Better Off Well


And the winner is...Peanut Butter Granola Wrap!

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This weekend I had a blast as a co-judge of a Healthy Eating Contest in the town of Holliston, MA. I was joined by Karen Ring, Healthy Eating Specialist at Whole Foods, and Ted Reinstein, reporter with WCVB-TV Channel 5, and moderator of Chronicle. There were more than a dozen snacks to sample, and the most satisfying part of this sampling was the fact that most of the snacks were made by kids. Kids getting involved in their own nutrition, paying attention to the ingredients going into their snacks. How cool is that idea?

As judges, we had to assess the snacks based on three criteria: nutrition content, taste, and power-up factor (how long the snack would keep a body energized). The latter was an appropriate category, as the event was sponsored by Duracell.

It was a tough contest. So many entries and so much effort.

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In the end, we looked for snacks with the least amount of sweeteners- especially refined sugars- and no trans fats. We preferred snacks that sustained energy. Those with complex grains, oats, nuts, and seeds did best in the running.

So what did we go with?

Well, we couldn't resist giving this entry honorable mention. It was the only vegetable snack, and the effort here was clear.

As health folk, Karen and I fell all over these power balls. Loaded with power foods like chia and hemp seeds, goji berries, and cacao nibs, these snacks were a real winner in our food journals. Not a surprise they were created by another health counselor.

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Ultimately, we went with this entry, which I couldn't wait to re-create in my kitchen with my son...

Not only were these wraps packed with nutrition, they were simple, tasteful, easy to make and portable.

Best of all, they were created by a kid, for kids. How could this not win the grand prize?

To recreate the winning entry, spread peanut butter (with no partially hydrogenated oils) on a whole-wheat tortilla. Add sliced banana; sprinkle granola, and drizzle honey.


Thanks to all the amazing entries, to the town of Holliston, Julie Dennehy, and to my co-judges, Karen and Ted, for a great time!