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Do you eat protein bars?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 24, 2011 at 5:39 PM

I have a slight weakness for Atkins bars but they only have 2 net carbs and 1 gram of sugar. (The other ones, the powerbar-type ones have too much sugar for me (usually 20g) and thus give me a sugar high and crash). Not very paleo but it does the trick at times in place of my typical mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack of a protein soy shake or peanut butter dollop. Does your philosophy exclude such bars?

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Drat. All the other Chicago PH appear to be city rats. I am usually willing to hike out to other suburbs, but I am not a city driver. :p

1c67bc28f4e44bbb8770b86df0463df3

(6719)

on September 13, 2012
at 02:33 AM

only on protein bar Thursdays

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

(8767)

on May 02, 2011
at 11:42 PM

I also got really sick from them, then became allergic to soy and a host of other stuff, damaged my intestines as well. Occasionally, probably not a big deal, all the time (as I was doing for at least a year) is asking for trouble

Bb1ba0d71083ceaecd3a3b405a977454

(891)

on February 20, 2011
at 03:07 PM

Me too - Larabars (open in case of emergency) I have a stash at the office. I would rather have jerkey, fruit etc. but in a pinch (or while out and about) they are ok. 90% dark chocolate works too. Lots of fat, not much sugar.

95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on February 13, 2011
at 09:58 PM

@Melissa: Paulina will also deliver the goods to you via mail. @Kent Cowgill: The meat smoking aromas alone are enough to draw one in if you're on foot. :-) It's an old world and old school type of place. It's pretty cool since there aren't many left of that ilk. It reminds me of the butcher shops that were once all over Chicago.

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

(7970)

on February 13, 2011
at 09:14 PM

@Travis - Huh, I used to drive right by that on my way back from a Dr. office - I always meant to stop in, but never did. @Melissa - Oh, it's not too bad. I used to think that too, but I've gotten used to it in short order :)

3c04e97f68c270d7a03861e2daf75f68

(40)

on January 25, 2011
at 03:59 PM

Agreed. I think this way of thinking also helps in making better decisions about food in general.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 25, 2011
at 02:43 PM

I did email them! And I called and got voicemail. SAD FACE. I've seen Raw Revolution bars somewhere. I will have to keep my eyes open.

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on January 25, 2011
at 05:40 AM

Hah! Perhaps an email to them is in order? You can also ask them for a free sample (one way to make a company relent is with a promise to review in exchange or something). :) Oooh, I know, I've seen them! I also want to try those Raw Revolution bars -- they make a 100 calorie bar, too, but I'm afraid of commitment and that's the only way to order 'em. :D

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 25, 2011
at 02:38 AM

I can't figure out how to buy them! There is no "add to cart" button I can find. LOL. They also have the teeny 100 calorie Lara bars now.

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on January 25, 2011
at 01:34 AM

Those Wings of Nature bars do look yummy! I think the rice in 'em would do me in, though. Akd, you can buy Larabars in singles for the occasional treat. :) If you heat up the Jocalat ones slightly...oh dear me, it's like this gooey brownie-esque mouthgasm. Or freeze 'em: they become this dense, chewy bar of awesomeness. However, I tend to just throw one in my bag on those days that I'm running late for class and I know I won't be able to find enough fat on campus or something. :)

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 25, 2011
at 12:11 AM

I do pretty good with having that stuff around. By the time I actually get around to needing emergency food, they are slightly flatter than normal from being smushed in my bag forever.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 25, 2011
at 12:09 AM

I bought those for my husband, but never actually ate one myself.

0c0c5c65612425e497b7231c21516943

(1354)

on January 24, 2011
at 11:03 PM

Oops - there is one that my kids like that I will let them have. They seem pretty benign. I will rarely eat them due to carbs, but I like the taste of them. https://store.nutiva.com/hemp-bars/

0c0c5c65612425e497b7231c21516943

(1354)

on January 24, 2011
at 10:57 PM

Sorry! I have looked at every bar out there and I finally gave up. I do buy these https://store.nutiva.com/hemp-bars/ for my kids - son loves them and takes them to school for lunch. I will actually eat them in a pinch and they are tasty, but I only will eat them if I have no other alternative.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on January 24, 2011
at 09:50 PM

*homor simpson gurgle* i LOOOOVE larabars. i cant have them around. i will plow through a box of them. much more "paleo" than those metrx or whatever monstrosities.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 24, 2011
at 09:03 PM

Ooh, I totally want to try this one, but don't want to buy a full box. http://www.freshharvestproducts.com/products/6

