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


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


Stay Jacked My Friends – Condition Properly!

Contrary to popular belief, more is not always better in regards to conditioning. Pushing yourself to exhaustion aerobically on a frequent basis is a quick way to elevate cortisol levels and lower testosterone levels.  Whether your a serious athlete or just a weekend warrior trying to maximize gainzzzz this is the last thing you need! #loveyourtestosterone

Don’t sweat it,  here are a couple simple rules to abide by.

1.) Embrace, the 80/20 principle.  What’s this you ask?  Simple, 80 % of your conditioning should be incredibly light (aerobic, continuous) and used to establish volume.  Here’s the catch though, the other 20% needs to be near maximal intensity (anaerobic, full recovery). The problem here is most people and lower level athletes train primarily in the moderate “junk” area so they never really accomplish anything.

2.). Establish a goal! Yes, this actually goes a long way in focusing your efforts.  Having no goal in regards to the strength and conditioning realm is the recipe for a disaster.

3.). Make GRADUAL progressions to this goal.  Strength and conditioning is really just imposed adaptation on the human body.  The human body is resilient and will overcome these new rigors imposed but it will not happen overnight!

4.) Acquaint yourself with a prowler.  A prowler is a sled that can be loaded with weights and pushed just about anywhere.  Prowler sprints are fantastic for increasing fitness levels.

A sample routine would look something like this.

– Prowler Sprint 10 x 25 yards, 2 min recovery between sprints

– Light Jog 10 minutes, light enough for conversation

– 5 x 150 yard shuttles (6 x 25 yard shuttles), 3 minute recovery

– Row 10 minutes

– Reverse Walking Sled Drags 200 – 300 yards

– Prowler Sprint 6 x 50 yards, 3 minute recovery between sprints

– Active recovery, mobility, foam rolling

Remember, Train smart, #loveyourtestosterone and stay jacked!

Mike Whiteman
Strength and Conditioning Coach
Pittsburgh Riverhounds 

Optimum Nutrition NEW Gold Standard Pre-Workout now available.

Many companies are pumping out new lines, flavors, and all around mind blowing new products. Just in time for the new year! Another golden bullet comes from Optimum Nutrition with the all NEW Gold Standard Pre-Workout!

Aside from the fresh, new look, the Gold Standard Pre-Workout is packed with a bang holding 30 servings per bottle. Each powerful scoop contains 175mg of caffeine from natural sources, 1.5g of carnosyn – beta alanine, and 3g of Creatine Monohydrate. It comes in 4 mouth watering flavors, Blueberry Lemonade, Fruit Punch, Green Apple and Watermelon. Continuing to stay out of the banned substance list, Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Pre-Workout is Banned Substance FREE.


Get the intense energy, focus and endurace from a pre-workout. Check out the brand spanking new, Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Pre-Workout. This pre-workout is as good as gold!


ON’s new Gold Standard Pre-Workout unleashes amplified energy, focus, and supports enhanced endurance to help you reach the pinnacle of your game, crush your next set, get that last rep, and achieve some true gains.* Whatever your goals, accomplish them all with the pre-workout from the most trusted brand in sports nutrition.

~ Optimum Nutrition Team

Nutrex Research adds three new products to their line.

Look out, here comes 3 new power packed products from Nutrex Research. Weeks before one of the major events of the year comes not only 3 new products, but 3 new looks to the Nutrex family.

Nutrex Adipodex – An additional weight loss product. This is a one pill per day “super” thermogenic. Adipodex promotes clean long lasting energy, appetite supression and intense focus. Good for an all day effect.

Nutrex Research New Adipodex 45 capsules at Supplement Central

Nutrex Hibern8 – This is a new addition to Nutrex. We haven’t seen many sleep aids come from them. The ingredient profile on this product is simple an contains some key ingredients to deep and restful sleep. (GABA at 1g, L-Tryptophan at 500mg and Melatonin at 5mg, Zinc at 10mg and Magnesium at 195mg)

Nutrex Research Hibern8, 90 capsules

Nutrex OutLift – Another different type of product added to the Nutrex line. We’ve all grown to enjoy the Hemorage as a high energy and focus product. With OutLift, you get the energy with the 350mg of Caffeine Anhydrous per one scoop and endurance with the 3g of l-luecine, 1.5g of l-isolucine and 1.5g of l-valine. They also added Citruline Malate 2:1 at 8g and Carnosyn Beta-Alanine at 3.2g for the ultimate skin ripping pump. Nice thing is about OutLift, there are no proprietary blends. Comes in Fruit Punch and Blue Raspberry. What you see is what you get from OutLift Pre-Workout Powerhouse!

Nutrex Research OutLift Pre-workout 20 servings at Supplement Central

We can expect to see these products hitting our store late August into the beginning parts of September.