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Moms, Are You Ready for Your Child’s Second Growth Spurt?

Moms, Are You Ready for Your Child’s Second Growth Spurt?

As parents, one of the common complaints we’ve all had is how little our kids eat. I remember trying out innovative ways for them to eat their vegetables and fruits. But, I wasn’t paying too much attention to the protein in their diet hoping that the regular dal and milk will take care of their protein needs. I later realized that they needed much more protein during their growth spurts, and their diet may have been falling short.

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But then they crossed the 5-year mark and 10 and I relaxed. They had turned from fussy eaters to voracious eaters. I do crib about the large quantities of food that I cook these days. But you know my biggest challenge? It is to ensure that they do not ingest too many empty calories and to maintain a good protein and carbs balance in their diet. You know, how kids sneak in biscuits and snacks with their sweet smiles and persuasive honey-coated words. My younger son comes often with me for grocery shopping. And you should see his persuasive skills at work to buy the junk he likes. It takes me all my powers of patience to keep his demands at bay only giving in a little.

And then last year, the elder son turned 14. Suddenly the boy shot up in height. He had a huge growth spurt as we parents braced for puberty and teen tantrums. Now, I wanted him to have a perfectly balanced diet. I knew that his weight had to keep up with the changes in his body. Most parents are caught by surprise by what is called the second growth spurt which hits boys between 10 and 15 years of age and girls between 8 to 15 years of age.

This is also the time when his academics require a lot of attention and he is also at the peak of his playing and other co-curricular activities. There have been days in the past year when he has had activities all 7 days a week. Just seeing the way he studies, plays and attends quizzes makes my mind reel. I don’t want his body and mind to burn out. Of late, he has started hating milk. He wants coffee or tea these days and there goes another source of protein. He does like curd or yoghurt though and hence that is a good option that he has daily.

Good diet and exercise plays a crucial role now.

According to studies, children in the second growth spurt need 2X Protein as per Recommended Dietary Allowance(RDA), as compared to protein intake during childhood years (4-6yrs).

It is no surprise that their demand of protein touches sky high, as it is the most important component for growth and repair of muscles, organs and bones which is important for a child’s growth and development.

Then I came across this chart from National Nutrition Monitoring Bureau report (India). As the chart above shows, both girls and boys are consuming much less protein than they require even before they hit puberty and this deficit only widens in their second growth spurt. This compromises reaching their optimum growth in terms of height and weight.

Another important point to note is that the best quality protein (that contains all amino acids) comes from:

  • Milk and milk products
  • Egg
  • Soy protein
  • Meat products

Since I became aware of this, I’ve incorporated more proteins in his diet to ensure that his mind and body stay sharp and fit. I also took a look at the protein component in my son’s health drink. It had only 7.6 gm protein/100 gm. That cannot be enough. I needed a protein supplement that had at least 50% more protein than this. I found out that Protinex Grow had more protein per gram, suitable for my child’s second growth spurt.

Eggs, chicken, curd, paneer, milk (morning cornflakes) and loads of lentils and pulses are now a part of his regular diet.

Do you pay special attention to the protein intake of your kids especially during this second growth spurt?

Pic courtesy: Pavel L Photo and Video by Shutterstock.

Dining Out in a World of Indulgence

Dining Out in a World of Indulgence

Eating out is something that my family and I guess every family enjoys thoroughly. Indulging in carefully prepared food with exclusive ingredients, where attention is paid to every fine detail, is akin to so-called ‘foodie-bliss’. Today, I am going to share with you my favourite dining haunts that have left a mark on my palate and mind.

Tandoor

tandoor
Source: Dineout

This upscale eatery at MG Road in Bangalore, even though a small place serves Indian food that is delectable. To stick out for one favourite dish would be a big stretch here. The Tandoori paneer tikka though mundane is done beautifully here. It is perfectly spiced with soft and perfect texture. I thoroughly enjoyed their methi fish curry with thick seer fish slices and a finger-licking gravy. Mix it with rice, close your eyes to savour the hit of methi with the gentle sweetness of fresh fish. And if you are a sarson-ka-saag fan, you just can’t miss it with makki ki roti and white butter here. It will transport you to the roadside dhabas of Punjab. A bit expensive but the food and its quality completely justifies it.

