When juggling between work, gym, and running errands, you often don’t have enough time to spend in your kitchen cooking protein-rich healthy foods that would improve your health. However, you still need to eat these foods to boost your energy levels and make sure your body functions properly. That’s why you need protein flapjacks. They are easily to make and allow you to experiment and make your own versions of these delicious and healthy snacks. If you haven’t made protein flapjacks before, this article will show 9 reasons why you should start now.
1. Low in carbs
Protein flapjacks have high level of proteins (of course) and are low in carbs and calories. For example, 100 grams of protein flapjacks contains about 400 calories. You should bear in mind that recommended daily intake of calories is between 1800 and 2000. Moreover, protein bars are low in carbs (50g or 16%) and rich in vitamins and minerals like:
2. Meal replacement
Protein flapjacks are excellent meal replacements. They contain high levels of protein, fiber, and other nutrients that you would get from a “regular” meal too. That’s why it’s no surprise that fitness trainers or nutritionists recommend protein flapjacks for people who want to lose weight. However, it is also advisable not to rely only on protein flapjacks when replacing meals. You should always strive to include fresh fruits or vegetables too for better impact.
3. Snack between meals
Time in between meals is always reserved for various snacks. Unfortunately, most snacks we eat today can make us eat even more and, in turn, we gain weight. For example, when you eat sugary snacks your body converts the sugar which isn’t immediately used for energy, into fat. This is why protein flapjacks are ideal for snacks between meal and they, actually, prevent you from overeating. Moreover, you can make them in various different ways to satisfy your sweet tooth without worrying about blood sugar spikes.
4. Workout support
When you supply your body with all much-needed nutrients, you can get more out of your workouts then ever before. Eating protein flapjacks prior your workouts will boost energy levels that won’t decrease throughout the entire activity. This is helpful mostly because energy levels can sometimes drop and you feel like you can’t continue with your workout routine anymore. Additionally, protein flapjacks offer benefits after your workout as well. The amino acids from protein from these bars help provide the building blocks your body needs to generate a new muscle tissue, repairing the muscle tears that occur during the workout. This is why most athletes, bodybuilders, fitness trainers, and other people associated with constant workouts and fitness routines always use protein bars, instead of purchasing them, most of these people consume homemade bars.
5. Aides in weight loss
Due to the fact protein bars are excellent for replacing meals and pose as healthy snacks, they are extremely beneficial for weight loss too. It is because high levels of dietary fibers improve your digestion, which is essential for weight loss. Also, protein bars act as appetite suppressants and prevent you from eating too much. American Dietetic Association suggests that protein bars as meal replacements can, indeed, be effective for weight loss when they are a part of well-rounded diet.
In order to have even more effects in weight loss, you can purchase or make protein bars with less than 400 calories.
6. Prevents heart disease
Protein flapjacks decrease level of triglycerides, LDL (bad) cholesterol, and regulate high blood pressure. Therefore, they decrease risk of getting heart disease, e.g. heart attack and are even able to prevent stroke.
7. Beneficial for diabetics
High levels of dietary fibers and protein makes these bars beneficial for diabetics as well. Also, consumption of protein flapjacks doesn’t increase blood sugar which makes them ideal for people who suffer from diabetes. However, before you start making your own protein flapjacks you should consult your doctor first and ask for his or her opinion.
Protein flapjacks are highly practical. They are small, you can take them to work, or eat them on the way to gym. This is extremely beneficial if you’re constantly on the move and don’t have enough time to sit down and eat a regular meal. Meal replacement properties or simply making protein flapjacks for snacks in between meals provide an easy option for all people who don’t have enough time or resources for extensive meal planning.
9. Easy to make
The greatest advantage of protein flapjacks is their simplicity. You don’t need extensive culinary skills to make them, and you don’t have to be a master chef. Additionally, protein bars don’t even require spending too much time in the kitchen, which is excellent if you’re extremely busy. Plus, homemade protein bars provide more benefits than store-bought products.
Here’s the example of protein bar you can make in the comfort of your kitchen.
The recipe gives you liberty to experiment and add your own ingredients into the mix, e.g. blueberries.
Protein flapjacksare practical, easy to make healthy diet recipes, and aide in weight loss. Moreover, they are perfect for people who want to eat healthy foods but don’t have time to make them. If you’re always on the go, munching on protein bars will provide you with energy you need throughout the day, and when you go to gym they will boost your energy to perform better than you ever could.
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Margaux Diaz is a social development worker who spends her free time pondering and writing about Health and Fitness. She resides in the Philippines with her family and works for many organizations. She loves gathering information from various sources regarding Health and Beauty. She is an inspirational writer who strongly believes in the power of self-motivation. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter