Let’s begin with the prices we pay for the things we like; especially when it comes to food choices.
Sometimes we are strapped for cash, and that can affect our decision on what we are going to get.
Still, there are other factors to consider besides the money.
What about the nutrition that we are going to receive from the product we are about to consume?
If it does not have any real value to our bodies; we are just wasting our money, right?
Comparison between different brands
We can thank the FDA for updating the nutrition facts label back in May 2016, and this makes it easier to understand and more relevant to the healthy eating patterns of people today.
Most of the more prominent manufacturers have adopted the new format and are using it now.
On this label, we get all the pertinent information we need to make the right decision. It should go without saying; if you have concerns about the company itself, then it would be better to switch to another company.
In comparing between similar protein bars, the sugar content is critical to pay attention to. Especially if you have diabetes or trying to lose weight.
We don’t need any extra sugar getting slipped into our diet under the disguise of a protein bar; there are plenty out there that are no more than a glorified candy bar!
Read and compare the label; recently, my Diabetes Educator Nurse showed on how to interpret the information on the nutrition fact label, this was to get me to watch the number of carbs in my diet and reduce the carbohydrate intake to a minimum.
Low Carb Options
There are many low carb diets that we hear about every day.
Atkins, Ketogenic, South Beach, Paleo, Mediterranean, Ducan
All these diet plans use this basic pyramid of food choices. Food choices which are considered good foods to eat are located on the bottom and the foods choices to avoid on the top of the pyramid.
People with Diabetes can benefit from following this formula, any one of these diet plans can work if you stick to them and understand that you cannot have more calories coming in than your body is using or, you guessed it fatter.
We do not want that, so look carefully at your whole diet plan and see how much room you have before selecting any particular protein bars to get you from meal to meal.
How to use cheap protein bars with your diet
How do we go about shopping for the right protein bar for our particular needs?
Like anything else in this day and age most people start with a Google search and then start wondering off through all the information that comes from that, right?
That is why validating the information is so crucial to making a good choice that we will make us happy.
The price of the protein bars had gotten a lot cheaper than when they first came out.
The cost of producing them has come down, and it looks like the industry is responding to people demand and coming out with several flavors to choose.
This Larabar has no added sugar! So the fiber and protein content cancel out, and it makes a sweet 190 calorie snacks that do not affect my blood sugar.
Where do we get protein bars online
Most of my online purchases now come from Amazon. They are just the best, in my opinion, we have been using them now for over ten years and have not had an issue that was not taken care of quickly.
Even on my last purchase of a 225-pound massage chair, it came on time, and the delivery guys were very helpful in getting it in the house!
Recently we even ordered some; Lily’s Dark chocolate chips sweetened with stevia, from Amazon and was expecting to get some melted blob of chocolate that we could not use.
This concern is from the temperature in Houston, but to my surprise, they packaged it in some foil with cool packs which kept it cool.
At this time I have not ordered my protein bars online yet, still buying small amounts and trying them out before buying in bulk from Amazon which is what my intentions are to do soon.
It must be good tasting!
The food taste is essential because no matter how good something is for us we won’t eat it if it does not taste good!
At least I’m not… that is just being honest about it. But we can change our expectations and our taste buds to like things that are better for us.
People are still going to gravitate to the sweets that we all love and the carbs that make us feel good at Thanksgiving dinners.
In the meantime, as we go through a significant change in eating habits and facing the fact that we are not getting any younger, it is so important to keep the food choices palatable.
Please leave any comments and suggestion below on how to improve our diets and become healthier people.