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By Jeremy Hoy, MS, CSCS, PES

I am often approached by athletes and fitness clients looking for suggestions about healthy protein bars or snacks to include into their daily routine. Due to the lack of regulation of the supplement industry, it is difficult to know exactly what is in the majority of the products stacked on the shelves. Thankfully, Dr. John Berardi, in his book, Gourmet Nutrition, shares a tasty recipe for making your own protein bars, with a low level of difficulty. Try it out and let me know what you think.

The Mixed Nut Bar

Ingredients:

¾ cup pecan meal

¾ cup almond meal

¼ cup walnut pieces

2 whole omega-3 eggs plus 2 whites, beaten

6 scoops vanilla whey

¼ tsp salt

Splenda, to taste (optional)

Instructions:

To make the pecan and almond meal, process nuts in a blender. Mix everything together in a large bowl, and continue stirring until all of the ingredients have mixed together thoroughly. Spread the dough into an 8×8-inch baking dish coated with olive oil cooking spray and bake for 15 minutes at 350-degrees F.

Nutritional Information (per serving):

Calories (k/cal)                                 379

Protein (g)                                         32

Carbohydrate (g)                              9

Fiber (g)                                 4

Sugars (g)                              2

Fat (g)                                                            26

SFA (g)                                   3

MUFA (g)                               14

PUFA (g)                                8

Omega-3 (g)              .4

Omega-6 (g)              7.4

Prep Time – 15 minutes

Servings – 6

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