The usual routine for many of us is to have food on the move rather than indulge in a leisurely meal. This if done sensibly can mean eating little but eating frequently and keeping our hunger at bay. In a way this can be a good strategy for our weight management.
Fast food and deep fried commercially available snacks are highly unhealthy. Alternatively, nutri bars and granola bars are a healthy snack option that are packed with energy as well as essential nutrients.
The ingredients of granola bars are whole grain oats, fruits and nuts and, apparently, no preservatives. They are nutrient dense containing carbohydrates, proteins, minerals and fibre. It is considered to be a wholesome snack which provides natural energy to keep one going right through the busy day!
In India, one can choose from three flavors of Nature’s Valley granola bar, namely, Roasted Almond, Oats & Honey and Banana Nut. It has approximately 90 calories per bar, of which 25 to 30 calories come from fat content. It has various micronutrients too.
There are various other nutri bars, protein bars, and bars containing nuts that provide different amounts of calories, fat, proteins and other essential nutrients.
Granola bars are convenient when you are travelling, as they are not too messy and occupy minimum space. However, it cannot replace a breakfast. Consuming them once or twice in a week is not a problem. Since the bar is small in size, you may end up eating three at a time so be careful not to over-indulge..
Choosing one bar as a substitute for chocolate or a fried snack makes a lot of sense. But replacing breakfast or a meal with these bars may not be a good idea.
- Read the label carefully. If unable to comprehend then research it further.
- Study the caloric content and the fat content of the product to get the true picture. Lower the fats and calories, the better it is for your health.
- Check the sodium content as it may be harmful for people with high blood pressure.
- Always check the expiry date.
Nutri bars are thus a healthier snack option compared to the popular deep fat fried or trans fat laden snacks available commercially.
Although the overweight individuals, diabetics, and elderly should still opt for lighter lesser calorie-home made whole grain snacks, nutri bars are a great nutrient packed option for the children, youth, and active individuals. Granola bars prepared are an even better bet over the commercial ones as they would contain less sugar and you can be sure of the ingredients.
References1. Charles JL, Pramela M. “Formulation of nutri bars as a Healthy snack option”. Women’s Christian college, college road, Chennai.
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