The 13 Best Protein Bars For Men

by Christina Meyer-Jax, Tastemaker in Residence - Content & photos BY CHRISTA SGOBBA AND SUSAN HORNIK-MAR 29, 2018-

We tested dozens to find the best-tasting bars out there that’ll maximize your gains The Best Protein Bars For Men | Men's Health We asked a nutrition expert to devise a checklist of what you need in a protein bar, and found the best-tasting ones that meet his criteria. 

Protein bars seem like the miracle snack: They promise the protein you need to feed your muscles, while boasting flavors so delicious you’ll want to sub them for dessert.

But the sad truth is, many of these protein bars are just candy bars in disguise. They’re chock-full of sugar and empty calories, and they're actually shoddy sources of protein. Finding a bar out there that stands out from the gut-busting crowd can be difficult — and discovering one that tastes good while doing so can be even harder.

We went to the Natural Products Expo in Anaheim, Ca. and asked nutritional experts to weigh in on their favorites. Our Men’s Health staffers taste-tested many of these bars to find out which ones scored highest on flavor and texture.

We also asked Men’s Health nutrition advisor Alan Aragon, M.S., to devise a checklist of the nutritional criteria you need to use when picking your perfect protein bar. His advice: Look for a bar with at least 20 grams of protein (from a dairy-based source, like whey, casein, or a combination of both), 300 calories or fewer, 15 grams of fat or below, and at least 5 grams of fiber.

The result? Read on to find the 13 best protein bars for men—and stash one or two in your gym bag for the next time hunger strikes.

The 13 Best Protein Bars For Men