Protein bars have seen a surge in popularity as a convenient on-the-go snack. Initially designed for post-workout protein replenishment, these compact bars have evolved into a healthier alternative to traditional chocolate bars.
The protein bar is a quick way to add protein to a busy and active lifestyle, making it particularly appealing for college students. Given the diverse array of brands, flavours and nutritional values available, it is essential to know what protein bars are worth a try.
For this article, I have tried and tested several popular protein bar brands, including; Fulfil, Trek, Grenade, Nature Valley, and Kind. I have assessed and ranked the top four bars as on-the-go snacks ideal for a busy college schedule.
Fulfil Vitamin and Protein Bar (Chocolate Peanut Butter) 9.5/10
Fulfil is Ireland’s top-selling protein bar, and it’s easy to see why. With a low-calorie count and high protein and vitamin value, the Fulfil bar packs a punch. This Fulfil bar has a delightful peanut flavour that avoids feeling artificial or overpowering.
The bar contains 212 calories, 20g of protein, and 9.5g of fat.
The subtle hint of salt added to the nutty flavour further enhances the bar’s taste. The soft and chewy interior is nicely complemented by the crunchiness of nuts sprinkled on top. While no protein bar is perfect, finding any faults in the Fulfil chocolate peanut butter bar is difficult.
Grenade (White Chocolate Cookie Flavour) 8/10
Grenade protein bars offer various flavours, but the white chocolate cookie flavour is the top contender. Resembling a vanilla milkshake, this bar, with its higher protein and calorie content, emerges as an ideal post-workout snack.
The bar contains 215 calories, an impressive 22g of protein, and 8g of fat.
The Grenade bar delivers a rich and creamy taste. The subtle crunch from small cookie pieces beneath the white chocolate coating adds to the delightful, smooth, and creamy texture. The white chocolate makes the bar comparable to an actual chocolate bar. For a quick snack, the Grenade protein bar serves as a great alternative to the traditional chocolate bar.
Kind Protein (Caramel, Almond and Seasalt) 7/10
Kind bars contain a good balance of protein, healthy fats, and fibre to keep you sustained, and despite being low in sugar, the bars do not lack taste. The main texture of this bar comes from the almonds, delivering an immediately satisfying crunch.
The bar contains 200 calories, 6g of protein, and 15g of fat.
Adding caramel gives the bar a chewy finish, creating a lovely balance in texture, and the subtle taste of sea salt keeps the bar from becoming too sweet. Overall, the Kind caramel, almond, and sea salt bar is a delicious and filling snack with an ideal crunchy texture, making it a satisfying and enjoyable choice.
Nature Valley Protein (Peanut and Chocolate) 7/10
Nature Valley, known for its iconic granola bars, has successfully extended its product range to protein bars. This bar contains a dominant peanut taste enhanced by an unbelievable crunch from the large number of peanuts within the bar.
The bar contains 190 calories, 10g of protein, and 12g of fat.
The addition of a chocolate base layer adds a noticeable yet balanced taste. While the Nature Valley protein bar is sweeter, providing a reliable and convenient protein snack. However, it may lose its appeal as the flavour becomes somewhat dull. Despite this, the Nature Valley peanut and chocolate protein bar remains a sweet and dependable option for those seeking a sweeter protein boost.
Róisín Lambe – Deputy Sports Editor