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NuVal trade up: protein bars

Posted by Janice Cox, RDN, LD, Lunds and Byerly’s Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist
Friday, October 12, 2012

Have you had a chance to shop with NuVal scores yet? If not, NuVal is an easy way to trade up for healthier options. NuVal provides one simple number on the shelf tag, next to the price. Products are scored from 1-100, the higher the score, the better the nutrition.

Today, we’ll focus on NuVal in the protein bar aisle. We carry a wide variety of protein bars in our stores. The average NuVal score for snack/granola bars is 21.

Some of the highest scoring are:

  • Raw Revolution Hazelnut Chocolate: NuVal score of 36 with 8 grams of protein per bar
  • Odwalla Chew Nut Bar Sweet and Salty Almond: NuVal score of 43 with 7 grams of protein
  • Kind Nut Delight: NuVal score of 66 with 7 grams of protein
  • Kind Almond, Walnut Macadamia plus protein: NuVal score of 39 with 10 grams of protein
  • Kashi Honey Almond Flax: NuVal score of 43 with 7 grams of protein

If you’re feeling adventurous, go ahead and make your own protein bars! My favorite NuVal recipe this week is for easy-to-make protein bars. Get the kids in the kitchen and have fun! Make a mess, don’t worry about exact measurements and try this nutrition-packed No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Bar.

The best thing about this recipe is that it’s customizable. Depending on what kind of dried fruit, nut butter and chips you like, you can make a combination that suits your family best. Even your picky eaters can’t say no when you design a treat just for them!

No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Bars
Ingredients:

  • 1/2 ripe banana (NuVal score of 91)
  • 1.5 cups oats (Quaker Old Fashioned Oats score a 57)
  • 1/2 cups shredded unsweetened coconut (NuVal score of 23; sweetened coconut scores a 14)
  • 1/2 cups raisins (NuVal score of 91) - you can substitute any dried fruit, NuVal scores vary
  • 1/2 cups chocolate chips - Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate Chips (NuVal score of 17; semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips, NuVal score of 13)
  • 1/2 cups agave nectar (NuVal score of 5; honey scores a 1)
  • 3/4 cups peanut butter (Krema Unsalted, NuVal score of 51; regular creamy peanut butter averages a NuVal 23)
  • 4 tablespoons flaxseed, ground (NuVal score of 91)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 – 4 tablespoons vanilla protein powder (NuVal score of 23 – 29, depending on the brand)

Directions:
Mash the banana. Combine the rest of the ingredients in a large bowl, stir.
Spread in a 9” x 13” pan. Freeze for 3 hours.
Cut into squares and wrap individually.

It’s easy to trade up with NuVal, whether it’s a cereal with more fiber or protein bar with a little less sugar. Give it a try and please tell me what you did!

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