So we all love bars b/c of their convenience. Do me a favor and next time you pick one up, read the ingredients on the back label. OUCH. If it has more than 6 ingredients and contains words you cant pronounce, its probably not that good for you.
Here is an example: Mypolex Strength Formula Nutrition Bar
Whey Protein Isolate, Glycerine, Fractionated Palm & Palm Kernel Oil, Sugar, Corn Syrup, Calcium Caseinate, Milk Protein Concentrate, Maltitol Syrup, Water, Maltitol, Soy Protein Isolate, Hydrolyzed Whey Protein Isolate, Cocoa (Processed with Alkali), Partially Hydrolyzed Milk Protein Isolate, Acid Casein, Invert Evaporated Cane Juice, Sorbitol. Less than 2% of the Following: Cocoa, Natural & Artificial Flavors, Fructooligosaccharides, Egg White, Calcium Carbonate, Soy Lecithin, Titanium Dioxide (Added for Color), Salt, Vitamin & Mineral Blend (Magnesium Oxide, Ferric Orthophosphate, Sodium Ascorbate, dl-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbic Acid, Niacinamide, Zinc Oxide, Copper Gluconate, Calcium Pantothenate, Manganese Sulfate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Beta-Carotene, Thiamin Mononitrate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Chromium Chloride, Folic Acid, Biotin, Potassium Iodide, Sodium Molybdate, Sodium Selenite, Phytonadione, Vitamin B12), Mono- & Diglycerides, Pectin, Potassium Lactate, Sucralose, Soy Oil, Tartaric Acid, Tocopherols (Added to Protect Flavor), and Maltodextrin
So what should you do? Simple make your own. I am filled with recipes. Im going to post one that was baking in my kitchen today.
Peanut butter banana bars-a great snack after your workout
- 8 scoops vanilla whey protein powder (I prefer Jarrow whey)
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 4 medium ripe bananas
- 1.2oz banana chips (about a handful)
- 4 TBSP chunky peanut butter
- 2/3 cup granulated stevia
- 1 tsp salt
In a clean dry blender process one cup of the rolled oats into flour (blend on medium for abuot 1 minute). After removing the oat flour, put the banana chips into the blender and chop into chips. Put all of the dry ingredients into a large bowl and stir together: oat flour, the remaining 1c of rolled oats, chopped banana chips, protein powder, Stevai and salt.
Slice the raw bananas into a blender and process on medium speed until producing a puree. Add the peanut butter and blend for a few seconds, just until mixed (you want to leave some peanut chunks for texture). Stir the banana peanut butter puree together with the dry ingredients and mix thorougly.
Cut 8 square of aluminum foil about 6X10 inches each. Lightly coat the interior with olive oil cooking spray. Spoon out an equal portion of the mixture onto each foil square, and roll them into a bar shape. Fold them like tamales, folding the ends as well. You can flatten them into bar shapes if you want.
Bake the bars in the foil in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 16 to 20 minutes. BE SURE NOT TO OVERCOOK!
Nutritonal info per serving:
323 calories, 28g protein, 37g carbs, 8g fat