The last 40 or so years have given birth to an entirely new type of food: the protein bar.
Consider that they often now take up a whole section in the grocery store that simply didn’t exist decades ago. Meanwhile, protein bars have overtaken carts nationwide, potentially putting a dent in budgets but ultimately streamlining lives.
This recently created item has a serious range. From breakfast to snack to dessert (and, in a moment of absolute necessity, dinner), it can be whatever you need it to be, as you sprint through your schedule. Just get comfortable with the idea of shelling out $3-6, then unwrap and go. Even though they technically came of age in the 1980s, according to The Bar Shack, it often feels like protein bars were ready-made for this hectic modern era.
Of course, as the nomenclature might lead you to believe, there’s more to these bars than just their convenience. Rather, they are made to deliver a protein hit and deliver they do. But, as is often the case with newer and trendy foods, not all protein bars are built on equal footing. Some are pretty good, while others are little more than a waste of your hard-earned cash. Read on for our roundup of the ones that are absolutely worth spending your money on…
Justin’s Almond Butter Protein Bars
Justin’s Refrigerated Almond Butter Protein Bars may feel familiar. They are reminiscent of Perfect Bars, after all, in that they typically come straight from the fridge and rather cold, but these fairly new inventions have their own unique twist. Instead of packing in peanut butter to their core offerings, Justin’s builds on what the company already does best: almond butter.
Using Justin’s signature almond butter, the protein bar ties together 10 grams of plant-based protein and dynamic, rich flavor. There are three varieties: Dark Chocolate Chip Almond Butter, Honey Almond Butter, and old faithful, the classic just-plain Almond Butter. In order to cut back on sugar (Justin’s bars have 40 percent less sugar than “leading refrigerated bars,” according to the brand), the nut butter experts use organic maple syrup to sweeten their plain almond butter bar and organic honey to sweeten their dark chocolate chip and honey varieties.
Justin’s Refrigerated Almond Butter Protein Bars are free of almost everything: gluten, soy, dairy, and they’re also non-GMO. Fans of almond butter will love this innovation.