The problem with many protein bars is that they are nothing more than a well-packaged candy bar.
Real food is always the best option but sometimes you might feel for something sweet, or you might need a meal on the run.
So, how do you pick a bar that is good for you?
Reading food labels is very important and sometimes the key to knowing which bar to pick. Processed food greatly affected the way people feel, along with creating a society that is over-fed and under-nourished.
Take a look at the ingredients that are in most processed protein bars:
INGREDIENTS: Protein Blend (Whey Protein Hydrolysate, Whey Protein Isolate), Coating (Maltitol, Fractionated Palm Kernel Oil, Whey Protein Concentrate, Cocoa Powder (processed with alkali), Calcium Carbonate, Soy Lecithin, Natural Flavors, Sucralose), Hydrolyzed Collagen, Glycerin, Cocoa Powder, Water, Milk Protein Isolate, Milk Chocolate Drops (Sugar, Whole Milk Powder, Chocolate Liquor, Cocoa Butter, Milk Fat, Soy Lecithin, Natural Vanilla Flavor), Maltitol Syrup, Soy Protein Isolate, Peanut Flour, Calcium Carbonate, Natural Flavor, Vitamin and Mineral Blend (Ascorbic Acid, d-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate, Niacinamide, Tricalcium Phosphate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Gluconate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Palmitate,Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Biotin, Potassium Iodide, Cyanocobalamin),
Sucralose, Almond Butter, Soy Lecithin.
The amount of man-made chemicals, saturated fat, high glycemic carbohydrates, and sugar alcohols make many of these bars junk foods, which in turn make you crave more sugar and carbs then before you started. Opt for healthier snacks like almonds, fresh fruit, turkey breast, homemade protein bars, etc… Or if you need something on-the-go do a protein shake that is lower in sugar. Plan ahead, prep your meals and you can make easy, nutritious, and convenient meals that will help you stay on track with your fitness goals!
Check out this recipe for homemade protein bars. The nutritional value tops all processed bars in stores and this is what I make for myself!
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Gia’s Protein Bars
2 cups of oats
2 scoops of protein powder
1/2 cup of ground natural almonds in food processor
1/2 cup of unsweetened natural almond milk
2 tbsp of natural peanut butter
Preheat oven to 350F. Mix all ingredients together and spread on a nonstick baking pan. Bake for 20 minutes or until firm. Cool and cut into 6 servings. Store in refrigerator till you’re ready enjoy! Yum!