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Recipe: Beware the Protein Bar!!

DETOUR
PEANUT BUTTER & JELLY BAR:

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CALORIE CONTENT:
Each original Detour bar contains 350 calories. If you are following the recommendation of consuming 2,000 calories daily, one Detour bar would contribute nearly 18 percent of your daily calories. However, Detour bars are intended for active individuals, and exercising may increase your caloric needs — an hour of low-impact aerobics would burn off an entire Detour bar, as the activity burns about 360 calories per hour, according to MayoClinic.com.

FAT CONTENT:
Although too much fat is considered unhealthy, fat is a concentrated source of energy, providing 9 calories per gram. Detour bars contain 11 g of fat, which equals 99 calories. Six g of the fat comes from saturated fat. Although saturated fat does have some unhealthy characteristics, fitness and nutrition expert Anthony Ricciuto explains that saturated fat may help increase testosterone production. Testosterone is a hormone that supports muscle growth and, possibly, athletic performance.

CARBOHYDRATE CONTENT:
Carbohydrates are your body’s preferred source of energy, and Detour bars are rich in carbohydrates. An original Detour bar contains 32 g of carbohydrates. Of these carbohydrates, 11 g come from sugar, while 4 g come from fiber. According to Health.com, consuming sugar does provide energy, but it is usually temporary and may result in a crash later on.

PROTEIN CONTENT:
Detour bars are high in protein, a nutrient essential for a variety of bodily functions, including muscle growth and repair. Each original Detour bar contains 30 g of protein. The main source of protein in Detour bars is whey protein, which is a complete protein that is absorbed and digested quickly, according to the Whey Protein Institute.

VITAMIN AND MINERAL CONTENT:
Though they contain elements that provide energy and support muscle gain, Detour bars do not contain very many vitamins and minerals. Original Detour bars contain no vitamins, but 15 percent of the daily recommended intake of calcium and 4 percent of the daily recommended intake of iron.
-livestrong.com

SUPREME PROTEIN
CARB CONSCIOUS PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY BAR:

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 3.4oz (96g)
Amount per Serving
Calories 390
Calories from Fat 135.0
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g
23%
Saturated Fat 8g
40%
Cholesterol 20mg
6%
Sodium 300mg
12%
Total Carbohydrate 36g
12%
Dietary Fiber 1g
4%
Sugars 4g

Protein 30g
60%
Est. Percent of Calories from:
Fat
33.8%
Carbs
36.1%
Protein
30.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calories needs.
-livestrong.com

OHYEAH!
PEANUT BUTTER AND CARMEL BAR:

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 Bar
Amount per Serving
Calories 380
Calories from Fat 171.0
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g
29%
Saturated Fat 8g
40%
Cholesterol 5mg
1%
Sodium 115mg
4%
Total Carbohydrate 30g
10%
Dietary Fiber 4g
16%
Sugars 8g

Protein 27g
54%
Est. Percent of Calories from:
Fat
42.9%
Carbs
30.1%
Protein
27.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calories needs.

UNCRUSTABLES
PEANUT BUTTER & JELLY SANDWICH

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CALORIES AND MACRONUTRIENTS
All Uncrustables contain 210 calories. Each sandwich has 9 g of fat, 2 of which are saturated. An Uncrustable offers 25 to 26 g of carbohydrates and 6 g of protein.

OTHER NUTRIENTS
The white bread varieties of Uncrustables contain 2 g of fiber and the whole wheat varieties contain 3 g of fiber. Uncrustables offer 2 percent of the daily recommended allowance for calcium and 2 to 6 percent of iron. Each sandwich has 240 mg of sodium.

SUMMARY:
Detour:
350 Calories, 11g of fat, 32g of Carbs, 4g of fiber = 28g net Carbs

Supreme Protein:
390 Calories, 15g of fat, 36g of Carb Conscious Carbs 27g of sugar alcohol plus 1g of fiber = 8g net Carbs

Oh Yeah!:
380 Calories, 19g of fat, 30g of Carbs, 4g of fiber = 26g net Carbs

Uncrustables:
At 210 Calories 9g of fat, 25 of Carbs, 2g fiber = 23g net Carbs

With those huge calorie counts and more fat and more Carbs beside the supreme, I would rather have the real Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich!!

Other Foods Calorie Counts:

1 regular Cheeseburger (homemade)
320 Calories, 15g Fat, 25g Carbs, 15g Protein

1 fried Chicken Drumstick
195 Calories, 11g Fat, 6g Carbs, 16g Protein

4 Commercial Chocolate Chip Cookies
180 Calories, 9g Fat, 28g Carbs, 2g Protein

1 Cup of Eggnog
340 Calories, 19g Fat, 34g Carbs, 10g Protein

None of those are diet foods yet they still have way Less Calories then those Protein Bars!! Even the Cheeseburger and Eggnog have less calories!! Oh Yeah has the same amount of Fat as a Glass of Eggnog! Does that mean you should go on a Cheeseburger & Eggnog diet? NO!!!

How does anyone expect to loose weight eating those?

