My New Favorite Protein Snack Bars!
So, like many of you, I like to snack. Because I swim, bike, do Crossfit, (and even run sometimes!) I try to keep my protein intake high enough to help my body recover and improve from the exercise. If I don't, then I also don't improve as much, and I hurt more, which...bugs me. Like many of you, I'm gluten sensitive, so my bars have to be gluten-free. I've found that they also have to be made of something that doesn't melt and become inedible if it gets warm in the car or the gym bag, because that bugs me too! That usually narrows it down to Lara Bars. However, Lara bars only have 4g of protein for 30g of carbs. While the carbs are from dried fruit, which does help recover from exercise, that's really not a significant amount of protein. Then I discovered Exo bars, which have 10g of protein and as little as 23g of carbs-a much better ratio. Where does the protein come from? we'll get back to that in a moment LOL. First, let's cover the "why" of it. Jerky has great protein, but no carbs, and I need some of both to recover from exercise. While I do eat meat, many of you don't, either for health or ethical reasons. And even if you do eat meat like me, you might still enjoy a better snack bar. So what if your new source of snack protein was produced in a way that resulted in 12 times the protein for the same amount of feed, and 2000 times the protein for the same amount of water, compared to beef? What if the protein production emitted 1% of the greenhouse gases that beef production does? For those of you that aren't interested in that train of thought, what if it tasted great and had 2.5x the protein of a Lara Bar?
So, with that in mind, let me introduce you to my little friend...the cricket. He's a great source of protein, you see, and actually pretty tasty. Exo bars uses cricket powder, so nope-you won't find bugs in your food! It's a growing trend-see this article: https://www.wired.com/2016/03/investors-bet-millions-wont-balk-eating-bugs/
So, why not give it a try? They make great snacks and generate interesting conversations too. You can order a sample pack using this link: http://mbsy.co/hSdVq
Be sure to let me know if you like them as much as I do!