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Facts on 100-Calorie Snack Packs

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  • I have ditched all carb-related 100 calorie packs-cookies, crackers, and such for my use, although I still purchase them for the rest of my family. I now rarely purchase any cookies or snack crackers in larger containers. I am using only 100 calorie almond packs and then only for the sake of portability. I buy almonds in larger quantity bags for home use.
  • I've never been a big fan of the whole snack-pack concept. Thanks for a great article and the list of healthy alternatives.
  • I'm gonna snack anyways, so these really help keep it proportioned for me. Instead of devouring an entire bag of something, I know I can only have one snack pack and that's fine with me, especially if I'm on the go, or just needing something to hold me off till a meal.
  • I would rather buy a big bag of chips and divvy it up for single servings to take to work... My mindset at home would be on the other end of the spectrum though... I would eat the whole bag or until I felt like stopping, and on the same note, if I was hungry enough, I would probably open more than one mini bag to fix my hunger. Although ripping open several bags would make me feel guilty...
  • I just bought a box of Hershey 100 cal snack packs. Although they're tasty... I just don't feel right eating them. I don't mind an occasional square of chocolate but as you say..the calories aren't fulfilling and some strange way, I feel guilty. I've opted to stick with my carrots, grapes, yogurt and now as the weather is warmer, I can already see more produce coming in.....
    thanks for the confirmation on this 100 calorie snack bag concept.

  • I see them displayed at the entrance to the Commissary, so I figure they are over-priced and not really that good for me, so I don't buy them.
  • I'm also uncomfortable with all the excess packaging. I'm finding it's better to save my treat calorie budget for a real treat. A real cookie or real ice cream that I go out to get and do not keep in my house.
  • These are fine if you only eat them for a treat. They are not adequate for a snack because they leave you hungry. When I need a snack I need for it to quench my hunger and these things just don't do it for me!
  • I think the 100-Calorie pack of Chips a Hoy Candy Bites make a great, reasonable dessert and helps curb my cravings for bad sweets at the end of the day. I agree that, nutritionally, they are not a good option, so they are just a treat for the day and perhaps a reward for eating right. I eat fruits and veggies and whole grains the rest of the day.
  • I keep various snack packs on hand though I haven't yet bought the chips versions. I frequently have the mini bags of curves popcorn, quaker mini delights rice cakes on hand and have purchased the snack bags of cereals for road trips.

    I like that they're portion control FOR me and I like that they're individually packaged so I never feel rushed to consume them so they don't go stale.... Mini packs means I can snack when I want - & means I can also keep a pack in my purse for snack-attack emergencies - which is very helpful when spending time with others who aren't practicing healthy eating habits.
  • I've never liked those packs. My in-laws get them all the time, and they've never appealed to me. Plus, if I'm craving something that they offer, I'd rather have a smaller portion of the REAL thing. Snack packs only leave me with wanting more (or wanting the original thing) anyway.

    I love the quick list of snacks in this article!
  • I'm a muncher. So these 100 calorie snack packs work great for me. Like others have said, I can (usually) limit myself to just one. I've found that if I deprive myself that I fixate on that snack and go crazy until I have it... and then I eat way too much of it. So the little bag satisfies my snack attack but also limits how much I eat, while if I open a big bag of cookies, I'll eat them all without realizing it until I reach the bottom.

    I also shop at places like Big Lots where the snack packs are often on sale for $1.50, which makes it much more affordable. There are things that I like to snack on, like Sundried Tomato and Basil Wheat Thins, that aren't available in the 100 calorie packs, so I'll use a zipper top baggie to make my own. But I generally am willing to pay the sale price for the packs to not have to buy more baggies or spend time making smaller portions.
  • For me, the 100-calorie packs aren't about filling hunger or a nutritional need. They're more about the psychological aspect of snacking. I feel as though I've eaten something, which satisfies the need, but I don't go overboard with it. I still eat plenty of other healthy snacks, and 100 calories is something I can easily spare while still getting the nutrition I need from the rest of my diet. I suspect I'll get tired of them soon, but right now they're working pretty well for me.

    The price doesn't worry me that much; it costs more, yes, but not so much more that it's going to run me bankrupt. The packaging is more worrying to me. My problem is that after 8 months I still haven't managed to adjust to balancing motherhood with everything else, so I'm really short on time and energy. If I try to "just portion it out when I get home", it's likely to just stay in the big bag/box, unfortunately. I want to be eco-friendly, but I also have to be realistic about what I will actually do or not do.
  • I'd rather eat one real Oreo cookie instead of the 100-calorie Oreo snack pack! The ones in the snack packs aren't as good, so what's the point?
  • I too find myself left unsatisfied if I am actually hungry. What I use the little snackpacks for is if I'm just in the mood for either something sweet, or just need to munch a little. I usually find an apple or salad much more satisfying if I'm really hungry.

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