I'm not a real big fan of 100 calorie packs. I call them "healthy junk food." I've had some on occasion, and they can help with a sweet tooth, but ultimately they leave me wanting. I'd much rather have something with a little more "umph" to it.
Turns out I'm not alone. Over at MedicineNet.com, there's an article about 100 calorie packs and 22 healthier alternatives.
American Dietetic Association spokeswoman Marisa Moore, RD, likes 100-calorie products for their portion control, convenience, and ability to satisfy a sweet tooth. But because many of these snacks lack fiber, she says, they won't stave off hunger for long.The article goes on to say:
"The 100-calorie snacks lack staying power, and as a result can lead to premature hunger and a higher calorie intake in the end," she says.
She'd rather see people choose snacks that provide needed nutrients while taming hunger. For example, she says, "in only 160 calories, a serving of almonds is satisfying and provides heart-healthy fats, fiber, and calcium."
Dietitians agree that the best snacks satisfy hunger while helping meet our daily dietary needs, especially for fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy.Sounds pretty sensible to me.
"Look for snacks that contain protein with healthy carbohydrates and fats, and eat your snacks slowly so they fill you up," says [Baylor nutrition professor Suzy Weems, PhD, RD].
The entire article can be found here.