Protein Peanutbutter Squares

This is an easy to make, low carb, high protein sweet treat.

Ingredients:

Peanut butter, 125 g
Cor-performance Whey - Whipped Vanilla, 40 g
Walden Farms - Chocolate Syrup, 4 tbsp
Xylitol, 2 tsp (4 grams)

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Mix the peanut butter, xylitol and whey powder together.
Line a plastic tray with some cling wrap, and scoop the mixture in. Flatten it out, and pour the syrup on top. Freeze for at least 2 hours, then cut into 21 bite-size pieces.















Product Review: FortiFX Fit Crunch Bars

We have an obsession for protein bars, and have tried and tested MANY of them over the years. The first protein bars on the market were notorious for basically being a chocolate covered brick. You were tempted by the labels and names, only to find out the bar still tasted like crap and could potentially break your jaw while chewing on them.

Luckily, things have come along way since then.

So when we came across some raving reviews on the FortiFX Fit Crunch bars by Chef Robert Irvine, we HAD to try them. Robert Irvine is a celebrity chef from the UK, but best of all, he lifts and looks it as well. Just Google his name and you'll find him flexing his biceps often enough.
He felt that bad taste = great nutrition was something that had to be changed and that already makes him our hero. He developed the FortiFX Fit Crunch bar, a 6-layer protein bar with a whopping 30 grams of protein.
Currently available in 2 flavors:

- Cookies & Cream
- Peanut Butter

In this review we will have a look at the Peanut Butter flavor.

Ingredients & Macros



Ok, this is not a bar for the faint-hearted. Holding 380 calories, this is more like a meal than a snack, unless you are on a bulk.
Quite high in fat with 16 grams, (144 calories) adding in the 30 grams of protein with 120 calories, the numbers add up quickly.
The remaining calories come from carbohydrates, of which 6 grams is sugar.

Ever wonder where those other carbohydrates are?
Carbohydrates (saccharides) are divided into four chemical groupings:
monosaccharides, disaccharides, oligosaccharides, and polysaccharides.

Monosaccharides and disaccharides, which are smaller (lower molecular weight) carbohydrates, are commonly referred to as sugars.
In general, monosaccharides and disaccharides ("the sugars") tend to be included on nutritional labels
Whereas, polysaccharides (starch, glycogen, cellulose) and oligosaccharides (found in many plant sources) tend not to be included on nutritional labels. These are the missing carbs. 

The ingredient list is not short, but after taking a closer look, it isn't riddled with a lot of unpronounceable words either. If to criticize something, it would be the corn syrup & the wheat flour.

The taste

This is where the magic begins. If you would take the bar our of the wrapper and give it to someone who doesn't know what it is, they would simply assume it's a regular candy bar. Covered with chocolate and peanut butter swirls on the outside, this bar looks absolutely delicious.

Then you take a bite, first crunchy on the outside, then the caramel and peanuts and then the chewy cookie base, this bar seriously tastes incredible! There are actual peanuts in there and the chocolate is like actual chocolate, none of that artificial nonsense.

Mouthwatering!






These bars are hands down the best best protein bars we've ever tasted.
Yes, they might not be the healthiest in terms of ingredients and even macros, but if you have to choose between a Snickers bar and the Fit Crunch, you'd be crazy not to pick these. Awesome taste with an added protein bonus.

Rating: 5/5

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FortiFX fit Crunch


5 Worst Protein Bar Ingredients

Protein bars...so convenient yet so full of garbage. They hold the promise of being healthy, easy and full of muscle-building protein. But have you ever taken a few minutes to look at what's actually IN them? 

I think you're going to be in for a shock when you read the TRUTH about the ingredients in some of the most popular protein bars on the market right now.

Let's get right to it:...

#1 - Soy Protein Isolate (SPI)
This is, unfortunately, one of the most prevalent protein sources you'll find in protein bars, especially those marketed to women. This marketing would have you believe that soy is an excellent protein source for women because of the isoflavones found in it. In reality, studies have indicated that these soy isoflavones can actually be TOXIC because of how the soy is processed (fermented soy products such as tofu are fine, just fyi). In addition, SPI was actually considered a WASTE product in soy processing until recently, when it was discovered that money could be made by passing it off as a protein source. It's cheap and definitely NOT a high-quality protein. It should be avoided. 

And the final nail in the soy coffin: GMO. A very high percentage of the soy grown in the United States is from genetically modified organisms (GMO). They don't currently have to be labeled as such but if you're buying any sort of processed food, chances are very good you're getting a GMO-sourced product.

#2 - High Fructose Corn Syrup
This is an easy one to figure out...the adverse health effects of it are well documented (contrary to what the commercials from the Corn Growers Association claim - those are truly among the most annoying commercials in existence, trying to make people who question corn syrup look stupid). ?It's one of the WORST things you can eat and yet there are still bars that ?use it as a primary ingredient.

#3 - Fractionated Palm Kernel Oil
Palm kernel oil is a cheap, unhealthy fat. Unlike plain palm oil, palm kernel oil can't be obtained organically. Instead, the oil must be extracted from the pit with a gasoline-like hydrocarbon solvent. The fractioned form is the most processed...if you see that in the ingredients, you should definitely avoid it.

#4 - Sugar Alcohols
This includes ingredients like Maltitol Syrup, Xylitol, Sorbitol, Lactitol, Mannitol, and Erythritol. Sugar alcohols are included in bars for sweetness...especially in bars that are "carb controlled". Sugar alcohols don't impact blood sugar as much as regular sugar because they're not well absorbed in the digestive tract...and when things aren't well absorbed in the digestive tract, things happen (if you know what I mean). 
In small amounts, sugar alcohols aren't a big problem, but if you start getting into the double digits of grams of sugar alcohol (and many low-carb bars are in the 20 gram range), THEN you can start to see unpleasant digestive issues.

#5 - Artificial Sweeteners
I won't get into the whole debate about whether artificial sweeteners are bad for you or not and what they turn into in your body, etc. Personally, I'm of the mindset that if it's created by science, chances are good your body won't recognize it and won't be able to metabolize it into something actually good for you. Therefore, I try and stay away from artificial sweeteners as much as I possibly can. I find the actual natural flavor of real food to be pretty good :).

In Summary...
Those are the top 5 worst protein bar ingredients...and you will actually find bars that contain ALL of these ingredients in them.

The main problem I have with the vast majority of protein bars today is that at their most base level, they're deceptive. The bars are put forward as convenient, healthy alternatives to food for "on the go" people. Yet when you take a close look at the ingredients, they're actually WORSE for you than most candy bars.

Obviously money is the biggest factor...companies that use high-quality ingredients in their bars have to charge more for them in order to stay in business. Hence the brick-like slop sold in bar form that you'll find in the grocery store aisles today.
A New Breed of Protein Bar...Raw and Natural
Yep, that's right! A protein bar made from raw, natural ingredients that's actually GOOD for you. You can eat them when you're running around, on the go. They're convenient and healthy.

They taste EXTREMELY good and the quality of the ingredients is outstanding. For example, here's what you'll find in the Raspberry Hazelnut bars:

Organic dates, pea protein, hemp protein, rice protein, almond butter, hazelnuts, coconut nectar, dried raspberries, raw cacao, coconut oil, stevia, water.

GREAT ingredients...GREAT taste...we order these bars all the time now and love them.

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