Snack Foods for Dieters Part 3

For the past two days I’ve been discussing some of the daytime snacks I consume at work between meals. I’m going to talk about nuts and oatmeal today. What a combo right? Well I don’t eat them together!

After landing some coupons for a new product called Planter’s NUT-rition Snacks, I decided to give them a try. There are several varieties available which support different nutritional aspects. This week I sampled the Omega-3 Mix which only has 180 calories per pack. It contains walnuts, cranberries, and dark chocolate soy nuts (yep! chocolate).

Nuts are a good source of potassium and have no cholesterol. This particular Omega pack has 70 mg of potassium, no sodium, but does have 14g of sugar for those of you watching your sugar. There is also a South Beach Diet pack and Heart Pack variety. They are available in cans or in individual packaged servings.  I prefer the packages because that’s one less thing I’ll have to split into portions.

They are quite yummy for a quick snack or pick-me-up. I don’t eat a pack everyday but do enjoy one once or twice a week just to have some variety. Unfortunately, they are a bit expensive at regular price so search for a coupon if you want to try them!

Most of the time I consume plain almonds if I take nuts for a snack. I like the Blue Diamond Whole Natural variety. Unfortunately, if you are a calorie counter like me you can only have about 28 nuts. This equals 160 calories, so I actually pack a few less (in my Ziploc snack bags) just to keep the calories closer to 100.

210 mg Protein per serving here and 0 cholesterol and 0 sodium. And don’t forget 6g protein. Nuts do have a high fat content according to the Nutrition Facts on the packaging but from what I’ve read the fat in nuts isn’t all that bad for you. And most diet plans do include plain nuts of some kind.

One of my favorite breakfast foods 3 times a week is Quaker Oatmeal. I particularly like the Cranberry Walnut variety and usually prepare it with water in the microwave. One pack contains 140 calories. I have prepped it with milk before which adds a few calories. I like eating oatmeal on the days that I don’t go to the gym because oatmeal is very filling. On the days that I have oatmeal, I usually end up skipping one of my other snacks that I would normally have before lunch. That means I save calories!

I don’t have to begin to tell you all the healthy benefits of oatmeal. Search the web for yourself and you’ll find lots of good information.

So that’s it for today. Tomorrow I’m going to discuss yogurt which is probably the one snack that I do have every single day. Then, I’m going to talk about breakfast bars. I’ll finish up this segment by showing a few samples of my daily snack plan and the total calorie count.

Do you eat nuts or oatmeal on a daily basis?  If so, what kinds do you like?

One comment

  1. On the weekend I love cooking a double batch of steel cut oats (any brand) and then reheating the leftovers for breakfast Monday and Tuesday. I also enjoy eating almonds, plus pecans and walnuts – usually the Fischer brand because I have coupons.

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