Nutrition is an important part of life and health. Living off grid can mean it is more difficult to preserve appropriate foods and it can result in a need for a quick boost occasionally, especially when homesteading, which takes a lot of physical effort. In a case where evacuation becomes necessary, having the proper nutrition in your bug out bag can be the difference between surviving or not.
Protein bars are a great way to keep up energy and ingest good nutrients without spiking blood glucose levels. The most beneficial protein bars contain healthy fat, protein, fiber, and plenty of vitamins and minerals. The more easy-to-read the ingredients list is, the better for health the bar is likely to be.
According to professional dieticians, the best protein bars for bug out bags and quick pick-ups will consist of at least 8 grams of protein, 3-10 grams of fiber, and at most 13 grams of sugar per serving. The protein should be from quality sources, such as nuts, egg whites, seeds, and grass-fed meats. Sweeteners should be natural, not artificial; sugar alcohols can cause stomach upset and gastrointestinal issues. Fats should be from nuts and seeds rather than vegetable oils. Fiber should be natural and not synthetic, as synthetic fiber can cause gas and bloating.
One of the best ways to determine whether a bar is good is to look at the ingredient list. If the things in the list are easily readable and easy to recognize, then it is probably good. When the ingredient list is full of unpronounceable chemicals, there is a good chance that they are less than healthy to ingest. Check the sources of the protein, which sweeteners are used, which fats are used, and the source of the other ingredients.
Even healthy protein bars should be eaten in moderation. Some nutritionists recommend limiting protein bar consumption to one daily.
Based on these criteria, some of the best protein bars include those listed below.
This protein bar is made from real food to provide the best possible nutrition. It consists of chocolate, egg whites, nuts and dates. They are gluten free and paleo friendly.
Made with smooth peanut butter, chicory root fiber, and crunchy peanuts, these bars provide 12 grams of protein and 18 grams of fat in a gluten free, Kosher bar.
These are vegan bars made from organic plant ingredients that offer 14 grams of protein and 12 grams of fiber per 56-gram bar. Paleo friendly and gluten free, these are great to fuel a body before or after a workout or as a snack.
A delicious way to increase protein intake, these bars provide 11 grams of protein and a gram of fiber in each bar. All ingredients are organic.
Keto-friendly bars with an almond spice flavor, these protein bars have 8 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber which come from natural ingredients such as cage-free eggs, flaxseed, and coconut oil. Sweetened with monk fruit and honey, they contain no gluten, dairy, or soy.
14 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber are packed into these decadent bars. Created from mostly organic ingredients, these are made to be healthy and offer energy.
These dark chocolate flavored bars are made from organic and simple ingredients, beginning with pumpkin seeds which are rich in minerals. Gluten free and free of GMO ingredients, these are sweetened with honey and flavored with spices.
These savory protein bars offer 8 grams of protein and only 7 grams of carbohydrates in a 43-gram bar. The uncured bacon is paired with fruits, nuts, seeds, and spices to achieve a delicious flavor.
12 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber are paired with healthy fats including MCT oil to create a delicious and healthy snack. Sweetened without adding sugar, the cashew butter and chicory root contain only 2 grams of natural sugars. The texture is similar to shortbread.
Gluten free bars are made from plant-based ingredients, using soy protein which has essential amino acids. Organic oats are added and low glycemic sugars are used to sweeten.
13 grams of protein are provided in these non-GMO bars. No artificial sweeteners are used to create the chocolate mint flavor in vegan bars that use plant-based ingredients.
A whopping 20 grams of protein are included in these lemon and cashew bars, which use protein from peas. These are paleo friendly and vegan, using only necessary ingredients to create a real food, healthy snack experience.
This 12-pack of peanut butter chip flavored keto-friendly protein bars is accompanied by a sampler box of seven other flavors. These snacks are free of gluten and dairy and are vegan.
Free of artificial flavors, refined sugars, gluten, soy, and dairy, these bars offer 9 grams of protein. Organic oats and white from cage-free eggs join other natural ingredients to make wholesome and flavorful bars.
15. NxtBar – Variety
12 bars of four different flavors provide 15 or 16 grams of protein with only 4 to 5 grams of net carbs. They are gluten-free, hormone free, non-GMO, and keto- and paleo-friendly. Plant based sweeteners such as stevia and monk fruit are used when needed. Their soft and chewy texture make them delightful to enjoy.
These mega bars are packed with 16 grams of protein from cage-free egg whites and 100% grass-fed beef collagen. The ingredients are non-GMO and gluten free.