100 Calorie Snacks

In the past few years or so, there has been a huge increase in the number of available 100
Calorie packs or snacks.

These are pre-packaged 100 calorie snacks that are intended to be an easy, measured amount,
ready to go if you need a quick food fix. Easier than just picking something up while hungry and
possibly eating too much. The problem is that the majority of these are strictly marketing hype
targeted at the diet and weight loss area.

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You can’t really blame the food companies for wanting to make money, after all, it’s a
multi-billion dollar industry and who wouldn’t want a piece of that?
But what about actually packaging healthy snacks? That small detail seems to have gone out of the window when chasing after a few dollars. Check out what’s being packaged as 100 calorie snacks:

Oreo’s, Resse’s bars,

Baked Cheetos,

Kettle Corn,

Cheese Snacks,

Cookies of all forms…

Even the ‘healthy’ granola style bars now have added chocolate and other coverings to make
them more appealing…

What happened to the ‘healthy’ in healthy snacks? Most of these 100 calorie snacks won’t fill
you up enough to care about since they are based on sugar products.
You might get a rush of energy, but you’ll crash soon enough and still be hungry, and onwards,
even losing a few pounds will become near impossible for you.

We all need some quick energy at times, or something to head off some hunger cravings, but
the vast majority of these 100 calorie packs are simply not the right way to go. Let’s think of
some other 100 calorie items that are both healthy and have a far better chance of filling you up.
My Favorite 100 Calorie Snack:
One medium-sized banana (7-8 inches) is generally considered 105 calories. That’s my favorite snack for both energy and heading off the hungeries.

How about a large apple for about 116 calories?

Would that take care of you for a little while?

Maybe a couple of medium/large carrots?

These are just some quick suggestions.

The reality is that you could have virtually any fruit or vegetable to get a quick 100 calorie fix that
would cost less, fill you up more AND be FAR more healthy for you.
Don’t get sucked in by marketing. You have to be in charge of yourself and make the right
choices.

Also read:

Healthy snack recipes | BBC Good Food

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