What’s In Your Snack Stash? – Healthier Alternatives

What’s in your snack stash?

snackingIn an independent poll conducted by a major national magazine a little while back, average Americans volunteered to answer questions about their snacking habits. They were told to be as honest as possible (as they would remain anonymous) with their answers and this is how they responded.

You will also find below each response suggestions on how to change or at least improve upon your snacking habits (little by little) with healthier alternatives. After all, snacking is natural – but there are smart and healthier ways to go about doing it.

See how many of these you can relate to. snacking-chip-pile

  • Almost 25% say they reach for cookies, candy, pretzels or chips.

Suggestion >> Practice portion control by picking up 100-calorie packs of these items.

  • More than 35% say they can’t resist junk food.

Suggestion >> Go for lighter versions of your faves… such as baked chips instead of fried.

  • More than 50% say that they keep “little bites” on hand when the “munchie” urge strikes.

Suggestion >> Try making your next grab a healthy one. Try to keep fresh fruits and veggies on hand that don’t spoil easily (such as apples, oranges, cherries, grapes, celery, miniature carrots).

  • Almost 60% claim that they don’t count drinks as snacks.

Suggestion >> Track your intake for a day. You may be surprised. Try keeping bottled water in the fridge as well as natural or green teas , maybe even flavored water (but check the sugar content first on the label)

  • About two thirds or 66% say that their snacks are NOT planned – In other words, as the hunger urge hits or spur of the moment.

Suggestion >> Stock a drawer and/or compartment in the fridge with healthy options to keep calories in check.

  • A whopping 88% of responders stated that they’d prefer to eat more nutritious nibbles.

Suggestion >> Go for foods that are portable and won’t spoil easily, like whole fruit and lowfat string cheese.

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Here are a couple more smart snacking tips from this blog:

Healthy Snacks With Less Than 200 Calories

Smart Snack Attack – 10 Calorie Magic!

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Healthy Snacks With Less Than 200 Calories

healthy-snack-food-collageA few words of wisdom here if you’re looking to eat healthier, lose a few pounds, and still take care of those snack cravings you get in-between meals …. For majority of adults, snacks should never be more than 200 calories, otherwise your snacking habits could lead to that dreaded weight gain. So below is a guide to several healthy snack ideas with less than 200 calories per serving (as listed) …..

Are You Craving Something Salty?

Try These…..

  • 5 olives (any kind)….. (45 calories)
  • 1 small Martin’s pretzel….. (50 calories)
  • 2 oz Applegate Honey and Maple Turkey Breast wrapped around 2 bread-and-butter pickles….. (80 calories)
  • 1/4 cup hummus, 3 carrot sticks….. (80 calories)
  • 1 Laughing Cow Light Swiss Original wedge, 3 pieces Kavli Crispy Thin….. (85 calories)
  • One 1-oz package tuna jerky….. (90 calories)
  • 1 oz buffalo mozzarella, 1/2 cup cherry or grape tomatoes….. (94 calories)
  • 1 bag Baked! Cheetos 100 Calorie Mini Bites….. (100 calories)
  • 15 Eden’s Nori Maki Crackers rice crackers….. (110 calories)
  • 1 cup unshelled edamame (boiled or steamed)….. (120 calories)
  • 50 Eden’s Vegetable Chips….. (130 calories)
  • One 1-oz package of Planters NUT-trition almonds….. (130 calories)
  • 1/4 cup Trader Joe’s Chili con Queso, 18 baked tortilla chips….. (140 calories)
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds in shell….. (143 calories)
  • 2 pieces (30 grams) prosciutto, 4 dried figs….. (154 calories)
  • 1 Subway Turkey Breast Wrap….. (190 calories)

Are You Craving Something Sweet?

Try These…..

  • 1 package Original Apple Nature Valley Fruit Crisps….. (50 calories)
  • 1 packet O’Coco’s Mocha cookies….. (90 calories)
  • 1 Jelly Belly 100-calorie pack….. (100 calories)
  • One 100-calorie pack Trader Joe’s Chocolate Graham Toucan Cookies….. (100 calories)
  • One 100-calorie Balance Bar….. (100 calories)
  • 1 Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino bar….. (120 calories)
  • 1 package Back to Nature Honey Graham Sticks….. (120 calories)
  • 1/2 banana rolled in 1 tbsp frozen semisweet chocolate chips….. (123 calories)
  • 2 tbsp Better ‘n Peanut Butter, 4 stalks celery….. (124 calories)
  • 1 bag Orville Redenbacher’s Smart Pop Butter Mini Bags topped with a spritz of butter spray and 1 tsp sugar….. (126 calories)
  • 24 Annie’s Chocolate Chip Bunny Graham cookies….. (140 calories)
  • Half of a 1.08-oz container of M&M’s Minis mixed with 1/3 cup lowfat granola….. (145 calories)
  • 1 McDonald’s Fruit ‘n Yogurt Parfait….. (160 calories)
  • 1 container Fage Greek Total 2% fat yogurt, 2 tsp honey….. (173 calories)

This post is sampled from the November/2006 issue of Self magazine.

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Here are a couple more smart snacking tips posted previously on this site:

Smart Snack Attack – 10 Calorie Magic!

What’s In Your Snack Stash? – Healthier Alternatives

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