Good idea, bad, pros/cons vs. shakes? They're a hell of a lot more convenient.
I'm looking for a low-carb, high-protein, lactose-free, poly-hyphenated post-workout snack that I can toss in my gym duffel or even use as a meal replacement in the morning with my coffee. I'd like to keep the net carb load low, even post-workout. I'm CrossFitting 3x/week, trying to up it to 4x. The workouts are usually a solid stretching/warmup routine, then some form of heavy barwork followed by a fairly grueling workout, usually cardio-heavy but always incorporating additional strength training.
So far these fit the bill nicely (tasty, many available flavors), but I have researched maltitol, the primary sugar alcohol used, and found it to have a rather high glycemic index (40-50). To me, it probably shouldn't be completely counted out of "net carbs."
My only complaint about the protein blend is it seems to have a lot of casein, which isn't ideal post-workout protein to my knowledge.
Nitro-Tech Hardcore bars are another alternative - I used to eat the regular Nitro-Tech bars in college, they tasted like crap but also had a healthy dose of sugar. Looks like they've all gone the "low net carb" route.
I think Muscle Milk is a decent liquid alternative. It's not as satisfactory (especially as a meal replacement) as munching on what basically amounts to a low-carb candy bar, but then there's the "Monster Milk" which I haven't tried. Am I wrong to interpret the protein profile as mostly casein, though?
This is relevant to my interests.