Healthy Snack Alternatives
Your Today, Could Effect Your Tomorrow
If you try some of the healthier snack alternatives out there, you may well find that you enjoy them. This appears to be true even of college students. One college dining hall discovered that when it offered healthy snacks along with traditional ones, a significant portion of the student population actually opted for health. The dining hall, which regularly sold snack bags containing sugar-laden soda, cookies, and candy, began also offering "smart snack bags," containing baked chips, low-fat cookies, fruit cups, sunflower seeds, and water. And for every two students who bought the traditional, sugar-soaked snack bag, there was one who bought the "smart" snack alternative.
If you're one of the many people whose idea of a good snack is something crunchy and salty, know that you can have your crunch and eat smart, too. Here are a few possibilities for more healthful crunchy snack foods:
- Baked Tostitos (110 calories, 1 gram fat, 0 g saturated fat, and 2 grams fiber per 1 ounce.)
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- Low Fat Kettle Crisps (110 calories, 1.5 grams fat, 0 g saturated fat, and 2 grams fiber per 1 ounce.)
A snack of corn chips is a good choice when you need an energy boost because a 1-ounce serving has 18 grams of complex carbohydrates. Corn chips have a glycemic index score of 42, which is in the low range and indicates they won’t spike your blood sugar. Of the total carbohydrates, 1.5 grams are dietary fiber, 16 grams are complex carbs in the form of starches and only 0.3 grams are sugar.
Corn chips have a number of vitamins, but not in large amounts. A 1-ounce serving of generic corn chips has 1 to 2 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin K and the B vitamins, including thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6 and folate. You’ll get a little more vitamin E, with one serving supplying 0.4 milligrams, or 3 percent of the recommended daily value.