Should I buy 100 calorie packets to help me lose weight?
By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N.
When you are trying to lose or maintain weight, knowing how many calories you are eating each day is important. The 100-calorie packets are convenient but expensive. Many of these are junk food. Here’s some 100 calorie food suggestions for you: 29 pistachios, 12 Quaker® Quakes Cheddar Rice Snacks, 40 Rold Gold® Classic Pretzels Sticks, 1 hard boiled egg & 1 slice of Melba Toast, 2 cups of raspberries, 28 grapes, 1 cup blueberries, 45 steamed edamame, ½ red bell pepper dipped in 3 tablespoons of hummus, ½ cup low fat cottage cheese with 5 medium size strawberries, 60 Pepperidge Farm® Whole Wheat Goldfish Crackers, 1 Laughing Cow® Creamy Garlic & Herb Cheese Wedge plus 3 Triscuits®, ½ medium cantaloupe, 15 medium strawberries dipped in ¼ cup Cool Whip® Lite, 1 Healthy Choice® Mocha Fudge Swirl Bar, 1 Skinny Cow® Fat Free Fudge Bar, and 5 Nabisco® Nilla Wafers. Keep in mind, you can burn approximately 100 calories by running 10 minutes or walking about 20 minutes.
Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N., is a registered dietitian with a Master’s Degree in clinical nutrition. The former publisher of Kentuckiana HealthFitness Magazine, Kentuckiana Healthy Woman magazine and radio show host of Health News You Can Use, Barbara has over 30 years of experience in promoting healthy lifestyles to consumers. Barbara worked as Nutrition Consultant to the Navy SEALs (8 years) and the University of Louisville Athletic Department (10 years). Barbara has private practice, DayByDay Nutrition, www.DayByDayNutrition.com, where she counsels clients on weight loss, cholesterol management, performance nutrition and an array of other medical issues. Visit Barbara’s new website which is an on-line health & wellness magazine, www.KentuckianaHEALTHWellness.com. Barbara writes nutrition and health columns for www.LiveStrong.com as well as a weekly nutrition column for the Southeast Outlook. She also designs and presents employee wellness programs to small and large businesses. Barbara is a runner, cyclist, hiker and a mother and grandmother to 11 grandchildren.