Snack on this, not that!

The authors of “Eat This Not That” compiled and scored a list of the 50  most popular snacks, analyzed based on calorie content, sodium levels and trans fat. The A list & B list are categorized as snacks that are best at fighting hunger, are energizing and fat burning, while snacks with the lowest scores /ratings are useless calorie packers.  My ultimate favorite snacks, such as the “White Cheddar Cheese Popcorn”, “Pretzel Sticks” and “Quaker Rice Cakes” made the C & D list, yikes!! Yup, you guessed it, I am going through my pantry and tossing out those C and D snacks, then hitting the grocery store to stock up on some of those As and Bs!

Check out a summary of some of the most interesting findings below:

The A List

 

Snack Grade Score Calories
Jack Link’s Beef Jerky Original (1 oz) A+ 6.50 80
Cottage Cheese + Strawberries (1 cup each) A+ 5.58 216
Avocado (1/2) A 4.01 161
Orange A 3.79 62
Pistachios raw (1 oz) A 3.54 159
Triscuits (1oz) + Deli Turkey (2 oz) A 3.51 186

 

The B List

Snack Grade Score Calories
Apple B+ 2.98 95
Jolly Time Butter Microwave PopCorn B+ 2.75 140
Peanut Butter (2 tbsp) + celery (1 large) B+ 2.73 196
Dannon Light Yogurt Strawberry B 2.50 80
Baked! Tostitos Scoops! (1oz) + guacamole (2 tbsp) B- 2.25 180
Kellogg’s Nutri – Grain Cereal Bars, Apple Cinnamon (1 bar) B- 2.17 120

 

The C List

Snack Grade Score Calories
Sun Chips Original (1 oz) C+ 1.86 140
Dark Chocolate (1oz) C+ 1.77 164
Nature Valley Granola Bars, Oats n Honey (1 pack) C 1.47 190
Carrot Sticks (1 cup) + Ranch Dip (2 Tbsp) C 1.27 190
Smartfood Popcorn White Cheddar (1 oz) C- 1.25 160
Wheat Thins Original (1 oz) C- 1.18 140

 

The D List

Snack Grade Score Calories
Nabisco Chops Ahoy! Thin Crsips (1 pack) D+ 1.00 100
Lays Classic Potato Chips (1 oz) D+ 0.88 160
Quaker Rice Cakes Caramel (1 cake) D+ 0.80 50
Rold Gold Pretzels Sticks (1 oz) D 0.65 100
Oreos (3 cookies) D 0.63 160
M&Ms Milk Chocolate (1.69 oz) D 0.58 240
Cheez – It Original (1 oz) D 0.55 150

 

Source: Men’s Health

 

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