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powerbar replacements

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Created August 24, 2010 at 6:01 AM

I spend a decent amount of time biking long distance (yeah, yeah, endurance cardio is terrible) or hiking or doing stuff where I need some good on-the-go snacks. In particular, I want something easily digestable, dense, high energy that I can stick in a jersey pocket and pull out when I'm 30mi in and feeling peckish. Powerbars are full of grain.

I'm thinking the best option is pemmican but I can't find anywhere to buy it in person, I've heard very iffy things about the US Wellness stuff, and I draw the line at rendering my own tallow.

I've seen the recipe for powerbars on MDA but that looks absurdly complex and nut-heavy.

Maybe guacamole, as strange as it sounds?

So yeah. Dense, digestable, transportable fat + protein? Any other options besides pemmican?

A3414e929f7c39da2fb07ef3b973bc25

on November 15, 2010
at 10:10 PM

I liked the flavor of US Wellness pemmican -- to each their own.

F78f7fe6113fe000608f72a9da76380c

(10)

on September 06, 2010
at 11:08 PM

Not to mention that, in my opinion, LaraBars are absolutely disgusting.

08f65e31fe63fa8c91edcdf8ece35607

(220)

on August 28, 2010
at 09:07 PM

Just bake it in the skin and eat it half at a time. Won't last for days on end, but should stay good for a few days.

03f5a69fde4012b827ebdb6d93b71e7a

(2007)

on August 26, 2010
at 04:09 PM

I've ordered several batches of almond butter based bars from YouBar and they're great! But due to the expense, I'm probably going to try making them next time around. Still, a great option if you're short on time and need something to keep in a bag or on a trip.

6426d61a13689f8f651164b10f121d64

(11478)

on August 26, 2010
at 01:43 AM

mmm...coconut! How about coconut milk in a water bottle?

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

(10502)

on August 25, 2010
at 09:15 AM

Why do you guys think that?

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on August 25, 2010
at 03:35 AM

I hate to see those words 'natural flavors.' That leaves it wide open for all kinds of crap. MSG is a 'natural flavor' according to labeling laws. If the flavoring is so natural, why not list it?

C53665c3f012fa1ede91033b08a8a6e7

(2269)

on August 25, 2010
at 12:39 AM

US Wellness pemmican = beef-flavored candle. Blech.

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

(10502)

on August 24, 2010
at 11:59 PM

I had dinner with Mark Sisson last night and he is coming out with a high-fat, moderate protein meal replacement. Look out for it.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on August 24, 2010
at 11:32 PM

agreed, my major contention is that most of the cardio illnesses are from excess junk carbs that these marathoners consume constantly.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on August 24, 2010
at 11:31 PM

how do you portabilize sweet potato?

187657ec9b2b8b32730f68c5602698af

(129)

on August 24, 2010
at 06:04 PM

I like this idea a lot! Saturated fat source would be nice, but beggars can't be choosers...

187657ec9b2b8b32730f68c5602698af

(129)

on August 24, 2010
at 06:01 PM

Yeah, these are a bit nut heavy and I'd like more saturated fat, but look pretty good. I think I'll order a sample.

187657ec9b2b8b32730f68c5602698af

(129)

on August 24, 2010
at 05:59 PM

Yeah,these are super full of sugar. I could just do straight dried fruit if I wanted that.

49de4cd2f26705785cbef2b15a9df7aa

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on August 24, 2010
at 05:10 PM

Larabars are made primarily of dried dates, which, as FenrisMolle pointed out, is high in sugar.

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

(5838)

on August 24, 2010
at 04:51 PM

What is wrong with Fiber Carbs?

A68f24168bc0de414a038037e287b581

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on August 24, 2010
at 04:33 PM

oh, I see. I thought it's something about the general quality of their products or so.

100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

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on August 24, 2010
at 03:12 PM

A lot of people who like homemade pemmican well enough simply don't like the taste of U.S. Wellness pemmican. I haven't tried it.

35deb6722604c868c610088a6d8ce09e

(295)

on August 24, 2010
at 01:14 PM

You can always make your own - there's a ton of recipes online for homemade Larabars in a variety of flavors, plus you can tweak the date/nut ratio for more/less sweetness or add other ingredients. http://www.healthhabits.ca/2010/06/18/homemade-larabar-recipes/

35deb6722604c868c610088a6d8ce09e

(295)

on August 24, 2010
at 01:12 PM

Sucralose = Splenda.

A68f24168bc0de414a038037e287b581

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on August 24, 2010
at 01:06 PM

could you enlighten me on the "iffy" things about us wellness? I am planning on making some orders and dont' want to spend a lot of money on something I will regret!

7004f305757fcd9a9894206a52ca1948

on August 24, 2010
at 10:09 AM

Sound like way to much carb in larabars >.<

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

(2399)

on August 24, 2010
at 09:35 AM

I find the double use of sugar suspicious. Also 10g of fat is not saturated. Almond Omega 6 ? Who knows.

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7df8f3cc7f1475c3ecbbd4a4feb87d04

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on August 24, 2010
at 04:00 PM

There's also youbars.com I think you can tinker about with the ingredient options to get something relatively low sugar/low carb, though it's pretty expensive and they seem to have better options for their trail mixes. Macadamias nuts are not available for their bars but can be added to the trail mix, for example.

187657ec9b2b8b32730f68c5602698af

(129)

on August 24, 2010
at 06:04 PM

I like this idea a lot! Saturated fat source would be nice, but beggars can't be choosers...

03f5a69fde4012b827ebdb6d93b71e7a

(2007)

on August 26, 2010
at 04:09 PM

I've ordered several batches of almond butter based bars from YouBar and they're great! But due to the expense, I'm probably going to try making them next time around. Still, a great option if you're short on time and need something to keep in a bag or on a trip.

