Nationwide Childrens Hospital Snackwise® Program Announces Annual Top 10 Snack List

October 6, 2008

Nationwide Childrens Hospital Snackwise Program announces its annual top 10 Best Choice snacks found in vending machines and cafeteria a la carte lines across the country. The top 10 snacks* are:

1. NutriPals Fruit Bars (Strawberry)
2. CLIF Kid Organic Z Bar (Peanut Butter)
3. Quaker Oatmeal To Go for Kids (Apple Cinnamon)
4. NutriPals Snack Bars (Peanut Butter Chocolate)
5. Herbalife Protein Bar (Chocolate Fudge)
6. Power Bar Pria Complete Nutrition Bar (Chocolate Peanut Butter Crisp)
7. VitaMuffin VitaTops (all flavors)
8. Solo Nutrition Bar (Chocolate Charger and Mint Mania)
9. South Beach Living Cereal Bars (Peanut Butter, Cinnamon Raisin, Cranberry Almond, Maple Nut, Chocolate)
10. South Beach Living Snack Bar Delights (Chocolate Raspberry)

For the first time, the complete snack list (750 rated snacks) is available FREE for a limited time through

The Snackwise Nutrition Rating System, developed by Nationwide Childrens Hospitals Center for Healthy Weight & Nutrition, measures a snacks nutrient density. A snack food receives a Best Choice rating when high amounts of protein, calcium, iron, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and fiber offset the snacks less desirable elements (calories, sugar, fat and sodium).

Nutritionists with Snackwise always recommend fresh fruits and vegetables over vended snacks.  However, when none are available, the Snackwise rating system  educates consumers about the snacks they encounter in a vending machine.

Snackwise is a non-profit, independent rating system. Online resources, including a free online rating calculator, are available for parents, students, schools and businesses at

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*Ranking is based on the existing Snackwise database.

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report ‘s 2018-19 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.4 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at