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JWOOLMAN SparkPoints: (1,037)
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9/7/12 5:12 A

I really like Clif Builder Bars. 20 grams protein, 270 calories, 4grams fiber in the one I'm looking at. I usually eat half at a time but sometimes a whole one. Many different flavors, even a non-chocolate one. They're basically wheat free and dairy free (may be traces from equipment), based on soy and oats, the chocolate mint one says also almonds and flaxseed. Bunch of vitamins and minerals also. Lots of calcium and iron. Easy to eat compared with regular too-chewy-if-waiting-to-get-a-tooth-fixed regular Clif bars... Check out to get more info on their bars.

JWOOLMAN SparkPoints: (1,037)
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9/7/12 5:05 A

Does it have to be a sweet bar? For instance, Primal has veggie jerky strips that aren't too tough and have 10 grams protein for about 100 calories or less, also cylindrical versions. Based on soy or wheat gluten or mushroom. There are other brands, usually soy based. Don't know about meat jerky.

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9/7/12 4:50 A

I really like Clif Builder Bars. 20 grams protein, 270 calories, 4grams fiber in the one I'm looking at. I usually eat half at a time but sometimes a whole one. Many different flavors, even a non-chocolate one. They're basically wheat free and dairy free (may be traces from equipment), based on soy and oats, the chocolate mint one says also almonds and flaxseed. Bunch of vitamins and minerals also. Lots of calcium and iron. Easy to eat compared with regular too-chewy-if-waiting-to-get-a-tooth-fixed regular Clif bars... Check out to get more info on their bars.

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8/31/12 9:27 A

I've been wanting to try Quest Bars but the price has stopped me from buying them. At the moment I am enjoy Atkins meal replacement bars, which have 17g protein and are lower carb. I usually have one pre-wo if I'm lifting or post-wo if it's a cardio day. :)

JEAN2666 SparkPoints: (1,960)
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8/30/12 9:57 A

Pure Protein gets my vote. They generally have 20g of protein and around 200 cals. Not that you asked but my favorite are blueberry and choc peanut butter! I have found them at my local grocery stores/Wal-mart and convenient stores.

KYLAR_STERN SparkPoints: (22,234)
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8/28/12 7:32 A

And... this thread just became worthless. Now people are just reading the title and commenting. People, please at least read the original post and some of the replies to get an idea what threads are about. She clearly stated she wanted at least 20g protein in each bar is the topic starter and throwing out brand names without saying what they are (nutritional info, ingredients overview, your experience with them) is pretty much useless

NEWSTART26 SparkPoints: (7,827)
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8/27/12 9:57 P

Special K has some good ones

Edited by: NEWSTART26 at: 8/27/2012 (21:59)
TAOZEN Posts: 237
8/27/12 5:08 P

lara bars and cliff builders protein bars.

EX-PRESSO Posts: 478
8/27/12 7:59 A

Haven't found any yet - I'm allergic against milk, so most of them are simply nothing for me. And the vegan 2 bars I found well they cost a fortune.

I prefer to make a shake from soya-milk, Hemp-Protein powder and a bit juice. (on days I do not eat meat)

Or eat a steak ;)

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8/27/12 7:28 A

Luna bars and Revolution Protein Bars but I'm beginning to suspicion that they both have too much sugar.

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8/27/12 6:01 A


8/26/12 8:08 P

Thanks Kylar, My krogers is small and has a really small section by our pharmacy. I live in a town with population approx. 2000 people.
Yes I haven't been under 300lbs since 2004. So yeah it's going to be a great day when I reach 299. Then i'll change my goal to maybe 199, then from there 140 or so
BTW congrats on your weightloss goals!

KYLAR_STERN SparkPoints: (22,234)
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8/26/12 4:38 P

I know the Krogers by me has lots of options. They're next to the health/organic foods section and closer to the pharmacy area than in the actual aisles so you may have missed them. Nice thing about mine is that most of them, they have the boxes open so you can buy them individually rather than a whole box at once.

