No matter what your snack choice is we all head for something when our stomachs start to rumble. Test your knowledge with our healthy snack quiz.
The good news: A one-ounce serving of pork rinds is packed with protein (about 17 grams), has less fat than a similar-size serving of nuts (10 grams versus 14 grams -- half of which is monounsaturated fat, the good-for-you kind) and has zero carbohydrates. The bad news: They're a sodium bomb -- a once-ounce serving contains more than 500 milligrams of sodium.
Seeds are the smart choice; toaster pastries, potato chips and candy bars deliver mostly empty calories. Sunflower seeds are high in protein, low in carbs, and are rich in vitamins and minerals. They're also packed with polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats -- the good fats that may help keep our hearts healthy.
BAKED! LAY'S Potato Crisps have 2 grams of fiber per serving, whereas the others on the list struggle to crack just 1 gram.
The key here is the word 'always' -- sometimes they are and sometimes they aren't. It really depends on the granola bar and candy bar in question. Often, seemingly healthy granola bars are overprocessed and packed with extra sugar and calories. Look for bars that have at least 4 grams of fiber and less than 6 grams of sugar, or satisfy your sweet tooth with a small bar of dark chocolate for better health benefits.
One 8-ounce 3 Musketeers bar has just 96 calories, 15g of sugar and 3g of fat, making it the smartest choice of the chocolaty bunch. In comparison, a Hershey's Milk Chocolate bar has 266 calories and a small package of M&M's has 236 calories.
The fruit 'n yogurt parfait is the smarter choice here. It contains 2 grams of fat, 1 gram of fiber, 4 grams of protein plus vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium and iron. Compare that to 25 grams of total fat in the large fries, 16 grams of total fat in the snack wrap and 8 grams of total fat in the snack size fruit and walnut salad.
Iced coffee is your best choice out of this bunch, with 120 calories and 2.5 grams of total fat. Swap the whole milk for nonfat and knock those fat grams down to zero.
Walnuts, just like salmon, contain omega-3 fatty acids. A handful a day -- that's about 20 pieces, depending on the size of the nuts -- is all you need to get the benefits of omega-3s, along with vitamin E, protein and fiber.
A two-tablespoon serving of hummus contains about 50 calories and about 3 grams of total fat. Hummus is cholesterol free, low in sugar and a good source of iron, vitamins B6 and C, and protein.
One 16 fl. oz. bottle (which happens to be two servings) of Vitamin Water Revive contains 100 calories and 0g of total fat. It's a good source of vitamins C, B3, B5, B6 and B12 but beware: Vitamin Water is mostly sugar. In fact, all of these vending machine staples are sugar bombs.