You are currently viewing Best Protein Bars When You Are On the Go
Vikivector@Adobe Stock

Best Protein Bars When You Are On the Go

We are constantly lectured to eat whole foods and have sit-down meals. But with our busy schedules, sometimes that just isn’t possible. You can’t always get organic veggies on the go when you are traveling. Have you ever tried to stuff kale in your Gucci sling?

Sometimes you may be stuck in meetings for hours without enough time to sit down and eat. Or you may be traveling and stuck in the middle of nowhere with no readily accessible healthy eats. So you need to know the best realistic alternative: protein bars. This post compares the best protein bars you can have as a backup.

Protein bars are needed “in case of emergency,” like breaking the glass to get the lifeline. So I have rounded up my top recommendations based on years of trying every protein bar that wasn’t nailed to the ground. You can scan the table below and then scroll down to see my additional insights on the brands.

Protein Bar Comparison Chart

Brand Popular Flavors Nutrition Info Ingredients Taste and Texture Availability Optimal consumption scenario
Quest Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Double Chocolate Chunk, Strawberry Cheesecake, Cookies and Cream180-200 kcal, average of 20 g protein, 9g fat, 1g net carbsWhey protein, both natural and artificial sweeteners and sugar alcoholsVERY Chewy and dessert-like. A little sticky, but becomes soft and cake-like  when nuked for 10 secondsOn Quest Website, also Amazon, and basically any CVS or airport snack store Post-workout, as a meal replacement, on a flight where spotty meal/snack service exists. Easily squished into a small purse/carry on.
Alani Peanut Butter and Jelly, Rocky Road, Caramel Crunch200-220 kcal, 15g protein, 9g fat, 18g net carbsWhey and soy-based protein, peanut or chocolate flavored coating Juicy and satisfying because of coating – candy-bar likeOn Alani website, Amazon, GNCYou want a savory, low-calorie  snack (like a PayDay bar) and like seeing something that looks like the named flavor (i.e., you can see the jelly in the PB&J). Best breakfast subsitiute
Aloha Coconut chocolate almond, Chocolate Mint Brownie, Vanilla Almond Crunch 220-260kcal, 9-12g fat, 26g net cars, 5g addedsugar Plant-based, organic ingredients Chewy and flavorful, but not a lot of texture or additional chunks. Slightly sticky. Online (you can actually get a variety pack), at GNC, at some drugstores, but more nicheYou are trying to eat more organic/clean versus low calorie low carb and are hungry. You will eat in a few hours and are hungry, but don’t want to spoil your appetite 
Atkins Caramel chocolate nut roll, chocolate caramel pretzel 180kcal, 7g protein, 12g fat, 7g net carbsPeanuts, milk, whey protein, sugar alcohols and artificial sweeteners, Delicious and gooey, with enough firmness but not sticky Atkins website, most drugstores and grocery stores by the boxYou want a Snickers or Milky Way real bad and low-cal and low-carb (not protein) is not a priority 
Barebells Banana Caramel, Salty Peanut, Caramel cashew200kcal, 8g fat, 20g protein, 12g net carbs, no added sugars Milk proteins, natural ingredients, artificial sweetenersSoft and dissolves quickly as you chew On Barebell site, Amazon, GNC and in many international sports storesYou have sensitive teeth or crowns you don’t want to randomly pop off eating a bar 
Built Salted caramel, Churro, Peanut Butter Brownie130kcal, 2.5g 20g protein, 11g net carb, 17g protein, 4g added sugar, sugar alcohol Whey protein, chocolate, no artificial sweetenersMarshmallow-y : Each bar has “puff” under usually a chocolate coating On Built site, at GNC storesIf you are old enough to remember Milky Way dark or really like the chocolate covered marshmallow easter eggs. Or just like marshmallows in general. I mean who doesn’t:) 

Protein Bars Unpacked

Quest Website


Quest Protein Bars have a unique texture that sets them apart from other brands. They are known for their chewiness, which some people love while others may find it slightly dense. They also have “chunks” of chocolate and the other flavors which make them taste like a real dessert especially when you warm in it the microwave for 10 seconds and have with a glass of milk. This also takes the chewiness out.

Available at: Quest Website

Barebell bar site

Barebells Protein Bars

These bars are widely available in Europe, which is great if you are traveling. They are also softer and more gooey than the Qiuest Bars. They have a crispy texture which makes them like 100 Grand Bars.

Available at the Barebells site.

Alani NU site

Alani Nu protein bars

Alani Nu Protein Bars have impressive flavor varieties, like Birthday Cake, Peanut Butter Crisp, and Cookies N’ Cream. The flavors are rich and indulgent without being overwhelmingly sweet, making them a satisfying treat for any time of day. Notable also that their peanut butter and jelly has real jelly in it!

Available at Alani Nu site.

Built Bar Website

Built Puff Bars

If you like marshmallow and chocolate, this is your bar! The Built Bar boast high protein and low in sugar. It is less chewy and easier on the teeth.

It is quite reminiscent of the now almost discontinued Milky Way Dark.

Available at the BUILT Bar website .

Aloha Bar website

Aloha Protein Bars

These bars are 100 percent organic, have a moderate protein content, and are sweet to eat. If you are leaning towards plant-based and trying to reduce your consumption of artificial sweeteners, this is for you. It has a lot of nuanced flavors, like Chocolate Caramel Pecan, Pumpkin Spice and Lemon Cashew.

Available at the Aloha Bar website.

Atkins Bar Website

Atkins bar

Another Keto/low carb friendly option, Atkins has been doing low-carb snacks for years so they have really perfected the flavor. The Caramel Chocolate Nut Roll bar is interchangeable with a Snickers.

Available at the Atkins bar website.

A Word of Caution

While protein bars are good as a backup, you don’t want to fall down the rabbit hole of having too many in a day, or making them a regular snack. They are MEAL REPLACEMENTS ONLY. Read my article below on how and why protein bars can sabotage your diet for more info:

Leave a Reply