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100-Calorie Snack Packs: The Good, The Bad, and The Say Whaaat?

Snacking. Sometimes it’s just too hard to resist! With temptations found everywhere from office birthday celebrations to airport last minute snacks, it’s easy to drive into a delicious bite…or two of a quick n’ easy treat.

Over the past few years, 100 calorie snack packs have popped up on store shelves and vending machines, turning favorite temptations into a modified, lighter bites in a portion controlled pack. Sounds harmless right? Well, these babies have a story to tell you and if you are not careful, you can slip into some diet ruining territory. Let’s dive into the good, the bad, and the OMG of 100-calorie snacks!

THE BAD

Sure, these quick ‘lil snacks leave you feeling satisfied but in reality, it’s only for a short amount of time. Most of these packaged goods lack the goods (fiber, protein, and healthy fats) that keep your stomach full. Most of the time, it’s still snacking on junk food. Even though the wrapping states that the goods are 0 trans-fat free, the snacks are super processed. Bummer.

THE SAY WHAAAAAAT???

Dieters Beware. Sure, 100 calories seems not dangerous. You rip one of those bad boys open the moment hunger strikes AND finish it in two bites and you are left wanting more. Then you are reaching for bag #2. Although small in size, beware of the open invitation to indulge more. These tiny bags although modified are missing vital vitamins and minerals. Most of the snack packs that can be found on the shelves are cookies and chips…and that equals empty calories.

FINALLY... THE GOOOOOOD

Ahh, some good news! Pre packaged 100 cal snacks take the guesswork out of portion control and are wonderful tool to curb overeating, If you are in a hurry to get out of town or in need a small snack to tide you over until your next meal, the convenience of one of these handy 100 calorie bites can better suit you. There is no harm to snacking on them if you limit to 1 per day.

Our recommendation? A lil Youtopia (hey, a shameless plug never hurts!). Our snacks are high in protein (keeping you satisfied when that 2:30pm slump hits) AND are low in sugar (keeping waistlines happy). At 130 calories, it’s the perfectly proportioned guilt-free snack. YES! Take ‘em on the go, share with a buddy, or just enjoy them on your break (we won’t judge if you keep them to yourself). Check out our yummy flavor varieties here.

Our advice? While 100-calorie snack packs may appear like you are eating a healthier amount of your favorite goodies, take a peek at the packages and really look at the package at the calorie and sugar content. It may seem like an extra step, but it’s important! What 100-calorie snack pack do you go reaching for? Tell us in the comments below!


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