For a completely satisfying post-workout meal or healthy dessert packed with tons of protein, try this yogurt parfait layered with vanilla yogurt, fresh strawberries, and FitJoy's Grandma's Lemon Square. It's ready in 5 minutes or less.
Do you ever feel like you’re always on the search for that next great protein bar? I know I do. But in order for a protein bar to be great, it needs to have a few requirements. First, it has to keep me fueled for a couple of hours. Whether it be to get me through a tough workout or hold me over while I’m out running around, I need something that’s going to keep me out of the drive-thru when the hunger pangs hit. Second, it has to be healthy. It can’t just pretend to be on the label and then contain artificial ingredients and hidden sugars. It needs to be clean. And third, it has to taste amazing to keep me coming back for more.
I think my search is finally over. My new favorite healthy, clean and super yummy go-to protein bars are from FitJoy.
Grain-free, gluten-free and low-glycemic, each of FitJoy’s protein bars is packed with 20 grams of protein and only 6-8 grams of net carbs depending on the flavor. Do you know how with some protein bars you feel hungry right after? FitJoy protein bars are high in dietary fiber, which I found keep me satiated for hours. That’s right, they’re actually filling. Oh, and did I mention they taste pretty awesome too? They so do!
What’s Not In FitJoy Bars?
To keep things clean, FitJoy bars are free of GMOs, and artificial flavors and sweeteners. FitJoy also keeps maltitol out of their bars. What’s maltitol? Maltitol is a cheap sugar alcohol that can be found in a lot of “health foods” and other protein bars on the market. But while maltitol may seem like it’s healthy on a label it can cause blood sugar spikes, resulting in hunger and cravings, and for some GI distress. Yikes!
Being the first lemon-flavored protein bar I’ve ever tried, I was admittedly skeptical. One bite and I was instantly hooked. They almost seem too tasty to be healthy. They’re chewy and bursting with citrusy lemon flavor with just the right amount of sweetness. I also love the bright and sunny color of these bars, thanks to turmeric, and the fun zig-zag yogurt icing design on top. Just lemony goodness all around and really great with coffee. And added bonus: these bars have 15% of your RDA calcium.
When’s The Best Time To Eat A FitJoy Bar?
Since these bars are grain-free and packed with protein, they make a great pre- or post-workout snack. But after going through 2 boxes already (yes, I’m hooked) I’ve found these bars are perfect for an afternoon snack or stand-in breakfast on busy days. I also found myself reaching for one whenever I had a sweet craving. I can confirm that FitJoy Bars are a healthy and yummy alternative to calorie and sugar-packed desserts.
Healthy Recipe: FITJOY Strawberry + Lemon Yogurt Parfait
Prep Time: 5 mins
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 400 kcal
- 1 FitJoy Grandma's Lemon Square (full size)
- 1 cup fat-free vanilla yogurt
- 1/3 cup strawberries, diced
- Begin by crumbling the FitJoy Grandma's Lemon Square Bar into small bite-sized pieces.
- Layer 1/3 of the vanilla yogurt into the bottom of small glass or jar. Continue by layering about a third of the diced strawberries and crumbled FitJoy bar.
- Continue alternating layers until all the ingredients are used.
- Enjoy your healthy high-protein treat!
The full portion of this parfait is 400 calories and is perfect for a post-workout meal or even breakfast. For a lower-calorie dessert option (200 calories), divide this recipe into two portions.
Heather is a founding editor and contributing writer for Better Living, where you'll find the latest in food, travel, health and lifestyle tips. She loves creating healthy recipes, sharing healthy living hacks, and researching the latest in wellness trends. On the weekends you’ll find her reading, doing yoga, and planning her next adventure.