Looking for Something New in Nutrition Bars?

In man's quest for a better nutrition bar, three new products have hit the market just in time to pop into your kid's lunch box (or your own).

If you're into chewy and gooey, go for Keribars (12-bar case, $23.88 ), available at Palm Beach's Trump Golf Course, of all places, and online at keribars.com. Brown rice syrup gives each 40-gram bar sweetness plus a gooeyness that could wreck inferior dental work. Oats, flaxseed and brown rice provide fiber. The strawberry-chocolate chip bars contain berries and chips, but not so you'd notice.

Dietitian-designed Keribars stand up nutritionally, with 160 calories, 5 grams of fiber, 6 protein grams and 13 grams of sugar.


For an uplift, look to Luna Sunrise bars (48 grams each, $1.19 at natural foods stores), which say right on the wrapper, “Food feeds our souls, lifts our spirits, nourishes and sustains us.”

With 180 calories, 4 grams fat (2 saturated), 5 grams fiber, 8 grams protein and 11 grams sugar, a Sunrise bar nourishes and sustains with 70 percent organic ingredients, including barley, quinoa and soy. The strawberry and ''creme'' bar is thick, crunchy, pleasingly sweet and fashion-forward, with stylish swizzles of yogurt on top, but alas, tastes of neither strawberry nor creme.

Marketed as a breakfast option for women, it's a nutrition bar, so guys, it's OK to power up with a LUNA.

Barbara's Bakery Fruit and Yogurt Bars (8.9 ounce box of six, $3.99 at natural foods stores) look like oblong Fig Newtons, and their whole-grain pastry wrap has a nice soft, chew. Despite their name, though, the strawberry and apple yogurt bars have a paucity of both fruit and yogurt.

A 42-gram bar has 150 calories, 3 grams fat, no sat fat, 3 grams protein and 15 sugar grams. It's all-natural, but for all that earnest whole wheatiness, offers only a gram of fiber.

All three bars are what manufacturers like to call satisfying (meaning filling), and deliver nutritionally.  For a nice change, try them.



Ellen Kanner: http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/living/food/15338516.htm