Written on June 21, 2012 at 2:46 pm , by Karla Walsh
New snack bars seem to pop up on supermarket shelves nearly every week. With so many options, it’s hard to know which are worth your money—and calories. Recently, readers and staff members chewed and scored for our best bar food awards, and since then a few new items have caught our eye. The FITNESS team did the tasty work of testing out the latest in the Luna Fiber and Kind lines. Read on for their honest feedback!
Luna Fiber Vanilla Blueberry
- “I loved the rich blueberry taste and at 110 calories, it’s a great go-to snack for my 3 p.m. munchies.” — Kathy Green, managing editor
Luna Fiber Chocolate Raspberry
- “For 110 calories, I think you might as well have a real cookie. I really like the crunchy Luna bars, so I was surprised at the over-syrupy, artificial taste.” — Betty Wong, editor in chief
Luna Fiber Peanut Butter Strawberry
- “I immediately noticed the strawberry flavor, then the peanut butter hit my taste buds after. This would be a good on-the-go treat before hitting the gym.” — Samantha Shelton, editorial assistant
Kind Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt
- “The first bite was so flavorful and had a lot of depth. It was crunchy and is truly one of the best bars I’ve ever had. I have to buy a crate and keep them in my fridge.” — Lapo Belmestieri, freelance designer
Kind Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Pecan
- “This tasted like French toast drizzled in dark chocolate!” — Colleen Moody, web editor
Kind Cashew & Ginger Spice
- “It’s nice and crunchy, and since it’s mostly nuts, you could tell that it doesn’t have the filler junk that a lot of snack bars do. It wasn’t too sweet, which I like, but it was filling. Even half would be a good post-workout snack!” — Lisa Turner, editorial intern
Now tell us: What are your favorite snack/breakfast/energy bars?
Written on December 27, 2011 at 11:27 am , by FITNESS Intern
Written by Theresa K. Brady, editorial intern
Football season is in full swing and the playoffs are just around the corner! Tailgating and mid-game snacks are a must at viewing parties, but it’s all too easy to grab handful after handful of greasy potato and tortilla chips (not too mention the high-calorie dips they often come with—onion, nacho cheese, etc.).
Luckily, we stumbled upon a new, more vitamin-packed option that will still cure your chip cravings. Food Should Taste Good’s kettle cooked sweet potato chips are 100 percent all natural and are gluten-free, so you can bust them out at a party and still accommodate people’s dietary restrictions. Bonus: One serving—15 original flavored chips at 150 calories—provides 175 percent of your daily value of vitamin A and three grams of fiber!
Besides original, three other varieties are available:
- Salt & Pepper Sweet Potato
- Barbeque Sweet Potato
- Salt & Vinegar Sweet Potato
Since there’s no better combination than chips and (guilt-free) dip, so we asked Food Should Taste Good’s Chef Ryan for an easy, light and flavorful dip recipe. Here’s his recommended pairing for the original flavored chip:
Fig & Goat Cheese Puree
Yield: 6 cups
Serves 12 to 15
- 10 ounces, dried Calimyrna figs
- 22 ounces goat cheese
- 16 ounces sour cream
- ½ cup honey
- Cut stems off figs and place in food processor, process until well chopped.
- Add remaining ingredients and process until smooth, occasionally scraping the sides of the bowl. Serve chilled.
Now tell us: What’s your favorite game day snack?
Written on July 18, 2011 at 12:07 pm , by FITNESS Intern
Written by Theresa K. Brady, editorial intern
Ice cream is a summertime staple—in fact yesterday was National Ice Cream Day! But sadly, the frosty treat isn’t always bikini-friendly, so I like to swap in frozen yogurt for some of those scoops.
Besides providing a healthier and practically fat-free alternative, frozen yogurt is a better source of calcium than standard ice cream, says Dawn Jackson Blatner, R.D., spokesperson for the American Dietetics Association and FITNESS advisory board member. Need more of a reason to make the switch? Many frozen yogurts contain “good bacteria” that is beneficial for your digestive system, according to Marjorie Nolan, R.D., a nutrition counselor in New York City.
I took on the (not so) difficult task of touring the yogurt options near our offices. My unscientific personal picks:
- Best Texture: Pinkberry
- Best Vanilla: Red Mango
- Best Chocolate: Pinkberry—I think it tastes better than chocolate ice cream!
- Lowest Calories: Tasti D Lite. Several flavors are offered that have 70 calories per ½ cup.
- Most Unique Flavor: Tasti D Lite’s PB Moosemellow (90 calories, 2.5 g fat)
- Most Bang for Your Buck: Certain locations of several yogurt vendors allow you to serve yourself and pay by ounce so you only pay for what you eat!
- Most Topping Options: 16 Handles. More than forty are available.
If all of those flavor and topping combinations have you feeling a bit overwhelmed, try one of these sure-to-please mixes that will satisfy any sweet tooth.
- Chocoholic: chocolate frozen yogurt, dark chocolate chips, cocoa puffs, drizzle of chocolate
- Tutti Fruity: strawberry frozen yogurt, fresh pineapple, fresh raspberries, fresh kiwi fruity pebbles
- Happy Trails: original frozen yogurt, granola, peanuts, raisins, M&Ms, drizzle of honey
If you don’t have a frozen yogurt shop near you or prefer at-home snacks, take a look at our Healthy Snack Awards in the July/August issue for plenty of healthy treats that are sure to cool you down.
Now tell us: What is your favorite summertime dessert?
Written on March 24, 2011 at 1:45 pm , by Sarah D'Angelo
One of the best parts about working here at Fitness: all of the healthy treats that come across our desks in hopes of getting on our radar. We’re knee-deep in taste testing for our upcoming food awards (look for it in the July/August issue!), and amidst all the piles of good-for-you goodness, I found a new granola bar that caught my attention.
18 Rabbits is a new (ish) line of granola and bars, chock full of whole ingredients—oats, seeds, fruit, nuts, honey, etc.—and lacking in un-pronounceable additives. Not too sweet, chewy and delicious, the Nibblin’ Apricot was a perfect breakfast in a pinch, especially since it did not contain almonds—a maddening allergy that I have (seriously, do you know how few granola blends and bars are almond-free??). Check out all of the yummy flavors here.
Tell us, what’s your favorite granola bar? Any other almond-free goodies that I should know about?