struggle with infertility.)

Larabar (Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough)

Before I found BEACHBAR, this was my go to as I loved that it had very few ingredients, but I didn’t love the taste of them, and if I’m totally honest, it didn’t really fill me up (probably because it only has 4 g of protein).

Calories: 200
Fat: 11 g (3 saturated fats)
Protein: 4 g
Carbs: 25 g
Fiber: 3 g
Sugar: 16 g
Ingredients to Avoid: None!

And My New Favorite: BEACHBAR (Cherry Almond)

Calories: 150
Fat: 7 g (2 saturated fats)
Protein: 10 g
Carbs: 14 g
Fiber: 4 g
Sugar: 6 g
Ingredients to Avoid: None!

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Why is BEACHBAR my new go-to protein bar?

With no artificial colors, sweeteners or flavors, no preservatives, and has MORE protein than it does sugar. I’ve yet to find anything that compares to it!

The ingredient list is short, simple, and healthy! Check out the main ingredients in the Cherry Almond flavor:

  • Whey protein crisps: Whey protein comes from milk and delivers all nine of the essential amino acids that you need to help promote lean muscle.
  • Pea protein crisps: Pea protein is considered a quality, plant-based protein source that supplies key amino acids from botanical sources to help support muscle protein synthesis.
  • Diced peanuts and almonds: Peanuts and almonds are a source of beneficial monounsaturated fats. They also provide nutrients like protein, fiber, and minerals and add a rich, nutty flavor to your bar, and a satisfying crunch.
  • Peanut and almond butter: Nut butters layer in a creamy texture and provide another source of protein and fiber.
  • Chocolate: Chocolate is not only a delicious treat, it also comes from the cocoa bean, which contains phytonutrients known as flavonoids.
  • Dried cherries: Dried cherries are a sweet, chewy, and flavorful source of beneficial dietary fiber and phytonutrients.
  • Pomegranate juice: Pomegranate juice adds a sweet-tart kick and supplies phytonutrients.

These protein bars contain no preservatives and no artificial sweeteners.

They’re sweetened with tapioca which is a probiotic and acts as a sweetener. It’s quite simply one of the best ways for you to satisfy your sweet tooth (if you have one!) with something that is gluten free (hard to believe because of it’s chewiness!).

I can’t wait to replace all my snack bars (and those of my kiddos) with this new bar. Sometimes I just need a quick snack to go that I can have in my purse or in my desk at work and these are beyond convenient. They are also the perfect pre or post workout treat!

My kids love them, too!

Finally, a smart, healthy and delicious bar for the whole family. In fact, when I asked my daughter what snacks I should have on hand to send with her to pre-k, she said, “the healthy bars.” She’s obsessed with them, and I have no qualms giving them to her knowing they contain healthy ingredients, protein, and aren’t loaded with tons of added sugars.

I’m always open to and looking for suggestions for protein rich snack, what is your favorite?

The BEACHBAR comes in Peanut Butter Chocolate and Cherry Almond. Both are absolutely delicious. Want to give the a try?