Once upon a time, eating on the go was synonymous with soggy drive-thru burgers and chemical-filled “nutrition” shakes. But the food landscape is not what it once was—and healthy eaters on the run no longer have to settle for junk.
In fact, eating healthy—anywhere and anytime—has never been easier, thanks in part to a new generation of plant-based protein bars. Made with natural ingredients such as seeds, fruit, nut butters, and various vegan-friendly protein powders, these revamped bites are wholesome, easy on your tummy, and better for your weight loss goals than their chemical-filled ancestors. Plus, these plant-based bars are potentially better than whey-spiked bars because animal-based protein can sometimes cause bloating.
Sound like something you’d like to try? Grab one of our suggested bars below. They all have at sufficient counts of muscle-building protein and no more than 16 grams of sugar—which is truly a hard find when so many plant-based bars rely on fruit, honey, and nectar to make up their bulk and binding. Read on to discover which one is the very best for a flat belly, and don’t miss out on these essential 100 Best Weight Loss Tips.
KIND Protein From Real Food, Double Dark Chocolate Nut
Coming in at 12 grams of blood-sugar stabilizing protein and a mere eight grams of sugar is this crunchy, just-sweet-enough post-workout snack from KIND. They’re made with a mix of peanuts, almonds, soy protein isolate, and chicory root fiber for a well-rounded bite filled with real ingredients and heart-healthy fats. We tried all four flavors—Double Dark Chocolate Nut, Crunchy Peanut Butter, Toasted Caramel Nut, and White Chocolate Almond—and found them all delicious.
Available for $23.80 per 12 pack ($1.98 each) at Kindsnacks.com
GoMacro Macrobar, Protein Purity
Though this is one of the higher calorie bars on this list, it manages to keep its sugar count respectably low, which earns it a gold star in our book. Aside from its distinctive nutty and subtly sweet flavor, this bar—which is made with a combination of sprouted brown rice and sunflower seed butter—is a good source of iron, a key nutrient for a healthy libido. Speaking of libido, be sure you’re eating these 5 Foods That Supercharge Your Sex Drive.
Available for $31.48 per 12 pack ($2.62 each) at Amazon.com
Simply Protein Bar, Peanut Butter Chocolate
Simply Protein’s motto is “The most protein for the least calories” and boy, do they deliver! Each of these sweet bars is packed with 15 grams of protein for just 150 calories. Plus, each one only has one gram of sugar and no artificial sweeteners—it doesn’t get much better than that.
Available for $24 per 12 pack ($2.00 each) at Simplyprotein.com
Square Organics, Chocolate Coated Cherry Coconut
This gluten-free, vegan protein bar is packed with flat-belly superfoods like oats and coconut oil, a prime source of cancer-fighting conjugated linoleic acid. And with 12 grams of protein and 9 grams of healthy, satiating fat, this tropical-inspired bar sure to tide you over until you can sit down to a full meal.
Available for $24.57 per 12 pack ($2.05 each) at Amazon.com
Health Warrior Superfood Protein Bar, Honey Almond
Made from omega-3-rich chia seeds, oats, quinoa, pea protein, hunger squashing almonds and a host of other clean ingredients, this calcium-, and fiber-filled bar has a unique chewy texture and a fruity flavor that stands out in the honey and oat category of the protein bar world.
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Available for $17.09 per 12 pack ($1.42 each) at Amazon.com
NuGo Slim, Crunchy Peanut Butter
Reese’s Lovers, this peanut butter chocolate soy snack is for you! It’s hard to believe that NuGO’s rich-tasting bar is actually good for you, but it has everything we look for in a good bar: high protein, a hit of fiber and minimal additives. Reach for one of these instead of heading to the vending machine next time that 4 p.m. craving strikes—your waistline will thank you. And for more high protein snack ideas check out these 50 Best Snacks for Weight Loss.
Available for $27.94 per 12 pack ($2.32 each) at Amazon.com
22 Days Nutrition, Fudge Brownie
Organic brown rice is the source of protein for this delectable, guilty pleasure bar. A touch of virgin coconut oil, plays a supporting role and helps to make this bar as filling as it is delicious.
Available for $7.99 per 4 pack ($1.99 each) at 22daysnutrition.com
Rise, Lemon Cashew
Made with just four whole food ingredients including organic cashews, organic coconut nectar, pea protein and organic lemon extract, this sweet and tangy bar is a clear nutritional winner. The calories are on the higher side, mainly because of the cashews, but it’s also a larger, dense bar that takes longer to consume. Nosh on this bar along with an apple or a pear for a fast and filling on-the-go breakfast.
Available for $24.69 per 12 pack ($2.06 each) at Amazon.com
ProBar Base, Cookie Dough
Filled with 15 grams of plant protein and a sufficient load of three grams of satiating fiber, this is might be the ultimate meal-replacement bar. But it gets better: ProBar uses a number of disease-fighting ingredients to create their bar, including tumor-fighting flaxseeds, omega-3-rich chia seeds, and flavonoid-rich cocoa. Flavonoids have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, and also keep your metabolism going strong.
