But are they?
Here are a couple of foods you may want to take a second look at before assuming they are healthy:
Granola bars are traditionally a combination of grains, nuts and seeds mixed with some sort of sweetener (like honey or syrup). While they can be a tasty snack, many of the bars on the market are just like glorified candy bars. They provide very little in the way of nutrients, fibre or protein but often come with quite a large amount of sugar. It's not always obvious either like a chocolate coating or some sort of drizzle on top. This minimal protein, low fibre and high sugar combination is perfect for preventing you from feeling full.
If you really need to have granola bars for the convenience factor here is a good rule of thumb: Look for one that has at least 4 grams of fiber per serving and no more than 8 grams of sugar per serving. This will be a better choice. An even better option might be trying a new snack option: maybe some low fat cheese and a piece of fruit or just some dried fruit and nuts. These foods will fill you up and are packed with lots of essential nutrients for a healthy day.
100 Calorie Snack Packs
This is just well marketed portion control. These foods are not necessarily healthy for you, but are just tiny portions of those tasty processed snacks we all know and love. If you need a treat there is nothing wrong with that. Sometimes we need food for more than nutrition reasons. However, from a cost perspective and environmental impact perspective you would be better off buying the original bag of the product and just pre-portioning it at home.
These are still chips. They are not significantly higher in nutrients. They are still often deep-fried. Some are baked, but then these are just about as good as baked potato chips. There are lots of great ways to make vegetable chips at home that would be healthier. Try one of mine: Kale Chips or Beet Chips
100% fruit juice blends
Juice is a wonderful sweet beverage that can come in so many flavors. It is however very concentrated in sugars. Most 100% all natural fruit juices although all natural can have as much as 5 packets worth of sugar in one 250ml cup. One cup of orange juice is the same as drinking the juice from about 3 oranges. While it does have lots of nutrients in it the key ingredient of fiber that was apart of the fruit has been taken away. Fiber helps to slow down natural sugars so the sugar from the juice will head straight for your blood steam and quite quickly too. So try to limit the amount of juice you have each day. The daily recommendation is about 1/2 a cup.
As I have tried to say for most of these foods, you could include any one of them as part of a healthy diet. Just be aware they might not be a healthy as you think. Moderation is key though so enjoy!