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Melissa’s Homemade P90x Protein Bars

homemade p90x protein bar

Yay, Melissa! This site has sorely needed a protein bar recipe, and I had been trying to come up with one without success, until Melissa decided to do my job for me. Gotta love that! =) It sounds really good, and my plan is to try it out with rice protein to see if it can be veganized as well. I’ll let you  know how that goes. In the meantime, take it away Melissa!

“First of all, HALLELUJAH for finding your website. AMAZING! I’m onto the 3rd phase of the nutrition and am finding your blog a breath of fresh air and hope to continue the diet. Bless you!
Do you have a good protein bar recipe on your page? I couldn’t find one and thought that your readers would appreciate this one. I found it online and then modified it to work a little better and be tastier. Anyhow, my husband and I are both doing P90X, we have 5 kids and I was looking for a way to do the nutrition plan without breaking the bank. Protein bars bought in bulk can run $1 a piece (which gets pricey for 2 people doing this 90 days each.) However, with a nutritional comparable bar that I could make for only $0.40 each this works for me!

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups oats (the slow cook kind, not instant)
  • 6 scoops chocolate whey protein
  • 3 heaping Tablespoons UNSWEETENED baking cocoa
  • 1/3 cup sugar-free maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup no-sugar added applesauce
  • 3 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 cups chopped/slivered almonds, toasted in a skillet until light brown
  • 1 cup low-fat peanut butter
  • 2 Tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup raisins or craisins
  • water, added 1 T at a time

Mix your wet ingredients together in one bowl and do the same for the dry. Then slowly combine the two and mix well (I use my dough hooks on my beaters because it’s VERY THICK). Add water 1 Tablespoon at a time until it’s not dry and crumbly. Too much water and you’ll be sticky city. Dump onto a cookie sheet and press flat with wet hands. Cut into rectangles with pizza cutter. Makes 18 bars. I like to make a double batch, freeze them in baggies and then pull them out as I go. Delish!

Nutritional information (COMPARE mine / P90x protein bar)
calories: 294/ 260, fat: 15.3 g /7 g, carbs: 29 g/ 31 g, sugar: 12 g /23 g, protein: 16.7 g/ 20 g

P.S. You could probably substitute honey for the syrup. I’m not sure how to cut down the fats to match their bar better, though……”

OK, CJ’s back!

P90x Nutrition Plan Portions:
1 Protein Bar is 1 Double Snack serving, 1/2 bar is 1 Single Snack serving.

P.S. Remember folks, according to the P90x Nutrition Plan, you do NOT use protein bars to count toward protein servings, they are snacks only!

P.P.S. Anybody have any ideas for us regarding how to cut down on the fat in this recipe?

P.P.P.S. Thanks again, Melissa!!

***3/5 update: Then again, you can always try this recipe instead: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3nA2zqeX5Q – LOL!!!!***

***1/15/2014 update: Just wanted to confirm that despite the use of a baking sheet in the directions, NO COOKING IS REQUIRED FOR THIS RECIPE. Enjoy! =)

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  1. Jesse

    I am going to try to make this recipe tomorrow as originally posted. But I read everyone talking about the PB2 but no where does anyone really state how much to use. Is it a whole cup? I may be crazy but that just sounds like a lot if so seeing as powdered substances you usually use a lot less than than amount you are ultimately wanting. Please help CJ!! I hope you still check this section I know this was started a few years ago.

    1. CJ =)

      Hi Jesse!
      Yes, I still check this section. Hillary above said that she used 6 Tablespoons of the PB2 powder and ended up adding “more water than the original recipe called for.” Does that help at all? Sorry, as I haven’t tried making these with PB2 myself, I have to go by other P90xers feedback. When you do end up making them, can you keep track of the amounts you use and report back here for other people with the same question?
      Thanks so much, and I hope this helps!
      CJ =)

  2. JB

    Is their no baking involved in this recipe?…thank you.

    1. CJ =)

      Correct, JB. No cooking required!

