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Health Tip:

Healthful bar hopping

Belly up to healthy meal and snack bars. Some sound healthy but are little more than vitamin-enriched cookies or candy bars. Fruits, vegetables, salads, yogurt and healthy sandwiches are better choices. But when you need the convenience of a shelf-stable, compact, individually wrapped meal or snack, read the “Nutrition Facts” label. Know your calorie budget for the snack or meal, then look for ones that have at least 2 grams of dietary fiber (3-4 would be better), 6-7 grams of protein and aim for less than 7 grams of sugar. Some that fit the bill are Kashi TLC, South Beach Diet high-protein cereal bars, Smart Start Healthy Heart Bars, Nature Valley Healthy Heart Bars, Roman Meal Whole Grain Snack Bar, All Bran bars and Barbara’s Bakery crunchy organic granola bar.

This nutrition tip is from Dr. Kathryn Kolasa, registered dietitian and professor of family medicine at the Brody School of Medicine.