One of the most requested and searched product categories in Trash Panda is protein bars. So often, protein bars are marketed as healthy when the ingredient lists say differently. You asked, and we listened: this week we’re unpacking what really goes into some of the most popular protein bars, and giving you our favorite #TrashPandaApproved picks.
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B.T.R. Bar

B.T.R. bars are powered by plant-based superfoods & adaptogens for energy, focus, and calm. These clean vegan protein bars & keto bars are made with the highest quality plant-based protein, and 90% less sugar than the average protein bar. Get a variety pack to try all the flavors.

Gratisfied Empower Bar

Gratisfied’s original grain-free favorite is made with nuts, seeds, and other superfoods, in addition to plant-based pea protein, organic egg and avocado oil for the perfect meal or snack. Insider tip? Crumble one of these bars in your yogurt or oatmeal to really elevate your breakfast. We also love that this brand is female-founded! Try them out!

YES Bar Dark Chocolate Chip

These vegan, paleo, and gluten-free Yes Bars are made with only real-food ingredients and taste amazing. We love the chocolate chip, but you can’t go wrong with any flavor. Stock up.

Go Macro Granola + Coconut Balanced Goddess Bar

This GoMacro Granola + Coconut Bar is a go-to. Filled with healthy fats from coconut and walnuts, it will keep you feeling full and energized even during a mid-afternoon slump. Try out all their flavors.

Chocolate Mint Perfect Bar

It’s no secret that the Perfect Bar is delicious. A quick scan through Trash Panda shows that these bars might actually be perfect. Find these bars in the refrigerated section of your local grocery store, or order them here and thank us later.

G2G Almond Fruit Bar

G2G believes preservatives and other artificial ingredients can have a negative impact on our overall health. Because of this, G2G bars are built for the fridge and we love it. Full of pure protein, gluten-free, and available in a variety of flavors — G2G has it all figured out. Most definitely Trash Panda approved and perfect for the whole family.

Trash Panda Skips

To round out this list, we’re finishing with 2 extremely popular products to skip: Barebells and Quest. Unfortunately, these have natural flavors and sugar alcohols that make them a less ideal choice.
We hope this week’s article provided some clarity about the false marketing that frequents the protein bar section of the grocery store. At the end of the day, you should choose what you enjoy - and if it happens to be from a highlighted brand, even better!