  3. lisa

    I made these with Better n’ Peanut Butter. They came out great! They have chocolate and peanut butter and regular. Tbsp has 100 calories and 2 grams of fat. A 16 oz jar was available at my local grocery store in the organic baking section for $5.50 per jar. The regular flavor is a couple dollars more per jar.

  4. Lindsey

    Thank you for this!! The only problem with PB2 is that it SIGNIFICANTLY increases the cost per bar. That stuff is expensive! I like TR’s recipe – I’ll try it, but if cost reduction is the point, I may need to stick with the original recipe. 🙂

    1. CJ =)

      Hey, thanks for this observation, Lindsey! I haven’t tried the PB2 method, so I had no idea it was so pricey!

  5. Psyche

    I love this recipe! I have however altered it a little to suit my taste. I would like to know how I would go about figuring out the nutritional stats for what I have added in place of what I have taken out. Please Help! Thank You!

    1. CJ =)

      Hey Psyche – What exactly have you added and removed?
      – CJ =)

  6. doug

    Hey CJ I was reading lastnight how people were looking for a way to u the fat in the protein bars. I was a walmart tody an came across this stuff called peanut spread made by Wallden Farmes. IDK what to think about it. It says no sugar, no fat, no carbs, and no fat. I am trying it in my bars today, can you give me any feedback as far as what you think about that.

    Thanks

  7. Leigh

    CJ,

    I don’t know who Melissa is, but I LOVE her. I made these protein bars (in my brand spankin’ new KitchenAid mixer) and my boyfriend is in heaven! He called me from work just to tell me how yummy they were and that said they tasted like they were unhealthy (meaning they tasted soooo good)!! I didn’t believe him but when I tried one, OH MY! I had to look back over my ingredients to make sure I didn’t slip an “unhealthy” product in there! LOL I used chunky peanut butter and left my applesauce a little bit chunkier to add bits of apple to it. I gotta say, you have one heck of a website going here, CJ!!

    Thanks SO much.

    Leigh

    P.S. Price wise? You can’t beat it!!!!!

  8. Hillary

    I just made some bars, using the original recipe posted here – but used PB2 chocolate powder instead of regular PB. I used 6 Tablespoons of the powder – I did 15 bars instead of 18. Here’s the breakdown on my bars:

    Calories 272
    fat 3g
    carbs 37g
    sugar 13.8
    protein 27g

    So my Calories are about the same, fat is lower, but protein is higher. Should be OK though right? They taste really good!

  9. JR

    Hi!
    This may sound like a dumb question but do you mix the powdered PB with water and add it and also do you mix the powdered milk with water or just add them in dry?

    Thanks!

    1. Hillary

      JR – I just made these using PB2 chocolate powder. I added it dry, and then probably ended up just using more water than the original recipe. I doubt it matters all that much. 🙂

  10. Hillary

    Hi!! I want to try these. Are the oats cooked first?? Wasn’t sure. Do you think steel cut oats would work? thanks!

    1. CJ =)

      Nope, the oats are not cooked! I think steel cut oats would work but have not tried that – has anyone else?
      – CJ =)

      1. Hillary

        Thanks CJ – I made a small test batch in which I used the steel cut – they are a lot denser and crunchier than regular oats – so it made for a little chewier bar. Just now I made some with regular oats – the taste is about the same – just the texture is a little smoother.

  11. Sierra

    Hey I just hate peanut butter… like HATE.. hahaha is there a way to sub this for a different nut butter? or would it not do the same? or does anyone have any recipes for protein bars that dont have peanut butter in it?

  12. nate

    i am allergic to nuts…has anyone tried this recipe without the almonds, but more importantly without peanut butter? is there something i should use instead of peanut butter?

    1. CJ =)

      Hey Nate –
      I was wondering if perhaps you could use sunflower seeds instead of nuts? Or do they count as nuts where allergies are concerned? Regarding peanut butter, I can’t think of a handy substitute at the moment. Does anyone else have any ideas?
      – CJ =)

  13. Karen

    Brilliant site, it’s been a life saver for two p90x newbies for whom the diet seemed really complex at first.

