5 Ways to Identify If Your Protein Bar Is Healthy

Protein bars are a great supplement to any person’s diet. They have many uses, such as weight loss, additional fibers and proteins and also, meal replacement solutions. They are a healthy addition to your daily nutritional value, considering you choose the right one. Sometimes, it’s necessary to scrutinize the labels as the protein bars often marketed to you are not always as healthy as they are made out to be. This article is going to give you some tips on how to avoid those other protein bars that are full of fillers and fat and give you some examples of healthy alternatives.

You will want to survey the nutritional facts in these protein bars before you buy. Flip the bar over and check out that panel, as well as the ingredients. Your first thought will typically be the caloric count of the bar and this is going to ultimately depend on your goals. If you’re focused on losing weight, you wouldn’t want to waste more than a few calories on a protein bar even if you’re using it for meal replacement. If you are trying to bulk up on protein and build muscle though it’s better to opt for those high caloric bars.

After taking calories into consideration, it’s time to think about your protein to carb ratio. It is a protien bar of course, that is why you’re purchasing it! The protein should always be higher than the carbs, and you’ll want to be sure you can tell where this protein is coming from, you want to check the ingredients to insure there is hydrolyzed whey, whey isolates and micellar casein should be in one of the first few things on the list of ingredients.

An obvious no-go in your protein bar is going to be too much sugar. Regardless of your goal, too much sugar is going to negatively impact your diet and health. Ironically, many protein bars do contain high amounts of sugar so watch that corn syrups and hidden additives that will be no better than a candy bar. Watch the sugar alcohol as well, many manufacturers have turned to those as it keeps the sweetness while avoiding tooth decay and impacting blood sugar but can cause indigestion when consumed.

Just like other foods in your diets, you will want to watch the fat content, especially the fat content. You’ll want to watch out for trans fat like palm oil. All the bars listen contain zero trans fat, and have small amounts of fat. Some fat is good, as it prevents the carbs from being absorbed into the bloodstream too quickly and overall create a healthier consumption.

Finally, take into consideration the ratio of carbs to protein. Depending on your goal, if you’re looking for fat loss you’ll want to stick to 2:1 protein to carbs, 1:1 is sufficient as well. If you’re using this as a post workout snack or trying to build muscles, you’re looking for a 1:2 ratio.

All in all, there are many choices and it is going to come down to the best tasting bar that fits your dietary needs the best. Remember the tips you’ve read and do some experimenting to find the healthiest choice for your life and most importantly, enjoy them.

Labrada’s All New BCAA Power

Fermented BCAA Power

The all new Labrada BCAA POWER is a combination 7 grams of fermented BCAA’s (2:1:1), 3 grams of Fermented Glutamine and 1 gram of coconut water extract for added electrolytes. Check out the video to get the latest information on this great new product from Labrada!

7 grams natural BCAA’s – no byproducts or contaminants.

3 grams of Glutamine – for increased recovery and immune support

BCAA POWER

1 gram of Coconut Water Extract
Electrolytes include:
20mg Calcium
40mg Potassium
25mg Sodium
2mg Magnesium
1mcg Chromium
1mcg Molybdenum

 

Healthy Strawberry Banana Overnight Oat recipe

Two of my favorite things; Strawberries and bananas.  Put them together with some oats and you have a healthy and easy overnight recipe.

STRAWBERRY AND BANANA OVERNIGHT OATS RECIPE

Makes 10-12 servings; 15 minute prep time

> 3 cups steel cut oats
1/3 cup chia seeds
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
10 oz fresh or frozen strawberries
2 ripe bananas
> 2 tbsp agave syrup or maple syrup
> 4 cups almond milk

DIRECTIONS:

In a large bowl mix the dry ingredients and then set aside.  In a blender combine the strawberries and bananas and blend until liquefied.

Add the fruit mixture, milk and syrup to the dried ingredients and mix together. Cover the mixture and place it in the refrigerator overnight. Serve the next morning with extra nuts or fruit.

They will stay in fridge for up to 4-5 days.

Hope you enjoy! 🙂

Healthy fats, who knew fats could have so many benefits!

Now Foods MCT Oil 32oz - Supplement Central

MCT Oil is an amazing, natural product. Who ever said there wasn’t such thing as healthy fat?

MCT is short for Medium Chain Triglycerides. Where do MCT Oils come from? The most common source is coconuts but is also found in palm kernel oil. You may or may not have heard or saw it on the infamous Doctor Oz television show were it had the biggest growth in demand. Although used for ages, MCT Oil has grown popular with many people living a healthy lifestyle.

