Protein bars… Delicious and nutritious?
Since the beginning of my plant-based diet and fitness regime, the question of…
‘getting enough protein’
… is a reoccurring subject.
From one source online, they provided the following information:
Men – 56g protein recommended, daily
Women – 46g protein recommended, daily
- Lentils – 1 cup = 18g protein
- Black Beans – 1 cup = 15g protein
- Buckwheat Pasta – 200g serving = 13g protein
- Edamame Beans – 100g = 12g protein
- Tofu – 100g = 11g protein
- Wholewheat Spaghetti – 200g serving = 10g protein
- Bagel – x1 = 9g protein
- Soya Milk – 250ml = 8g protein
- Peanut Butter – 1 Tablespoon = 6g protein
- Soy Yoghurt – 125g serving = 5g protein
- Bread (wholemeal) – per slice = 5g protein
- Jacket Potato – 200g (medium) = 5g protein
- Mushrooms – 100g = 2g protein
From the list above, you can see where to get your protein from (on a plant-based diet), but on those busy days when you need food ‘on the go’, a protein bar is always a win.
I regularly buy ‘Trek Bars’ and whilst I can appreciate that the macros in these little bars have more than double the quantity of carbohydrates (I had mentioned in an earlier post, that I did not want to consume great quantities of carbs) in comparison to the protein content, there is still 9g-10g of protein in each bar!
I cannot recommend these flapjack bars enough. They have many different flavours, some are topped with divine dark chocolate, others are sweet tasting with the inclusion of berries, the coconut aroma in others is so lush! But the overall, oaty, crunchy, yumminess is superb!
The following three are my favourite:
- Cocoa Oat
- Cocoa Coconut
- Original Oat
You can buy these in packs of three and normally retail at £2.50 from Tescos, Sainsburys and Morrisons. Although you can buy them individually at 99p too.
So, delicious and nutritious… according to the ‘Trek Bar’ packaging they are;
“DELICIOUS, NOURISHING AND REAL”
And to be honest, as they are vegan, I don’t greatly care if they are ‘nourishing’ for you or not, because I get protein from other sources (majority coming from the list above). They also state on their packaging that they are;
…Which is good enough for me! I believe it is important to purchase products from companies, that have taken the time to label their products as ‘VEGAN’. I understand that for some consumers, they are happy to buy products that are ‘accidentally vegan’, but personally this isn’t enough for me and I aim to move forward with my plant-based diet, supporting those who are taking the time to meet the certain regulations by law, in order to label their products as ‘VEGAN’. What these regulations are, I am currently looking into, but when I have called the ‘customer service helpline’ for different companies, they often state the term ‘by law’. I will do a blog post on the facts of this terminology, regarding the labelling of ‘vegan’ on perishables, at a later date.
I’d love to know your thoughts on the ‘protein’ subject and if you buy ‘protein bars’, what are your favourite? Please leave your comments below…