Saturday, February 04, 2006

National Snack Food Month 2006

February is National Snack Food Month. This year, instead of celebrating with that salty, greasy bag of potato chips; those calorie-packed, nutrionless candy bars; or that package of trans-fat laden, sugar-loaded cookies; visit for some healthy snack ideas that are as good-tasting as they are good for you.

Snackers tend to have habitual cravings for a particular "taste" such as salty or sweet, for a specific food such as chips or cookies, or for a certain "texture" such as crunchy or chewy. Denying these cravings can be quite daunting, and, at times, seemingly impossible.

With the idea that snacking doesn't have to be a dieting or health disaster, offers some "substitutes" for some unhealthful old favorites. These healthier substitutions not only help satisfy your unique craving, but offer some nutritional benefit to your body at the same time. When you've got a win-win situation such as this one, go ahead and dig in!

For those snackers who perpetually reach for potato chips to satisfy a need for a salty crunch, try Robert's American Gourmet Soy Crisps. These flavor-packed treats will hit you with only 110 calories, 2 grams of fat (0 saturated), and 1 gram of sugar. While you're happily munching away, you can also feel good about the fact that you're providing your body with 7 grams of Soy protein, 2 grams of fiber, and a respectable amount of calcium and iron. When's the last time a potato chip did all that for you?

Something sweet and chewy's on your mind, and you're swirling in images of brownies and cookies, and HOLD ON A MINUTE! Before you go down that saturated-fat road, try a Larabar. These raw food bars contain only fruits and nuts--no sweeteners of any kind--yet they are naturally sweet and come in tempting flavors such as Cherry Pie, Chocolate Coconut Chew, Apple Pie, and Banana Cookie. The bars are a great source of fiber, protein, potassium, and a whole host of vitamins and minerals.

If you've got yourself a sweet tooth, you know that there are times when it simply will NOT be denied. Usually giving in to this little monster will cost you at least 500 calories and more grams of fat than you'd care to acknowledge. The folks who created LesserEvil Flavored Popcorn know a thing or two about the craving for something sugary, and they decided they'd help us all out with a satisfying snack that would leave us feeling a little less guilty. This deliciously sweet popcorn has only 120 calories, 2 g of fat, 180 mg of sodium, and 16 g of sugar.

If your particular craving wasn't addressed here, visit to view their entire selection of healthful snacks. With choices ranging from dried fruits, nuts, and seeds to snack mixes, to dark chocolates, you're sure to find a healthier alternative to your unique snacking pitfall.

Happy Munching!


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