Best Protein Powders

With so many options for protein powders, It seems like choosing the right supplement requires just as much skill as a wine connoisseur. I am not a wine connoisseur but I did do a post about wine for weight loss If you are Interested In reading how you can drink wine, lose weight and stay on your fitness journey click Here

Today I am going to talk about some protein powders that I consider to be the best protein powders on the market today. Yesterday I gave my list of the top 5 worst protein powders on the market today. If you are Interested In reading what made my naughty list before you read my good list click Here
Disclaimer: I will be providing links to Amazon for some of the protein powders that I will be mentioning today. I In no shape, way or form will get paid any type of commission for you clicking the link. 

Today my list will consist of animal bases protein and plant protein. So If you’re vegan, vegetarian or a meat person read on for today’s list. First, know this: Plant protein Is more slimming than milk-derived proteins. Because whey Is a dairy derivative…and many commercial preparations tend to contain all manner of funky chemicals…protein powders that use this source as a base can lead to bloat and skin conditions. However, If you find you’re not terribly lactose Intolerant, milk proteins are some of the best sources of amino acids out there. Milk proteins such as whey and casein have the ability to preserve lean muscle mass and Improve metabolic health during weight loss, according to research published in the journal Nutrition & Metabolism.


Tip

When you’re looking for the proper animal-based powder, look out for words like cold processed, concentrate (Isolate only If you’re sensitive to lactose), hormone-free, grass-fed, tested low for heavy metals, and does not contain sucralose or any artificial color, flavor or sweetener.


Promix Grass-Fed Whey Protein

If you want a “fast acting” protein that will stimulate protein synthesis (Protein synthesis is the process whereby biological cells generate new proteins; it is balanced by the loss of cellular proteins via degradation or export.) after a workout, go with whey. While a whey protein concentrate has a lower percentage of protein than whey Isolate, It contains more bioactive compounds (are extra nutritional constituents that typically occur in small quantities in foods.) found In the milk fat that positively Influences metabolism and Immunity—just make sure It’s low-temperature-processed (raw or cold-processed). This method allows the mix to retain many of its fragile immune factors and nutrients leaving It loaded with the Ideal blend of easily-absorbed amino acids, anti-Inflammatory compounds, essential fats, energy-replenishing carbs, metabolism-boosting peptides, potent antioxidants, and alkaline minerals.

You’ll get even more of these nutrients when your powder Is made from pasture-fed cows, which have a higher concentration of Inflammation-reducing omega-3 fatty acids and two to five times more CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) (Conjugated linoleic acids are a family of at least 28 Isomers of linoleic acid found mostly in the meat and dairy products derived from ruminants.) than their corn and grain fed counterparts. CLA provides a variety of health benefits like burning fat and maintaining lean body mass. Besides toning your body, these two sources of dietary fat will also improve absorption of key vitamins and carotenoids. Not to mention, grass-fed cows are less likely to be treated with antibiotics than grain fed cows, meaning you’ll have a lower risk of building up antibiotic resistance or gaining unnecessary weight.

~Protein source: Grass-fed whey protein concentrate
~Protein payoff: 25 g per serving

~Because of all of the healthy properties, this contains It does contain a price tag of $75.99 broken down Is roughly $1 per scoop.

Flavors: Chocolate, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Vanilla, Unflavored, and Peanut Butter

Ounces It comes In: 1 lb, 5 lb, and 10 lb

Found at GNC


Naked Casein

If you’re looking to repair and regrow muscle, take some Naked Casein Powder before bed. Casein, as opposed to whey, digests more slowly (It’s the same principle as low-glycemic-index “slow carbs”) and stays In the system longer to nourish muscles. This makes It a good option If you need a nighttime snack on workout days: It’ll help kick-start recovery and build fat-burning muscle. This option has 26 grams of protein and zero grams of fat per serving. (If you do want to drink whey, you can do It In the PM as well: active men who consumed whey at night increased their next-morning metabolism.)

~Protein source: Micellar Casein from U.S. dairy farms
~Protein payoff: 26 g per serving

This has a hefty price tag of $91.00 Found at GNC

Flavors It Comes In: Unflavored, Vanilla, and Chocolate

Ounces It comes In: 1 lb and 5 lb

This breaks down to roughly $1.20 per scoop


Mercola Pure Power Protein

This product Is designed to boost both your fitness levels as well as your overall health. It contains a unique blend of high-quality whey protein, muscle-fueling coconut triglycerides, pre-biotic resistant starch, endurance-boosting and blood-sugar-stabilizing chia seeds, and probiotics. Not only can probiotics keep your gut healthy, but when they’re combined with high-quality whey protein, they can enhance muscle development: Probiotics help your body synthesize leucine, a particular branched-chain amino acid (BCAA), which you need for muscle building.

~Protein source: Grass-fed whey protein concentrate
~Protein payoff: 20 g per serving

This has a smaller price tag of $49.00 Found at GNC

Flavors: Vanilla, Banana, and Chocolate

Ounces It comes In: 1 lb and 14 packets

Since the bag Is smaller the serving per scoop Is a bit higher at $2.20


Paleo Protein Pure Egg

Whey tends to be the first word when it comes to protein supplementation. But as we’ve mentioned before, it can cause belly bloat. For a better option that’ll help you bulk up only in desirable areas, try egg-white protein, which Is naturally low-carb and no-fat. Just like whey, egg white protein such as a complete essential amino acid profile, which promotes optimal recovery from challenging workouts. Want to boost the flavor without artificial additives? Paleo Pure provides a blank slate (It’s only egg whites and sunflower lecithin) ( When you Include lecithin In your “Diet”, you are nourishing your brain and helping to support your nervous system. … Lecithin Is a type of phospholipid found In pure sunflower seeds and Is a natural source of phosphatidylcholine, a natural constituent found In your brain and nervous system.) Sunflower Lecithin Is a great option for anyone with a soy Intolerance or sensitivity. Add a tablespoon of raw cacao powder to boost your Intake of brain-boosting flavanoids while curbing your chocolate cravings.

~Protein source: GMO-free egg whites
~Protein payoff: 25.2 g per serving

I have only found this on Amazon for the price tag of $45.00 which breaks down to around $1.50 per serving.

Flavors: Blueberry Tart, Chocolate, and Plain

Ounces It comes In: 30 servings, 1.85 pounds, and 60 servings

If you want to purchase this here Is the link where you can check It out  

Link ~~~> Paleo Protein Pure Egg


Mt. Capra Products Double Bonded Goat Milk Protein

This powerful protein combines the best of both worlds In protein supplementation through a natural blend of casein and whey proteins. Using a combination powder allows whey to trigger muscle building stimulation while casein Inhibits factors that lead to muscle breakdown. Mt. Capra Is a small, family-run farm In the Pacific Northwest who uses milk from their own pasture-grazed goat herd in their powders. If your body doesn’t agree with cow milk, goat milk Is a great alternative. Even though goat milk still has lactose, the goat milk proteins are smaller and are thus absorbed by the human digestive system In a far superior way to that of cow protein.

