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Yummy New Snack

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I am always on the lookout for a new snack and I found one I just had to tell you about. I have a big sweet tooth so sweet snacks are usually my first choice (although I also do love my popchips). I firmly believe in the glycemic index for snacks and try to choose things with fiber and/or protein so that they give me sustained energy instead of a spike and drop in my energy. I hate it when I eat something only to be hungry or feel lethargic 30 minutes later.

The new favorite sweet snack is SmartFood popcorn clusters. Mmmmm. You may remember or still have on your store shelves the SmartFood popcorn that is cheddar flavor, but this is completely different. These are sweet and in individual bags.

The SmartFood clusters are sweet, sweet, sweet. They hit the spot a few minutes ago when I ate a pack. I had the Cranberry Almond flavor and it is tart along with the sweet for a nice combo. They also come in Honey Multigrain which taste JUST like caramel corn and a Chocolate Cookie Caramel Pecan Flavor which is a bit more rich than the others.

The reason I love them is that they are also nutritious (of course!). They have 5 grams of fiber (which makes them lower glycemic) and are an excellent source (20%) of calcium. They are made with brown rice syrup instead of high fructose corn syrup and are low in fat with no saturated or trans fat. Each pack is 110-120 calories and are quite convenient to throw into your purse or briefcase or desk drawer.

Check them out and let me know what you think. I found them in the chip aisle in my grocery store.
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MS, RD, CSSD, LD/N

Tara Gidus is a nationally recognized expert and spokesperson on nutrition and fitness.

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