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Best and Worst Snacks in Your Supermarket

7 not-so-healthy picks, plus 8 tasty alternatives.

7 Not-So-Healthy Snacks continued...

4.Regular Chips and Cheetos

Although the serving size listed on the package is 1 ounce, most of us snack on twice this amount. So that's what I'm using as the portion size. 

  • Cheetos Puffs, 2 ounces: 300 calories, 20 g total fat, 3 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 600 mg sodium
  • Ruffles Cheddar & Sour Cream, 2 ounces: 320 calories, 20 g total fat, 3 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 460 mg sodium
  • Cheetos Flamin Hot Crunchy, 2 ounces: 320 calories, 22 g total fat, 3 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 500 mg sodium
  • Barbara’s Baked Cheese Puffs, 2 ounces: 300 calories, 20 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 320 mg sodium
  • Lay’s Classic Potato Chips, 2 ounces: 320 calories, 20 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 340 mg sodium
  • Kettle Potato Chips, Sea Salt, 2 ounces: 300 calories, 18 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 230 mg sodium
  • Doritos Nacho Cheese Chips, 2 ounces: 320 calories, 16 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 420 mg sodium

5. Packaged Frozen Snacks

They sure seem convenient, but the calorie and saturated fat cost is high. You'd be hard-pressed to find packaged frozen products that are low in sodium and made with whole grains and smart fats. In this product category, it's buyer beware!

  • Jimmy Dean Biscuit Bacon, Egg, & Cheese, 1 sandwich: 330 calories, 19 g total fat, 7 g saturated fat, 2.5 g trans fat, 940 mg sodium
  • Hot Pockets – Pizzeria Pepperoni Pizza, 1 piece: 340 calories, 17 g total fat, 8 g saturated fat,< 0.5 g trans fat, 740 mg sodium
  • Ore-Ida Easy Fries Golden Crinkles, 12 pieces: 120 calories, 4.5 g total fat, 1 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 290 mg sodium
  • Toaster Strudel, Strawberry, 2 pastries:  340 calories, 14 g total fat, 6 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 340 mg sodium
  • T.G.I. Friday’s Loaded Potato Skins (1/2 order): 1280 calories, 83 g total fat, 38 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 1300 mg sodium
  • DiGiorno Crispy Flatbread Pizza  Pepperoni and Fire-Roasted Bell Peppers (1 serving or 1/3 of a pizza): 340 calories, 20 g fat, 9 g saturated fat, 1 g trans fat, 920 mg sodium
  • White Castle Microwaveable Cheeseburgers (2 mini burgers): 310 calories, 17 g fat, 8 g saturated fat, 1 g trans fat, 600 mg sodium

6. Chicken Nuggets

They may seem like a good snack choice because they're high in protein (14 grams). But there are ways to get your protein without all the extra fat, saturated fat, and sodium.

  • Tyson Fun Nuggets, 4 pieces: 230 calories, 15 g total fat, 3.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 410 mg sodium
  • Banquet Chicken Nuggets, 5 pieces: 210 calories, 12 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 490 mg sodium
  • Fast Fixin’ Chicken Breast Nuggets, 6 pieces: 200 calories, 11 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 670 mg sodium

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