Forget Regrets on Fat Tuesday

Fat Tuesday. Who created such a day? Don’t let fasnachts and donuts get the best of you. There’s no need to eat… and eat… and eat… all day. Check out these low-fat snacking options via Consumer Reports that might just do the trick:

Want something salty? Try these low-fat crackers:

  • Ritz Reduced Fat Crackers: 70 calories and 2 grams of fat per serving.
  • Kashi TLC Original 7 Grain Crackers: If you’re looking to add some grain to your diet, then try these. 130 calories and 2 grams of fat per serving.
  • Special K Multi-Grain Crackers: This grain cracker goes even easier on you, with 2 grams of fat and 90 calories per serving.
  • Triscuit Reduced Fat Crackers: Only 3 grams of fat and 140 calories per serving.

Something sweet? Try some granola:

  • Quaker Chewy Low Fat Chocolate Chunk Bars: 90 calories, 2 grams of fat and .5 grams of saturated fat per bar.
  • Kashi TLC Chewy Honey Almond Flax: 140 calories, 5 grams of fat, and .5 grams of saturated fat per serving.

Not enough? How about a low-fat snack mix:

  • Chex Mix Traditional: No need for the reduced fat when the traditional only has 110 calories, 3 grams of fat and .5 grams of saturated fat per serving.
  • Smart Food Popcorn Clusters, Chocolate Cookie, Caramel Pecan: Sweet and salty for 120 calories, 2 grams of fat and no saturated fat per serving.

Now, what’s the difference? You may be thinking that some of these snacks don’t really sound that healthy. But let’s compare these facts to what you might be eating in a donut today on Fat Tuesday.  According to Livestrong.com, most donuts have about 15-25 grams of fat, 5-8 grams of trans fat, hydrogenated oil, and at least 3 grams of saturated fat.  Is it really worth it? I get the point… You’re getting in as many fatty, rich foods before fasting for the next 40 days. But do you really want to regret EVERY aspect of your Mardi Gras celebration?

What low-fat snacks are your favorite? Let us know @20sTweet!

~E

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