Convenient and tasty – snack bars can be a great choice for the lunchbox or desk drawer. But sometimes you might be getting more than you bargained for in that one little bar...
Snack bars can be an easy option for when the hunger pangs hit and also a quick addition to a lunchbox. Those that are packed with wholegrains, nuts and seeds can be a yummy and healthy choice. But you need to be savvy.
Try to avoid eating snack bars with lots of added sugars (i.e. through sugar, fruit juice concentrate, honey or syrup).
Steer away from bars with extra fat (e.g. from chocolate coating, yoghurt drizzle or grains toasted in oil). Avoiding the extra sugar and fat helps to reduce the number of kilojoules in your bar. Bars that contain fruit and grains are a better choice.
We’ve compared some common snack bars to a medium-sized red apple (which contains 320kJ) as an indication of how many kilojoules you’ll be eating.
Check out which of your favourite bars make a good snack choice – and which could even be classified as a mini meal!
Go Natural macadamia divine 1130kJ = 3.5 red apples
Kit Kat (four fingers) 980kJ = 3.1 red apples
Aussie Bodies chocolate HPLC bar 1488kJ = 4.7 red apples
Carman’s Original fruit-free muesli bar 801kJ = 2.5 red apples
Europe Sesame Bar 851kJ = 2.7 red apples
Food for Health Fruit-Free bar 370kJ = 1.2 red apples
Cherry Ripe (52g) 1009kJ = 3.2 red apples
Kellogg’s strawberry & yoghurt K-time Twist 529kJ = 1.7 red apple
Snickers (53g) 1090kJ = 3.4 red apples
Be Natural nut & fruit trail bar 480kJ = 1.5 red apples
Tip: A good-sized snack is 600kJ or less. We’ve compared these snack bars to a medium-sized red apple, which has 320kJ.