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100 Calorie Dumb-Dumb Packs

“100 Calorie Packs” like the ones you see here are silly. Instead of a GIANT bag of junk food—try a mini-pack! Just silly, processed junk foods like these are bad at any size. From Dr. Fuhrman’s book Eat For Health:
Foods that are refined, including chips, cookies, bread, and pasta, lose a dramatic amount of their nutrients in the refinement process. Plus, the process that browns foods and turns a grain into a baked flake or chip creates acrylamides—carcinogens that make these foods even more harmful. These processed foods are not only nutrient-poor, but they also contain elements that contribute to our health problems. They are typically high in salt, chemical food additives, trans fats, MSG, sodium nitrate, and other unhealthy ingredients.
So, ignore the hype surrounding this latest marketing fad, and, ignore the snacking advice of this loopy dietician:

And start eating healthy, wholesome, unprocessed food. DIY Life offers up some sensible 100 calorie snacks. Take a look:
The 100-Calorie Healthy Snacks
  • 7 baby carrots (five calories each)
  • 2 tsp. all-natural almond butter or peanut butter (about 66 calories)
  • Small fruit salad
  • 1 TB slivered almonds (33 calories)
  • 2 TB hummus (50 calories)
  • 5 baby carrots
  • As many cucumber and celery sticks as you'd like
  • 1/2 medium banana (55 calories)
  • 1-2 TB shredded coconut (for dipping!) (30 calories)
Sure, these all sound like good options, but personally, I don’t count calories. I just eat lots and lots of healthy food. Like today, for lunch I had an entire bag of baby spinach again—yes, an entire bag!
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