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Pick the Best Protein Bars for Post Workout (Coaches Corner)

The NuGo Slim protein bars have fueled me for years, and in my opinion are the best protein bars on the market for post workout or post run recovery. Find out why and join the Running Coaches Corner link up! 

Continuing the marathon training nutrition discussion from last week and the week before, today I want to delve in to what is , in my opinion, one of the best post workout protein bars, NuGo Slim. 

This post is sponsored by NuGo Slim, all opinions are my own! And yes, I have been eating these for YEARS!

I am a Certified Personal Trainer and Running Coach, but I am not a Registered Dietitian. My information is based on my own preferences and experiences of what works best for my body. Please always consult an RD with for specific nutrition information. 

How to Pick the Best Protein Bar for Post Workout

The NuGo Slim protein bars have fueled @suzlyfe for years, and in my opinion are the best protein bars on the market for post workout or post run recovery. Find out why and join the Running Coaches Corner link up! #ad

When I am looking at nutrition labels, I have a few markers that I am looking for. Now, let it be known that I talking specifically about the 30-45 minutes post workout (including hard runs)! Depending on the nature of your workout, you may need to eat more in the hours after, but these are what I look for immediately following a run or workout.

My Post Workout Protein Bar Nutrition Facts Must Haves:

  • 15-20g of protein for optimal muscle protein synthesis and recovery. 
  • 5-15g of fat. I have no problem with fats! In fact, they are necessary for recovery! I give this sliding scale because nut based bars will likely have a greater fat count. I look for monosaturated fats over polysaturated, and I try to keep both of those low.
  • <10g of sugar and <5g of sugar alcohols. I will stretch the amount of sugar but always must be fewer grams of sugar than grams of protein. And sugar alcohols hurt my tummy, so the fewer the better.
    • An additional note: if this is after a long run, I will have been taking in fuel, which is often straight carbs and sugars, so having fewer sugars is important for me. A little sugar? Totally fine, but I don’t want to go nuts if I’ve just had lots of sugar on the run.
  • 3g < Fiber < 9g. Fiber helps keep me full, but I don’t understand bars that have 15-17g of fiber per serving! What is your body supposed to do with that?!
  • 180-230 calories. This is appropriate for a post run snack, but that does not mean that you stop fueling here! Check back to this post on marathon training nutrition to figure out why, as well as why I don’t go nuts with calories right after I finish my run
  • As many real ingredients as I can accomplish within those constraints.

Other things I often look for? Chocolate 😀 and great taste of course.

What makes the best post workout protein bar? Coach @suzlyfe tells #runchat #coachescorner Click To Tweet

NuGo Slim Protein Bars

I have been eating NuGo Slim protein bars for years–actually, for my entire running career! I first found them in the grocery stores when I lived in NYC, living the grad school life (aka on the move, in the library, and broke), training for my first half marathon (Spring 2012), and living with a chronic condition that demanded I take fantastic care of myself. 

And 5ish years later, I may not be living the grad school life, but I am living a life that demands high quality nutrition on the go to support a job that always has me on my feet + my fitness pursuits as well as still living in a body that demands de-luxe service. 

Wait, that is just about all of us, right? Aren’t we all harried and away from home the majority of the day as we pursue our career and fitness goals? Convenience and quality go a long way, amiright?

Oh, and I forgot one other little factor to add into all of this: WE HUNGRY. WE HANGRY. WE RUNGRY.

NuGo Slim protein bars have been in my arsenal for years, as I mentioned, and with the expansion of their flavors, they continue to have a spot in my cupboards and my bag. They are not a meal replacement, but they are perfect for second breakfast, mid-PM snack, and definitely perfect for post run or post lift before your shower or as you jet to your next activity.