E7a462d6e99fec7e8f0ddda11b34a770

(1638)

on January 24, 2011
at 09:00 PM

Yeah, I think it is probably an acquired taste kinda like pemmican - but at least it's NOT the "beef candle" part. They are not really my favorite texture, the taste is just OK, but I really like them for the fact that I can keep a couple around for those "gotta-have-something-but-I-don't-want-to-screw-it-all-up-and-I-don't-have-anything-else" times because they DON'T have all the crap that other bars do AND they're not 30 grams of carbs like those oh-so-tasty Lara Bars. (grin)

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 24, 2011
at 09:00 PM

Well, thanks for ruining that one Deidre! ;) To be honest, when I looked at them last I was not eating Paleo. I didn't check out the ingredients. I just liked the protein/calorie ration if I recall correctly.

95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on January 24, 2011
at 08:39 PM

Thanks, Deirdre!

0c0c5c65612425e497b7231c21516943

(1354)

on January 24, 2011
at 08:06 PM

http://www.beef-cooking.com/ground-beef-jerky-recipe.html I make the above recipe all of the time. I use way less salt and add a couple of teaspoons of cayenne pepper. My family devours it! I have a nesco dehyrdator and a jerky gun.

0c0c5c65612425e497b7231c21516943

(1354)

on January 24, 2011
at 08:04 PM

Do we really want peanuts and sucralose? Whey Protein Isolate - quality? Milk Protein Isolate - quality? Chicory Root Fiber Natural Peanut and Almond Butters Peanuts and Almonds Sea Salt and Natural Flavors - natural flavors is not a regulated term - could be anything Lo Han Guo Sucralose - Splenda? Yuck

95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on January 24, 2011
at 07:44 PM

Thanks, texasleah!

6185384a4ea07e8c7864800209762f11

(60)

on January 24, 2011
at 07:42 PM

BTW I have no relationship with the company - just a fan of their product. Nutritionally they're great and they taste great.

6185384a4ea07e8c7864800209762f11

(60)

on January 24, 2011
at 07:41 PM

They will send you two free quest bars to try them out. They're excellent and they sponsor a lot of excellent podcasts and blogs.

6f0480b27b737cca708af8af709d77b1

(136)

on January 24, 2011
at 07:20 PM

(SHAKES ANGRY FIRST AT TIMBO) Just kidding...I am proud to share a wavelength with you

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(4111)

on January 24, 2011
at 07:16 PM

http://www.traditionaltx.us/images/JerkyDrierInstructions.pdf Start here. If you are really into it, then you could look into the fancy dehydrators. Personally, I just use the cheap homemade version because you can make such a large batch at once. And I prefer the basic seasoning of garlic salt, black pepper and a little cayenne pepper. No marination and grass-fed beef works the best for me.

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on January 24, 2011
at 07:02 PM

I keep those around as "emergency" snacks, too. Yeah, they're high in sugar, but they're also full of fat and pack a decent amount of protein in them too. They're delicious, too. :D

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 24, 2011
at 06:35 PM

I tried so hard to like the Tanka bar that I paid $3 for. I really wanted too. There was just something OFF about it. Now that I've been Paleo for longer, maybe I should try them again.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 24, 2011
at 06:34 PM

I looked at them before and wanted to try them, but the cost was too high to just try one out.

95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on January 24, 2011
at 06:30 PM

Making my own beef jerky is my next culinary adventure. Any tips?

95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on January 24, 2011
at 06:28 PM

It's the Paulina Meat Market in the Lincoln Square hood. Check out www.paulinameatmarket.com. The beef isn't grass fed, but it's heavenly. :-) I usually get it plain, though I believe they offer it in 3 flavors. Their homemade sausage is divine.

6185384a4ea07e8c7864800209762f11

(60)

on January 24, 2011
at 06:24 PM

Here's the link - http://www.questproteinbar.com/

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 24, 2011
at 06:15 PM

Where is said meat market, Travis?

95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on January 24, 2011
at 06:00 PM

I've been getting mine from a local meat market that makes it in house. I agree, it's costly but it's so good and worth it.

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(1023)

on January 24, 2011
at 05:51 PM

I was just going to suggest the same thing - beef jerky == protein bars. I just got some grass-fed jerky from the farmers market and it's amazing! Sure it was $4 for a little packet, but I'll be back next week for more.

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1471beca8e3adff4ae2f89d10e5f7acb

on January 24, 2011
at 05:48 PM

Sometimes I cut my steak into oblong shapes. Does that count as a protein bar?

