I am very interested in eating clean. I have been drinking a meal replacement shake (HMR Brand) every morning for breakfast. It is high in protein (11 grams) low in fat (2 grams) and only 120 calories. I like to add flax or fresh fruit to it. As this is "man made" I was wondering if it is at all considered to be clean? It fills me up and tides me over to a snack of fruit before lunch. I don't have a lot of time in the morning for making eggs etc. I have tried cereal (Kashi) for breakfast in the past and was hungry within an hour. I have not read any of the books for the "Eat Clean Diet" and am hoping that someone who has been living this lifestyle can advise me. Thank you!
I too will give the bar recipe a try. One off the shelf bar that I enjoy as part of clean eating is the Larabar. I purchase them at Whole Foods. They are vegan - each bar is made of five ingredients - mostly fruit - they are delicious. The only problem with them is that they are not too high in protein.
I found this on the clean eating website daily newsletter. 4 cups Rolled Oats 1 cup crunchy Almond Butter/ i used natural peanut butter 2 cups non-fat Greek Yogurt 3 scoops non-flavored Protein Powder 2 tablespoons Cinnamon 2 tablespoons Stevia Instructions
1.) Heat wet ingredients on the stove on medium heat until runny texture 2.) Mix in dry ingredients 3.) Stir until all ingredients are well mixed 4.) Coat 9x9 pan with clean non-fat non-stick spray 5.) Press ingredients in pan evenly 6.) Cool in the refrigerator for about an hour minimum 7.) Slice into 8 meal size bars (or slice into 16 snack size bars) and wrap individually. 8.) Take it to go and enjoy!
* I like to change these up and play around with the recipe. Sometimes I add bananas for the fruit, next time I will try applesauce. One bar has everything I would eat in a normal oatmeal breakfast so they are quite filling. I even subsitute some of the oatmeal for quinoa. I used to add almond butter, but I took it out of the recipe because I ended up craving these bars too much. In this picture I used 4 bananas, so they have 1/2 banana in each protein bar.
Tips & Bonus Information
1 meal size bar has these measurements of ingredients: -1/2 Cup oats -2 Tbl Almond Butter -2 tsp Stevia -1/3 cup yogurt -fruit (depends on how much you added) -1 tsp cinnamon -1 tsp Stevia -1/3 scoop protein powder
It's better if you can make your own, there are alot of good protein bar recipes and so easy to make. Just to be sure to watch out for added sugar. If it is sweetened, be sure it's sweetened with: maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, or sucanat (sugar cane natural). Additionally, sneaky sodium can be a bugger, so watch for high sodium levels and avoid them.
I really like to have protein bars on hand for a quick go to meal or snack if I'm in a bind. I've been eating Cliff Protein bars because they are "entirely natural". Is "entirely natural" clean? I do have some recipes for clean meal bars, but I don't always have time to make them up and its nice to have a clean option I can purchase at the store in a pinch.
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