"Healthy" Kids' Foods That Aren't (Page 2)

Granola Bars

1. Granola Bars

Many granola bars are, unfortunately, candy bars in disguise. How do you pick one for your child that isn’t essentially candy? I look for three things.

• Whole grains—find a bar where the first ingredient is a whole grain, such as whole-grain oats, or a combination of whole grains, such as whole wheat, rye and barley.

• Fiber—Granola bars vary widely in the amount of fiber they have. Aim for a brand with at least 3 grams of fiber per bar. The Kashi brand is among the best I’ve found, with most varieties coming in at 4 grams per bar. Quaker Chewy Granola bars come in at a measly 1 gram.

• Calories—The amount of calories in the bar should depend on how you plan to use it. If it’s a snack, try to keep the calories under 150 calories per bar. If it’s a meal replacement or for a very active teen, it’s OK to go up to 200 calories per bar.

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