If a snack seems healthy and comes in a smallish package, it's a safe bet, right? No, no, no, says Joy Bauer, RD, the nutritionist for NBC's Today. Sometimes an "individual pack" contains multiple servings and piles on the calories. Spot these easy-to-overdo foods to fuel up and stay slim.More
Jerky became a comeback snack when we all caught on to its protein power and companies ditched artificial additives. But a common 3.25-ounce package contains three servings; eat a bag of one popular brand and you've downed 378 calories, not to mention nearly the recommended daily limit of sodium. Try to keep it to an ounce. For a sweet-savory snack, add an apple.
The chickpea spread has a lot going for it: It's filling and energy boosting. Still, portion control is key, with 100 cals in a 4-tablespoon serving. One popular brand's combo pack has about 7 tablespoons of hummus, plus an ounce of dippable pretzels for 380 total calories. That's not a snack — it's nearly a meal. Keep in mind that a snack-size serving of hummus is no more than 4 tablespoons. That's about two-thirds of this container.