Protein Bars

Let’s be honest if you do BJJ you probably think about food – a lot! If it’s not about making weight, its maintain weight or simply fuelling your training and post-training munchies! Protein Bars are a great addition to most busy grapplers but they can be an expensive business so it made sense to record my thoughts on the key ones out there:

Disclaimer – I’m definitely more of a bar than a protein cookie kinda girl!
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 Fulfil Bars
 UntitledFulfil do a range of bars but I’ve included my favourite (Peanut & Caramel). It’s chewy, it’s got crispy bits and it’s covered in chocolate. Balanced yummy flavours and a great clean cheat! A generally love there range. 9/10
 UK Stockist include: Posted Protein, Protein Pick & Mix, Amazon, Dolphin Fitness
 55g bar, 188kcals, 6.6g fat (3.5g saturated), 10.5g carbohydrate (2.3g sugar), 20g protein
 Quest Bars
 UntitledI’ve never been disappointed with a Quest bar and same again with this one (Rocky Road). Ok perhaps the marshmallow could have been more gooey but seriously it hits those treat/cheat clean buttons. 9/10
 UK Stockist include: Posted Protein, Protein Pick & Mix, Amazon,
 60g bar, 210 kcal, 9g fat (3g saturated), 20g carbs (less than 1g sugar), 20g protein
 One Bars
UntitledThis is the chocolate birthday cake one. Its got a chocolate coating, fudgy chocolate insides and has a similar texture to quest bars. This range reminds me a lot of Quest Bars but that isn’t a bad thing as it means they really hit the cheat clean cravings. 9/10
 UK Stockist include: Posted ProteinProtein Pick & MixBodybuilding Warehouse
 60g bar, 220 kcal, 7g fat (5g saturated), 24g carbs (1g sugar), 21g protein
 Barebells Protein Bars have produced quite possibly the queen of protein bars! An awesome post training treat that's really helped with my cravings and prep to the world masters! Thanks guys! #barebellsla #worldmasters #bjj #competitionprepThese fall into those “am I having a chocolate bar” type of protein bar treats. I have loved all the flavours I’ve tried so far with the caramel cashew one currently leading. Think legitimate chocolate and caramel goodness with the slightly salted nuttiness of cashews and your not to far from the mark. Definitely 9/10
 UK Stockist include: Posted Protein, Protein Pick & MixAmazon
 55g bar, 199 kcal, 7.9g fat (4g saturated), 14g carbs (1.8g sugar), 20g protein (based on caramel cashew variety)
 PhD Nutrition Smarts Bars
UntitledThese have become one of my Saturday post-training treats. Chocolate but also a range of great flavours including genuine caramel which can make it rather sticky to eat! Be careful if you order some as they are addictive! 9/10
 UK Stockist include: Posted Protein, Protein Pick & MixAmazon
 64g bar, 238 kcal, 11g fat (7g saturated), 23g carbs (0.6g sugar), 20g protein (based on caramel crunch variety)
 PhD Nutrition Diet Whey Bars
 UntitledThese have been revamped to improve their texture and flavour and it shows. My personal favourite is the double chocolate ones. Lower calorie than many bars on the market but still a great texture and flavour making them ideal for post-training or on the go. 8/10
 UK Stockist include: Posted Protein, Protein Pick & MixAmazon
 65g bar, 200 kcal, 5.3g fat (3.6g saturated), 19g carbs (1.4g sugar), 20g protein (based on double chocolate variety)
 Snickers Protein
 UntitledThinner and smaller than it’s chocolate equivalent but hits the spot! This isn’t a daily bar though and more a cheat clean. 8/10

I have to say that the Mars and Bounty bar score similar but the snickers is my favourite!

UK Stockist include: Posted Protein, Protein Pick & Mix, Amazon, Bodybuilding Warehouse
51g per bar and 199 kcals,7.1g fat (5.3g saturated). 18.4g carbohydrate (9.5g sugar), 18.2g protein
 Grenade Carb Killer – Dark Chocolate Mint
UntitledThis details the dark chocolate mint variety but I’ve also tried the rest of the range and their all similarly delicious. The mint deserves extra praise as unlike other brands it doesn’t have a synthetic aftertaste making it very edible! 8/10
 UK Stockist include: Posted ProteinProtein Pick & Mix, Tesco
 Per 60g Bar, 214 kcals, 8.5g fat (4.7g saturated), 13.6g carbohydrate (0.6g sugar), 22.1g protein
 R Bars
80g-R-Bar-FJ-Cherry-AlmondI’ve done a full review of these so I won’t repeat myself here. But a great UK based bar. 6/10
 UK Stockist include: Reflex NutritionHolland & Barrett, Dolphin Fitness
 Per 70g Bar, 283 kcals, 13g fat (1.4g saturated), 21g carbohydrate (2g sugar), 18g protein
 Bodybuilding Warehouse Cookies
 No posh packaging just silver foil but these are also one of the more price-friendly ranges. Their chocolate and caramel cookie is soft and chewy so it feels like a cookie. A thick cookie but a cookie nonetheless. I couldn’t really taste the caramel. But it did taste very chocolatey. Definitely hit those craving buttons. 6/10
 UK Stockist include: Bodybuilding Warehouse
 Per 75g Cookie, 326 kcals, 10g fat (4.2g saturated), 20.7g carbohydrate (7.5g sugar), 37.5g protein
 Buff Bake
 UntitledI’ll be honest by the times I’d tried this I figured I just didn’t like protein cookies as much as bars. This White Chocolate and Peanut Butter Protein Cookie changed my mind slightly as it feels much more like a cookie. It’s still quite soft and cakey but has obvious chocolate chunks. The main let down was the peanut butter taste wasn’t that great and it wasn’t as good on the macros as other choices. 6/10
 UK Stockist include: Posted ProteinProtein Pick & Mix,
 40g Cookie, 180 Kcals, 10g fat (5g saturated), 17g carbohydrate (11g sugar), 8g protein
 PhD – Diet Cookie 
I got the Blueberry and White Chocolate flavour. UntitledIt’s soft and you can really taste the blueberry (perhaps a little too much) but it just doesn’t have the naughty or chocolatey feeling. If you like something fruitier and less heavy then this is for you. 5/10
 UK Stockist include: Posted ProteinProtein Pick & Mix,
 50g, 199 kcals, 4.4g fat (1.6g saturate) 17.5g carbohydrate (1.4g sugar), 22g protein
 Pro 2 Go Cookies
 Untitled I got the Double Chocolate Chip Protein Cookie. It’s soft and it’s chocolate so it works but if I’m honest there’s not enough chips and although it may be better warm I just wouldn’t go out of my way to buy it again. Nice but not amazing. 5/10
 UK Stockist include: Posted ProteinProtein Pick & Mix, Tesco
 75g cookie, 393kcals, 9.6g fat (4g saturate), 30.5g carbohydrate (4g sugar), 23g protein.
 My Bar 
 UntitledI got the Salted Caramel Peanut Crunch. It looked great with chocolate and drizzle but tasted awful. It tasted more like coffee than snickers or salted caramel. Really disappointing and personally wouldn’t buy again. Especially as one of the higher sugar bars. 3/10
 UK Stockist include: Posted ProteinProtein Pick & Mix,
 55g bar, 220 kcal, 10g fat (5g saturate), 17g carbohydrate (6g sugar), 20g protein
Fit Joy Bars
 Details coming soon
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