I know they have Pure Protein there (~200 cals, 20g protein, sugar alcohols) Cliff builder bars (~270 calories, 20g protein, natural ingredients) Luna Bars (~170 calories, 8-12g protein, natural ingredients) plus many others. But I think for you those are the top 3 to look at.

Good luck with your weight loss journey! Remember, the only way to fail is to quit. Time is not important in the long run. You can do it. (by the way, I love the goal weight of 299. Seeing that "2" is going to be awesome when it happens)

Edited by: KYLAR_STERN at: 8/26/2012 (16:40)
8/26/12 1:05 P

I went to Rite aid and Krogers. Rite Aid did have any that was at least 20 grams of protein. Krogers had Titan bars. They are alright but have 330 cal, 9 g fat, and 34 carbs. I guess those are ok since I get so little portions otherwise but my next protein trip is Walmart and compare. They do have the clif bars that i would like to try. Thanks for all the great suggestions.

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8/26/12 9:57 A

Yeah, the quest bars look pretty good actually. Seems like every bar chooses between sugar and sugar alcohols, but quest uses fiber as their carbs somehow. Curious how that works

And as for the think thin bars, they have no sugar because they have a ton of sugar alcohols. I'm still on the fence about them sugar alcohols, but the Think Thin bars have virtually the same ingredients list as Pure Protein bars, and those are only a dollar each, and I've seen them go on sale for 5 for $4

AM_MORRIS87 Posts: 703
8/25/12 10:13 P

Yeah the Quest Bars are fantastic. I tell everyone about them. Some people find little things to pick at about them, but in comparison to other bars, they are the best.

They are a little expensive, but $2.50 for quality ingredients, low cals, and quality protein is worth it to me! They are also sold in some Vitamin Shops around the country. (There is a locator on the website for which ones do.) That way you could buy a few if you wanted to try them first. But they do come with a money back guarantee. If you don't like them, just tell them and they'll refund your money no problem. The customer service is top notch, and the bars are delicious.

My favorite flavors are strawberry cheesecake, lemon cream pie, chocolate brownie, cinnamon roll, and coconut cashew. I'm drooling right now because I'm out lol.

8/25/12 8:35 P

I haven't tried them yet, but my mother-in-law just recommended Think Thin bars to me. They have 20 g protein with 0 g sugar!

KYLAR_STERN SparkPoints: (22,234)
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8/25/12 5:03 P

Note with all the people saying Luna bars: They are 170 calories and only have 8g protein. even their "protein" bars only have 12. Both varieties have more grams of sugar in them than protein. To me, they are the classic candy bar with a little extra protein is all.

BEWELL48 Posts: 2,819
8/25/12 11:31 A

Luna bars

MOTHERBOARDER SparkPoints: (127,286)
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8/25/12 10:35 A

balance PB

KGANSOR SparkPoints: (841)
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8/25/12 10:00 A

I love love love Luna and Clif bars

KYLAR_STERN SparkPoints: (22,234)
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8/24/12 9:12 P

Those quest bars actually look pretty good from my quick glance. I wonder how that much artificial fiber would be around a workout tho? I'd love to try a bar or two, but they're just so expensive compared to other bars. Thanks for the link tho. Hopefully they show up in walmart or something soon and I can splurge on one.

AM_MORRIS87 Posts: 703
8/24/12 8:45 P

QUEST BARS!!!!!!!!!!!!! I go on and on about these to anyone who will listen. Check out their website ( They are great for you, and delicious.

DAWNLOGA Posts: 242
8/24/12 4:58 P

When did you have the lapband? I had RNY, so I nderstand the need for protein. At this point eating the protein is more important than the calories - that will take care of itself by how much you can eat - go with your doc's recommendations. Its on the go - not when you're home and able to cook foods high in protein. Probably have to try different ones and see what you like.

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8/24/12 4:26 P

Do they need to be also low in carb? I haven't found any that are high protein low carb and thus I kind of avoid them since as someone else mentioned, they've got as much sugar as a candy bar.

8/24/12 4:01 P

Clif Builder's Chocolate Peanut Butter.

