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Saturday, March 18, 2006 

Millville Oats & Honey Crunchy Granola Bars

I have been eating Millville Oats & Honey Crunchy Granola Bars, sold and distributed by Aldi Inc, for quite some time without thinking about whether they might fill the bill of a healthy snack. Usually granola bars are filled with trans fats and are more closely related to a candy bar than health food, especially when made for a chain grocery store but, these are a little different. They contain no trans fats and are made with whole grain oats with a fair amount of fiber and, unfortunately, quite a lot of sugar. They are very tasty, especially if you like a light honey flavor. They are crunchy, as the name suggests and, though not as dry as a typical crunchy granola bar, require staying in close proximity to a water fountain. For those interested in trying this, remember that a crunchy bar equals a messy bar which can be a problem if you are eating while working, pieces of granola under laptop keys can be a major drag, or will be without a plate, so plan appropriately. These are not for the calorie-conscious either, as they are 170 calories per package (2 smallish bars) though my wife usually eats only one of the bars. They are also a little too high in sugar and sodium to be an ideal snack food. That said, these are tasty, something a little different and better for you than most grocery store granola bars so they may be worth a try.

The Facts:
Calories: 170
Serving Size: 2 Bars (1 package)
Servings Per Container: 6
Fat: 5g (45 calories)
Sodium: 160mg
Fiber: 3g
Protein: 4g
Iron: 6%
Weight Watchers Points®: 3

Rating: (all rankings out of 5)
Overall: 3
Taste: 4
Satisfying/filling: 3
Healthy: 3
Performance (for athletes): 4
Diet Appropriate: 2
Category: Granola Bars/Snack Food

Comments:
I agree that they are probably not a great snack alone, I do love these crumbled over a baked apple with a little cinnamon and a glass of milk... makes a good breakfast.
 
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