This month’s Today’s Dietitian provided a very interesting article about 100 Calorie Packs. I thought I’d share what I learned:
100 Calorie Packs can be found everywhere with nearly every type of snack food there is. The largest benefit we get from these is portion control. If someone gave me a large package of Oreos chances are I’d eat way more than 100 calories, but if I’m given a 100 calorie pack, I’m happy with it. While these snacks offer healthy portion sizing and are very convenient for traveling and when you’re on the go, there are also a few things to be careful about.
Eating more than a few of these per week causes calories to add up. While eating a 100 calorie snack may be good, eating three 100 calorie snacks in a day may be more calories than you want. Also, if you’re trying to cut back your calories anyway, 100 calorie snack packs may be giving you alot of “empty calories” – calories with little or no nutritional value – at a time when you aren’t eating very many calories to provide alot of nutrients.
Nature provides 100 calorie snack options that are quick and easy, such as pears, apples, and bananas. Other easy and healthy snack options for around 100 calories include 1 1/2 ounces reduced-fat cheese, 14 almonds, 6 ounces light yogurt, 1/2 of a 3 ounce bagel, and 2 ounces extra lean ham.
So, go ahead and grab some 100 Calorie Packs, but be mindful that you’re still eating 100 calories. Choose to have only a few per week – it’s better than splurging on that whole package of oreos!