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Behind bars: the truth about granola bars

Choose bars when you’re on the go and don’t have access to fresh produce and low-fat dairy products. © iStockphoto.com Choose bars when you’re on the go and don’t have access to fresh produce and low-fat dairy products. © iStockphoto.com
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  • Cinnamon & honey granola bar, 9/15/14

    Cinnamon & honey granola bar, 9/15/14

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:05 AM EDT2014-09-16 15:05:39 GMT
    Alan BennettMakes: 12 servingsPrep Time: 15 minsCook Time: 15 minsIngredients1/2 stick butter, softened1 cup brown sugar1 egg, beaten2 tablespoons flaxseed, ground if available2 tablespoons Honey2 cups Oats (old Fashion)1 cup All-purpose flour, sifted1 teaspoon cinnamon1/2 teaspoon baking soda1/2 cup raisinsNotes / DirectionsIn a large bowl, beat the softened butter brown sugar until blended and crumbly, about 2 minutes.Add egg and beat wellStir in flaxseed and honeyIn another bowl, combine ...More >>
    Alan BennettMakes: 12 servingsPrep Time: 15 minsCook Time: 15 minsIngredients1/2 stick butter, softened1 cup brown sugar1 egg, beaten2 tablespoons flaxseed, ground if available2 tablespoons Honey2 cups Oats (old Fashion)1 cup All-purpose flour, sifted1 teaspoon cinnamon1/2 teaspoon baking soda1/2 cup raisinsNotes / DirectionsIn a large bowl, beat the softened butter brown sugar until blended and crumbly, about 2 minutes.Add egg and beat wellStir in flaxseed and honeyIn another bowl, combine ...More >>
  • Game Day Dip

    Game Day Dip

    Saturday, September 13 2014 12:14 PM EDT2014-09-13 16:14:26 GMT
    By: Marc HaynesIngredients:8 oz Philadelphia cream cheese2 Cups of shredded cheddar cheese1 Can of Rotel Tomatoes1 tsp ground cumin1 Can white corn1 Can yellow cornDirections:Melt cream cheese in microwave for approximately 2 minutes. Add additional time if cream cheese is not completely melted.After cream cheese is softened stir in the shredded cheddar cheese and microwave for an additional 2 - 4 minutes (until mostly melted)Add can of Rotel tomatoes (NOT drained), the cans of corn (drained)...More >>
    By: Marc HaynesIngredients:8 oz Philadelphia cream cheese2 Cups of shredded cheddar cheese1 Can of Rotel Tomatoes1 tsp ground cumin1 Can white corn1 Can yellow cornDirections:Melt cream cheese in microwave for approximately 2 minutes. Add additional time if cream cheese is not completely melted.After cream cheese is softened stir in the shredded cheddar cheese and microwave for an additional 2 - 4 minutes (until mostly melted)Add can of Rotel tomatoes (NOT drained), the cans of corn (drained)...More >>
  • Paleo Country Breading & Frying

    Paleo Country Breading & Frying

    Saturday, September 13 2014 11:53 AM EDT2014-09-13 15:53:52 GMT
    by: Julianne BitelyIngredients:1 cup almond flour1/3 cup shredded coconut1/4 tsp paprika1 tsp garlic powder1/2 tsp black pepper1/2 tsp dried thyme2 large eggs (free range, please), beaten *for washCoconut oil for fryingCooking Oil Temperatures:Chicken: 350-375 degreesGreen Tomatoes: 360-375 degreesOkra: 350-375 degreesfor more recipes from Julianne go to WellnessInLittleRock.comMore >>
    by: Julianne BitelyIngredients:1 cup almond flour1/3 cup shredded coconut1/4 tsp paprika1 tsp garlic powder1/2 tsp black pepper1/2 tsp dried thyme2 large eggs (free range, please), beaten *for washCoconut oil for fryingCooking Oil Temperatures:Chicken: 350-375 degreesGreen Tomatoes: 360-375 degreesOkra: 350-375 degreesfor more recipes from Julianne go to WellnessInLittleRock.comMore >>


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Many people assume that granola bars are healthy because they contain the word ‘granola’. Not necessarily! Unfortunately, most of today’s granola and snack bars are sugar-coated, filled with candy fixin’s like chocolate and marshmallows, and laden with high fructose corn syrup as well as countless other ingredients that I can’t even pronounce, let alone spell.

But not all bars are bad. Many, in fact, include a healthy dose of fiber as well as natural ingredients like nuts and oats. Bars can also be a great afternoon snack idea because they are convenient, compact and individually wrapped – great for portion control. And they’re definitely easy to eat on the go. Here are our recommendations on the best (and worst) bars out there.

Bar Basics

Calories - Eaten as an afternoon snack, a bar should ideally be less than 200 calories. And interestingly, often the bars that are higher in calories are also higher in sugar and/or saturated fat.

Fiber - Since fiber helps keep you full and satisfied (since it takes longer to digest), bars should have some fiber to fill you up. Aim for a bar with 3 or more grams of fiber.

Protein - Protein is another key ingredient to help keep you feeling full in the afternoon. Try to reach for a bar with at least 7 grams of protein.

Sodium - Who would have thought that many bars contain a lot of sodium?! Often, when bars are low in fat, salt is needed to repalce the flavor lost when fat is removed. Go for bars with less than 60mg of sodium.

Sugar - Most bars out there are loaded with sugar to help improve their taste. Compare the grams of sugar to the grams of fiber in a bar and aim for a ratio of no more than 3 to 1. For instance, if a bar has 4 grams of fiber, it should have no more than 12 grams of sugar.

Unfortunately, it’s quite difficult to find bars that meet all of our requirements. So the bottom line is choose the bars that keep you the most satisfied without making you crave more. And even the best bars don’t hold a candle to fruits, vegetables and yogurt. So choose bars when you’re on the go and don’t have access to fresh produce and low-fat dairy products 

 


Heather's Bar Picks
Choose:

• Regular – Luna Bar in Caramel Nut Brownie
• Raw - Organic Fiber Bar in Chocolate Dream or Apple Apple

Lose:

• Snickers Marathon Energy Bars – These bars are overloaded with sugar (15-21 grams of sugar per bar) - YIKES!

 

 

Stephanie's Bar Picks

Choose:

• Regular– Kind Bar in Almond & Apricot
• Raw – Wild Bar in Mayan Spice

Lose:

• Special K Cereal Bars – Although it’s low in calories (90 calories), it has a higher sodium content than the typical bar (120mg) and has hydrogenated oils and a large ingredient list

 

Dara's Bar Picks

Choose:

• Regular - TLC Kashi Bar in Pumpkin Spice Flax
• Raw-  Larabar’s in Peanut Butter & Jelly

Lose:

• Fiber One Bars – These bars have too many unhealthy ingredients including high fructose corn syrup and high maltose corn syrup