Special Report

Healthy Versions of Old-School Junk-Food Snacks

Source: Courtesy of Whole Fruit

 

Nestle Push-Up Pops
> Alternative: Whole Fruit Organic Juice Tubes

There are gums and other emulsifiers in Nestle sherbet push-ups, and the fruit juice concentrates come pretty far down in the ingredient lists. One Push-Up contains 70 calories and 12 grams of sugar. Whole Fruit Juice Tubes are slightly lower in calories (60) and slightly higher in sugar (15 grams), but they have no sodium (the Nestle product has 15 grams), their ingredients are all organic, and though there are some gums, the first ingredients listed for every flavor are fruit juice concentrates.

Source: Courtesy of Amazon

Nabisco Swiss Cheese
> Alternative: Annie’s Organic White Cheddar Squares

Introduced in the 1980s and now disappeared, Swiss Cheese were little rectangular crackers perforated with Swiss-cheese-like holes and supposedly tasting like that cheese variety. There is a Canadian brand of Swiss cheese crackers called Christie, sometimes available on Amazon. For snackers willing to give up the Swiss cheese idea, a good alternative would be Annie’s White Cheddar Squares, made with all organic ingredients, lower in sodium than Christie’s crackers, and lacking that brand’s MSG, sulphites, and artificial flavors.

Source: Courtesy of Kraft Heinz

Planters Cheez Balls
> Alternative: Hippeas Vegan White Cheddar Chickpea Puffs

With their orange color and cheddary flavor, Planters Cheez Balls are in effect round Cheetos. A one-ounce (28-gram) serving contains 140 calories, six grams of fat, and no dietary fiber. Hippeas little puffs, long and slightly curved, weigh in at 130 calories and five grams of fat — none of that it saturated — plus 12% of the RDA for dietary fiber. Almost all its ingredients are organic, too.

Source: Courtesy of Kellogg Co.

Pop-Tarts
> Alternative: Nature’s Path Frosted Berry Toaster Pastries

Astonishingly, these “toaster pastries” were introduced 55 years ago — in 1964. Nature’s Path, founded in 1985, launched their fair-trade-certified toaster pastries only in 2013. Based on a popular flavor for both — strawberry — Nature’s Path’s pastries are actually slightly higher than Pop-Tarts in calories (210 vs. 200) and sugar (19 grams vs. 16 grams). However, Nature’s Path uses mostly organic ingredients, and, unlike Pop-Tarts, their pastries contain no high fructose corn syrup, palm oil, TBHQ (a preservative), or the artificial dye Blue 1.

Source: Courtesy of Justin's

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
> Alternative: Justin’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

A two-peanut-butter-cup package of Reese’s contains 220 calories and 22 grams of sugar, as well as the emulsifier PGPR and the preservative TBHQ. A good substitute would be Justin’s interpretation of this popular treat. The calories are the same, but there are only 16 grams of sugar, all the ingredients are organic, and there are no artificial emulsifiers or preservatives involved.

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