Remember those criteria? Here’s how the NuGo Slim protein bars stack up:

NuGo Slim Protein Bar Nutrition Facts

  • 16-18 g Protein (Including vegan protein!)
  • Around 5 g Fat and 2-3g Saturated Fat, no Trans Fats
  • 2-3 g Sugar with NO Maltitol or Artificial Sweeteners
  • 5-8 g Fiber from Chicory Root
  • 170-190 Calories

Additional NuGo Slim Protein Bar Benefits:

  • 7 flavors
    • Non Vegan: Raspberry Truffle, Roasted Peanut, and Brownie Crunch
    • Vegan: Crunchy Peanut Butter, Chocolate Espresso, Toasted Coconut, and Chocolate Mint
  • Certified Gluten Free
  • Dipped in REAL dark chocolate
  • Low Glycemic Index (24-29)
  • Low Net Carbs
  • Non-GMO

The NuGo Slim protein bars have fueled @suzlyfe for years, and in my opinion are the best protein bars on the market for post workout or post run recovery. Find out why and join the Running Coaches Corner link up! #ad

NuGo’s Dedication to Real Ingredients

I take my chocolate seriously, and so does NuGo.

NuGo is the only company to make REAL Dark Chocolate coated protein bars for many lifestyles. NuGo’s REAL Dark Chocolate melts in your mouth, releasing a luscious flavor. Other ‘dark chocolate’ protein bars substitute unhealthy palm kernel oil for the natural cocoa butter, raising the melt point above body temp, making it waxy and too sweet.

Read and sign the petition created on by NuGo Nutrition to create a FDA standard for dark chocolate.

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What do you look for in a post workout snack?

Have you tried NuGo Slim bars? What is your favorite flavor?

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  • Reply Lisa @ Mile by Mile

    Ive never heard of these bars, but they sound great! I try to avoid protein bars other than when Im in a pinch and need something quick, and post workout is the perfect time for them. I agree on low sugar and minimal sugar alcohol (my stomach doesn’t like those either). And you cant go wrong with chocolate.

    July 5, 2017 at 5:50 am
  • Reply Jennifer @ Fit Nana

    I’ve never heard of these! And I’m always on the lookout for a good protein bar I can toss in my purse, as well as eat after a tough workout. Hmm…. And I’m with you on the sugar alcohols – blech!

    July 5, 2017 at 6:09 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      yeh, I just can’t do them!

      July 15, 2017 at 9:58 am
  • Reply Sam @ G & G Nutrition Co.

    For workouts, I usually try to have a snack with a 3:1 carb to protein ratio immediately after and then a sensible meal with adequate protein a little bit after. In general with bars, I don’t mind the sugar as long as it’s natural and not added.

    July 5, 2017 at 6:13 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      For me, it depends on the workout. I tend to follow up with carbs via my meal a bit after!

      July 15, 2017 at 9:58 am
  • Reply Beth

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bar with 15 g of fiber…that *is* totally crazy! I’m going to have to keep an eye out for these bars. They sound tasty!

    July 5, 2017 at 6:16 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’ve seen so many. Quest bars are like that. Thus why I don’t eat them!

      July 15, 2017 at 9:59 am
  • Reply Kimberly Hatting

    I’ll have to look for these, though I have not heard of them before. Of course, I will not be doing much in terms of “sweating” for awhile 😉

    July 5, 2017 at 6:29 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Doesn’t mean you can’t have them!

      July 15, 2017 at 9:59 am
  • Reply Rachel Frutkin

    These look yummy! I’ll have to try them.

    July 5, 2017 at 6:36 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m obviously a huge fan!

      July 15, 2017 at 9:59 am
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    Most of the protein bars on the market have way too much sugar for me or they have those sugar alcohols that upset my stomach. I have never seen these but I how they sound!

    July 5, 2017 at 6:58 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m right there with you. Check out WFM!

      July 15, 2017 at 10:00 am
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    These sound like great bars! I’ll have to look out for them at the store!

    July 5, 2017 at 6:58 am
  • Reply Emily @ Pizza & Pull-ups

    Yum! I have never tried NuGo bars, but these sound amazing!

    July 5, 2017 at 7:00 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Go forth and get some!

      July 15, 2017 at 10:01 am
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    I’ve never heard of these! So many protein bars, so little time…

    July 5, 2017 at 7:05 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      True, but if they are good enough..

