I wanna talk about protein bars!
Even though they're known as protein bars, 99% of protein bars are actually "carb bars", most times with substantially higher grams of carbohydrate than protein. Some of the "paleo" branded bars will also have more grams of fat than protein as well. While I don't have any negative connotations with either carbs or fats, I do think it's bullshit that the branding has PROTEIN printed in big, bold letters all over the front when the protein content is less than the carbohydrate and fat content.
A majority of people already underconsume protein, yet eat more than enough carbs and fats. Thinking that protein bars are a great option to get more protein in, but when they contain more carbs and fats than protein, you're not really improving your ratio of macronutrient distribution, you're actually making it worse.
This isn't a blanketed statement to avoid protein bars, depending on proximity to your training session, and training modality, you may very well want more carbs than protein. If you're on the go and looking for a quick protein option, you're much better off grabbing some unflavored greek yogurt, quality beef jerky, or smoked deli meat. Look past the marketing and read the nutrition labels on the back to see if what you're buying actually contains what you're looking for. 🧠