Wednesday, September 18, 2013

22 days protein bar


I was looking for some new protein bars to try to add to my favorites list.  So I tried out some gluten free, organic, non-GMO energy & protein bars from 22 days nutrition. They're 220 calories per bar, 100 cal from fat (from the nuts), and the protein ranges from 5-6g for the energy bars and 10g for the protein bar. The sugar is 11-14g which comes from date paste or coconut nectar. The company was founded by fitness expert Marco Borges who has trained both Jay-Z and Pharell. They're available at Whole Foods but my local store didn't have all the flavors so I ordered online since the company had a free shipping deal. But I was disappointed at the humongous box the 4 bars were shipped in! I received:

Fruit Nut Karma - absolutely delicious! The mango and pineapple made it extra sweet!


Goji Maté Firecracker - if you like your bars less sweet this one is for you, it's still good though and tastes just like goji berry if you know what that tastes like. I suspect the tartness comes from the yerba mate.

Pineapple Chocolate Chip Wonder - on first bite I had no idea what the flavor was, looked at the package and saw it said chocolate then thought ok maybe I taste chocolate, either way the bar doesn't have a strong taste and didn't do much for me.

Nut Butter Buddha (protein bar) - this was my least favorite, it was very gummy and tasted like a "protein bar" where you can almost taste the chemicals and it was a tad dry

Since the founder of the company is vegan, he listed where he gets his protein from, see pic below. I eat most of these during the week but I also consume tofu/edamame. One of the best plant sources with a high protein content is hemp, it's 35% protein and deliver tons of nutrients while having lots of fiber. If you're surprised by brown rice and peas on the list, vegan protein powders are made of just those ingredients. Shakeology has just about everything from this list: quinoa, flaxseeds, chia seeds, brown rice protein,  pea protein, and greens (Moringa, Chlorella, Spirulina, Spinach, Barley Grass, Kamut Grass, Wheat Grass, Oat Grass).



Interesting article on actress Michelle Pfeiffer who credits vegan diet with 83 point drop in cholesterol.

Another article on tennis star Venus Williams becoming a vegan to decrease inflammation in her body and reduce the energy-sapping symptoms of her immune system disease (that took her off the court) "by not overloading her body with excess calories, pesticides or sugars."


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