Khyber

khyber
Source: CNN Travel

If Mughlai food makes your heart sing, then Khyber will create an exclusive symphony for you. Its tasteful décor is reminiscent of the Mughal era and complements the courteous service. The chicken tangdi kebabs were done perfectly. The meat was just the right moist, perfectly cooked with the the correct balance of spices. Chicken rara and Chicken makhanwala that you must have had in multiple places are quite delightful here. Simplicity and taste are things they score high on.

Trishna

Source: CNN Travel
Source: CNN Travel

If seafood is your calling, especially Mangalore style, then a visit to Trishna will show you what a lovelier world is all about. I can rave on and on about the dishes here. Prawn Koliwada – crispy, hot, lip-smacking tasty. You have to order this one. If you are a crab lover just like me, try it in any form and you will love it. The sweet taste of fresh crab meat will have you licking your fingers in delight. Done just perfectly, you will be left asking for more.

Try their gravies, especially recommended is fish gassi. And of course, that solkadi that calms down all the spices. You will love it here.

Smoke House Deli

Source: Live in Style
Source: Live in Style

This eatery in Bangalore has a lovely ambience. Simple white walls with interesting hand-painted caricatures that provide an exclusive allure. The food is spectacular here. Everything I tasted here was fantastic. There was adequate thought given to curate the best flavours from freshest ingredients. You can choose your own pasta and risotto dishes by mixing and matching them. I enjoyed their mushroom and smoked chicken fettuccine that was beautifully plated and the smoky flavour perfectly complemented the pasta. The wild mushroom risotto will leave you ecstatic. If you have room left for dessert, both white chocolate crème brûlée and tiramisu are outstanding choices. Conversation ceases when the food is this good. Good that my husband took me here. I would love to go back.

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Vaya Tyffyn 600 ml. User Review

Vaya Tyffyn 600 ml. User Review

After taking the market by storm with its launch of premium Vaya Tyffyns the likes of which the Indian market had not seen till then, Vaya has now launched its premium Tyffyn 600 ml. variant recently. Sleek and stylish, like the original 1000 ml. Tyffyn, this one has a few feature modifications and retains the sleek, good looks of the original that Vaya is now synonymous with. Do read my review of the original Vaya Tyffyn here.

 

So, I received the spanking new Vaya Tyffyn 600 in a beautiful cardboard packaging. It only comes with a carry mat cum bag as a part of the launch offer and not otherwise. It does look even swankier in its smaller avatar.

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It is available in Maple, Wool and Graphite just like the larger Tyffyn. This time I got the classy looking Graphite Tyfftn.

Here is my review of Vaya Tyffyn 600 ml.

What Worked for Me:

Lighter: If you remember, I had complained about the heavier weight of original Tyffyn. Vaya has worked on that. The Tyffyn now has two containers each of 300 ml. capacity and does feel noticeably lighter.

Vaya Tyffyn 600

Perfect for the Young Ones: It is perfect for carrying snacks/lunch for your children, young adults or even for carrying snacks or light lunch for yourself. Its lightweight body is quite easy for the kids to carry.

Good Thoughtful Touches: The containers are still made of stainless steel with gleaming copper finish and spill-proof plastic lids. The groove on the lid that helps you pull it out is an improvement on the previous design and comes out easily. Definitely a big thumbs up for that.

Vaya Tyffyn 600

New Welcome Detail: The containers now have handy partitions that help you pack in more variety. Chutney and sambar can now be packed in along with idlis or dosas even in 2 containers. These partitions do not allow contents from one side to seep onto the other side.

