Product: Kashi Cherry Dark Chocolate All-Natural Chewy Granola Bars
Price: $3.49 per box of 6 bars (Longos)
Total calories: 130 calories per bar (35 g)
Manufacturer: Kashi Company
The position: "Our chewy granola bars bring our unique blend of seven whole grains and sesame together with whole, roasted nuts, succulent, sun-dried fruit and a touch of wildflower honey."
Top 6 ingredients: Seven whole grains and sesame blend, brown rice syrup, cherries, dark chocolate chips, evaporated cane juice syrup, honey.
Nutritional breakdown: 24 g carbohydrate (4 g fibre, 8 g sugar), 5 g protein, 2 g fat (0.5 g saturated, 0 g trans).
Analysis: When made well, granola bars can be an entire little meal unto themselves. These Kashi bars are a great example.
A good snack should contain a minimum of 10 per cent of its carbohydrate as fibre – these bars are 17 per cent. The seven whole grains provide a mix of nutrients and the protein rounds it out nicely. Finally, the "sprinkling" of chocolate chips adds a lot of flavour for very few extra calories.
Alternative: Other granola bars with chocolate chips tend to be lower in fibre and protein, like Quaker Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars.
Take it or leave it: These bars can be used to help you keep healthy while on the go.
Suzanne Carere is a registered dietitian and manager of Nutrition & Wellness at HealthWithCare.
I'll be back in a few days. I have to run over to Longo's and fill up my snazzy lunch bag. Must attend to some family business in the next few days.....see you soon!