~Protein source: Grass-fed goat milk protein
~Protein payoff: 20 g per serving

This has a price tag of $66.00 and It breaks down to $2.20 per serving

I have only found this on Amazon If you want to purchase this yourself here Is a link so you can check It out for yourself.

Mt. Capra Products Double Bonded Goat Milk Protein


Designer Whey, French Vanilla

Like a good pair of designer shoes, Designer Whey lives up to Its name. The blend is made up of natural GMO-free whey protein concentrate and GMO-free whey protein isolate. All of the whey from milk is made free of artificial growth hormones and antibiotics. Unlike most animal-based protein powders, this option also provides 3 grams of prebiotic veggie fiber which is beneficial to help suppress any hunger between meals. Although these ingredients are great for you, Designer Whey adds in taurine — an amino acid commonly found in the brain and used in many chemical-crammed energy drinks. the additive may operate more like a sedative than a stimulant.

~Protein Source: Whey full spectrum peptides, whey protein concentrate, whey protein isolate
~Protein payoff: 20 g per serving

The price tag for this Is $45.00 which breaks down to about $0.77 per serving

I have only seen this at Target

Flavors It comes In: Chocolate Mocha, Vanilla, and Double Chocolate

Ounces It comes In: 12 ounces, 2 lb, and 4 lb


Plant-Based Protein Powders

Plant protein powders won’t lead to bloat like whey powders will, and they’re also less likely to Include nasty artificial sweeteners. (Although recent science Indicates they’re not carcinogenic, as feared, artificial sweeteners have been shown to actually increase your appetite.) Those looking to build muscle shouldn’t shrink In fear: It has been recently studied that rice protein was just as effective as whey In building muscle and strength among men who worked out frequently.

Tip: Look for pea, hemp, soy or rice powders, ideally in blends. Because many single plant-based varieties aren’t complete proteins (A complete protein (or whole protein) Is a source of protein that contains an adequate proportion of all nine of the essential amino acids necessary for the dietary needs of an organism.), consuming a blended plant-protein powder (one that contains both pea and rice, along with a variety of sprouts) will ensure you’re getting more amino acids and thus the most bang for your supplement buck.




SunWarrior Warrior Blend Raw Protein Powder

A great raw protein option, this GMO-free powder derived Its muscle-building power from raw organic pea, cranberry and hemp seed protein—It’s even tasty enough to take on Its own! What’s more, there are no sugars, gluten or artificial sweeteners to cause a metabolism-confusing midday crash. If you down some pre-workout, the branched-chain amino acids can give your gym session a boost by helping to target energy directly to your muscles.

I’ve found this at whole foods for the pricey price tag of $65.00

~Protein source: Pea, hemp, cranberry protein, brown rice and more
~Protein payoff: 19 grams per serving

Flavors It comes In: Vanilla and Chocolate

Ounces It Comes In: 40 servings


Vega One All-In-One Nutritional Shake

Loaded with six servings of greens, probiotics, antioxidants and 50% of your daily intake of food-based vitamins and minerals, this super clean option Is difficult to turn down. With tasty flavors like vanilla chai and berry, water alone Is enough to create a tasty shake you’ll actually like sipping. If you have more time, combine a scoop—which doles out 20 grams of protein—with unsweetened milk alternatives and a frozen banana for an Irresistible milkshake-like creation. Created by a former Ironman triathlete, this balanced protein also tastes great In homemade protein muffins as a post-triathlon—or post-regular run—treat.

~Protein source: Pea protein and hemp protein
~Protein payoff: 20 grams per serving

This Protein powder has a price tag of $50 It breaks down to roughly $2.45 per serving

Flavors It comes In: Coconut Almond, French Vanilla, Mocha, Chocolate, Vanilla, Berry, Vanilla Chai, and Plain Unsweetened

It also comes In Organic but for Organic the flavor Is just plain unsweetened

 


Garden of Life Raw Protein

This complete protein showcases 13 raw and organic sprouts, with 17 grams of protein per serving, all the essential amino acids your body needs, plus tea and cinnamon extract. Just make sure you whip up a smoothie using a healthy fat like nut butter or avocado. Makers of this powder load It with fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K, which can only be fully absorbed by your body when paired with a healthy fat. Their original unflavored powder works In any post-workout shake, but satisfying chocolate versions.

When you’re looking for an option with rice, make sure the brand uses sprouted brown rice (like Garden of Life does), not just “rice protein.” Sprouting the rice reduces the number of carbs and heightens the amount of protein, which lowers the glycemic effect (minimizing blood sugar spikes) and Increases the nutritional profile. Plus, when rice protein Is sprouted, It changes In genetic makeup to make Its nutrients more bioavailable to the body.

~Protein source: Organic sprouted protein blend (brown rice, amaranth, quinoa, millet and more)
~Protein payoff: 22 grams per serving

This has a price tag of $32.00 and that Is broken down Into $1.56 per serving

Flavors It comes In: Chocolate, Unflavored, Vanilla, and Vanilla Chai

Found at any health food store



Nutiva Organic Hemp Protein

We love the post-workout high—no, not that kind of hemp high—we get with this hemp-based, organic tub. Hemp protein Is derived from the less-fun parts of the hemp plant, offering a substantial amount of fiber (here, 8 grams) that’s easy to digest, making It a great pre-workout powder to keep you from cramping up at the gym. On top of 15 grams of complete protein per serving, hemp also boasts heart-healthy doses of anti-inflammatory omega-3s. This option Is an Ideal mix-In for oatmeal or smoothies (or brownies If that’s your thing); the fiber will make you feel fuller longer, and It contains eight essential amino acids to build muscle.

~Protein source: Hemp
~Protein payoff: 15 g per serving

This Is one of the cheaper protein powders on the market It has a price tag of $10.73 and It breaks Into 0.73 cents per serving.

Flavors It Comes In: Chocolate, Hemp Protein, Hemp-High-Fiber, and High Fiber

Found at any health food store


Garden of Life Sport, Chocolate

Designed for an athlete to use post-workout, Garden of Life took the amazing plant-based powder game one step further. This powder Is NSF Certified for Sport and Informed-Choice for Sport Certified, meaning there are zero banned athletic substances and only whole clean nutrients. Their unique array of protein products delivers a full profile of essential amino acids: 5.5 BCAAs and 5g glutamine, all of which are essential when It comes to cutting down your body’s recovery time after exercise and maximizing the benefits from your hard work In the weight room.

~Protein Source: Organic pea protein, organic sprouted navy bean, organic sprouted lentil bean, organic sprouted garbanzo bean, organic cranberry protein (seed.)
~Protein payoff: 30 g per serving

This has a price tag of $37.00 and that breaks down Into $1.92 per serving

Flavors It comes In: Chocolate and Vanilla


Sunwarrior Classic Protein

Sunwarrior gets their claim to fame by using an abundant amount of amino acids. It’s also free of GMOs, soy, gluten, dairy, and unnecessary calories. For just one scoop of this flavor-packed drink, you get 80 calories and 16 grams of muscle-molding protein. For a more filling and nutrient-packed meal, double it up! Start your day right with two scoops of this deliciously satisfying chocolate drink for 160 calories and 32 grams of the satiating macronutrient.