Vaya Tyffyn 600

The Good Parts are Retained: Vaya Tyffyn is all about quality. Hence the high-quality side clasps are sturdy and leak proof. The handle of the Tyffyn niftily folds into a groove on the top. The outer case is made of strong stainless steel with inner copper lining that provides a good exterior to hold in the heat to keep your food warm even after 4-5 hours.

Vaya Tyffyn 600

Cardboard Packaging: I liked the neat and environment-friendly cardboard box that the Tyffyn comes in. No frills, sensible packaging.

What Can be Better:

Vaya Tyffyn 600

BagMat in Regular Orders: This BagMat is not only stylish but very useful as well. It has a space for cutlery and napkin and can open out into a mat that is very convenient for children. In its absence, I have to pack in the Tyffyn 600 ml. in another lunch bag and pack in the spoon and fork separately. A bit of an inconvenience. Also, kids prefer to carry their tiffin boxes in a lunch bag slung on their shoulder. We all know how they can easily misplace things carried in their hands. Hence this bag mat must really be included in the order along with the Tyffyn.

The BagMat can, however, be ordered separately on their website.

Suitable for One Meal: This Tyffyn can handle one meal at best. Since I have to pack two tiffin boxes for my children (for short break and lunch break), I will either need to use larger Vaya Tyffyn or send an additional lunch box (which makes no sense). So yes, I am trying to figure that part out.

Overall, I would highly recommend this product. Vaya continues to innovate with design and the quality of its product is superior to anything else that is there in the market. It keeps the food warm for the children and is quite easy to use even for those in 4th – 5th grade.

You can order your Vaya Tyffyn 600 at Vaya website here. It comes with 1-year warranty and is priced at Rs. 1990.

Disclosure: I was given a complimentary Tyffyn 600 ml. All opinions in this review are honest and my own.

Spirulina – Nature’s Wonder Food, A Review and Some Recipes

Spirulina – Nature’s Wonder Food, A Review and Some Recipes

Have you used the blue-green, nutrient dense algae called Spirulina? I hadn’t till recently. I had heard of it though but never really got around to using it. Recently Parry Wellness approached me to review their product – organic spirulina powder. An intensely dark, dense powder, it has a slight sea smell. I tasted plain powder and it has a slightly strong taste.

Here are the 10 major benefits of Spirulina

parry's spirulina

Now isn’t the product a miracle food? It is also a delight for healthy eaters as it is very high in protein, having 60% protein which better red meat (27% protein) and soy (34% protein). It is easily digestible and in its organic form perfectly safe to use. You may already find it as the super food lending its nutritional genius to your dark-green smoothies and health bars.

It also has essential phytonutrients like Vitamin B12 (not found in any other vegetarian source), carotenoids, essential fatty acids, trace minerals and antioxidants which are great for overall health and immunity.

I am actually aghast at its amazing properties.

Here are a couple of recipes that I tried using the product at home:

Avocado Milkshake with Parry’s Spirulina

parry's spirulina

Makes 4 glasses

Ingredients:

1 ripe avocado mashed

750 ml. milk, heated and cooled

1 tsp. Parry’s Spirulina powder

3 tsp. sugar (or more depending upon taste)

Just blend everything together and serve your high energy avocado milk shake with the goodness of spirulina which has a deep green colour. You can add icecubes if you so desire. I could not really taste spirulina in the milkshake.

Beetroot, Carrot, Ginger and Lemon Juice with Parry’s Spirulina

parry's spirulina

Ingredients:

4 beetroot

4 carrots

1 inch piece ginger

Juice of ½ lemon

Some black salt to taste

½ tsp. Parry’s Spirulina powder

Of late, I’ve been experimenting a bit with vegetable juices and beetroot, carrot, ginger and lime does taste quite good. The deep colour of beetroot overrides everything else that is mixed into it.

To prepare this juice, just juice all the ingredients together. Add black salt and spirulina powder to the combined juice and stir well. Serve chilled. This makes about 2 tall glasses of juice. Again, I did not get any additional taste of spirulina.

