As noted in our post about the Sweets and Snacks Expo, healthy snacks and candies are rapidly growing in popularity. One of our goals at the Mediterranean Snack Food Company is encouraging healthier eating habits, so we’re excited that Americans are growing more interested in healthy snacks!
Moderation is the key to healthy snacking. Even “healthy” foods can contain excessive fat, sugar, and calories if not eaten in controlled portions as part of a well-balanced diet. Smart snackers recognize the importance of knowing what they are snacking on – they pay attention to portion size and nutrition facts.
The nutrition facts of some popular healthy snacks might surprise you:
Granola Bars contain beneficial nuts and whole grains, but are often loaded with sugar. A Nature Valley Chewy Trail Mix Fruit & Nut Bar contains more sugar than a bowl of Lucky Charms – 14 grams as opposed to 11 grams. Before eating a granola bar, check the sugar content and consider a lower-sugar alternative such as a handful of plain nuts or trail mix.
Dried Fruit is filled with natural nutrients and makes a great healthy snack, but it shouldn’t be treated as a direct substitute for fresh fruit. Ounce-for-ounce, dried fruit contains considerably more calories and sugar than raw fruit. ¼ cup of raisins contains 130 calories and 29 grams of sugar, while ¼ cup of raw grapes contains just 26 calories and 9 grams of sugar.
Vegetable Chips seem like a healthier choice, but many are deep-fried and contain just as much fat as ordinary potato chips. A 1 oz. serving of the average potato chip contains 10 grams of fat. Check the fat content of your favorite chips to see if they really are “healthier”. Our products all contain considerably less fat than ordinary potato chips. Our Veggie Medley Chips & Straws contain just 7 grams of fat per 1 oz. serving!
Eaten in moderation, all of our nutritionally-balanced products help achieve healthier snacking habits. At The Mediterranean Snack Food Company, we seek to produce the healthiest, best-tasting all-natural snack food on the market – snacks you can feel good about eating.
Our award-winning Baked Lentil Chips are an ideal healthy snack, filled with the rich nutritional benefits of lentils. One serving of 22 Baked Lentil Chips contains 4 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber, and just 3 grams of fat – 70% less fat than the average potato chip. Best of all, these nutritional benefits don’t sacrifice taste. Customers tell us Baked Lentil Chips just may be the tastiest chips they’ve ever eaten! Visit our Facebook page to see what they’re saying and learn more about our products: http://www.facebook.com/pages/edit/?id=125276970850#!/pages/Mediterranean-Snacks/125276970850