CHALLENGE FIFTY: Healthy Snack Challenge

I walked into a store the other day and went to the freezer section. I had to do a double check. There was a whole section of food that was low in calories and fat. Where you live this may not be anything new or exciting but in the area that I live there were trumpets from heaven going off.

There were all kinds of stuff like Skinny Cow, Lean Cuisine, WeightWatchers, and even store brand diet treats.

The industry has finally realized the valuable market for those of us who want healthy treats and diet foods.

Do be careful. Beware of what is in some of these items.

I was pleased to see an item advertised with sucralose (Splenda) in it. However, I was also surprised to see that the second ingredient listed on the label was High Fructose Corn syrup (HFCS). The argument is on-going about HFCS. Some studies actually show that HFCS is worse for you than sugar.

Just be careful. There are many “diet” items that are loaded with High Fructose Corn Syrup as well as artificial colors, preservatives, and additives. Some things that “fat-free” are loaded in calories. And some “sugar-free” items are actually higher in fat than their regular version.

It is important to make a list of good, healthy alternatives for snacks. Of course, the best snack and food items are the more natural ones like fresh fruit and vegetables.

One of my favorites is air-popped popcorn. I pop it and spray just a few squirts of butter-flavored spray on it to help the salt stick to the corn. It’s actually easier to make and better tasting than the diet-sized, microwave popcorn.

Your challenge for this week is to make a list and buy some healthy snacks to keep around the house, office, or even in your car. I usually have an apple or banana stashed somewhere for emergencies. Pickles are good too (See last week’s challenge).

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