BDRoland saidI'm sure this has been discussed at length before on this forum but I wanted to start a new topic anyway to get some opinions on my specific case. I currently weigh 132 lbs and I'm trying to gain weight. My trainer has told me to up my protein intake and I am trying but I'm not a big eater as it is. Anyway my question is about protein bars and how much they could help or hurt someone like me. I got to the gym about 3-4 times a week and I'm focusing on muscle gain. Would eating protein bars like "Clif" be a good idea for snacks or do the cons (how processed it is) out weigh the pros. Thanks guys.
The thing about the majority of protein bars is that they contain a lot of sugar and cheap ingredients, and use cheap protein - usually whey, or soy. Many of them are really candy bars with added sugar.
Some excellent sources of protein are eggs, chicken, fish, beef, tuna, cottage cheese. Clif bars, which you mentioned, aren't bad for energy before/after training, but I believe they have 9-10 grams of protein per bar so as an overall strategy for getting your protein in, they are better used for energy.
If you are looking to gain quality weight, you should be relying on whole foods as much as possible, varying it up frequently, and shy away from processed foods in general.
The foods above helped me greatly when I was still into powerlifting and carrying 40+ more pounds more (much of it muscle) on my frame.. that's before I found Krav Maga of course
But a good site for nutrition articles is also www.tmuscle.com - just ignore the incessant product promotion.