I’m pretty sure I’ve tried every protein bar under the sun.  Well, at least all of the one’s that my local healthy food store stocks.

Here are my favorites:

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This is my number one go to protein bar.  Think Thin Chunky Peanut Butter.  It has to be chunky peanut butter.  I’ve tried all the flavors, and this one by far reins supreme.  It tastes really good (like really good, almost like a candy bar) without any of that protein bar after taste. (All you out there that eat protein bars know what I’m talking about).  These bars are gluten free, sugar free, low on the glycemic index, kosher, and only 240 calories for a whopping 20 grams of protein.  Their website states “Bite into chunky, roasted peanut butter goodness covered in luscious milk chocolate. This high protein, gluten free delight lets you indulge in your favorite flavors and still look and feel your best.”  Yup, pretty much sums it up. You can buy them here. I like to eat them for breakfast with a full glass of water and that keeps me full until lunch time! At around $2.00 a piece the price isn’t all that bad either.  I’ve seen them on sale at my local health food store for as little as $1.19.  You better believe that I stocked up!

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Next on my list is Pure Protein Bars. I’ve tried all of the flavors and they are all really good.  These also have none of the protein bar aftertaste.  I like the ones covered in chocolate a little better than the ones covered in white chocolate though.  These bars also have a whopping 21 grams of protein for around 200 calories. (Some bars have a little more protein, or a little less calories depending on the flavor).  My favorites are Chocolate Drizzle or Chocolate Peanut Butter (are we sensing a trend here?) The website states “With the Pure Protein Chocolate Deluxe high protein bar, you get all the flavor of chocolate without all of the guilt. It’s loaded with 21 grams of protein and packed with vitamins and minerals. This bar is a win-win for health conscious chocolate lovers alike!”  This brand makes all sorts of different types of protein bars in various amounts of protein and calories, but I like the basic ones. They run around $2.39 a piece, but sometimes you can get a huge box of them at Costco for much cheaper than that. You can buy them here.

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And last but definitely not least, the Perfect Foods Bar (and of course my favorite flavor is peanut butter, go figure). These puppies taste really good and are really good for you.  But they have to be refrigerated are not always easy to find. Plus they are most expensive of the bunch at around $3.00 each. Although, I’ve notice if you buy them on their website they tend to be a little cheaper.  But I justify by eating them for breakfast.  You spend a least $3.00 on breakfast, right?  Anyways, their website states “Peanut Butter. THE ORIGINAL. Introducing the recipe that started it all. Creamy peanut butter meets sweet organic honey, loaded with over 20 whole foods.”.  These bars have 17 grams of protein and close to 300 calories.  You can buy them here.

That’s it guys!  My favorite protein bars.

What are some of yours?

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Plant Head Protein Powder sent me a sample to review here on the good ol’ blog.  Now I’m always on the lookout for protein powders, so I was excited to try this one.

Plant Head Protein is vegan and vegetarian and contains no gluten, dairy, soy, lactose or common allergens.  There is also nothing artificial and zero preservatives.

This protein powder gets its protein from peas, brown rice, green algae, cranberry, and hemp which I thought was interesting.  These plant proteins did keep me full, which I wasn’t expecting.

Plant Head sent me two samples: one chocolate and one vanilla.

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With the chocolate one, I just mixed it straight up with some light almond milk.  It was good, the taste a little chalky but nothing I couldn’t get over.

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This nifty little shaker they sent me made quick work of blending up the protein powder and milk.  That little circle whisk does a great job mixing up the protein powder.

For the vanilla sample, I whipped up a Cherry Blueberry Smoothie. You can find the recipe for that on my food blog, With Love from the Vine, so head on over to check it out!

Plus, as a new feature here on Fitness for Mommies, an original and healthy recipe will be featured on With Love from the Vine, written especially for Fitness for Mommies!

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This smoothie is so delicious, and it really kept me full for a long time.  Something that smoothies don’t always do!

Looking for some other smoothie recipes?

~Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie (withlovefromthevine)

~Key Lime Pie Protein Smoothie (pbfingers)

~Healthy Protein Smoothies (afoodcentriclife)

~Yogurt Berry Smoothies (withlovefromthevine)

~Blueberry Smoothies (nomeatathlete)

Pro’s for Plant Head Protein Powder:

~vegan and vegetarian, which translated to it being more sustainable for the environment

~No GMO’s

~nothing artificial and no preservatives

~only 110 calories for 15 grams of protein

~the fiber in it is supplied naturally

~it mixes up very easily with no clumps

~it produces a very smooth drink

~it kept me full for hours

Con’s for Plant Head Protein Powder:

~it tastes a little chalky

~it mixed up really thick (but in all fairness you could just add more liquid)

~it says to keep out of reach of children, now when I make myself a protein shake or smoothie my kids always want a sip so that would be a deal breaker for me

~it states not to take if pregnant or nursing, why?

You can find Plant Head Protein Powder at Vitamin Shoppe, Vitamin World, and GNC.

 

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