Snack Time: The Best of the Bar



Late afternoons I often find myself a bit peckish. As an NYC woman on the go, I am always on the quest for a healthy snack bar, one that is easy to find when I’m hungry.  My first grab is usually the KIND BAR, which due to some major distribution, is available at most markets, delis and drugstores.  I happen to love dried fruit and nut clusters, and that is essentially what these are in a pre-packaged bar. They have 200 calories you can easily burn, 1 serving of protein to keep you full (7g) and are relatively low in carbs (17g). There are lots of tasty flavors to choose from, and right in line with the dietary obsession of the moment, are all Gluten free!

The best snack bars have a good balance of protein, carbs, fat and fiber to satisfy your hunger and keep the blood sugar stable. I look for bars with all natural ingredients and whole foods, ones that are low in sugar, have around 200 calories, 7-10 grams of protein and 16-24 grams of carbs. I am not as concerned about fat, 10-12 grams is fine, as long as its coming from things like nuts and the bars are high fiber. Read More


Nature’s Gatorade


Feeling a bit zapped in between a double spin class at Soul Cycle this weekend, I bought a bottle of coconut water hoping to revive myself for the next class. It was the most delicious I have ever tasted. It had none of the sour tanginess of other deli brands, but a silky sweetness I found perfectly tasty and refreshing… like a coconut that had just been cracked open and poured in a bottle. The brand is Harmless Harvest and I must say the design and illustrations on the label and on their website are as sweetly crafted as the beverage. I was ready to go for round two!

Now if you dont already know, coconut water is nature’s Gatorade. Its packed with potassium (twice as much as a banana), as well as those electrolytes and minerals your body needs to rehydrate after big workout.

So drink up… this really is good and good for you.