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Available for $9.50 per 4 pack ($2.38 each) at Amazon.com
Aloha Organic Protein Bar, Chocolate Fudge Brownie
Say “Aloha” to one of our favorite bars taking the health world by storm, succeeding by creating convenient snacks without convenience store quality ingredients. One scan of the ingredient panel is all it takes to see that they’re legit. Whole food ingredients like cashews, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin seed protein and pea protein make up the bulk of this bar, while organic pea crisps, sea salt, vanilla extract and monk fruit extract lend texture and flavor.
Available for $27.07 per 12 pack ($2.26 each) at Amazon.com
YouBar High Protein Bar, Vanilla Chocolate Chip
This cookie-infused bar has one of the best sugar-to-protein ratios on the market. Made with simple Paleo-friendly ingredients including pea protein, cashews, agave, and chia seeds, you really can’t go wrong with this low-carb snack. Not loving the flavor profile of this bar? YouBar allows customers to make custom energy bars, in orders as small as one box; you can even give your snack its own creative name. (We’ve yet to come across another brand that offers this service!)
Available for $35.88 per 12 pack ($2.99 each) at Youbarstore.com
NuGo Dark, Mint Chocolate Chip
NuGo is especially great at taking the junk food flavors we love, and transforming them into well-worth it bites. Thin Mint Cookie lovers, this one’s for you. This bar serves you all the benefits of a protein bar, but better—it’s made with all natural ingredients, has enough protein to fill you until your next meal, and is kept low in fat and in calories.
Available for $15.48 per 12 pack ($1.29 each) at Amazon.com
Larabar, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Larabars are great, regardless of your choice of flavor, because they’re made with a short list of natural ingredients. They’re easily digestible and full of simple carbs which are necessary for fueling your body for everyday function. But we must caution you. Because they are naturally high in sugar, we recommend eating these bars before you’re going to exhort a ton of energy, like at the gym. That way you’ll have a natural boost of energy to carry you through your fitness fix.
Available for $15.90 per 16 pack ($0.99 each) at Amazon.com
Health Warrior Pumpkin Seed Superfood Bar, Cinnamon Spice
Talk about cinnamon, spice, and everything nice! With just seven simple ingredients, this bar uses the stupendous superfood, pumpkin seeds as its main source of protein. Not only are they loaded with protein and fiber, but pumpkin seeds are also a top source of magnesium, a mineral that strengthens bones—and this vegan bar is packed with the stuff. The seed has been said to be a natural-fat burner and appetite suppressant, by mixing them with metabolism boosting cinnamon, we’re handing the gold medal to this bar.
Available for $14.24 per 12 pack ($1.18 each) at Amazon.com
RXBar, Mint Chocolate
This is the type of bar we have been waiting for, especially for those us who love the taste of mint chocolate chip and are in need of a chemical and refined sugar detox. This flavor is crystal clear of chemicals and is made from just seven pure ingredients—none of which are sugar. Instead, this bar gathers its sweet side from dates. Resembling the familiar taste of mint chocolate chip ice cream and the chewiness of a Laffy Taffy, the creators of the RXBar are onto something good.
Available for $29.94 per 12 pack ($2.49 each) at Amazon.com
No Cow Bar, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip
It’s time for all other vegan bars to MOOve over! This delicious vegan bar surpassed every expectation of ours—regardless of what flavor you choose. This bar has no artificial sweeteners, in fact, it only has one gram of sugar. This bar is as nutritionally stellar as they come—low in sugar, high in fiber, even higher in protein—a true triple threat.
Available for $21.37 per 12 pack ($1.78 each) at Amazon.com
Raw Rev Glo, Creamy Peanut Butter & Sea Salt
Ever eat nut butter by the spoonful and get frustrated that you just can’t stop? Raw Rev Glo has got you covered. Not only are the bars vegan, gluten-free, and non-GMO, but each bar includes raw-sprouted superfoods! These bars hold little-to-no sugar compared to their overloading count of 14 grams of belly-filling fiber! Not to mention its taste and texture resemble peanut butter at its prime!
Available for $13.85 per 12 pack ($1.15 each) at Amazon.com
Garden of Life Organic Sport Protein Bar, Chocolate Mint
In need of a mid-afternoon pick-me-up? Ditch the cookies and the chips. This protein bar may seem high in calories, but rest assured it’s well worth it, especially when you’re trying to get that belly-flat. With 20 grams of satiating fiber, this thin-mint-cookie tasting bar will help you keep those hunger strikes at bay, without feeling like you’re eating too little or giving up the foods you love.
Available for $23.54 per 12 pack ($1.96 each) at Amazon.com
Vega Protein+ Snack Bar, Chocolate Peanut Butter
Created by former Ironman triathlete, this balanced protein bar is the perfect meal replacement, and will definitely satisfy your sweet cravings. Chocolate combine with peanuts, sea salt, and all the other good stuff—your taste buds will go wild and your body will thank you for choosing this plant-based bar.
Available for $18.99 per 12 pack ($1.58 each) at Amazon.com
Pegan Protein Bar, Vanilla Cinnamon Twist
This bar gets its main source of protein and fiber from organic sacha inchi, organic prebiotic resistant tapioca fiber, and organic sunflower butter—all of which are ingredients we give a double thumbs up to! It boasts a remarkable 20 grams of protein and even greater 26 grams of belly-filling fiber! Whether you need a breakfast on the go, or a snack to hold you over during long office hours this bar definitely a great option.
Available for $29.99 per 12 pack ($2.49 each) at Amazon.com