South Beach Diet - Lara Bars?




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Mmckellen
04-13-2011, 05:52 PM
Does anyone eat these? Are they on plan for Phase II and beyond?


1oftheLuvs
04-13-2011, 06:00 PM
They've got Dates in them, which is on the "Foods to Avoid or Eat Rarely" list during Phase 2. I have a couple that I picked up to carry with me when I travel because they'd be better in a pinch that some other options, but I haven't resorted to eating one yet. The glycemic load is definitely on the high side.

SGeranium
04-13-2011, 06:20 PM
yes to the dates. I use them on long runs or cycles. I love a peanut butter cookie dough that's gotten warmed up in my bike bag all morning. They are good for energy, not so good at keeping my feeling full.


weezle
04-13-2011, 06:20 PM
That being said, some varieties have sugar, and they're really not worth it in my mind. 190-240 calories, and up to 14g fat per bar. They're tasty but not very healthy in my opinion.

ultimatebea
04-13-2011, 06:52 PM
I use the South Beach cereal bars for such meals - I REALLY like them - cranberry almond or cinnamon raisin for breakfast, and the chocolate when I am having one of THOSE days . . .

grneyedmustang
04-13-2011, 09:31 PM
I've used them occasionally (maybe once a month?) when I'm on the run and don't have time for the usual breakfast. They are filling - but they may be a trigger food for some people because of the dates.

CyndiM
04-13-2011, 10:16 PM
I was okay with them for awhile but they turned into a major trigger. I avoid them now.

Usernametaken
04-13-2011, 10:28 PM
I have one every once in a while, and they haven't been a trigger for me at all. They are pretty satisfying. I would think it varies person to person.

Natasha1534
04-13-2011, 10:54 PM
I use the South Beach cereal bars for such meals - I REALLY like them - cranberry almond or cinnamon raisin for breakfast, and the chocolate when I am having one of THOSE days . . .

Cranberry almond??? We don't have that variety around here. :( It's a shame b/c I would LOVE that. I use the peanut butter SB bars for a quick on the go snack, especially for when I'm out w/ SWAT. I throw a few in my SWAT go-bag and pray that our callout will end before I run out of SB bars, LOL So far so good. ;)

ultimatebea
04-14-2011, 12:08 AM
Cranberry almond are AMAZING - not sweet, which even the cinnamon raison can be. They are excellent for breakfast - GREAT crumbled up in ff greek yogurt, actually - like granola without guilt!!!

I wonder if you could get them on-line . . .

Usernametaken
04-14-2011, 12:24 AM
Okay, now I'm confused. This is the ingredient list for the south beach diet bars I found on Amazon:
Soy Nuggets (Soy Protein Isolate, Tapioca Starch), Peanut Butter (Roasted Ground Peanuts), Maltitol Syrup, Sugar, Soy Beans (Roasted), Corn Syrup, Soy Protein Concentrate, Oligofructose (For Fiber), Fractionated Palm Kernel Oil, Evaporated Cane Juice Invert Syrup, Brown Rice Syrup, Partially Defatted Peanut Flour, Milled, Flaked Corn, Nonfat Milk, Calcium Carbonate, Tricalcium Phosphate, Sodium Caseinate, Flavor (Natural), Salt, Soy Lecithin, Butter (Cream, Annatto (color), Salt), Peanut Oil,

I'm seeing sugar, corn syrup, evaporated cane juice and brown rice syrup. I don't get how they are okay. Help?

1oftheLuvs
04-14-2011, 01:47 AM
Okay, now I'm confused. This is the ingredient list for the south beach diet bars I found on Amazon:
Soy Nuggets (Soy Protein Isolate, Tapioca Starch), Peanut Butter (Roasted Ground Peanuts), Maltitol Syrup, Sugar, Soy Beans (Roasted), Corn Syrup, Soy Protein Concentrate, Oligofructose (For Fiber), Fractionated Palm Kernel Oil, Evaporated Cane Juice Invert Syrup, Brown Rice Syrup, Partially Defatted Peanut Flour, Milled, Flaked Corn, Nonfat Milk, Calcium Carbonate, Tricalcium Phosphate, Sodium Caseinate, Flavor (Natural), Salt, Soy Lecithin, Butter (Cream, Annatto (color), Salt), Peanut Oil,

I'm seeing sugar, corn syrup, evaporated cane juice and brown rice syrup. I don't get how they are okay. Help?


My opinion... they really aren't on plan.... I could go off on a diatribe about how I feel Dr A sold out putting the South Beach name on some of the products that carry it, but I'll spare you all.

All of us makes our individual choices and tweeks the plan so that it works for us though... I did eat them occassionally last time I was on the beach, but for me, I definitely find that the less of this type of stuff I eat, the better I do.

Mmckellen
04-14-2011, 06:51 AM
UNT, I hear you. That is why I thought Larabars might be ok, as they are essentially just fruit and nuts (even considering the dates). However as I was scrolling down to this thread, I saw the recipe for Nessa bars has made it's way up to the top again, so I might just make those.

I actually asked because yesterday I had the most insane craving for something sweet and ended up having a "kind" bar which is modelled after larabars. The "kind" bar was delish and contained coconut, apricots, almonds and a bit of puffed rice which I know is not on plan. But I started thinking about whether they would be good to grab on the run. I'm pretty sure they might trigger me though. Fruit in general aside from berries seems to be a HUGE trigger for me. Interested in what others say about the South Beach bars. They really are no better than an Atkins bar, which the closeout store always has on sale for about .25 each.

