Use these protein-packed snacks to get back to your best after a hard session

1. Accel Recover
£1.49
www.pacifichealthlabs.com

Weight 53g | Carb 60% | Protein 15% | Fat 9%

Accel have blended chocolate and peanut butter together into a nougat-style mix. It’s a bit dry in texture but chews down easily. The triple-source protein mix is potentially more potent per gram. Its 4:1 carb:protein ratio makes it suitable for general use.

Verdict: 4/5

2. Pulsin Maple and Peanut Protein
£1.59
www.pulsin.co.uk

Weight 50g | Carb 34% | Protein 24% | Fat 24%

Pulsin’s vegan-friendly, gluten and dairy-free bar is high in fat, and the cacao butter and carob flavouring make it a hard-going chew. It’s not bad value though.

Verdict: 3/5

3. Clif Builder’s Bar
£1.99
www.cliffbar.co.uk 

Weight 68g | Carb 40% | Protein 29% | Fat 12%

This has a nice texture and taste. Its high protein content makes it a potent recovery recipe and it’s vitamin and mineral enriched if you’re concentrating more on your training than your cooking.

Verdict: 4/5

4. Multipower Protein flapjack
£1.49
www.multipower.com/uk

Weight 70g | Carb 48% | Protein 26% | Fat 11%

The protein/carb balance in this should make for a versatile bar and it’s pretty low cost. However, the substance under the thin veneer of chocolate is more like MDF than flapjack. It’s a stiff chew that rapidly dissolves, leaving an unpleasant sticky residue.

Verdict: 2/5

5. Mule bar refuel
£1.89
www.mulebar.com 

Weight 65g | Carb 58% | Protein 20% | Fat 10%

Mule Bar’s Refuel is the only Fair Trade bar on the market. The chocolate chunks help to break up the fruity consistency and avoid any dry aftertaste. The high fruit content means it’s a high calorie snack with a relatively low proportion of protein, but that makes it potentially more versatile outside of pure recovery use.

Verdict: 4/5

6. High5 Protein bar
£1.99
www.highfive.co.uk

Weight 50g | Carb 44% | Protein 27% | Fat 10%

High5 is the only bar we actually enjoyed eating. The 20% milk chocolate, high cocoa content and palatable texture help. The high proportion of protein to carbs makes it an excellent weight- conscious recovery snack.

Verdict: 4/5

7. SIS Rego
£1.99
www.scienceinsport.com

Weight 55g | Carb 39% | Protein 36% | Fat 12%

The Rego bar packs a higher protein percentage than any of the others here. It tasted good with a fast digesting texture under a thin chocolate skin. That meant we never struggled to eat one straight after training.

Verdict: 4/5

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