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Opinions on meal replacement bars?

Commented on February 11, 2014
Created February 11, 2014 at 1:31 AM

Somewhat new to paleo. I usually get paleokits online, but now I'm curious about Pro Bar Meal Replacement bars. They're supposedly 100% organic. Would this be acceptable on a paleo diet? Just curious as to how healthy and tasty (if at all) they are or if there are other alternatives out there.

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Occasionally, I don't eat breakfast until 7 or 8pm (on a day when I'm up at 9am or so.) It's not a bug, it's a feature! A little IF does the body good.

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I haven't checked into meal-replacement bars / 'paleo kits' much myself, but I don't like the idea.

Fueling a body with suboptimal meals will return suboptimal results.

Do you not have a fridge and microwave at work?

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If man made it, don't eat it.

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on February 11, 2014
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good answers. @justinz - you didn't come off snarky at all. And yes, with my limited eating time I often went across the street to Chick-fil-a and gained 30+ lbs in the time I was off paleo (about ten months) . I couldn't work out either because my damn legs and feet kept on getting swollen or injured - part of the problem was my crappy diet. Now that I'm back on it and looking to workout again, I can look forward to a healthy lifestyle.

@paleot - that sounds delicious and a good idea. I have some recipes that I already make and try to mix it up when I can - it's just that sometimes I don't have time to prepare my meals for the week. It sounds trivial, but unfortunately, that's the case. I rarely get enough sleep as it is, but I'm trying to manage my time more efficiently so as to be able to prepare meals for not just one week, but two. With my new position comes along more responsibilities and hours, but I'll make an extra effort, because after all, my health is a top priority.

I'll just stick to what I'm doing already and not even give these bars a second thought. Thanks for the feedback!

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on February 11, 2014
at 02:50 AM

Occasionally, I don't eat breakfast until 7 or 8pm (on a day when I'm up at 9am or so.) It's not a bug, it's a feature! A little IF does the body good.

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on February 11, 2014
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Grab a pair of organic chicken breasts and slice into small pieces. Throw it in a pot with a half a stick of grassfed Garlic & Herb Kerrygold butter. While the chicken browns, I like to put on a liberal amount of red palm oil, turmeric powder, and some black pepper + organic tamari. Dump a quart of organic vegetable broth in. Add red cabbage, asparagus, baby potatoes, carrots, onions, sliced cucumbers, and green onions (and whatever else sounds good.) Keep it at a light boil for an hour or two. Portion into tupperware containers and freeze. That's 4 or 5 microwavable quick lunches.

...and you were going to eat some old nuts and sugar.

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on February 11, 2014
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@gummi71 Right. I understand and I apologize if I came off snarky or anything.

One tip that I might have is to spend some time on the weekend preparing various paleo snacks to take and leave at work or bring with you during your commute. Or even spend a weekend preparing meals for the following week.

We live in a society where it is /really/ easy to get food at literally every hour of the day and this is /really/ hazardous for those of us who are trying to change our eating habits. For example, at my job, we have a kitchen full of snacks (e.g. pretzels, cheese its, cookies) and it is /so/ tempting to eat those or to go outside and walk to a fast food joint.

It might be useful to look up paleo friendly restuarants nearby where you work?

I apologize I do not have anything else to suggest -- I just do know that I am really skeptical about bars so if you do decide to consume them, I highly recommend you spend a lot of time researching them.

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on February 11, 2014
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@justinz time limitations. sometimes I don't have time to make meals for when I'm at work. A bar would solve that. I often take paleokits since they are readily available and I don't need to heat up a meal. Sometimes I'm only given 15 min breaks, and I'm not given a break, I just whip out the paleokit bag and snack on it throughout the day until I'm off work and can make a complete paleo meal at home - but that is not always possible since I sometimes get out late at night. So essentially, I'm just looking for a less expensive alternative than having to buy paleokits all the time, which can be quite costly over time. I'm dedicated to the paleo lifestyle, but I'm simply looking to save some money and these replacement meal bars seem to be somewhat cheaper, but I just don't know how healthy they are - even if thy claim to be organic.

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

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on February 11, 2014
at 02:07 AM

I haven't checked into meal-replacement bars / 'paleo kits' much myself, but I don't like the idea.

Fueling a body with suboptimal meals will return suboptimal results.

Do you not have a fridge and microwave at work?

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on February 11, 2014
at 01:41 AM

This is just my personal opinion. I'm insanely skeptical about anything that I don't produce myself in one way or another. That is, when I see a nutrient bar, while it is /probably/ okay to consume if the ingredients appear paleo, it's probably better if you tried to make it yourself.

Is there any reason that you would need to consume meals in bar form?

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