Proteins are considered as one of the Big Three macronutrients, the other two being carbohydrates and fats. Indeed, protein sources are a must in a healthy diet because of their crucial roles in enhancing muscle mass, cognitive function, and stable mood, as well as in maintaining a full feeling. For this reason, weightlifters, bodybuilders, and people on a weight loss program adopt a protein-rich diet.
But it can be difficult to find truly healthy protein-rich foods in the restaurant industry – until Protein Bar came into the scene. The restaurant offers a wide range of nutritious and delicious food for on-the-go customers and, thus, reinforces its reputation as the go-to place for healthy meals and snacks.
Below are the latest Protein Bar menu prices.
|Fall Protein Bowl||$10.99|
|Spicy Korean Bowl||$11.84|
|Basic Black Bean Bowl||$9.59|
|Classic Buffalo Bowl||$9.59|
|Sweet Potato Falafel Bowl||$11.01|
|Winter Protein Bowl||$11.20|
|Wrigley Peeled Shake||$7.29|
|The Perk Shake||$7.29|
|Berry Good Shake||$7.29|
|Jokes Acai'd Shake||$7.29|
|Big Date Shake||$7.99|
|Smashing Pumpkin Shake||$7.99|
|Sunrise Spinach & Pesto||$5.73|
|Egg White, Spinach and Feta||$6.99|
|Classic Buffalo Salad||$10.10|
|Spinach and Pesto Bowl||$9.69|
|Spinach & Pesto Bowl||$9.49|
|Steakhouse Ranch Bowl||$11.49|
|AM Fall Protein Bowl||$6.49|
|Sunrise Spinach and Pesto||$6.04|
|Steak & Eggs||$7.38|
|Peanut Butter & Acai||$5.49|
|Peanut Butter and Acai||$5.74|
|Apple Walnut Oatmeal||$5.37|
|Maple Bacon Oatmeal||$5.89|
|Skinny Beyond Chorizo||$6.99|
|Spicy Korean Bar-rito||$11.89|
|Skinny Egg White Feta||$5.99|
|Spinach & Pesto||$9.49|
|Basic Black Bean||$9.49|
|Spinach and Pesto Bar-rito||$9.69|
|Skinny Big Bacon||$6.24|
|Basic Black Bean Bar-rito||$9.74|
|Classic Buffalo Bar-rito||$9.74|
|The Greek Salad||$11.20|
|Kale Caesar Salad||$11.09|
|Healthy Club Salad||$11.09|
|Superfood Vegan Salad||$10.14|
Cold Pressed Juices
|Beet Box Juice||$7.99|
Super Green Drinks
|The Greek Wrap||$11.20|
|Kale Caesar Wrap||$11.10|
|Healthy Club Wrap||$11.09|
|Superfood Vegan Wrap||$10.14|
|Classic Buffalo Wrap||$10.12|
Cold Pressed Juice (Bottle)
|GT Synergy Kombucha||$4.99|
|Bottled Spring Water||$2.29|
|Spindrift Sparkling Water||$2.69|
|GT's Organic Kombucha||$4.60|
|San Pellegrino Sparkling Water||$2.72|
|Health Ade Kombucha||$4.69|
Soup & Chilis
|Chicken Chili Bowl||$10.12|
|Veggie Chili Bowl||$9.12|
|Spicy Chickpea and Lentil Soup||$9.49|
|Lime Jalapeño Tortilla Chips||$2.49|
|Multi-Grain Tortilla Chips||$2.17|
|Multigrain Tortilla Chips||$1.99|
Soups & Chilis
Chef-crafted soup and chili bowls made a full meal piled upon our organic quinoa blend.
|Spicy Chickpea & Lentil Soup||$9.49|
Sides and Snacks
|Two Hard Boiled Eggs||$2.49|
|White Cheddar Popcorn||$2.37|
|Power Up Trail Mix||$2.04|
|Multi Grain Chips||$1.99|
|Sweet Potato Chips||$2.04|
|Jalapeno Lime Tortilla Chips||$2.49|
|Buffalo Queso Tortilla Chips||$2.49|
Matt Matros opened the first Protein Bar restaurant in 2009 at Franklin and Adams in Chicago, Illinois. He previously worked in brand management but left his career in it after he realized that restaurants offering protein-rich foods were few and far between. He was then on a protein-rich diet in his effort to live a healthy lifestyle so that he can reduce his risk of cardiovascular disease.
