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The Best New Protein Bars And Snacks To Stash In Your Gym Bag

Whether you’re always rushing out the door to get to the gym or you simply can’t pass up a delicious opportunity to add more protein to your diet, you know the importance of having the best protein bars and snacks at the ready.

With so many new protein bars and snacks out there, it’s worthwhile (and fun!) to mix things up. From sticky-sweet treats to salty, satiating chips, these newbies will send you straight to protein heaven.

MyProtein Crispy Wafers

Protein wafers

The layers of light wafer cookies and creamy filling in Myprotein’s Crispy Wafers make it easy to satisfy your sweet tooth without feeling heavy afterward. Whether you opt for sweet Vanilla or rich Chocolate, you’ll get 15 grams of protein in every serving. When you’re looking for something light before hitting the gym or to hold you over until your next meal, these wafers are an easy treat.

RedCon1 MRE Protein Muffins and Brookies

RedCon1 Protein Muffins

RedCon1’s whole food MRE powders dominate the meal replacement game—and their Protein Muffins and Protein Brookies transform that winning formula into portable, high-protein baked goods you’ll definitely want to add to your snack rotation.

The fluffy muffins—available in Wild Blueberry and Double Chocolate Chip—offer 15 grams of protein (including five grams of collagen) without any whey. The dense, chewy brookies—choose between Chocolate Chip Fudge and Birthday Cake—meanwhile, offer the same amount of protein and are made without gluten, making them a crave-worthy option for anyone avoiding it.

Not familiar with RedCon1’s whole food protein blend? It combines collagen with pea, beef, and rice proteins for a well-rounded profile.

Finaflex Power Pie

finaflex power pie

Moon pies probably make you think of the packaged baked treats you always begged your parents for on supermarket runs as a kid—and Finaflex’s Power Pies have the same creamy, fluffy appeal while packing in 14 grams of protein. The new Vanilla flavor is an instant classic, but the Chocolate gets the job done, too.

think! High Protein Bars

think protein bars

When your protein bar game is feeling a little stale, swap in one of the latest flavors from think!. You can’t go wrong with either the Brownie Crunch or Creamy Peanut Butter, both of which contain 20 grams of protein and zero sugar. These gluten-free, low glycemic index bars achieve their satisfying sweetness without any artificial sweeteners, contain no funky, gas-inducing fibers, and get their protein from a blend of soy protein isolate, calcium caseinate, and whey protein isolate. Since they contain some carbs (22 grams, to be exact), they’re perfect for before a workout or during activities like hiking.

Quest Hot & Spicy Tortilla Style Protein Chips

Quest hot protein tortilla chips

Quest Nutrition has been the king of innovative protein snacks since pretty much forever, and the latest addition to their Tortilla Style Protein Chips line—the fiery Hot & Spicy flavor—promises to be your favorite yet. For just 140 calories and four grams of net carbs, each bag offers 19 grams of protein and will leave your mouth just slightly on fire (ya know, in a pleasant way). Tomato powder, onion powder, aged cayenne peppers, vinegar, salt, garlic, and cheddar cheese powder make for big-time flavor you’ll enjoy anytime you’re craving crunch.

Prime Bites Protein Brownies

protein brownies

Prime Bites makes a Protein Brownie in pretty much every flavor you could imagine (from Pumpkin Spice to Chocolate Cookie Monster), and anyone with a sweet tooth will love the latest: Glazed Chocolate Donut and Glazed Cinnamon Roll. Hand-crafted in small batches, these oven-baked brownies offer 19 grams of protein a pop from whey protein and collagen. Oh, and did we mention you get all the ooey-gooey brownie goodness for just four grams of added sugar? Talk about a far cry from any bakery bite.

Legendary Foods Tasty Pastries

legendary protein pastry

Even if toaster pastries weren’t your go-to after school snack, you’ve got to appreciate these practically identical treats. Legendary Foods transformed the typically sugar-laden snack into their epic Tasty Pastry, which packs in 20 grams of protein and seven grams of fiber while keeping carbs and sugar low (just five grams of net carbs and less than a gram of sugar). The newest flavors, Strawberry and Blueberry, scream nostalgia (just look at those sprinkles!). Reach for one whenever your inner child needs some workout fuel.

Vaughn’s Treats Original Mallow Crispies

vaughn's marshmallow treat

Rice crispies with protein? No, you’re not dreaming! Just when you thought you’d seen it all, in comes Vaughn’s Original Mallow Crispies to rock your world. Whey protein isolate adds a nice little dose of protein (10 grams) to these sweet, sticky mallow treats. And, thanks to other top-notch ingredients like actual marshmallows, clarified butter, and coconut oil, you’ll enjoy real-deal flavor that’s just like the OG. Consider these crispies the perfect pick-me-up when you need a little something-something.

RAW Whole Food Bars

RAW bars

If you like your eats simple, RAW’s Whole Food Bars keep it real without sacrificing an ounce of flavor. Their two classic options—Chocolate and Peanut Butter—get their goodness from a few whole-food ingredients, like dates, peanuts, honey, egg white protein, non-fat milk powder, and sea salt, and offer 13 and 14 grams of protein, respectively. No preservatives or alternative sweeteners mean you know exactly what you’re fueling with—and since these bars contain some natural sugar from the dates and honey, they’re actually the perfect fuel for your next training session or outdoor activity.

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