Oh yes, my friends – even on a short holiday week, we here (ok, me here) at TFB know you have to get your weekly dose of Would Amanda Eat It? And in honor of Thanksgiving, I want to give you a second helping of information – two foods for thought!
First up: KIND bars. I feel like these things are ubiquitous these days; I get them in every race goodie bag, I see them in the hands of kids at the mall; I watch yogis pop them open after class. So what’s the appeal?
There are a plethora of KIND bars/products out there, so for the purpose of this entry, I’m going to focus only on the one I see the most – the bar – in the flavor Dark Chocolate Mocha Almond.
- I can pronounce every ingredient in the bar, and sugar doesn’t come in until #3
- Fiber is sky-high (7g)
- Protein is decent (6g, though for 200 calories you could get nearly 50g, to put it in perspective)
- The ingredients include three (!) types of sugar – sugar, honey, and non-GMO glucose
- The bar contains palm kernel oil, which is basically condensed saturated fat, in addition to cocoa butter, which is another form of saturated fat
- 5g sugar doesn’t seem like a lot compared to, say, a Snickers bar – but consider that you’re only supposed to have 40g (MAX) added sugar in a day, and 5g isn’t fabulous
- Sorry, KIND. I have yet to find a processed food bar (i.e. one I didn’t make myself) that I would eat or recommend to clients. The calories, sugar and saturated fat are too high to provide such a low amount of protein, and let’s be honest – you’ll be hungry 2 hours later (if that). Try making your own bars for a whole food alternative – and save some money to boot!
Up next – round two – one my clients claims her daughter loves this product but was wondering about my take on its contents. Consider next Dr. Praeger’s Spinach Cake:
You may have seen them in Whole Foods or Sprouts and wondered hmmm – are these really a decent alternative to potato pancakes and/or grain sides? Here’s my take.
- The first three ingredients are all actual whole foods (spinach, potatoes, onion)
- There’s no saturated fat and only 80 calories in the whole cake
- 3g of protein is actually not bad for something primarily made of vegetables
- A little higher in sodium than I’d prefer – 160mg for one cake (though not terrible)
- A cup of actual spinach has 56% of your daily Vitamin A; this little cake only has 20% – so it makes you wonder how much spinach is actually in it
- It contains canola oil, which isn’t the healthiest oil (by a long shot)
- Heck yes I’d eat these – and I’d recommend them to moms struggling to sneak veggies into their kids’ diets. They come in other varieties (though, beware – not all as awesomely healthy as the Spinach Cakes) and are made with whole, clean ingredients and minimal additives. A definite win in the “creative veggies” department – though they’ll never replace a good old-fashioned spinach salad. 😉
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