What They’re Famous For
The Protein Bar restaurants, as their name implies, offer high-protein fare including salads, burritos, and quinoa bowls as well as smoothies and cold-pressed juices. Diners can also choose from several types of breakfast, lunch and dinner options aside from the vegan and vegetarian dishes on the menu. Suffice it to say that the chain deserves its reputation of being among the best places to enjoy nutrient-rich, great-tasting dishes, desserts, and drinks.
Why Eat Here
The Protein Bar restaurants are terrific places for health-conscious people including vegans and vegetarians, weightlifters and bodybuilders in training, and weight loss watchers. But not everybody in the hungry crowd is counting calories, so to speak, because many are also here just to enjoy the flavorful food and drinks. There’s also no need to justify your orders because everything on the menu is good for your health.
Unlike many restaurants, the Protein Bar chain ensures that the nutritional information for the food and drinks on the menu is prominently featured. You then don’t have to second-guess yourself about the amount of calories, fat and sodium you’re getting from a dish or drink. You will likely stay on track with your nutrition plan and that’s why you will come back again and again to the nearest Protein Bar.
The menu is a testament to the fact that nutritious food can also be delicious! We suggest starting with whatever dish and drink seems familiar to your palate so that you can ease into the more exotic flavors. But many of the food on the menu are familiar to the American palate so you won’t have any issue with your initial choices.
Get the Mexicali breakfast scramble for a protein-rich boost in the morning, thanks to the fluffy scrambled whole eggs, cheddar cheese, black beans, kale, salsa, and chipotle Greek yogurt. Be sure to try the other breakfast scrambles, too, including the Chilaquiles, Spinach and Pesto, and Denver, all of which are available in either bowl or wrap. Keep in mind that the wrap style typically contains more calories, proteins and carbohydrates than the bowl version.
For lunch and dinner, the choices are aplenty, too. There are the soups and chilis, which the chain claims are made from scratch to maintain their fresh quality and which are filling in their own right. These are also considered as full meals so there’s no need to order other dishes, if you’re on a strict calorie-restricted diet.
The bestselling items are the Spicy Chicken Hominy, a savory blend of chicken broth, poblano peppers, hominy and tomatoes with Southwest spices; the Thai Curry with its carrots, shiitake mushrooms, bamboo shoots, and carrots simmered in spicy coconut curry; and the Chicken Chili, a classic chili dish with organic chicken, tomatoes, beans and tomatoes with a topping of cheddar cheese and Greek Yogurt.
The wraps and salads are so satisfying that you can’t help but order one for the road. The Kale Caesar rules the roost with its combo of organic chicken, tomatoes, avocado, parmesan cheese and crumble, and Greek yogurt Caesar dressing. There are also the Southwest with its spicy Cholula sauce and the Baja Guac with its tangy cilantro lime dressing.
But why stop with the dishes when there are also drinks that give your body and mind a good boost for the day? There are smoothies and juices on the menu, said drinks of which contain a medley of fruits and vegetables, with and without the crushed ice.
More than the delicious food and drinks, the Protein Bar restaurants are known for their friendly crew members who work hard to provide quick service. While there are days when the crew members aren’t as quick on the service, it’s usually because of the large crowd demanding their attention.
Come in your casual attire and laid-back attitude so that you can enjoy the goodness of Protein Bar and its offerings!
To learn more about Protein Bar or to find a location near you, visit their website at www.theproteinbar.com.