Along long time ago, in a a galaxy far far away….we didn’t have choices!
Gosh, does anyone else recall how simple the grocery store use to be? I remember the cereal isle being the ONLY isle with what seemed like hundreds of boxes to choose from. It was the fun isle and you studied each box precisely for the coolest toy in the cereal box. Do they have toys in cereal anymore? The toy was usually a plastic piece of junk but the anticipation of pulling it out of the box was so SOOO COOL! Good times!
So today’s question is, what is the best meal replacement bar on the market? The answer can be cumbersome because a lot depends on your intentions. The market is saturated with good and not so good meal replacement choices. We live in the land of milk honey and protein bars! I can only imagine how confusing it would be for a protein bar newbie. First, the heart rate accelerates followed by baby beads of sweat forming on the brow! Oh wait, no sorry, never mind, false alarm that was just a hot flash!!! Seriously, a GNC or VITAMIN SHOPPE, can be intimidating but please RELAX…I can help and we have AMAZON!
Ask yourself this…
- Is the meal replacement bar for fuel before a workout?
- Is it to pack in protein on a busy day?
- Is it to eat something loaded with fiber to kick-start a healthy eating plan?
- Do you care about the taste or the nutrient content? Pick one!
Many factors ultimately determine your choice of bars. For me, taste is not a big factor because I mostly care about my protein intake. I can eat a piece of card board if I know it’s got at least 35 trillion grams of protein in it! I will totally sacrifice taste for protein and a LEAN body! A while back I struck gold when I found several bars that have super low sugar, high protein and taste good.
I hope I have made it clear that I’m all about convenience above all things. If it saves me time I’m pumped! If it saves me time and money I’m over the moon. I’m not that girl who ENJOYS grocery shopping. If I didn’t have to “do food” at all I would be content. Point is, I go to one grocery store and that’s it. I’m a one stop shop. I DO NOT enjoy hit the farmers market, target, then market street to get all of my stuff. Call me crazy but I would much rather be watching a movie or playing at the park or anything else besides shopping for food! However, I do like surfing the world wide web.
This here is the fruity-er side of protein. I love me some blueberry muffin. The quest bars also come in other fruit flavors such as lemon and raspberry and coconut.
Quest Bar’s are hands down the best value with high protein and bang for your buck. They are tasty and gluten free! Plus you can now buy these bars in a monthly subscription via Amazon. These bars taste amazing. They have a chewy texture but pack some grit. The chocolate chip cookie dough is a dead ringer for cookie dough. I literally bet you can’t tell the difference. There are huge chunks of chocolate in every bite.
If you are a chololate lover you have to try the Mint Chocolate flavor. I was addicted to this one for over a year until I switched to the cookie dough. Birthday cake is good if you really really want a super sweet treat!
Other snack bars like Kind bars and granola bars have a ton of sugar, calories and fat. They are not protein packed. Compare to the nutrition label above.
The Cliff Builder Bars would be my only second choice … if and when I was down and out and couldn’t get my hands on a QUEST! These bars taste decent and are thicker and more like a candy bar but in my expert opnion not nearly as robust in taste.
I admit these were my go to before QUEST. But they stopped making the mint chocolate chhip and they lost me. I do place an order every now an again for a box of cinnamon swirl. YUMMY!
They also make an ALMOND vanilla or Chocolate Peanut Butter.
So to me there is no battle of the bars! Quest is it!
What’s your favorite bar?
Love, find your flavor and buy a friend a box as a FIT favor!!!!