Best Protein Bars

Have you ever thought about eatingenergy bars?

In this article I'll explain why it's not a bad idea.

Anzi!

Especially if we talk aboutthe best protein bars made with healthy ingredients like the ones I'm going to talk about.

The business ofdiet bars (with orlactose-free) is a constantly growing phenomenon, this is also true. And it is also true that this particular category of food, once purchasable only in pharmacies and herbalist's shops, is now also present in supermarkets and for some years now has also been sold on the Internet.

The success of energy bars (such as in some cases also forslimming pills) it was born for two clear reasons: the first is that they are very practical. As soon as you can, you take this bar, whether packaged or not, and eat it.

List of the best protein bars on the market

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Equilibra – Protein Bar 35%

EUR 7,00

MULTIPOWER – 6 BARS 40% PROTEIN FIT
EUR 11,40

Prozis Protein Gourmet Bar 80 g
EUR 20,90

Biotech USA – Zero Bar – 50g
$28.50

Anderson Proshock Protein Bars
$47.04

OR GO TO THE FULL LIST

THEN no cooking, no preparations, no problems whatsoever. And then the adjective dietetic which in the collective imagination is synonymous withhealth and weight loss. In fact, food bars are considered much healthier than traditional snacks.

Moreover, we must not forget that we are also dealing with a historical period in which the physical aspect is fundamental, therefore we are talking about an increasingly frenzy in which physical fitness goes hand in hand with the practicality of the moment.

I was saying before that for a long time the bar was considered on a par with any over-the-counter medicine.

Now, however, for some years now, large chains of sports or grocery stores have their corner of bars, but also of protein shakes. But what's really in these bars?

The main thing to understand is that for years we have been given really crappy bars whose nutritional principles were not at all such as to make them energetic and healthy, full of 'were made of refined industrial products and unhealthy ingredients, indeed not at all.

In reality, however, a good energy bar is the best for those who have to approach a hard workout in the gym or a super ride on a bicycle.| ||205

Durante un allenamento o prima di una competizione abbiamo bisogno di barrette a basso contenuto di proteine e fibre ma con parecchi carboidrati. I carboidrati, d’altro canto, sono fonte di combustibile primario del corpo. Consumare 60-90 grammi di carboidrati in un’ora rende molto migliore l’allenamento.

Kim Schwabenbauer, a nutritionist and owner ofFuel ​​your passion, agree. She says athletes should especially avoid fat and fiber as they can "slow down the process of your metabolism." Schwabenbauer suggests choosing energy bars with less than eight grams of fat and two grams of fiber.

Two key ingredients are sodium and caffeine, the latter important for mood and energy. The problem is being careful with the quantities because we are talking about a substance that can lead to serious problems for the nervous system and also a lot of diuretics.

In the 30-45 minutes after a workout, the muscles are like damp, porous sponges , ready to absorb the lost glycogen: the body's primary fuel source that is made from carbohydrates. Don't be fooled by low-carb bars,  carbohydrates are still the most important thing to look for.

But unlike before or during exercise, where protein is less important, the Ingesting protein right after a workout is key to helping rebuild broken down muscles. It is suggested to look for a ratio ofcarbs toprotein of 3:1 to 4:1 (for example, 60 grams of carbohydrates and 17 grams of protein) .

There are also meal replacement bars.

And here the thing is different: these are above-average sized bars whose weight generally varies from 45 to 120 grams per serving. They are used to replace a complete meal and for this reason they contain or should contain all the various nutrients in the right proportions. Let's be careful, however, what we buy and what's inside. This is by no means to be underestimated.

Ingredients for the bars

Barrette proteiche: Ingredienti per le barrette

We talked about the bars with more carbohydrates that are needed for training but there are also bars without carbohydrates which I would like to tell you about and the basic ingredients aredried fruit, almonds for example, rice, kamut, chocolate, blueberries, cherries, Goji berries, honey. The important thing is that there are no refined sugars, which tend to increase blood sugar and that they have a good supply of protein and fiber.

Some recipes for homemade energy bars

Le prime barrette di cui vi parlerò hanno come ingrediente principale i cereali.

