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25 Popular snacks: But how many calories?

Judy Keane is a freelance writer and public relations director living in Scottsdale, Arizona. She holds an MBA in International Business, is currently working on her first book, and enjoys food from lands near and far!

Calorie counts

Not everyone needs to snack. For some people - three square meals work fine. For others, snacking is a way of life. But, without some pre-planning, most snacks choices will keep you in a rut. Snacking healthy is a great way to maintain energy levels, manage hunger and prevent bingeing. To help motivate you to make healthier choices, let's take a look at some popular snacks, the surprising amount of calories they have and some alternative ideas for healthier eating:

1. Peanut butter and jelly sandwich with 8 ounce glass of milk — 555 calories. Instead try an apple with a bit of peanut butter for dipping.2. Bagel with cream cheese and juice — 510 calories. Instead, try a fiber enriched English muffin with a bit of sugar free jam.3. One slice of cheese pizza — 300 calories. Substitute pizza with a rice cake topped with mozzarella, cut up tomato and fresh basil.4. Yogurt smoothie — 390 calories. Instead, have a small can of vitamin packed vegetable juice.5. Peanut butter with a banana on toast - 390 calories. Better to skip the toast and peanut butter and just have the banana.6. Chili cheese fries — 619 calories. Munch on dried peas instead.7. Nachos with beans — 560 calories. Instead try about 10 blue organic corn chips with a small amount of hummus for dipping.8. Four ounces of trail mix with chocolate chips or M & M's included — 582 calories. Instead eat a handful of grapes.9. Tuna salad on five crackers — 440 calories. Omit crackers and have a small can of tuna sprinkled with favorite seasoning.10. Granola bar with yogurt — 480 calories. Enjoy instead fat-free Greek yogurt sprinkled with granola and nix the high calorie granola bar.11. Hostess fruit pie — 480 calories. For a healthier substitute, eat several pieces your favorite variety of dried fruit.12. Nutter butter cream patties — 160 calories. Substitute with a handful of animal crackers.13. Small French fries — 230 calories. Have carrot sticks instead. Similar shape, but only a fraction of the calories.14. One good sized brownie — 450 calories. Instead, peruse health food store isle for healthier versions of sweet snacks. You'll be amazed at what is available!15. Kit Kat bar - 218 calories. As an alternative, try their mini-version at only 40 calories.16. Root beer float - 270 calories. Instead make a low-cal version using sugar-free root beer and one scoop of sugar free vanilla ice cream for only 50 calories!17. Snickers chocolate bar — 280 calories. Have a bit-sized version for only 40 calories.18. One chocolate chip cookie — 80 calories. Try a low fat version. Small chocolate milk shake - 240 calories. Sub out with small glass of chocolate soy milk.19. Chips and salsa (15 chips) - 200 calories. Instead have a piece of whole grain crisp bread topped with low fat cottage cheese.20. One medium sized hotdog with fixings — 315 calories. If you've got to have the meat, enjoy a small beef jerky stick.21. Pepperoni Pizza Hot Pocket — 350 calories. Instead enjoy a bowl of low sodium soup.22. Muffins — averaged to large-sized muffins can range up to 500 calories each. If you can't resist, choose a smaller sized whole grain or bran muffin.23. 16 ounce soda - 150 calories. Instead have 100 fruit juice or antioxidant rich Acai juice.24. Starbucks chocolate malt frappuccino with whipped cream — 610 calories. Instead, opt for a smaller version with low fat milk.25. One ounce of cheese puffs - 160 calories. Instead, enjoy munching on veggie-based chips.

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