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If you are at all like me, you have occasionally (or routinely) turned to protein and energy bars as a quick, convenient, and easy source of energy and protein to keep you going.
Sadly, I made a few discoveries along the way that turned me off protein bars and forced me to discover other solutions to satiate my cravings:
So – with that in mind, I decided to research and develop a protein and energy bar that would incorporate my discoveries on the perfect protein and organic nutrition into a tasty, convenient snack that would keep me at peak performance.
The first step in formulating this bar was deciding what factors are essential in a protein bar. After extensive research and survey, I found the seven most important aspects of the perfect protein bar to be:
So, I took each one of these and developed what I consider to be the ultimate formula.
Traditionally, there have been two types of protein bars available:
I want the best of both worlds: a delicious and nutritious protein bar.
So, the first step was a healthy and tasty flavor. I decided on two initial flavors: brownie and blondie.
The creation of a low-sugar protein brownie flavor turned out to be quite simple, and involved four simple ingredients:
The result? Chocolatey joy with only four grams of sugar. No synthetic sweeteners, and no garbage your body doesn’t like.
For those who prefer a less “chocolatey” flavor, we took out the cocoa and crafted the perfect blondie flavor with:
Together, these healthy ingredients provide a naturally sweet, delicious blondie flavor without the excess harmful sugars or synthetic sweeteners.
For immediate, sustained energy – the simple answer was high-quality MCT oil.
MCT stands for medium-chain triglycerides, and this type of fat is made up of small fat molecules that are easy to digest and that your body rapidly burns for clean, sustained energy.[]
So, naturally, an abundance of high-quality MCT oil was ideal.
A trick of the protein-bar industry is to promote a single bar as having all the answers to your health and enough protein to build massive amounts of muscle.
Sadly, these advertisements tend to be false.
The BodyHealth Bar isn’t intended to replace meals or have “the equivalent protein to a steak.” Instead, I wanted to craft a bar that was the perfect snack that provides clean-burning energy and a complete protein with high bioavailability.
The answer: Pea protein isolate fortified with PerfectAmino.
The high bioavailability and hypoallergenic properties of pea protein, have made it one of the most popular forms of protein available. Unfortunately, it is low in one of the essential amino acids: methionine. []
To resolve this, we fortified the bar with PerfectAmino and almonds.
The result: clean, healthy, protein that is perfect for between-meals or snack for dedicated athletes who want a boost.
When it comes to formulating a bar that suits as many people as possible, the decision to use only vegan and high-quality ingredients made sense. We also worked to include organic elements wherever possible.
Every single ingredient sourced for this bar is vegan, non-GMO, and kosher certified.
Refined carbohydrates cause spikes in your blood sugar and is an underlying cause of obesity. [] In fact, eating foods that are high in refined carbohydrates has been linked to overeating and increased risk of disease. []
Limiting refined carbohydrates was a vital aspect of crafting the perfect bar.
How did we accomplish this? The answer is simple: providing healthy sources of complex carbohydrates, avoiding refined carbohydrates, with natural sources of fiber.
We did this with several high-quality ingredients, including:
The result: Only 7 net carbohydrates per bar!
For any athlete or person on-the-go, a good energy bar must be able to survive in a purse, pouch, or any other convenient storage throughout the day without becoming gooey, overly-soft, or melting.
Further, the bar should not require refrigeration or freezing.
So, after looking deeply into the factors for an ideal formula, we developed a bar that won’t melt, stays fresh without refrigeration, utterly convenient for the athlete and workaday person.
Sound too good to be true? Well, I tried it myself.
More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies [], so having a bar full of hypoallergenic ingredients played an important role.
Most protein bars contain allergens such as soy, whey, eggs, and peanuts.
After all other steps we’ve taken to craft this ideal formula, avoiding those ingredients was a cinch – leaving our bar allergen-free for a vast majority of Americans. Even some of the most sensitive consumers can safely enjoy this ideal energy bar.
Now that we have a delicious, nutritious, power-packed, energy-boosting bar, – we decided to fortify it further with our 100% organic fruit and veggie blend plus antioxidants in the form of sunflower tocopherol (a natural form of Vitamin E that acts as an antioxidant). These additional organic ingredients pack a punch:
After extensive work in formulation and testing, we are proud to announce the new BodyHealth Bar – a healthy, convenient, and clean energy bar.
Whether you’re on a weight loss program or need a healthy snack for you and your kids, the BodyHealth Bar was developed for you.
We formulated it to have all the good and none of the bad, so try one today!
If you suffer chronic inflammation, chances are you’ve tried everything you could think of to make the pain go away.
The usual solutions people turn to include:
For most people, these solutions fail to provide consistent, long-term relief.
Medications provide short-term relief, special exercises help to some extent, but herbal remedies or supplements may not have worked as well as you hoped.
In today’s highly competitive economy, the new normal is for food manufacturers to use marketing ploys to make their products appear healthy – even when they aren’t.
Maltodextrin is one of the most common, hidden-in-plain-sight cons on the market today. It is glorified, processed sugar that masquerades as “carbs.”
It might sound unbelievable, but read the following quote from BellChem – a top US producer of maltodextrin:
“Maltodextrin is a complex carbohydrate that can be hundreds of sugar molecules in length, which is much larger than the simple carbohydrate arrangement of glucose. Many soft drinks and other flavored beverages contain maltodextrin in their formulas so that they can have a lower amount of sugar on their nutrition facts labels. On the nutrition label, maltodextrin is included under the “Total Carbohydrate” heading, instead of the “sugars” label.”
The Infantry Battalion that I am fortunate enough to command - 3-187 Infantry, the Iron Rakkasans - conducts an event each Spring called the Iron Warrior Challenge (IWC).
The IWC can be a single event or a series of events designed to test Soldiers physically and mentally. The purpose of this event is to link the currently serving Soldiers with those who previously served in the unit, and to remember those that have gone before us and all they endured in the service of our Great Nation. The event was started by GEN (retired) David Petraeus when he commanded the Iron Rakkasans in the early 90s, and has continued on ever since.