This protein powder has a price tag of $45.00 and It breaks down Into 0.95 cents per serving

~Protein Source: Raw whole grain brown rice protein
~Protein payoff: 16 g per serving

Flavors It comes In: Chocolate,Vanilla, and Plain

Again this can be found at most health food stores


Final Thoughts

This list Is pretty much are my top picks for animal-based protein and plant-based protein. There are tons of other companies for plant-based that I didn’t add to the list because the list would be way too long. Here are the names of the other plan-based companies that are worth a try.

~Garden of Life Sport ~Orgain Organic Protein, Sweet Vanilla Bean ~Amazing Grass Protein Superfood, Chocolate Peanut Butter




 

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Worse Protein Powders

Yesterday and the day before I did two posts about the best and the worst of protein bars If you are Interested In learning what made my best and worst list here are the links

Worst Protein Bars ~~~> Worst Low-Sugar Protein Bars

Best Protein Bars ~~~> The Best Protein Bars


Whether you’re an elite athlete or a weekend warrior, a vegan or a plant-based foodie, everyone Is getting In on the protein trend. And with good reason. Thanks to the high protein content of powder supplements, adding a scoop or two to your smoothies, baked goods, or shakes can aid in rapid weight loss efforts by boosting calorie burn, Increasing satiety, and preserving lean muscle mass.

While feeding your muscles on the fly has never been easier, not all powders are created equal. And choosing which product is best can be a bit of a struggle. On one hand, there are animal-based supplements like eggs, whey ( I did a post about the dangerous of whey protein If you are Interested In reading It click Here)  and casein, and the other hand Is a garden of plant-based forms from pea, hemp, rice, and soy. And even after you pick the source of the protein, there’s still another hurdle to jump: additives. Many powders on the market are loaded with enough scary chemicals and artificial sweeteners to earn them a spot among the unhealthiest foods on the planet. Just because your protein Is a powder doesn’t mean you have to settle for one with a label that reads like a science experiment.

Because which supplement you pick will ultimately depend on your personal body goals…whether you’re looking to lose weight, gain muscle, or stop late-night snacking…we created this list of examples of the best and worst brands to help you understand what to look out for when examining the labels. I’ve narrowed the list of protein supplements down to some of the worst animal-based and plant-based proteins


Worst Protein Powders

 

As I mentioned earlier, many protein powder labels read like the stock list of a chemistry lab. But don’t let that science mumbo jumbo confuse you. Below we’ve found some standout examples of what you should avoid when picking out a powder. But keep In mind that there are many more out there that I won’t Include because this list would go on forever.

Tip: You should typically stay away from really cheap powders, undisclosed sources of protein, a lot of sugar, artificial sweeteners, and hydrogenated oils.

 


BSN Syntha-6 Protein

BSN Syntha-6 Protein might be the second highest selling whey protein on Amazon only because people can’t stop raving about the taste. While I get that powders can taste chalky and less than pleasant, that doesn’t mean you should grab one that’s loaded with artificial sweeteners like corn syrup solids, sucralose, and acesulfame potassium. (That’s what protein smoothies which use whole, fiber-rich fruits are for.) Companies use artificial sweeteners because they are addictive and send a signal to the brain to keep drinking or eating without an off switch—even If they, themselves, don’t contain any calories.refined and processed sweeteners are unrelenting In their ability to entice you to overeat and yet, don’t provide satiation, satiety, or nourishment. Studies have shown that the deceptively sweet artificial sweeteners trick your metabolism Into thinking sugar Is on Its way, spiking your Insulin levels, and shifting the body from a fat-burning to a fat-storing state.

Why you should avoid It: It’s full of artificial sweeteners.

 

Muscle Milk

Besides the fact that Muscle Milk also adds a slew of sweeteners (maltodextrin, fructose, and sucralose), that might not even be the worst thing about It. According to a list from Consumer Reports, Muscle Milk was number one on a list of protein-promising powders which had toxic heavy metal contamination from all their chemical additives. They found levels of cadmium, arsenic, mercury and lead that nearly reached or surpassed the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) daily Intake limits. Cadmium raises special concern because It accumulates In and can damage the kidneys, the same organs that can be damaged by excessive protein consumption. There’s, even more, concern In this case since these toxic heavy metals are found In a product that Is marketed for daily use. I recommend you put down the Metal Milk and do more research.

Why you should avoid It: It’s full of toxic contaminants, chemical additives, and sugar.

Adaptogen Science Tasty Whey

If big-time food giants like McDonald’s and Chick-fil-A were able to hold up their end of the deal when It came time to getting rid of artery-clogging trans fats, we’d expect a health supplement to do the same. In this case, Adaptogen Science uses partially hydrogenated coconut oil in the form of coconut powder, which also contains corn syrup solids, sugar, soy, and carrageenan. Whether It’s partially hydrogenated coconut oil or “hydrogenated whey protein,” this Ingredient has been heated and hydrogenated at high temperatures to extend Its shelf stability. When It’s In your body, It creates a rancid oil whose artery-clogging effects cause reduced blood flow, which can Impact everything from the heart, brain, and sexual function.
Why you should avoid It: It contains hydrogenated oils (trans fat).

Body Fortress Whey Protein

We know, we know. Protein powders are expensive—but they are for a reason. The high price tag comes with a high-quality raw protein product. So when manufacturers are able to provide you with an Inexpensive product, like these powders from Body Fortress, they most likely have to cut costs by using questionable protein suppliers. They pay less for the raw protein, which Is typically a low-quality, an Inferior Ingredient that likely contains far less protein and far more carbs and fat than what they claim on the label. What’s even more frightening, these lesser-quality mixes may also contain Impurities and contaminants.

Why you should avoid It: This Is simple…It’s cheap.

Swanson GreenFoods Vegan Protein with Probiotics

Even plant-based products are not all good. Swanson combines two strains of bacteria with hemp, rice, and pea protein to create their tub of scoopable nutrition. In theory, this all sounds like a good thing—a terrific two-for-one option for smoothie and protein shake lovers alike…but unfortunately, the makers behind this blend also packed In tons of brown rice syrup solids, which ups the sugar count to a whopping 20 grams In a standard three-scoop serving.

Why you should avoid It: It has a health halo.

The health halo effect refers to the act of overestimating the healthfulness of an Item based on a single claim, such as being low In calories or low In fat. US researchers report that consumers frequently confuse “low fat” with “low calorie”, resulting In the over consumption of certain foods.


Final Thoughts

Like I always mention when I do any type of Informative posts I always recommend that you do your own research. Because everybody Is different and everybody bodies may not be able to tolerate certain Ingredients. For me, I have food allergies and sensitivities so I may not be able to have what you can have.  If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out.


Thank You!

I do hope you stick around as I put out different types of content I try to post educational, Informative things that everyone can learn from. I am learning what people like to read and what people don’t. The one thing you will get from me Is honesty. If I post something It’s because I believe In It no matter If It’s a beauty review, recipe post, or just me posting a random post.

