1/15/13

Tuesday Trade Up: Graham Crackers


Perhaps part of your New Year's resolution was to provide better snacks for your kids. While no one is claiming that Graham Crackers are a health food or the perfect pick, it is a common and tasty snack for kids so we chose it today for our Tuesday Trade Up.

Many of our guests want to make a conscious effort to choose products for their family with ingredients that they recognize and can feel good about giving to their kids. Both Annie's and Back to Nature provide snacks without hydrogenated oils, HFCS, artificial colors or dyes. But just because a product is organic or natural doesn't mean that it's "healthy". I mean, if you were to get technical, lard is natural but I don't see a lot of people putting it on the top 10 list of healthy foods - hehe!

The whole premise of NuVal is 'how can you Trade Up' among the things that you eat. For example, if we were to Trade Up in the pretzel section but you don't eat pretzels, that's okay, you can Trade Up on the foods you do eat. One thing we, your dietitians, have learned over the last year is that no one guest eats the exact same way. You may be vegan, gluten free, raw, or just trying to choose better for you foods. There is always a place to Trade Up. So today, we just Traded Up among a selection of "clean/natural" Graham Crackers.

Do you have a suggestion for a Trade Up? Leave a comment below and we'll see what we can find.

So here's a closer look at our Trade Up.

Back to Nature Honey Graham Sticks (NuVal score 3)
Ingredients
: Unbleached wheat flour, evaporated cane juice, safflower oil, graham flour (whole grain wheat flour), honey, brown rice syrup, leavening (baking soda, monocalcium phosphate), sea salt, natural flavor. Contains: wheat.
Nutrition:
Serving size: 31g
Calories 130, Total Fat 3g, Saturated Fat 0g, Trans Fat 0g, Cholestorol 0mg, Sodium 170 mg, Carbs 25g,
Dietary Fiber 1g, Sugars 9g, Protein 2g, Vitamin A 0%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 0%, Iron 0%.

Annie's Bunny Grahams Honey Flavored (NuVal score 25)
Ingredients: Organic whole grain wheat flour, organic cane sugar, expellar pressed vegetable oil (safflower and/or sunflower), honey, organic corn flour, organic graham flour, calcium carbonate, sea salt, baking soda, natural vanilla and graham cracker flavor. 

Nutrition
27 cookies (30g)
Calories 140, Total Fat 4.5g, Saturated Fat 0g, Trans Fat 0g, Cholestorol 0mg, Sodium 170 mg, Carbs 22g, Dietary Fiber 2g, Sugars 7g, Protein 2g, Vitamin A 0%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 20%, Iron 4%.

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