This is the basic recipe:

Ingredients

  • 100 g of cereals|| |245
  • 20 gr di riso soffiato
  • 90 g of honey
  • 30 g of cane sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of flour
  • 10 gr di cioccolato al latte

Cereal bars

1. Bar ofgranola homemade

Barrette proteiche: 1. Barretta di granola fatta in casa

These bars are all made with a mix of good products but these ingredients all together create a delicious mix of flavors and consistencies. The almonds give some protein and crunch, or dried cranberries and raisins bring the sweet and chewy and the chocolate chips make their own story. Toasting oats may seem unnecessary, but it makes the flavor perky and even more crunchy.

2. Granola and Quinoa Bar

barrette proteiche: 2. Barretta di granola e quinoa

Seeds aren't just for birds, and these not-too-sweet bars prove it. Hemp, chia, squash, poppy, flax to make them crunchy and to provide some omega-3s. Nut butter and quinoa add the ability to keep you full until dinner.

3. Apple Raspberry Bar

For anyone with allergies this recipe is a total win. The oats provide tons of fiber, theraspberries are tremendously antioxidant, and the coconut oil adds a subtle tropical note. Ready immediately is perfect for waking up.

4. Bar with Olives and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Muesli isn't just sweet, and this Mediterranean-flavored bar tastes fantastic. And how could it not be with sun-dried sweet tomatoes, slightly bitter Kalamata olives, cumin, earthy hot pepper and zesty oregano? You can even go crazy.

5. Bar with blueberries and pistachio

The only drawback of this bar is that it needs to stay in the fridge for a couple of hours for the blueberries to harden but it's worth waiting for this wonderful goodness.

6. Barretta con mirtilli e yogurt greco

You just have to mix the basic recipe with blueberries and fresh Greek yogurt. While in the other recipes we are dealing with powdered yogurt, in this one you will have the joy of being able to mix real yogurt with fresh fruit and cereals. Let it harden a bit in the fridge.

The energy bars

7. Chocolate Black Bean Bar

Black beans can be ingredients in delicious brownies, flourless cookies and biscuits, so why not try a nice energy bar? Blended beans with almond butter, cocoa, bananas, raisins and coconut, these are soft, sweet and are a good source of fiber and magnesium, a mineral involved in energy production for muscle function and more.

8. Bar with apricots and cashews

Barrette proteiche: 8. Barretta con albicocche e anacardi

Cashews, apricots, coconuts, oats and a few other ingredients are mixed in the food processor, transferred to a pan and placed in the freezer to cool. Apricots lend so much natural sweetness, you can even not add honey.

Protein bars

9. Green Tea Protein Bars

Il Green teafrom Japan is known for a high level of antioxidants and caffeine can help maintain energy. Mixed with a little chocolate and oats we are talking about a very good protein product.

10. Parmesan Protein Bar

Quinoa, nuts, and Parmesan make this bar the perfect treat. For an extra boost of protein, it will keep you full until your next meal.

Final Conclusions

We understand that in this fast-paced world we are used to living in, it is much easier to lose weight by biting into a bar rather than preparing a nice lunch with many healthy ingredients.

We discovered that there are excellent products to buy  and also a lot of advertising crap not to be confused with what is promised.

We're talking about refined ingredients, almost anabolic, products full of industrial stuff that hurts a lot. Furthermore, we have also seen the difference between the various bars, the lunch-saving ones and the protein ones, as well as the energy ones.

However, we need to know what ingredients they are made of, what the proportions between the various nutrients and that are good for us. We are talking about a meal replacement or an energizer that must be included in a balanced diet, we are not talking about a moment in its own right so that everything we eat is good for us but an integrative moment within a diet with healthy foods .

If we talk about homemade bars we are spoiled for choice, just put together some whole grains with chocolate, fruit, fresh or dried and that's it. I also really liked the idea of ​​inserting savory elements so as not to always try the usual cloying sweet bars. And the idea of ​​using cheese which in itself is a high protein food to try a decidedly intriguing savory way is not bad at all.

However, my vote on the bars is a positive vote that comes personal experience and that finds, without becoming an advertising fact, a nice bar also a way to shorten the times in some days of those in which we are unable to get even a little air to breathe.

E voi? Avete mangiato barrette? Avete provato a inventare una barretta?

Let me know what you think in the comments!