You can also make lemonade with spirulina by adding ¼ tsp. to a glass before serving it. It lends a dark green colour to the lemonade.

What you have to watch out for:

  1. Only buy Spirulina from absolutely safe organic sources. Since it comes from the sea, it must be processed correctly to be free from any toxins.
  2. Do not use Spirulina in hot foods.

parry's spirulina

Overall, my experiments with Parry’s Wellness Spirulina were good. The powder is dark green and dense and after opening the sachet, it must be stored in an air-tight jar. It is available both as tablets and in powder form.

I am keen to try out this product in other ways in my kitchen. Since it helps with nasal allergies, I wish to give it regularly to my elder son and see if it helps.

It being so high in protein, I am definitely going to add it to my smoothies post workout. Since it is a 100% vegan and organic product, it is digested easily by the body.

You can buy Parry’s Wellness Spirulina on Amazon.

Have you used Spirulina before? Do share your experiences if any.

Is your Daily Diet Missing Something in Your Daily Homemade Food?

Is your Daily Diet Missing Something in Your Daily Homemade Food?

protein deficiency

I love homemade food. Everyone who reads my blog knows how passionate I am about food. As I read more about food, I have realized how important it is for us to consume a well-balanced meal all the time. Each meal should contain all the nutrients i.e. proteins, carbohydrates, fats, fibre, vitamins and minerals.

I often find that we in India consider carbohydrates to be our enemy and denounce them from our diet thinking that it will make us lose weight faster and help in maintaining body weight. But, there is a very important nutrient in our diet which we often miss. The nutrient that is ignored in Indian cooking is protein.

Think of poori sabzi, upma and some of our other traditional breakfast and meal options and you will find them rich in carbohydrates, but low in proteins. Furthermore, if you are a vegetarian, then it may be a bit difficult to completely satisfy your protein requirements just by eating homemade food.

Let’s try and understand protein a bit better:

Protein is very important for the growth and maintenance of our cells and tissues. Our skin, hair, nails, body tissues are made up of protein. Proteins are also essential for formation of hemoglobin, hormones, enzymes, muscles and antibodies (required to maintain a healthy immune system). Thus, our body needs adequate proteins on a daily basis to function appropriately. Hence, if your diet is low in protein, you may experience dryness in skin and your nails and hair may become weaker. It is said that our bodies need 1.0g of protein for every kilogram of bodyweight. Therefore, protein is considered as a wonder nutrient that is absolutely crucial for our bodies.

One other very important fact about protein is that it cannot be stored in the body, unlike carbohydrates. Hence, the body does not have any reserves to fall back upon in times of need. This is the reason why you must meet all your protein requirements from your diet every day.

Since I got to know these essential truths about protein, I have become more conscious of incorporating it in every meal e.g. boiled egg with upma or veg paratha with curd. I have increased the quantity of dal, pulses and lentils consumed in every meal. And of course, for those times after my workout or when I have not had protein in my food, a protein shake like Protinex helps take care of any protein deficiencies that might occur in my diet on a regular basis. I have read that protein supplements based on milk protein -whey are the best to consume.

Are you having enough protein in your diet? Check out this Calculator to see where you stand.

Here are my results

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Do let me know how you handle protein deficiency in your diet?

Pic courtesy: Africa Studio on Shutterstock

Catch up on Lost Growth of Children with Horlicks Growth+

Catch up on Lost Growth of Children with Horlicks Growth+

I remember that when my elder son was born, my biggest concern was that he be healthy. Right from his birth I was introduced to metrics especially percentiles that told me how he was doing in terms of weight and height for his age. I can’t tell you how stressed parents feel when children fall behind on those parameters. And a lot of time, it is not as simple as feeding them more that takes care of the issue. At every meet with the paediatrician, you check the percentiles and feel grumpy. Kids, well they have a mind of their own when it comes to eating.

