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luna bars = Healthy?


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I love Luna bars! They are delicious. I usually have one in between lunch and dinner to hold me over. 

I was wondering if they are healthy. They do contain around 10g of protein and 4g fiber. 

Do you guys have any other ideas for snacks? Are they not good to eat daily?

Thank you!

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A Luna bar is a healthier choice than a Mars bar but not as healthy a choice as an apple or veggies with hummus or a slice of wholegrain toast with peanut butter.  Whole foods are better, but Luna bars certainly are yummy and they do in a pinch.  (Had one this afternoon, in fact.)

I love them :)  My classes are all pretty much within 15 minutes of each other which makes it hard to actually eat something between them, so Luna Bars are great for that. 

As for other snacks, I've found that obviously the fruits and veggies are good... 
I also have a serving of Chocolate Teddy Grahams for dessert every once in awhile.  Almonds, yogurt, or a slice of toast are some other things that I eat as snacks throughout the day.

They are organic right? I have eaten luna bar on occassion and I think they are awesome. Much better then a stop at McDonalds. I suggest you also try Lara Bars. They are awesome. They are all natural...the Apple Pie one i eat has like 5 ingredients. No added sugar, they are vegan friendly. Not too bad.

Another good bar to try are the Gnu Bars (pronounced "New"). They are all natural, 12 grams of fiber, no sugar, low fat. If you eat a lot of bars, you can buy them on-line in bulk from the Gnu website, if you join the monthly club, you can get the bars for about $1.30/bar. They're really tasty, my boyfriend who boycotts all things healthy, LOVES them. It seriously tastes like your eating a soft chewy cookie. My weakness lately has been baked goods, so I'll have a Chocolate Brownie flavored Gnu bar with a rasberry yogurt for a snack or for dessert. So good, and totally satisfies. They're great for in between meals and meals on the go too, with 12 grams of fiber, they're very filling. Can carry you a couple of hours.

Original Post by susiecue:

A Luna bar is a healthier choice than a Mars bar but not as healthy a choice as an apple or veggies with hummus

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Original Post by susiecue:

or a slice of wholegrain toast with peanut butter. 

this is debatable, it depends on what kind of toast and what kind of peanut butter. 

Original Post by floggingsully:

Original Post by susiecue:

A Luna bar is a healthier choice than a Mars bar but not as healthy a choice as an apple or veggies with hummus

This

Original Post by susiecue:

or a slice of wholegrain toast with peanut butter. 

this is debatable, it depends on what kind of toast and what kind of peanut butter. 

 A piece of whole grain bread, sliced not too thick + a tbsp of natural peanut/other nut butter is a perfect snack. I always have it as my pre-workout snack.

Original Post by fooledbyfaith:

They are organic right? I have eaten luna bar on occassion and I think they are awesome. Much better then a stop at McDonalds. I suggest you also try Lara Bars. They are awesome. They are all natural...the Apple Pie one i eat has like 5 ingredients. No added sugar, they are vegan friendly. Not too bad.

I've been meaning to find (or develop) a recipe for Lara Bars.  It seems like it wouldn't be hard to make something similar for cheaper with some dried fruit, nuts, spices, and a food processor.  Has anyone tried this or found a good recipe for Lara Bars (or Luna Bars, which I also love!)?

Original Post by posseof1:

Original Post by fooledbyfaith:

They are organic right? I have eaten luna bar on occassion and I think they are awesome. Much better then a stop at McDonalds. I suggest you also try Lara Bars. They are awesome. They are all natural...the Apple Pie one i eat has like 5 ingredients. No added sugar, they are vegan friendly. Not too bad.

I've been meaning to find (or develop) a recipe for Lara Bars.  It seems like it wouldn't be hard to make something similar for cheaper with some dried fruit, nuts, spices, and a food processor.  Has anyone tried this or found a good recipe for Lara Bars (or Luna Bars, which I also love!)?

 I've "copy catted" several of the flavors and have gotten them pretty much spot on for the most part. The easiest to make are the cashew cookie, apple pie, peanut butter cookie, pistachio, lemon bar, ginger snap, cinnamon roll, and cocoa mole.

For example, the Lemon Bar one is...

  • 16g cashews
  • 7g almonds
  • 28g pitted dates
  • 1/16 to 1/8 tsp lemon flavor extract (I use this one)

Pistachio would be...

  • 14 g pistachios
  • 9g cashews
  • 28g pitted dates

Of course, you know the drill - food processor. I use all raw nuts (except for the peanut butter one) but you can use roasted if you like the flavor. Again, for all except the PB, I recommend using unsalted nuts.

Yay!! Thanks so much for the recipies, Zebulan!  The lemon one is my favorite! 

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