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Published March 15, 2012, 11:30 PM

Five Things Friday: Five better 100-calorie snacks

FARGO – Sometimes an air-puffed bag containing five dry cookie crisps doesn’t do the trick. When you need a little mid-morning or afternoon boost, reach for one of these better 100-calorie snacks.

By: Meredith Holt, INFORUM

Editor’s note: “5 Things Friday” is a weekly feature in SheSays that will run on – you guessed it – Fridays. It will focus on quick tips, ideas, activities and more – all in bunches of five. If you have a “5 Things Friday” suggestion, contact us at shesays@forumcomm.com.

FARGO – Sometimes an air-puffed bag containing five dry cookie crisps doesn’t do the trick.

When you need a little mid-morning or afternoon boost, reach for one of these better 100-calorie snacks.

  1. Yoplait Light Fat-Free Yogurt – Yogurt has long been a nutritional heavy-hitter, offering calcium, protein, vitamins A and D, and good-for-you bacteria.

    Yoplait’s sweet and creamy 100-calorie version comes in fun flavors like Key Lime Pie, Black Forest Cake and Apple Turnover (with little chunks of apple!).

  2. Clif Minis – Organic energy bars aren’t just for high-performance mountain climbers.

    These miniaturized Clif Bars will help get you through your next meeting, deadline or parent-teacher conference.

    The chewy bites come in variety packs of three flavors: Crunchy Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip and Chocolate Brownie or Oatmeal Raisin Walnut, Blueberry Crisp and Chocolate Chip Peanut Crunch.

  3. One-half Thomas’ 100% Whole Wheat Bagel Thin with 1 tablespoon Philadelphia 1/3 Less Fat Garden Vegetable Cream Cheese – Kudos to whoever decided to flatten the bagel.

    Versatile Bagel Thins offer chewy, starchy goodness without all the carbs and calories. Pair half of one with savory veggie cream cheese for a light lunch-like snack.

  4. Baby carrots with Marzetti Fat Free Ranch Veggie Dip – Carrots and dip make a satisfying crunchy-creamy combo.

    Plus, this snack’s calorie count comes in way under 100, so you can afford to splurge a little later.

  5. Kemps Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches – This smaller (cuter!) version of the classic will satisfy your sweet tooth for about one-third fewer calories.


    Readers can reach Forum reporter Meredith Holt at (701) 241-5590

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