As parents, we have all gone through phases when the child is overtly fussy, has low appetite or cannot eat due to sickness. It is the most frustrating time for a parent. And these kids, you put in so much effort for them to gain weight but one sickness and all that good work is undone. I remember going through that rollercoaster when the sons were younger. Luckily now they eat well and heartily. But there were days in their earlier days when I would be at my wit’s end as to how to make them eat adequately and make them gain weight.

Some children are naturally more energetic and burn off more calories than others while other children are genetically chubby. Each child is different but it is also true that the child undergoes maximum growth both physically and mentally by their 10th birthday. Hence it is important to track their development on a regular basis. Yes, you can do something about it. In fact, you must try to make up the lost growth of your child to allow her to be active, fit and have a good immunity. Children who are underweight also tend to catch infections faster and hence end up losing even more weight.

horlicks growth plus 2

If your child’s growth is of concern to you then it is best to discuss it with your doctor. Health supplements like Horlicks Growth+ help in replenishing deficiencies in nutrition and also help with weight gain. Horlicks Growth+ professes that you will see a noticeable change in the weight and height of your child within 6 months.

This is because it contains high-quality protein, essential amino acids, vitamins and minerals which are needed by the children for adequate growth. One surprising fact is that children need 1.2 times the protein that adults need for their growth and often they miss out on it during their growth phase. My mother I remember used to fret a lot as all three of us siblings were underweight. In those days, she would work hard at feeding us laddoos and more milk as there were no such supplements though I did like Horlicks in my milk. She would have felt so much happier now.

horlicks growth plus 1

But now, you can easily add a supplement like Horlicks Growth+ that contains milk whey protein and see visible changes in your child’s growth. Do check with your pediatrician before you begin. Also don’t forget to access Horlicks Growth+ website for interesting resources like checking your child’s milestones, information about growth and so on.

My perfect Monsoon Day

My perfect Monsoon Day

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I am lucky to be living in Bangalore where we experience beautiful weather almost throughout the year. Yet, monsoons have an unmatched charm even for me. Watching the rain pitter patter down, sometimes a slow drizzle and at other times pouring its heart out is a strangely soothing experience. There are times, when I pick up my laptop and sit in my balcony watching the rain provide the perfect backdrop to my thoughts as I work. Yes, I know that rains can create issues like traffic snarls and rivers on roads, but luckily I work from home. Hence, I truly enjoy the beauty of monsoons, its calming effect with the green carpet that it leaves in its wake.

A perfect monsoon day would be one where I could wake up late and curl up in a comforter with a book to read. Seriously, what can be more blissful than that? Oh yes, some good food is always welcome for company. Since the slightly chilly weather calls for it and because I don’t need an excuse to have coffee, I use my Morphy Richards coffeemaker to brew that perfect cuppa.

Morphy Richards

As the aroma of freshly brewed coffee percolates through the house, I am tempted to fix a tasty yet filling snack like a sandwich using my easy-to-use Morphy Richards sandwich maker and grill. Another favorite of mine is masala chai and pakodas, but these days I generally avoid fried foods often.

Morphy Richards

Catching a movie on TV is another favorite way of spending a rain-washed day. Of course, that has to be accompanied by home-made popcorn and masala chai or coffee depending upon the mood. Playing loud music and singing along especially romantic rain songs are also very high on the list of things I do on a rainy day.  Rains cheer me and bring my crazy side to the fore.

And evenings, I help my son float paperboats in the puddles created by the rain. Oh, what fun that is! Kids everywhere love rains. The potential for mischief reaches the sky for them. I also love going for my brisk walk outdoors when the rains have ceased and the firmament is sparkling and beautiful. The sparkling green soothes the soul and the dark skies sometimes make for the perfect, breathtaking setting to bring the curtains down on a very satisfying rainy day spent doing what I really enjoy.

