I Found Delish Protein Bars

Look, they are 21g of protein, and are delish.  21g of carbs, but 17g of fiber.  That means it is 4g net carbs!!  And no sugar alcohols–good news for anyone with metabolic syndrome or diabetes.

QUEST NUTRITION BARS!

So far, I have eaten the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough one and it does taste like cookie dough. I love (and miss raw cookie dough, but it is fattening and dangerous with the raw egg in it). But, this is the closest thing and it is a lot of fiber, making the net carbs low.

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The Brownie version is very similar with 5g of net carbs.  Only 1g of sugar!  This is insane, but wonderful!

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The info on the Quest Chocolate Cookie Dough bar:

Calories from Fat   70.00
Saturated Fat   3.00 g   15%
Trans Fat    0.00 g
Cholesterol    5.00 mg   2%
Sodium    310.00 mg   13%
Dietary Fiber   17.00 g   68%
Protein    21.00 g   42%
Calories    190.00
Total Fat    8.00 g   12%
Sugars    1.00 g
Erythritol    1.00 g
Potassium    125.00 mg   4%
Total Carbohydrates    21.00 g

You might consider them a bit pricey.  Over $26 for a box of 12 at GNC (a little over $2 a bar), $25 at Smart and Final.  The prices are similar at Vitacost.com, but there are more flavors to choose from, including fruit flavors and Peanut Butter.

PREPARE Your Daily Protein: For Weight Loss and Reduce Cravings

 

During the day at home or at the office, you might find yourself getting hungry.  You are supposed to eat breakfast, (about 3-4 hours apart from your meals)lunch and dinner, but you are supposed to have three healthy snacks in-between and after dinner (about 3-4 hours apart from your meals).  SIX PROTEIN MEALS IN ALL PER DAY!

Healthy protein snacks/meals can help normalize your blood-sugar levels at crucial points in the day. If you reduce  swings in blood sugar, it helps to curb cravings and keep you on a successful weight-loss track.

I try to keep between 50-100g of carbs a day to lose/maintain weight.  Most meats and cheeses have barely one carb in them.  Nuts, Greek Yogurt and protein bars too have carbs.  Look at labels….

 

10 Suggestions for protein snacks

 

  1. Raw veggies, such as celery, green or red bell pepper strips, cauliflower, and broccoli florets. Use hummus or 2 tablespoons of natural peanut butter for dipping (2 tablespoons).
  2. Lean, reduced-sodium deli meats (turkey or chicken breast, roast beef, boiled ham), about 4 ounces.
  3. Part-skim mozzarella cheese sticks (no more than 2 sticks or low-fat mini Baby Bells).
  4. Nuts (15 almonds, 20 peanuts, or 30 pistachios, or about 1/4 cup of any nut, is a serving), but be sure to stick to one serving and count it toward your daily protein. OR Sunflower seeds (3-tablespoon serving; count these toward your daily protein.
  5. Low-Carb Protein bars or drinks.  Look at the labels.  Try not to go higher than 20g of carbs.
  6. Cottage cheese (1%, 2%, or fat-free varieties) with salsa, or one of your two small servings of your fruit for the day,or chopped cucumber added
  7. Dry-roasted or boiled, ready-to-eat edamame (green soybeans) or a hard-boiled egg
  8. Greek yogurt (plain, nonfat) (again you can add one of your two small servings of fruit
  9. Low-sodium tomato juice or vegetable-juice blend, single-serving can for the day)
  10. Water-packed light tuna or salmon (individual cans or pouches)

Do not eat on the run.  Go shopping on the weekend if you are too busy and buy stuff for the week and put what you need for each day aside the night before and have it ready to go for the morning.  You can have stuff to eat in the car if you have to do it that way, but PREPARE and don’t buy crap at drive-thru places, where you are likely to succumb to cravings or smells.  Learn to do this daily and it will become habit, a way of life and you are more likely to get and stay skinny!

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Best Chocolate and Peanut Butter Bars?

I have been experimenting with new protein bars.  It is important to remember that carbs is the way to go in terms of protein bars, but also look at fiber.  You can subtract fiber grams from carbs to get net carbs.  I tried the new Luna Protein bar at 12g of protein, 17g of carbs, minus 3g of fiber totaling 14g net carbs.  (Purchased it at Target)

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It was pretty good, AND GLUTEN FREE, but I still prefer my Nature Valley Protein Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate bar, which is not gluten-free,  (there is also a Peanut, Almond, and Dark Chocolate one and a Salted Caramel Nut with similar info), and I love that it is DARK CHOCOLATE with 10g of protein, 14g of carbs with 5g of fiber, so that is 9g net carbs.  Still loving it more.  (Available online or at Target and Costco)

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My sister-in-law told me about a KIND protein bar and I will be trying that tomorrow and report back.  The one she told me about, I could not find (Nuts and Sea salt), but I found one at Trader Joes that was chocolate and peanut butter, so I will report its taste and if it could possibly be better than my favorite Nature Valley Bar.   This is gluten and wheat free, which is better for my diet!  So, I hope I like it.  7g of protein and 17g of carbs, 3g of fiber, so it is 14g net carbs.  I will keep you apprised of my results.

 

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THEY’RE BAACCKK!

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Nature Valley Protein Bars, Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter.  Can be bought at Target or online, but the big box of 18 is at Costco (which is oly there, here and there, but they are back!).  Turns out to be like 65 cents per bar.  Get them while supplies last.  10 g protein, 14g carbs, 5g fiber–so net carbs is 9g.  I use these as one of my protein snacks throughout the day and it tastes AWESOME!  It is like having a dessert.