“I see so many dads giving their kids granola bars thinking they’re a healthy snack,” Delbridge says. “But most bars offer very little protein and fiber, and they hit kids with so much sugar all at once that it’s the same as feeding them candy.”
You don’t have to write off granola bars entirely. Just read ingredients lists to make sure they contain real nuts, fruit, whole grains, and no high-fructose corn syrup or other added sugars. “In general, the fewer ingredients listed the better,” Delbridge says. You can also whip up a batch of granola bars at home. He recommends using granola, dried fruit, almonds, walnuts, a bit of honey (if your kid is over 2), and a dash of brown sugar and cinnamon.
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