There are all sorts of snacking options you can choose from when you are attempting to curb your sugar intake or lose weight. It is important to make healthy snack choices. However, part of the problem many of us face is we are constantly on the go when cravings strike. It can be tempting to reach for a candy bar or other fast snack that is not healthy to curb our cravings.
Fortunately, there are other easy snack options when you are on the go, like Betty Lou’s performance snacks and meal replacement bars. These bars are healthier for you because they contain protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals and are the right portion size for a snack or a meal.
What are meal replacement bars?
These types of bars came about as a quick way to ingest calories and deliver needed protein after intense workouts. Over time, the purpose of the bar expanded to include all people who were looking to improve their nutrition, lose weight, reduce sugars, and make healthier choices.
With the number of bars on the market today, it can be confusing to know which ones are the right choice for you. Sadly, some brands are not all that healthy and contain ingredients you are trying to avoid, like sugars and excess calories.
To ensure you are choosing the right brands, you need to read the ingredients on the label. Your objective should be to choose meal replacement bars that best meet your needs with the least amount of sugars and sodium.
The bars should contain honey and/or brown rice syrup. These are natural forms of sugars, similar to the fructose found in fresh fruits or the lactose found in dairy products. You will also want to verify the ingredients are all natural, such as oats, raisins, apples, low-fat natural peanut butter, and so on.
High amounts of sodium can be used in some brands as a flavor enhancer. Salt brings out the flavor, but too much of it is not a good thing. High sodium intake can result in water retention and contribute to high blood pressure. Look for bars that use either sea salt or kosher salt since these types of salt still enhance the flavor, but require lower amounts to do so.
When should you use meal and snack replacement bars?
Meal and snack replacement bars are perfect in situations where you are on the go and do not have time to eat regular meal or snacks. Many small meals are great for people who are trying to lose weight, manage high cholesterol, manage diabetes, make healthier choices, avoid overeating & will help stabilize blood sugar throughout the day. They are very convenient since they can be carried in a backpack, briefcase, purse, or even a jacket pocket.
However, you should not fully rely upon these bars as your only type of food intake throughout the day. To get the most benefits and ensure you get the right balance of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals, you still need to eat regular foods several times a day.
A good way to incorporate snack and meal replacement bars into your diet is as supplements. For example, in the morning, drink a glass of natural fruit juice along with a meal replacement bar when you do not have time to sit down and eat breakfast.
About two hours later, eat about a half a cup of nuts or some other healthy protein, along with a half cup of fresh fruit. For lunch, you can eat another meal replacement bar. For an afternoon snack a few hours later, enjoy a snack replacement bar.
Then for dinner, prepare a full meal, such as fresh fish or boneless skinless chicken or turkey breast, fresh steamed vegetables, and a serving of brown rice. If you desire an after-dinner dessert or snack a few hours later, another snack replacement bar is a good choice.
How do you lose weight with meal and snack replacement bars?
The goal of losing weight is to take in fewer calories than your body burns throughout the day. It is important to make sure you are using the right replacement bars at the right times. Some people mistakenly eat an entire meal bar for a snack. This could result in too many calories, so you could end up gaining weight.
Aside from lowering your calorie intake, you also need to make sure you are getting the proper balance of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals to keep the body healthy, give you energy, and boost metabolism. One mistake many people make when starting a diet is to forgo eating anything throughout the day.
Instead, they wait until dinner time to eat their single meal of the day. This is not a good or effective way to lose weight. Our bodies require energy all day long. If you wait until dinnertime to eat, your body reacts negatively.
First, you will tend to overeat because you will feel hungrier since you have not eaten anything all day long. Next, your digestion rate takes longer for the body to process the bulk of food you just consumed. Often, digestion will still be occurring when you go to sleep.
Since you starve your body of the food it needs during the day, your body will naturally store away the food as fat. It does this because you have tricked it into not knowing when to expect the next meal.
A much better way to lose weight is to break down your total calorie intake over the entire day. You should eat something for breakfast, whether it is a replacement meal bar or actual food. From this point forward, you will want to provide the body with small portions of food every three hours or so, including snacks.
In addition, when you eat or snack, you need to use portion control. This involves measuring out the proper portions and only eating that amount. Most people are rather surprised when they start measuring out portions by how much food they get to eat throughout the day.
By supplying the body with the right amount of food every three hours or so, it ensures the body is getting a constant supply of energy. As long as the total calories each day are less than what your body is burning, you will begin to notice you start losing weight.
How are meal and snack replacement bars beneficial?
Meal and snack replacement bars are beneficial because they help supply the food the body needs through the day without having to worry about preparing meals, keeping food refrigerated, and other such issues we must deal with when we are on the go. However, as we mentioned previously, it is important to make sure you are eating replacement bars that are healthy and not packed full of sugars and sodium.
Are meal replacement shakes good for weight loss compared to bars?
Meal replacement shakes are another option you can use in place of bars for snacks and at meal times. Just like bars, you need to read the ingredients on the package to make sure you are choosing shakes that are healthy for you.
It is also better to avoid pre-mixed canned shakes because these can contain added preservatives which the body does not need. Not to mention, they can contain milk and may need to be kept refrigerated.
Instead, you can fill a water bottle with the required amount of water needed to mix the shake powder. Shake powder comes in single serving packets or in bulk containers you can measure out into a zip-locking plastic bag. When it is time for your snack or meal, you just pour the shake powder into your water bottle and shake it up until it is well mixed!
Why choose Betty Lou’s over other brands?
Betty Lou’s meal replacement bars and shakes contain all natural ingredients. In addition, you will discover many of our products are low glycemic, gluten-free, hormone-free, lactose-free, and sugar-free.
All of our products are also kid-friendly, so they are perfect for all ages and the entire family. Even if you are not looking to lose weight or need a boost after workouts, switching from sugary snacks to our healthy and great-tasting snacks, like our popular Nuts about Energy Balls, will have everyone fighting over who gets the last package!
Our motto is “Just Great Stuff … and Plenty of It!” We always use high-quality ingredients that are healthy and nutritious, and which not only taste great but also make you feel better!