health coach picks: best protein bars

best protein bars

Best protein bars!

If you’re busy and always on-the-go, protein bars are a super convenient snack to have on hand! Not all are created equally, so I highly suggest doing your research (and your own personal taste tasting) so see which you like best! Here are some of my favorites:

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Kind bars – one of my all time favorites! I’ve been a fan of these bars for years. While they don’t have as much protein as some of the other bars, they have clean ingredients, are low in sugar and have plenty of healthy fats which will keep you satiated. They also have tons of delicious flavor options.

22 Days Plant Power Protein Bars – a new-to-me bar that I fell in love with! Super clean ingredients, vegan, non-gmo and 15g of plant protein

Square Organics bars – organic, gluten free, non-gmo and around 12g of plant based protein. These bars also have a really good balance protein, carbs and healthy fats. You can get 20% off these bars when you use discount code “OHWELLNESS” at SquareOrganics.com!

Oatmega bars – I’ve posted about these bars before because I like that not only are they non-gmo and gluten free, but also have 14g of quality protein from grass-fed whey and have added Omega-3’s which have tons of health benefits! All of their flavors are yummy and these bars have a nice crispy texture.

Zing bars – a gluten free, whey-based protein bar that packs 13g of protein! Obviously, the chocolate peanut butter flavor is my favorite

Quest bars – although these bars have some “questionable” ingredients, they pack 20g of protein, tons of fiber and are a great option for when you’re craving something sweet!

Power Crunch bars – These bars taste like a delicious wafer cookie They are a bit higher in fats, but still have around 10g of protein. While these bars are not as filling as the others due to the lighter texture, they are another great option for when a sweet tooth craving hits!

What are some of YOUR favorite protein bars?

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Be well,
Tina

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FitJoy protein bar review

I always keep a protein bar in my purse in case hunger strikes while I’m running around. I picked up a few of the new FitJoy protein bars while I was at Vitamin Shoppe this week. While I find that many of the protein bars on the market today are filled with very questionable ingredients, FitJoy bars are gluten-free, GMO-free and do not contain artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners. Each bar has around 220 calories, 13g of fiber and pack 20g of protein, making them a great, filling snack. The bars come in 6 different flavors, and I purchased the 4 flavors that most appealed to me.

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Here is a run down of the FitJoy flavors I tried:

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough – FitJoy’s take on this classic flavor is subtle, but solid. The texture of this bar is very “doughy” with chocolate chips throughout. It’s not overly sweet and doesn’t have an artificial-tasting cookie dough flavor like some other bars I’ve tried. I give this flavor an 8/10.

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Chocolate Iced Brownie – While I love chocolate, when it comes to protein bars, it usually isn’t the first flavor I’ll gravitate towards, but even so, I really enjoyed this flavor. It had a similar texture to the cookie dough, and if you’re a chocoholic, this will be a winner for you. I give this flavor a 7.5/10.

Chocolate Peanut Butter – Being a lover of all things peanut butter, I had high expectations for this flavor and was sure that it would be my favorite of the bunch. It has a chocolate fudge-like layer on top with peanut pieces sprinkled on it. Sadly, I found it to have a fake peanut butter taste to me (think powdered peanut butter, like PB2) and the chocolate was overpowering, so the peanut butter flavor I was hoping for didn’t come through enough. I give this flavor a 6.5/10.

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Mint Chocolate Crisp – This bar has a crispier texture than the first few bars I tried, which I liked. I am a fan of peppermint + chocolate, but this bar has more of a menthol minty flavor, which I still liked. I give this flavor a 7/10.

The two flavors I passed on trying were the Frosted Cinnamon Roll and French Vanilla Almond. If anyone has tried these, I’d love to know what you thought!

Overall, I did like them! Compared to Quest bars, they are softer and chewier. The bars have some “whey protein crisps” scattered throughout which added some crispiness, but they don’t have the chunks of goodies (chocolate chunks, pieces of dried fruit, graham cracker bits, etc.) that Quest bars have. (Side note: I’m comparing them to Quest bars because they seem to be one of the most popular protein bars that many have tried. While I am a fan of some Quest Bar flavors, I find their new formula to be a bit “artificial tasting,” so I haven’t been having them as much. Plus, nothing can take the place of real food. ☺)

EDITED TO ADD: I just tried one of FitJoy’s seasonal flavors, Winter Peppermint Bark.

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I’m a fan of mint chocolate everything, so I had to give this flavor a shot. The texture of this bar is great! It is crispier and less chewy than some of the original flavors and has a strong peppermint flavor, so if you are a mint lover, I’d give it a try!

Be well,
Tina

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protein powder review {everlast vegan protein}

As a health & nutrition coach, I’m aware of the benefits of a plant-based diet and focus on consuming foods and supplements that are as natural as possible. As a fitness instructor, I’m aware of the need for proper supplementation for muscle repair, recovery and muscle growth. Therefore, I am always on the lookout for products that meet both of these needs.

I’ve tried nearly every protein powder under the sun! When deciding on a protein powder, here is what I look for:

protein source – is the protein powder whey-based or plant-based? For those who have a hard time digesting diary or choose to follow a vegan diet, plant-based would be the best choice. Plant proteins can come from a variety of sources, such as brown rice, hemp, pea protein, or a combination of these.

clean ingredients – many protein powders have added sugars and artificial sweeteners. I personally avoid artificial sweeteners where I can. Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but if your protein powder is “birthday cake” flavored, chances are there are some fake sugars in the mix.

nutritional stats – as a post-workout supplement, I look for a protein powder with around 15-25g per serving. If you are consuming your protein shake post-workout, then you will want to add some carbohydrates (ie: fruit). If you’re consuming your protein shake as a meal replacement, you’ll want to add some healthy fats in addition to that, such as chia seeds, nut butter or avocado.

taste – I typically make my protein powders into smoothie, but if I’m in a rush, I’ll throw it into a blender bottle with some cold water or unsweetened almond milk. It’s important that the powder tastes yummy both ways and also mixes well.

I recently tried Everlast’s Vegan Protein and absolutely loved it!

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Everlast VP is a plant-based powder, which can be easier to digest over whey protein. It has a complete BCAA profile using a blend of pea, rice and hemp proteins to promote lean muscle growth and recovery.  It’s free of dairy, soy, gluten, sugar and is non-GMO!

The nutritional stats are great. Each scoop has 22g of protein and 110 calories.

Lastly, it tastes great! It is naturally sweetened with stevia and has a great, creamy vanilla flavor.

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I’ve had it alone with just some almond milk as well as in a fruit smoothie and both ways were delicious!

I’ll definitely keep using this! If you want to try it, there is a great offer going on right now! When you purchase a bag of Everlast Vegan Protein you’ll get a FREE box of FUEL. Use code TINAOHWELLNESS for an additional 5% off + FREE shipping! Click here to order!


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Be well,
Tina

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