Eating breakfast is important, but it’s not always easy for anyone who is on the go. If the thought of stopping for five minutes in the morning to whip up oatmeal, a smoothie, or even a bowl of cereal makes you nervous, high-protein breakfast bars will ease your fears. Breakfast bars are the most convenient portable meal option imaginable — just grab one, unwrap it, and enjoy while driving or on the train.
But remember: some bars are better than others. Avoid sugar-filled bars that contain more simple carbs than they do protein, quality fat, and vitamins and minerals. Here are four breakfast bars that are actually good for you.
Don't let its delicious ingredients — which include dark chocolate, nuts, and Brazilian sea salt — fool you. These bars contain just five grams of sugar per bar and have absolutely no trans fats, gluten, dairy, or GMOs. They're also a good source of fiber and have seven grams of protein per serving (you may want to pack a Greek yogurt in your bag for additional protein).
"My favorite is the dark chocolate and sea salt flavor," Registered Dietitian Keri Gans, author of The Small Change Diet, told Women's Health. “Besides satisfying my sweet tooth for chocolate, it is the perfect combination of healthy fat, fiber, and protein, which is important for keeping me full as a grab-and-go snack.”
Luna Bars ($14.28 for 15 Bars)
Luna bars are marketed specifically for women and contain a good source of calcium and vitamin D. Each bar is made with organic oats and has 8 grams of protein with no gluten, artificial flavors, or high fructose corn syrup. If you're trying to eat more plant-based proteins, this bar fits the bill — its protein comes from soy, which also contains amino acids. Enjoy one with yogurt, nuts, and fruit for additional nutrients.
Premier Protein ($5.30 for 5 Bars)
In order to stave off hunger and optimize "muscle-protein balance", experts recommend getting 20 to 30 grams of protein every three hours, reports Women's Health. Unlike many other bars, this one packs a potent protein punch — 30 grams of protein in just one serving, as well as 3 grams of fiber, calcium, and iron. It doesn't have artificial sweeteners, flavors, colors, gluten, or trans fats. This is the breakfast bar you want in your bag on mornings when you plan on hitting the gym.
Amrita Maca Chocolate Protein Bars ($26.99 for 12 Bars)
It's not easy to find a nutritious breakfast bar if you have allergies, but this plant-based bar is free of gluten, dairy, and soy and has 15 grams of raw, vegan protein and 20 amino acids. Its nutrition comes from sources like brown rice, dates, chia seeds, cocoa, and maca and its protein to carbs ratio makes it a healthy standout in the protein and breakfast bar market. This is another excellent bar to keep in your gym bag at all times.
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