I don’t want to hear the Fat is Essential fatty acids, take fish oil! Don’t eat it in a bar or drink it in a shake! Unless you personally add flaxseeds to your shake.

Let’s face it most people replace meals with a protein bar. Bad Choice!!

The following recipe is from allrecipes.com with a small tweak from me.

No Bake Chocolate Oat Bars

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Prep Time:
30 Min Ready In:
3 Hrs 30 Min

Original Recipe Yield 1 – 9×9 inch pan

Ingredients:
1 cup butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups quick cooking oats
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter

Directions:
Grease a 9×9 inch square pan.
Melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar and vanilla. Mix in the oats. Cook over low heat 2 to 3 minutes, or until ingredients are well blended. Press half of mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Reserve the other half for topping.
Meanwhile, melt chocolate chips and peanut butter in a small heavy saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently until smooth. Pour the chocolate mixture over the crust in the pan, and spread evenly with a knife or the back of a spoon.
Crumble the remaining oat mixture over the chocolate layer, pressing in gently. Cover, and refrigerate 2 to 3 hours or overnight. Bring to room temperature before cutting into bars.

Nutritional Information
Amount Per Serving Calories: 142 | Total Fat: 9.9g, Cholesterol: 15mg, Carbs 12.6g, Fiber 1.3g = Net Carbs 11.3g , Protein 2.3g

My Tweak:
Find your favorite protein powder and add 2 scoops to the mixture if the mixture is too thick add a little water to the mixture.

Examples:
Mild: 20g of Protein
Amount Per Serving
Calories 80
Calories From Fat 0
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 60mg 3%
Potassium 130mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 0g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 0g
Protein 20g 40%
Vitamin A 35IU 0%
Vitamin B1 700mcg 45%
Vitamin B2 30mcg 2%
Vitamin B6 1mg 50%
Vitamin B12 2.4mcg 40%
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 96mg 10%
Iron 220mcg 1%
Magnesium 14mg 4%
Phosphorus 47mg 4%

Total Calories: 222
Total Fat: 9.9g
Total Net Carbs: 11.3g
Total Protein: 22.3g

Aggressive:
50grams of Protein
Natures Best Zero Carb Isopure Protein
Calories 210
Calories From Fat 10
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0.5g 3%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 10mg 4%
Sodium 320mg 15%
Potassium 750mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 0g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 0g
Protein 50g 100%
Vitamin A 50%
Vitamin C 50%
Calcium 60%
Iron 6%
Vitamin E 50%
Vitamin K 50%
Thiamin 50%
Riboflavin 50%
Niacin 50%
Vitamin B6 50%
Folate 50%
Vitamin B12 50%
Biotin 50%
Pantothenic Acid 50%
Phosphorus 50%
Iodine 50%
Magnesium 50%
Zinc 50%
Selenium 50%
Copper 50%
Manganese 50%
Chromium 50%
Molybdenum 50%
Chloride 20%

Total Calories: 352
Total Fat: 10.9g
Total Net Carbs: 11.3g
Total Protein: a Whopping 52.3g

Both of these recipes far surpass the store bought brands!!

The only chemicals in this depend on the protein powder you pick. All the other ingredients are all natural. Use Real organic ingredients: steel cut oatmeal, natural Peanut Butter (Natural Peanut Butter will raise the base protein to 8-9g) and semi-sweet chocolate chips! Real Chocolate!!!

Yes! you are eating real chocolate and brown sugar not chemically induced fake chocolate and sugar alcohols

If you want your Essential Fatty Acids like we talked about above you can also take whole Flaxseed and put it in a food processor, and add the dust to your mixture. Don’t buy ground flaxseeds because they usually remove the shell. Plus whole Flaxseeds are cheaper and have better nutritional qualities.

You can’t beat a protein bar like this! If you must have a protein bar eat these!!

Beware the Protein Bar… That you don’t make yourself!!

Copyright © 2011 louisjbianco All Rights Reserved.

**Update** August 16th 2013
As we recenly dicovered: Eat the Bear Protein:
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add 4-5 scoops to your bars (depending on how many times your will slice it up.)

Nutritional Information
Amount Per Serving Calories: 142 | Total Fat: 9.9g, Cholesterol: 15mg, Carbs 12.6g, Fiber 1.3g = Net Carbs 11.3g , Protein 2.3g
Plus 120 calories 3g fat, 3g carbs and 22g protein

total for homemade bars with real chocolate and oats with ETB protein: 262 calories, 12.9g fat, 13.3g carbs (if you use PB2 instead of penut butter you can also drop the fat and carbs dramatically) and 24.3g Protein!

Check out the PB2 & Eat The Bear protein reviews here! They both will revolutionize this recipe and make it that much more healthy!

**Update** September 19th 2013

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The newest protein bar to hit the market, trying to copy dairy queens flurry… It falls majorly shot doesn’t taste anything like a flurry, it says there are candy coated Reese’s pieces like candy in it, didn’t see or taste them at all! It didn’t crunch.

Notice the label 350 calories!! For 400 calories you could have a big pack of real Reese’s peanut butter cups!

Beware the protein bar! And use my recipe above! Tell me what you think of the recipe!

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