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While we know we should be getting our protein from whole food sources like chicken, steak, lentils or even nutritional yeast, sometimes (let’s face it) we’re just too damn busy. Those times, we turn to protein bars. But all bars are not created equal: Many of the options on grocery-store shelves are nothing more than glorified candy bars. (Yikes.) That’s why we combed through ingredient lists and nutritional information to find the healthiest protein bars on the market right now. First, we looked at the ingredient lists: The more ingredients we couldn’t pronounce, the less chance a bar had of being up to our standards. Nutrition-wise, we stuck to these guidelines:

  • At least 8 grams of protein
  • No more than 14 grams of sugar
  • At least 3 grams of fiber

From there, we determined that these 15 bars are your best bet if you’re looking for a quick protein fix. Oh, and did we mention you can order them all on Amazon?

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1. RXBar Chocolate Sea Salt Protein Bar (12 Pack)

  • Protein: 10g
  • Sugar: 9g
  • Fiber: 10g
  • Fat: 9g
  • Carbs: 31g
  • Calories: 210

The beauty of these tasty bars is that they’re very transparent when it comes to ingredients. As in, they’re listed right on the front of the packaging. This chocolate sea salt flavor is made with 100 percent real chocolate, egg whites for protein, nuts for texture and dates to bind everything together. The result? Something that tastes more like a dessert than pre-workout fuel.

$18 at Amazon

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2. ThinkThin Protein & Superfruit Coconut Almond Bar (9 Pack)

  • Protein: 12g
  • Sugar: 13g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Fat: 12g
  • Carbs: 24g
  • Calories: 260
This blend of sweet coconut, protein-packed almonds and omega-rich chia seeds may be on the higher side of sugar content, but it’s also a solid source of protein that has a cake-like texture and tastes like you’re on a tropical island.

$16 at Amazon

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3. DNX Grass-Fed Beef & Uncured Bacon Jalapeno Bar (12 Pack)

  • Protein: 14g
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Fiber: 0g*
  • Fat: 9g
  • Carbs: 1g
  • Calories: 140
Free from supplements, protein powders and artificial sugars, each one of these guys boasts 14 grams of protein and 9 grams of healthy fats with just 1 gram of carbs. Meaty and just a little bit spicy, these bars are also made with organic Medjool dates, organic liquid coconut aminos and grass-fed beef collagen.

*Oh, and we know this one doesn’t quite hit the fiber goal, but it makes up for it in low-cal, low-sugar and high-protein stats.

$30 at Amazon

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4. GoMacro Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip MacroBars (12 Pack)

  • Protein: 11g
  • Sugar: 14g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Fat: 11g
  • Carbs: 39g
  • Calories: 290
GoMacro has a ton of tasty flavors, but we’re partial to its original peanut butter chocolate chip, which combines 11 grams of plant-based protein with organic creamy peanut butter, chopped roasted peanuts and organic, fair-trade chocolate chips. Think of it as a way healthier Reese’s.

$30 at Amazon

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5. Keto Bars Dark Chocolate Coconut Almond Protein Bar (10 Pack)

  • Protein: 6g
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Fiber: 7g
  • Fat: 20g
  • Carbs: 3g
  • Calories: 230
Yep, you can still eat chocolate on the keto diet. This dense and chewy snack is loaded with your favorite ingredients, including unsweetened baking chocolate, shredded coconut and creamy almond butter. And the best part? All the macro calculations have been done for you with 3 grams of net carbs, 6 grams of protein and 20 grams of fat in every bar. (Psst: These also come in chocolate peanut butter and mint chocolate flavors.)

$30 at Amazon

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6. Exo Chocolate Fudge Brownie Protein Bars (12 Pack)

  • Protein: 16g
  • Sugar: 7g
  • Fiber: 16g
  • Fat: 9g
  • Carbs: 26g
  • Calories: 210
Let’s get this out of the way: The protein in these bars comes from…crickets. According to Exo, crickets require a tiny fraction of the water that cows do to make the same amount of protein, making them a more sustainable source. In terms of taste, you’d never know the background behind these delicious bars by taste alone. (Promise—we’ve tried them.)

$28 at Amazon

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7. Julian Bakery Pegan Thin Protein Bars (12 Pack)

  • Protein: 20g
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Fiber: 23g
  • Fat: 6g
  • Carbs: 2g
  • Calories: 150
News flash: Vegans and vegetarians can do the keto diet too. Here’s a meat-free snack that boasts 20 grams of organic plant protein, 2 grams of net carbs and just 1 gram of sugar in each bar. Flavors include chocolate, sunflower, vanilla cinnamon roll, cinnamon raisin and ginger, all of which are lightly sweetened with monk fruit.

$30 at Amazon

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8. ATLAS KETO CHOCOLATE CACAO PROTEIN BAR (10 PACK)

  • Protein: 16g
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Fiber: 11g
  • Fat: 11g
  • Carbs: 9g
  • Calories: 210
How does creamy almond butter and dark chocolate chips mixed with grass-fed whey protein sound? This one’s a firm favorite thanks to its uniform texture (no grittiness) and the not-too-sweet flavor. There are 16 grams of protein, 3 grams of sugar and 9 grams of net carbs in every bar.

$30 Amazon

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9. Epic All Natural Chicken Sesame BBQ Meat Bar (12 Pack)

  • Protein: 15g
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Fat: 6g
  • Carbs: 5g
  • Calories: 120
Want a jerky bar that isn’t all beef and bacon? Give this savory chicken option with 15 grams of protein, 3 grams sugar and 5 grams of carbs a go. Sesame gives this Asian-inspired bar its nuttiness, while ginger and red pepper give it a spicy kick.

