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The Best of the Snack Aisle (3) May 3, 2009

Posted by paripl110707 in Best Cheese Cracker, Best Cracker, Best Sweet-Potato Chip, Perfect Balance of Sweet and Salty.
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7.     Best Sweet-Potato Chip

Terra Spiced Sweet-Potato Chips  The perfect balance of sweet and salty.  Per 1-ounce serving:  160 calories, 1 g protein, 14 g carbohydrates, 11 g fat (1 g saturated), 3 g fiber, 95 mg sodium.


8.     Best Cheese Cracker

Kraft Cheese Nips, Reduced Fat Cheddar   Lower-fat and –sodium entries have hit the market, but these still have hit the market, but these still have the best Cheddar-cheese flavor.  Per 30-g serving:  130 calories, 3 g protein, 21 g carbohydrates, 3.5 g fat (1 g saturated), less than 1 g fiber, 310 mg sodium


9.     Best Cracker

Pepper Farm Hearty Wheat  Dense and crunchy.  And not in the Swedish-cardboard-cracker kind of way, either.  Per 16-g serving:  80 calories, 2 g protein, 10 g carbohydrates,  3.5 g fat (0 g saturated), 1 g fiber, 100 mg sodium.


10.     Best Wheat Pretzel

Rold Gold Honey Wheat Pretzels   Crunchy, sweet wheat with a touch of salt.  Per 1-ounce serving:  110 calories, 2 g protein, 23 g carbohydrates, 1 g fat (0 g saturated), 1 g fiber, 230 mg sodium – Philip Rhodes


The Best of the Snack Aisle (2) May 2, 2009

Posted by paripl110707 in Best Dried-Fruit Mix, Best Jerky, Best Potato Chip, Best Trail Mix, Heart-stopping Trans Fats.
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3.     Best Trail Mix

Woodstock Farms Gourmet  Tart dried blueberries and cherries elevate this one above more pedestrian mixes.  Per ¼-cup serving:  120 calories, 2 g protein, 19 g carbohydrates, 4 g fat (0.5 g saturated), 2 g fiber, 10 mg sodium.


4.    Best Dried-Fruit Mix

Woodstock Farms Tropical Fruit Mix  Big chunks of sweet fruit that you can really sink you teeth into.  No metallic, sulfurous aftertaste.  Per ¼-cup serving:  90 calories, 0 g protein, 22 g carbohydrates, 0 g fat, 2 g fiber, 10 mg sodium.


5.    Best Jerky

SnackMaster’s Natural Turkey Jerky, Original Flavor  None of our testers guessed it was turkey instead of beef.  Per 1-ounce serving:  80 calories, 14 g protein, 3 g carbohydrates, 1 g fat (0 g saturated), – g fiber, 550 mg sodium


6.     Best Potato Chip  

Low Fat Kettle Krisp  Guiltless snacking at its finest, with no heart-stopping trans fats to spoil the party.  Per 1-ounce serving:  110 calories, 3 g protein, 22 g carbohudrates, 1.5 g fat (0 g saturated), 2 g fiber, 160 mg sodium – Philip Rhodes


The Best of the Snack Aisle (1) May 1, 2009

Posted by paripl110707 in Best Chewy Granola Bar, Best Crunchy Granola Bar, Best Snack Aisle, Buttery Goodness, Energy Source, Enough Protein, Good Fats, Good Protein, More Satisfying, Ravenous Tasters.
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A man cannot live by bread alone—it doesn’t have enough protein.  So what’s a guy to eat?

The answers are here.  There are more than 50,000 prepared foods for sale in U.S. supermarkets, and with the help of our panel of nutritionist and ravenous taste-tasters, we found the 125 best ones.  Out with the trans fats, high-fructose corn syrup, and carb hype.  In with the good fats, protein, and complex carbohydrates.

Gentlemen, start your grocery carts.  This is a race of you win. 

The Best of the Snack Aisle

“Protein and fiber are nutrients that regulate insulin and therefore are longer-lasting sources of energy,  they also help make snack foods more satisfying, so you’ll put the bag back in the cabinet rather than tossing it cause it’s empty.

1.     Best Crunchy Granola Bar

Nature Valley Peanut Butter Granola Bar  Pure peanut-buttery goodness. Per package (2 bars): 180 calories, 5 grams (g) protein, 30 g carbohydrates, 7 g fat (1 g saturated), 2 g fiber, 190 milligrams (mg) sodium.


2.     Best Chewy Granola Bar

Health Valley Wild Berry  Chewy and dense, and not high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS).  Per bar:  100 calories, 2 g protein, 22 g carbohydrate, 1 g fat (0 g saturated), 2 g fiber, 5 mg sodium – Philip Rhodes