It's not hard to tell that Easter is around the corner. Chocolate eggs are piling up on the desks at the office. Even that health conscious mum at work thought it was in everyone's interest to confiscate her kid's stash and dump it on her fellow co-workers. Yummy. Not a single Kinder egg escapes the 4 o'clock cravings. The only way not to fall for it, is to ensure that you are not hungry in the afternoon. So this week will look at two antidotes that you can keep in your desk drawer.
What we are looking for is something rich in protein and low in sugar. Almonds and cashew nuts are naturally (pun intended) excellent choices for the extremely committed nutritionist. Carbohydrates are quite easy as well (think bananas and rice cakes). But I will highlight two processed alternatives that you can buy off the shelf and where the taste is a bit more reminiscent of the Easter eggs.
Protein bars come in all shapes and sizes. Considering the alternatives, the macro nutrient profile of the Questbar is not that bad: Protein 21g, Carbs 21g (fiber 17g sugars 1g), Fat 8g. This is for a serving of 60g. The labeling is according to American standards and the manufacturer has actually a pending lawsuit regarding the nutrition claims on the label. But even if the nutritional facts would be slightly incorrect, the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Cookies and Cream flavors taste amazing.
If you're looking for a more hardcore protein bar, (but your not hardcore enough to bring a boiled egg with you to work), then here is the most extreme one I've found: Peak Protein Bar 70. It contains Protein 35g, Carbs 5g (only polyols), Fat 0.4g. This is for a serving of 50g. The labeling is according to European standards. Imagine mixing egg white with protein powder and then heating it up in the oven. Voilà. This protein bar is probably just intended for competitive bodybuilders and astronauts.
2. MHP Pudding
A really nice alternative to protein bars, is the ready-to-eat protein pudding by MHP. I would recommend consuming it when it's a bit cold though. With a little bit of immagination and an expensive spoon, this passes for a dessert. It contains Protein 30g, Carbs 9g (fiber 1g sugars 0g), Fat 4,5g. This is for a serving of 250g. The labeling is according to American standards.
As carb sources are readily available, the most interesting nutritional value for a fit businessman or fit businesswoman is naturally the protein content. The second concern is the collateral damage. I consume these products quite frequently and have not noticed any side effects. But I would still be concerned about the artificial ingredients that tend to sneak in to this type of products. Sometimes an all natural chocolate egg (labeling according to the Easter Bunny) is maybe not a bad choice either. Especially for Easter.