Let’s face it: A store-bought snack bar is usually just a distant cousin of the candy bar. You know, the long-lost relative with a crunchier-than-thou attitude that’s really just covering a host of insecurities about all that refined sugar and those weird preservatives. Why not skip the imposters and bake up one of these truly healthy alternatives?
It seems like everywhere I turn, new and “improved” high protein-versions of seemingly healthy foods are being advertised. How do they boost the protein content? And are they really a good-for-you choice? So I did some digging, and it turns out, it depends!
The addition of soy protein isolate will virtually double the amount of protein per serving but this doesn’t automatically make these cereals health food. Many of these breakfast cereals are still drenched in sugar. Read labels carefully and look for ones made with whole grains.
Top Pick: Nature Valley Protein Crunchy Granola
Protein-fortified waters may be the silliest choice out there. Water is water, no protein in sight. The blends are typically a mix of sweeteners (real and artificial) and colors, plus some whey protein isolate. These high-protein options will supply a few grams of protein per serving but they shouldn’t be used as a replacement for good old H2O.
Top Pick: Homemade Flavored Water
Snacks are an important part of any healthy eating plan — provided you’re snacking on the right things. This week’s compilation of reader comments has plenty of healthy between-meal ideas, from favorite snack bars and homemade granola to a frozen treat for your sweet tooth.
With a jam-packed refrigerator and junk food lurking in every corner, late night snacking can really mess up your attempts at healthful eating. Here are some tips for those who like snacking after dark.
Every year, dietitians from the Greater New York Dietitians Association get together to talk food (my kind of meeting!). I got to attend this year’s gathering and sampled several interesting new products — some already on your supermarket shelves. Check out these 5 goodies.