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Do You Buy 100-Calorie Snack Packs?

One-hundred calorie snack packs have attracted some fit fans, like Bob from The Biggest Loser, but these prepackaged snacks also have their share of haters. Consumer Reports criticized these low calorie portions in its December issue and concluded there are more reasons to skip these snacks than to scoop them.

The argument against 100-cal packs includes gripes like the fact that many of the products barely resemble the product they are supposed to imitate — for example, the Oreo snack packs. There are no creamy middles to be licked and a snacker may feel like the chocolate crackers she consumed wasn't even worth those 100-calories. Consumer Reports does give credit to the Cheez-It Right Bites and Doritos Nacho Cheese Mini Bites, saying those are the only two that are true taste replicas of the original.

Do you buy 100-calorie snack packs or do you pass them by?

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simbaspaws simbaspaws 8 years
They taste awful and it is still processed food...get a bit of a real good european cookie with real dark chocolate and you will be satisfied...imo
Allytta Allytta 8 years
i don't buy into all this. if i count the callories i'll do it myself. it actually works better, as you see how little 100 is... it really freaked my out when i was counting.
saramay saramay 8 years
I don't buy them but the DH does, but I'm slowly getting him to buy a regular package and divide them up himself. These are so expensive!
ckeller825 ckeller825 8 years
I hate them. I've bought them before, and they definitely don't satisfy my sweet tooth. I'd rather buy a low-fat fudge bar or eat fruit.
bluebird bluebird 8 years
I don't like the junk food 100-cal packs, but some of them are not entirely without nutritional value, Bibi the bird. I regularly buy Craisin packs and whole-wheat fig newtons, which are pretty healthy as far as snacks go anyway. (It's so darn difficult to put a banana in my backpack without one of my huge textbooks landing on it and smooshing it, otherwise I'd be a bananaholic!)
Bibi-the-bird Bibi-the-bird 8 years
Those 100-calorie snack packs are too expensive for this little bird! And they are totally void of nutritional value. I prefer to munch on my broccoli or a big hunk of green apple! Woo hoo!
hyzenthlay20 hyzenthlay20 8 years
I don't do the snack packs, I'd rather get the full amount of a bag or box and divvy it up daily. However, I learned about the 100 calorie snack packs of microwave popcorn and I keep a box of them at school. I don't eat them frequently, and I can NEVER eat a full-sized bag of popcorn (nor do I want to), but the 100 calorie snack packs are the perfect size. And they're tasty!
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
No- I much prefer my Sabra Hummus and pretzel chips packs. They do have way more calories, 230-290, I can't remember, but they are as filling as a small meal, take a long time to eat and have a bit of nutrition. Fruit always works too. Seriously watching people eat these things makes me cranky!
popcorn19 popcorn19 8 years
They're not filling enough.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
I understand the convenience of having the math already done with these snacks, but they are not very satisfying. Especially the Oreo one! I'd rather have the real thing and watch my portions.
resamac resamac 8 years
I don't think they are satisfying at all nor filling. Thus, I end up eating more then I probably would have consumed had I just broke down and gotten the real thing.
CYL CYL 8 years
God just eat one or two god damn cookie once in a while when you crave it..and you won't stuff your face with 10 or 15...because you have denied yourself for 3 months and can't stop thinking about it
margokhal margokhal 8 years
I don't buy them. If I'm going to eat Oreos, or whatever else comes in those packs, I already know that it's not good for me. Eating them is not really going to help me stay healthy. If I want to eat those things, I will enjoy them (probably more than 100 calories' worth), and rebudget the rest of my daily diet accordingly. I don't really have a taste for that kind of food anymore, though, so...yeah.
Glittersniffer Glittersniffer 8 years
I actually buy a lot of 100 calorie packaged foods because I like them. There is a chocolate covered pretzel version that is quite good, and the 100 cal cans of soda are good for when I want that taste, but not a whole can.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
No. I don't eat processed foods. Also, I don't snack either. I eat three full meals a day, and I'm satisfied.
geebers geebers 8 years
I don't like these- they cost more than just buying a regular pack and making your own snack pack by putting it into zip lock bags.
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 8 years
I think I have tried them all but there are only 3 that I buy on a regular basis: Planters Peanut Butter Cookie Crisps, Cheetos Baked Crunchy snack and Pepperidge Farm Chocolate Chunk Mini Cookies . These are the only ones that I thought tasted right.
dcfashionista dcfashionista 8 years
I do buy them. My faves are the Keebler right bites in fudge stripe cookies and the shortbread. I also love the weight watchers 1 point snacks.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I don't really eat the types of foods that come in "100 calorie" packs anyway, so I definitely don't buy the packs. Not only is it justifying eating crap, it's wasteful and costs WAY more. I usually eat my own "100 calorie" packs: an apple or a yogurt or a small piece of cheese. You can't go wrong with unprocessed foods, IMHO.
mtiger mtiger 8 years
The cheetos are really good. But I try not to eat them a lot.
treva treva 8 years
Love these! They are easy to pack along with my lunch and are a nice little treat after eating an otherwise healthy meal! I usually take them to go so I don't risk going through the box in one go! And I agree with Flack, the Golden Oreo ones are delicious!! :)
cupcakers cupcakers 8 years
No never have and never will, I know I won't be satisfied and it is still unhealthy
Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
So not satisfying. I've bought some in the past just to give them a try but as other people mentioned they don't truly hit the spot of the craving for the original. And if you have one you're more than likely to have another pack since it's "only 100 calories". the only 100 cal box i do get is the Kudos one, but that hasn't been on my list for a while. Terrible if you're addicted to chocolate and see only 100 cals scrawled on the box. hello binge. lol.
Flack Flack 8 years
Surprisingly, I love these. I've got a 5.5 hour computer lab on Thursdays, and I always get a craving for something sweet about halfway through. If I pack one of these (preferably the unbelievably delicious Golden Oreo ones), I can satisfy the craving without trekking to the vending machine for a chocolate bar or similar. For someone who's pitfall is snacking, these are a life saver.
1apple 1apple 8 years
I like the taste of some of them, but all the packaging and the cost get to me. I have no problems putting a few crackers, nuts, cookies etc in a little container to take with me instead.
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