Somewhere along the way, how we consume food has become a polarizing topic. We are surrounded by experts. If person X lost 15lbs on a new fad diet, it must be the secret that is holding person Y back from strolling to the pool looking like Brad Pitt in Fight Club. Also, according to person X, if person Y decides they like a different fad diet, not only will they fail, but something they read online said they will die from a flesh-eating virus due to lack of bacteria in the small intestine, or something like that.
When it comes to snacking, it’s hard to go wrong with chips. Pretzels and crackers are cool, no doubt, but chips are where it’s at. BBQ, sour cream and onion, and if you’re around the Baltimore area, crab chips lead the way for me. What’s not to love about a snack with great flavor, a good crunch, and just the right amount of grease? Ahhh yes, the calories and macros. There is a price to pay for that glorious snacking and it comes in the form of double chins and man boobs.
Outside of the small window of prohibition, alcohol has been a legal, socially acceptable form of altering your state of consciousness that everyone over the legal age could enjoy. Booze is everywhere, it’s been handed out at church for centuries, you can get it on a plane ride, even some grocery store chains are encouraging getting a drink during your weekly food shopping run.
When it comes to protein shakes, I’m an easy customer. So long as its palatable, comes with the amount of protein I want, and doesn’t have a bunch of other useless calories, I’m happy. Every so often however, I make the extra effort to concoct a shake that satisfies my taste buds and my macronutrient requirements alike.
Truth be told, I’m not a huge protein bar guy. The average bar usually comes packed with a ton of useless calories, more artificial sweeteners than a 2 liter of diet coke, and taste like someone put a box of chalk in a Snickers bar. 9 times out of 10, I recommend making a shake with a high-quality protein powder in lieu of a bar simply because they are usually loaded with only protein.