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Facts on 100-Calorie Snack Packs

Do Good Things Really Come in Small Packages?

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  • 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.

    - 3/26/2008 1:00:20 PM
  • 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. - 3/26/2008 12:54:36 PM
  • 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. - 3/26/2008 12:53:49 PM
  • 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! - 3/26/2008 12:52:14 PM
  • 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. - 3/26/2008 12:48:48 PM
  • 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. - 3/26/2008 12:36:49 PM
  • 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! - 3/26/2008 12:16:08 PM
  • 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. - 3/26/2008 11:32:05 AM
  • 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. - 3/26/2008 11:31:57 AM
  • 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? - 3/26/2008 11:27:19 AM
  • 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. - 3/26/2008 11:05:04 AM
  • So on target! I find myself so unsatisfied after one of those snack packs that I end up wanting 10 more of them. Found that when I'm hungry it's way better to eat real food that has protein, carb and fat. - 3/26/2008 10:37:54 AM
  • I've tried the snack packs, too, but can't justify spending the money. With the little snack ziploc baggies and an empty yogurt cup, I can make my own portion controlled snacks. But I'd just as soon have fruit or a string cheese - or my personal bad snack food - microwave lo-fat popcorn. - 3/26/2008 10:21:17 AM
  • Great article! I particularly appreciated the list of alternative, healthy snacks. I'm going to look for some of these at the grocery store! - 3/26/2008 10:21:17 AM
  • Great article...I'm always learning on Spark!

    I'm in the beginnning of my journey (3 weeks) and have notice how I'm beginning to 'grow out' of the snack packs. I said to myself, when I started, that I would use them to curb my sweet attacks and control my portions. They worked. Then I started coupling them with a peice of fruit. As I learn more and more about healthy foods and snacks, I can branch out.

    Thanks sparkpeople! - 3/26/2008 9:48:01 AM

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