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5 Healthy Snack Ideas: Are Popchips Really Healthy?

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Now that we are a few weeks into the New Year, I thought you may need a few new ideas for snacks. You are probably sick of your resolution to eat healthy and want some tasty alternatives to munch on. Here are a few of my favorite snacks that tide me over:

Popchips

I have told you about them before and I will keep telling you about them until there is a popchip revolution. Potato chips are such a yummy snack no matter what, but popchips are an awesome choice because they have 50% less fat than fried chips, they are natural, and they taste amazing. My fave flavor is the BBQ but I have to fight my two year old for them. I try to give him other flavors and he always asks for the red bag (BBQ). You can order them online in the 100 calorie snack bags now at popchips.com or you can find them at Costco, Super Target, or a variety of other retailers.

Yo Crunch 100 calorie yogurt.

I love this very, very new yogurt on the market. It is only 100 calories and it is sweetened with my new favorite sweetener, Truvia. Truvia uses rebiana, the best tasting part of the stevia plant to sweeten, so it is a natural sweetener with no calories. Yo Crunch comes in a bunch of flavors that are all tasty. I had cheesecake this morning with some fresh berries, but an afternoon snack of the vanilla yogurt and Nestle Crunch pieces. It is just the right amount of crunch topping for the perfectly sized yogurt snack.

V8 100% vegetable juice.

I know this is an unlikely snack choice for someone with an incredible sweet tooth, but 70% of us are not getting the right amount of vegetables (aim for 5 per day). So...12 oz bottle of V-8 will give you 3 servings of vegetables and only 70 calories but with 3 grams of fiber! V8 stands for a blend of 8 different vegetable juices: tomatoes, celery, carrots, beets, parsley, lettuce, watercress, and spinach. Are you going to get all of those yourself? It is quite refreshing as a mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack. Visit www.v8healthyweight.com for weight loss tips!

Kind bar. 

These bars are one of my very new favorites. I love the mango macadamia and the apricot almond so much I am salivating as I write this. They are very simple with nuts and fruit and a few other yummy flavors added in like coconut.

Triple Ch
ocolate Chunk Vitatop.

These things are great. You can keep them in your freezer and microwave them for 30 seconds when you are ready to eat one or you can simply get it out of the freezer and keep it on your desk for a few hours and it will be thawed. They are 100 calories with 5 grams of fiber, 3 grams of protein and only 1.5 grams of fat. Great for a snack or for breakfast! I actually love their cran bran for breakfast and the chocolate for a mid-afternoon snack.

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