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'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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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