Too many times we kind of go for the junk food like those 100 calorie Cheetos! I am guilty of this myself too!
It would help if we knew that type of healthy snacks to eat, so in this article Jocelyn Voo helps to guide us:
The Best Natural Snacks By Jocelyn Voo
Kashi Autumn Wheat
Organic whole-grain wheat, organic evaporated cane juice, natural flavor. Those are the only three ingredients in Kashi's Autumn Wheat cereal. Simple formula, but think shredded wheat on steroids. It's USDA certified organic, low fat, cholesterol and sodium free, and provides a quarter of your daily fiber needs per cup. Plus, the bite-size biscuits actually taste really, really good -- liked by both adults and 2-year-olds (seriously). And for a breakfast cereal, there's no more rigorous taste test than that.
Nutrition: (1 cup): 190 calories, 1g fat, 45g carbohydrates, 0g sodium, 6g fiber, 5g protein
Price: $3.50 for a 17.5-ounce boxWhere to buy: Major retailers, including Whole Foods, Target, Publix, and Wegmans.
Stacy's Parmesan Garlic and Herb Pita Chips
If you're hankering for something crunchy and salty, these will do the trick. These baked pita chips, seasoned with Parmesan cheese, garlic, and parsley, are good straight out of the bag, if a bit dry. However, pair them with hummus or a dip and these sturdy snacks certainly won't be suffering from limp-chip syndrome.
Other favorite flavors include Cinnamon Sugar (just the right amount of sweetness) and Multigrain (a nutty flavor from the rolled oats and sesame seeds), though these versions are slightly less friendly on the waistline.
Nutrition: (1 ounce, about 12 chips): 140 calories, 5g fat (0.5g saturated), 19g carbohydrates, 200mg sodium, 2g fiber, 4g protein
Price: $3.25 for a 6-ounce bagWhere to buy: Major retailers, including Safeway, Kroger, Whole Foods, Publix, Target, and CVS
FAGE Total 2% Peach Yogurt
FAGE Greek Yogurt's tagline, "ridiculously thick yogurt," is not hyperbole; think the consistency of softened cream cheese, making for an incredibly rich, creamy texture. But their 2% line also comes in four different flavors in addition to plain -- peach, strawberry, cherry, and honey -- so that while this all-natural snack delivers all the protein of a lowfat yogurt, it also tastes like dessert. In our humble opinion, no other yogurt -- Greek or regular -- comes close to FAGE (and we've tasted a lot of yogurt).
As might be expected, FAGE is pricier than the average yogurt, and sadly, the brand sometimes seems to be elusive in certain regions. But when you do find it, trust us -- stock up. You'll be glad to have an emergency stash when a craving hits.
Nutrition: (5.3-ounce serving): 130 calories, 2.5g fat (1.5g saturated), 18g carbohydrates, 40mg sodium, 11g protein
Price: about $1.79 per 5.3-ounce cup
Where to buy: Fine food and health food stores, including Whole Foods and Trader Joe's. Plain Fage Total 2% is also available at Amazon.com.
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