Snacking is a pretty big deal. In fact, I’ve delivered seven corporate wellness trainings on the topic this week to one of San Diego’s largest and “healthiest” employers. At the same time, I was asked to take a look at FiberOne products and how they fit into a healthy snacking strategy. What perfect timing, right?
My personal history with FiberOne bars
As a part of my Clean and Colorful Solution, I advocate that everybody adopt these 4 Universal Diet Truths and all those who do, will in fact feel better, naturally have more energy, improve their health and probably lose some weight. Good deal right?
- Eat less processed food
- Eat all 5 colors every day
- Have a plant based juice or smoothie every day
- Exercise 21+ minutes per day
And #1 might look a little fishy as I’m talking about a packaged bar, right? Well that is exactly why I have it worded as LESS processed food. It’s not entirely realistic to completely eliminate processed foods. I have a great recipes for no-bake oat bars that rival FiberOne bars in terms of flavor, but not convenience. I mean, let’s get real here. When you need a grab and go snack, sometimes a processed product will do just fine and some are certainly more responsible than others.
I happen to have a soft spot in my heart for the Oats & Chocolate Chewy Bar from FiberOne because it was an essential part of my weight loss plan back in 2009 when I lost my 20 pounds. I had a set of nutritional parameters I was trying to achieve and one of which was getting in 30 grams of fiber per day for less than 1400 calories. FiberOne bars were the best solution because not only did they pack 9g of fiber, they were (are!) delicious and served as a yummy snack too.
What is a “Snaccidnet?”
I think it’s a bit self-explanatory and I just LOVE this term from General Mills. I’m pretty sure we have all fallen victim to a Snaccident at least once in our life, if not once a month, week or day! It’s when you just mess up your plan. You’re not prepared, you’re hungry and you’re at the mercy of the drive-thru or vending machine — both of which have fairly dismal options to help you live a Clean & Colorful life. The best way to prevent a Snaccidents is to be prepared with a healthy snack.
What makes a healthy snack?
A healthy snack will do one, or all three of these things:
- Be available, as you should eat about every 3 hours.
- Include all 3 macronutrients (protein, carbohydrate and fat)
- Have at least 3 colors (in terms of fruits and veggies)
Those rules will ensure you’re blood sugar remains stable so you don’t get starving, grouchy, a drop in energy or suffer from irrational cravings.
How FiberOne Bars work as healthy snacks
There are two products in particular that are a part of the FiberOne product line that I stand behind. Of course, the Oats & Chocolate Chewy Bar. It’s tasty and has just 140 calories and is packed with 9g of fiber and a moderate amount of fat. It’s a little limited in color and protein and becomes a perfect snack if you chop it up and use it as Greek yogurt topper with some fresh berries.
The other product didn’t exist back in 2009, but it would have most certainly been included in my meal plan if it had. It’s like they read my mind (or my universal diet truths) and created the FiberOne Chewy Protein bar, which still just has 140 calories, 5g of fiber and 6g of protein. And they come in super tasty flavors like coconut almond and peanut butter. This is an ideal grab an go snack, it won’t check any color boxes, but you will have balanced macros and satisfy a sweet tooth at the same time.
Where do you get your FiberOne bars?
Another bonus, just about anywhere, and they are super easy to pick up on your weekly trip to Walmart. If you’re not a “in-store” kind of gal (like me) you can even order them on-line from Walmart.com and have them shipped right to your door…free of charge!
What’s your go-to healthy snack to avoid “Snaccidents?” Share your healthy snack pics on Social Media and tag @FiberOne and #FiberOneFlavor!
*this post was sponsored by FiberOne, but all opinions are most certainly my own.