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100 Calorie Snacks



100 calorie snacks

Snacking is a part of our culture and an important component of many metabolism-boosting eating plans.  For those who are trying to lose weight, it’s essential to make sure that those snacks are keeping with moderate calorie counts or macronutrient levels for our specific diets.

Many of the snack products that are available to us today are poor choices.  Whether they are calorie dense fast food items or pricey supermarket prepackaged ones, those who are trying to eat healthy on a budget need help.  A popular trend in marketing today is to create 100 calorie snack portions for consumers.  Sadly, these products can often be filled with artificial ingredients, preservatives, and particularly high carbohydrate levels.  Making your own 100 calorie snack bags at home can save you time and money and enhance your health as well.

Let’s take a look at a few components of 100 calorie snack bags and how they work with your body.

Calories

Calories counts are important if you’re trying to lose weight.  Weight loss ultimately boils down to the number of calories coming in versus the number of calories going out.  Exercise is a great part of any weight loss plan but we can’t neglect the food side of the equation either.  Many of the fast food choices available today for quick snacks are chock-full of carbohydrates and fat (often high fructose corn syrup and trans-fats) and have very little nutritional value.  They also happen to be full of empty calories as well (meaning they have sparse nutrients).  We all know that we need to cut calories in order to lose weight but do we have to sacrifice good nutrition in order to do that?  We don’t think so.  We believe you can design your own 100 calorie snacks in such a way that you achieve lower caloric intake with maximum nutrient benefits while keeping your ingredients natural as well.

Carbohydrates

Let’s talk for a minute about carbohydrates.  They’ve gotten a bad wrap at times but nutritionists know that a certain amount of carbs are necessary for energy and proper brain function.  The secret is to eat a good balance of carbohydrates with other macronutrients and to make sure that those carbs are the correct kind.  We want to try to include, in our 100 calorie snack bags, carbs which are high in fiber and nutrients and not just high in sugars.  When reading labels, be on the look out for HFCS, high fructose corn syrup.  A new chemical sweetener you may see is HMCS or high maltose corn syrup.  Some doctors are now linking these ingredients to blood sugar irregularities and adult onset of diabetes as well.

Artificial sweeteners are a carbohydrate substitute that you will probably encounter as you begin building your 100 calorie snack bag pantry.  Try to gravitate toward natural sweeteners when possible.  Small amounts of honey, agave nectar, or maple syrup work well.  When more sweetening is needed, reach for stevia products or xylitol.  These can now be easily located in your grocery store’s baking aisle.

When choosing foods to include in your 100 calorie snack bags, try to choose those which balance carbohydrates with nutrients.  Potato chips, for example, are high carbohydrate but not very nutritionally dense.  Mashed sweet potatoes or homemade sweet potato chips actually have more nutrients and fewer grams of sugars even though they taste sweeter.  So, when creating your 100 calorie snack bags, it’s all about choosing wisely.

Fats

Fats, too, have received a lot of negative attention in the media but the art of choosing comes into play here as well.  Just as there are good carbs and bad carbs, there are good fats and bad fats.  In general, chemically altered fats are the worst for you.  You will see them on labels as partially hydrogenated vegetable oil or hydrogenated vegetable oil.  Try to avoid any oils of this nature.  Reach instead for natural oils which are higher in nutrients.  Coconut oils, organic butter, and olive oil may be used when needed without worry about negative affects on your health.

Fats are clearly high in calories so you’ll probably want to use them sparingly in your 100 calorie snack bags for a bit of texture or flavor.

Proteins

Proteins have been called the building blocks of life and for good reason.  Diets that are too low in protein come with a host of health problems.  Proteins are the basis for our muscular system and also help with immunity and overall health.

When choosing proteins for your 100 calorie snack bags, try to choose natural, whole-food proteins when possible.  Many natural foods are high in protein.  Oatmeal, yogurt, legumes, and nuts are just a few.  While soy protein has received a lot of hype for its low fat, high protein content, there are studies that suggest that it might not be the best choice when it comes to loading up your 100 calories snack bags with protein.

Fiber

Fiber is an often-overlooked element in putting together 100 calorie snack bags.  But fiber goes hand-in-hand with weight loss and digestive health.  It’s believed by some that 95% of Americans are not getting enough fiber in their diets.

Let’s talk for just a moment about the benefits of fiber to your body.  First, if you’re trying to lose weight, fiber will be your best friend.  It will fill you up without packing on too many calories.  It is also believed that fiber helps regulate blood sugar levels and prevent hunger spikes: another helpful element of weight loss.  In addition, adequate amounts of fiber are linked with lower risks of: digestive problems, cancer, heart disease, and kidney and gallstone issues.

There are two types of fiber, both of which you will want to include in your 100 calorie snack bags.  They are: insoluble fiber (which won’t dissolve in water) and soluble fiber (which will dissolve in water).

You’ll find soluble fiber in items such as oat bran, legumes, nuts, beans, fruit pectins, and many fruits and some vegetables.  Insoluble fiber is found in grains, most veggies, and brans.

An easy way to increase fiber in your 100 calorie snack bags is by adding more fruits and vegetables (dried fruits and veggies count), whole-grain flours and products, and using bran cereal as an additive in bars or mixes.

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