It’s time for another edition of “make it healthy, make your own”!
Today it’s all about another “food that sounds healthy but isn’t necessarily”: protein bars.
Protein powders/shakes and bars aren’t just for athletes and post workout fueling, they’ve become a convenient grab and go snack for many people to satisfy hunger between meals.
However, some of the choices you’ll find in the stores are more similar to candy bars than healthy snacks.
Here’s an old favorite of mine, Luna Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough protein bars.
While yes, it does have 12g of protein, and yes, it kept me satisfied, it also has 14 grams of sugar. To put that in perspective, a serving of Chewy Chips Ahoy! cookies has 12 grams.
As you can see organic cane syrup (aka sugar) takes up the second and third place spots.
(*For those avoiding FODMAPs you’ll see inulin listed as well.)
MAKE YOUR OWN
Making your own protein bars is easy!
I once again turned to The Candid RD for a healthy, FODMAP friendly option.
I certainly cannot take credit as I followed Gina’s recipe exactly (besides choosing to drizzle the chocolate instead of coating). So head on over to her blog for the recipe.
I sliced the pan into bars, wrapped individually and stored them in the freezer. They made a great snack to throw in my lunchbox for work.
An easy, healthy, no-bake snack option (chocolate included). Love it.
I want to know…
What’s your go-to between meal snack?
Any suggestions for other protein bar recipes I should try?