Last week I talked about easy ways to get more protein. And like I said, I do believe in getting the majority of your protein from whole sources such as meat, eggs, yogurt, etc. However, working full time, being an athlete, and always on the go means that sometimes I need more-convenient and quick options to get my protein in. In this post, I want to review some of my favorite protein supplements–bars and powders–that I take. I know there a ton more out there that others take, so do your research and try out what works best for you.
- Dive Bars (6F, 25C, 18P)
These are my new absolute favorite bars!! I heard about them on instagram and bought myself the same pack that came with 4 flavors: cookies n’ cream, cookie dough, peanut butter chocolate chip, and trashcan cookie. I haven’t had the cookie dough yet (saving my assumed favorite for last), but the other 3 so far so STRAIGHT FIRE. They legit look and taste like cookie dough, relatively low sugars (9), and made from healthy ingredients. And because they have 90 mg of caffeine, they are the perfect pre-workout snack! I recently found them, but I am so glad I did because they hands down rose to the top.
- Oatmega (7F, 22C, 14P)
I still love these bars and they are my next favorite. They don’t taste like protein bars (like some bars you know have that aftertaste you can tell what you’re eating) and their flavors are spot on delicious.I haven’t tried all the flavors, but I’ll rank the ones that I have right here from top to bottom: Chocolate Mint, Chocolate Coconut, Chocolate Peanut, Chocolate Brownie, Vanilla Almond. These bars are also low sugar (5 g) and have omega-3s which are healthy fats that the body needs–don’t worry you can’t taste them at all! The taste and texture are just perfect on these bars.
- RXBar (9F, 24C, 12P)
First, I want to say for the nutrition facts, each bar is different in fats and carbs so I just did an average for this post’s sake. You may have heard of RXBar because on the front of their wrappers it lists the ingredients and then No B.S. at the bottom, meaning exactly what you think. RXBar prides themselves on using all wholesome ingredients with no added sugar and no crap ingredients. I will say the texture of this bar is different from most, it’s chewier and less “bar-ish” which makes sense considering their ingredients. Again, I have not tried all the flavors especially since they just came out with 3 new ones, but I will rank the ones I have tried here from top to bottom: Maple Sea Salt, Blueberry, Chocolate Coconut, Chocolate Sea Salt, Peanut Butter (did not like at all). Definitely give these bars a try!
I switched to this protein about 3 months ago after disliking what I was previously using (it wasn’t bad tasting overall, but not as many flavors and tasted bad just drinking with water). I had heard great things about PEScience Select Protein and wanted to test them out with their snickerdoodle flavor. Yes you read that right, SNICKERDOODLE!! It is now my favorite protein powder and I have it usually once a day because it is so good and versatile. It tastes delicious just mixed in water if you need a quick, on-the-go shake, but also in yogurt bowls, oatmeal, pancake mix, etc. I am so glad I tried PEScience out because I fell in love!! They also have tons of other flavors that I’ve heard are amazing and I want to try, but it is hard to give-up on my snickerdoodle, even for a short time. If you’ve been looking for a new protein powder, this is it!
This is a brand that lately that I have heard AMAZING things about from the people I follow on instagram. When they came out with their new Apollo Pure flavor, birthday cake cupcake, and after a stressful day at work, I decided to treat myself to buying a tub of it. And it did not disappoint. I put some in my pancake mix this morning and there are legit sprinkles in the protein powder!!! It tasted exactly like birthday cake cupcake and was freakin’ delicious. I have also heard it makes amazing ice cream bowls and shakes, but have yet to try. They have other flavors that I have heard are to die for such as Cookies n’ Cream, Cinnamon Roll, and Vanilla Milkshake–and I can’t wait to try them.
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