CyndiM
04-14-2011, 07:08 AM
I agree, if I have to grab a bar I go for something that's all whole food, preferably Phase II safe. I've never gotten past the label on any SBD labeled food. That's the stuff I've finally learned to avoid, makes no sense to eat it just because Dr. A signed a contract with Kraft

Heidi58
04-14-2011, 07:26 AM
Matilda, I eat Lara bars but I don't consider them an on plan food because of the dates.

I like them because they have so few ingredients (dates, almonds, unsweetened cherries are the only ingredients in my favorite flavor - cherry pie).

Fruit has never caused cravings for me, and they're one of the few commercially prepared sweet treats I can pick up at my grocery store that doesn't contain table sugar or artificial sweeteners. At 200 calories each though, I try to save them for treats or desserts.

kmac1196
04-14-2011, 07:31 AM
When in doubt...go natural...I'd always chose the least processed foods. Regardless of dates! Don't forget...you have to find your own way in this and if it's a trigger....back away! ;)

zeffryn
04-14-2011, 09:46 AM
I eat them when I need something fast. They aren't really a trigger for me. They are some of the healthiest whole food bars on the market.

fozentusic
04-14-2011, 10:20 AM
I keep one in my office desk drawer sometimes for an emergency snack. Better alternative than buying a muffin at the food court! I don't eat them on a regular basis though.

grneyedmustang
04-14-2011, 11:18 AM
A word of caution on the nessa bars. I made them and they were a huge trigger food for me (because of the nuts maybe?). I felt like I lost all control with them and kept eating them until they were gone. Larabars don't seem to impact me that way.

Just my $.02...

SouthLake
04-14-2011, 11:41 AM
When I need something on the run, I tend to grab my Think Thin bars. They're more processed than Lara bars and some others, but they don't have any sugar, have 20 grams of protein per bar, and haven't been a trigger for me. Admittedly, I'm not 100% certain that these are on plan, but I've posted the ingredients below for you to decide for yourself. There is some rice flour, but it's not a major ingredient. They also have a 100 calorie mini bar type thing that is amazingly delicious. Feels just like a brownie to me. It only has 5 grams of protein, but I always keep on in my purse for emergencies. The ingredients below are for the brownie crunch bar.

INGREDIENTS: PROTEIN BLEND (CALCIUM CASEINATE, WHEY PROTEIN ISOLATE, SOY PROTEIN ISOLATE), GLYCERIN, MALTITOL, COATING (MALTITOL, COCOA BUTTER, CHOCOLATE LIQUOR, SODIUM CASEINATE, MILK FAT, SOY LECITHIN, NATURAL FLAVORS, SALT), COCOA POWDER, ALMONDS, WATER, SOY CRISPS (SOY PROTEIN ISOLATE, RICE FLOUR, SALT), CANOLA OIL, SOY LECITHIN, COCOA POWDER, CHOCOLATE LIQUOR, SEA SALT, NATURAL FLAVORS.

Oh, these are also gluten free.

WaistingTime
04-14-2011, 11:46 AM
I have gotten some of the bars, various brands, for emergency on-the-go snacks. I do fine with them that way. But I can't keep them in the house. I crave them and eat them instead of something healthier and they can trigger me on a binge. Yesterday was the first time in weeks that I overate while home and it was with protein bars I had leftover from my weekend trip. I threw the rest in the trash.

P.S. When I do buy them I look for the best combo of low calories, high fiber, high protein and low sugar.

EmmaD
04-14-2011, 01:56 PM
I agree with the points above. I like Lara Bars, but only eat them rarely as a treat. I love that they are only dates and nuts and other fruit. I have had the SBD bars in the past and find them to be weird Frankenfood. I have also tried the Think Thin bars. They are good in a pinch and I have carried them in my bag for long trips, but I don't eat them, or any commercial bars, regularly. They are like cookies :devil: to me.

Anyway, if you fall on the side of liking Lara Bars and wanting to include them occasionally, HERE (http://enlightenedcooking.blogspot.com/2008/02/home-made-lara-bars-energy-bars-part-3.html) is how to make them! The first thing I thought of when I tried them (after "yum!") was that I could recreate them. Might be really dangerous to have a large supply of them around, though :p

Usernametaken
04-14-2011, 11:10 PM
Has anyone tried making larabars at home, by the way? They are so pricey (although maybe that's a good thing). I used them today as an impromptu label reading lesson with my stepdaughter (comparing the ingredients to those in clif bars). After we got home I caught her reading the ingredients of her gatorade bottle :)

Anyway, I'm glad to see that other beachers were dismayed by the ingredients in the SBD bars.

cottagebythesea
04-15-2011, 07:44 AM
I make an energy bar that is very similar to the Lara Bar recipe. I know that dates aren't really allowed on SBD, but I don't seem to have any cravings or adverse effects from them. Here's the recipe I use, compliments of Family Fun Magazine -

Grind 1/3 cup nuts of your choice in a food processor, transfer to a bowl and set aside. Then process 1/3 cup each pitted dates and dried apples. Add the nuts and a pinch of cinnamon, then process until the mixture holds together when squeezed. Divide it into six portions, mold each into a bar, and wrap in plastic wrap. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.
Variations - dates, dried apricots, and almonds
dates, dried cherries, and walnuts
dates, 2/3 cup peanuts, 1/4 tsp vanilla, pinch of sea salt

TallandThin
04-15-2011, 12:37 PM
I can't trust myself with any of the energy bars as they are definite triggers for me and I just can't stop with one...........so they are completely off limits for this beacher.