I am a big fan of energy and protein bars. I eat four to five meals per day and at least one of them is a protein/energy bar because it fills me up and gives me the nutrients I need. Elevate Me bars go beyond the normal protein/energy bar and are gluten free, high fiber, cold-formed, have no artificial sweeteners, are 24% protein, and they taste amazing. I tried all 8 flavors: Apple Strawberry, Cranberry-Blueberry-Goji Berry, Coconut Cocoa, Cocoa Acai Berry, Banana Almond, Cranberry Matcha Green Tea, Cocoa Espresso, and the All-Fruit Original and I have to say they are all fantastic. The Cranberry Matcha Green Tea was delicious and Olivia’s favorite, I liked the “banana bread” flavor of the Banana Almond, and the Cocoa Espresso paired perfectly with a morning coffee. The bars are only 230 calories and make a perfect before-gym snack or a nice mid-afternoon mini meal.
If you’re looking for a breakfast that will fill you up and you’re out of Elevate Me bars, you can always pick up some Elevate Me Wheat Free Oatmeal. It’s not your sugar laden kid flavored oatmeal with gummi pieces…this is all around healthy stuff and it tastes great. I added a dash of agave syrup to mine and each morning, had a filling breakfast in just one easy to make cup of oatmeal. The oatmeal has 10g of protein per serving and comes in three great flavors: Tropical Fruit Chia, Very Berry Chia, and Cocoa Coconut Chia (my favorite).
Love your site BTW. Question for ya: I recently started my weightloss journey and I’ve been going hard and heavy for about a month. The issue is, I am WAY more hungry than I ever have been. I feel like snacking all day long! I don’t want to ruin my progress so I usually settle for water. My question is, why am I so hungry? Bonus question: Should I eat when I am hungry or continue with water?
Congrats on your healthy journey. Without seeing what you’re eating each day, I have to ask, are you getting enough protein? If you would say “I get it from my food”, I’d say you’re definitely not. You need more protein for your body than you can get from food (eating within 2000 calories or under) if you’re working out “hard and heavy”. I’d recommend a whey protein (or soy if you’re animal free) to take within 30 minutes of your exercise. All in all, you need .8g of protein per pound of bodyweight per day to maintain proper muscle mass. Try also eating an apple or some healthy carbs with fiber within the 30 minute post-workout window too. If you’re eating three meals per day, try also increasing that to 4-5 meals per day and divide your portions up to fit those lunch periods. Don’t cut back on water, but you shouldn’t be drinking more than a gallon per day anyway. You’re hungry because of two reasons: (A) your activity is stimulating your metabolism and your body is using what you eat more efficiently and (B) you may have changed your eating habits and your body is still getting used to the calorie expenditure versus the old way (meaning, you’re burning more but eating less and your body isn’t used to it).
Hopefully, spreading out your portions, increasing your protein and fiber intake, and giving yourself more “meal” times will help. Feel free to let me know how it goes after you try it for a month or so.