If you are a company or a person who would like to reach out so we can work together you can reach me here. Leighlei2009@gmail.com

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The Best Protein Bars

Yesterday I talked about some of what I considered to be the worst “Low” sugar protein bars on the market. If you are Interested In learning the top 7 of the worst “low” sugar protein bars on the market Click Here

Today I am going to talk about some of the favorites that I recommend to clients, friends and loved ones. If you are Interested In learning and reading what made my top favorite protein bars then keep reading.


Kind Strong & Kind Honey Smoked BBQ

There are a lot of other kind bars that are great I chose this one because you can’t beat the macros and the vitamins that this contains. I say It’s time to throw away the chips. The first Ingredient In this Honey Smoked BBQ bar Is considered the best nut for weight loss (get your mind out of the gutter). Not only are almonds rich In the amino acid L-arginine, which helps build lean muscle and reduces belly fat, but they also contain the minerals riboflavin, magnesium, and manganese, which are essential for a healthy metabolism.

You can find this bar pretty much anywhere that kind bars are sold. I get mine from target.

PER BAR (45 G): 230 calories, 16 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 125 mg sodium, 15 g carbs (3 g fiber, 6 g sugar), 10 g protein


Epic Bar Bacon

We’ve all seen these bars In our local natural food stores, grocery stores, and even some gas stations. You want to try one and then you see the price so you decide to reach for that slim jim Instead. There Is a good reason why one little bar has a price tag of $3.99. These bars are paleo, gluten-free bars are made from hormone-free pork and not much else. These high protein snacks are loaded with protein, try enjoying one after your workout to rebuild the muscles broken down during your gym sesh.

I found these at target and my local grocery store.

 PER BAR (43 G): 130 calories, 8 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 330 mg sodium, 0 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 15 g protein


Soul Sprout Sweet ‘N Salty Sprouted Nut Bar

If you don’t know what sprouting Is sprouting Is a process that Increases the bioavailability of certain active micronutrients In protein, making them more accessible for your body to use as energy. This bar harnesses that natural process by sprouting almonds and cashews, making them awesome high protein snacks.

I only found these at my local natural food stores for the price tag of $4.99

PER BAR (43 G): 220 calories, 15 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 200 mg sodium, 15 g carbs (3 g fiber, 10 g sugar), 8 g protein

 


Luna Protein Mint Chocolate Chip

If you love mint and you love chocolate then you will love this. This Luna Protein Bar Is Gluten-free and made with real chocolate, this Luna protein bar won’t just maintain your better body, but It will also help crush those dessert cravings In a healthy way. I like to pop mine In the microwave for a few seconds and It tastes like a mint chocolate chip cookie.

I found these bars at several places Target, grocery stores, whole foods, and my natural food store.

PER BAR (45 G):170 calories, 5 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 240 mg sodium, 20 g carbs (3 g fiber, 13 g sugar), 12 g protein


GoMacro Macrobar Protein Paradise: Cashew Caramel

You can thank the vegetarian dynamic duo of organic sprouted brown rice protein and organic pea protein for those 11 grams of protein. This bar Is also loaded with healthy fats from cashews and flax seeds, which are a great plant-based source of anti-Inflammatory omega-3s. Plus It’s really one of the tastiest high protein snacks.

I have only found this flavor at whole foods. But target does sell other flavors.

PER BAR (60 G): 260 calories, 11 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 35 mg sodium, 30 g carbs (1 g fiber, 10 g sugar), 11 g protein


Rise Bar Lemon Cashew

This bar Is one that Is made with the simplest Ingredients. Just four simple Ingredients make up this bar that tastes addictively similar to lemon shortbread: organic cashews, coconut nectar, pea protein, and lemon extract. That’s It. Don’t you love simple high protein snacks? I know I do.

I’ve only found this flavor at whole foods. My local natural food store sells other flavors.

PER BAR (60 G): 260 calories, 13 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat), 25 mg sodium, 23 g carbs (1 g fiber, 12 g sugar), 15 g protein

 


22 Days Enlightened Pumpkinseed

This Is one of the simplest bars with the cleanest Ingredients. This organic bar Is powered by a protein-packed blend of nuts and seeds with just a touch of sweetness. You can have this as a pre-workout or as a post-workout snack or If you are just craving something salty and sweet you can eat this as a snack.

I have seen this at whole foods and at my local natural food store.

PER BAR (50 G): 250 calories, 16 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 15 mg sodium, 18 g carbs (5 g fiber, 9 g sugar), 11 g protein


Exo Bar Cocoa Nut

This one Is made with cricket flour (Cricket flour is grain made from crickets that are raised for human consumption. It is a good source of nutrition and protein and contains protein, calcium, B12, iron and other nutritional elements. For every 100 grams of cricket, there are 12.9 grams of protein.) So now that you know what It’s made of I’m sure It reminds you of Fear Factor but eating Insects Is the next big thing. And did we mention that they pack a nutritional wallop? In terms of high protein snacks, crickets have about as much protein as chicken breast but with three times the calcium. And In this bar, they provide nearly all the protein, aside from some almonds.

Like most bars that made this list so far I’ve only seen this at whole foods and my local natural food store for $4.99

PER BAR (60 G): 300 calories, 20 g fat (4.5 g saturated fat), 45 mg sodium, 23 g carbs (7 g fiber, 13 g sugar), 10 g protein


ThinkThin Protein Nut Bar, Chocolate Coconut Almond

Unlike their chewy, Play-Doh-like bars, this thinkThin bar gets most of Its protein from whole foods like nuts and seeds and Is sweetened with coconut and real sugar. The real sugar In this bar won’t mess with Insulin levels and gets stored as energy to give your muscles the energy It needs to either kill that workout or as a post-workout snack.

I’ve seen this everywhere.

PER BAR (40 G): 190 calories, 11 g fat (3.5 g saturated fat), 115 mg sodium, 17 g carbs (3 g fiber, 8 g sugar), 9 g protein

RXBar Coffee Chocolate

If you like coffee and chocolate and you like coffee and chocolate together than this Is the bar for you. Few things taste better than coffee and chocolate. Those Ingredients—along with egg white protein and a couple other whole foods—are all that are In this crave-worthy bar.

I’ve seen this bar at target and GNC

PER BAR (52 G): 210 calories, 9 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat), 160 mg sodium, 23 g carbs (6 g fiber, 13 g sugar), 12 g protein


Health Warrior Superfood Protein Bar, Mint Chocolate

Refreshing mint and cool dark chocolate come together in this Superfood Protein Bar that’s energized with an ancient grain blend of chia seeds, oats, and organic quinoa. You don’t just get 10 grams of clean, muscle-building protein, you’ll also get 20 percent of your recommended daily intake of digestion-Improving, satiating fiber.

I’ve seen this bar at target, GNC, and at my local natural food store

PER BAR (50 G): 200 calories, 8 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 160 mg sodium, 26 g carbs (5 g fiber, 10 g sugar), 10 g protein


GoRaw Zesty Lemon

Watermelon seeds don’t have to be a nuisance (unless you like watermelon seeds). In fact, they’re a great source of protein! GoRaw has made the first bar made from sprouted watermelon seeds, and In doing so, they’ve created a bar with an astounding 12 grams of seed-based protein.

