Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Alternatives To Healthy Junk Food

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, there's an article about 100 calorie packs and 22 healthier alternatives.

Some excerpts:

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 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."
The article goes on to say:
Dietitians agree that the best snacks satisfy hunger while helping meet our daily dietary needs, especially for fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy.

"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].
Sounds pretty sensible to me.

The entire article can be found here.


Kathy said...

And, at least for me, I'm not eating the fruits and vegetables that are packed with all the good stuff every time I reach for one of the packs of processed goodies. I do love my 100 calorie pack microwave popcorn, though!

Jake Silver said...

I try to find 100 calories of something decent, too! Like an apple, or a bag of popcorn (the 100 cal single serving), maybe some yogurt, wasa crackers and Lite cheese, string cheese, nuts, etc...

TB--Milwaukee said...

It seems that fruit fills the bill much better than those little tiny bags of 100 calories. Not a big fan myself.

Skinny Guy said...

I have to admit, I don't think I could make it without the mini bags of 94% FF popcorn! And fruit, too.