07 Nov How to avoid sugar temptations
This just happened to me yesterday… I was running errands for hours and my stomach started growling. Thankfully I had my “backup” in my purse … a balanced, clean protein bar. It satisfied my cravings and kept my energy rocking.
You know what I used to do in the old days? When I got hungry or started craving food when I was on the go, I’d drive through Starbucks for a chocolate chip cookie or a few pretty frosted cake pops. I’d grab a donut from Caseys or a candy bar from Quick Trip. I’d get a sugar buzz then my energy would crash afterwards. And I wondered why I couldn’t lose weight??? ?
Now I know better. I always have a good protein bar with me at all times in case I get hungry. I keep one in my purse, my briefcase, my office and at home. A healthy portable snack is always within reach. I’m not recommending you get carried way with protein bars, because eating whole foods is always best … but let’s face it – you’re not always going to have it within reach.
Check out my short video for protein bar guidelines and some of my favorites.
A good protein bar satisfies your hunger, balances your blood sugar and takes away your cravings. I always recommend a bar with grams of protein that are fairly close to the net carbs (grams of carbs – grams of fiber). Too many bars are way too high in carbs.
I also recommend avoiding bars with soy protein isolate. As a breast cancer survivor, there are too many studies out there showing a possible link between this processed soy ingredient and breast cancer. Many bars will advertise “high protein” and use soy protein isolate. Cliff Builder Protein bars and Kind Protein bars are good examples of bars that add soy protein isolate to bump up the protein. Avoid them.
If you’d like to join in the discussion, get some more ideas, or ask about a bar you love – join in the discussion on my Facebook Page.