I’ve only seen this at whole foods

PER BAR (55 G): 240 calories, 14 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 55 mg sodium, 24 g carbs (3 g fiber, 11 g sugar), 12 g protein


Mighty Bar Grassfed Organic Beef, Cranberry & Sunflower Seed

Organic, grass-fed beef Isn’t cheap for a reason. Testing shows that when cattle graze on their natural food Instead of Inflammatory corn, their protein consists of more anti-Inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids and conjugated linoleic acids: (Two main fatty acids essential In the “Diet” are linoleic (or omega-6) fatty acid and alpha-linolenic (or omega-3) acid. Both of them are polyunsaturated fatty acid, which means that they possess two or more double bonds and lack several hydrogen atoms that are found in saturated fatty acids) fats that have been utilized In weight-loss pills.

I’ve seen this at target, GNC, and whole foods

PER BAR (28 G): 80 calories, 3.5 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 310 mg sodium, 3 g carbs (0 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 8 g protein


Kashi GOLEAN Plant-Powered Bar, Honey Pecan Baklava

No one said that losing weight and building muscle had to Involve something that tastes like clay. In fact, It can taste like a crunchy, sweet, and delicious Kashi Honey Pecan Baklava bar.

I only seen this flavor during the fall time and I found It at whole foods

PER BAR (45 G): 200 calories, 11 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 120 mg sodium, 19 g carbs (4 g fiber, 7 g sugar), 8 g protein


KIND Plus Almond Walnut Macadamia with Peanuts

This bar contains a whopping 10 grams of satiating protein and muscle-building amino acids, and It contains some of the best nuts for a shrinking waist.

I found this flavor at Walmart

PER BAR (40 G): 200 calories, 14 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 65 mg sodium, 13 g carbs (2.5 g fiber, 7 g sugar), 10 g protein


Clif Bar Whey Protein Salted Caramel Cashew

I’m not a fan of anything whey I tend to stay from whey products If you are curious about whey and what Ingredients It contains Click Here

But If you are a whey protein kind of person and you get hungry for a  protein boost without sugar alcohols, artificial sweeteners or zero-calorie sweeteners, this bar will become your go-to. It’s the perfect blend of creamy nut butter and crunchy cashews.

I haven’t personally bought It as I mentioned I stay from whey but I saw It at GNC

PER BAR (56 G): 250 calories, 11 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 200 mg sodium, 26 g carbs (3 g fiber, 5 g sugar), 14 g protein


Aloha Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip

Say “aloha” to a toned body when you Include this bar In your “Diet”. And don’t worry about the 12 grams of sugar: Carbs actually help protein get into the muscle fibers.

I’ve seen all things Aloha at target and GNC

PER BAR (65 G): 270 calories, 13 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 250 mg sodium, 26 g carbs (6 g fiber, 12 g sugar), 18 g protein


Amazing Grass Protein Superfood Chocolate Almond Butter

Amazing Grass packs in 12 grams of plant-based protein, nut butter, greens, and superfoods in this nutrient-dense bar. If you ever have Justin almond butter It tastes like that but with chocolate.

I found this only at my local natural food store

PER BAR (60 G): 250 calories, 10 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 80 mg sodium, 30 g carbs (3 g fiber, 13 g sugar), 12 g protein


Final Thoughts

This list of the best protein bars on the market Is just my opinion. Some of you might agree with the list some of you might disagree and that Is fine. I’m here to help educate any beginners that are new to the world of health, nutrition, and fitness. If you have any questions about today’s post please don’t hesitate to reach me at the email provided. I will be more than glad to answer any questions you may have.

 


 

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Worst Low-Sugar Protein Bars

Today I am going to talk about some of the worst “low” sugar protein bars that are currently being sold today.  If you’re looking to further your better body goals, would you eat a candy bar every day? The answer would be no. But If you are me then you will have a candy bar almost every day. What about high protein snacks or a protein bar? We’re sure the latter sounds more beneficial, but unfortunately, most of the protein bars In the market are loaded with more of the waist-widening sweet stuff than a Snickers. And, because you consider them a health food you can eat every day (rather than a once-In-a-while treat), they can be more likely to hamper your weight-loss or tone-up efforts than help them. Whether you’re looking for a nutritious, on-the-go option to tide you over between meals or to maintain muscle mass between workouts, low-sugar, high protein snacks will be game changers—that Is, as long as you pick the right one.


ThinkThin Chocolate Strawberry

Don’t be fooled into thinking you’re getting a deal with this sugar-free bar. To compensate for the lack of sugar, thinkThin loads this bar up with sugar alcohols—12 grams exactly. One of those Is maltitol, a low-calorie, plant-based sweetener that studies have found to be associated with stomach and abdominal pain as well as excessive internal gas and flatulence. Not something that makes me want to eat these high protein snacks.

250 calories, 9 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat), 230 mg sodium, 24 g carbs (1 g fiber, 0 g sugar, 12 g sugar alcohol), 20 g protein


Nature Valley Coconut Almond Protein Chewy Bars

It may look like your favorite of high protein snacks, GORP (good-old fashioned raisins and peanuts) In a bar, but what you’re really eating when you chomp down on this Nature Valley bar Is more fillers than whole foods. It looks like roasted peanuts and coconut, but more of the protein and fat you see In the nutritional Is from soy protein Isolate and palm oil than whole foods.

190 calories, 12 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 190 mg sodium, 14 g carbs (5 g fiber, 7 g sugar), 10 g protein

 


SimplyProtein Bars

These bars may be high protein snacks, but their Ingredient lists read more like supply lists from a chemistry lab than foods from your pantry: protein Isolate, vegetable glycerin, calcium carbonate, inulin and xanthan gum. None of the Ingredients are harmful to your health, but why miss out on the additional health benefits and micronutrients you get from whole foods for the same amount of protein?

SimplyProtein Maple Pecan

PER BAR (40 G): 150 calories, 5 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 190 mg sodium, 15 g carbs (7 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 16 g protein

 

SimplyProtein Apple Cinnamon Whey Bar

PER BAR (40 G): 150 calories, 2 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 25 mg sodium, 18 g carbs (5 g fiber, 4 g sugar), 15 g protein


ZONE Perfect Nutrition Bar Dark Chocolate Almond

Don’t be fooled by the name of this bar; the “dark chocolate” Is less of what you’d picture In an 85 percent dark chocolate bar and more sugar, alkalized cocoa powder (which renders all antioxidants useless), milk powder and fractionated palm kernel oil (Instead of healthy-fat-rich cocoa butter). Not Ideal In terms of high protein snacks.

190 calories, 6 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 200 mg sodium, 22 g carbs (2 g fiber, 13 g sugar), 12 g protein


QuestBar Protein Bar Cookies & Cream Flavor

Don’t believe everything you read. Questbar claims to be one of the best protein bars that gives your body the energy the energy It needs to conquer your workout. QuestBar describes this bar as being made “with real cookie crumbles and delicious cream,” but according to the Ingredients and IF you understand the Ingredients, the only place that cream could be lurking Is In “natural flavors.” Not to mention, the bar may be “sugar-free”, but It’s made with a laundry list of additives and chemicals, Including artificial sweetener sucralose, and the only whole food Is almonds.

