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2/23/13 8:35 A

They have 120 calorie Luna Bars. My fave are Peanut Butter Strawberry. I eat one in evening before walking and it tides me over until dinner. I like the calcium they contain too. I keep them at work, car, purse. I love peanut butter flavored things and this helps with that craving too.

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2/22/13 3:31 P

I actually prefer the "cakey" bars to the crunchy. The blueberry ones are good.

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2/22/13 2:50 P

Hey was looking on the Nutri-grain site they have these new Nutri-Grain Fruit Crunch™ Granola Bars and they have 2 bars a serving with great levels of nutrition and not so much sodium/sugars in them. Give it a check. The Nutri- grain bars I've seen aren't bad, like a very soft cookie or heavier cake and fruit. Pretty satisfying but not crunchy. So gonna try these

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2/20/13 1:15 P

I agree with Kacey, that the problem with these things is it's such a tiny little 'meal' that barely puts a dent in your hunger for too many calories. Heck, for 200 calories I could eat a good sized salad. But I don't think stuffing it down into my purse would work too well.

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2/20/13 12:48 P

I like Luna bars, and Clif bars make a great meal replacement. There's a blueberry it!

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2/20/13 12:26 P

Now that I don't work I don't eat things like this too often. When I do eat a nutrition bar I eat Kind bars only. Love the dark chocolate ones with cranberry - that's my fave.

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2/20/13 12:23 P

Well I found most bars except the Bioxx on our food tracker search foods under snack bars. Was surprised at the nutrition in Glucerna bars because its advertised as a diabetic bar QI expected it to be more or less as the case fits.
Also found Quaker, Kashi trail mix, and Nutri grain as cereal bars by brand name on the food searcher also Special K These were the best of the lot but wasn't happy really with any of them, as they are two small to make a satisfying meal of but have too much sodium in most cases and sugars to be able to round it out. Siggggghhhhh will keep looking for something like trail mix or granola I guess. Oh don't get Mueselix (Mueseli) dried uncooked oats are a main ingredient and the whole thing is sky high in everything for a tiny amount of serving emoticon

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2/20/13 11:45 A

MET-RX peanut butter crisp has 310 calories, 10 grams of fat, zero cholesterol, 33 grams of carbohydrate, 2 grams of fiber, and a whopping 30 grams of protein.

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2/20/13 9:41 A

Yeah, that's what I have to watch out for, extra calories. Which is why I look for the lowest calorie foods possible.

I still haven't been to the store to check the bars out yet. My car appt. got moved to next Tuesday instead, so I never made it to the grocery.

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2/20/13 9:14 A

I have tried a lot of those type of bars and prefer the Snickers Energy bar (the crunchy ones are 150 calories) as far as taste goes. I get them at a mom and pop store near me though for only 25 cents each.

Luna is pretty good too. Now that I am in maintenance I am eating them more to get the calories up but would never have splurged when I was in the process of losing weight because my calorie intake was so low at the time.

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2/20/13 8:04 A

Hmmm, well? Don't know, exactly. I've heard energy bar, nutrition bar, protein bar, breakfast bar...

That's about all I can think of.

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2/20/13 3:07 A

Uuummm - what exactly do I call these? Nutrition Bar gets me no results when I try to look them up. Are they energy bars, protein bars trail mix bars or what? Any guesses? Any answers? Help!

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2/19/13 7:32 P

I like my Kashi Trail Mix bars, and the Kashi Dark Mocha Almond granola bar.....
Great with a cup of coffee.

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2/19/13 7:21 P

I keep a little baggie of my own trail mix. Mostly nuts and a few raisins.

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2/19/13 6:40 P

Awesome, I'm loving all these suggestions, thank you emoticon

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2/19/13 4:54 P

I like the Perfect Health bars sold at Costco. I'm not sure if they're just local or available anywhere. The Peanut Butter bars taste so much like a pb cookie.

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2/19/13 4:52 P

Power Crunch Bars so tasty, low sugar, high protein and can be used as a meal replacement. I will use these in a pinch, since they are very addicting, but I always bring a snack bag with me when I am out packed with veggies, fruit, and hard boiled eggs and eat these as an alternative to nutrition bars.

Edited by: FITGLAMGIRL at: 2/19/2013 (16:57)

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2/19/13 4:41 P

I also enjoy all of the Luna bars and yes they are all at least 180 calories. I have it as a mid-morning snack most days and I love the protein boost I get.

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2/19/13 3:50 P

Luna bars, I'd forgotten about those. But are they ALL that high in calories? 180 is a little high for me, I'm kind of a 'calorie snob' and when I see something as small as a snack bar contain nearly 200 calories, I run screaming.


