Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Skinny Snacks That Fit Your Diet

These days, it seems as if every snack now comes in a handy 100-calorie pack. But it's important to keep your skinny snacks low in fat and low in calories, not just one or the other.

Consumer Reports reveals which treats satisfy without adding pounds.

The experts at Consumer Reports put some skinny snacks to the test by sampling dozens of lower-fat treats and their comparatively high-fat counterparts. What they found are a variety of lower-fat, lower calorie treats that won't compromise your sweet tooth.

Whether it's chips, granola or cheese that satisfies your midday munchies, Consumer Reports has found the brands for your health-minded lifestyle. Plus, many of these snacks are easy on your wallet as well as your waistline.

Consumer Reports senior projects editor Mandy Walker stopped by "Good Morning America" to share some of the magazines favorite lower calorie treats.

"We tasted 60 different products that are lower calorie," she said. "We have the winners that are worth a try."

"Better for you" foods, including those that are light or lower in calories, will be among the fastest-growing food trends over the next decade, according to the NPD Group, a market-research company. Food staffers sampled several dozen relatively low-fat snacks from traditionally high-fat categories and judged those below tasty enough to try. If you have a sweet tooth, our tasters suggest Jell-O Fat Free chocolate pudding or The Skinny Cow Low Fat Vanilla Chocolate Combo ice cream sandwiches. Nutrition information is from labels.
Tasty lower-fat snacks