190 calories, 9 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat), 210 mg sodium, 20 g carbs (14 g fiber, 0 g sugar, 2 g erythritol), 21 g protein


 Pure Protein Chocolate Peanut Butter

Is 20 grams of protein worth having to eat fractionated palm kernel oil, artificial sweeteners, disodium phosphate (Disodium phosphate, or sodium hydrogen phosphate, or sodium phosphate dibasic, is the inorganic compound with the formula Na₂HPO₄. It is one of several sodium phosphates), natural flavors, and laxative-like sugar alcohols? I think not and say no thanks to these high protein snacks.

190 calories, 6 g fat (3.5 g saturated fat), 180 mg sodium, 17 g carbs (<1 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 8 g sugar alcohol), 20 g protein


PowerBar ProteinPlus Reduced Sugar Lemon Poppy Seed

This one Is pretty straightforward. Unlike the bars I mentioned those seven grams of fat and saturated fat In this bar don’t come as much from nuts as they do from palm kernel oil and canola oil.

200 calories, 7 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat), 130 mg sodium, 25 g carbs (5 g fiber, 3 g sugar, 17 g sugar alcohols), 20 g protein


Final Thoughts

I can’t say this enough always and I mean always check your labels and understand what the Ingredients mean. You may understand the basics when It comes to sugar, carbs, and calories but most people don’t understand what the Ingredients mean and where they come from. If you want to learn more about labels or you have any questions please don’t hesitate In reaching out and I will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

I did a post a little bit ago about understanding food labels If you are Interested In learning more about food labels what they really mean you can click Here

 

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Wines For Weightloss

From drowning out rowdy barflies to cutting loose with friends, there are tons of reasons to sip some wine this weekend. But, why wine, you ask? Because many other alcoholic beverages are simply subpar. Party cocktails are typically calorie-laden crapshoots and beer can make even the slimmest person uncomfortably bloated. Wine, on the other hand, Is reliable. You always know what you’re going to get when you order a glass of red, white or bubbly. As you’ve likely gathered, we love our vino; but I’m also a big proponent of drinking In moderation. If you’re not careful, those Innocent glasses can add up quickly! To help you stay slim for the long haul, I’ve put together a list of wines—nearly all of which are well under 120 calories per glass. And the good news keeps on coming: In addition to being waist-friendly, they’re all easy on the wallet and widely available so you won’t have to search far and wide to find them. Looking for even more ways to get boozy without detailing your progress?

Compared to other alcoholic beverages, red wine doesn’t suffer much of an Image problem – recent headlines have credited the drink with helping the French stay svelte without sacrificing high-fat foods, while other news stories have touted Its cardiovascular benefits. Although research does support the notion that red wine’s moderate alcohol content and high concentration of flavonoids may help prevent blood clots and hardening of the arteries, Its effect on body weight Isn’t so clearly defined.


Red Wine For Weight Loss

Increasing your physical activity and making smart dietary choices are the two basic tenets of any healthy weight-loss program. To give your body what It needs while watching your daily caloric Intake, dietitians, health coaches, and nutritionists often recommend choosing nutrient-dense foods, or those that supply higher levels of nutrients per calorie, over energy-dense foods, or those that supply few nutrients and are relatively high In calories. Although red wine Is rich In beneficial phytochemicals, It only contains trace amounts of potassium, Iron, B vitamins and other essential micro-nutrients. Because these trace nutrients are delivered in a high-calorie package – the average red table wine provides 125 calories per 5-ounce serving …. red wine Isn’t an Ideal choice for someone who’s actively trying to lose weight.


Alcohol and Weight Gain

Red wine contains alcohol, a concentrated source of energy that provides 7 calories per gram. By comparison, you’ll get 4 calories from a gram of protein or a gram of carbohydrates, and about 9 calories from a gram of fat. To lose weight when alcohol Is a regular part of your “Diet”, you have to compensate for Its calories (so If that means working out a bit longer or cutting back on calorie Intake of food). This may not always be an easy thing to do, alcohol tends to qualify as “additive” calories when people drink with food. That Is, most people don’t consume fewer food calories when alcohol Is served at mealtime. Instead, drinking wine or any other alcohol with your meal makes you more likely to passively Increase In your total caloric Intake, which, when done habitually, can set you up for weight gain.


Wine and Long-Term Weight Control

Although red wine won’t necessarily do you any favors when It comes to weight loss, It might be able to help you maintain a healthy body weight long-term. An eight-year study of more than 19,000 middle-aged women published In the Archives of Internal Medicine in 2010 concluded that normal-weight women who drink a moderate amount of alcohol, such as a glass of red wine a day, are less likely to become overweight or obese as they age than women who don’t drink. Similarly, scientists who followed nearly 16,000 middle-aged women in a seven-year prospective cohort study for the Women’s Health Initiative concluded in 2012 that women who drink moderately are more likely to maintain a healthy weight as they age than nondrinkers. The study’s authors went even further, noting that wine protects against weight gain more effectively than liquor or beer.

I’m not going to do descriptions I’m just going to but nutritional facts because these are the ones that low calories. The alcohol content Is moderate to low. ALWAYS DRINK RESPONSIBLY!


Wines and Champagne

~Soft Rose: 65 calories, 6% ABV…. ( I’m able to find It In my local liquor store)

~Blossom Hill Sparkling Moscato: 115 calories, 6.5% ABV…. ( Honestly I’ve only found this down at the beach by me)

~Lunetta Prosecco:  110 calories, 11.5% ABV …. (I get this from whole foods because that Is the only place that around me sells It.)

You love it for Its herbaceous notes and red fruit flavor, but that’s not the only reason you should enjoy a glass of full-bodied red. A Journal of Biological Chemistry study found that a compound found In red wine can actually block the growth of fat cells. The drink also has high levels of resveratrol, a polyphenol that helps lower blood pressure and “bad” LDL cholesterol.

~~Blossom Hill Cabernet Sauvignon:  114 calories, 13% ABV (found at my local liquor store)

~~Yellow Tail Shiraz: 120 calories, 13.5% ABV (found at the liquor store at the beach by me)


Are you more of a light- to -medium red wine or wine kind of person then this section Is for you. 

Light and medium bodied reds contain fewer teeth-staining tannins than their full body siblings. They also tend to have a lighter feel, which makes them the perfect complement to a wide range of dishes from chicken, fatty fish (like wild salmon and tilapia ) and pork, to casseroles, stews and basically anything topped with a tomato-based sauce. Consider this your cold weather dinner party go-to.

~~~ Sutter Home Merlot: 119 calories, 13.4% ABV (found at my local liquor store)

 ~~~santa Rita 120 Carménère: 118 calories, 13.5% ABV (this wine Is hard for me to find. When I do find It I stock up on It)


Lets say a sweet wine Is your thing I can’t blame you everyone loves a light and refreshing sweet white. Not only do they make great hostess gifts for those who aren’t big fans of reds, friends who have a lot of white carpeting will appreciate the fact that the liquid won’t ruin their decor. Bright, citrusy Rieslings pair perfectly with dishes that incorporate lime and jalapeño flavors, while Moscato complements spicy Asian fare.

~~~~ Cavit Riesling: 120 calories, 11.6% ABV (I haven’t personally tried this one but I have seen It at most liquor stores)

~~~~The Skinny Vine Thin Zin: 89 calories, 7.3% ABV (another one that I haven’t personally tried but I have seen It at most liquor stores as well)

~~~~Yellow Tail Moscato: 114 calories, 7.5% ABV (I have found this at most places that sell wines. Moscato Is my preferred choice when It comes to wines, sparkling wines, and champagnes.)

