Protein bars are a nutritional minefield. We all eat them on occasion; I certainly enjoy them, notably with coffee, but most days of the week, I consider my nutrition to be a victory if all my meals are real food.
That being said, occasions crop up when a decent protein bar is a good solution. Going to a movie; shopping; weirdly early mornings; long drives through the Upper Peninsula of Michigan - you get the picture. Sometimes a protein bar is the best option, and most of the time it’s far superior to not eating.
I’m constantly banging on my personal training clients to quit eating the damn protein bars; sometimes I’ll see as many bars in a food log as real-food protein sources. And we know they’re not the same; not at all.
There isn’t likely to be a legit protein bar I’ve not encountered; at the Arnold Sports Festival Expo alone a couple dozen brands may be available. Over the years I’ve had all of them, and enjoyed some of em. That long drive I referenced earlier can go bad quickly if you get a couple of low-quality bars in your gut. Watch out side-of-the-road!
All these warnings aside, I’ve been enjoying NuGo Stronger Protein Bars.
A combination of whey, casein and rice protein brings 25 grams of usable protein to your gut in each bar. They taste damn good without any sickly sweetness on the tongue, or richness that hangs out in your stomach. I enjoy the texture of the NuGo bars; they hold together nicely yet are easy to eat. Not soft like a Lara Bar, for example, yet not thick, sticky and tough to chew like many other protein bar products.
Yes, there’s sugar in the bar. Nine grams. The same number of grams of dietary fiber are in each one; for some reason I’m calmed by this ratio. There’s a hell of a lot of ingredients in these bars, and I’m not excited by all of them (tapioca syrup, glycerine), but I realize they’re part of the process of building a protein bar.
Face it, folks; no protein bar in the world ranks with good cuts of meat, vegetables, fruit and nuts. But when a bar is what you need, or life dictates you occasionally have to toss one down, I’d suggest strongly you give NuGo Stronger Protein Bars a try. I like them.
Want to feel better about your protein bar choice? These are rBGH dairy free, with no artificial growth hormone in the cows used. Sugar levels are lower than most bars of this size, as the company uses chicory root instead of Maltitol, a sugar alcohol. These bars are also gluten free.
Try the NuGo Stronger Protein Bar. They pack a pretty decent nutritional punch as a bar. The protein is real; their flavor is very good without overwhelming or flooding the taste buds with weird artificial crap.
For those occasions when only a protein bar will do, I’m on board with NuGo.