    Love these bars and so much cheaper than the shop bought brands. We replace some of the nuts with toasted unsalted sunflower seeds, and use a lot of cinnamon and nutmeg to flavor. We hardly use any sweetener or syrup as we find them ok with just a spoonful of honey.

    We also use a rolling pin to flatten them out onto a baking sheet lined with parchment then wrap individual bars in waxed paper and store in ziplock bags in the fridge. We also tried using those vacuum food saver bags to store them. This works well as it squashes the bars slightly and compacts them down nicely.

    Please keep up the good work, you’re doing a great job!

  14. TR

    Ok below is the closest that I can come to the original P90X bar.

    Serving size: 1 piece

    Ingredients: Makes 18 servings (18 pieces)
    4 cups oats (the slow cook kind, not instant)
    9 scoops 100% Premium Whey Protein Plus
    3 Tbsp. heaping Tablespoons UNSWEETENED baking cocoa
    3/4 cup no-sugar added applesauce
    3 tsp. cinnamon
    1 cup slivered almonds
    2 Tbsp. vanilla extract
    1 cup raisins
    6 Mariani pitted dates
    1 cup Peanut Butter Powder
    1 cup Instand Nonfat Dry Milk (Powdered Milk)
    1/2 cup Bob’s Red Mill Flaxseed Meal
    2 Tbsp. Brewed Coffee-Prepared with Tap Water

    Directions:
    Mix your wet ingredients together in one bowl and do the same for the dry. Then slowly combine the two and mix well (I use my dough hooks on my beaters because it’s VERY THICK). Add coffee 1 Tablespoon at a time until it’s not dry and crumbly. Too much coffee and you’ll be sticky city. Dump onto a cookie sheet and press flat with wet hands. Cut into rectangles with pizza cutter. Makes 18 bars. I like to make a double batch, freeze them in baggies and then pull them out as I go. Delish!

    Nutrition Facts
    Protein Bar
    Serving Size 1 piece
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 256.74 Calories from Fat 60

    % Daily Value
    Total Fat 6.72g…………………….10%
    Saturated Fat 1.1g…………….5%
    Trans Fat 0g
    Cholesterol 18.33mg…………….6%
    Sodium 105.31mg………………..4%
    Total Carbohydrate 32.28g…..11%
    Dietary Fiber 5.19g……………21%
    Sugars 12.89g
    Protein 18.47g…………………….37%
    Vitamin A (IU) 84.67…………….2%
    Vitamin C 0.52mg………………..1%
    Calcium 75.35mg…………………8%
    Iron 1.7mg………………………….9%

  15. Pedro

    CJ…. absolutely amazing website.. I am trying to get my meals all planned out before I start my p90x and I was running circles until I found this website. Awesome thank you very much for this.

    1. CJ =)

      Your welcome, Pedro. So glad to help!!!! =)
      – CJ =)

  16. Sam

    Aaaah these are so good!

    I used banana protein instead of the chocolate one and it’s still delicious!

    Absolutely love this site, why aren’t you the main diet person for P90X2? Haha 😀

    1. CJ =)

      HAHAhahahaha! I don’t know, Sam. Their loss! =) Probably because they don’t realize that many P90xers suck at cooking, so they need someone like me that also sucks at cooking to come up with recipes that P90xers will actually try! 😉 LOL.
      Thanks for taking the time to give feedback and the suggestion for alterations. Keep coming back and telling about any tweaks you come up with, because since I do suck at cooking, this is a group effort to make these recipes yummier!
      – CJ =)

  17. JZ

    Walter, I tried this last week, I just mixed everything and pat flat and cut into 18 bars, store and eat, teast pretty good. No cooking required.