So, in a word: no. That sort of stuff weirds me out...if I can't make it in my kitchen, I'm not gonna eat it.

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95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on January 24, 2011
at 05:49 PM

My philosophy does exclude them because they're processed food. Have you tried using something like beef jerky instead for your snack?

3a833804187fe8926214e6c0bd8a0766

(1023)

on January 24, 2011
at 05:51 PM

I was just going to suggest the same thing - beef jerky == protein bars. I just got some grass-fed jerky from the farmers market and it's amazing! Sure it was $4 for a little packet, but I'll be back next week for more.

95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on January 24, 2011
at 06:00 PM

I've been getting mine from a local meat market that makes it in house. I agree, it's costly but it's so good and worth it.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Drat. All the other Chicago PH appear to be city rats. I am usually willing to hike out to other suburbs, but I am not a city driver. :p

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 24, 2011
at 06:15 PM

Where is said meat market, Travis?

95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on January 24, 2011
at 06:28 PM

It's the Paulina Meat Market in the Lincoln Square hood. Check out www.paulinameatmarket.com. The beef isn't grass fed, but it's heavenly. :-) I usually get it plain, though I believe they offer it in 3 flavors. Their homemade sausage is divine.

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

(7970)

on February 13, 2011
at 09:14 PM

@Travis - Huh, I used to drive right by that on my way back from a Dr. office - I always meant to stop in, but never did. @Melissa - Oh, it's not too bad. I used to think that too, but I've gotten used to it in short order :)

95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on February 13, 2011
at 09:58 PM

@Melissa: Paulina will also deliver the goods to you via mail. @Kent Cowgill: The meat smoking aromas alone are enough to draw one in if you're on foot. :-) It's an old world and old school type of place. It's pretty cool since there aren't many left of that ilk. It reminds me of the butcher shops that were once all over Chicago.

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on January 24, 2011
at 07:08 PM

I'm sure all of us are already getting more than enough protein, so it's pointless at best but likely toxic once you cross the useful threshold. Probably better for you to eat a stick a butter (srsly).

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on January 31, 2011
at 10:27 PM

I like Mark Sisson's idea of 80/20 -- I try to eat right 100% of the time, but I sometimes just want a quick and tasty Atkins bar (their chocolate hazelnut bar is, for me, better than a Snickers!) So I consider an Atkins bar as falling into the permissible 20% quota. When I do eat them, it's for breakfast, too. I might eat them after a workout, too.

http://www.atkins.com/Products/ProductDetail49/Chocolate-Hazelnut-Bar.aspx is the bar I love. 1 gram of sugar, 4 carbs, 180 calories, 14 grams of fat and 6 grams of protein (admittedly, not a lot).

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on January 25, 2011
at 04:33 AM

No, I avoid all processed foods regardless of their origins. This is not because I am a "paleo" pedantic, I just find avoidance of such foods makes life a lot simpler. "Oh gee, is this or that ingredient paleo?" makes for way too much strife. If I make it or cook it, I know the food is "safe." (I especially save time by not reading food labels.)

Simplistically: If I don't make it, I don't eat it.

3c04e97f68c270d7a03861e2daf75f68

(40)

on January 25, 2011
at 03:59 PM

Agreed. I think this way of thinking also helps in making better decisions about food in general.

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0c0c5c65612425e497b7231c21516943

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on January 24, 2011
at 06:51 PM

I don't eat food bars nor do I give them to my kids for the following reasons:

  1. There are always questionable ingredients in them: soy, weird proteins that may not be good quality, artificial sweetners, too much sugars, sugar alchohols, nuts (allergic).

  2. Never the perfect ratios of protein, fat, carbs. Usually too many carbs. The ones that are right in carbs - see above!

  3. Expensive

  4. Real food is just better

  5. Homemade jerky is much better than any bar on the market.

0c0c5c65612425e497b7231c21516943

(1354)

on January 24, 2011
at 11:03 PM

Oops - there is one that my kids like that I will let them have. They seem pretty benign. I will rarely eat them due to carbs, but I like the taste of them. https://store.nutiva.com/hemp-bars/

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(5838)

on January 24, 2011
at 06:19 PM

I have made it a point to not eat food that I do not make, or could not make. So, I would not consume them. It would kind of depend on where you fall on the spectrum of optimal nutrition (no processed foods) vs. Weight-loss (limiting sugar, etc.)

I'd go with some tineed sardines, beef jerky, hard boild eggs, etc...

