Is Nature Truly in Nature Valley Granola BarsPosted by foodforthought
The first thing that comes to my mind when I hear the word “nature” is a rain-forest, with a running natural spring cutting across and birds flying in the air. Do Nature Valley granola bars fit in with that picture?
The ingredient list is a good thing to see when it comes to snack bars. Short and sweet (literally), Nature Valley tries to stay true to their brand name. Jam packed with recognizable ingredients like whole grain oats and flour, natural sweeteners like honey and brown sugar syrup and healthier fats like canola oil make this snack fiber and protein-filled and two times the yummy!
For our benefit, Nature Valley offers nutrition facts for eating either one or two bars per package… we can take advantage of that! Although the ingredient list has healthful choices, two bars account for 190 calories, 6 grams of fat (0.5 grams saturated fat) and 12 grams of sugar suggesting portion control could be an issue. The best way to eat this snack from a health perspective is to separate the two bars into two different snack times, since the sweetness of one may be satisfying enough. The good news is that if you had to eat both bars, you made a pretty good nutrient filled choice for its amount of calories, so don’t feel guilty! Just be sure to factor in the amount of calories and fat into your total daily intake.
Food for Thought:
- When choosing a snack, stick to those with whole grains as they provide the most fiber and protein
- Pay attention to calories per portion…sometimes a snack can be split up to lessen the caloric load per snack and still be satisfying.
Nature Valley Granola Bar Grade:
B+: Especially if eaten in two sittings