    1. CJ =)

      Sorry I didn’t get back to you in time, JZ. Thanks so much for taking the time to post the answer to your own question! =) – CJ =)

  18. David

    Hi CJ=). First of all, I love the site. I’ve been through P90X once and I’m about to start again. Yours was a very useful site first time round.

    Anyway, I wanted to share the Protein bars I use: Pure Protein High Protein Bar, Chewy Chocolate Chip which can be bought for as low as $9.19 for 12 at Amazon (using Subscribe and Save)

    Pure Protein High Protein Bar, Chewy Chocolate Chip, 6 Bars, 1.76 Ounces (Pack of 2)

    Here is the Nutritional information (COMPARE Pure Protein / P90x protein bar)
    – Calories: 200/ 260,
    – Fat: 5g /7g,
    – Carbs: 18g/ 31g,
    – Sugar: 3g (+ 7g sugar alcohol)/23 g,
    – Protein: 20g/ 20g.

    You can see it beats or matches the P90X bars in every category! If that wasn’t enough I find them to be the best tasting protein bar I’ve eaten.

    They’re available in many stores so you can test them first, and there are a lot of flavors to choose from.

    Keep up the good work!

    David

    >>CJ’s Reponse (having problems replying in WordPress):Thanks, David!! =)

    1. J

      Just finished my round of the X. When it came to bars, I mostly ate the Clif Builder’s bars (chocolate mint is amazing!). Little more expensive than the pure protein bars mentioned and higher in calories, but the ingredients are much better and the taste is unbeatable. You can get a box at Walmart or Target for just under $8

  19. JZ

    Hi JC, do you have to put it in oven after you mix them?

  20. Walter

    Sorry if the question is too basic, but my cooking skills are limited.

    Do you have to cook the oats before mixing it? Also, after you are done mixing the wet and dry ingredients, do you put in the oven? There is nothing in the instructions about cooking or baking anything, but I wanted to make sure.

    Walter

  21. Lauren

    Hi there!

    if you are looking to cut down on fat you could use pb2 instead of real peanut butter. It has all the protien and none of the fat. You can buy it in some stores or online.

    Good luck!!!

  22. Ana

    I went ahead and got some PB2 shipped up to my place in AK, SPECIFICALLY for these bars, and they definitely do the trick!! Thanks so much for the recipe!!

    1. CJ =)

      Awesome, Ana! I’m glad it worked out for you! =)
      – CJ =)

    2. Marcy

      Ana, how much Pb2 did you use? And did you add it in powder form or did you mix it with water 1st? I’ve never used it before, so I’m unfamiliar with it.

  23. godoggo

    Would there be any harm in using LF peanut butter to compensate for the high fat content? Except perhaps more sugar.

    The only other fat source is really the almonds. Cut those at least in half and up the protein powder slightly and it should compensate for the small amt of protein lost in cutting down the almonds, and give a more balanced overall fat level.

  24. Angelina

    Hiya, I just made a batch of these last night, I did forget about the apple sauce but apart from that they seemed to have turned out really well. Thanks for sharing the recipe, one question was how do you manage to roll that amount out? I was at it for half an hour trying to get it into some sort of shape to cut it.

  25. Ricardo

    CJ =) I know you are married and I respect that…but I will still ask the question…WILL YOU MARRY ME??? 🙂 I am in love with this website and by extension YOU!

    Ok…now that I got that off my chess;

    I tried this recipe and have to say it’s a life saver and also a wallet saver. This and many of your other meals are now part of my P90X diet. Thank you so much for taking the time to share with ALL of us and hats off to you for making it fun for me to be in the kitchen…a place I never really respected or could find my way around.

    Can’t wait for your next master piece…You make doing P90X a little easier and a whole lot more FUN!

    Ricardo

    1. CJ =)

      LOL Ricardo!! You may be surprised to learn that this is only my second P90x-related marriage proposal! 😉

      You are so welcome. I’m so glad that the site is making such a difference for you! It is funny to me that I have ended up with a recipes website, because I have always considered myself rather hopeless in the kitchen as well. Turns out that lots of P90xers are in the same boat, though, and it’s actually easier for them to use recipes from a non-gourmet like me! =)
      Thanks again for the feedback, it makes my day. =)
      – CJ =)

  26. brendan

    This looks like a great recipe, but is this recipe for cooking? While it may not require it…. does it really taste good with oats that are not at least browned in the oven? Help..

