I have been grain free for a while now and switched over to the Paleo lifestyle last month. "Convenience foods" pretty much don't exist for me - until I discovered Lara Bars a couple of weeks ago. I have been eating a lot of them. I have 2 small kids, my hubby is deployed with the military, and I work full-time outside the home. So, eating 2 Lara Bars for breakfast - or one for breakfast - one for lunch - really helps me to be able to have a quick, convenient food that I can actually eat on the go. I have seen the Paleo kits - but I can buy the Lara Bars at my local Kroger for $1 a piece. I know there is probably a lot of natural sugar in them but I try to make up for that in other ways.
I eat them. They have like three to four ingredients max. Gluten free and 100% natural, can't see why they wouldn't be paleo. I get them at Sam's in a 18 pack box. Comes out a good bit cheaper then $1 a piece.
I love me some larabars, but they are sugar bombs :( I try to keep them to a once or twice-a-week thing, but I guess it depends on your goals. How do you feel about boiled eggs? I like to make a big batch for breakfasts throughout the week, and they're pretty portable.
Not only are they high in sugar, the number 1 ingredient in every flavor I have seen are dates that are extremely high in fructose, which should be limited as much as possible.
They are good for a quick snack on occasion, but not as a meal replacement or an everyday thing. We eat them if we are on a hike or out running errands all day.
Try making meals ahead of time or when u do make dinner make a ton of it so you can have leftovers. There are a lot of great and quick recipe ideas. Out there. Justgoogle it. Like egeg muffins are awesome.
Quite the glycemic load if you're attempting to keep your insulin levels low. Pretty low calorie for the amount of sugar intake and not for those following a low-carb paleo diet to lose body fat.
I used to bring Lara bars to all my sons' sports meets or practices because there is nothing paleo to eat there. But when pregnant last year I couldn't tolerate how sweet they were. So I replaced them with those little single serving packets of almond butter that you can get at whole foods or other health food stores. The perfect thing to keep you from starving while you wait til you can eat meat. Nothing but almond butter, and you can just suck it right out of the packet so it isn't even messy! It does what you need it to do: stops acute hunger.
Make sure you get the plain ones because now they are making sweetened flavored packets too.
The only time I eat them is at tennis tournaments where I can't go out and get anything else. Otherwise, I think they just have too much sugar. Natural fructose is still fructose. Your body can't tell the difference.
I have a website to make your own Larabars...
I think once a day is no big deal, similar to eating a piece of fruit. The only thing I would caution is that the lack of protein if that is all you are eating. Maybe add some beef jerky if it's a full meal. I make my own jerky, it is so easy even with the little ones running around.
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