Barz

A definitive ranking of bars…because if your days begin at 5:30 AM like ours do…granola bars become their own food group…

Before Practice…

  1. GoMacroScreen Shot 2016-02-23 at 2.04.26 PM.pngThese are my #1 go-to…vegan and gluten free which means I wont be bloated for practice…always a plus. They also are not too heavy which is nice before 6AM conditioning. I have not had a flavor I did not like, however, if you like bars that have overwhelming flavor you might not be overwhelmed by these. The flavor is not over the top, a plus for me, but if you’re used to Fiber One, Nature Valley bars or something like that these might not be your thang.
  2. RxBar

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The only bad thing about these bars is they aren’t really available in stores. With multiple threats from my dad to cancel my Amazon account, I order these on special occasions. I have ordered the variety pack, but this flavor was my favorite. The others were good, however, I don’t really enjoy large amounts of chocolate in a bar, and the others are largely chocolate based. I just cant seem to get that down before the sun is even up.
3. Quest

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These are no secret because they are pretty amazing. My favorite flavors are cookie dough, cookies n’ cream, and s’mores. The secret to these is warming them up for about 12 seconds (I have it down to a science), seriously try it. They are freakishly low in sugar and carbs, but don’t taste like it at all. Some 7/11s sell these..which is pretty awesome.

4. Perfect Bars

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Produced in the best place ever, San Diego ;)….these are bars come in vegan forms but are all gluten free. These are super flavorful..the only downside is they are pretty filling. I ate one once before we ran Autzen Stadium and the entire time I was holding down throw up….That being said, I usually will eat half of one before practice and be full/energized the entire time. I have tried nearly all the flavors, and I have literally loved every single one..but when shopping for them make sure you look in the fridge section!

As a snack…

1, 2, 3: GoMacro, RxBars and Perfect Bars are my top favorites to just snack on as well…

4. Lara Bars

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So. Many. Flavors. So. Little. Ingredients. Seriously…its amazing theres like twenty flavors made each from no more than five ingredients. My favorite and go-to is the chocolate chip cookie dough or the blueberry muffin. Thee cookie dough one tastes like dessert, and sometimes is my dessert lol.

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I try and look for bars that have some decent amount of protein, low sugar, and obviously good taste. Before practice I might have some overnight oats or pb & banana toast…but bars are usually the easiest thing to roll out of bed and grab.

 

 

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If you aren’t crafty with spices & get nervous when creating your own rubs for dinnertime meats…this is a really great way to season poultry or beef. Its nothing fake or processed — just coffee and some herbs brought to you by Trader Joe’s. (Its really delicious)

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Things to Always Have in Your….

Pantry

-Extra virgin olive oil (you can buy this in bulk at Costco/Sam’s Club/BJ’s)

-Coconut oil

-Vinegar (apple cider, red wine, balsamic)

-Pasta (our favorite is brown rice fusilli pasta, but any whole wheat option is great)

-Rice (short-grain brown rice is yummy) & Quinoa

→You have to try black rice, too (Credits to Weezie’s roommate for introducing us to this product)

-Granola (look for low-sugar content or make your own! Recipes TBA)

-Superfoods (chia seed, flax seed, hemp seed, etc.)

-Nuts (walnuts, pistachios, almonds, cashews, pecans)

-Oatmeal (old-fashioned or steel-cut — stay away from the kind that takes 30 min to make)

-Nut butter (any natural peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, etc)

-Protein bars (Clif, Rise, RX, Lara, etc)

-Bread, pita, wraps, etc.

-Bananas

Fridge

-Veggies (try to have at least 3 of these available for the week)

-Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Spinach, Kale, Arugula, Bell peppers, Chopped garlic, Cucumber, Carrots

-Sprouts (for sandwiches)

-Fruit (berries can get expensive… so pick your favorite & store them for the week!)

-Meat sources (remember… the less legs, the better)

→Chicken (to save $$, buy the full chicken breasts & slice them thin yourself. If you don’t have that kind of time, the thin-cut breasts or tenders work as well)

→Lean ground beef or turkey (either makes for great tacos, meat sauce, or burgers)

→Deli meat & cheese (our favorite combo is roasted turkey & provolone cheese)

→Fish (tilapia, salmon, & shrimp are awesome)

-Eggs

-Milk or nut milk (if you drink nut milk, go for the unsweetened kind to avoid any added sugars)

-Greek yogurt (go for the 2%… it’s way creamier & tastier, & a great way to get in healthy fat!)

-Hummus

-Grainy mustard

Freezer

-Bread

-Extra protein

-Fruit (berries & bananas for smoothies)

→TIP: wait until your bananas start to ripen (brown), & then peel them & put them in the freezer for your smoothies & shakes!

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