  27. bruisedweasel

    I’m planning to make these soon. I’m looking up general nutrition info, and almond butter seems to have more fat than regular peanut butter, and less protein. I’ll look at specific brands when I get to the store. I was thinking of using sunflower butter myself, which has 6.3 g protein and 15.3 g fat, compaired to peanut butter’s 8 g protein and 16 g fat(again, I’ll be looking at brands at the store). The protein is less than peanut butter, but I hate buying low fat anything since that often means they up the sugar. Sunflower butter is also polyunsaturated fat (10 g out of total fat) making it a healthier fat than peanut butter. I’ll update when I pick out the butter and make the bars.

    1. bruisedweasel

      update: I was shocked to find the local store just started selling powdered peanut butter. I bought that, and am giving it a try.

      1. bruisedweasel

        Another update: These taste fantastic! I used the powdered peanut butter, Hershey’s special dark cocoa powder, honey, and a mix of plain and pomegranate flavored craisins. I added a TB of espresso powder to help augment the chocolate flavor. You don’t taste the coffee.

        The powdered pb stats- 2 Tb has: 70 calories, 3.5 g fat, 3 g carbs, 6 g protein.

        Special dark cocoa is a blend of dutch and natural dark cocoa, according to the package. It makes things nice and dark, and provides a good rich flavor. It seems to cost the same as regular cocoa powder from the same brand.

        I also took a picture here: http://i877.photobucket.com/albums/ab334/melia-k/Mobile%20Uploads/1305736566.jpg

        1. CJ =)

          Thanks for letting us know how it turned out, Bruised! So glad you like them, and thanks for posting your tweaks!! =)
          – CJ =)

        2. Marsha Dunsmoor

          I start P90X tomorrow and am trying to get my head around the eating plan. This is going to be a huge struggle for me as I do not have access to cook breakfast or lunch. Anyway, I would like to try these bars and am ordering the PB2. I have never tried it before so this might sound like a stupid question, but do you mix it with water to make the amount called for in a recipe or what? Thanks for helping us all!!

          >>CJ’s response (having trouble replying in WordPress): I’ve never actually used PB2 myself, Marsha! Can anyone else answer this question?

  28. Irja

    I made these bars and they look delicious. I was wondering what size they should be?

    1. CJ =)

      Hey Irja!
      How big they are will vary depending on how thin you’ve flattened them, so I can’t give you an exact size. The recipe should make 18 bars, though, so just cut them however big you need to in order to end up with 18 bars! =)
      – CJ =)

  29. bruisedweasel

    Just a note on Agave- it is considered low GI, but in truth it’s not much better than corn syrup. When my mom found out she was diabetic, we looked up different sweeteners, and found agave syrup/nectar/whatever they choose to label it, raised blood sugar levels.

    To Tai above- it looks like the recipe is spread on a cookie sheet or, I’m guessing, a 12 inch by 15 inch pan, sliced, and then the bars are stored in the refrigerator, uncooked.

    And thanks for this site. I’m planning to start p90x, and am on a strict budget. The shakes and bars beachbody sells are just too costly for me, and reading the reviews, the new formulas sound terrible tasting. Since I live to eat, I wouldn’t be able to use such things long term. These bars look very good for what I need. I’m also looking into your shake alternatives. I’d been under the impression recovery formulas were protein based, given gatorade’s recovery drink ratios, and the ratios of other supplements I find. Your tip on using chocolate milk is going to prove very useful.

    Definitely bookmarking this site.

