Well hello, everybody! I am sitting in comfort of my own home because my office is closed today, due to the weather. When I awoke this morning, there was hardly any snow to be found, but I dutifully checked the website and sure enough, it’s a snow day! So I am sitting here in my new robe with a cup of Earl Grey tea and I am quite pleased with the snowquestration (yes, that’s what they’re calling it).
The other day, I reached into my snack door at work for a little something to tide me over between lunch and my post-work gym trip and I came upon this:
Now, I have tried protein bars in the past and haven’t been crazy about them, but everybody and their mom seems to be putting protein in everything, so I figured I would give it a try. I was a little suspicious because there were an awful lot of ingredients I couldn’t pronounce.
It did have a whopping 20 grams of protein for only a couple hundred calories, so I was counting on it to power me through the rest of the afternoon.
I took the plunge…and it was really…underwhelming.
The peanut butter flavor did help with the taste, but I could not get over the gritty texture and weird aftertaste. After reading posts of people eating protein bars that taste like dessert, I feel like I am missing out on some big secret.
I haven’t jumped on the protein powder bandwagon, either. My roommate tears through his Costco-sized bag of protein, but it just feels weird to think that our diets aren’t sufficient enough to get protein naturally. Personally, I feel like if the food has a long shelf-life and comes in a package, it’s probably not too great for you. I read so many blogs of writers who eat really nourishing foods for their bodies, yet scoop protein powder into their smoothies and eat protein bars like it’s going out of style.
After poking around on the interwebz, I found that the recommended protein intake is anywhere from .8-1.8 grams per kilogram of body weight, depending on your level of activity and muscle building goals. For a 150-pound woman, that’s anywhere from 54 to 95 grams of protein per day. Yesterday I ate 73 grams of protein and that was without consuming any meat products.
A 3 oz. piece of chicken has 25 grams by itself. Even if you were a strength athlete and needed higher levels of protein, it appears that it would be quite easy to eat a more than adequate amount in your regular diet.
Am I missing something here?
Fellow bloggers (and other informed readers), please fill me in on what is going on here!