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Old 03-14-08, 04:28 PM   #1
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question about protein bars/shakes

been having problems with eating too many sweets and carb loaded food. feel like im not full or just having sugar lows. will eating a protein bar help to stabilize my appetite? cant break out a grilled chicken breast at work so this or a shake would be the easiest bet.
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Protein bars have wayyyyy too much fat usually, stay away from those as a food supplement eat something real. I've found designer whey mixed with WATER and ice in a blender really helps fill me up, doesn't taste the best but its only 90 calories with almost no fat. On days im not doing anything active i bring nuts and dried fruit, that helps me alot. Lately i've been eating these larabars which are just fruit and nuts and no additives made up into a soft bar, they're pretty good, but not as filling as a bag of almonds and cashews with some dried fruit in it, less fat though.

I generally think people eat too many energy bars when they don't need to be, unless your burning several thousand calories i think energy bars should stay in the cuboard, they're not real food. Too high in sugar and fat usually, they're just candy.
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I'd stick with regular food. I am with poster above, those protein bars have a wee bit too much of other junk. Only time I eat energy bars is during the rides that are three hours or longer, I use cliff bars, and mainly because of convenience. I can just unwrap them and munch on them while cranking away.
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I used to eat a cliff bar everyday thinking i was eating a healthy snack, then i started looking at nutritional lables and realized eating a cliff bar isn't much different than eating a snickers bar, its just organic ingredients. And god forbid you ever drink muscle milk or any of those type of products that are full of chemicals.
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I used to eat a cliff bar everyday thinking i was eating a healthy snack, then i started looking at nutritional lables and realized eating a cliff bar isn't much different than eating a snickers bar, its just organic ingredients. And god forbid you ever drink muscle milk or any of those type of products that are full of chemicals.
Well I wouldn't go that far. Energy bars have their place.
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I used to eat a cliff bar everyday thinking i was eating a healthy snack, then i started looking at nutritional lables and realized eating a cliff bar isn't much different than eating a snickers bar, its just organic ingredients. And god forbid you ever drink muscle milk or any of those type of products that are full of chemicals.
Yeah, god forbid. (?)
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Yah, they do, and i realized its in %5 of places, when your doing heavy activities, theres no way that anyone can convince me that an energy bar should be used to daily nurishment. They're just convienient ways to replenish your body with the sugar, carbs and protein your body needs when its workingout. The ingredients in most energy bars will just get stored as fat in a person who just sitting on their ass at the office or running around town doing errands.
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Your better off to eat complex carbs that are less likely to get stored as fat.
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I think you're better off with some yogurt or cottage cheese on the fly.
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I used to eat a cliff bar everyday thinking i was eating a healthy snack, then i started looking at nutritional lables and realized eating a cliff bar isn't much different than eating a snickers bar, its just organic ingredients.
CLIF Bar (68g., Banana nut Bread)
10g protein
5g fibre
18g complex carbs
21g sugars
1g saturated fat
Lots of vitamins and minerals
Mostly organic
Doesn't melt in one's pocket

Snicker's bar (57g.)
4g protein
1g fibre
6g complex carbs
29g sugars
5g saturated fat
Very few vitamins and minerals
Not organic
Melts in one's pocket

Nope, definitely no significant difference there............
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29g sugars vs. 21g sugars

10g protein vs. 4g protein

ends don't justify means, organic or not, its a healthier candy bar, and this is coming from a guy who loves cliff bars.

compare to fage 0% greek yogurt http://www.fageusa.com/0_yogurt_info.html

Now thats a real snack that will give you far more protein per caloric, fat and sugar intake than a cliff bar.
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compare to fage 0% greek yogurt http://www.fageusa.com/0_yogurt_info.html

Now thats a real snack that will give you far more protein per caloric, fat and sugar intake than a cliff bar.
Oh God I love that stuff. By it self is kind of bland thought, so I like to mix it with Fat Free European yogurt from Trader Joes, which is a bit sour.
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Interesting, i want to try that stuff, i mean its not something you can really bring on a ride, nor do i know if i would want to if i figured out a way but man as far as something to eat, for a health crazed person it almost feels like a cheat card...all that protein and no fat and minimal carbs.

You know what i found was good with it, mix some not fat milk with fage and fruit w/desinger whey protein powder...really really really filling protein shake that in the end probably is under 250 calories and nil fat.
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Oats take a long time to digest, so they should keep you full a while.
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Stay away from protein bars, they are glorified snickers. If you want a protein shake, i would buy some ON 100% whey. And if you want it to keep you full mix it with Milk.
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Try something like a Fibre One bar. They are low in calories (100 or 110), have 25% or more of the daily fibre intake and they are something that helps me. If I am at work and need a snack, I always try to bring a small container of freshly cut pineapple with an ice cube at the bottom to keep it pretty cold. That works great for me, and I love freshly cut pineapple. I am the only one currently in the house that likes pineapple, so I have to be prepared to eat a lot of pineapple when I cut one up.
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