Low calorie high protein bars?

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Posted: 22 Mar 2012, 08:58
I have been trying to find relatively low calorie protein bars (or at least something with 14+ grams of protein) but so far most things tend to be over 200 calories! The only one I have found really has been Pure Protein Chocolate Deluxe flavor (180 calories and 20 grams of protein). Anyone find anything else?

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Posted: 22 Mar 2012, 09:07
I like Quest bars - the are on drugstore.com or questproteinbar.com. They are a pretty "clean" bar. They run about $2 each however. I have not tried some of the newer flavors - some do have sugar alcohols but many dont. They are very high fiber too.

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Posted: 22 Mar 2012, 09:10
I am a big fan of the Kashi Go Lean crunchy bars, but they only have 9 grams of protein. They usually come in under 200 calories and make a good snack between work and dinner (especially if you hit the gym before going home).

You might want to get one of the small blender cups from GNC and just go with an 8 oz protein shake (100% whey protein) instead (made with water). There's 20+ grams of protein in a scoop and usually clocks in at 150 calories. I know someone who uses Polar's diet Orange dry and vanilla protein powder and his drink is like a frothy creamsicle. He loves it.

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Posted: 22 Mar 2012, 09:16
Quest bars are hands down the best, nutritionally speaking.

The catch is that they're a little pricey.

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Posted: 22 Mar 2012, 10:32
Looked up the Quest Bars, they do seem a little pricey but love the calorie counts!

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Posted: 22 Mar 2012, 10:38
Not only do they have a good amount of protein and fiber, while keeping the total calorie count low, but the protein is good quality too. A lot of bars up their protein count by using hydrolyzed collagen - which is less than ideal. It's collagen, after all, and doesn't have a great amino acid profile.

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Posted: 22 Mar 2012, 10:42
Try making your own? These aren't bad... cut them into 16 servings instead of 8 and you may have a winner.

Minutes to Prepare: 10
Minutes to Cook: 15
Number of Servings: 8

2 1/2 cups oats
2 tbsp almond butter
3 extra small bananas, mashed
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp ground cinnamon
7 scoops chocolate whey protein
4 egg whites

Preheat your oven for 5 minutes at 180o C (355o F). Mix the oats, the whey and the cinnamon.
Mash the bananas and add the honey. Add the nut butter and stir in thoroughly. Add the egg whites. Add to oat mixture. Mix well.
Spoon the mixture into a greased lined cake tin and level with a knife. Place in oven and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before cutting to reduce stickiness.

Cut into 8 bars.

Nutritional Info

* Servings Per Recipe: 8
* Amount Per Serving
* Calories: 278.6
* Total Fat: 5.7 g
* Cholesterol: 8.8 mg
* Sodium: 63.0 mg
* Total Carbs: 30.0 g
* Dietary Fiber: 4.2 g
* Protein: 29.3 g

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Posted: 22 Mar 2012, 10:50
I am a big Quest Bar fan too. I have tried every flavor except the coconut cashew (because I don't like coconut). I love how sweet the cinnamon roll and lemon taste so they are my favorites. I eat a quest bar pretty much every day!

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Posted: 24 Mar 2012, 02:49
I am all about taste. I love Marathon bars. They are made by snickers. It curbs me from buying a real snickers anyways. and its totally worth 200 calories Wink

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Posted: 24 Mar 2012, 09:05
Quest Bars awesome, enough said. Some may buy for the protein, but it's an awesome source of fiber. Most of us don't get enough fiber in our diet even if we try.


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Posted: 24 Mar 2012, 11:47
Does it have to be a bar? What about Greek yogurt?

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Posted: 26 Mar 2012, 11:02
I am looking for something I can stick in my purse pretty easily...but I did recently grown fond of Greek yogurts

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Posted: 31 Mar 2012, 16:30
Natures Promise by giant foods makes cranberrry honey roasted and peanut honey roasted bars which are very tasty and 130 and 140 calories with only 15 carbs and no sodium. They are 1 oz portions and cost 1.00 each.

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Posted: 01 Apr 2012, 08:44
Oh Yeah! bars - excellent taste - 15gms protein - 170 calories - order online, now available at our Costco and at local GNC stores. Also Detour bars - same numbers similar to a snickers - perfect to throw in your bag for a good snack.

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Posted: 01 Apr 2012, 13:26
It won't meet your calorie desires, but I really like Clif Builder's Bars. All natural -- no chemical sweeteneers and less "chewy" than a lot of protein bars. Eating them isn't like chewing on a block of rubber.

20g protein, 270ca

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