Lisa Johnson Fitness Asks “Are 100 Calorie Snack Packs a Good Idea?”
Lisa Johnson Fitness isn’t new to this blog. She’s been a little silent because she moved her studio and wow.. nice new space!! She’s back with an interesting post about 100 calorie snacks. I thought this was a really interesting topic since I BUY those kinds of packaged snacks but am always disappointed by the amount of product and the “payoff” of the taste. They don’t always give you the mouth feel, yummy treat factor that we seem to be seeking in a lower calorie presentation. Either it’s the same product exactly in teeny portions for 100 calories or it’s a less tasty version.
Here’s an excerpt of Lisa Johnson’s post about these snacks
Those little packs of goodness or so the marketers would have you believe. Just grab a pack and don’t worry about overeating. You can live healthfully one tiny bag at a time. Or can you?
Those 100 calorie snack packs are becoming ubiquitous. Starting off as a very clever marketing / packaging concept for cookies I have seen 100 calorie snack packs for yogurt, chips, and a host of other foods. They are marketed primarily to women on a diet and to use as a handy lunch box stuffer or after-school snack for your kids.
There are definitely some benefits to having mostly processed, frequently high sugar content foods meted out. Basically you can’t do too much damage to your diet. It takes away the off button. Just eat the contents and move on. When they first came out the idea had merit to me. I can definitely see where it could be helpful to someone who struggles with portion size and knowing when to stop.
But to me that’s about it. For the most part the 100 calorie snack packs are filled with stuff that’s not that healthy. Throw in the additional costs charged for those packages and the environmental impact of all that extra packaging and I’m not so convinced they’re worth it.
I started a thread on Facebook and my friend Dave West had an excellent reply, “whole foods don’t come in 100 calorie snack packs.” True, Dave, very true.
She also has recommendations on how to use these treats in a healthy diet which you can find HERE on her blog– and there are already lots of comments.
Personally for the price tag on these treats– the benefit isn’t that great. Better to get those 80 calorie yogurts and eat that instead for better food value and payoff in terms of healthy eating.
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