Gold Medal Healthy Snacks

By: Sydney Fetkenhauer

And the Bronze Medal Goes To...Goldfish Crackers

Goldfish are cheese flavored crackers that are lightly salted. I think they are healthy because it's only 140 calories for 60 pieces. They also only have 1 gram of sugar and have 4 grams of protein. Plus, they are in cute fish shapes!
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Horizon Organic Mozzarella String Cheese wins Silver!

String cheese is a tasty snack you can take with you on the go. One stick has only 80 calories and has one-fifth of the calcium you need each day. This creamy delight has 7 grams of protein and Horizon kept the fat down to 5 grams by using part-skim milk.
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Going for Gold is...Kashi GoLean Crisp! Toasted Berry Crumble

Granola is a tasty way to add protein and fiber to your diet. With only 3.5 grams of fat and 180 calories, you can't go wrong! It has 10 grams of sugar, but those are natural, healthy sugars. The dried fruit adds a sweetness that makes it delicious!
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Top 3 Worst Snacks

3. Twinkies

These sweet treats may taste good, but they're not good for you! They may not seem that bad because they are only 150 calories, but they have a lot of fat for just a small cake, 4.5 grams, 2.5 being saturated fat. Twinkies also have a lot of sodium, 220mg, and carbs, 27 grams. Carbs are good because they help your body create energy, but too many carbs can be unhealthy.
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2. Ruffles Cheddar and Sour Cream Chips

Everyone loves potato chips, and everyone knows that they're unhealthy, but not everyone knows just HOW unhealthy. These Ruffles chips are loaded with 10 grams of fat and 170mg of sodium. They are also crinkled and very thick cut, so tons of fried potato is stuffed into each bite. A serving is only 11 chips, which isn't really a filling amount, so you would eat even more chips and stuffing your body with even more unhealthy things.
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1. Pop Secret Kettle Corn

Popcorn is usually a healthy snack, but this quick microwaveable version is not. The calories aren't very high at 180, but there is a wopping 13 grams of fat packed into just one-third of a bag. I don't know about you, but if I'm quite hungry I would eat the whole bag or I would eat half if I was sharing with someone else. Both of those amounts are over the serving size. Within that 13 grams of fat, 3 are saturated and 5 are trans fats. Trans fats are so bad for you that in some major cities, restaurants have been banned from cooking with them. According to caloriecount.about.com's grading scale, it gets a D.
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