In today’s world, people are becoming more and more concerned with the nutritional content of their food choices.
We see restaurants responding to this, and they are adding the “true cost” in health terms to their menus; which is the number of calories and fat content on the items they are selling, even with the possibility of people to buying less from them!
Having these options is in response to the growing “healthy alternative” concern in our society. But we must also remind ourselves that basic human desire; will win out unless we set our minds right to battle the urges that come naturally through our senses.
With that thought in mind, may we focus on our sense of taste?
Grade the Taste of Your Favorite Snack
What is something that does not need any encouragement for most people to indulge?
Think about eating your favorite candy bar while drinking your favorite soft drink. That does not take any effort to do.
The difficulty is in resisting the temptation; we must equip ourselves with the correct knowledge, and have the right alternative in mind when the situation arises.
How do we do this? There are many ways to go about this task; one that has been very beneficial for me is to think about my favorite candy bar snack.
Break down what it is that makes it my favorite; use these characteristics to help search for a suitable protein bar replacement.
The nutrition in a protein bar is a much better nutritional choice to make; your body will have more energy now, and reward you for making these types of options over time.
One of my favorite candy bars has always been the Snickers bar; mainly because it tastes so good (brings a smile to think of it) and for me, it is the best one to take the edge off the empty feeling and get me to the next meal.
The situation we all find ourselves in that is most trying on our will power, especially when we are in a hurry, and there is not much time to think about snack choices. Best to make a choice beforehand!
Comparing the nutrition will help to make that choice, but as for the taste, either we brainwash yourself to eat what is good for us or get a protein bar that tastes close to how your favorite candy bar tastes. That is what works best for me!
Look for the Similarity in a Protein Bar Substitute
In comparing the taste and texture of the Snicker bar with the various protein bars that are on the market today; there is one in particular that comes to mind.
It is the Chocolate Peanut Butter P
The taste is similar enough to remind you of a Snicker bar while you are eating it for the first time; also out of all the protein bars that I have tried it is the best at curving my appetite and getting me to my next meal.
In general one of the best benefits from switching for candy bars to protein bars is the sustained energy and no spikes in blood sugar!
Take the Time to Research the Benefits
Because of my recent diagnosis of type 2 diabetes; there has been a sudden and drastic change to my eating habits.
One of the things a nurse told me recently, was to use the glucose meter to check out what specific foods do to your blood sugar reading and adjust your diet by the results.
This test has been very beneficial in helping me to see what precisely the sugary foods are doing to my body!
Doing this test on a regular candy bar, a piece of cake or pie tells us what we need to know to make the correct choice.
But does not address the taste issue no matter how good something is for you if it tastes bad; you probably will not eat it!
If you do not have diabetes; count yourself lucky! You can still test your food choices by the way they affect your body. Evaluate the benefits and consequences of your options.
Another point that is worth mentioning here is that in a person with diabetes there can also be physical pain felt in the body that is directly caused by the food we eat!
This pain was astonishing to me when it got my attention; it was the pain that drove me to seek relief from that and started me on this journey.
Food choices may increase the inflammation in the body, and when it gets to the point that the pressure begins pushing against the nerve endings, it produces pain throughout! This pain is subtle and is not any fun!
It was the diabetic educator nurse who made a really good suggestion to plan the next day’s meals every day the evening before; then to only eat what you plan. This is so simple once you put it into action, and the results are empowering!
Depending on the specific circumstance, this philosophy helps in choosing the snacks and meals.
Look for Alternative Snacks
A colleague of my who is on a ketogenic lifestyle told me about making what he called “fat bombs” that he and his wife used as a replacement for their nightly sweet snack, which they used to have before switching to the ketogenic lifestyle.
The ingredients are, and if you go this route, you can better control what goes into the snack. The only drawback is that it usually must be refrigerated to keep fresh.
This recipe works for me; especially in the evenings after supper, there always seems to be carvings for something sweet.
Most of the time during the day while working, it is easier to have protein bars on hand for snacks. They can be stored easily with the bag, desk, or purchased at a convenience store if you are on the road.
Pre / Post Workout Uses
Protein bars are good to use either right before or following a workout to provide the energy needed to complete the task in an exercise and feel better while doing it.
Sometimes it is hard to stay motivated to do the workout, and it does not matter if you are beginning or been working out for years.
Having the extra energy from the protein bar can help take that edge off of the “don’t want to” attitude, and keep you on track. We all know that the Doctors tell us we need 30 minutes of exercise every day!
Some of us get enough exercise, but most of us are not getting the amount of activity we need to keep us healthy and feeling good. Consider adding protein bars to the diet if you are not already doing so.
Look at What Makes the Protein Bar Satisfying
Which works best for you?
- Is it the taste?
- Is it the effect?
Which one will ultimately determine whether you will continue supplementing your diet with protein bars?
Satisfaction in a dietary supplement is something that can be difficult to describe, but generally, we know when we are satisfied with something.
It boils down to getting the results we are looking for and making the taste as pleasant as possible.
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