Stephanie: What’s Better Than A 100-Calorie Snack Pack?

Day 3: Midmorning Snack

The Lehman family loves to snack on 100-calorie packs, especially the cookie ones. But if you’ve ever tried one of these snack packs, I have to ask: Did they really cure your craving for something sweet? Did they fill you up when you were hungry in between meals? Probably not, because these foods are highly processed and low in nutrients.

I’ve been telling Tiffany for the past few months that there are so many better choices for her. She could have:

  • a tablespoon of peanut butter (one of her favorite foods),
  • a small handful of almonds,
  • half a turkey sandwich,
  • a piece of string cheese with some crackers,
  • a banana or a cup of chopped fruit.

I could go on and on with a list of better 100-calorie options. And they are all more satisfying than the measly 12 or 15 crackers or cookie thins you get in the packs.

Tiffany said the cookie packs help feed her craving for chocolate but she would be better off eating 100 calories worth of actual chocolate! If you, too, love the 100 calorie packs, try substituting a 100-calorie snack made from real, whole food such as ones listed above for just one week and see how you feel. Then post a comment and let ne know how it went!

Through her Des Moines-based nutrition company, SK Health Communications, registered dietitian Stephanie Karpinske writes and develops recipes for magazines, books, supermarkets and food companies. She is the author of Read Before Dieting: Your 4-Step Plan for Diet Success and writes a blog about healthy eating, foodnuti.com. She’s coaching the Lehman family through the six-month Healthy Family Challenge.