5/28/12

Tuesday Trade Up: Granola Bars

If you are like most Americans you need a portable snack, for you or your kids; something you can throw in your purse or gym bag and easily unwrap when afternoon hunger strikes. This week for our Tuesday Trade Up we take a closer look at Honey Nut granola bars.

Kelloggs Special K Bars Honey Nut NuVal 28
Trade Up to:
Kashi Honey Almond Flax Granola Bars NuVal Score=43
(These NuVal scores are right on the price tag at the store)





Why does Kashi get a better score than Special K? You might notice below that Kashi bars contain 50 more calories than the Special K. Looking a little closer we see that Kashi contains more healthy fat from almonds and flax seed and more fiber and protein to help us feel full longer.
The NuVal score helps us to see the nutrition quality of our food. Some foods contain very few calories of nothing, no vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, protein, etc. Sometimes it's better to include a few more calories of quality nutrition so we nourish our bodies and can stay full longer.

Kashi Honey Almond Flax Granola Bars
Serving Size: 1 Bar
Calories 140, Total Fat 5g, Saturated Fat 0g, Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0 mg, Sodium 105 mg, Total Carbohydrates 19g, Dietary Fiber 4g, Sugars 5 g, Protein 7g, Vitamin A 0%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 0%, Iron 8%
Ingredients: Rolled whole grains blend (hard red wheat, oats, rye, triticale, barley), roasted salted whole almonds, brown rice syrup, soy protein isolate, soy grits, evaporated cane juice crystals, chicory root fiber, whole flax seeds, evaporated cane juice syrup, rice starch, corn flour, honey, expeller pressed canola oil, vegetable glycerin, oat fiber, natural flavors, evaporated salt, Kashi seven whole grains & sesame flour (whole: oats, hard red wheat, rye, brown rice, triticale, barley, buckwheat, sesame seeds), molasses, soy lecithin, peanut flour, whey protein isolate.

Kelloggs Special K Bars Honey Nut
Serving Size: 1 Bar
Calories 90, Total Fat 2g, Saturated Fat 0g, Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 100mg, Total Carbohydrates 16g, Dietary Fiber 3g, Sugars 6 g, Protein 1g, Vitamin A 0%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 0%, Iron 0%
Ingredients: Cereal (rice, whole grain wheat, sugar, wheat bran, soluble wheat fiber, salt, malt flavoring, vitamin B1 [thiamin mononitrate], vitamin B2 [riboflavin], soluble corn fiber, fructose, corn syrup, roasted almonds, roasted peanuts (peanuts, peanut oil), sunflower oil, dextrose, sugar, honey, contains 2% or less of sorbitol, glycerin, natural and artificial flavor, salt, soy lecithin, niacinamide, BHT (preservative), soy protein isolate, nonfat milk, vitamin B6 (pyrodoxine hydrochloride).

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