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on January 24, 2011
at 06:18 PM

Are you sure that the Atkins bars are gluten free? I believe that they are often sweetened with maltodextrin, which is a hydrolysed starch commonly derived from wheat. Equally, isn't the protein used soy protein?

You could probably experiment with making your own Paleo-ish protein bars; use whey protein powder bulked up with nuts and/or a gluten-free starch like air-puffed rice/quinoa or gluten-free certified oats and bound together with dark chocolate or coconut oil (if the ambient temperature of where you live is cold enough for it to stay solid).

If you have the stomach for it, you might consider buying or making some pemmican.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pemmican

Edit: If you can find it, South African biltong also makes a good beef jerky alternative. If you're very adventurous, take a trip to your local Asian market and stock up on some dried seafood. Dried chilli squid rings; long-life Paleo fuel or nightmare fuel? ;)

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on February 20, 2011
at 11:51 AM

Well, let's see ... so some 20,000 year ago a man walks up to a tree and there's a ripe protein bar hanging off the branch ...

Wait, what? Protein bars don't grow on the trees? Ok, a man throws a spear and kills a fat protein bar ... no?

That's why I don't eat them. My ancestors would not even recognise them as food.

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239c765fa12bf9fa6b7a7bc0686e019d

on January 24, 2011
at 08:08 PM

My philosophy does not preclude protein bars, but my taste buds do... they taste like shit!

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6f0480b27b737cca708af8af709d77b1

(136)

on January 24, 2011
at 07:18 PM

I will do a protein bar if I am desperate but I really like the "primal bars" from Sisson's website. They're pretty tasty (I add in some little chunks of 80+% dark chocolate sometimes). My kids even love them. I'll make up a batch of these, grab some nuts and jerky and we can make a pretty long car trek without having to stop for food.

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-energy-bar-redux/

It's not 100 % paleo but it's a helluva lot better than the sugary bars at your local health food store (and they won't give you stomach cramps and gas like the sugar alcohol containing bars). In my experience, you can play with the percentages of the nuts and nut flours. Sometimes I have more almond or pecan meal on hand. Keep in mind, depending on the nuts you use, you are exposing yourself to some anti-nutrients and you may be skewing your omega 6: omega 3 ratio a bit. But again, these are better than the other alternatives out there. I've heard a lot of great things about quest bars, but I've never seen them in a store and have been to lazy to order them.

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on January 24, 2011
at 07:15 PM

Solution: Beef Jerky! Pemmican is another option but I can't really do the texture of pemmican just yet (only paleo for 1 month). My favorite is grasslandbeef.com's spicy version. But I feel you on the protein bars, it is hard for me to turn one down especially while running in between classes and work. Also the sweetness is refreshing sometimes, right?

Enter Mark Sisson. http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-energy-bar-redux/ I feel these are relatively portable and absolutely yummy, and no worries about processing or questionable ingredients.

6f0480b27b737cca708af8af709d77b1

(136)

on January 24, 2011
at 07:20 PM

(SHAKES ANGRY FIRST AT TIMBO) Just kidding...I am proud to share a wavelength with you

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E7a462d6e99fec7e8f0ddda11b34a770

(1638)

on January 24, 2011
at 06:27 PM

I like Tanka Bars - and they support a good cause too.

www.tankabar.com

Buffalo, Dried Cranberries (cranberries, sugar), Sea Salt, Red Pepper, Onion, Garlic, Lactic Acid Starter Culture

70 cals, 2g fat (it IS bison which is pretty lean), 7g carb

Not a lot of nutrition per bar but certainly better than other franken-food stuff. They come in bars and "bites" and a regular or spicy flavor.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 24, 2011
at 06:35 PM

I tried so hard to like the Tanka bar that I paid $3 for. I really wanted too. There was just something OFF about it. Now that I've been Paleo for longer, maybe I should try them again.

E7a462d6e99fec7e8f0ddda11b34a770

(1638)

on January 24, 2011
at 09:00 PM

Yeah, I think it is probably an acquired taste kinda like pemmican - but at least it's NOT the "beef candle" part. They are not really my favorite texture, the taste is just OK, but I really like them for the fact that I can keep a couple around for those "gotta-have-something-but-I-don't-want-to-screw-it-all-up-and-I-don't-have-anything-else" times because they DON'T have all the crap that other bars do AND they're not 30 grams of carbs like those oh-so-tasty Lara Bars. (grin)

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6185384a4ea07e8c7864800209762f11

on January 24, 2011
at 06:24 PM

Check out quest bars. They're really great and I like them from a nutritional perspective.

