|Think Thin Bars|
Like anybody, I get lazy about cooking or making a meal. Sometimes you just want to do the old grab-n-go. Hopefully you are going to pick a healthy item to grab instead of a doughnut or a brownie. Oftentimes we use protein/energy bars or drinks to take the place of a meal.
But there are so many protein/energy bars and shakes out there. Often you stand before them at the store shelves overwhelmed and wondering two things:
1) This one looks healthy, but does it taste good?
2) This one tastes good, but is it really healthy?
I've got the products for you!
Think Thin bars are the answer because they taste great AND they are good for you. They have low to no sugar, lots of fiber and protein, and are gluten-free.
Now sure, many other bars might claim the same things, but let's give an example. Before I got these Think Thins I was looking at bars out there and thinking to myself, "Oh. This one has 9 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber. That seems pretty good." And that's about average out there.
But check this out! A Think Thin peanut butter bar has 20 grams of protein and 0 sugar! In fact, all their Protein Bars are sugar free and have 15-20 grams of protein. And yet they still taste good. The ingredients taste good enough that they don't need to add sugar.
I personally prefer the Crunch Bars which have 10+ grams of protein and 4+ grams of fiber. They have 3 grams of sugar versus competition bars which average 13 grams of sugar. They are loaded with nuts and soy crisps. Don't they look yummy in the picture? The sweetness comes from the honey mixture used to bind the bar together.
Think Thins can be found locally at Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, and Nugget. But why not win some! See end of this post.
1) If you're replacing a meal with an energy bar, choose one with 200 to 300 calories; for a snack, shoot for 150 calories or fewer.
2) Opt for a bar whose ingredient list is short and begins with a whole grain such as brown rice, whole wheat, or whole oat flour.
3) Make sure your pick meets at least two of Greaves's requirements: fewer than 15 grams of sugar, less than 2 grams of saturated fat, at least 3 grams of fiber, and at least 5 grams of protein.
4) If you can't find one containing that much protein, add it yourself: Spread a low-calorie bar with a thin layer of peanut butter, or enjoy a glass of low-fat milk or a piece of low-fat string cheese with it. "Adding in the protein will help you feel more satisfied longer," says Greaves.
|Svelte Protein Drinks|
One of my big problems is that I get super dehydrated during the night. I wake up with a slight headache and wonder how my thick blood is managing to pump through my veins. I need to get liquid back into my body asap. Sometimes I conquer two birds with one stone. I drink my breakfast. If I'm too lazy to blend up a smoothie, I can grab a Svelte. I also drink them after workouts, when you are supposed to replenish nutrients to your muscles, but I'm too lazy to cook. You are supposed to intake something (healthy)within an hour of your cardio.
A Svelte is 16 ounces of soy goodness in four fab flavors: French Vanilla, Chocolate, Cappuccino, and Spiced Chai. I've been loving chai lately and so I really like their newest flavor.
What makes them stand out?
They are made from organic soymilk and all natural products right here in Northern California. They have 16 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber. They are sweetened with stevia, which means you don't have to worry about glucose spiking in your blood since stevia doesn't effect your glucose levels. Svelte is also gluten-free.
If you are interested in more info on protein shakes, here's a great article at WebMD.
Svelte can be found locally at Whole Foods.
Win some Think Thin bars to try yourself. 2-3 Winners!
This one is a Facebook contest. Join the Munchie Musings fan page and then post on the wall what is your current favorite type of energy/diet bar.
Deadline: Monday midnight (1/31)
Disclaimer: Samples were received from both companies.