Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Whole Grain Confession and Granola Bar Name Vote

I just woke up from one of the worst sleeping sessions ever. All of the ice on our trees outside melted last night, and the wind threw the water on to our roof all night. Let's just say it was LOUD and SCARY! I wanted my mommy....

Thanks for all of your wonderful suggestions on what to name my granola bar! Here are some of the creative names you came up with:

Andrea: GinaBar

Lindsay: Gina's Great Granola Bar

Anonymous: Cluster Bar

Jen: Ceres (which apparently means "Goodness of Agriculture and Grains" in latin!)

Dance, Love, Dine: NutriLicious

Eating RD: Complete (a "complete" meal in a bar!)

One Healthy Apple: Full Granola Bar or Whole Granola Bar (to emphasize how balanced it is)

Julie Go Lean: Busy Bar or Grab'n Granola Bar

Nutri-Savvy: The Candid Bar (a wholesome, nutritious granola treat!)

Happiness in Health: NourishBar (complete nutrition, developed by an RD)

Melinda: G.I.N.A bar (stands for....Granola I Need Always or Granola Inspires Nourishing Ability) or any other ideas??

QUESTION: Which of these is your favorite?

So I have a confession to make. I have been telling people that if something is 100% whole grain, such as oatmeal, and there are 30 grams of carbohydrates in each serving, than that means there are 30 grams of whole grains per serving. Well, I was WRONG!! So so sorry. After doing some research, I've figured out that the amount of whole grains in a product that is 100% whole grain, is the same as the serving size. For example, see the stamp below (created by the Whole Grains Council)

Let's just pretend the stamp above was on the package below (it would likely say "48 grams of more whole grain per serving", not 16 grams). Do you see the serving size? See how it says 27 biscuits, 55g? Well, since this product is 100% whole grain, this means there are 55 grams of whole grains per serving. Who knew?!?! Probably a lot of people, but I sure didn't. They never taught me that in school!

The Whole Grains Council actually provides a list of all the foods with whole grains, including the amount of whole grain per serving. I would highly suggest perusing the site, it's actually pretty interesting and easy to understand. They also have a list of gluten free whole grains.

By the way, 16 grams of whole grains is what you need for one full serving of whole grain. You should aim for 3 servings, or more, of whole grains per day.

Question: Did you know this was how you could tell how many whole grains are in a 100% whole grain product??


  1. I think it's safe to say most people did not know that. I didn't but tend to be more of an ingredient reader than nutrition facts person. For the bar I love busy bar (though reminds me a little of happy hour. I also like candid bar. If raisins in it maybe Raising (or Raisin) the Bar?

  2. I didn't understand this and am glad to now! thanks for making it clear. Sometimes food packaging labels regarding nutrition are quite confusing.

    have a great day! Oh, my two favs are GinaBar and NourishBar

  3. Great names! I like Ceres and The Candid Bar!

  4. All of those names are really creative!
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  5. I think I like the NourishBar...but a lot of them are pretty catchy!

  6. Lots of great name suggestions for the bar!

    Thanks for the whole grains explanation!

  7. I like the Complete bar.

  8. Happy Belated Birthday Gina!!! Hope the weather gets better for you!

    I like Complete and Ceres for names.

  9. is it so wrong that i want to vote for my own? hahaha i still like grab n granola i can't lie

  10. I like candid bar and ginabar =)

    Thanks for the whole grain 411! I am going to keep this in mind when I go shopping

  11. Thanks for the knowledge on whole grains!! I definitely didn't know the answer on the top of my head!

  12. i think it's an awesome idea for granola bars, good luck to you Gina!

    i really don't know what to name it though, all i know is i wouldn't rush it. branding is so important, you wanna make sure you do it right.

  13. Thanks for clarifying the whole grain. That makes perfect sense! : )

    Shall I just say, lots of great names. So why not just vote for the name I gave: Candid Bar! (Is that ok to vote for mine?)


  14. I definitely did not know this, but the good news is- at least it looks like you were aiming low vs high :) I hope you get better sleep tonight with no ice!

  15. You got so many great names. You will have a hard time choosing, but whatever you go with will be a good one.

  16. I like Complete. It's clean and an effective name.

    Also, I had no idea about the whole grain thing.

  17. I like the Candid Bar - it's a good way to get in some cross-promotion for your blog :)

  18. Happy Belated Birthday!!

    I like Candid Bar also!

  19. I looked over your post on your granola bar endeavor; however, your bar seems pretty subpar as is. Personally I wouldn't care to buy it. There are soooo many granola bars out there similar enough to the one your making. I'm not saying that you don't have your own, unique bar. It's just that the majority of people won't be enticed by what you're offering. Then again if you really believe in it no harm in trying.

  20. Gonna have to vote for Ceres (hey, I did come up with the idea.) As for whole grains... had no clue! I have to admit, however, that I'm not as careful as I should be about checking labels.

  21. I like the Candid bar.

    Oh the G.I.N.A bar. Like as in: Granola IN A Bar. ;)

  22. I like the grab and granola name best so catchy

  23. "The Candid Bar" is the one that jumped out at me! :)