~~~~Sutter Home Riesling:  130 calories, 12.5% ABV ( It’s not bad not my favorite.) It’s sweet In the beginning and It gets a bit sour when you swallow (get your mind out of the gutter)


And for the final part of the wines, sparkling wines, and champagnes I’m going to mention Dry wines. If you aren’t Into the sweet wines and you are more of dry kinda person here are a few just for you.

~~~~~The Skinny Vine Slim Chardonnay: 86 calories, 8.5% ABV ( this one Is around In all the liquor stores that I have visited)

~~~~~Cupcake Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc: 111 calories, 13% ABV ( I have tried this one and It’s not bad like I mentioned If you like dry wines then you will like this. It’s kinda sweet at first and then the taste turns bitter.)

~~~~~Cavit Collection Pinot Grigio: 109 calories, 12% ABV ( I haven’t really seen this around)


Final Thoughts

If you don’t already drink red wine, there’s no need to start but If you do want to try red wine look at the section above for red wines– moderate physical activity and a whole-foods based “Diet” that’s both high In fiber and low In added sugars can promote cardiovascular health and help you lose weight. And If you’re still looking for that magic weight-loss beverage, try water – a 2015 study in the journal Obesity found that drinking 16 ounces of water about half an hour before mealtime can help you consume fewer calories when you sit down to eat.


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Bedtime Snacks

It’s a conundrum most people face when they’re trying to eat healthy: You’re starving right before bed, but you don’t want to eat something that will derail your “Diet” ( Like a tasty cake). Turns out, going to bed hungry could actually hurt your weight-loss efforts. A rumbling tummy means an unrestful sleep, and a likelihood that you’ll wake up starving, you’ll make unhealthy breakfast choices (and poor food choices for the rest of the day). Plus, sleeping Is an essential key to slimming down; researchers have found that sleeping five or fewer hours a night Increases your chances of gaining weight! Making matters worse, sleep deprivation stimulates the hormones that regulate hunger, meaning you crave high-calorie junk food the next day. It’s better to get a good night’s rest and go to bed on a satisfied stomach.

Snacking: When It comes to snacking within an hour or two of your bedtime, there are a few things to consider: First, research does link late-night calories to the potential for weight gain. One study found that eating right before turning In can make your snooze time more restless, and that sets you up for fatigue and bingeing the next day. Also, late-night noshing tends to be associated with stress eating, which leads to overindulging In high-fat comfort calories.

On the other hand, trying to catch shuteye when your stomach Is making scary growling sounds Isn’t a smart Idea, either. Your sleep quality will suffer, and you’ll feel tired and famished In the morning…both of which can lead you to overdo It and mess up your healthy-eating plans. The solution: Reach for one of these low-calorie, sleep-inducing snacks that won’t have you wake up feeling bloated or guilty.


String Cheese

Okay,  I know It’s processed, but hear me out: One serving of this snack contains filling protein and fat, so you feel satiated…and It only packs about 80 calories. Cheese also packs the amino acid tryptophan (Tryptophan is an α-amino acid that is used in the biosynthesis of proteins. It contains an α-amino group, an α-carboxylic acid group, and a side chain indole, making it a non-polar aromatic amino acid), which may help make you drowsy.




Turkey

Who doesn’t love turkey? Turkey Is loaded with sleep-Inducing tryptophan ( Even though In recent years there has been some debate Is tryptophan Is actually the cause of sleepiness after Thanksgiving dinner)  My personal opinion I don’t think It’s the tryptophan I think It’s the amount of food you eat during Thanksgiving dinner. Because I never personally felt tired after eating turkey only after a bigger meal and low-fat, high-quality protein. A few slices won’t run you more than 100 calories. Choose quality turkey. Don’t go with deli turkey because It’s more processed and loaded with crap than the other stuff.


Apple and Peanut Butter

Apples and peanut butter have been a favorite snack among “Dieters” for years. Apples have lots of fiber and a satisfying crunch ( the crunch will resemble a chip just without all the junk chips bring). The protein In the peanut or almond butter also fills you up without feeling heavy In your stomach.

If you aren’t an almond butter or peanut butter kind of person here Is a recipe for protein vanilla almond yogurt dip.

Recipe:  Ingredients: 1/2 cup Justin’s Almond Butter

1 cup plain greek yogurt (vanilla)

1/2 teaspoon (cinnamon) or to taste

Directions: Combine all Ingredients In a mixing bowl and stir until well combined. Serve with fruit, graham crackers, pretzels or the dipper of your choosing!


Chocolate Pudding

This one Is pretty simple and straight- forward. You want to look for low-fat chocolate pudding. You want to look for chocolate pudding that Is low to no sugar. Because when It comes to low fat the products usually tend to be higher In calories and In sugar. If you love or like chocolate pudding here Is a recipe just for you.

This recipe Is best made earlier In the day so It will be ready for your bedtime snack.

Recipe: Ingredients:

  • 2 cups almond milk (or milk of choice OR canned coconut milk)
  • heaping 1/8 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 1/4 cup Dutch cocoa powder
  • uncut stevia to taste OR 1/3 cup sugar, pure maple syrup, or honey
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice + 3 tbsp cornstarch (such as Rapunzel non-GMO) – Readers reported success with arrowroot, although I have not tried it
  • optional 3.5 oz chocolate chips or broken-up bar
  • 3/4 tsp pure vanilla extract

Directions: Heat the 2 cups milk of choice In a saucepan with the salt, cocoa powder, and sweetener. Meanwhile, whisk the cornstarch and 1/2 cup milk In a small bowl until dissolved. When the 2 cups milk are warm, add the cornstarch mixture and bring to a boil. Once boiling, stir constantly for 2 minutes. Lower to a simmer for an additional minute, then turn off the heat. Once the heat Is off, stir In the vanilla and broken-up chocolate pieces until the chocolate melts. Transfer the pudding to the refrigerator to thicken. It gets thicker the longer It sits and will be ready to consume after a few hours or overnight.  


Cottage Cheese

I personally don’t like cottage cheese but you can’t deny the health benefits It brings. Cottage cheese Is almost the perfect bedtime snack. It’s rich In casein protein, a slow-releasing protein that keeps you full overnight and will help you repair muscles while you get your beauty rest. Plus, It contains the sleep-inducing tryptophan to help you fall asleep.


Chocolate Milk

Chocolate milk before bed might just bring you back to your childhood when you would have a glass right before bed to help you sleep. Chocolate milk may seem like a sweet Indulgence, but It’s actually an Ideal weight-loss beverage. The calcium can help melt belly fat; researchers found that people who consumed 1,000 mg more of calcium lost 18 pounds of flab, and the Important nutrient gets absorbed better thanks to milk’s vitamin D. The protein content Is filling, and It can be especially helpful If you’re an evening exerciser: research suggests that low-fat chocolate milk Is a good beverage to help you recover after a sweat sesh. And the old wives’ tale Is true: a glass of milk makes people sleepy, thanks to the tryptophan. Just be sure to choose a brand that doesn’t have too much-added sugar or use high fructose corn syrup as an Ingredient even though In recent studies It shows that high fructose corn syrup may not be as bad for you as regular white sugar.


Kefir

