Smart Swaps for So-Called "Healthy" Snacks

Some “healthy” foods aren’t always the best choice. Here are some tips to avoid the worst of these red herrings. Provided by

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Hummus can be good for you, but some brands contain a hefty dose of fat.
Try this: Choose a spread with no more than three grams of fat per two-tablespoon serving. Or make your own (for an easy recipe, click here).

Banana Chips
Banana chips sound healthy—after all, they’re fruit. The problem: If the chips are fried, they can pack almost as many calories per ounce as potato chips, plus 10 grams of sugar.
Try this: Nosh on freeze- dried chips (or dehydrated ones). Or just peel yourself a banana.

Though low in fat, a one-ounce serving (about nine small pretzels) can have 500 milligrams of sodium—more than 30 percent of the American Heart Association’s recom­mended daily intake.
Try this: Grab a handful of unsalted nuts the next time you’re craving a savory, crunchy snack.

Even the organic kind can be a sugar bomb. Just a half cup can have 300 calories—nearly five times the amount in the same size serving of plain oatmeal—and 11 grams of sugar.
Try this: Fill your bowl with a low- or no-sugar cereal, then sprinkle one or two tablespoons of granola on top.

Flavored Yogurt
One small container of low-fat flavored yogurt can come loaded with over 24 grams (almost six tea­spoons) of sugar—more than two Oreos’ worth.
Try this: Look for brands with 12 grams of sugar or less per serving. Or top protein-rich plain Greek yogurt with sliced fresh fruit.

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