July 24, 2017

Protein Bars…UGH!! Why are there so many?!

protein bar BIGYou just left the house in a hurry, had a great healthy breakfast and then BAM, three hours pass and you go grab your next meal only to remember it is still in your fridge at home.

How many times has this happened to you? What do you do? You run and grab a GREAT protein bar!

BUT…

Is that one you grab REALLY THAT GREAT? Well, you are about to find out!! I have put the BARS to the test, looked at ingredients, nutritional facts and even taste. Are there Paleo Friendly ones? How about “carb sensitive” ones? Or even better can I just MAKE MY OWN? Well keep reading and find out…

Here are five ingredients, that if I see them in the list, I put the bar back IMMEDIATELY!!

  • High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)
  • Artificial Sweetners – Sucralose, Saccharin and Aspertame
  • Soy Protein Isolate (SPI)
  • Sugar Alcohols – Maltitol Syrup, Xylitol, Lactitol, Mannitol, and Sorbitol
  • Fractionated Palm Kernal Oil

I am going to start with my favorite 2 and go from there. One is a Paleo friendly bar and one is what I consider heaven in bar!

DalesMy first favorite is Dale’s Raw Protein Bars.

Here are THE FACTS about the bars – they are made up of 22g  of Brown Rice, Hemp and Pea Proteins, they contain 7-9g of Fiber, they all are 100% Raw and 90% Organic, they have NO wheat, NO soy and NO stevia, they are NON-GMO and contain NO preservatives or artificial sweeteners.

Another bonus of Dale’s is he also has an amazing line of raw protein powders and greens!

questMy next is QuestBars….oh my, 10 seconds heated in the microwave and they are heaven! My 3 favorite bars are Cinnamon Roll, Fudge Brownie and Banana Nut Muffin.

Why I love them…they contain high quality bioavail proteins (whey and milk protein isolate), very low non-fiber carbs, made of all real, healthy foods, gluten free and no soy.

They have 2 lines, one that is 99.95% natural line and then the 100% natural line. Though my still first option is Dales!

Now to hit on some others you might find while searching the grocery, drug or convenience stores. I will do my best to give you the facts and comparisons; I hope this opens your eyes to what the market puts out there as a “healthy” protein bar. If you pick up a protein bar and some of the first ingredients you read are soy protein, HFCS (high fructose corn syrup), sugar, corn syrup or one of those sugar alcohols…it only means that there is something SERIOUSLY wrong and you might as well grab a candy bar, because that Is practically all you are eating anyways!  What bars might I be speaking of…well to call out some name brands would upset SEVERAL manufacturers, so I will just say this…if they aren’t the two I talked about or you aren’t personally making them yourself…DROP THEM AND WALK AWAY…FAST!!!

Lastly, here is a GREAT RECIPE that you can make at home that is Gluten Free, Soy Free, Dairy Free and a great low carb and Paleo Friendly…so really how can you go wrong!

Caveman Bullion Paleo Protein Bars

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup mixed nuts & seeds (sesame, pumpkin, slivered almonds, sunflower)
  • ¼ Cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ¼ Cup crunchy Almond butter (you can also use Halzenut, Walnut or even Pumpkin butters)
  • ¼ Cup Almond Meal (or simply pulse approx ¼ cup of almonds until it is a coarse flour)
  • 1 ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp raw organic honey (this is optional due to the egg)
  • ¾ Cup whey protein powder (90g)
  • 1 large organic egg
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ Cup dried Goji Berries
  • ¼ cup unsweetened coconut (sprinkle on top)

Directions:

  1. On a cookie sheet, toast nuts/seeds and shredded coconut until golden brown. To make sure they cook evenly, half way through shake up the tray.
  2. Once toasted, pour mixture into a food processor and pulse until nuts/seed are chopped and the mixture becomes coarsely ground.
  3. In a mixing bowl, melt coconut oil and almond butter (about 30 secs), then stir until smooth.
  4. Add vanilla extract, honey and sea salt. Mix thoroughly.
  5. Fold in nut mixture, almond meal and protein powder. Mix thoroughly.
  6. Add whole egg. Mix thoroughly.
  7. Fold in Goji berries
  8. Press mixture into an 8 x 8 loaf pan
  9. Cook in preheated oven at 325 for 10 minutes
  10. Remove from oven, sprinkle shredded coconut on top and place under broiler until top begins to brown.
  11. Let cool for 10-15 minutes. Cut into 12 bars.
  12. Enjoy one NOW and the rest stack on wax/parchment paper in an airtight container.

Nutritional Value for ½ batch – Cals 184, Fat 14g, Carbs 6g, Prot 12.6g

Thank you to Olly from CrossFit Fenrir for this awesome recipe!

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Comments

  1. Lois Skaggs says:

    Is the nutritional information for 1/2 the batch, or one bar? I’m confused!

    Thanks,
    Lois

  2. Lois Skaggs says:

    And how much coconut oil? It’s missing from the ingredients but in the directions 🙂

    • Lois,
      As for nutritional content, it is 1/2 the batch as stated. As for the coco oil…well since it is NOT my recipe and I borrowed it, you can either gauge like I did and use 1 tsp. or you can click on the link to go to the original recipe site and ask Olly 🙂

      Sue 🙂

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