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Protein/Energy bars

Answered on October 17, 2013
Created October 17, 2013 at 5:54 AM

Hey there!

So I need a quick, portable, quiet, easy to eat snack that I can take a bite or two of while I'm training as a figure skater. I don't get long breaks, so it literally needs to be something I can just grab a bit of when I have a second. Back before going primal/paleo, I depended on stuff like Nugo Dark Chocolate bars (gluten free) and the occasional Luna Protein. I went on the Sugar Detox nearly 3 weeks ago but I've kind of come to the conclusion over the last day or two that I don't thrive on being SUPER low carb low sugar. I'm still limiting my fruit intake to around workouts (just one green banana) but have also added a Larabar to my days in the afternoon and I feel much better on that than just hard boiled eggs and nuts. Maybe I just really need the sugar. Anyway, does anyone have any recommendations other than Larabars? I just wish they had a little more protein, but I can't justify something like a ThinkThin or Quest...I want REAL food. Anyway, I'm trying to lean out so I don't want something super high calorie, and I also don't want a bar that $3 a piece. Any help is very much appreciated! Should I just stick with Laras? I really do think they're delicious, but as I'm also trying to lose body fat, perhaps they're not a great option

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on October 17, 2013
at 09:44 AM

have you had a look at some of the older posts for ideas, links to two are, here & here.

& no need to go low carb imo. & (imo again) no need to avoid yellow bananas, sure some of the starch has converted to sugars...but what the hey, its only one (maybe two) bananas a day. Of course some people may prefer the taste of green bananas (not me tho)

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on October 17, 2013
at 09:21 AM

sounds like you follow more of a 'weston a price' paleo version Leogon...allowing bread/grains?

most paleo folks here tend to drop all the grains, some do white rice & a smaller group may do brown rice and some sprouted or fermented non-wheat grains such as buckwheat

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on October 17, 2013
at 07:00 AM

Are you gluten intolerant?....better,i believe so because of the fat and its going to be much cheaper as well.

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on October 17, 2013
at 06:46 AM

And thus my comment that the bar you "describe" exists in the "null set".

How about a bit of banana spread with almond butter on a piece of beef jerky?

You can vary the amount of each to get the effect you desire.

Or a self concocted "trail mix"... again, vary the constituents to get the desired result.

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on October 17, 2013
at 06:43 AM

But would bread with gluten really be better than a bar of simply dates and almonds or cashews? I understand the bar's higher in fructose, but still

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on October 17, 2013
at 06:40 AM

Larabars (at least some of the flavors) are nuts and fruit. Thinkthins and Quests, which are high in protein than Laras, contain isolated protein, sugar alcohols, etc. That's what I mean by real food

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on October 17, 2013
at 06:33 AM

Well, I'm trying to lose weight, so probably around 1500. I don't have a ton to lose (just 10-12 lbs, but I'm short, so that's a lot for me in my opinion). I'm a little confused by your response. I shouldn't eat bars because of the calories and sugar, but grains with fat or sweetener are a better option? Not trying to sound snarky...I'm just confused

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at 06:21 AM

How many calories are you having per day? If you are a figure skater your body will demand you more calories, with the protein bar your packing lots of calories and sugar and your adrenaline drops when eating it because carbs decrease adrenaline. You could buy real honey (not available in supermarkets, i buy mine with farmers) and have some snacks with it like bread with butter and honey or oats with milk and honey.

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on October 17, 2013
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Banana

Protein Whey (Optimum Nutrition Double Chocolate tastes great)

Almonds

Almond Flour

Vanilla Extract

Pinch of Salt

Figs (or some type of dried berry)

Mix together in blender/ food processor. Scoop into muffin paper. Keep refriderated until ready to eat.

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on October 17, 2013
at 04:26 PM

These are excellent, I've made some changes from what I found online (omit stevia/sugar). Everyone in the family loves them and I don't usually like pumpkin baked goods. Really fast to make.

  1. 1/3 cup coconut flour (bobs redmill)
  2. 1/3 cup almond flour (trader joes)
  3. 1/4 tsp sea salt
  4. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  5. 1 tbsp cinnamon
  6. 4 eggs
  7. 1 cup cooked or canned pumpkin
  8. 1/3 cup butter or coconut oil, or a mix of the two
  9. 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips - darker the better IMO
  10. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  11. In a large bowl combine all ingredients and mix until all lumps are gone.
  12. Spread batter into a greased 8×8″ baking dish
  13. Bake at 375° for 30-40 minutes

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86c197ca1154b13a08ea875b35fbe9b6

on October 17, 2013
at 07:00 AM

Are you gluten intolerant?....better,i believe so because of the fat and its going to be much cheaper as well.

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86c197ca1154b13a08ea875b35fbe9b6

on October 17, 2013
at 06:40 AM

You can eat the protein bar since its making younfeel better but I recommend more the grains with fat and honey because of the natural sugar and ingredients.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on October 17, 2013
at 09:21 AM

sounds like you follow more of a 'weston a price' paleo version Leogon...allowing bread/grains?

most paleo folks here tend to drop all the grains, some do white rice & a smaller group may do brown rice and some sprouted or fermented non-wheat grains such as buckwheat

Fa51f2da1ed61c1177813672b07fe7a5

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on October 17, 2013
at 06:43 AM

But would bread with gluten really be better than a bar of simply dates and almonds or cashews? I understand the bar's higher in fructose, but still

86c197ca1154b13a08ea875b35fbe9b6

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on October 17, 2013
at 07:00 AM

Are you gluten intolerant?....better,i believe so because of the fat and its going to be much cheaper as well.

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F291857fa12a0291688ea994343156dc

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on October 17, 2013
at 06:38 AM

What does this mean?

>>>> Anyway, does anyone have any recommendations other than Larabars? I just wish they had a little more protein, but I can't justify something like a ThinkThin or Quest...I want REAL food. <<<<

btw... reading through your entire post, your desires in a protein / energy seem somewhat contradictory at times. I beleive the bar that satisfies your desires exists in the "null set". :(

I've researched & tried a number of bars. Luna, Lara, Quest, Fusion, ThinkThin to name the "biggies".

I settled on PowerCrunch...good protein amount, lowish carbs & decent fat, but they're not "real" food. The ingredients list is scary but they helped me drop from 220 to 190

Fa51f2da1ed61c1177813672b07fe7a5

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on October 17, 2013
at 06:40 AM

Larabars (at least some of the flavors) are nuts and fruit. Thinkthins and Quests, which are high in protein than Laras, contain isolated protein, sugar alcohols, etc. That's what I mean by real food

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