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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Product Review: Little Debbie 100 Calorie Snacks

In my quest to defeat the evil Wii Fit, I've been trying to eat healthier snack options besides chocolate pudding and A&W Cream Soda. So imagine my glee when I found these at the local grocery store:

Little Debbies! My favorites! And? They were on sale - 2 for $3. The box promised that they would taste just as wonderfully delicious as the originals. I snatched them up, eagerly looking forward to a "healthier" snack for the day (and maybe again before bed).

When I got home and opened the box...well, I was in for a surprise. On my next trip to the store, I had to get the normal goodies to compare them for you - such is my devotion to you, dear reader.

They meant what they said about these goodies tasting just like the original versions because they really do. But for those of you playing along at home, you might notice that the original brownies and Nutty Bars are just over 300 calories per serving. Obviously the big brains at Little Debbie didn't want to mess with a good thing so they just shrunk the portion size down to a reasonable 100 calorie size. Check these out:

Oh, look! It's a baby brownie! Oh, it's just so cute, I could eat the whole box!

And the Nutty Bar, while the same length is not the same height. They trimmed off a layer. And doesn't he look so lonely, all by himself, while normal Nutty Bars come in pairs? It's kinda like the creepy roommate who would never leave the room when you and your boyfriend wanted to make out.

Here are the Pros and Cons of these 100 calorie versions:

Pro - Taste much better than the normal fake-diet chocolate goodies.
Pro - Small enough that they're easier to sneak past your kids.
Pro - You don't look like such a freak when you stuff the entire serving in your mouth all at once.
Pro - Takes less time to finish off the entire box in one sitting.

Con - Cost the same as the fully-leaded versions but you don't get as much.
Con - Might not be enough to satisfy when you really need some chocolate, like when your husband is working late and your three-year-old is working on defeating your last nerve.
Con - Hey, they're only 100 calories each so eating five is no big deal, right?

Have you tried any "healthier" snacks lately?


Kristina P. said...

I guess they will do in a pinch, right?

Me said...

All the smaller size does is encourage me to eat MORE! Ugh!

TJ said...

I totally try to sneak snacks past my kids too.

Nat said...

I just bought a box of 100 calorie popcorn. It tastes like plywood. Thanks for the tip!

::Jan:: said...

I tried some dark chocolate covered almonds a minute ago. Dark chocolate is healthy right?

Tim and Angie said...

My favorite healthy snack (though not chocolate) is laughing cow light cheese wedges. They are yummy, only 2 grams of fat per serving, and very spreadable for crackers. Chocolate wise, I like the 100 calorie Keeblers. They have grasshoppers and fudge stripped cookies both of which I LOVE!! Portion size is satisfying too.

Emma said...

My sister in law chews on ice. The 100 calorie Hersheys chocolate coverd pretzels are good.

Jo said...

How about just buying the regular ones and cutting them in half? Sorry they didn't make you happy...

Melanie J said...

This is going to sound weird, but the new Fiber Plus bars are GREAT. They have dark chocolate almond and chocolate chip flavors and they're really yummy. The only warning is that when my husband and I eat them, one of us gets really bad gas and one of us does not, so maybe just start with one box. But they're on sale at Target for $1.88 today. Oh, and I like the Skinny Cow mint ice cream sandwiches.

Jessica said...

I just made a batch of homemade granola. It has to be healthy with oats and stuff, right? :) YUM!

Tabitha (From Single to Married) said...

Ha!! Isn't that the truth - it sounds like a good idea until you get them. Way too easy to eat the whole box! :)

Mary said...

This is something I haven't tried!! I always stick with the 100 calorie packs of chips ahoy cookies...but they are more like wafers...but they seem to do the trick when I'm craving sugar.

I don't think there is anything wrong with cheating every once in awhlie...b/c if you don't, the likelihood of sticking with the diet is low. I always pick a specific meal (once a week) to have a special treat with...or allow myself one a week d/t running errands etc.

I also have my fridge stocked with sugar free puddings. They have less calories than the fat free, and Jello has a great variety that are all very tasty.

Steph @ Diapers and Divinity said...

Does eating milk chocolate chips by the handful(s) count as a healthy snack? .... Really? dang it!

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