• Felicia Newell, RD(c), BSc

How to Make Your Own Protein Bars


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Dietitian St. John's | Nutritionist St. John's | Weight Loss St. John's | Newfoundland | New Years Resolutions | Weight Loss | Protein Bars | Protein Balls | How to Make Protein Balls

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Protein bars used to be more aimed for hikers who are on the go for long periods of time, or extreme athletes on the go. Now they are becoming more mainstream and used as snacks, and that’s okay, it’s just important to choose the right ones, and use them in the right way depending on your goals.

The protein and fibre in these bars, can help keep you full and satisfied if you need something quick to tie you over until your next meal. You can eat them on the go to help prevent you from getting too hangry…we all know how we can make bad decisions when we’re hangry (check out more snacks that can prevent you from getting to hangry here). These types of bars are also going to manage your blood sugars and energy levels much better than a sugary chocolate bar alone, where you get a spike and energy, and then a crash, whereas the protein and fibre in the energy bars will help delay digestion and help manage blood sugar and energy levels).

If you’re choosing a store bought protein bar it should ideally be: high in protein (10g or more), high in fibre (3g or more), low in calories (150-250 cals, depending on your goals and if you’re male or female), low in saturated fat (1.5g or less), low in sugar (around 10g or less), and low in total net carb (ideally 15-30g, again depending on your goals and if you’re male or female). If you get more vitamins and minerals in there such as calcium or iron, then that’s even more nutritional bang for your buck! You also want to consider your ingredients list for things like where your protein is coming from and the types of ingredients in the bar.

Now for the recipes! The best thing? None of them have to be baked, and all can be kept in the freezer, and taken on-the-go.

Dark Chocolate Oatmeal No-Bake Energy Balls

Ingredients: