I’ve been doing a pretty good job of keeping on my diet. I usually try to consume between 1400 to 1600 calories a day, as this is the best way for me to maintain and lose weight. Any more than that, and I’ll gain weight if I’m not active enough. Kind of a shame, really, since I love eating.
The game plan, as of late, is to keep breakfast and lunch as low carb and low fat as possible. I tend to stick with anything that has natural sugars, such as fruit, and almost eliminate starches for this part of my day. Yogurt and fruit smoothies, canned tuna or chicken sans mayo, raw veggies, and small amounts of nuts as a snack tend to be the daily food items. If I’m really hungry, I’ll supplement with a protein shake.
Often times, when I forget to pack a lunch or I’m in a hurry, I’ll try to find a high protein bar, such as a Clif bar or Powerbar. The problem that I run into, however, is I feel that they don’t have enough protein, and they often have ridiculous amounts of sugar. Many of these bars range from 230 to 300 calories, versus a standard granola bar being no more than 160 calories. And, these high calorie bars are no more filling than the latter. The calories seem to mostly come from sugars, which would explain why they never keep you full.
I had heard of people making their own high protein bars, so I set out to find a recipe that I thought I could play with. I was pretty skeptical, of course, thinking that the end result would either fall apart in a mess and not be practical, or would just taste absolutely horrid.
In the end, though, I think I found a decent recipe that will be easy to play with in the future. It’s incredibly easy, and only takes about 10 minutes to put together once scaled.
So, I know this isn’t really cooking. It even kind of goes against what I sought out to accomplish in a blog, which is to provide accessible recipes for real food. These bars are essentially a supplement for real food, which is something I’ve often fought myself against. It’s the reason why I don’t eat meals out of a box or freezer. Well, maybe with some experimentation, I can assemble a real protein bar with nothing but real ingredients. Alas, I thought I would share this anyway, if only to show that even I have difficulty staying true to the things I believe in. And they don’t taste half bad besides 😉
The total recipe equals 1784 calories, 50 grams of fat, 156 grams of carbohydrates, 21 grams of fiber, and 190 grams of protein. Cutting the recipe into 10 bars yields a bar that is 178 calories, 5 grams of fat, 16 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, and 19 grams of protein. Not too shabby.
I prefer cutting them into ten, but if you’re looking for a bar that packs more protein or carbs, you can cut them into any size you want.
Feel free to substitute different seeds, nuts, or dried fruit, although this will likely change the nutrition slightly. Laura even mentioned dipping them in dark chocolate, which would increase the antioxidants and add a small kick of caffeine, which increases metabolism, though it would also add a few extra calories.
My only real issue with these is the large amount of vanilla flavored protein powder, most of which use artificial sweeteners in lieu of actual sugar to cut the calories. I’m always weary of sweeteners, as some haven’t been studied very much, and the ones that have been have been found to be terrible for the body and metabolism. Perhaps milk powder could be a substitute?