Kefir Is a sour-tasting drink made from cow’s milk fermented with certain bacteria. Kefir may be the key to losing weight could be In your gut — literally. More and more research Is pointing to the relationship between your gut bacteria and weight. Kefir, a fermented milk product, Is packed with probiotics to keep your gut bacteria happy and de-bloat your stomach. Since Kefir Is dairy, It also has tryptophan to help you fall asleep and slimming calcium.


Almonds

If you’re craving something salty, munch on some almonds. At 5 grams of protein a serving, they’ll help you repair muscle overnight, and the fiber will keep you satisfied. Plus, almonds are a fat-burning superfood: One study found that overweight adults who ate ¼ cup of almonds for 6 months had a 62 percent reduction In weight and BMI.


Final Thoughts

Yes, these are snacks that are for bedtime. I don’t recommend eating these things during the day since some of these things contain tryptophan. But If you want to eat these things anytime you can. Again like I mentioned above I don’t think tryptophan Is what makes you tired but then again everybody Is different so here Is your friendly warning.


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Lose That Muffin Top

Today I am going to talk about how to lose that stubborn muffin top. Everybody loves a good muffin…unless It ends up around their middle. Having extra belly fat can be frustrating and hard to change. It’s so overwhelming to sort through the conflicting Information out there about detoxes, fad “Diets”, and ab exercises that promise to give you a flat stomach by Sunday. We’ll help you bust some of those belly fat myths, explore what causes muffin top fat In the first place, and give you a comprehensive plan to get rid of belly fat for good…Including a workout that will blast fat using HIIT-style exercise.

The Muffin Top Is one of the most stubborn places on the body to banish fat, The DREADED muffin top, Is a common complaint for most women ( It’s okay to admit It), although men can suffer from It as well (they call It “beer gut”). The good news Is, with the right “DIET” and proper exercises, the muffin top can go faster than you think! First of all, let’s talk about what a “muffin top” (aka belly fat) Is.


What Causes Muffin Tops?

 Genetics

If you’re carrying a little extra fat all over, some of It will logically be carried around your waistline. But the truth Is, where your body naturally tends to store the most fat Is mostly due to genetics. If your grandmother and mother were traditionally more pear-shaped for example, you’re likely to be shaped that way too. But don’t use your genetics as an excuse to feel defeated. If you have excess belly fat, you can start by losing fat all over and then toning your abs. But I’ll talk about that In a bit.

Poor Diet

Have you ever heard the phrase “flat abs are made In the kitchen?” It’s true! Consuming a lot of sugary sodas, high-sodium foods, and artificial Ingredients will naturally lead to belly bloat. Different foods also trigger bloating In different people; keep a food log for a week to write down what you ate for each meal and how your stomach feels afterward.

 Stress

Some studies show that chronic stress can lead to an Increase In visceral fat because when your body is flooded with cortisol (the stress hormone), it sends a signal to hold on to visceral fat for survival. (Visceral fat Is stored within your abdominal cavity, meaning it appears as belly fat.) Not only does chronic stress contribute to belly fat by storing excess visceral fat, but being stressed can naturally make you reach for more salty and sugary snacks as a coping mechanism. To Improve your health (and your waistline), stress management Is just as Important as anything else.

 Hormones

If you’re entering perimenopause or menopause and finding you have more fat around your middle, it could be a change in hormones. If you are estrogen dominant (even If you have both low estrogen and low progesterone) you can store more belly fat than you want.


Solutions To Rid A Muffin Top

The first thing I’m going to mention that will help you rid that dreaded muffin top Is something I’ve talked about over and over again and that Is Clean Eating. You’ve probably heard this phrase by now, but If you haven’t, listen loud and clear: You can’t work off a bad “Diet”. People are eating and consuming more excess sugar and carbs…not physical Inactivity….are primarily to blame for the growing obesity epidemic. No matter how much you move, eating poorly works against you and It will win every time. Excess calories, especially those In the form of sugar and unhealthy fats, end up as fat on your body and that Includes your belly.

Eating clean doesn’t mean starving yourself! The key Is to choose the yummy healthy, whole foods. Clean eating Includes lots of vegetables, fruit, lean protein and healthy fats. The choices are wide open! Walk the perimeter of your local grocer (I did a post about walking the perimeter of the grocery store as a beginner If you are Interested In a reading It  Click Here or visit a farmers market just to see your options. If you’re not sure how to start, Here Is another post I did about how to clean eat as a beginner If you are Interested In reading It you can read It Here The important thing Is to eat sensibly-portioned meals several times a day that are made up of vegetables, lean protein, and healthy fats.


Strength Train

Long durations of low-Intensity cardio might help you lose a little weight but a significant amount of that weight will be muscle. That’s not good. Muscle is active tissue that helps you burn calories. You want it. The reason for this Is because of something called your Basal Metabolic Rate, which Is the number of calories your body burns at rest. As you Increase lean muscle on your body, you also Increase your Basal Metabolic Rate. That means a higher metabolism. Win! So get some strength training In at least twice a week In addition to the cardio that you do.


Cardio Intervals

That low-intensity cardio I discussed Is great once or twice a week, but a far more efficient use of your time Is to try out High-Intensity Interval Training or HIIT. This Is a form of cardio that has you work as hard as you can for short periods of time (20-30 seconds) with short periods of rest In between. HIIT training, or similar styles like Tabata Intervals, are more efficient at burning calories and keep your metabolism elevated long AFTER you are done exercising. So calories will continue to burn even as you move throughout the next part of your day.


Train Your Core The Right Way

Eliminating the fat around your mid-section with better eating and proper exercise Is crucial. The next step to achieving a flatter belly Is to work on strengthening your Transverse Abdominus (“TVA”). (The transverse abdominal, so called for the direction of its fibers, is the innermost of the flat muscles of the abdomen, being placed immediately beneath the internal oblique muscle.)This is the muscle that sits deep and low in your belly. By taking time to strengthen this muscle properly, you create a built-in corset that will pull your tummy in, protect your low back and promote better posture—something that will also make you look leaner. Exercise methods such as Pilates are excellent for learning how to make this muscle rock solid. Try a Pilates class or one of our GHU TV guided Pilates workouts.

But If an entire session Isn’t for you, simply learn some of the exercises and tack them on to the end of your cardio or strength workouts. Another tried and true way to strengthen your core Is to become familiar with a plank! There are dozens of plank variations you can learn. They are all good. They are all valuable. Planks work.


Final Thoughts

Now you know all the tips and tricks to getting rid of that muffin top: eating right, strength training, cardio, and using moves specifically designed to target your core. Use muffin top melter workouts to sculpt your core as you burn off belly fat and work towards a healthier you. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to email me and I will be more than happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.


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