September 13, 2012 at 11:15 am
by Megan Bingham
Are granola bars reallya good-for-you snack? Yes, if you choose carefully. Many options, even those touting health benefits, can come loaded with calories, fat and sugar. Do your homework and examine the nutrition label. Select bars with at least 3 grams of fiber and no more than 8 grams of sugar and 200 calories per serving. These smart picks deliver on all counts.
Granola Bars to Get Energized:
Nature Valley Peanut, Almond & Dark Chocolate Protein Bar. Power up with a mix of roasted nuts, sunflower seeds and dark chocolate. 190 cal • 6 g sugar
Kashi Chewy Trail Mix Granola Bar. Sun-dried fruit, almonds and a touch of honey. 140 cal • 6 g sugar
Special K Chocolatey Peanut Butter Bar. 4 g of protein wrapped in creamy peanut butter and luscious chocolate. 110 cal • 7 g sugar
Granola Bars to Beat Cravings:
Quaker Chewy 25% Less Sugar Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bar. Guilt-free treat loaded with peanut butter and rich chocolate chips. 100 cal • 5 g sugar
Nature’s Path Macaroon Crunch Bar. Decadent coconut and chocolate make it easy to skip dessert. 200 cal • 8 g sugar
Granola Bars to Feel Satisfied:
Fiber One Chewy Strawberry PB&J Bar. PB&J flavor and 5 g of fiber in a carry-it-anywhere package. 110 cal • 7 g sugar
KELLOGG’S FiberPlus Antioxidants Caramel Coconut Fudge Bar. Packed with whole grains and 35% of your daily fiber. 130 cal • 7 g sugar
Megan Bingham is health/food editorial assistant at Family Circle magazine.