$27 at Amazon

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10. IQ Bar Chocolate Sea Salt Brain Food Bar (12 Pack)

  • Protein: 11g
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Fiber: 8g
  • Fat: 10g
  • Carbs: 4g
  • Calories: 160
These keto- and paleo-friendly bars are made with six “brain-boosting ingredients”—Lion’s Mane (a type of mushroom), medium chain triglycerides, omega-3s, flavonoids, vitamin E and choline. We can’t speak to the IQ-boosting claims, but here’s what we do know: Each bar has 1 gram of sugar, 4 grams of net carbs and 11 grams of plant protein. Oh, and it tastes like cookie dough.

$25 at Amazon

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11. Primal Kitchen Macadamia Sea Salt Collagen Fuel Bar (12 Pack)

  • Protein: 14g
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Fiber: 9g
  • Fat: 13g
  • Carbs: 14g
  • Calories: 200
Protein and collagen—a match made in nutritional heaven. These nutty, salty bars are made with 7.5 grams of bovine collagen peptides and 14 grams of protein in every serving, making them an excellent paleo-friendly option.

$22 at Amazon

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12. Rise Almond Honey Whey Protein Bar (12 Pack)

  • Protein: 20g
  • Sugar: 11g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Fat: 16g
  • Carbs: 20g
  • Calories: 280
Rise touts its bars as “the simplest protein bar,” and it’s hard to argue with this trim ingredient list. Each bar contains only three ingredients: almonds, honey and whey protein isolate. Note that if you follow a vegan or dairy-free diet, Rise also has three flavors of a protein bar powered by pea protein instead of whey.

$26 at Amazon

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13. zing Dark Chocolate Coconut bar (12 pack)

  • Protein: 10g
  • Sugar: 9g
  • Fiber: 7g
  • Fat: 11g
  • Carbs: 24g
  • Calories: 210
Made with real dark chocolate, almond butter and macaroon-style coconut, Zing’s most popular flavor is a blend of the simple sweetness of coconut and the bold, full-bodied flavors of dark chocolate and almond butter. Plus, think of all the antioxidants you’re getting from the dark chocolate...

$27 at Amazon

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14. oatmega white chocolate raspberry bar (12 pack)

  • Protein: 14g
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Fiber: 7g
  • Fat: 7g
  • Carbs: 22g
  • Calories: 200
This sweet and tangy bar gets its protein from grass-fed whey and much of its fiber from oats. Each bar also contains omega-3s to support a strong brain. Win-win, no?

$18 at Amazon

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15. kind protein caramel nut bar (12 pack)

  • Protein: 12g
  • Sugar: 8g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Fat: 17g
  • Carbs: 18g
  • Calories: 240
We’ve long loved Kind bars as an on-the-go snack, but did you know the brand has a separate, protein-packed line? This one contains a tasty blend of rich caramel, whole almonds and peanuts. Also a heads-up that these babies are 25 percent larger than regular Kind bars.

$17 at Amazon

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NOT MUCH OF A BAR PERSON? TRY THESE HEALTHY PROTEIN POWDERS

Protein powders—which can be mixed with water, added to smoothies or even used in baked goods—are another great way to up your protein intake quickly. But when you think “protein powder,” you might think about hulking bros wearing muscle tees. Luckily, it’s 2020, and some companies are realizing that the market for protein powders is much more diverse. The first step toward inclusion? Making cleaner protein powders that don’t contain any animal products. Yep, they’re totally vegan and plant-based. Here, four of the buzziest you can buy right now.

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1. ALOHA VANILLA PLANT-BASED PROTEIN POWDER

With 18 grams of protein per serving, Aloha’s powders are absolute powerhouses. They’re also low in calories (150 per serving) and sugar (4 grams per serving). This not-too-sweet option is made with organic hemp seed protein, organic pumpkin seed protein and organic pea protein. Plus, it’s made without artificial sweeteners, GMO ingredients, soy or gluten. Wins all around.

$25 at Amazon

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2. WelleCo NOURISHING PROTEIN CHOCOLATE FLAVOUR

OK, we’ll get this out of the way up front: This protein powder is about as bougie as they come. Australian company WelleCo was cofounded by former supermodel Elle Macpherson and has quickly become a hit among Lululemon-clad SoulCycle enthusiasts. This is a plant-based powder made from all-natural ingredients that can be mixed with water, coconut water or smoothies. It’s a combination of brown rice and pea protein that provides all nine essential amino acids needed for recovery post-workout. Yes, it’s expensive, but it also comes very highly recommended by our most fabulous fitness friends.

Buy it ($70)

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3. APRÈS post-workout drink (12 pack)

Unlike the rest of the proteins on this list, Après isn’t technically a protein powder. It’s a vegan post-workout drink that combines plant-based proteins, virgin coconut oil and coconut water. The chicly packaged beverage comes in three delicious-sounding flavors (mint chocolate, chai spiced vanilla and sea salt chocolate) and is available as a subscription via the Après site.

$40 at Amazon

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4. Nutiva Hemp Protein Powder

Made from raw hemp seeds, Nutiva’s powder contains 15 grams of protein per serving, as well as all 20 amino acids (including the nine essentials recommended for post-workout). It’s also vegan, certified organic and non-GMO, as well as a great source of essential fatty acids and dietary fiber. Unlike non-organic, soy-based protein powders, it’s gently cold-pressed without hexane, a chemical solvent. It is a bit bland tasting, though, so you might want to blend it into a smoothie with some more flavorful mix-ins.

$12 at Amazon

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