The 8 Best Protein Bars for Men, According to a Dietitian

Build muscle with the help of these on-the-go options

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Our Top Picks

Rise at Amazon

"A great option for consumers with food allergies."

Epic at thrivemarket.com

"High in protein and contain zero grams of sugar."

Shanti Bar at Amazon

"Organic and plant-based, coming in a variety of flavors."

DNX Bar at Amazon

"A healthy meat-based option that's low in sodium."

Papa Steve's at Amazon

"An excellent on-the-go mini meal or a satisfying post workout snack."

Health Warrior at Amazon

"Plant-based protein that is as close to whole foods as you can get."

Primal Kitchen Collagen at Target

"Chewy collagen bars that are paleo and keto friendly."

Bulletproof at Amazon

"Enhanced with Bulletproof's exclusive 'brain octane oil.'"

Protein is an incredible macronutrient; it satisfies hunger, builds muscle, supports tissue health and is necessary for the majority of the body’s reactions and processes and yet Americans tend to consume way more protein than they need.

It is suggested that the average male who is moderately active and healthy consume anywhere from 0.8/1.0 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. For those who are very active or looking to build muscle, the factor increases to about 1.0 - 1.2 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight.

Once the body absorbs all the protein it can in one sitting, the excess is then stored away as fat. It has been suggested in scientific literature that the body maxes out on absorption after anywhere from 25-40 grams of protein per meal which equates to roughly half a pound of chicken breast.

Taking this into account, when selecting a protein bar for a snack or mini-meal, you should look for protein from real food sources (meat, eggs, nuts, seeds, legumes) rather than highly processed ingredients that promise mega high amounts of protein. It is also important to choose a bar with more grams of protein than grams of sugar, less than 10 ingredients, and at least 2 grams of fiber.

Our Top Picks

Rise

When it comes to simplicity, these vegan bars provide 15 grams of protein and are made from only five ingredients: Sunflower seeds, Coconut Nectar, Pea Protein, Cinnamon and Vanilla Extract. Made in a certified peanut, gluten and soy-free facility these are a great option for consumers with food allergies. Many consumers rank the sunflower cinnamon as their favorite flavor from Rise.

Epic

Epic Chicken Sriracha Protein Bars

 Courtesy of Health Products for You

https://www.healthproductsforyou.com/p-epic-chicken-sriracha-protein-bars.html

Similar to DNX free-range chicken bars, these sriracha bars from Epic Provisions are high in protein (15 grams) and contain zero grams of sugar. They are only 100 calories and low in fat. These bars are keto-friendly, gluten and nut-free, so a great choice for those with dietary restrictions.

Shanti Bar

SHANTI BAR Vegan Sport Protein Bar | Plant Based, Paleo, Certified Organic, Gluten Free, Superfoods, Raw Snack (Chocolate Berries Acai, 12 Bars)

 Courtesy of Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073S6ST5D/?tag=verywellfit-20

Shanti Bars are excellent organic, plant-based protein bars that come in a variety of flavors that range in protein amounts: the lowest protein bar contains 10 grams and the highest contains 17 grams. You may want to avoid bars that have sugar listed within the first three ingredients.

The Longevity bar is one of the only flavors that lists organic coconut syrup as the fourth ingredient and provides all of the protein from nuts and seeds versus processed brown rice protein.

DNX Bar

SWEET POTATO PECAN BEEF BAR BY DNX

 Courtesy of Barefoot Provisions
https://barefootprovisions.com/products/sweet-potato-beef-bar-by-dnx?variant=6503185809447

A bar with 0 grams of sugar, 10 grams of protein, and no artificial sweeteners? No, that is not a unicorn bar, it is the peri peri style free-range chicken bar from DNX Bars. Though this bar lacks fiber, it is still very low in carbohydrates and extremely low in calories compared to other protein bars. Unlike most meat bars that may contain upwards of 400 milligrams of sodium, this bar only has 250 milligrams making it a healthy choice for most individuals.

Papa Steve's

Papa Steves, Bars No Junk Protein Chocolate Coconut Crunch, 2.5 Ounce

 Courtesy of Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00M55X3RK/?tag=verywellfit-20

Papa Steve’s is an excellent on-the-go mini-meal or a satisfying post-workout snack. The No Junk Protein Chocolate Coconut Crunch bars contain anywhere from 16 grams of protein, 16 grams of fiber, and less than 10 grams of sugar. In fact, the sugar comes from raw, organic dates and fruit.

Health Warrior

Health Warrior, Organic Honey Cracked Pepper with Turmeric Pumpkin Seed Bars

Courtesy of Northwest Coffee Supply
https://www.nwcoffeesupply.com/shop/health-warrior-organic-honey-cracked-pepper-turmeric-pumpkin-seed-bars/

 

Health Warrior Pumpkin Seed bars are as close to whole foods as you can get, you can actually see the whole pumpkin seeds (these are also the number one ingredient). In addition to providing plant-based protein and healthy fats, pumpkin seeds are full of stress-reducing magnesium as well as mood and immune-boosting zinc. These are the perfect snack to have in-between work meetings or when traveling.

Primal Kitchen Collagen

Collagen Fuel Bar Dark Chocolate Almond - 1.7 oz by Primal Kitchen

Courtesy of Lucky Vitamin

https://www.luckyvitamin.com/p-1189783-primal-kitchen-collagen-fuel-bar-dark-chocolate-almond-1-7-oz 

Collagen may be beloved for strengthening nails, lengthening hair and making skin shine but it is also most simply a great source of animal protein. These bars come in a variety of flavors and are high in protein and very low in sugar (only 3 grams). They are paleo and keto-friendly and are made without gluten, grains, dairy, soy, or whey.

Bulletproof

Bulletproof Bars Collagen Protein, Perfect Snack for Keto Diet, Paleo, Gluten-Free, For Men, Women, and Kids (Apple Pie)

 Courtesy of Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GVT5WGP/?tag=verywellfit-20

Bulletproof has made waves in recent years for being the go-to brand for optimized nutrition. Each bar contains collagen from grass-fed cows, organic nut butter and their exclusive “brain octane oil” which is a form of fat made from refined coconut oil.

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