YOU WANT CANDY BARS: One Snickers candy bar contains 280 calories, 14 grams of fat and 35 grams of carbs. TRY INSTEAD:
- Opt for 60% or 70% cacao dark chocolate. One bar of Green & Black's 70% dark chocolate has 190 calories, 14 grams of fat and 4 grams of fiber. The antioxidants in purer dark chocolates will also counter free radials created during exercise and daily activities. Dark chocolate contains anti-inflammatory agents as well for heart health, but, like all snacks, eat it in moderation and your waistline and heart will thank you.
- Protein bars will satisfy and satiate. Choose from chocolate, cookies n' cream, chocolate peanut butter, blueberry, and many more varieties. Worldwide Sports Nutrition's Pure Protein bar contains 190 calories, 6 grams of fat and 20 grams of protein, which will keep you satisfied longer than a regular candy bar.
YOU WANT ICE CREAM: A half cup of Haagen Dazs vanilla ice cream has 270 calories and 18 grams of fat. Once you get to more decadent flavors like chocolate chip cookie dough, the calorie count goes up to 310 with 20 grams of fat. TRY INSTEAD:
- Almost all sorbet, sherbet, or frozen yogurts are a healthier alternative to ice cream. Most are fat free, but high in sugar, so always in moderation.
- One Kozy Shack rice or tapioca pudding cup contains 130 calories and 3 grams of fat.
- One Yoplait Thick 'n' Creamy yogurt in strawberry banana has 180 calories and 2.5 grams of fat.
- Try a berry protein powder shake. One scoop of whey protein isolate powder, 1/2 cup mixed berries, one banana or 1/2 cup fruit yogurt, 12 oz skim milk, handful of ice cubes.
- Make your own cinnamon apples by peeling, coring and slicing two apples, sprinkling the wedges with cinnamon and sugar (or a sugar substitute), and microwaving for 10 minutes. Top with a dollop of vanilla yogurt.
YOU WANT CAKE, DONUTS or BROWNIES: A slice of Betty Crocker chocolate fudge cake has 280 calories (before the frosting) while just one Krispy Kreme glazed doughnut has 200 calories and 12 grams of fat. TRY INSTEAD:
- Angelfood cake lives up to its name with just 80 calories per slice and less than a gram of fat, so you can, literally, have your cake and eat it too.
- Chewy granola bars like KIND dark chocolate cherry cashew bars have 180 calories, 9 grams of fat, 3 grams of fiber and contain healthy antioxidents.
- Whole wheat and bran muffins might not sound like a legitimate replacement for cake, but there are several healthy options like this orange poppy muffin that would sate your taste for something cake-like.
YOU WANT CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES: Just three Chips Ahoy! chocolate chip cookies have 160 calories and 8 grams of fat (and who just eats three?). TRY INSTEAD:
- Fig bars are healthier than homemade chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal cookies, gingersnaps, or prepackaged chocolate chip, oatmeal, sugar, or shortbread cookies—in that order. Two Deerfield Farms fig bars have 90 calories and 1 gram of fat compared to two homemade chocolate chip cookies at 120 calories and 14 grams of fat.
- Granola bars aren't always less fattening (due to the fat in nuts and amount of oil added in many commercial bars), but they have more fiber and less saturated fat. A Kashi TLC trail mix bar has 140 calories, 5 grams of fat (0.5 saturated) and 4 grams of fiber.
- The real deal: It's hard to make cookies healthy, but your healthiest bet is to make them at home from a recipe and try substituting healthier ingredients. By whipping up this sweet snack at home, you'll shave half of the added calories off of your chocolate chip and oatmeal cookies, and about 15 to 25% off of your sugar cookie caloric intake, compared with commercially prepared varieties and cookie dough tubes. The simpler the recipe, the better. Tip: For more nutrition in your treat, swap out some of the egg in a recipe for plain/vanilla yogurt, and some of the oil for applesauce to boost nutrients and satisfy you long after the sugar high has passed.