They are so good. When I'm craving sugar and want something really dessert like, I eat one. Because they are tasty, and have so much protein that I don't want to eat anything else afterwards.

JMZINCT Posts: 649
8/24/12 2:25 P

I like Special K meal bars and snack bars-they're delicious, plus fill me up, and, as an ethical vegitarian, I appreciate the protein. They may not be perfect, but, they work for me!

ZCHASTAIN SparkPoints: (12,263)
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8/24/12 2:15 P

In the 20+ gram of protein range I also recommend the Clif Builder bars. They sell boxes of them at Sam's and I've seen them on sale or buy 12 get 10% off at Whole Foods. And as far as protein bars go they taste pretty good.

JENMC14 Posts: 2,707
8/24/12 1:23 P

You're really going to just have to try a few. Some have less carbs and less sugar, but things like sugar alcohols. Some have just as much, sometimes more, sugar than a candy bar. Luna bars aren't bad, but they only have 12-15 grams of protein, same with Balance bars. My husband loves Met-Rx bars, they have up to 30 grams of protein, I believe, but are heftier in calories as well. Pure Protein are what he eats for small snacks, they have lots of sugar alcohols, though. So, you'll have to decide how you feel about the chemicals, sugar v. artifical sweeteners, higher calorie v. lower calorie, organic or not, etc. Most stores like Meijer, Walmart, Target, etc. have a decent loose bar selection where you could just buy a bunch of single bars of different brands and falvors to try.

YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,788)
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8/24/12 1:19 P

I guess everyone missed the part about where you you said your doctor recommended protein bars.

So, instead of convincing you to forget about the protein bars that your doctor recommended and eat other foods, what about making your own? There's a bunch at Sparkrecipes, and a ton more if you do a google search. That way you can at least avoid some of the weird chemicals that are in some bars.

JUSTBIRDY SparkPoints: (72,518)
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8/24/12 1:13 P

a steak

KYLAR_STERN SparkPoints: (22,234)
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8/24/12 1:10 P

Like the person below me said. best way to get protein is from real food. Grilled chicken breast. (really any meat as long as you don't add a bunch of stupid stuff to it or choose the fatiest steak you can find) Hard boil some eggs and just eat the whites. Lots of options out there.

But if you're bent on a protein bar, best I've found is the Clif builder's bar. Natural ingredients and 20g protein with only 270 cals I belive.

KFWOHLFORD SparkPoints: (2,949)
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8/24/12 1:07 P

You could try Luna bars I guess. I don't see why you can't eat so many healthy foods, it seems like that is a hindrance to having a healthy diet. What about 1/2 a peanut butter and jelly sandwich? 1 tbsp peanut butter, 1 tbsp fruit-sweetened jelly on protein-rich bread. It's less processed and closer to real food than a protein bar, but does provide protein.

8/24/12 12:41 P

Thanks for the advice, I have a lapband and I can't have shake or yogurt because those pass through my band and i get hungry a lot sooner. I can't have nuts because those get stuck and I can't have fruit. I have to have the bars.

Edited by: BEAUTIFULLYMADE at: 8/24/2012 (12:44)
KFWOHLFORD SparkPoints: (2,949)
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8/24/12 12:18 P

I think homemade protein shakes are a better option, more wholesome and you can pack in more protein and less sugar and processed junk than a bar. Look for whey or soy protein, without any other additives. Blend with milk or soymilk, greek yogurt or silken tofu, and fresh fruit to sweeten, maybe a touch of honey if you want it sweeter.

Failing that, it's also quick to pack a snack of 1/4 cup cashews or peanuts and 1 piece of fruit. Lara bars have the same effect. Or you can have a cup of greek yogurt, but try opting for plain and mixing with fruit-sweetened fruit preserves or fresh fruit - that will be lower in sugar than fruit-flavored yogurt.

8/24/12 8:23 A

My Surgeon recommends Protein Bars for me if I'm on the go. He says it needs to be at least 20g of Protein or more. To get ideas i'm asking everyone what's your Favorite?

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