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We live in an age where good health is becoming increasingly important, and getting the most bang for our buck when it comes to food is also important. We need to remember that just because something touts itself as low fat or low calorie, it doesn’t mean it is good for you. Since this is such a hot button topic these days, I decided to go on a search for options to replace the low calorie/low fat options that contain no additional nutritional value.

100 calorie packs are a huge favorite because there are so many options, like cookies, crackers and chips, and they are easy to grab and seem to be healthy because they are in an appropriate portion size. However, while they taste good, they aren’t a healthy option since they are loaded with additives and preservatives. Take a little extra time to make your own snacks so you know exactly what is going in them. Try Skinny Mom’s Baked Sweet Potato Chips, Skinny Butternut Squash Muffins, Two Step Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies, Skinny Curried Cauliflower Bites, Skinny Fruit & Almond Trail Mix and Skinny Mini Banana Bread Muffins.

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If you’re like me and often need a nice satisfying crunch, you often want to reach for that bag of baked chips because you think they’re healthy, however they’re not. They are still chock-full of sodium and empty calories; a better choice would be to grab some carrots and hummus and munch away. You’re getting loads of vitamins from the carrots and some protein from the hummus. But, if that doesn’t satisfy your craving, no worries! We have those Baked Sweet Potato Chips and 6 Delish Potato Chip Makeovers!

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If your afternoon craving has you headed to the vending machine looking to grab a bag of salty pretzels, plan ahead and roast yourself some delicious chickpeas. Oh She GlowsEasy Salt and Vinegar Roasted Chickpeas” is my favorite recipe by far, but I’m a sucker for all things salt and vinegar.

What are your favorite healthy snacks to combat the low fat/low calorie trend?