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Re: Protein Bars and Smoothies

Post by jprivott » Tue Nov 03, 2015 2:58 pm

Here is another source for quality protein that I found a couple years back (pick your macronutrient source - whey, rice, pea etc)
http://truenutrition.com/

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Re: Protein Bars and Smoothies

Post by DDMP20 » Tue Nov 03, 2015 3:16 pm

Nirav wrote:I buy my protein powder from Costco.

I use the low-carb Chocolate Cytosport brand.

2.5 scoops (50+ gms of protein)
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1/2 avocado
6 oz of frozen baby spinach
handful of frozen blueberry/raspberry/strawberry medley

Result is a delicious high-protein, high-fat, high-fiber, low carb breakfast.



I like all those ingredients and they're certainly healthy. So what do you do? Mix it in the blender?
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Re: Protein Bars and Smoothies

Post by unclescrooge » Tue Nov 03, 2015 4:37 pm

DDMP20 wrote:
Nirav wrote:I buy my protein powder from Costco.

I use the low-carb Chocolate Cytosport brand.

2.5 scoops (50+ gms of protein)
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1/2 avocado
6 oz of frozen baby spinach
handful of frozen blueberry/raspberry/strawberry medley

Result is a delicious high-protein, high-fat, high-fiber, low carb breakfast.


I like all those ingredients and they're certainly healthy. So what do you do? Mix it in the blender?


Yes, I should've included that.

Add 6-10 oz of water and mix for a minute a Vitamix blender. The blender is very expensive (i think it was $350 at costco), but you'll definitely need it to really liquify the spinach.

I figured if Vitamix lasts 5 years, the daily cost of using a blender 5 days a week is about 23 cents a day. It comes with a 7 year warranty so if it doesn't last 5 years, you can probably exchange it for a new one!

My Vitamix is about 5 years ago (and so is this receipe), and it still looks new. I'd be surprized if it didn't last another 10 years.

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Re: Protein Bars and Smoothies

Post by rgs92 » Tue Nov 03, 2015 6:42 pm

A lot of Kind bars have 5 grams of sugar or less with lots of nuts and fiber. They are quite tasty and there is a large variety. They are ~200 calories each.

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Re: Protein Bars and Smoothies

Post by Dutch » Tue Nov 03, 2015 6:43 pm

There seems to be this obsession with protein these days.

Breast milk contain less than 5% protein (as a percent of total calories). When you're a baby you probably need more protein, than in any other stage of life.

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Re: Protein Bars and Smoothies

Post by ThankYouJack » Tue Nov 03, 2015 6:45 pm

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I don't want to get this thread shut down, but this is my field (PhD in Obesity Studies and I work for a health MegaCorp who happens to produce "protein bars") and I 100% agree with everything you said. I don't understand the fascination with protein bars. 95% of them are literally nothing more than a candybar with some added protein. The others are an amalgamation of whole nutrient-dense foods which would probably be better tasting and certainly cheaper if consumed separately. The process of making them into a specific bar texture requires a lot of things which I would prefer not to put in my body. My wife will occasionally eat my company's bars or a Quest bar, but it is primarily for taste and convenience (and we get them for free). Somehow marketing has many convinced that these very expensive candybars are healthier than whole unprocessed food, but from both a nutrition and cost perspective nuts/seeds, boiled eggs, a can of tuna, a cup of Greek yogurt, etc. would all be better alternatives.


I think there's a mix between people wanting diet bars and post workout bars. I don't count calories but I would like to increase my protein intake.

One question I would have for the industry is why not make an protein bar with whey (or some other protein) and mix in oats, nuts and berries for a sweetener. Is there anything out there like that? With the massive selection, I'm surprised if there isn't.

It's like 0 calorie energy drinks :oops: :oops:

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Re: Protein Bars and Smoothies

Post by livesoft » Tue Nov 03, 2015 6:58 pm

ThankYouJack wrote:One question I would have for the industry is why not make an protein bar with whey (or some other protein) and mix in oats, nuts and berries for a sweetener. Is there anything out there like that? With the massive selection, I'm surprised if there isn't.

You have described my breakfast oatmeal: Oats, nuts, berries, protein powder, plus diet DrPepper for sweetening.
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Re: Protein Bars and Smoothies

Post by ThankYouJack » Tue Nov 03, 2015 7:00 pm

Dutch wrote:There seems to be this obsession with protein these days.

Breast milk contain less than 5% protein (as a percent of total calories). When you're a baby you probably need more protein, than in any other stage of life.


I'm not sure about that. Infants sleep most of the day and don't use their muscles nearly as much as an active adult. And infants don't have the body composition that I inspire to :)

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Re: Protein Bars and Smoothies

Post by stoptothink » Wed Nov 04, 2015 11:34 am

ThankYouJack wrote:
Dutch wrote:There seems to be this obsession with protein these days.

Breast milk contain less than 5% protein (as a percent of total calories). When you're a baby you probably need more protein, than in any other stage of life.


