This was a good artical it brought up some points I don't always remember. I do like the 100 cal packs in a pinch, (unexpected car trips, last minute lets go to the park for the afternoon, etc.) so I don't have to do the work of packing my own. Most of the time I do prepack my snacks from full size containers so I think they do work for me.
Wow - who knew how much $$$ is wasted on those little packages. I will be making my own 100 calorie packs from now on. However I must say - I will probably keep the ChipsAhoy Triple Chocolate 100 calorie cookie packs in my desk till I get the rest of my cravings under control.
She can make 1 Tbsp of peanut butter last through 5 pieces of celery? I can go through 1 Tbsp of peanut butter on One piece of celery! I like the ideas though. I'll eat the 100 cal pack of popcorn at night if I really want something before bed, and it helps me from grazing through the entire fridge. At work sometimes I will have a bite sized candy in the afternoon, but just about 1 every 2 weeks when I really want candy. Other than that, I use the author's ideas. My fave is cruciferous veg. in hummus.
I really like the idea of making your own 100-calorie snack packs. Often you can use zip-top bags (which you can re-use) and you can make the snack packs with the foods YOU want to eat. Your favorite healthy snack might not be available in a snack pack portion size, or it might be too pricey for you. No problem, make your own!
I had a bit of a Abbott and Costello moment with my mom when i saw her eating these snacks. She thinks they are great, but I've never thought they were a good idea. I'd say "yeah, Mom, but you're eating COOKIES" and she's say "well, yeah, but only 100 calories" and on it would go. So I guess it works for some people, but it's never really made sense to me to make bad snacks more accessible.
4/12/2011 9:01:38 PM
I buy these but only to kill a craving not to fill me up. If you are looking for something to fill you up these DO NOT work but if you are craving chocolate or salt these work wonders I love them
I don't buy them either--for me ( and the DH, on this journey together) we've found that the 100-cal "safe" snacks are just big-time trigger foods for us. We stick to fruit and do get those fat-free cheese sticks, though. We're both in our late 50's and don't want to completely restrict cheese since it's a good source of calcium.
On the cheese, I stick to buying Sargento since it's all cheese, minimal process ( and the dog usually ends up eating half my stick, anyway)!
I admit.. I love my 100 cal popcorn snacks at night! it helps me watch how much I eat, and still is satisfying. However, that is the only 100cal snack pack item I buy, because I want to get better on my own about watching my portion control!
I'm glad the writer gave alternatives and mentioned the true fact that you can save money and just bag your own snacks. It's take more time, but I like to say to myself I'm worth it and I always feel good knowing that I did something healthy for my temple.
I only buy the Oreo 100 calorie snack packs, because they don't come in any other size. I may be the only person on earth who doesn't like the cream filling! The 100 cal packs are just crisp chocolate cookies. I like them a lot. I can usually stop after one bag, but sometimes I have 2.
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