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2/19/13 3:38 P

I love Luna bars! My fave is Chocolate Peppermint Stick, 180 calories; 28 g carbs; 5g fat; 8g protein... I also love Lemon Zest...I especially eat them whenever I travel/shop to avoid being very hungry...

Cinnamonie :)

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2/19/13 1:17 P

Kacey, I've never seen Bioxx anywhere. I'll have to do some research to see if they're available in my area (I'm in Columbus, OH) but they sound like they'd be good for you, being diabetic, because Bluenose said they contain no sugar and they're low in carbs.

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2/19/13 12:28 P

Thanks for the suggestions you all. I am diabetic as well AKATHLEEN54 so I will give the Glucerna a look over as well. last time I tried them, which was when they first came out, whoo dating myself there emoticon they were dry and had no nuts or fruit and jammed in your mouth like chalk or dirt. So maybe they're improved now. Glucerna Quaker Zone South Beach Fiber one and Bioxx. sounds like a good list to start with. I'm in Chicago, anyone know what food chains carry Zone and Bioxx?
BTW I don't wish to make them a regular in my diet either, but sometimes I just don't want to fuss fixing a meal because I'm too tired or too busy and would need something to keep my sugar level on an even keel. Thanks again,

Edited by: IKACEY at: 2/19/2013 (12:34)

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2/19/13 12:17 P

Thanks, Parker, I have Clif on my list emoticon

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2/19/13 12:16 P

cliff bars

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2/19/13 12:14 P

Ohhh, nice. Where do you find the BIOXX bars? Places like GNC or could I find them in the store?

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2/19/13 11:57 A

BIOXX Protein 32 bar - Chocolate Fudge - 32 g of protein, 0 sugar, low carb and really filling

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2/19/13 10:36 A

Zen, thanks, I'll also add South Beach bars. My list is growing emoticon

I've tried the Atkins bars as well, but it's been a while. I don't remember if I liked them or not.

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2/19/13 10:34 A

Lolema, yes, that's pretty much what I want them for is a snack on the run or something to curb my hunger when I'm out and not able to obtain food.

TIG123GER, I'd forgotten about the Clif bars, a friend of mine likes those as well.

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2/19/13 10:33 A

Whenever I want a snack bar to tide me over until lunch or dinner...I eat a South Beach Diet bar. I've tried the smooth peanut butter bar and the chocolate almond bar (neither are crunchy). The taste is good, they aren't too sweet, and each bar has 100 calories. You can find these bars in stores...usually in a box of five or six. emoticon

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2/19/13 10:27 A

I find the Clif bars are great because they have 20g of protein, really fill you up, and taste like a candy bar so I feel like I'm indulging. I really like the Chocolate Peaunut Butter.

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2/19/13 10:07 A

I do try to stay away from these but I get Kind bars from healthfood store and keep a couple on hand in purse for healthy snack when on the run.

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2/19/13 9:57 A

I've tried the smoothie route, but I just don't like them all that much. They're okay now and then, but that doesn't work when you're stuck in a place (on a bus, traveling in your car, etc) where you've got no way to make one. That and they don't satisfy my urge to chew.

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2/19/13 9:54 A

I'd rather have a protein smoothie

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2/19/13 9:49 A

Glucerna, Fiber one and Zone bars are all written on my list of ones to check out.

Thanks for all the suggestions so far, this helps lots emoticon

Edit to add: I'll also check out Nature Valley.

Edited by: LYNNIEV at: 2/19/2013 (09:49)

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2/19/13 9:46 A

I like the Fiber One oats and chocolate bar. It has a lot of fiber and it tastes like dessert. I don't like the other Fiber One bars as much as I do the oats and chocolate. The Atkins peanut butter cups make a nice treat when you want a dessert of some kind too. It is low in sugar and carbs for diabetics like me.

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2/19/13 9:34 A

I like Zone bars and when I just am looking for a snack go for the Cliff kids Z bars.

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2/19/13 9:26 A

I like the zone bars for a snack when my sweet tooth kicks in.

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2/19/13 9:21 A

They are not a staple in my food plan but I have eaten the Glucerna bar and find it OK. I am considering trying the Fiber One bars.

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2/19/13 8:49 A

Thanks, Kathleen, I'll look into those as well.

I'm sure finding one that I actually want to buy is going to be a tedious task because I'm an avid label reader. Anything I pick up, the first thing I do is read the nutrition and ingredient label. If it's too high in calories, fat or if it has other undesirable ingredients, like partially hydrogenated oils, palm oils and a bunch of stuff I can't even pronounce, it goes back on the shelf.