The few benefits of MCT Oil are:

– Provides Quick Energy
– Build Muscle Mass
– Boost Metabolism
– Helps You Burn More Calories
– Thermogenic Effect
– Reduces Fat Stores
– Supports Healthy Digestion
– Supports Skin and Hair Health

MCT Oil is virtually unflavored and is most commonly mixed in your morning coffee. It can also be taken straight from a tablespoon or mixed in your favorite smoothie! Try our favorite MCT Oil by Now Foods.

 

Staying Fit on the Fourth!

Today shall be a day filled with family, friends, fun, and of course, FOOD!

Food is culture; it brings people together. If you think about it, we revolve a lot of our lives around food! When you think of a typical first date, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Dinner and a movie. What about a birthday party? Cake and ice cream. Thanksgiving? Christmas? Easter? Dinner, of course! Events and holidays in the summer are mostly formed around drinks and cookouts. Although I do think its important to get a cheat or treat meal in every once in a while, sometimes you don’t want to fall completely off the wagon, because I do understand it can be difficult to jump back on.

Personally, I think we can all do something about this. Every day I see more and more people becoming interested in changing their lifestyles and wanting to live more healthfully. The problem is, we really don’t know where to start, and how in-depth to go. I think if more people start making little changes at events and holidays, we truly can start making a difference in living healthier lives.

The problem is, many people associate eating healthy with eating boring and less tasty food, and the only real “good” food is unhealthy food. This is completely false. Guess what? Most junk food that you find in a store, and even grandma’s cookies are a combination of ingredients. Surprisingly swiss cake rolls and nutty buddies do not come from the ground, or off a tree. The first snack cakes were MADE by people! Have you tried eating flour alone? Baking soda? Partially hydrogenated soybean and cottonseed oil? Yeah…they’re not very tasty. This doesn’t just go for sweets! Fried chicken, boxed macaroni and cheese, potato salad, etc. they are all combinations of foods, that were probably made through experimentation in a kitchen.

So what if we started to do the same things with healthier food? Experiment, make, and try new recipes with food that is more waistline friendly, and aesthetically pleasing. Offering more nutritionally dense foods at events and holidays (along with grandma’s cookies, of course!) to make America believe that healthy is not boring, and that it can in fact be right up there with some of your personal favorites. Try and tell me that a juicy steak cooked just the way you want it paired with a perfectly baked sweet potato isn’t delicious. (Hint: people may think eating steaks and other red meats is horrible for you…think again! Eating this will help your physique a lot more than fried chicken and potato salad!)

Tips for surviving events and holidays:

  • -Try to incorporate at least some protein in every meal. Eggs, egg whites, meats, tofu (if vegetarian), protein powder such as Rule One Protein, plain greek yogurt and smarter foods that may be high in another macronutrient such as nuts (good source of fat) and quinoa (a good source of carbohydrates) but also have a notable amount of protein hidden in them.
  • -Cook and bake with coconut oil. It is so much better for you than other oils, and is in fact 60% medium chain triglycerides, which actually helps BURN fat!
  • -Use vegetables as meal fillers! Instead of loading up on more pasta, try loading up on some broccoli or cauliflower. The fiber and water content will help keep you fuller.
  • -Sweeten baked goods with FRUIT! Dates and bananas are very common for this! For lower calorie sweetening, try some stevia- which is a zero calorie sweetener that is extracted from a plant.
  • -Eat fat. Yes. Eat fat!!! Avocados (hello, who doesn’t LOVE guacamole!), nuts and nut butters (from real nuts like almonds and cashews, not peanuts which are actually legumes!), coconut oil (which is a solid at room temperature so I use it as butter!), whole eggs, grassfed butter, and fats from meat! Steak, beef, uncured bacon, there are so many delicious options!
  • -Lose the bun, or replace it with something better. My family has been using Ezekiel english muffins when we grill burgers and honestly, it is easily one of the best ways to eat a burger! That extra crunch from toasting them is exactly what burgers needed to be even better.
  • -At cookouts and parties, offer fruit, nut, and vegetable platters.
  • -Water, water, water! You must stay hydrated, especially when consuming alcohol. Always keep a bottle of water by you to sip on while you’re having a drink.
  • -Use club soda and fruit to sweeten drinks rather than juices and tonic water.

 

For a low calorie and inexpensive treat to bring to parties today, try THIS:

What you’ll need:
-Box of graham crackers,
-Cool Whip Free
-Fun sprinkles!

All you need to do is freeze the cool whip, then add 2 tablespoons of it on to half of a graham cracker. Sandwich it with the other half, and dip the sides in festive sprinkles! Freeze for 10-20 more minutes and you now have under 100 calorie “ice cream sandwiches” 🙂