Compact Nutrition On The Go

By Kelli Harvilla, MS, RDN LDN - Contributing Editor for ExecWell

Eating healthy while traveling can be hard, but with the availability of various nutrition bars on the market, it can make your life way easier.

Many protein and energy bars contain whey protein and milk protein isolates that aid in building muscle.  Most bars are versatile, and can be eaten before or after a workout, as a meal replacement or just as an energy boosting afternoon snack.  With the promise of complete nutrition created within a convenient bar form, you may even feel like you are cheating on your diet!


FortiFX Fit Crunch:  Protein bar created by Chef Robert Irvine with 30gm whey protein and natural flavors.  At 380 calories and 27gm carbohydrates, this is a great meal replacement bar – not to mention it tastes great and comes in two delicious flavors:  cookies and cream and peanut butter! (

Promax Energy Bar:  Great tasting bar, offering 20gm protein at 280 calories per bar with zero grams of trans fat.  It is also gluten free, vegetarian, and contains 18 vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.  It boasts no artificial sweeteners, preservatives, or high fructose corn syrup, and comes in seven flavors, including cookies and cream, double fudge brownie and Greek yogurt honey nut.  (

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Detour Lean Muscle:  Very dense protein bar that advertises itself as a maximum protein source,  containing 32gm whey protein, with 21 vitamin and minerals and fortified with omega-3’s, which aid in building muscle.  This bar contains 370 calories  and comes in four flavors, including peanut butter chocolate crunch and cookie dough caramel crisp.  (

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Met-Rx Big 100:  Meal replacement bar containing 380 calories and 28gm metamyosin protein blend, which includes whey protein and milk protein isolate, vitamins, minerals and added amino acids.  With 11 different flavors, including chocolate chip cookie dough, rocky road cookie dough, and crispy apple pie, it is like eating raw cookie dough right out of the package!  (

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Genuine Muscle Milk Crunch Bar:  Gluten free, crunchy protein bar made with 30gm whey, soy and milk protein isolate with 360 calories per bar.  It also offers 5g fiber, along with two flavors, including chocolate peanut butter and vanilla almond yogurt.  (

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Lean Body Gold:  High protein energy bar with 25gm whey protein and a soft baked cookie center.  This delicious bar has 360 calories and comes in flavors such as S’mores Delight, Caramel Peanut, and Peanut Butter & Jelly.  (

Gourmet Cheesecake Bar:  All natural, gluten free protein bar with 20gm isolate protein, along with low carbohydrates and high fiber.  This bar is naturally sweetened with stevia, and contains no soy protein or hormones.  It is also low calorie at 170 calories and comes in three mouth-watering flavors, such as strawberry supreme cheesecake and peanut butter chocolate chip cheesecake.  (

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Quest Bar:  Gluten free, high fiber protein bar with 21gm protein and only 180 calories, as well as low net carbs, high fiber and no sugar added.  It contains whey and milk protein isolates and comes in 13 delectable flavors, such as cookies and cream, apple pie, banana nut muffin and double chocolate brownie.  ( more information about the products reviewed, please visit their websites.  If you are more interested in creating your own protein bar at home, please visit for some delicious recipes, including Rocky Road Protein Bars and Mint Chocolate Ganache Protein Bars!

Kelli Harvilla, MS RDN LDN is a contributing editor to ExecWell, as well as a licensed, registered dietitian based in Scranton, Pennsylvania. She received her bachelor's degree in Nutrition & Dietetics from Marywood University in 2007, and her master's degree in Applied Nutrition with a concentration in obesity and eating disorders from Northeastern University in 2013. She is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, as well as the state and local chapters of the Dietetics association. Her background includes clinical nutrition, along with food service management. She strives to provide optimal nutrition education and guidance to promote healthy living and wellness among the general population, as well as traveling professionals. contains information on health, nutrition, fitness and exercise. This information is for informational purposes only and is not intended to replace or modify the advice provided by your doctor or other health care professional. You should consult a doctor or health care professional for all health-related matters, including before beginning any diet or fitness program.