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2/19/13 8:34 A

My husband is diabetic and has eaten the Glucerna Bars in the past. They are tasty and have a low glycemic index. I can't be specific on all of the ingredients but if they are recommended for Diabetics I can't imagine that they have too many undesirable ingredients. They are a little pricey but so are most nutrition bars..... just a thought. Good luck!!

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2/19/13 7:19 A

Eh, don't feel like going to youtube to watch any videos.

And Kacey, yes, I've heard of the side-effects to those drugs. A woman I know was taking them and even though she stopped them, to this day she has trouble with weakness in her arms and legs. So I continue to take my fish oil, which is supposedly good for triglycerides, and watch my saturated fat intake. I used to be very strict with my fat intake and my cholesterol was normal, but I've gotten lazy over the last couple of years with my eating and not only put some weight back on (I lost 80 pounds, going from 220 to 140) but my cholesterol is elevated as well.


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2/18/13 11:24 P

Take a look at NASBAR on youtube and be kenlightened

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2/18/13 11:02 P

Lynniev I don't know if Quaker bars are good nutrition I just used that for an example of a type of bar. I intend to do some nutrition research on the labels of them and see, but I need some suggestions if anyone does have them. Nuts and fruits like raisins I can eat but I can't have it all slirpped up with honey or a bunch of syrup either. I just thought if Quaker has such nutritious oatmeal maybe they would be a more nutricious snack bar. Don't quote me on that please!
BTW I took Zocor and it gave me so many side effects that I had to stop. I could not believe what it affected - even I was having trouble remembering words and things and my arthritis was always inflammed and the joints in pain so I hardly could move. Never again for me!

Edited by: IKACEY at: 2/18/2013 (23:05)

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2/18/13 10:34 P

I completely agree with Einstein.

I too have elevated cholesterol and my doc gave me a script for Zocor, but I've refused to fill it. I'm a little scared to take statins, after reading all the horror stories about them.

I'll look into the Quaker bars, as I'm hitting the store tomorrow morning before taking my car to the shop. I need to find something (besides chips and other junk) to snack on while I'm there because I have a really bad habit of not eating breakfast and an hour or two into taking my car in, I know I'll be hungry. Temptation lies just feet away from the car repair place - Ponderosa. If I don't put something into my stomach while sitting there, I don't trust myself to not walk out the door and hit the buffet.

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2/18/13 10:24 P

Thanks. I am always lower in calories and carbs than I'm supposed to be, but always fighting to lower my cholesterol and sodium. So I am hoping something like a good nutrition bar, like maybe fron Quaker? would help fill the gap. Getting a little down since I started tracking and can't seem to get it right. I do a lot of research on nutrition and stuff but am not having lots of results. But I'm staying with it because I am determined to change my nutritional and activity lifestyle. I have to change. Einstein said Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results

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2/18/13 9:35 P

Kacey, I don't know your exact situation, but I feel ya. I had gestational diabetes when I was pregnant with my son. Eating was very tricky because I not only had to avoid sugary foods, but foods high in carbs as well.

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2/18/13 9:31 P

I am overwhelmed by all the talk about good and bad and what to eat nutrition bar wise too. I am diabetic so need something without too much sugar but I need carbs and calories in my diet, I seem to always be low. If anyone has good ideas please suggest

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2/18/13 9:28 P

You're so right about the sweetness of the bars because while you're trying to get in a quick, nutritious snack, you're essentially just taking in more sugar and preservatives than you really need. I'm not much of a sweet-eater myself, so something MILDLY sweet would work.

I should probably add that because of my sissy teeth, I can't eat anything super crunchy or full of nothing but nuts. I also hate raisins and cranberries. I love other fruit flavors, though, especially strawberry and blueberry.

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2/18/13 9:21 P

My dh likes Nature Valley Protein bar, lots of nuts and not so much junky, sticky stuff. I prefer to take along some of those Baby bel Light round cheese thingys, I don't like sweet stuff. We have tried close to 20 nutrition bars, and usually wind up tossing them to the wild animals up here, they are always too sweet, not sweet enough, dry, stickly, have a bad taste, etc. But that's just us, my dh is diabetic, so we always take "something" along, no matter where we go or what we do, even in my purse.

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2/18/13 9:10 P

Some days I'm really busy and find myself in situations where I'd love to have a quick, nutritious snack on hand; something I can carry around with me to munch on when I'm hungry and I can't grab a quick meal. Tomorrow, for example - I'll be sitting at the car shop for an hour or two, waiting on my brakes to be serviced and I don't want to cave to the snack machine if I get hungry.

However, there are sooooooo many nutrition bars out there that it can boggle the mind. I'm looking for something tasty, yet low in fat and calories.

Can anyone suggest something for me? I'd greatly appreciate it because I honestly don't know where to start emoticon

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