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Energy and Fiber Snacks

on September 6, 2012
dried apricots Français : abricots secs traité...

dried apricots Français : abricots secs traités aux sulfites (anhydride sulfureux) Italiano: albicocche secche (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I don’t drink coffee or tea so I’ve been on a mission to find a perfect healthy snack to give me energy. I just discovered this fruit and veggie snack at Trader Joe’s and it is my newest obsession. It’s become my go to snack for when I’m on the go and in need of a healthy energy boost. The fiber in this bar is great for my stomach and digestion. It keeps me full and it is easily stored in a backpack or purse. The best part about it is that it tastes like a regular dried fruit snack, but this one is chock full of root vegetables like carrots and beets which add vitamins and make this snack nutritious and healthy.

The fiber and vitamins in these bars are identical to the levels contained in a piece of natural fruit like an apple or banana, which are also excellent choices to munch on. Since I am on the go, the fruit bar is the most practical because it is packaged and doesn’t involve any messy preparation. Keep in mind that dried fruit snacks-even those without the vegetables- are always a healthy choice for a snack. Dried apples (The best I’ve found has also been at Trader Joe’s) is a better source for natural fiber.

Lastly, I’d like to mention something that I’ve never read about before. Nobody ever talks about it, but Fruit Roll-Ups are the perfect snack! They are only 50 calories a roll, very high in Vitamin C, gluten-free, and cholesterol/fat-free! It is in fact heart-healthy. (Unless your doctor has told you that you have diabetes) Sugar and candy can be had by those with heart disease so I have no problem at all with keeping these delicious snacks a part of my healthy diet. 

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