7 Alternatives to Protein Bars For Weight Loss
Protein bars are more popular than ever and with more brands and flavours out there, we’ve got plenty to choose from. But are you one of those that just doesn’t enjoy a sweet protein bar?
Personally, I LOVE LOVE LOVE protein bars to fill me up between meals. A good bar will generally be high in protein and lower in carbs. A good bar will also give you a good dose of fibre in your day and (the best bit for me) they’re covered in chocolate.
Protein Bars Can Make Life so Easy, but Don’t Make This Mistake
Protein bars are super convenient to grab when you’re on the go. You can enjoy with some fruit and a drink to help keep you going until your next meal. One thing to consider though, is to use protein bars as a snack or as part of a small meal to keep your energy up until your next meal. Don’t think of them as a treat or something you’re ‘allowed to eat’ because it’s high in protein and Tara said they’re great to have as part of a healthy lifestyle.
Protein bars can be high in calories. My usual brand is around 220-250 calories per bar. So, if you just fancy a little sweet treat I recommend you go for a chocolate bar or portion controlled bag of chocolate. Find something you can get for 90-160 calories (every calorie saving helps if you’re wanting to lose weight).
Not Everyone Loves a Protein Bar
Some don’t like chocolate as much as me, maybe you’re more of a savory person?
Many find they aren’t keen on the after taste. Plus, if you’re keeping a protein bar in your pocket or warm areas for a while they could melt a bit.
There are so many other options out there!
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I’m going to share with you some delicious snack alternatives you can try if you need something that you can grab and take anywhere with you (or you’re just short on time and need something quick).
Options some are sweet and some are savory. Fingers crossed you’ll find something in the list that you’ll enjoy.
Protein Bar Alternatives
- Fruit (like an apple/pear), handful (about 10-12) of whole almonds / cashew nuts.
- Chopped Veg like cucumber/peppers/carrots & Hummus (1-2 tablespoons)
- Boiled Egg & Rice cakes
- Celery sticks with peanut butter (Fill the middle with 1-2 teaspoons nut butter)
- Yogurt with berries & seeds
- Sliced meat / Smoked salmon & chopped salad
- Mini Babybel with fruit
You could also make your own bars like Chickpea Protein bars for a savoury option or Easy Protein Brownies (you can find my recipe here).
So there you go. Get creative with your snacks
There are plenty of alternatives you can try for some variety. You don’t have to follow the protein bar trend and stand out from the ‘snacking crowd’ ……. if there is one 😉