Snacks on Snacks on Snacks

I have a really hectic Tuesday/Thursday schedule. I have class at 8:30-9:45, 11:30-12:45, 2:30-3:45, a Tuesday seminar from 4:05-6:45 and a Bikram yoga class from 4:30-6 on Thursdays. Needless to say Tuesday/Thursdays are days where I primarily graze as apposed to eating a big lunch or breakfast!

Besides the common fruit/veggie snacks, I’m usually a energy protein bar kind of girl- but I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t jumped on the greek yogurt bandwagon. But with all the different brands its hard to figure out which one has the most bang for your buck! I did some research and here is a comparison of popular energy protein bars and yogurt. Granted, these are the ones I’ve tried or heard good things about. If one of your favorites isn’t on here, feel free to compare and contrast with your own pantry!

I used one example for each, to give a general idea. Each brand has different flavors and therefore each item has it’s own nutrition variation.

Lets start with energy protein bars!

Brand

Calories

Fat (g)

Sugar

(g)

Carbs

(g)

Sodium

(mm)

Fiber

(g)

Protein

(g)

Kind Bars: Plus Cranberry Almond + Antioxidants

 190

 12

13

19

10

2.5

4

Cascadian Farms Chewy Granola Bars: Vanilla Chip

140

140

3

26

95

1

2

Odwalla Original Bars: Super Protein

240

5

20

31

190

3

16

Nature Valley: Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Protein

190

12

6

14

170

5

10

Cliff Bars: Chocolate Brownie

100

2

9

18

60

2

4

Special K Bars Protein Meal Bar Chocolate Peanut Butter

180

6

15

25

250

5

10

Pure Organic Pure Ancient Grains Bars, Triple Berry Nut

160

9

8

17

50

2

5

Kashi: Trail Mix Chewy Granola Bars

130

5

9

20

90

4

5

Luna Bars: Cookie Dough

180

6

15

21

230

3

12

South Beach Diet Protien Fit Bars with Greek Yogur, Vanilla Caramel

200

8

8

22

230

10

16

 

With any protein energy bar, you have to think about a few things: what are you looking for the most? What is the hardest thing to maintain in your diet? For me, I worry about protein, calories and sugar the most. I’m sitting in class but I need an energy boost. Therefore I’m going to look for something with nuts (nuts=protein, fruits=sugar). Although I stay far away from anything with sodium! That will cause water retention! My favorites are Kind bars, Cascadian Farms, Nature Valley and Kashi.

Next, yogurt!

Brand

Calories

Fat

(g)

Sugar

(g)

Carbs

(g)

Sodium

(mm)

Protein

(g)

YoCrunch: Strawberry Lowfat Yogurt with Granola

180

2

25

35

85

6

Fage USA: Total 2% Greek Yogurt with Peach

130

2.5

17

18

40

10

Chobani: Nonfat Pomegranate Greek Yogurt

140

0

19

21.1

75

13

Oikos Greek Yogurt Vanilla

100

1.5

10

13

30

8

Yoplait Key Lime Pie

90

0

10

16

80

5

Stonyfield Organic Greek: 0% Plain

80

0

6

6

60

15

Dannon Activia Light Vanilla

150

0

15

27

135

9.1

 

Right off the bat let me say, Yoplait is not good for you. It’s sugar to calorie ratio is horrible. I stick to Chobani, but I should make it a point to try other brands too. Like energy protein bars, if you want a fruit flavor, you’ll have more sugar. If you don’t want the sugar you can always go plain (vanilla and plain are different). I think plain tastes like chalk, but you could also add real fruit- something I need to try!

Hopefully this helps, I thought it was pretty educational. I’m really proud of myself for figuring out how to make a table in wordpress!  I haven’t tried all these brands and there are plenty more I didn’t mention. Keep your eyes open for any other good brands!

In other news, we are getting some hardcore snow up here in Vermont! I couldn’t even run outside because I didn’t want to slip! Instead, I went to the gym and used an Arc trainer for 45 minutes and I ran for 2 miles at 6.0 on the treadmill. Tomorrow is hot yoga, Friday is 2 miles and snowboarding, Saturday is Yoga for runners, and Sunday is 6.5 mile run (weather permitting!). What are you doing?

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