PDA

View Full Version : Protein/Energy Bars


Violentvixen
01-29-2010, 01:27 PM
So there are WAY too many of these on the market. However, I specifically wanted a meal replacement that wasn't full of sugar and fat, and that eliminated about half of what was on the supermarket shelves. My other rule is that the bar has to have at least 6g of protein and 2g of fiber, which eliminates a ton more.

I adore Builder's Bars (http://www.clifbar.com/food/products_builders/):

http://www.clifbar.com/uploads/product/Builders_Peanut%20Butter.png

I can't stand the texture of normal Clif bars, though.

I'm currently trying Kashi's Go Lean (http://www.kashi.com/products/category/Snack%20Bars) bars which are quite insubstantial. I probably won't get them again.

I know most people aren't looking for the high fiber and protein content, so what do you guys usually have?

dangerhelvetica
01-29-2010, 01:31 PM
http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u52/caloriesman/mgs3mate.jpg

Wolfgang
01-29-2010, 01:35 PM
The only kinds of Clif bars I like are chocolate chip and brownie - in that they're basically dense oatmeal cookies anyway.

Parish
01-29-2010, 02:32 PM
http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u52/caloriesman/mgs3mate.jpg

She said "low in fat," which Calorie Mate most assuredly isn't. The protein bar, I mean. The poster Calorie Mate appears to have no fat whatsoever. Boy needs to slam a few candy bars.

Zithuan
01-29-2010, 02:46 PM
The only kinds of Clif bars I like are chocolate chip and brownie - in that they're basically dense oatmeal cookies anyway.

I'd gotten onto a Clif bar kick a few months ago, and the variance among flavors is pretty wide. Some I could barely stand to finish eating, but Cool Mint Chocolate is an easy favorite, followed by Chocolate Almond Fudge. The holiday themed ones (Pumpkin something and Gingerbread something) were also pretty good.

Dampe
01-29-2010, 04:11 PM
Builder's bars kick ass. but they can get kind of spendy.

I dig Pure Protein bars because they taste good and they have lots of Protein for when I don't want to choke down another shake. They are a bit higher in sugar but I don't really care about that as long as I'm getting my Protein/calories. (No not that Calories).

Sheana
01-29-2010, 04:16 PM
She did mention that she didn't want bars loaded with sugar and fat, and I remember from the time that I tried a few Clif Bars that those suckers are loaded with sugar.

Ample Vigour
01-29-2010, 04:19 PM
Muscle Sandwich (http://www.musclesandwich.com/) is kingly for those of us who want to build power and bulk at all costs.

Grassland Beef makes a pemmican stick (http://www.grasslandbeef.com/Detail.bok?no=531) that challenges and vexes my inner spirit, but comes loaded with protein. If I ever get up the courage to try it out, I'll let you guys know.

Most protein bars are only good for you in comparison to what else you could be eating at that moment. Clif Bar is basically candy, but it's not as bad as just breaking out the Funyuns.

Wolfgang
01-29-2010, 04:23 PM
Clif Bar is basically candy, but it's not as bad as just breaking out the Funyuns.

That's why I stopped eating them for breakfast in lieu of a sugar free Instant Breakfast shake with nonfat milk. They were simply the most palatable "healthy" option at the time.

Marfy
01-29-2010, 04:29 PM
I really like Larabars. I don't know how they compare on the calories/sugar/etc front because they're one of the few vegan energy bars that actually tastes good. They don't have a huge variety of flavors, but they pander to my tastes - lemon, coconut, ginger. Most of their bars are raw, too.

Lucas
01-29-2010, 06:22 PM
I haven't really done the protein bar thing in years, but at Fresh & Easy today I noticed that the Clif Builder's bars are the only protein bars so manly they're posed in a woodworking shop.

One flavor appears to double as a wood plane, judging by the picture on its box. Appetizing!

SEanEF
01-29-2010, 06:24 PM
When I actually went snowboarding multiple times in a season, Clif bars were a snack/lunch I always had with me. Perfect for something quick I could scarf on the lift. Substantial enough so I wouldn't feel hungry 20 minutes later as well solid enough (unlike a candy bar) that it could take a hit in my jacket pocket. Keep in mind this was quite a while ago, when my choices were candy, Clif bars and (shudder) Power bars. The old, basic, original Power bar. I couldn't understand how people could like that lousy tasting, hardened goo. Clif bars weren't exactly fine snack dining, but they were huge leaps over the Power bars.

Energy/Protein/Diet bars seem to have exploded in variety since then. Is Power bar even still around or did they at least evolve past the primordial sludge stage?

Those pemmican sticks actually sound pretty tasty. What's so vexing about them, Ample?

Dampe
01-29-2010, 08:16 PM
Yeah, Power Bars are still around and they make quite a few more traditional type (read: candy) bars now. They are decent enough but you are paying for the name as they are typically more expensive than the one right next to it on the shelf.

The-Bavis
01-30-2010, 06:20 AM
I can tell you to not eat SoyJoy because you will be more hungry than before you ate it. Also, I don't know how it rates on the fat/sugar, but Hoo-Ah bars taste pretty good and seem to really stick with you. They are not cheap.

I used to live off of Clif Bars and they could hold off a reactive hypoglycemia attack for about and hour and a half. Pretty sugary.

Daikaiju
01-30-2010, 08:19 AM
I like Odwalla bars when i can find 'em. Particularly the Berries GoMega.
http://i.walmartimages.com/i/p/00/01/40/54/33/0001405433039_215X215.jpg

Ample Vigour
01-30-2010, 11:22 AM
Those pemmican sticks actually sound pretty tasty. What's so vexing about them, Ample?

