More Smart Snacks: Chips & Pretzel Review
Years ago, the cardinal rule of a diet was to stop snacking. Snacking between meals was viewed as a major no-no, and your grandmother was always worried that you were going to spoil your appetite. Luckily, things have changed! Research has shown that people who snack on healthier options between meals are less likely to be overweight. Snacking between meals is also a great way to maintain normal blood sugar levels which is not only important for diabetics, but also for healthy adults who simply want to feel great and maintain energy throughout the day. So now that you have the permission, you need to know which foods are best to choose. Read on to find out some of my chips & pretzel picks that are better choices in proper portions.
Snyder’s EatSmart Naturals: Garden Veggie Sticks and Whole Grain Tortilla Chips
I am a big fan of these crunchy little veggie sticks. For a portion of 2 cups, these guys will only cost you 140 calories and 6g of fat, 5g of which are the heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. And as for sodium, it’s only 120mg per 2 cup serving. Serve with 1-2 tablespoons of low-fat ranch dip for a totally satisfying snack.
When it comes to the tortilla chip, this one is such an over-achiever. Besides having a great flavor and crunch, its packed with whole grain corn, quinoa, sesame seeds and flax seeds which makes these chips an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids. And they are safe for people with Celiac disease or gluten intolerance because they are gluten free. And for a serving size of 10 chips, you get 3g of fiber – not bad!
Cape Cod 40% Reduced Fat Chips
There is nothing like a great potato chip! But the key to enjoying potato chips without blowing your diet goals for the day is portion control – it can be hard to just eat a handful for many people. The great news is that Cape Cod’s 40% Reduced Fat potato chips only cost you 130 calories per 1 oz (about 23 chips) serving. And there are only 3 ingredients used to make this chip, so you know it’s as natural as chips get – potatoes, canola oil, and salt. Just remember that even with a reduced fat snack, portion control is always important. Stick as close to the recommended portion size on the nutrient facts label so you don’t over do it.
Besides being packaged in a revolutionary 100% compostable bag that is much quieter than last year’s version, there are a few good reasons to choose these crunchers when you are looking for a savory snack. For a 1oz serving (about 16 chips) it will only cost you about 140 calories and about 120mg sodium depending on the flavor. But you also get a total of 3g of dietary fiber thanks to whole grain ingredients.
Snyders Tortilla Chips
If you are a purist when it comes to your tortilla chips, and all you want in your chip is corn, canola oil and salt, then this is your chip. One serving of these guys will run you 130 calories and 120mg sodium, and in return you get 4g of fiber and a great chip.
Rold Gold Pretzels – Honey Wheat Braided Twists
These are really addictive, so make sure to pay close attention to your portion size! For 8 pretzels, it will cost you 110 calories and 200mg sodium. Let’s just go ahead and be honest with ourselves and assume that maybe once in a while we go ahead and eat 16 of these pretzels, which will bring it up to 220 calories and 400mg sodium. But if you can portion out 8 of these wheat twists, and pair with a 1oz piece of string cheese, you’ve got yourself a great afternoon snack that will help curb your hunger until dinner.