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Old 04-30-21, 04:04 PM
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Healthiest Protein Bars

Looking for opinions on the best protein bars out there, if there is such a thing.
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Old 05-02-21, 09:34 AM
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For what purpose? I don't worry about protein while on a ride. Afterward I try to get some good protein.

The word "best" is troubling for me though. If there were a "best" wouldn't all of us be using it?
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Old 05-02-21, 06:35 PM
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For what purpose? I don't worry about protein while on a ride. Afterward I try to get some good protein.

The word "best" is troubling for me though. If there were a "best" wouldn't all of us be using it?
I'm interested mainly in recovery post ride. By best, I guess I mean the most effective with the least amount of things like sugars, etc. I know it's not a simple question, so if you can suggest something, I'd appreciate it.
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Old 05-02-21, 07:32 PM
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If it's for post ride recovery or post workout recovery, then just eat a bacon cheese burger and a plate of fries. Protein bars are useless for recovery after a serious workout, you need real food to recover.
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Old 05-02-21, 07:45 PM
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When I come back from a strenuous ride, I go for Stryve Beef Jerky from Walmart. It has little added ingredients other than salt. I don't think it has much in the way of added sugars.

I have given up on "protein bars", which are just candy bars with nuts and stuff. I have reverted to Trail Mix of various types, but when I need an emergency energy bar, it could be Snickers or Cliff Bars Peanut Butter. Cliff is organic.
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Old 05-03-21, 07:49 AM
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Lately I've been using several of Hammer Nutrition's products for cycling. After a ride I'll mix a couple scoops of their Recoverite in a 20 oz of water and consume that within an hour of finishing my ride. Recoverite has a good bit of whey protein in it and supposedly it's a quality protein. If I have a little carb mix in my bottles from riding left, I'll mix it with that so I get more carbs too.

It's not a bar though. But after a hard and long ride you probably need to rehydrate more anyway. You still need carbs immediately after a ride too, so don't shy away from them. Unless you only rode a little and only in zone 1, then you burned some glycogen. Carbs will help replace what you burned off trying to get up a hill or any other time you went at it hard.

If I don't do well replacing my glycogen after a ride by consuming the correct amount of carbs, then I'll feel overly tired after the ride and for most of the next day. But managing carbs properly, I'll feel ready for anything. Even another ride.

All this is only for cycling. It's not a model for what your daily nutrition plan should be. That is entirely different.

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Old 05-03-21, 09:35 AM
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If you're looking for the healthiest option, and it's for post-ride recovery, I'd try to make a protein shake. Then it's just protein, water or milk, and (most likely) a bit of flavor and sweetener. Far fewer ingredients and just a little extra work.

Looking specifically at bars, consider the ONE Protein Bar. 20 grams of protein and just 1 gram sugar.
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Old 05-07-21, 01:05 AM
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Depends on whether your digestion can handle whey or legume based protein powders, the usual ingredients in protein snacks. I can handle whey, but not legumes.

It also depends on the sweetener. Some use sugar, which is easier to digest for most people. Some use sugar alcohols, which offer some advantages and disadvantages -- indigestion, gas, bloating.

I mostly eat meat, eggs and dairy for protein. But in 2018 my esophagus and trachea were compressed and distorted by a thyroid tumor, making it very difficult to swallow solid foods. While I was waiting for the biopsies (took two or three tries) and schedule for surgery, I was mostly on a liquid diet. I tried the vegan thing for awhile -- a friend brought over a big carton filled with vegan stuff, including vegan proteins -- and was absolutely miserable. Even with digestive enzymes I can't handle legumes even in small amounts, let alone as a primary source of protein. I did fine with whey powders and still add a little to my own homebrewed shakes before and after workouts.

But during longer bike rides or runs I usually just carry stuff for sugar and carbs. Sometimes sports oriented stuff like gels and gummies, sometimes just cookies and candy. I can handle a Clif bar or two during a longer workout, but feel sluggish if I eat a burger or whatever during the middle of a longer ride. A local discounter often stocks cartons of around 20-30 stroopwafels for $5, so I'll buy those. The thin packets fit perfectly in a jersey pocket, or my running shorts pocket. And the Mylar packets are perfect toe warmers for winter rides and runs.

Anyway, I usually get Clif or Larabars, because they're easy to digest, don't have too much protein, and the flavor and texture are okay. Occasionally I'll try other protein bars that are on sale but rarely buy them a second time if they contained much soy or legume protein, or use maltitol or other sugar alcohols.
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"But during longer bike rides or runs I usually just carry stuff for sugar and carbs. Sometimes sports oriented stuff like gels and gummies..."

Gels are good if you don't mind dealing with the empty packets. As a substitute I carry a small gel flask filled with a concoction of diluted honey & molasses with a little bit of salt. This motabalizes quickly.
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Old 05-09-21, 09:15 AM
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If it's for post ride recovery or post workout recovery, then just eat a bacon cheese burger and a plate of fries. Protein bars are useless for recovery after a serious workout, you need real food to recover.
Nonsense.
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Originally Posted by dmanthree View Post
Looking for opinions on the best protein bars out there, if there is such a thing.
The Clif Bar protein bars are pretty good. Whey protein (ideal for recovery), low sugar, ample fiber.
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Old 05-09-21, 09:31 AM
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Originally Posted by terrymorse View Post
The Clif Bar protein bars are pretty good. Whey protein (ideal for recovery), low sugar, ample fiber.
Nice; I didn't know about them. Some good advice in this thread, except for the bacon cheeseburger. Love them, but man, the fat!
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Old 05-10-21, 12:30 AM
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Most of these are like candy - with lots of sugar and sometimes seed oils / soy, canola, whathaveyou. Primal Kitchen Dark Chocolate Almond Collagen are good ingredients wise. It's not going to taste like a pop tart.
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