Chicken nuggets – Indian style

Chicken nuggets – Indian style

Chicken nuggets Indian style

My kids love chicken nuggets, the husband as well. I mean they are pure golden goodness and yummy too. Though earlier, we tried making the frozen stuff from the bag, these days, I prefer to make them myself at home. You know they are not difficult to make or time consuming either. And, I prefer consuming fresh food. Needless to mention that it’s always very healthy and hygienic. It is tastier too. So here is my simple recipe of chicken nuggets with an Indian tadka.

Ingredients:

500 gm. boneless chicken breast cut into pieces

1 tsp. black pepper powder

Some chopped coriander

Marinade:

¼ cup buttermilk

1 tsp. chilly powder

2 tsp. ginger garlic paste

Salt to taste

For the nuggets shell:

1 cup breadcrumbs

¼ cup flour

1 egg

Recipe:

Marinate your boneless chicken pieces in the marinade ingredients for at least 4 hours. Overnight is even better.  Now drain out the liquid well. Make sure the pieces are almost dry.

Add some chopped coriander, ½ tsp. black pepper and chicken pieces and mince it in your food processor. The mince must be nice and moist but not runny. I always enjoy mincing it in my Morphy Richards Food Processor.

Chicken nuggets Indian style

Now to assemble, take your breadcrumbs in a plate.  I make my own breadcrumbs by throwing in a couple of slices of  bread in the blender. Just blend a little and you have great quality breadcrumbs. Season with some salt and pepper. But keep it less as the chicken already has its own salt and spices.

Take flour in a plate and whip the egg in another bowl.

Now using your hands, form the chicken mince in the shape of nuggets. Dip them gently in flour first, then in egg mix and in bread crumbs. Make all the nuggets in this manner.

Now either shallow fry on each side in a pan or deep fry them in hot oil. They are done in a few minutes. Take them out when golden brown and serve hot with the chutney of your choice.

This is a great recipe as a snack in the evening.

RiteBite Eazy Herbal Bars – Product Review

RiteBite Eazy Herbal Bars – Product Review

I have already done the review for Max Protein Bars by RiteBite earlier. So when I was approached to review the newly launched bars from their stable, I was up for it. These are herbal bars that are positioned in the health bars, meal supplement niche. They are made from natural ingredients and herbs as claimed on the pack and help with weight management, stress management and building immunity.

RiteBite herbal bars

These are the three bars that have been launched: Eazy Slim, Eazy Calm and Eazy Immune.

RiteBite herbal bars

Eazy Slim:

This bar proclaims to have the goodness of Green Tea, Guggul, Yerba Mate and Garcinia.These ingredients help in weight management and free radical reduction in the body. Each bar has 14 g protein, 11 g Carbohydrates and 8 g Fiber as per pack information. They are supposed to provide all vital ingredients and help with weight management. The bar has no added sugar, is of low glycemic index, prebiotic, gluten free and non-GMO as per pack information. Taste wise this bar is quite nice to taste. It has a top layer of sugarfree dark chocolate and has oats and cranberries inside.

RiteBite herbal bars

Eazy Calm:

This bar proclaims to have Ashwagandha, Passion Flower and Tulsi. This is another bar meant for both weight management and as a dietary supplement. It has 14 g protein and 8 g fiber. It contains no added sugar, is of low glycemic index, prebiotic, gluten free and Non-GMO as per pack information. Passion flower is supposed to help with stress. Tulsi and Ashwagandha have healing properties. Taste wise, the bar has a nice chocolate taste. It has sugar free dark chocolate and oats.

RiteBite herbal bars

Eazy Immune:

This bar has Tulsi, Lemon Balm, Amla and Ginger for building immunity. The bar has 12 g protein and 8 g fiber. It has a low glycemic index, is non-GMO, gluten free and prebiotic. Each bar has 14 g protein and 8 g fiber and is recommended for weight management and for building better immunity. The bar has an interesting taste of lemon, ginger and honey. I quite enjoyed the taste except that it felt too sweet. It has a nice crunch of black sesame seeds and flax seeds and the sweetness is from honey and dates.

