If you are trying to eat clean, lose weight, get more toned, speed metabolism and be healthier....... Then you are probably eating every few hours. This means you are eating anywhere between 4-6 meals per day.
As we all know, life is busy.
You probably have a few kids at home, you work, you have to take care of your hubby and home and well..... That's a lot.
Trust me when I tell you that I understand how hard it is.
It is overwhelming to think about having to cook and eat 4-6 meals a day, everyday.
But with a little planning, prepping and a few good options for protein bars, you will be just fine.
The reason why I created my BeFit Moms Meal Plan Program was because I would get so many people on a daily basis telling me they didn't have time nor did they know how to put a meal plan together that was effective.
And because I know how time consuming it can be and I know that most people don't know what the right food combinations to eat for fat loss are, I took it upon myself to do it. And I'm so glad I did, because I actually follow it myself on a daily basis.
1. Write out on a notebook, notepad or your iPhone or iPad your meal plan.
2. Use Pinterest, Recipe Books, Instagram for meal and recipe ideas.
I have tons of healthy recipes on My Pinterest Boards that you can use for inspiration. I also have my Eat To Be Fit Healthy Recipes E-book with over 300 healthy and yummy recipes.
3. Make a shopping list with all the ingredients you will need for the entire week.
4. Go to the grocery store and get all the ingredients in one day.
5. Prep a few things before the week starts. For example an Egg Frittata for breakfast, Protein muffins for snack, a batch of Vegetables, etc.
6. Make sure you have some protein bars and good protein powder for when you can't get to a healthy snack that you made or you ran out.
You know I love to cook and bake so I normally always have something made in my fridge.
But there are times when I have a busy week and I don't have time or sometimes I run out of my snacks.
So I always always always have PROTEIN BARS at home.
Before I continue, you have to read this post I wrote on Which Is More Optimal: Protein Shakes, Protein Bars, Smoothies? I talk about how to know which one to choose and when.
I do understand that being able to grab a healthy FRESH snack or meal isn't always convenient or possible so I do have other options.......... A Protein Bar.
The problem with most protein bars is that they are full of GARBAGE. Literally..... garbage. They are so bad that you may as well eat a candy bar.
There are very few Protein Bars that I will actually eat myself, give to my family or recommend so I will talk about my favorite one here.
But first, here are some rules when picking one out.
1. If there are too many ingredients and you don't even know what the ingredients are, its no good.
You want to make sure there isn't any high fructose corn syrup, sugar alcohols or hydrogenated oils.
"If you can't pronounce and ingredient in the label, don't eat it".
2. Check the calories.
Most people eat about 1500 calories a day. If one protein bar is 400-500 calories, there goes about a third of your calorie consumption for the day. Not to mention, those protein bars don't fill you up much so you will be starved an hour later.
3. Protein-Carb-Fat Ratio
Make sure the protein is the most abundant with an equal amount of carbs to fat or slightly higher carbs than fat. If it has more carbs than protein, don't get it.
4. No ADDED sugars or Artificial sweeteners.
Make sure that the protein bar is sweetened naturally, with natural ingredients like agave, coconut nectar, real fruit, etc. Artificial sweeteners create a lot inflammation in your digestive track which makes it hard to burn and lose fat.
5. No GMO's & Organic
Make sure there are no GMO's and that the protein bar is made with organic ingredients or you will end up adding a ton of inflammation to your digestive track which makes it incredibly hard to burn and lose fat.
6. Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Preservative-Free
Yep, all of these are important because as I said in the above 2, all of these things create inflammation in your digestive track. So you will not be able to burn and lose fat effectively. Especially if you eat protein bars often.
The only bar I have found to date that is good and adheres to all these guidelines and actually taste good are DALES PROTEIN BARS.
They are so healthy and so good that I actually ate them throughout my Pregnancy. So you know, then, that they are good for you.
I even let my kids eat them.
I mean, why not?
They are made out of 100% natural ingredients.... REAL FOOD. Not processed food, no preservatives, no sugar alcohols or artificial sweeteners, no saturated or trans fat.
They are organic, they have no GMO's, they are low in sugar and carbs and high in protein. They taste delicious..... What else? I mean, they are like eating real freakin' food. They are awesome!
Most Dale's Protein Bars have between 240-280 calories, around 20-24 grams of protein, 12-28 grams of carbs of which (7-8g are fiber), and 12-16 grams of healthy fats.
You can't find them in any stores because they bake them fresh and send them out. So you can only order online. Which just makes it even easier for us to get them.
If you want to try them, here is the link: Dale's Raw Protein Bars.
My favorite flavors are:
1. Vanilla Cashew
2. Graham Cracker
3. Cafe Mocha
I know I keep talking about INFLAMMATION, and the reason is because it is the main culprit why people have such a hard time losing weight.
Sometimes people eat very little calories and exercise a lot but still can't lose weight.
And the reason, other than HORMONAL reasons why this happens is because even though you eat few calories, they are the wrong calories because you are eating the wrong foods.
There are some foods that are completely detrimental to fat loss.
When I took them out of my diet, I got in the best shape of my life. Even after having 2 kids.
So I have to make sure you are not eating any of these foods. Because if you are, it can be completely SABOTAGING your results.
Yes, it can totally be true that you can be working your butt off at the gym 6 days a week, eating super healthy (as you think), but if you are eating one or more of these foods, you will NOT BE ABLE TO LOSE WEIGHT. The reason is because these foods though some may think are healthy or not so bad, are actually very inflammatory.
Inflammation in the digestive track makes it incredibly hard if not impossible to burn fat. So in order to be able to burn fat so you can lose weight effectively, its crucial that you take these foods out of your diet.
This is so important and makes such a huge impact on your results that I decided to compile these foods into a PDF for you. So go to the following link where you can download this information for free. I also added a list of 5 Foods that are NECESSARY for you to include in your diet if you want to LOSE WEIGHT and GET TONED. Foods that you should eat daily!
I also took the liberty to share with you a short video of my favorite 5 ABS EXERCISES. The ones that have gotten me ABS after having 2 kids (daughter is 15 months) and I never had them before. Here is the link so you can download the PDF and get the VIDEO. Start applying it right now. Take those 5 foods out of your KITCHEN immediately! LINK TO PDF & VIDEO
I hope you will take these foods out of your diet immediately.
I also hope that you will take some time to read through nutrition labels when you are purchasing food that you are going to eat. Especially if you eat them often.
I love the Dale's Protein Bars.
I always have 2 boxes at home. I keep one in my fridge and one in my freezer. I always buy them when they are on sale. They always have good sales and deals.
This way I am never stuck without a healthy snack or meal.
They are filling, yummy and I know they are good for me.
These are definitely the Protein Bars that I most often and happily recommend.
If you have any questions, feel free to connect with me on Facebook.
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Sat, August 8, 2015 @ 10:15 PM
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