Raising the bar: letting you know which bar to eat and when

Promax Protein Bars

It’s that time of the week again. You’re going grocery shopping and you’re making your list. When it comes to writing down what you’ll need to fuel your workouts, you know you’ll need a protein bar but you’re not sure what kind to choose based on the new type of workout you’ve picked.

In the past, we’ve gone over the right and wrong ways to use our protein bars, but now we want to talk about that a little more in depth and talk about the best workouts to pair your bar with. You wouldn’t wear a hiking shoe on a long run, and similarly, you should pair your bar with your workout accordingly. Here’s when to use each bar:

THE ORIGINAL

Features: 20 g of protein and a 2-to-1 carb to protein ratio.

Ah yes, our Original. When you see this bar, it’s important to think about its most important deliverables: energy and recovery. And that’s exactly when to use it.

It’s the morning and you’re on your way to the gym but realized this morning that you were out of your go-to breakfast food (eggs, say, or maybe you were missing the milk for your cereal). You don’t want to go into a workout without something fueling your body. This is when it’s great to grab an Original bar on the way out the door.

Or maybe, you made it to the gym in time for your late afternoon spin class and your favorite instructor is riding today. Score. Except for the fact that you have to get back to the office after and won’t be able to grab dinner until after your evening meeting and you need something to keep your body moving after you dismount the bike. On your way back to the office, grab an Original bar.

Whenever you need a boost of energy before a workout, or some nutrition to aid in recovery after, grab an Original bar.

THE LOWER SUGAR BAR

Features: 18 g of protein, a high amount of fiber, and less than 10 g of sugar.

Ever feel like your energy is lagging and you really need to boost your blood sugar? Even though it says “lower sugar,” this is the perfect bar to use to keep your blood sugar in check between meals.

Let’s say you had a good hearty breakfast this morning. But since then you’ve been running yourself ragged to get from one meeting to another. You’re looking forward to your post-workout running group meet up but you don’t even know if you’ll be able to survive a sit-down afternoon meeting at this point—you’re fading fast. Use an LS bar to keep yourself going until you can refuel with something more substantial.

Use it as an in-between meals snack. And if you are about to work out, feel free to use half before the workout, and finish the other half when you’re done your sweat sesh.

THE PRO SERIES

Features: 28 g of protein, whey protein as the primary protein source, and a 1-to-1 carb to protein ratio

This bar is for the serious athlete and to fit the schedule of a go-getter with that much determination, this bar was made to be used as fuel for the hardest-working pros.

Say you’re about to go for a training run. You’re preparing for a marathon and today is the day you have to run 16 miles, your longest run yet. You’ve woken up early, stretched and warmed up, and are checking things off your list. Since you’ll be active for over an hour and a half, you want to be sure to refuel during your workout. But you need something to take with you in your running pack that’s light and won’t be messy. Looking through your pantry, you can choose to pack a Pro Series bar.

You can choose to use it as a pre or post-workout bar for energy boost or recovery (like the Original bar). If you’re clocking 75 + minutes in your workout, this is the best bar to use and unlike our other bars, this one packs enough punch to be used as a meal replacement.

Now that you know how to use each bar, choose wisely. Luckily for you, we have so many flavors that we don’t expect you to ever get bored. Give each one a chance. We like to switch up bars with each new workout we try. What’s your current favorite? Feel free to tell us which bar is your favorite to pair with which workout!