The good news: I made a delicious new protein bar recipe. The bad news: The recipe lied about the caloric info.

This is the trouble with making recipes you find in magazines, I suppose.


Don’t these look yumtacular?

While the recipe from the July issue of Oxygen Magazine (err, I’ve been holding on to this recipe for a while) says that each bar is 330 calories, 16 grams of fat, 28 grams of carbohydrate, and 22 grams of protein. When I plugged all the ingredients into the recipe builder on, here’s what the nutritional info turns out to be:

Is it just me or does 500 seem like way too many calories for a protein bar?

That’s a full meal. That’s a fuller meal that I usually eat.

The good news is that these are delicious and easy to make, I’m just not sure I’ll ever actually eat them.

If you’re inclined to try this, here’s the recipe:

Apple Oatmeal Chocolate Protein Bars (Oxygen Magazine)
Makes 6 Bars

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • ½ cup almond butter
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp ground flax
  • 4 scoops chocolate protein powder
  • ½ cup unsweetened apple sauce

Line a Pyrex dish with parchment paper (these suckers are sticky). Mix all ingredients together; use your hands, they’re the best kitchen tool. Spread the mixture out on parchment paper and put in the freezer. The recipe said to do it for a half hour, but I found they weren’t quite as solid as I’d like. I left them in for an hour. Timing could depend on the strength of your freezer.

I may end up cutting these in half, they taste like homemade Cliff bars.

And now for the food I actually ingested,


Buff biceps be damned, I was getting really bored of egg white omelets for breakfast every day.
Welcome back old friend, Smoothie with low fat kefir, ½ banana, frozen blackberries, frozen mango, and vanilla protein powder


Veggie dogs in whole grain buns with vegetarian baked beans

Post workout snack
Carrot cake protein muffin


White chicken chili. I’d give you the recipe but I’m not in-love with it.

Exercise: Strength-training: Chest/Shoulders/Biceps