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2d372dd8feff8c88d788095011eebbfa

on August 24, 2010
at 07:10 AM

I tried this one from PayNowLiveLater with a small amount of raisins an cocoa/cinnamon.

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1c4ada15ca0635582c77dbd9b1317dbf

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on August 25, 2010
at 07:29 AM

Coconut meat in a plastic food bag. Small tin of sardines in brine with a peel off lid.

6426d61a13689f8f651164b10f121d64

(11478)

on August 26, 2010
at 01:43 AM

mmm...coconut! How about coconut milk in a water bottle?

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62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

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on August 25, 2010
at 03:43 AM

I sometimes make my own trail mix, usually some unsweetened dried coconut, nuts, and a bit of dark chocolate. You can also add dried fruit or whatever. I just throw the loose ingredients together and then add them into an easy access container such that I can pour them into my mouth like I was drinking them. Or I can just grab them out by hand. It takes me all of about 2 minutes to throw something like this together. Basically, you can use whatever is on hand and mix and match ingredients as desired according to preferred protein, fat, and carb content as well as taste. The price is according to how cheap you can find the ingredients, which is usually fairly cheap. A little treat like this can also help satiate my sweet tooth without stimulating further cravings, which is something I find to be very very nice indeed. -Eva

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F643ceedde9bbf290f31fc2f814100ed

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on August 24, 2010
at 09:48 PM

I think many paleolithic humans were more endurance athletes than the modern paleo community likes to give them credit for

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on August 24, 2010
at 11:32 PM

agreed, my major contention is that most of the cardio illnesses are from excess junk carbs that these marathoners consume constantly.

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

(10502)

on August 25, 2010
at 09:15 AM

Why do you guys think that?

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08f65e31fe63fa8c91edcdf8ece35607

on August 24, 2010
at 08:38 PM

I'd go with pemmican by default and if you feel like you need some carbs for recovery sweet potato is tasty and relatively portable

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on August 24, 2010
at 11:31 PM

how do you portabilize sweet potato?

08f65e31fe63fa8c91edcdf8ece35607

(220)

on August 28, 2010
at 09:07 PM

Just bake it in the skin and eat it half at a time. Won't last for days on end, but should stay good for a few days.

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Fdf101349c397fbe1ecb98b310fb3737

(358)

on August 24, 2010
at 07:10 AM

Jimmy Moore (livinlavidalowcarb) recently publicized QuestProteinBar.com.

I tried them and they're tasty, very low carb (4 non-fiber carbs from nuts), high fiber, 12 g fat, 20 g protein.

http://www.questproteinbar.com

There's a way to get a free sample, but I don't know it any more. Perhaps Jimmy's website has it.

Ingedients: Protein Blend (Whey Protein Isolate, Milk Protein Isolate), Chicory Root Fiber, Almond Butter, Dry Roasted Almonds, Raw Almonds, Water, Natural Flavors, Sea Salt, Lo Han Guo, Sucralose.

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on August 25, 2010
at 03:35 AM

I hate to see those words 'natural flavors.' That leaves it wide open for all kinds of crap. MSG is a 'natural flavor' according to labeling laws. If the flavoring is so natural, why not list it?

35deb6722604c868c610088a6d8ce09e

(295)

on August 24, 2010
at 01:12 PM

Sucralose = Splenda.

187657ec9b2b8b32730f68c5602698af

(129)

on August 24, 2010
at 06:01 PM

Yeah, these are a bit nut heavy and I'd like more saturated fat, but look pretty good. I think I'll order a sample.

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

(2399)

on August 24, 2010
at 09:35 AM

I find the double use of sugar suspicious. Also 10g of fat is not saturated. Almond Omega 6 ? Who knows.

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

(5838)

on August 24, 2010
at 04:51 PM

What is wrong with Fiber Carbs?

1
9ffd833c350e482edd4e51a179134356

on August 24, 2010
at 06:20 AM

how about a "larabar" available at ralphs in los angeles.. a fruit and nut bar, for example the "lemon bar" has dates ,cashews almonds lemon juice concentrate and natural lemon flavor..that's it " gluten free, dairy free soy free non gmo vegan and kosher..of course balance that with a pemmican bar from us wellness and you have everything.. I eat the pemmican bars all the time..

35deb6722604c868c610088a6d8ce09e

(295)

on August 24, 2010
at 01:14 PM

You can always make your own - there's a ton of recipes online for homemade Larabars in a variety of flavors, plus you can tweak the date/nut ratio for more/less sweetness or add other ingredients. http://www.healthhabits.ca/2010/06/18/homemade-larabar-recipes/

7004f305757fcd9a9894206a52ca1948

on August 24, 2010
at 10:09 AM

Sound like way to much carb in larabars >.<

187657ec9b2b8b32730f68c5602698af

(129)

on August 24, 2010
at 05:59 PM

Yeah,these are super full of sugar. I could just do straight dried fruit if I wanted that.

49de4cd2f26705785cbef2b15a9df7aa

(840)

on August 24, 2010
at 05:10 PM

Larabars are made primarily of dried dates, which, as FenrisMolle pointed out, is high in sugar.

F78f7fe6113fe000608f72a9da76380c

(10)

on September 06, 2010
at 11:08 PM

Not to mention that, in my opinion, LaraBars are absolutely disgusting.

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9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

on March 24, 2011
at 01:40 PM

How about a squeeze pack of justin's nut butters? Granted it's not ideal - but if you're working that hard I think the extra carbs would be beneficial.

www.Justinsnutbutter.com

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