Written by American Gainz Nutrition
We often get questions from the fitness community and this topic in the last few weeks seemed to be the most recurrent; The health-conscious fitness athlete looking for a healthy protein bar to bridge the snack gap between meals.
Just like your powdered Protein:
To be fair, the factors that should be considered for selecting a protein bar are very similar to the factors we ask our community to consider prior to buying any kind of powdered protein. The main differences from a powdered protein and main stream ready-to-drink shakes or processed protein bars are mostly around the added ingredients needed to support the bar or shake in that specific delivery form. These added ingredients consist of stabilizers, food chemicals, and preservatives, none of which add any value to your nutrition.
Example - The Shake & Bar Tradeoffs:
Let’s take a look at our Core protein. This product has 4 ingredients in powdered form; Whey, Organic Cocoa, Organic Coconut sugar, Sea Salt. As soon as we commercially try to make this product into a ready-to-drink shake, we would instantly have to add:
This said, we just went from 4 ingredients from a healthy powdered protein to about 10 ingredients to sell it as a ready-to-drink shake. This gets us even further away from our intentions when consuming these products in the first place, which was simply to consume the protein and possibly a few other macros depending on your diet regime.
The Costly Options
Well certainly there exist several protein bars out there that we happily recommended, Luna Bars and RXBars are among the most popular and are no doubt good choices as they solve most the issues associated with bars with natural solutions, however relying on these products throughout the day can cost a small fortune.
So today we wanted to offer a solution you can make yourself, if you have the time. This recipe allows you to control all the ingredients and the macros delivered per serving. You will confidently be able to make the claim that your protein bar is 100% food, nothing supplement about it, no food chemicals, no artificial anything, just straight forward nutrients. So now imagine; in the voice of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson - “You’re Welcome”.
This recipe will fill an 8x8 cooking pan. You can cut the number of bars depending on your GAINZ goals. Just divide these nutrition counts by the number of bars you are cutting. Examples below -
Instruction for Gainz:
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