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Snacks That You Think Are Healthy, But Aren’t

by Maryann Pisano on July 7, 2013

Veggie Chips

Most of these chips are made of vegetable flour and don’t contain any real veggies at all!  They house as much fat and calories as potato chips- and a lot more sodium.


Energy Bars

These bars are often filled with chocolate, high-fructose corn syrup, and artery-clogging saturated fat.  You might as well eat a candy bar.


Reduced Fat Peanut Butter

When fat is removed from peanut butter, sugar is usually added to replace the flavor.  The calorie difference is negligible.  Opt for natural peanut butter, to avoid sugars and bad fats.



Trail Mix

Dried fruit and nuts offer extended energy to hikers, and it may seem like a healthy option.  However, pre-packaged and processed trail mixes are high in fat and calories.  Many contain highly caloric add-ins like chocolate chips.  One handful can be up to 300 calories.



You’re much better off eating a piece of fruit instead of a smoothie.  Some smoothies have up to 650 to 1,000 calories due to extreme portions of fruit, veggies and sugar.    Sometimes chocolate and whole milk are also added.

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