(Family Features) - After years of diet fads - from drinking special teas to computing carbs - counting calories is back. With a new array of 100 and 200 calorie snacks crowding the store shelves, nutritionists are reminding dieters that it's not just the number of calories that matter, but the kind of calories.
A low-cal bag of chips or bar may sound good like a tasty snack, but do those calories have the nutrients that matter? Most people underestimate the calorie content of their food and end up eating more calories and fewer nutrients than they need.
With a little creativity and preparation, it's easy to snack smart on foods that taste good and still make sure every calorie counts. Instead of grabbing a bagged snack or a high-calorie, high-fat protein bar, take a few minutes and stack up this snack from Boar's Head®. The Maple Honey Turkey Breast and Apple Cracker Stack offers the sweetness of apples and maple honey-glazed turkey, the crunch of cucumbers and a touch of saltiness from the cracker. In three stacks, not only is there protein, fruit and vegetables, there's great taste with only 100 calories and less than three grams of fat.
Nutrient-rich foods choices such as fruit, vegetables, lean protein and grains are filling and have what the body needs to thrive. Snacks such as the Cracker Stack provide protein, fiber, and fat, along with some carbohydrates to both satisfy hunger and quiet your snack attack. Plus, it may keep you from overeating at your next meal.
The Cracker Stack is a smart snack with calories that count!
There are more great-tasting recipes at www.boarshead.com.