Back to School With Quaker Chewy With Protein Granola Bars

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I tried to keep them away from him — those granola and cereal bars that seemed like first cousins to candy bars.

I tried to take the snack-food high road. But peer pressure drove us to them. Every day I would have to hear about how all his friends got them in their school snacks.

Eventually, I let him buy one box as a treat. And now, if you look in my cupboard most days of the month, you will find those sweet, chocolate chip infused bars. (I can’t blame him for wanting them — they are good! And in my defense, they are really convenient and when I read the label – they are made with whole grain oats and don’t have any trans fat or cholesterol either – they are a better alternative to a chocolate chip cookie!)

Yet, I always lament how little protein they put in them. I mean really, if you can make high protein energy bars for adults, why not throw some protein in the stuff for kids?!? My son needs protein — not sugar!

So, when Quaker wrote us to tell us that their Chewy Granola Bars now come with 5 grams of protein, I got excited. Thank you Quaker — we needed some more protein in those things!!!

Now, you might judge me for not only feeding my son packaged snack foods, but openly writing about it. But ladies, I have to tell the truth. I don’t have time to bake. I would love to say that I make my own granola and form it into bars before my children wake up in the morning. But it is not going to happen in this house.

So, I do feed my son Quaker Chewy Granola Bars on a regular basis. I also feed him more raw vegetables in a day than most rabbits consume. I feed my family very healthily. And I recognize that a child’s diet needs to be balanced – and fun! A child cannot live on vegetables alone! 😉

(Quaker’s website is actually quite helpful with great tips for packing healthy lunches and teaching your kids how to make good food choices. I got some good ideas from it.)

The two flavors they just announced – Nutty Peanut Butter and Peanut Butter & Chocolate – both won’t be allowed at our peanut-free school, which is disappointing. But I suppose that extra protein in the bars comes from the peanuts.

I know in my morning rush, on days when Jackson is late crawling out of bed and I have to throw him in the car without breakfast, these little protein packed treats and a thermos of milk will be a great way to get a quick – and very yummy – shot of protein into a six year old boy on his way to a long day of first grade. But don’t worry – I will make sure he eats his banana too. :)

To join in the Back to School Giveaway fun, Quaker is offering two of you a sports bag filled with some fun – but practical – items for activity-filled family days (soccer ball, tennis balls, sports socks, fun shoelaces, water bottles, etc.), along with a few boxes of Quaker Chewy Granola Bars with Protein.

To win, leave a comment below and (and be sure you’ve followed the Back to School Giveaway guidelines). This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian addresses.

Good Luck!

Comments

  1. says

    I left a comment before, but my computer must be ALL wacky!! hehe

    I LOVE these bars and have stopped being selfish and introduced them to my boys! :)

  2. Heidi Todd says

    We eat very healthy here, but sometimes the convenience wins. We have a lot of activities going on and the kids love these so it is good to hear more health thrown in the ingredients. They are great for sack lunches or soccer game snacks.

  3. says

    You know what? The worst guilt a mother can RECEIVE is from another of the same! From nursing or bottle feeding, to babyfood in jars versus homemade…we need to stop the madness of judging our fellow breeders!!! We are all in this together, not to mention that we can actually learn from one another…I FEED MY CHILDREN PRE-PACKAGED FOOD!!! (Isn’t that how the guilty confess?) God Bless Quaker and ALL of their convenience…if it weren’t for them I may never have time for blogging;)

  4. says

    I love granola bars and my youngest loves everything with penaut butter in it. I usually have to hide a box from my husband because he could 3 of them in 1 sitting. And I will take chocolate anyway I can get it. Count me in!

  5. says

    These would actually be perfect snacks for my husband to take to work. He gets really cranky without enough protein in his diet. I’m sure my girls would love to try them too. I would love to give these a shot.

