It’s sweet, it’s sticky and it comes wrapped in silver foil like any other candy bar.
Except these won’t make up pointless calories had you indulged in say, a bar of chocolate. We’re talking about protein bars here, those nifty, ultra portable snacks that pack as much nutritional punch as a protein shake.
These days, protein bars have improved by a mile in flavour and texture. What started out as bland rectangles with all the culinary personality of cardboard has now become indulgent, chocolate-covered morsels to satisfy any sweet craving you might have.
Have it as a pre-workout snack or during your day when you need to hit your protein targets. Here’s our roundup of our favourite protein bars available in Singapore (prices accurate at time of publishing).
Barebells is as loved for their protein bars as they are for their bottled milkshakes. The brand has six different flavours ranging from Coconut-Choco, which comes speckled with coconut flakes and crunchy fudge, to Cookies & Cream, a cookie dough-inspired option with Oreo-like bits. Our personal favourite? The salty peanut as each bar does tend to lean on the sweet side, and the saltiness lends an overall fullness of flavour. Each 55 gram bar contains about 20 grams of protein, 17 grams of carbs and 6.9 grams of fat.
Looking for variety? MusclePharm has 11 flavours for its series of Combat Crunch Protein Bars, ranging from Cinnamon Swirl to CookiesN’Cream. Each 63 gram bar is gluten free and comes in at 210 calories, with 20 grams of protein and 28 grams of total carbs — 12 grams of which are fibre. The best part? This is great for those who love a softer bite thanks to its proprietary baking process.
RXBar, a brand owned by Kellogg’s has gained itself a small cult following despite being a product of a food conglomerate. It differs from other protein bars in that it uses only natural foods in its conception — a fact that it proudly markets on its packaging. The only drawback? It may not yield as much protein as its other processed counterparts; each bar contains 12 grams of protein from natural, whole food sources. It’s also gluten-free and paleo diet-friendly.
Vegans, fret not, we’ve got you covered. Truwomen’s Vegan Protein Bar, which comes in a box of 12, is made from whole food plant-based sources whereas other protein bars typically rely on whey or egg proteins. These vegan bars sport ingredients that includes the likes of cassava flour, brown rice protein, roasted almond butter — all of which come together to pack a punch at 12 grams of protein. Our favourite? The Zamn Good Zesty Lemon for that perfect balance of sweet and sour.
Grenade may be best known for its high protein chocolate spreads but fans also love its Carb Killa High Protein bar range for being so similar in taste profile. These bars are triple-layered and chocolate-coated — which makes it a hit for the gym bound with a sweet tooth. Each bar yields 20 grams of protein, 16.9 grams of total carbs and 8.9 grams of fat.