    1. CJ =)

      Hey Bruised!
      Just wanted to say thanks for your input on the Agave. Not being a diabetic myself, I have to take others’ word for it on whether this is a low GI sweetener or not. Although it does seem like it still may be a better (or at least more natural) option than adding processed sugar to things. =)
      Best I can recommend is that people research it for themselves and come to their own conclusions on it!
      Thanks for the feedback!
      – CJ =)

  30. Tai Nguyen

    Im terrible at making anything so i need a lot of help.

  31. Tai Nguyen

    Do u have to bake these at all?

  32. Kerri

    Thanks for this recipe! Do you have any alternative recipes for the Recovery Drink?

    1. CJ =)

      Hey Kerri!
      Yes, there are quite a few – check these P90x recovery drink alternatives out! (And be sure to comment if you come up with any more of your own.) =)
      – CJ =)

  33. Ashley

    This is probably a dumb question but… Are these protein bars okay during the fat shredder phase when carba are very minimal?
    Thanks!!

    1. CJ =)

      Hey Ashley –
      Yes, these protein bars are OK. Just make sure you follow the portion approach, and they count as a SNACK serving, not a protein serving! 1 full bar is a Double snack serving, 1/2 bar is a Single snack serving. =)
      – CJ =)

  34. Barbara

    Thank you Sarah! Using your PB2 idea these bars are now more comparable to the P90X bars. The PB2 reduced each bar by 65 calories, 4.6 grams of fat and the protien is now 15.4 grams, close to what Mellisa had origanally. Thank you so much!

    1. CJ =)

      Thanks for posting the stats for this, Barbara!! That’s so cool that we’ve come up with a great P90x protein bar substitute!
      -CJ =)

    2. Alison

      Any idea how much it reduces the carbs? Reduced fat pb has about 12g/serving while the PB2 has 5. I am trying to calculate it all fo rmy husband who is rocking P90X!

  35. maddy

    You could probably use Medjool dates in place of the peanut butter and the maple syrup as they are a natural sweetner. One date would pack in 67 calories 18g carbs 1.6g fibre 0.4g protein 0g fat 16g sugar – you would probably need 10-15 dates to make this recipe. They are more heavily calorie laden though their nutritional benefits in terms of essential minerals would add more nutrition to the bars instead of fat laden peanut butter. You could probably leave out the apple sauce too and replace it with homemade dried apple bits. Just a thought!

  36. Lori

    I reduced this by 6 so that I could sample it…. makes 3 servings

    In my sample, I did not add the maple syrup…..

    I still have not found one that I would want to eat every day…. LOL

    very rich….

    1. CJ =)

      Hey Lori!
      Sorry it didn’t work out for you – but thanks for the feedback!
      – CJ =)

  37. Betsy

    To cut down on the fat, you may want to try making it with PB2 powdered peanut butter. It only has 1.5 g fat for 2 T. I’ve never used it myself because I have nut allergies, but I know several people who use it and love it!

    Find it here:
    http://www.bellplantation.com/nutrition

    1. CJ =)

      AWESOME Betsy! I’m loving the recommendations for reducing the fat – I knew our P90x community could figure it out. Thanks for taking the time to share!
      – CJ =)

  38. Sarah

    To cut down on fat, you might try using almond butter instead of peanut butter. A cup of low-fat peanut butter has 96 g of fat, while a cup of almond butter has 83. That works out to about .72 less grams of fat per bar. I’m trying the recipe out tomorrow so we’ll see how it goes!

    1. CJ =)

      AWESOME idea, Sarah! Thanks for sharing!!!! Do let us know how it turns out. =)
      – CJ =)

  39. Jeduhu

    Melissa, thanks so much for that recipe!!! I’m going to make it tonight. I’m making my meal plan for the week and this is SO HELPFUL!!!

    Thanks again,
    JDH

    1. CJ =)

      Hey Jeduhu!
      Yes, Melissa rocks. =D Let us know how this recipe works out for you, and if you make any yummy alterations!
      – CJ =)

  40. Colleen

    Unfortunately, we have a knockoff version like so many others. So, I am trying to sort everything out. Your blog has been very helpful. Thank you. One thing that I am confused about is that my book says a whole bar is a Double Snack. However, on your P90X Journal it shows under Phase I Level II Daily Servings that I am allowed a Double, a bar, and a Drink.

