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Snack Awards 2011: The 20 Best Low-Calorie Snacks

The Laughing Cow Sharp Original Mini Babybel

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(60 calories, 5g fat per round)

“I’ll never go back to buying those bland 100-calorie string cheeses again,” said a staffer. Pair one with a handful of whole-grain crackers and you’ll come in under 200 calories while fulfilling 14 percent of your daily calcium needs. ($4 for a bag of 6)

Lance Garden Vegetable Cracker Creations

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(150 calories, 8g fat for 2 crackers)

Made with real cream cheese and veggies, these are “like a highend version of the orange-colored sandwich crackers I ate as a kid,” said one tester. They’re healthier too: Each two-sandwich serving boasts 5 grams of whole grains. ($3 for a box of 12)

Food Should Taste Good White Cheddar Tortilla Chips

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(140 calories, 7g fat for 9 chips)

“Who knew that something made with flax could be so yummy?” asked a staffer. The secret: The
omega-3-rich seeds—plus four kinds of whole grains—are blended with sharp cheddar cheese and tangy buttermilk. ($3 for a 5.5-oz bag)

Kettle Brand Sea Salt & Vinegar Baked Potato Chips

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(100 calories, 2.5g fat per bag)

Forget fried potato chips—these have 65 percent less fat but “the same hearty crunch and mouth-puckering effect,” said one taster. “And they’re a lot less greasy.” ($16 for 18 bags)

Popcorn, Indiana Sea Salt Chip’ins

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(120 calories, 2.5g fat for 20 chips)

“I love that these are made with just three ingredients: corn, sunflower oil, and sea salt,” gushed one fan, “and that I can pronounce every one!” Testers also appreciated the extra crispy texture of these popped (not baked) chips. ($4 for a 7.25-oz bag)

Snack Factory Sesame Pretzel Crisps

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(110 calories, 1.5g fat for 11 crisps)

With about half the sodium of most twists, these pretzel crackers
pleased even the pickiest snackers. “My husband devoured them, and he usually won’t eat anything with 'all-natural’ on the package,” said a staffer. ($4 for a 7.2-oz bag)

Blue Diamond Butter Toffee Oven Roasted Almonds

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(160 calories, 12g fat for 24 almonds)

“These are addictive!” said one taster. Besides being high in protein, fiber, and vitamin E, the nuts got praise for their portion-control packaging. “The ounce markers on the side kept me from scarfing down the entire container.” ($4 for an 8-oz canister)

Kashi Berry Blossoms

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(100 calories, 1g fat for 3/4 cup)

No need to dig to the bottom of the box to find a prize—just flip it
over and read the ingredients: seven whole grains and dried strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries. “It tastes like kids’ cereal but has only 7 grams of sugar,” said one tester. ($4 for a 10.5-oz box)

Sensible Portions Sweet Barbecue Potato Straws

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(130 calories, 7g fat for 38 straws)
Enjoy the smoky-sweet flavor of barbecue potato chips for 30 percent less fat. Said one staffer: “These are so good, I felt like I was being bad by eating them.” Others raved about the
big portion size. ($3 for a 7.2-oz bag)

Tostitos Artisan Recipes Roasted Garlic & Black Bean

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(140 calories, 7g fat for 8 chips)

While regular corn chips contain just one kind of grain, these have nine, including rye, barley, and millet. They’re strong enough to stand on their own, but “they’d also be great with hummus or salsa,” said a tester. ($4 for a 9.75-oz bag)

Snackwell’s Fudge Drizzled Caramel Popcorn

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(130 calories, 3g fat per bag)

“Between the brown sugar glaze and milk chocolate ribbon, this caramel corn tasted more indulgent than versions with twice as many calories,” said one tester. ($3 for 5 bags)

Dylan’s Candy Bar Almond Dark Chocolate 100 Calorie Bar

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(100 calories, 7g fat per 0.7-oz bar)

This antioxidant-packed treat is “bigger than one of those fun-size candy bars but small enough that I don’t feel like I’ve thrown off my entire diet by eating the whole thing,” said one staffer. ($2 each)

Fiber One Chocolate Fudge Brownies

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(90 calories, 3g fat per brownie)

“The fudge drizzle, chocolate chips, and chewy texture make these my new favorite 4 p.m. treat,” said a tester. Offering 20 percent of your daily fiber, just one will tide you over until dinner without spoiling your appetite. ($4 for a box of 6)

HomeFree Mini Crunchy Vanilla Cookies

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(130 calories, 5g fat per bag)

These gluten-, nut-, and dairy-free treats “have just the right amount of sweetness,” said a taster. “And they’re not grainy like a lot of wheat-free baked goods.” ($12 for 10 bags)

Sunsweet D’Noir Prunes

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(100 calories, 0g fat for 4 prunes)

The only thing these potassium and fiber-rich dried plums are
missing? Preservatives. “I was a little embarrassed to have a bag of prunes out on my desk,” said one tester. “But these are so moist and plump, I didn’t care who saw me snacking on them.” ($3 for a 9-oz bag)

Weight Watchers Strawberry Fruit Bars

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(70 calories, 0g fat per bar)

“These taste like a smoothie—sweet, refreshing, and fruity—but on a stick,” said one fan. Each bar has 25 percent of the vitamin C you need in a day but with 15 percent fewer calories and 30 percent less sugar than other ice pops. ($5 for a box of 6)

Breyers Smooth & Dreamy Chocolate Covered Strawberry Bars

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(120 calories, 4.5g fat per bar)
The next time you get a hankering for a sundae, reach for one of these instead. Each bar contains about half the calories and fat of a scoop of full-fat strawberry ice cream topped with chocolate syrup. “I’ve already put them on my grocery list,” said a fan. ($4 for a box of 6)

Sambazon Organic Protein Açai Berry + Chocolate Smoothie

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(190 calories, 6g fat per 10.5-oz bottle)

This vegan blend of chocolate soy milk and açaí berries is perfect postworkout. “I’m not a big fan of shakes because they tend to be chalky,” said one tester. “But this one has a really smooth texture.” ($3 each)

Sargento Reduced Sodium Pepper Jack Cheese

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(70 calories, 6g fat per slice)

Cheese lovers were shocked to learn that each slice has 25 percent less
sodium than most regular versions. “You don’t need extra salt when you have habañero and jalapeño peppers,” said one. ($4 for 10 slices)

YoGreek Vanilla + Granola

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(140 calories, 0.5g fat per 4.6-oz cup)

The ultra-thick consistency garnered this yogurt a thumbs-up from tasters. “The little ‘sidecar’ of granola is so convenient,” said one staffer. “You can tip it right into the yogurt.” ($2 each)