6185384a4ea07e8c7864800209762f11

(60)

on January 24, 2011
at 06:24 PM

Here's the link - http://www.questproteinbar.com/

0c0c5c65612425e497b7231c21516943

(1354)

on January 24, 2011
at 08:04 PM

Do we really want peanuts and sucralose? Whey Protein Isolate - quality? Milk Protein Isolate - quality? Chicory Root Fiber Natural Peanut and Almond Butters Peanuts and Almonds Sea Salt and Natural Flavors - natural flavors is not a regulated term - could be anything Lo Han Guo Sucralose - Splenda? Yuck

6185384a4ea07e8c7864800209762f11

(60)

on January 24, 2011
at 07:42 PM

BTW I have no relationship with the company - just a fan of their product. Nutritionally they're great and they taste great.

6185384a4ea07e8c7864800209762f11

(60)

on January 24, 2011
at 07:41 PM

They will send you two free quest bars to try them out. They're excellent and they sponsor a lot of excellent podcasts and blogs.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 24, 2011
at 06:34 PM

I looked at them before and wanted to try them, but the cost was too high to just try one out.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 24, 2011
at 09:00 PM

Well, thanks for ruining that one Deidre! ;) To be honest, when I looked at them last I was not eating Paleo. I didn't check out the ingredients. I just liked the protein/calorie ration if I recall correctly.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 25, 2011
at 12:09 AM

I bought those for my husband, but never actually ate one myself.

0c0c5c65612425e497b7231c21516943

(1354)

on January 24, 2011
at 10:57 PM

Sorry! I have looked at every bar out there and I finally gave up. I do buy these https://store.nutiva.com/hemp-bars/ for my kids - son loves them and takes them to school for lunch. I will actually eat them in a pinch and they are tasty, but I only will eat them if I have no other alternative.

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7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

on January 24, 2011
at 06:18 PM

I keep bar type foods on hand for "emergencies". I know most Paleo answers to food emergencies are to fast, but that doesn't work for me. If I get over hungry I have a tendency to binge.

The bars I prefer are Lara Bars and Mrs. Mays and Kind bars. I know they are sugar bombs, but they are gluten free, mostly nuts, dried fruits and honey. I probably only eat them once a month or so. Usually when I manage to forget my pre-made food at home.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 24, 2011
at 09:03 PM

Ooh, I totally want to try this one, but don't want to buy a full box. http://www.freshharvestproducts.com/products/6

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on January 25, 2011
at 01:34 AM

Those Wings of Nature bars do look yummy! I think the rice in 'em would do me in, though. Akd, you can buy Larabars in singles for the occasional treat. :) If you heat up the Jocalat ones slightly...oh dear me, it's like this gooey brownie-esque mouthgasm. Or freeze 'em: they become this dense, chewy bar of awesomeness. However, I tend to just throw one in my bag on those days that I'm running late for class and I know I won't be able to find enough fat on campus or something. :)

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 25, 2011
at 02:38 AM

I can't figure out how to buy them! There is no "add to cart" button I can find. LOL. They also have the teeny 100 calorie Lara bars now.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on January 24, 2011
at 09:50 PM

*homor simpson gurgle* i LOOOOVE larabars. i cant have them around. i will plow through a box of them. much more "paleo" than those metrx or whatever monstrosities.

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on January 24, 2011
at 07:02 PM

I keep those around as "emergency" snacks, too. Yeah, they're high in sugar, but they're also full of fat and pack a decent amount of protein in them too. They're delicious, too. :D

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 25, 2011
at 12:11 AM

I do pretty good with having that stuff around. By the time I actually get around to needing emergency food, they are slightly flatter than normal from being smushed in my bag forever.

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on January 25, 2011
at 05:40 AM

Hah! Perhaps an email to them is in order? You can also ask them for a free sample (one way to make a company relent is with a promise to review in exchange or something). :) Oooh, I know, I've seen them! I also want to try those Raw Revolution bars -- they make a 100 calorie bar, too, but I'm afraid of commitment and that's the only way to order 'em. :D

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 25, 2011
at 02:43 PM

I did email them! And I called and got voicemail. SAD FACE. I've seen Raw Revolution bars somewhere. I will have to keep my eyes open.

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on February 20, 2011
at 03:07 PM

Me too - Larabars (open in case of emergency) I have a stash at the office. I would rather have jerkey, fruit etc. but in a pinch (or while out and about) they are ok. 90% dark chocolate works too. Lots of fat, not much sugar.