They are four ounces of chipped, dried beef mixed with rendered beef fat. That's either going to be disgusting beyond reason or so delicious I can bring myself to eat nothing else. We're talking a level of self-knowledge that could do real damage to my ability to function.

Gwrrrk
01-30-2010, 04:58 PM
Grassland Beef makes a pemmican stick (http://www.grasslandbeef.com/Detail.bok?no=531) that challenges and vexes my inner spirit, but comes loaded with protein. If I ever get up the courage to try it out, I'll let you guys know.


I was actually wondering where I could buy pemmican online!
Thanks!

Violentvixen
01-30-2010, 04:59 PM
Muscle Sandwich (http://www.musclesandwich.com/) is kingly for those of us who want to build power and bulk at all costs.

I've never heard of these! I'll have to see if I can find them.

I like Odwalla bars when i can find 'em.

Oooh, their green superfood one is awesome.

There's also Think Thin bars (http://www.thinkproducts.com/thin-bars.php), but they run $2 each.

Marfy
02-01-2010, 07:21 AM
I can tell you to not eat SoyJoy because you will be more hungry than before you ate it. Also, I don't know how it rates on the fat/sugar, but Hoo-Ah bars taste pretty good and seem to really stick with you. They are not cheap.

I used to live off of Clif Bars and they could hold off a reactive hypoglycemia attack for about and hour and a half. Pretty sugary.

Yeah, Soy Joy bars are nasty as hell.

There's also Think Thin bars, but they run $2 each.

I got a few of the blueberry Think Green bars at Kroger for 88c a piece awhile ago - they were kind of heavy and had an unpleasant texture, but the taste was okay and I guess it filled me up.

Violentvixen
02-01-2010, 08:36 AM
Has anyone ever tried making their own? I've seen products like this (http://www.cookingforengineers.com/recipe/193/TrailBlaze-Bake-At-Home-Energy-Bars)before but it never seems to be quite what I want. I'm not really sure how to make something that is close to a more protein-heavy bar.

Lucas
02-01-2010, 09:37 AM
Of the things mentioned in this thread, I have considered making my own pemmican. I've never actually done it though, because, well, pemmican.

The recipe didn't look that difficult, though.

Daikaiju
02-05-2010, 05:54 AM
I know Alton Brown did a episode on bars. You can probably find the relevant recipies at foodtv.com

Dizzy
02-09-2010, 07:08 AM
I've read Greek yogurt (http://www.fitsugar.com/I-Heart-Greek-Yogurt-1132315) has a ton of protein in it. Can anyone testify to the benefits of Greek yogurt or is it crap in a can?

Marfy
02-09-2010, 08:03 AM
Plain Greek yogurt + honey + almonds = yum. Chobani is also a pretty tasty brand - it's kind of watery, but 0% fat and little bits of tasty fruit. The texture can be kinda gross, but that's why you mix it with things.

Reinforcements
02-09-2010, 08:19 AM
The first two posts in this thread delivered a one-two punch to my possible contribution, since the only energy bar I've had and liked are brownie and chocolate chip Cliff bars. But actually I've had the Special K strawberry protein bars a few times and they're good, not sure about nutrition though. I've never had Larabars but heard good things - they're basically nothing but fruit and nuts.

Comb Stranger
02-10-2010, 06:40 PM
Cliff Bars are, like someone said, glorified oatmeal cookies. Except instead of being delivered warm out of Gramma's oven, they were churned out by some lanky guy in bike shorts before he headed over to the rock wall on break.

PowerBar Harvest... bars are good, if you like granola bars. I'm rather fond of the toffee flavor, though strawberry is also good, and you can't go wrong with peanut butter chocolate chip.

PowerBar Triple Threats are my personal favorite, though. The chocolate ones could pass as junk food, but more filling.

PowerBar Gel... moving right along.

Hooah bars are too sugary for me; they're even sticky to the touch. Like basic PowerBars, but more... Mariney.

Tigers Milk bars are also great, like less sweet, more filling Reeses cups. Unfortunately, they're rather small; get two and spread them out.

Zone Perfect bars taste fairly good, but have a much different texture and consistency. They're very crunchy, unlike the taffy feel of PowerBars or the biscuitness of Triple Threat or Tigers Milk. Chocolate coconut is my favorite.

Violentvixen
02-10-2010, 11:55 PM
PowerBar Harvest... bars are good, if you like granola bars. I'm rather fond of the toffee flavor, though strawberry is also good, and you can't go wrong with peanut butter chocolate chip.

These were on sale at the store yesterday! I grabbed a couple and agree with your peanut butter chocolate chip recommendation.

Balance bars had a HUGE range of nutritional values across the different flavors, but I think the plain chocolate was decent.

I tried some Atkins bars as well which were good but are rarely cheap.

Has anyone tried the Power Bar shot blocks things? They look terrifying.

Dizzy
03-14-2011, 06:28 AM
Someone school me on protein shakes.

Which ones are good/safe?

Ample Vigour
03-14-2011, 07:24 AM
Someone school me on protein shakes.

Which ones are good/safe?

Stay away from MuscleTech. Their products are of terrible quality and (at least in the mid 2000s) were contaminated with stimulants/hormones about as often as not.

BŁge
03-14-2011, 05:03 PM
I really like Larabars. I don't know how they compare on the calories/sugar/etc front because they're one of the few vegan energy bars that actually tastes good. They don't have a huge variety of flavors, but they pander to my tastes - lemon, coconut, ginger. Most of their bars are raw, too.

I love Larabars! They're delicious.

Also, what's the difference between 'protein bars' and 'energy bars?' I ask because I'm pretty sure Clif bars are the latter: a dense clod of sugar and carbs to give you the edge over other marathon runners or whatevs.