I Need a Good Protein Bar
Around the middle of July this year, I was tired of being skinny-fat, and feeling weak. I made two big changes: I started working out consistently, and I changed my nutrition. I didn’t go on a diet—I started getting proper nutrition in a way that I could stick to long-term.
Why protein bars?
My nutrition requires getting adequate protein every day. What is “adequate protein”? Something like 0.8 to 1.3 grams of protein per pound of bodyweight, per day.
I currently weigh about 180 pounds, and I eat three meals a day. I don’t get 60 grams of protein at each of those meals, so I supplement with protein bars.
I really like the convenience of protein bars. I can toss one in my gym bag for before or after a workout, or have one at work when I get hungry in the afternoon (instead of snacking on junk food). I have used protein powder mixed with water in the past, but that’s less convenient. I have to bring powder and a container, then mix it with water, then deal with washing the container later. I would rather just eat a bar and be done with it.
What’s the problem?
From what I’ve seen, most protein bars are just candy bars with added protein. The bars I eat are protein candy bars that have sugar substitutes so there is minimal sugar and carbs (Quest Bars and Costco bars). But they’re still sugary-tasting bars, and I don’t want that anymore.
The rest of my diet is very low sugar, and I’ve been eating this way for about three months now. I still have sugar cravings though, and I suspect that’s because these bars taste like sugar. Why do they have to taste sweet? I don’t know. And it bothers me that they contain lots of sugar substitutes, and other stuff (soluble corn fiber, inulin, eythritol, sucralose). I don’t need a bar full of fake sugar just to get a sugary taste—in fact I don’t want a sugary bar, to help me stop craving sugar.
The search begins
I need to find a new bar. The ones I have are not working anymore.
This is what I’m looking for in a protein bar:
- Good amount of high-quality protein - at least 20g, preferably whey protein
- No sugar, or sugar substitutes - so it’s not full of dates, or honey, or whatever to make it taste sweet (does anyone make a savory protein bar?)
- Low carb - I can always add carbs if I need to
I’m not opposed to making my own bars either - I’ve done that in the past.
I will add a new post once I’ve done some research, and see what I can find.