Quick and convenient, snack bars are perfect fodder for a busy, time strapped lifestyle. It is not surprising then, they are and continue to be a popular choice for many. The packaged food industry is worth billions. For a number of years there has been a growing trend towards healthier food, but when buying packaged products it can be a bit of a lottery.
They’re not always what they appear
The market is crammed with every kind of snack bar imaginable. Breakfast, protein, vitamin enriched, the choice is endless. The difference between them, can be huge. While some do seem quite healthy, many aren’t.
To make matters worst, snack bars often have the appearance of being healthy, but are just cleverly disguised. Words can be misleading. Using words like natural, wholegrain, wholewheat and or goodness, make us think we’re getting something healthy. Words like protein, energy or sport lead us to believe we’re getting more than we are.
Some of the most popular snack bars around are promoted as healthy and nutritious, when really they’re just a biscuit, sweet treat or chocolate bar in disguise. Designed to have you coming back for more. It is of course, perfectly ok to have a biscuit or treat from time to time, just be aware of what you’re having when you have it.
Breakfast bars and protein
If you want to have a biscuit for breakfast, have one, but don’t assume it’s the perfect start to your day, just because the manufacturer say’s it on the packet. A typical snack bar may have lots of good stuff like nuts, seeds and berries for example, but it may also be filled with sugar and fat, so be careful.
With regards to protein, you really don’t need a huge amount. The body can only absorb a certain amount of protein each day. So unless you’re an athlete, bodybuilder or vegan, you definitely don’t need to be adding extra protein to your food. You can, but it’s not essential.
The best way to get protein is to eat a protein rich meal. One which includes high protein foods like chicken, fish, eggs, soya beans, nuts, peas etc Alternatively, you could make yourself a protein smoothie.
For breakfast, stick with eggs, muesli, porridge oats, yoghurt and fruit.
Make your own snack bars
Biscuits are not that healthy. Be mindful of this when browsing in the biscuit isle. Biscuits and barshave a lot in common. They’re not all bad, but most of them are low in fibre, digest too quickly, lack nutritional value, don’t fill you up and don’t help you lose weight.
Another thing, is you pay for convenience. It’s usually cheaper, healthier and tastier to make your own. You’ll know what goes in and can avoid hidden extras and any unwanted ingredients.
Try this simple low-carb peanut butter fudge recipe – these yummy bites are super quick to make. For more snack bar ideas, please sign up to our community page on Facebook.
Low-carb peanut butter fudge recipe – about 10 pieces
Melt the coconut oil. Add to a mixing bowl with the rest of the ingredients. Stir around to form a smooth paste.
Add the paste to a plastic container (12cm by 18cm would be perfect). Grab your favourite seeds eg. flax, chia. Sprinkle some seeds on top of the fudge if you like.
Place in the freezer to set (about 30 mins). Slice into square sized bites. Keep in the freezer until ready to use.
Tip: Avoid cheap peanut butters which may contain harmful fats, sugar, salt or palm oil. It’s worth paying a little extra for a quality product which doesn’t contain any unwanted extras. The good ones contain 100% peanuts and nothing else. (Anything above 98% is usually ok).