What is a good bar I can eat on the go?
It’s a question I am often asked…with not always an easy solution.
Protein bars seem like an easy go-to snack if you’re hungry and want something “clean”.
However, the problem is: Many protein bars contain about the same nutritional quality as a Snickers bar—with perhaps a little bit prettier and cleverly marketed packaging.
(In fact, get this: Snickers actually has a protein bar!)
Check out the ingredient labels of 4 different popular bars on the market to see what I mean:
- Quest Bar: Protein Blend (Milk Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Isolate),Soluble Corn Fiber (Prebiotic Fiber), Almonds, Water, Unsweetened Chocolate, Natural Flavors, Erythritol, Cocoa Butter, Palm Oil, Sea Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Sucralose, Steviol Glycosides (Stevia).
- Clif Bar: Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Rolled Oats, Soy Protein Isolate, Organic Cane Syrup, Organic Roasted Soybeans, Rice Flour, Dried Cane Syrup, Organic Oat Fiber, Unsweetened Chocolate, Organic Soy Flour, Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Date Paste, Cocoa Butter, Molasses Powder, Organic Soybean Oil, Barley Malt.
- Luna Bar: Protein Grain Blend (Soy Protein Isolate, Organic Rolled Oats, Organic Rice Flour, Organic Roasted Soybeans, Organic Soy Flour, Organic Milled Flaxseed), Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Dried Cane Syrup, Chicory Fiber Syrup, Organic High Oleic Sunflower Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Palm Kernel Oil, Organic Palm Kernel.
- Think Thin Bar: Protein Blend (Soy protein, Calcium Caseinate, Whey), Chocolate Coating (Maltitol, Cocoa Butter, Chocolate, Sodium Casein, Milk Fat, Soy Lecithin, Natural Flavors, Salt), Glycerin, Maltitol, Peanuts, Peanut Flour, Water, Canola Oil, Natural Flavors, Soy Leithin, Sea Salt.
Do you know what all those ingredients are?
Your body doesn’t either.
Unfortunately, most modern day “health food” and “sports supplement shops”—like GNC, Nutri-Shop or the bar aisle at your grocer—are grown-up versions of candy stores (lots of pretty packages and false claims).
4 Downsides of Most Commercial Protein Bars
- Your body doesn’t know what those foreign chemicals and ingredients are. And if your body doesn’t know what to do with a chemical, chances are, it can’t digest the ingredients in your food.
- You can’t digest the protein in the bar. Indigestible bars also mean indigestible protein. Even if there is 30-40 grams in your bar, if digestion isn’t fully happening, then that protein is not being absorbed.
- Most commercial protein bars are high in sugars and artificial sweeteners. Even if it’s sugar free, your body has a similar insulin response to artificial sweeteners like it does sugar.
- You end up wasting your money on a candy bar. Might as well spend $2 instead of $4 on the Snickers bar with about the same amount of nutrition.
- The alternative?
Reaching for a more “real food” protein bar, popping up on shelves today of course— bars like :
However, if you’re sensitive to nuts or on an AIP (autoimmune) protocol for digestive health, then that leaves all those simple snack options out of the running too!
While there are certainly other snacks to choose from—other than protein bars or nuts—sometimes bars just make being on-the-go super simple.
In that case…Dr. Lauryn’s Coconut Butter Protein Bars to the rescue!
The Benefits of Coconut Butter Protein Bars?
- They Balance Blood Sugar. Low in natural and artificial sugars and sweeteners, these guys boast plenty of healthy fats plus digestible protein instead to give you lasting energy.
- They are Nut-Free & Non-Gut-Irritating. If you are sensitive to nuts, wheat, dairy or have other food sensitivities, these bars are low on inflammatory and gluten cross-contaminating foods for easier digestion and absorption. (If you can handle nuts, that’s great, but if you can’t there IS an option now).
- Beautiful Skin & Hair. Collagen protein and healthy fats give your skin a supple look and feel, along with shine and strength for your hair.
- Heal & Seal the Gut. Collagen and healthy fats also is a great “leaky gut” fighter—healing and sealing an otherwise permeable gut lining.
- Boosts Brain Power. Saturated fats, like coconut butter, enhance your brain power to think more clearly, remain focused and power through the day or afternoon ahead.
- Conquers Sugar Cravings. Satiating coconut butter plus protein-packed collagen or beef isolate protein helps curb your sugar cravings or snack attack by helping you feel satiated and tide over to the next meal.
- For the AIP (autoimmune protocol) or nut-intolerant chick in mind or anyone else who just wants a “simple snack”, you’ve got to try one of these:
Chocolate Coconut Butter Protein Bars
- 1 cup Coconut Butter
- 4 Tbsp. Chocolate PureWOD Recovery Protein Powder (Beef Isolate Protein with 3 ingredients) OR 4 Tbsp. Collagen Powder + 1 Tbsp. Cacao Powder
- Pinch sea salt
- 2 tsp. Cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp. Coconut Oil
- 2 Tbsp. Water
- DirectionsSoften coconut butter (microwave or room temp enough so it is melted). Stir in remaining ingredients and combine to thicken in a bowl. Spread out mix in a glassware baking dish and smooth out on top. Place in fridge for approx. 1-2 hours, then slice into small bite-sized squares (about 18-20). Store in fridge or freezer.Variation
Vanilla Coconut Butter Protein Bars