  6. Marlena says

    This would make the transition back into school much easier. And the fun sports stuff would be great. My husband is already training our 14 month old to be a soccer star! He’d love this prize as much as I would! m_huston(at)hotmail(dot)com

  7. says

    All of my kids love the regular Quaker bars. We buy them in bulk at Costco to have on hand for quick snacks on the way to practice and games. I’m THRILLED to see they are adding protein! Thrilled! Kind of sad the things that excite a mom :-)

  8. says

    Thankfully my kids like granola bars so I try to always have some on hand for snacking. The added protein will make them every better in my eyes. Count me in on the drawing. Thank you. Take care and God bless, Cory

  9. says

    Sometimes it is all I can do to keep food in my son! When do ‘growth spurts’ end?
    Running from school to soccer…. we love granala and nuts as quick and good energy food!

    I would love to win!
    Your on my side bar..byt hte way too…

  10. Pam says

    This would be devoured at my house, thank you so much for offering it. We’ll keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best!

  11. says

    Our family also relies heavily on snack bars! The kids are always in the mood for them and I figure that they could do a LOT worse than the occasional snack bar!

  12. Rebecca C says

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    Granola bars are so delicious, and I don’t think they know that they are good for them! Which is always a pus in my book.

  13. Justine F. says

    We love love love Quaker granola bars!!! Please count us in for this yummy giveaway…thaks so much!!

  14. says

    My boys LOVE granola bars, and I would never criticize ya for not baking, since I don’t even do probably 10% of the cooking around here!

  15. melissa says

    That is great to know about the protein. this is usually my breakfast of choice. And sometimes midday snack.

  16. Shannon says

    My boys love these and always are in their lunch its great that they’ve come up with them with protein.

  17. Betty N says

    These would be great to offer to my grandkids. I have always been a fan of Quaker products so it doesn’t surprise me that they have come out with something tasty and healthy!

  18. Susan Ledet says

    Can’t wait to try the peanut butter granola bars. These are perfect to keep on hand in the house as well as the car.

  19. Patricia Hill says

    Ideal for me since I babysit my five grandkids while their parents work. I always need snacks and things to play with.

  20. Vickie Couturier says

    one of my favorite snacks an I love to give them to the grandkids too,so please add me in the contest,thanks for the nice contest

  21. Cynthia Shern says

    My little granddaughter is starting school. I want to send a Quaker Granola Bar as comfort food. Put me in the draw. I sent an e-mail about this Blog to all my friends.

  22. Susan Taylor says

    Love Quakers granola bars but I have never seen ones with protein. Would love to try. Thanks for the giveaway.

  23. Faith Patterson says

    My family loves these bars. I buy them for my little girl for school. This is great for our family, we stay active in sports… thanks.

  24. Angela J says

    We grew up with these Quaker bars in our family, and since fall is coming with sports season, my family would love the equipment and bags!

  25. Amanda Agema says

    Recently I started working out with a trainer and he has told me how important it is to get large amounts of protein. However, I can only eat so much chicken…I would welcome protein granola bars to help me get the added protein my body needs.

  26. lorraine says

    My 4 kids LOVE these bars. And that is a mean feat to get them all to agree on something. We can also use a new backpack for school.

  27. Cindi says

    We have two sons that could use these sports bags! They both like “Quaker Granola Bars!” Please enter me in your drawing. I appreciate it. Thanks, Cindi

  28. Diana Corlett says

    Quaker Chewy Granola bars are delicious! Now I can feel less guilty when the box empties so quickly….

    dlcwin[at]gmail[dot]com

  29. Tazdevil267 says

    Once school starts- the kids look for snacks to pack for at school- then I need to ack some for on the go for after school activities.

  30. Teresa Hoyt says

    This is so great!! With four kids, I know that everything in the bag would disappear quickly! Thanks for the chance to win!

  31. Dave K says

    Sooooo… It’s all that, and a bag of (chocolate) chips… Granola bars are yummy, and the sporting gear is awesome.

  32. L McLendon says

    The two new flavor choices sound great and wouldn’t this sports bag full of goodies just be the ticket too!
    I love your site and all your giveaways.

  33. Ashley Domes says

    I love these bars. My daughter is a diabetic so it is hard to find great, and easy snacks. These bars seem to have a good balance that do not make her sugar go sky high. Thanks for the giveaway.

  34. bridget says

    I would love to have this gift bag to keep in the car so we are always prepared for games when we are out. We eat a lot of granola bars around here also and would love to try these.

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