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Is dried fruit and nuts actually a healthy snack?? Are there any other healthy snacks that don't make you feel like your missing out??

Thu. Jan 31, 7:39pm

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A piece of fresh fruit is always great. Much more filling and healthy than their dried counterparts.

Thursday, January 31, 2008, 7:56 PM

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well for those who may not be able to afford fresh fruit dried fruit is definately an alturnative, but is it just as healthy???

Thursday, January 31, 2008, 9:23 PM

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As healthy, yes. But smaller. It's easy to stop after a nice, big, juicy 90-calorie apple, but 90 cals of apple rings looks and feels like a dinky portion.

Thursday, January 31, 2008, 9:54 PM

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dried fruit is kinda high in sugar. 10g of dried fruit will have much more sugar than 10g of fresh fruit.

Nuts have fat in them.

They're both healthy, but you just shouldn't snack mindlessly on them, or think that they can be eaten in huge amounts.

Thursday, January 31, 2008, 11:33 PM

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uh, yeah, but as the previous poster mentioned, 10g of dried fruit will have more sugar than 10g of fresh fruit.

Friday, February 01, 2008, 10:14 AM

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Be careful with the nuts you snack on. If the nuts are roasted, the healthy oils have been damaged and are no longer beneficial to you (but all the fat calories are still there).

Friday, February 01, 2008, 10:22 AM

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lots of pre-packaged dried fruits have added sugar -they are not simply "dried"

Friday, February 01, 2008, 11:28 AM

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As others have mentioned, you must be wary of high calories in dried fruits. I like Craisins because you can have several, there's a lot of flavor there and fiber. That said, 1 tablespoon has 26 cals, so you still need to watch it.

The healthiest nuts tend to be raw - NOT roasted (which I think uses oil, in addition to reduction nutritional value). Raw almonds are great - 7 cals each, 0.1g fiber. 10 of these can be satisfying. (Note marcona almonds, which I LOVE are not the same - they're 16 cals each. And for me, so tasty that I can't help but eat too many).

Your best bet is to pre-portion these kinds of snacks - don't eat right from the bag.

Other snacks that make me feel like I'm eating like a "normal" person: honey nut cheerios or shredded wheat (not dense in calories & high in fiber, to keep you full) and pickles (10 cals each, 1g fiber - a "0 point" food by weight watchers standards). Just don't be too hard on yourself if you retain a little water (that's all it is - not fat!) if you eat pickles...

Finally, I haven't tried these but I understand weight watchers fudgesickles are decedant but not bad for you - maybe 1 WW point?

Friday, February 01, 2008, 11:56 AM

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My number 1 favorite snack...

Fiber One Oat and Chocolate Chewy Bars

Hands down!

Tammy Lou

Friday, February 01, 2008, 1:31 PM

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In regards to the dried fruit comments, I read that banana chips specifically were worse for you than chocolate covered raisins so just beware. I also heard that the benefit of fresh fruit far outweighs that of dried as dried often has sugar added and because it's dried it loses some of it's essential nutrients.

Friday, February 01, 2008, 3:03 PM

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