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2008 Healthy Food Awards: The Best Snacks

Snacks are crucial when it comes to staying on track. To pick the winners in this category, we watched portion size and chose treats that had no trans fats and fewer than 250 calories per serving.

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Best Meal Replacement Bar

Odwalla Super Protein Nourishing Food Bar
Fruity taste that's not chalky or artificial. Fills you up without weighing you down.

Per bar: 230 calories, 16g protein, 31g carbohydrate, 4.5g fat (1.5g saturated), 4g fiber.

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Best Energy Bar

Clif Bar Oatmeal Raisin Walnut
An ideal snack pre- or post-workout, or any time you need an energy boost.

Per bar: 240 calories, 10g protein, 43g carbohydrate, 5g fat (1g saturated), 5g fiber.

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Best Granola Bar

Fiber One Oats and Chocolate Granola Bars
Got a chocolate craving? Stash a few in your tote and get your fix without the guilt.

Per bar: 140 calories, 2g protein, 29g carbohydrate, 4g fat (1.5g saturated), 9g fiber.

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Best Cereal for Snacking

Quaker Oatmeal Squares
Sweet with a hint of brown sugar and a satisfying crunch.

Per cup: 210 calories, 6g protein, 44g carbohydrate, 2.5g fat (0.5g saturated), 5g fiber.

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Best Rice Cake

Lundberg Brown Rice Organic Rice Cakes, Lightly Salted
Slightly nutty with a touch of salt.

Per cake: 70 calories, 1g protein, 15g carbohydrate, 0g fat (0g saturated), 1g fiber.

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Best Pretzel

Snyder's of Hanover Organic Oat Bran Pretzel Sticks
A pretzel kids and adults will like: a bit sweet and very crunchy.

Per ounce: 120 calories, 3g protein, 25g carbohydrate, 0g fat (0g saturated), 2g fiber.

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Best Cracker

Triscuit Reduced Fat Whole Grain Wheat Crackers
Same classic taste, now with extra fiber. A cracker you can almost feel good about.

Per 7 crackers: 120 calories, 3g protein, 21g carbohydrate, 3g fat (0g saturated), 3g fiber.

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Best Veggie Chip

Flat Earth Baked Veggie Crisps Farmland Cheddar
So cheesy, they're dangerously addictive!

Per ounce: 130 calories, 2g protein, 19g carbohydrate, 5g fat (1g saturated), 2g fiber.

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Best Pita Chip

New York Style Brand Garlic Pita Chips
If you like garlic and salt, these are for you. No dip required!

Per 7 chips: 110 calories, 3g protein, 16g carbohydrate, 3.5g fat (1.5g saturated), 0g fiber.

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Best Popcorn

Pop Secret Light Butter Popcorn
Super buttery, with just the right amount of salt.

Per 6 cups popped: 120 calories, 3g protein, 25g carbohydrate, 6g fat (2.5g saturated), 4g fiber.

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Best Salsa

Stonewall Kitchen Spicy Tomato Salsa
Thick and chunky with authentic Mexican spices.

Per 2 tablespoons: 10 calories, 0g protein, 2g carbohydrate, 0g fat (0g saturated), 0g fiber.

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Best Tortilla Chip

Garden of Eatin' Blue Chips
Natural, wholesome taste, said our testers.

Per ounce: 140 calories, 2g protein, 18g carbohydrate, 7g fat (0.5g saturated), 2g fiber.

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Best Potato Chip

Lay's Kettle Cooked Original Extra Crunchy Potato Chips
The ultimate potato chip: thick, crunchy, crispy, salty, and not too oily.

Per ounce: 150 calories, 2g protein, 18g carbohydrate, 8g fat (1g saturated), 1g fiber.

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Best Baked Potato Chip

Kettle Brand Bakes Aged White Cheddar Potato Chips
Tastes like a regular chip. A great way to satisfy a craving while avoiding fat and calories.

Per ounce: 120 calories, 3g protein, 20g carbohydrate, 3g fat (0.5g saturated), 2g fiber.

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Best Pudding

Kraft Handi-Snacks Chocolate Pudding
The richest chocolate flavor of all the puddings we tried.

Per pot: 100 calories, 1g protein, 23g carbohydrate, 1g fat (1g saturated), 1g fiber.

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Best Cookie

Newman-O's Mint Creme Filled Chocolate Cookies
Mint plus chocolate. What's not to love?

Per 2 cookies: 130 calories, 2g protein, 20g carbohydrate, 4.5g fat (1.5g saturated), 1g fiber.

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Best 100-Calorie Pack

Keebler Right Bites Fudge Shoppe Grasshopper Fudge Dipped Mint Cookies
Keep them in your bag, desk, or car for those times when a cookie-monster moment hits.

Per pouch: 100 calories, 2g protein, 14g carbohydrate, 3.5g fat (2.5g saturated), 1g fiber.

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Best Dark Chocolate

Perugina Classic Bittersweet Chocolate Bar
Not too sweet, not too bitter. A perfect dark chocolate for those who aren't huge "dark" fans.

Per 1/3 bar: 170 calories, 3g protein, 18g carbohydrate, 11g fat (7g saturated), 3g fiber.

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Best Milk Chocolate

Dove Milk Chocolate Miniatures
Supremely creamy, melt-in-your-mouth goodness.

Per 5 pieces: 220 calories, 2g protein, 24g carbohydrate, 13g fat (8g saturated), 1g fiber.

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Best Canned Fruit

Native Forest Organic Tropical Fruit Salad
Chunks of pineapple, mango, papaya, and watermelon in a light fruit juice. The fruit isn't mushy or overly sugary.

Per 1/2 cup: 70 calories, <1g protein, 17g carbohydrate, 4.5g fat (0.5g saturated), 0g fiber.

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Best Dried Fruit Mix

Sun-Maid Mixed Fruit
A delicious blend of dried apples, pears, apricots, and more, without added sugar.

Per 1/4 cup: 100 calories, 1g protein, 25g carbohydrate, 0g fat (0g saturated), 3g fiber.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, June 2008.

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