Experimenting with making my own homemade protein bars. I've gained 10 lbs of lean muscle in 30 days as a result, but I'm wondering if anybody else is eating this kind of volume, or has an opinion of Omega-6 load.
Trying to offset this with about 1.5 g of omega-3 fish oil but I'm a little bit concerned with the long term effects.
BTW I'm never hungry since I've started trying to test out these protein bars...
I'm hoping that the 1/2 jar of raw almond butter is going into an entire batch of protein bars!
If you were eating 1oz of almonds per bar, you would be taking in a total of 14gms of fat, 1.1 of which is saturated Fat, 3.4 polyunsaturated, and 8.7 monounsaturated.
You'd have to double your fish oil intake to "balance" the PUFA in the almonds.
I would also recommend that you soak/sprout/dry/grind your own raw almonds to neutralize some of the phytates that interfere with mineral absorbtion (1,280 mg/100 gram almonds vs 933 mg/100 gram peanuts).
Use filtered water and add in some sea salt and an acid like lemon juice to make the soaking solution. Let the almonds soak at least 12 hours in a warm area (the top of the fridge usually works). Dry them at a low heat (put them on wax paper on a baking sheet, turn your oven as low as possible, crack the oven door, and let them dry) before grinding in a food processor or blender (I'm thinking of something like the Vitamix).
Are these protein bars similar to the ones on MDA? http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-energy-bar-redux/ If so, they're going to contain a decent amount of polyunsaturated fat. Heck, they're going to just contain a lot of fat in general, between the nuts, nut butter, and coconut oil. If you want to keep eating this amount of nuts, I'd suggest making hazelnut butter (lower in pufas) instead of almond butter and using macadamias. Raw almonds are great, but getting them is tricky and expensive. I haven't been able to get my hands on them, so I try to limit my consumption of almond products (although, I have definitely downed 1/2 jar of TJ's crunchy almond butter in a sitting before!)
5.5TBS of Almond butter will give you about 20 grams total max of protein not 100. It would take about 25 Tablespoons to get 100 grams of protein out of almond butter. I wouldn't suggest actually doing that....
I thought we couldn't have dairy products. Whey protein is allowed? I also someone who is eating cheese and using full-fat cream. Allowed or not allowed? Personally, I think I have a bit of gi trouble with dairy and would probably cut it altogether when I start the Paleo diet next week, or at least severely restrict my consumption.