Gatorade is one of those products that just about anyone knows – after all, attend any sports game with your kids and it’s on the sidelines. That’s about the extent of my experience with the beverage. I’ve never been a big Gatorade drinker and neither have my children. One of the big problems I’ve always had with Gatorade is the amount of sugar in the beverage. For your serious athlete, a professional football or basketball player, it’s not going to be difficult to burn off that sugar. For me as a 41-year old woman, that sugar isn’t going to be burnt in the same manner – and sometimes, not at all. For this reason, I’ve mostly avoided the beverage.
The Gatorade company has done extensive research and realized that they have cornered the market with regards to performance beverage: i.e., the drink you enjoy during exercise to replenish the fluids and salts lost while exercising. It’s the pre and post workout that they decided to look to, which is really a largely untapped market. In addition, they realized that the adult, non-professional athlete has different nutritional needs, with less sugar and more protein. Gatorade has created a new line to address this, called G Series Fit.
By Jessie Gorges and Kelsey Murray
Forget the Peeps and chocolate bunnies; get your children, significant other and family members something healthy this year for Easter.
According to Dr. Kavey on WebMD.com, too much sugar can be a problem for children because it can lead children into lifelong obesity. “The reason that we think of it as a problem is because of the big rise in obesity in childhood, and that rise has occurred over the same time period that there’s been a major increase in the amount of simple sugar that children consume.”
Check out these healthy Easter basket treats with little to no sugar that everyone is sure to love.
The world of protein and energy bars is never dull. Just recently, Detour launched a new look and new products to their existing menu of activity bars.
Here are some new products from Detour that promise to deliver the energy and nutrients you need to lead and thrive in an active lifestyle:
Detour Yoga Bar: With lemon balm to help you maintain your relaxing yoga glow and 11 grams of high quality protein to help you maintain your pretzel-like flexibility, the Detour Yoga bar is one of just three activity bars designed specifically for certain forms of exercise. There is also a Detour Runner and Biker Bar. The Yoga Bar comes in Peach Mango and Blueberry Acai flavors, and contains 170 calories, two grams of fat and four grams of fiber.
beFull Solution, which was formerly known as FullBar, has created a new protein bar to add to their existing menu of snacks, bars and drinks to support your weight loss.
The FullBar Fit is a new bar that has the lowest calorie-to-protein ratio of any all-natural protein or energy bar on the market. The FullBar Fit currently comes in three flavors: Chewy Brownie, Toffee Crunch and Chocolate Peanut Butter Crisp. Each bar has 180 calories, five grams of fiber and 15 grams of muscle-building protein.
On DietsInReview.com, we have conducted numerous reviews on health food and diet products, including the expanding market of energy or nutrition bars.
And since we are always looking for smart, on-the-go and whole-foods snacks to keep us on track of our nutrition goals, we love reviewing products that are packed with healthy ingredients and taste great.
So when Pure Bar sent us a few samples of their all organic, raw, natural and fruit and nut bars, we got busy tasting.
The number of energy bars lining store shelves is almost as wide at the cereal aisle. Not quite, but almost. And if you are someone who feels that the energy bar should be considered as a food group, then read on.
Energy bars run the span on the nutrition scale. Some are nothing more than a bunch of sugars and chocolate coating pumped up with a daily multivitamin and others rely on natural and whole ingredients to create a convenient and healthy on-the-go snack or meal replacement.
In a hurry and need something quick, why not grab a protein bar? Honestly, I am totally against protein bars due to the fact that they are processed and loaded with sugar and fat. They are candy bars in disguise!! Grab one and check the nutrition label. For example, a chocolate MET-Rx bar consists of 320 calories, 8 grams of fat, 5 grams of saturated fat, 11 grams of sugar, 34 grams of protein, and 29 grams of carbs. A chocolate PowerBar contains 360 calories, 11 grams of fat, 4.5 grams of saturated fat, 30 grams of sugar, 30 grams of protein, and 33 grams of carbs. If you ask me, I’ll just settle for a grilled chicken breast or two.
Tips For A Quick And Healthy Post-Workout Snack:
- Grill several chicken breasts at one time and refrigerate them until needed.
- Grab a can or package of tuna; high in protein and easy to consume.
- Boil eggs and refrigerate the egg whites. Save time and cook along with the chicken breasts.
When it comes to nutrition bars, there is a taste for everyone. From bars that are little more than a candy bar injected with a multivitamin to bars that have more protein in them than a baby calf, energy bars line grocery store shelves and promise you the convenience of fast-food eating with the nutrition of a balanced meal.
Noble Bars: The Food of Ancient Rome
So when I heard about the Noble Bar, an all-natural fruit, nut and whole grain bar that coins itself as being The Food from Ancient Rome, I had to give it a try. Then when all I had to do was send the company an email to receive a free bar, I really had to give it a try.
Just a few days ago, the whole-foods enthusiasts at Noble Bar sent me a sample of Centurion Fig in the mail. And quite different from the four lines of ingredients that accompany most nutrition bars, many of them unrecognizable, the ingredients of the Noble Bar contained only five items – organic figs, apples, walnuts, organic hard wheat berries and honey. Already, I liked it. And when I tasted it, it was like eating a sweet and nutty mixture blended up by Mother Nature herself. I loved it! The sweetness from the natural fruits, crunch from the wheat berries and figs and moistness from the all-natural goodness created a yummy bar that felt super healthy – in a good way. (more…)