Protein bars and protein shakes have become very popular in gyms and stores everywhere because we know it’s convenient to pick up something that looks a great deal like a candy bar or milkshake to eat it on the go.
Thankfully, unlike candy bars and milkshakes that contain empty calories, the right protein bars and shakes can provide the nutrients and protein you need to help you lose or maintain your weight.
I have a shake most days of the week.
How about you?
Have you thought about using them but feel like drinking shakes or eating bars isn’t healthy?
Let’s explore how they can help you lose weight and how eating them may help you eat healthier.
Do you already use protein? Try these insanely easy birthday cake protein shake recipes
1)Protein Is Important For Your Body
Protein is an important component of every cell in the body.
It’s an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood.
Hair and nails are mostly made of protein and your body uses protein to build and repair tissues.
You also use protein to make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals.
Along with fat and carbohydrates, protein is a “macronutrient,” meaning that the body needs relatively large amounts of it.
But unlike fat and carbohydrates, the body does not store protein and therefore has no reservoir to draw on when it needs a new supply.
Enough protein in your diet is important for not only weight loss but just staying healthy.
So, if you are like me and don’t really enjoy breakfast foods you can eat a protein bar or drink a protein shake to give you the nutrients and protein you need to start your day.
2)Protein Bars and Shakes Can Keep You Full So You Avoid Snacking
If you select the right protein bars and shakes they can keep you full until your next meal especially ones designed as meal replacements.
If I have a protein meal replacement shake for breakfast it usually holds me over until lunch.
Sometimes, I select a lower-calorie bar and eat an apple or veggies with it.
Related: 4 Reasons Your Smoothie Is Hindering Your Weight Loss Efforts
3)Protein Bars And Shakes Are Convenient
Protein bars and shakes have the advantage of convenience. Meal replacement and snack varieties provide an easy option when you are short on time or the resources for extensive meal planning.
They can be consumed quickly and enjoyed by just about anyone.
They are really handy to have when I am out running errands so I’m not tempted to stop for fast food.
4)Protein Bars and Shakes Can Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth
Denying sweet treats and junk food can be difficult, but having a birthday cake shake (my favorite here) or a peanut butter protein bar makes it a little easier.
Opting for a creamy, refreshing protein shake instead of a scoop (or three) of ice cream can make a big difference in your weekly calorie goals and your long-term health.
Tasty protein bars make me feel like I’m cheating when I’m not.
Of course, you have to select the right bar because some of them taste like cardboard.
5)Protein Bars And Shakes Reduce Your Calorie Intake
If you eat a protein bar or shake in place of a meal or snack you will naturally eat fewer calories.
Well, unless you eat several bars a day plus your regular meals.
If you do that you will increase your caloric intake too high, and sabotage your weight loss efforts.
Don’t do that!
Quality protein bars and shakes can satisfy you so you eat fewer calories while you fuel your body with the nutrients it needs.
Only Eat Quality Protein Bars And Protein Shakes
Not all protein bars and shakes are equal.
Fuel your body with quality ingredients by selecting the right brand otherwise, you’ll end up sabotaging your health with junk and toxins.
- Make sure to select brands that are made from grass-fed whey
- Free of GMOs
- Do not contain artificial sweeteners like Surculose/Splenda (I wrote about how bad it is here).
Some protein bars and shakes may be low calorie and therefore excellent for snacks while others will have more calories and will be better to use as a meal replacement.
My favorites: The high-quality protein bars and meal replacement shakes I use are from Isagenix.
They have all the macros your body needs – fat, carbs, and protein. Go here to read about them.
#1 Tip To Make Your Protein Shake Taste Good
After you’ve selected your protein shake the way you mix it up is really important especially if it’s your first time drinking protein shakes.
Don’t use a shaker cup until you’ve become accustomed to drinking shakes otherwise you might not like the taste and think you have a bad shake.
I suggest a Smoothie Blender (this is like the one we have) or if you want a smaller blender the Ninja (see it here on Amazon) works well.
- Put your shake mix in the blender with the amount of water suggested on the shake container.
- After you blend it taste it.
- If it’s not the consistency you like then add a little more ice or water.
- Taste again.
- You may have to experiment to get it just the way you like it.
Related: 11 hacks for making your protein shakes taste better
How To Make Protein Shakes & Bars Part Of Your Weight Loss Plan
To help you lose weight and support your muscle growth try replacing 1 to 2 meals a day with a meal replacement bar or shake.
For example, start your morning with a shake, eat a bar (or shake) for lunch, and then eat a healthy dinner.
Dinner can be super easy.
Just cook up your favorite meat and enjoy it with a salad and a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Note: Depending on your exercise program you may need to include a few healthy snacks.
Weight Loss Plan Done For You
If you are ready to get started on a weight loss plan as I described above look into the Isagenix 7-Day Reset.
The system includes the ease of protein shakes plus a cleansing component to help you detox from toxins.
It’s the program I use and recommend to anyone ready to lose weight without a lot of hassle or meal planning (who has time for that?!)
Click Here To Read About The Isagenix 7 Day Reset
Prefer a 30 Day Program? Learn about the Isagenix 30 Day System here
Protein bars and protein shakes can be part of a healthy lifestyle or weight loss plan because they can help you stay on track with your eating plan and allow you to eat well on the go without feeling deprived.
So, find your favorite healthy brand of protein shakes or bars and enjoy!
What Do You Think?
Will you make protein bars or shakes part of your eating plan?
Other posts you might like:
Protein Ball Recipes
Our Favorite Protein Pancake Recipe
50 Shake Recipes Using Isagenix Protein
Interesting recommendations for a change in diet. I really appreciate all of the details and explanations about the protein bars. I will readily admit that I love breakfast foods and I love cooking. But there are days when I am too busy to have the kind of kitchen fun that I like to have, so maybe a protein bar or a shake would be the answer for that.
That’s awesome you love to cook. I wish you lived near me. Thankfully, my husband isn’t very picky and is willing to drink protein shakes, too. 🙂
Thanks for the information. I have gone on and off of drinking protein shakes depending on what mood I’m in. I do really like them and enjoy the simplicity of them too.
I understand that for sure!
I do like the idea of a protein shake, because I know I don’t get enough protein, and I’m usually not hungry for breakfast when I first wake up. Plus, I love dessert, so birthday cake sounds pretty good if that’s really what it tastes like. Do you guys offer samples? I know I don’t want to do the program. I’m already happy with WW. But I wouldn’t mind adding a protein shake.
The birthday cake shake is really good! My husband puts a scoop in a bowl with whipped cream!
I have a lot of people who use the shakes only and not the full plan.
I’m not a fan of breakfast food (at least not in the morning) and usually have a cookies and cream shake about 12.
I’ll email you with the info about samples and I have some in my shop.
I’m not a big breakfast person so many times I’ll just grab a protein bar with a cup of hot cinnamon spice tea. I also love fruit smoothies!
I’m not either so a bar or shake works perfect for me too.
While I don’t much prefer the taste of the protein mixes, my husband is working on controlling his sugar, so we have started getting protein powder of late and use it for smoothies .. but our protein of choice in the mornings is eggs
love that protein balls recipe – and will try them out
Some protein mixes are nasty that’s for sure! Glad you found one you like.
Thank you very much for sharing this information Stacy. There are a number of articles out there saying the same things again and again.
Only this article was unique where I actually found what I was searching for.
Thank you for stopping by and I’m glad you benefited from my post.