Each bar is priced at Rs. 90 for 50 gm. bar which is quite pricey. You can keep it as a meal supplement in your purse for those times when you just have no access to healthy food. Since, I have not used the bars for any weight management plans, I cannot comment on those properties of the bar. As a meal supplement, these bars are pleasant tasting.

Get RiteBite’s vast range of Nutrition Bars in your favorite supermarkets, online portals as well as on the website of Naturell India.

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Do consult your doctor before consuming this or any other health bars. If you have any health conditions or are pregnant or nursing, consume these bars only after consulting with your doctor.

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of the bars for review. All thoughts are honest.

RiteBite Max Protein Bars – A review

RiteBite Max Protein Bars – A review

I love working out. Yes, I enjoy my exercise. I have been regularly exercising for a decade and a half. I actually miss it on the days I don’t workout. I do a mix of brisk walking/jogging, strength training and Yoga. I also love to cook and eat nutritious food. We all know that nutrition, exercise and health go hand in hand. Often, we miss out on a very crucial element of exercise which is pre-exercise and post-exercise nutrition. Our body needs protein and carbohydrates to prevent muscle damage and to replenish the body after a strenuous workout. We also need water and electrolytes to replace the fluids lost during the workout.

I normally take a banana and a protein shake after my workout. When I got an opportunity to try RiteBite Max Protein Bars, I grabbed it. This is a perfect bar for a post-workout meal. It is also a great substitute for those times when you just have to skip a meal or have no access to healthy food. I was never a fan of samosa, kachori or burger for a meal or a chocolate bar for that matter.

RiteBite Max Protein Bars come in 3 flavors: Choco Slim, Choco Fudge and Honey Lemon. No prizes for guessing that chocolate is my favorite flavor. Let me take you through each bar:

Choco Fudge:

RiteBite Max Protein Bars

I do love Chocolate Fudge as a dessert, so I picked this one first to try it. It has a great chocolate taste as well as loads of nuts. I felt it was a little less sweet for my taste. It had a slightly chalky aftertaste which I didn’t like. I had this bar after one of my workouts. It filled me up nicely. It also took care of my protein, carbohydrate, fiber and vitamin needs.

RiteBite Max Protein Bars

Choco Slim:

RiteBite Max Protein Bars

This bar has no added sugar and a really nice chocolate taste. It was my favorite of the lot. It had lots of nuts too which I personally like. In terms of nutrition it is similar to the other two bars.

RiteBite Max Protein Bars

Honey Lemon:

RiteBite Max Protein Bars

This bar has a strong lemon flavor and the sweetness of honey. It was different as in it didn’t have chocolate. 🙂 But the lemon was a bit too strong for my liking. Overall, it is a reasonably good tasting bar.

RiteBite Max Protein Bars

I can see myself consuming all these bars in the future too.

When can you eat RiteBite Max Protein Bars?

Breakfast replacement: I see them as a great way to get some good stuff in the morning when your body really needs it especially if you are the kind who skips breakfasts.

Meal replacement: I know of a lot of people who skip meals especially in the Corporate world. If you have these bars close at hand, you can have them even on the go. That way you give your body something nutritious and filling, and it hardly takes any time to eat.

After workouts: Please do pay special attention to your diet after workout. You must have water, carbohydrates and proteins within 45 minutes after your workout. Many of us don’t have access to this nutrition post nutrition; have this bar as a great way to replenish your body. It is substantial and offers everything your body needs after exercise.

RiteBite’s Max Protein Bars and many other Nutrition Bars are available in your favorite supermarkets, online portals as well as on the website of Naturell India. Do try them out. Each RiteBite Max Protein Bar is priced at Rs. 100 per bar.

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All pictures courtesy: http://www.naturellindia.com

Do consult your doctor before consuming this or any other health bars. If you have any health conditions or are pregnant or nursing, consume these bars only after consulting with your doctor.

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of the bars for review. All thoughts are honest.

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