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on January 24, 2011
at 06:04 PM

Making your own beef jerky (at temperatures below 115 degrees a la Lex Rooker style) is so worth it and much cheaper. I have to agree with you though, pre made protein bars are tasty, relatively cheap and efficient, but to answer your question- No i dont eat them.

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on January 24, 2011
at 08:39 PM

Thanks, Deirdre!

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on January 24, 2011
at 06:30 PM

Making my own beef jerky is my next culinary adventure. Any tips?

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on January 24, 2011
at 07:16 PM

http://www.traditionaltx.us/images/JerkyDrierInstructions.pdf Start here. If you are really into it, then you could look into the fancy dehydrators. Personally, I just use the cheap homemade version because you can make such a large batch at once. And I prefer the basic seasoning of garlic salt, black pepper and a little cayenne pepper. No marination and grass-fed beef works the best for me.

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on January 24, 2011
at 07:44 PM

Thanks, texasleah!

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on January 24, 2011
at 08:06 PM

http://www.beef-cooking.com/ground-beef-jerky-recipe.html I make the above recipe all of the time. I use way less salt and add a couple of teaspoons of cayenne pepper. My family devours it! I have a nesco dehyrdator and a jerky gun.

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on September 13, 2012
at 02:19 AM

Used to occasionally in the past. Now I try to eat real food.

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on September 13, 2012
at 01:10 AM

I'll eat Quest Bars every so often. Usually something I keep at the office or in the car in-case I need something quick.

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on September 13, 2012
at 12:53 AM

I've heard quest recommended several times on this site but I have some issues with it:

1) It has whey. I can't tolerate dairy, so I've been on the hunt for a dairy-free high protein, low-carb bar for some time.

2) It has sucralose and states "Sucralose is generally recognized as the best artificial sweetener available." Really? I know for a fact that Splenda makes me feel like crap in a way that Stevia never has.

With that said, the closest I've found to a paleo bar is the PaleoBar by PaleoLife. It has even less carbs than the Quest bar at 19g (quest=22g). Here is how I summarized it on my blog:

this bar is the closest I've seen to an organic low-carb, zero-sugar-alcohol, high-protein, dairy-free bar. Summary of ingredients: organic rice protein, organic nuts & seeds, organic cocoa, organic honey, some spices & salt. Money baby.

It's so new to the market that it has only 1 review on Amazon, and their website isn't even operational, but it has 1/3 of the sugar (6g) in the previous protein bar I recommended (18g sugar) with almost as much protein (17g). This really isn't that different from Mark Sisson's recipe for making your own protein bars (note to the dairy-sensitive: Mark's version includes Whey) http://blog.healclick.com/4-paleo-vices-that-need-no-recipe/

Note: I'm not sure what the PH policy is on linking to our own content and I looked in the FAQ section. If it's not allowed here, I will gladly remove it.

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on March 29, 2011
at 04:19 PM

Try justagudbar www.justagudbar.com apricots almonds sunflower seeds flax seeds agave whey protien & cinnamon hand rolled and made in small batches....

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on January 25, 2011
at 04:16 AM

I used to eat those at first when I went on lowcarb (my prepaleo days). At first, I liked the taste and ate them a lot, but after eating them for a while, they actually started to make me feel sick. My taste buds liked them but my body was STRONGLY rejecting them and started to put up a fight. There are actually only a few foods that have done that to me. The other one I can think of is Crystal Light lemonade. Atkins bars are probably not a huge deal, though, if you just need an occasional bit of cheat that will not spark carb cravings. However, I do not consider them a healthy food to be eaten often.

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on May 02, 2011
at 11:42 PM

I also got really sick from them, then became allergic to soy and a host of other stuff, damaged my intestines as well. Occasionally, probably not a big deal, all the time (as I was doing for at least a year) is asking for trouble

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on January 24, 2011
at 08:26 PM

The ClifBar C seems to be a fairly healthy alternative. Of course, I think we are all looking at these as emergency foods when you just need a boost to get thought until you can get a steak. But its all fruit and nuts and salt. Nothing with words starting with mono hydro or soy-based, which is nice. Looking at the ingredients list, looks like something I might have as a snack in separate parts, rather than pushed together in bar form.

http://www.clifbar.com/food/products_clif_c/

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on January 24, 2011
at 06:17 PM

they are about as processed as processed gets. that being said, I do occasionally find it useful to pack a few away. but there are better brands than Atkins. think thin bars they have dairy and some soy but are gluten free.

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