      July 15, 2017 at 10:02 am
  • Reply Kim G

    I’m always on the hunt for a great post-workout snack. I’ve never heard of this brand before so thanks for sharing!

    July 5, 2017 at 7:41 am
  • Reply Debbie

    Hooray that they have a vegan bar! I’ve never tried them before but I always like to have something on hand in emergencies. Thanks for the review!

    July 5, 2017 at 7:44 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And lots of great vegan flavors!

      July 15, 2017 at 10:05 am
  • Reply Janelle @ Run With No Regrets

    I may have to buy a box with your code…they look really good! I’ve been trying to find the right post-run snack for a while and would prefer something easy to grab and go like this!

    July 5, 2017 at 7:57 am
  • Reply Suzy

    I’ve never seen these before! I’d be down with those! I totally agree with you on the fibre thing. And the chocolate thing. Pretty much every thing.

    July 5, 2017 at 9:11 am
  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    I have a really hard time finding protein bars that I like + that have the right balance of nutrients. I need to try these!

    July 5, 2017 at 9:30 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Let me know what you thinK!

      July 15, 2017 at 10:04 am
  • Reply Annmarie

    These sound like a really good option and I have been wanting to try them but they have soy in them 🙁 Ugh, silly stomach.

    July 5, 2017 at 10:29 am
  • Reply Patricia @Sweet and Strong

    I’ve never heard of these, they sound delicious though. I rarely find a protein bar that I don’t enjoy, but I always look for bars high in protein but lower in sugar.

    July 5, 2017 at 1:01 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      These are perfect!

      July 15, 2017 at 10:03 am
  • Reply Ilka

    I always have some protein bars in my bag – most of the time homemade ones, but also some favorite brands I buy at the store. I need to give these NUGO bars a try!!

    July 5, 2017 at 7:40 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      These are great when yo don’t feel like making your own (when I never do, lol)

      July 15, 2017 at 9:55 am
  • Reply

    I would like the Espresso one please as a second breakfast!

    July 6, 2017 at 6:23 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I often do just that!

      July 15, 2017 at 9:55 am
  • Reply Emily

    I’ve seen these, but I’ve never tried them! Now I would like to go get one to try. My favorite protein bars are Perfect and Square Bars. 🙂

    July 6, 2017 at 9:01 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I personally prefer these, but to each their own!

      July 15, 2017 at 9:54 am
  • Reply Anna @ Piper's Run

    Yum, that crunchy peanut butter one sounds good!

    July 6, 2017 at 12:26 pm
  • Reply Toni

    These look delicious, I have never tried them, but I will have to check them out when I go to the store next time.

    July 6, 2017 at 1:10 pm
  • Reply Mattie @ Comfy Confident

    I have never heard of either of those bars but they sounds really good and their nutrition is on point!

    July 6, 2017 at 3:12 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Nutrition is SO on point!

      July 15, 2017 at 9:53 am
  • Reply Hannah

    Being chocolate-coated bars, how do you keep them from getting melty on the go? I love chocolate-dipped protein bars in theory, obviously, but mine always end up melty and messy.

    July 6, 2017 at 8:33 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      These ahve a great kind of shell, but I know what you mean. Just don’t keep them right next to your body, and optimally, in a cooler place.

      July 15, 2017 at 9:53 am
  • Reply Clarinda

    Thanks for this great info! I need to check to see how my Clif bars stack up. 🙂

    July 7, 2017 at 7:24 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Lots more sure, that is for certain

      July 15, 2017 at 9:51 am
  • Reply lindsay Cotter

    I haven’t tried Nugo slim. But I always love checking out new bars… protein bars. LOL! 😉

    July 7, 2017 at 5:15 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’ll take most bars, lol

      July 15, 2017 at 9:46 am
  • Reply MCM Mama Runs

    These sound tasty! So many things have stevia now and I don’t like it, so it’s always good to find an option that doesn’t.

    July 11, 2017 at 8:10 pm
  • Reply San

    I just can’t do protein bars… I’ve tried so many.

    July 12, 2017 at 7:40 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Some people just need a different approach!

      July 15, 2017 at 9:12 am

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