    So, for my Bar serving am I supposed to eat a whole or a half of a bar? Sorry, if this should be obvious, but frankly I am learning and re-learning everything and it’s making my head hurt (which isn’t so cool b/c the rest of my body is already P90X sore!) Thanks again for everything!

    1. CJ =)

      Hi Colleen!
      Regarding the bar serving, I interpret that as a whole protein bar. However I too have noticed that 1 whole bar = 1 Double Snack serving, so if I ever run out of protein bars, I just substitute in a Double snack serving instead. (Or 2 single snack servings – remember that 1 Double Snack serving = 2 Single snack servings as well, in case you like the options in the “single” column more and would rather just eat 2 of them to count for your Double!)

      Does this help? Sorry your whole body, including brain, hurts! LOL. But that is good – it means that you are bringing it in both the exercises and the nutrition! Don’t worry, the nutrition part gets WAY easier as you get used to it.
      Hope this helps!
      – CJ =)

  41. JC

    My wife and I made these yesterday. I did not think I would like them since I am not a chocolate and peanut butter mixed flavors. However these really surprised me. They are actually pretty good. We put in 1/2 cup raisins an 1/2 cup craisins just for different flavors.

  42. Andy

    Just found your site, love the idea of this recipe and my wife can’t wait to try it! I posted it on my blog with a link back and can’t wait to read more of these recipes.

    Thanks again!

    -Andy

    1. CJ =)

      Awesome, Andy! And thanks for the link. If you guys end up altering or improving it at all, please do comment and share the wealth! =)
      – CJ =)

  43. CAT

    I just found ur website and I’ve fallen in love with it already! I do have a question. I usually do not have time to make food in advance is it really bad to eat lean cuisine’s that match the nutrition facts of the food programs? I am currently going shopping to start making some of the recipes I have found.

    1. CJ =)

      Hi Cat!
      So glad you’re liking the site! Regarding Lean Cuisines, the P90x Nutrition Guide says that you can use the following brands sparingly when necessary, and you should not exceed one per day:
      – Amy’s Kitchen
      – Weight Watchers Smart Ones
      – Lean Cuisine
      – Cascadian Farms
      – Cedarlane Natural Food
      – Healthy Choice

      You are also not to exceed the following in the meals you buy:
      If you are Level 1 – Up to 400 calories per meal, 10 g fat, 600 mg sodium
      If you are Level 2 – Up to 600 calories per meal, 12 g fat, 800 mg sodium
      If you are Level 3 – Up to 800 calories per meal, 15 g fat, 1,000 mg sodium

      I hope this helps!
      – CJ =)

    2. Marcy

      If you’re looking for a quick fix then you might want to try the Kashi brand frozen entrees. They seem to have generally less calories and less sodium that your average Lean Cuisine, and usually have a decent amount of protein as well. I eat them for lunch occasionally when I’m rushed and don’t have time to make lunch. They are pretty tasty as far as frozen food goes.

  44. amie

    Does anyone have a gluten free protein bar recipe?
    Does anyone know of a gluten free phase2 meal plan?

    any hints would be great!
    thank you

    CJ’s Response (having trouble replying in WordPress): I’m not an expert on gluten-free cooking, however per Danielle’s reply below, if you make sure your whey protein is gluten-free and get gluten-free oats, this recipe should work.

    1. Danielle

      Amie,
      If you can find certified gluten-free oats, and make sure your whey protein powder is gluten-free, then this recipe is perfect.

      And if you’re going to make your Phase 2 meals from scratch, it should be easy to avoid gluten in your ingredient selection

      1. CJ =)

        Thank you, Danielle! I’m not very familiar with gluten-free cooking, so I appreciate the help in answering Amie’s question! =)
        – CJ =)

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