I'm not sure about that. Infants sleep most of the day and don't use their muscles nearly as much as an active adult. And infants don't have the body composition that I inspire to :)


True. As an infant you need FAT more than at any other stage in life. As an infant, the important thing is brain development and simply getting enough calories to foster growth, not body composition.

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Re: Protein Bars and Smoothies

Post by Dutch » Wed Nov 04, 2015 1:19 pm

stoptothink wrote:
ThankYouJack wrote:
Dutch wrote:There seems to be this obsession with protein these days.

Breast milk contain less than 5% protein (as a percent of total calories). When you're a baby you probably need more protein, than in any other stage of life.


I'm not sure about that. Infants sleep most of the day and don't use their muscles nearly as much as an active adult. And infants don't have the body composition that I inspire to :)


True. As an infant you need FAT more than at any other stage in life. As an infant, the important thing is brain development and simply getting enough calories to foster growth, not body composition.


My point was about the high growth rate in infants, for which protein is essential. I wasn't talking about body building babies :happy

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Re: Protein Bars and Smoothies

Post by ThankYouJack » Wed Nov 04, 2015 1:32 pm

Dutch wrote:
stoptothink wrote:
ThankYouJack wrote:
Dutch wrote:There seems to be this obsession with protein these days.

Breast milk contain less than 5% protein (as a percent of total calories). When you're a baby you probably need more protein, than in any other stage of life.


I'm not sure about that. Infants sleep most of the day and don't use their muscles nearly as much as an active adult. And infants don't have the body composition that I inspire to :)


True. As an infant you need FAT more than at any other stage in life. As an infant, the important thing is brain development and simply getting enough calories to foster growth, not body composition.


My point was about the high growth rate in infants, for which protein is essential. I wasn't talking about body building babies :happy


I can't get too medical, but babies need a certain amount of protein per pound. If I do the ratio for my self, it comes to 122 grams. Weight lifting not included ;)

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Re: Protein Bars and Smoothies

Post by JimmyD » Wed Nov 04, 2015 3:31 pm

The Mint Chocolate Chip Clif Builder bars are phenomenal and contain 20 grams of protein.

Yes, there's sugar in there. Hence the deliciousness.

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Re: Protein Bars and Smoothies

Post by Theseus » Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:08 pm

my smoothie recipe
- 2 scoops of goldstandard naturally flavored protien powder
- half a cup of orange juice
- 3/4 to 1 inch piece of ginger
- 1/2 inch tumeric root (we get it from Wegmans)
- 8-10 chuncks of pinneapple
- 8-10 strawberries, or mango pieces
- kale or spinatch
- 10-12 drops of lemon juice
- 1/3 - 1/2 cup of Chia seeds (I love the slimy crunchy texture)

I love this smoothie. Tumeric has anti inflammatory property and supposedly antibiotic type thing.

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Re: Protein Bars and Smoothies

Post by peseta » Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:17 pm

Costco's Kirkland Signature protein bars are very similar to Quest bars in both nutrition and taste, for less than $1.00 a bar. They might even be made by Quest, based on the taste. They come in chocolate brownie and cookie dough only.

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Re: Protein Bars and Smoothies

Post by Meaty » Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:46 pm

ThankYouJack wrote:
Mon Nov 02, 2015 12:24 pm
I'm looking to add more protein to my diet, in the form of a snack -- either through a bar or smoothie. I'd like something natural and not loaded with sweeteners. I'd like something that's ~20g of protein and it's ok if it has more carbs than that and if it has some grams of fat.

Any recommendations?
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Re: Protein Bars and Smoothies

Post by UncleBen » Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:57 pm

I use Orgain because it's a plant source of protein. Costco sells it and the taste is not bad.

https://www.amazon.com/Orgain-Organic-P ... owder&th=1

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Re: Protein Bars and Smoothies

Post by unclescrooge » Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:37 am

Dulocracy wrote:
Tue Nov 03, 2015 11:58 am
My personal trainer recommends Builder's Bars. Lower in sugar than many other bars; high in protein. Less chemical-y than many of the bars out there. Not sugar or chemical free, just better than most. Taste great, and they have a wide variety of flavors.
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Re: Protein Bars and Smoothies

Post by unclescrooge » Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:38 am

peseta wrote:
Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:17 pm
Costco's Kirkland Signature protein bars are very similar to Quest bars in both nutrition and taste, for less than $1.00 a bar. They might even be made by Quest, based on the taste. They come in chocolate brownie and cookie dough only.

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Re: Protein Bars and Smoothies

Post by unclescrooge » Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:39 am

Theseus wrote:
Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:08 pm
my smoothie recipe
- 2 scoops of goldstandard naturally flavored protien powder
- half a cup of orange juice
- 3/4 to 1 inch piece of ginger
- 1/2 inch tumeric root (we get it from Wegmans)
- 8-10 chuncks of pinneapple
- 8-10 strawberries, or mango pieces
- kale or spinatch
- 10-12 drops of lemon juice
- 1/3 - 1/2 cup of Chia seeds (I love the slimy crunchy texture)

I love this smoothie. Tumeric has anti inflammatory property and supposedly antibiotic type thing.
Sounds delicious. But between the orange juice and fruit, it might have a lot of sugar in it?

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