You’ve entered Beast Mode! Whether you’re training hard for an event or just for fun, this mode features some of the best ways to boost your performance naturally. Before entering, you should’ve mastered both Active Mode and Chef Mode, because nothing can supplement a complete diet.
Getting to the next level is tough enough, but trying to find the best high-protein snacks and supplements can make the journey even tougher. We made it simple by narrowing it down to the best protein bars, greens powder, and protein powder. For even the most advanced athletes, you shouldn’t need much more than these to keep you fueled up and in “game-shape.”
We already covered Meal Replacement Bars in Active Mode and most of those have great sources of protein. With our Top 5 High-Protein Bars having at least 20 grams of protein, this list is for the hardcore athletes and fitness fanatics that need the extra boost.
Rise Bar is our first choice because, just like RXBars, they keep the ingredients list simple. With all of their flavors containing between 3-5 total ingredients, it’s some of the cleanest packaged energy you can find. No preservatives, grains, soy, peanuts, gluten, GMO, artificial ingredients, or any other B.S.
Quest Bars feature some of the best tasting flavors with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough as my personal favorite. Their dense and chewy consistency is extremely satiating without wearing out your jaw muscles like similar protein bars. They also feature variety packs so you can sample their 20+ delicious flavors.
Even though they use the artificial sweetener, Sucralose, the rest of the sweetness comes from Erythritol and Stevia. On top of that, their high fiber, low sugar, and around 8g of healthy fat, make these some of the best Keto-friendly protein bars.
Premier Protein Bars feature the highest protein content on the list. At 30g of protein, you’re getting 50% of your daily requirement in one bar! The only thing that dropped them to #3 was the 10g sugar per bar. In Beast Mode you should have a hard time burning that off, but these aren’t a good choice for keto and diabetics.
Other notable features include:
Featuring the best taste and texture, BSN Protein Crisp Bars come in some of these delicious flavors:
Though they contain Sucralose and other sugar alcohols, if you’re not concerned about artificial sweeteners, these should do the trick. The 20g of protein and 6-7g of healthy fats make these bars the perfect reward for a hard workout.
Pure Protein Bars check all the boxes of a great protein bar and at under $1 per bar, they’re the best value of any protein bar on our list. They also feature variety packs, if you want to sample these excellent flavors:
For the vegans in Beast Mode, there are no better options than Protein Puck Bars. Available in 4 unique flavors, these whole food plant-based protein bars are squeaky clean.
Even though they only have 14-16g of protein per bar, they make up for it with a whopping 29g+ of healthy fats and around 18g of complex carbohydrates. This makes them perfect fuel for hardcore hikers, runners, triathletes, and more.
If you opt to go with high-protein bars, you’re probably missing out on some crucial vitamins and minerals, too. Prioritizing protein will almost always require companies to leave out essential micro-nutrients that are found more in meal replacement bars. This is where Athletic Greens shines. Specially formulated for athletes, their superfood greens powder is a low-calorie supplement that can be added to water, juices, or shakes.
The biggest benefit is that the higher levels of Spirulina and Chlorella offer a nice Vitamin B12 and omega boost, which is crucial for athletes. Also, if you compare the overall quantity of protein, vitamins, and minerals, Athletic Greens blows all of the other superfood powders out of the water.
For hardcore athletes in Beast Mode, it’s just what the doctor ordered. They’re also one of the few companies that offer their superfood greens in individual travel packs, so you can store some backups at the office, in your gym bag, or in other convenient locations.
For athletes and other extremely active people, having a clean diet is important for many different reasons. If your diet isn’t as clean as possible, you may be putting unneeded stress on your digestive system and other parts of your body.
A lot of us will eliminate sodas, bottled juices, and other sugary drinks to avoid extra calories and harmful additives. Yet, one way those calories and additives sneak back in can be through the protein powder we throw in our smoothies and shaker bottles. Just like with our top picks for high-protein greens powder, our pick for the best protein powder comes down to one brand. Naked.
Specifically, the Naked Pea Protein Powder is our favorite because we couldn’t find a better ratio of protein to other ingredients in any other powder we reviewed. You get 27g of protein in a 30g serving. The remaining 3g of the serving is naturally occurring fat, sodium, potassium, sugar. The reason is that there’s only one ingredient. Yellow Pea Protein.
If you need a little flavor in your life, Naked also offers Chocolate and Vanilla, while still keeping the ingredients to a minimum. There’s no cleaner way to get the protein you need.
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