It started out with a trip to a local health food store in Chapel Hill called Weaver Street. I stood in front of the colorful display of protein bars and tried to decide which ones to buy for the week. So. Many. Choices.
The packaging was so enticing: 25 grams of protein! Cookie dough flavor! More chocolate flavor than ever before! All natural!
But then my kids starting pleading with me, “Momma, you’re taking SO LONG. Just decide!”
So I picked out my favorites (I’m a sucker for anything chocolate mint) and went on my merry way, kids in tow.
When I got home, I started looking at the labels. The range of calories, ingredients, and sugar was pretty astounding. But those bars were also pretty dang delicious.
It got me thinking: what if I bought a huge batch and compared all of the nutrients and taste into a big chart? I do love taste tests, and I do love an excuse to use Excel.
3 shopping trips, 4 weeks, and 40 protein bars later, here are the highlights of my findings.
WINNER FOR TASTE AND INGREDIENTS: RXBar, Pumpkin Spice
LOSER FOR HIGH SUGAR: Gatorade bar
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