Lately, I have been reacting really poorly to whey protein. For the past month or so, I have been avoiding dairy altogether, and I think that not having any lactose in my body has accentuated a problem I did not know I had. It is pretty obvious to me, now, that I need to stay away from all forms of dairy in order to perform my best in the gym. I used to get stomach aches every day, so it is pretty nice to not feel sick daily. While I’ve really seen improvements in performance since taking dairy out of my diet, it has been difficult to get all of the protein recommended without things like Greek yogurt and milk. In order to fill that void, I have had to focus on the protein in more of the products I eat. One place I’ve found it is easy to get more protein is in my carbohydrate choices. Grains such as oatmeal and quinoa (which I know is actually a seed) add a good amount of protein to your diet, as well as healthy fats and fiber. These bars combine oatmeal, quinoa, and almonds with some dried fruit to sweeten the deal, and finally peanut butter to act as a binder. Feel free to play around with the nut butter, as any type will work fine. I chose peanut butter for these protein bars because it has more protein than other options, but if you are paleo feel free to go with cashew, almond, or even sunflower seed butter.
Nutrition: Per Bar