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LUNA bars: For back to school season and more

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Since back to school season is here, folks are probably scrambling to search out after-school snacks for their kids. Of course, it never hurts to find snacks that can be eaten by both kids AND their parents (or, for that matter, by adults who don’t have any kids…).

LUNA bars meet these requirements, as long as the kids are about nine or older. The bars are formulated with adults in mind, and the web site points out that around ages 9-13 a person’s nutritional needs more closely match those of an adult. Parents can explore the CLIF Kid snack line for younger kids—which include a variety of snack bars and fruit snacks. Clif Bar & Company are the ones behind LUNA; they launched the bars in 1999.

LUNA bars were actually created with women in mind, but some men have ended up enjoying them, too. Most of the bars in general have about 10-11g of sugar, but due to the portion size and balance of carbohydrate, fat, protein, fiber, all the LUNA bars are considered low glycemic.

The two newest flavors in the LUNA protein bar line are Lemon Vanilla and Chocolate Coconut Almond, released at the beginning of 2014. They are both delicious. Lemon Vanilla is the first LUNA protein bar without a chocolate coating. All the protein bars gluten-free and contain 12 grams of protein.

Other flavors include White Chocolate Macadamia, Chocolate Dipped Coconut, and Peanut Honey Pretzel. These are in the core line, not the protein line.

Read more about LUNA bars at the web site, www.lunabar.com. The FAQs section, which includes information about ingredients and which flavors are vegan, can be found here www.lunabar.com/products/faqs/luna-bar.

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