Thursday, January 26, 2012

Best Healthy-Choice Snacks _ part 3

Part Three of our series on the Best (processed) snack foods...


Best Frozen Finger Food:  Alexia Mushroom Bites

Per 5 pieces:
110 calories
4.5 g fat
3 g protein
2 g fiber
Lightly breaded and cooked in olive oil, Alexia’s mushrooms are loaded with both healthy fats and B vitamins, the latter of which converts carbohydrates into energy to keep your metabolism humming along smoothly.


Best Sweetened Cereal:  Kashi Whole Wheat Biscuits, Cinnamon Harvest

Per 2 oz (28 biscuits):
180 calories
6 g protein
5 g fiber
  Aside from a touch of cane juice, the only ingredients are whole wheat and cinnamon. The wheat delivers protein and fiber, and the cinnamon helps counteract the cane juice’s impact on blood sugar.


Best Granola:  Kashi GoLean Crisp! Toasted Berry Crumble

Per ¾ cup:
180 calories
3.5 g fat
9 g protein
8 g fiber
  Big-flavor add-ins like cranberries and blueberries allow Kashi to keep the fat and sugar levels below those of other granolas on the market. Pour some over a cup of Greek yogurt for a sweet and hearty snack.


Best Oatmeal: Quaker Weight Control Instant Oatmeal, Maple & Brown Sugar

Per packet:
160 calories
3 g fat
7 g protein
4 g fiber
  Don’t confine oatmeal to the breakfast table. A bowl of instant oats makes a perfect snack. Each packet has only 1 gram of sugar, an impressive 4 grams of fiber, and thanks to the whey protein powder, a healthy array of amino acids.


Best Snack Bread: Pepperidge Farm Swirl, 100% Whole-Wheat Cinnamon with Raisins

Per slice:
80 calories
1 g fat
3 g protein
2 g fiber
Cinnamon toast is usually little more than sugar and starch, a decadent duo with love-handle repercussions. Go with the whole wheat variety and you can snack without the guilt, even if you opt for a second slice.


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