100-Calorie Snack Packs

by Leighann on April 26, 2009

My son and I went to a store to pick up a few groceries.

I’ve said over and over that I don’t have a one-stop-shop market and I rotate between a few places.

So we were in the cookie and cracker aisle looking for some crunchy snacks for the kiddos. And I could not find a single box of cookies that didn’t have high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).

None. I looked and looked. But I could not find cookies that weren’t super-duper sugared up or didn’t have HFCS. Forget about whole grains…not happening.

(I realized only afterward that I should have gone to the baby food aisle and looked for Earth’s Best alphabet cookies.)

I know we all like the convenience of the grab-and-go 100 calorie packs stocked on store shelves these days. Just about any type of cookie and cracker can be found in a box filled with six individual pouches. Kids love ’em, moms like the convenience.

But there are two problems.
1. They are more expensive than buying a big box of the same type of snack.
2. There is a ton of extra packaging.

So here’s my solution that is eco-friendly (less packaging), cheaper (less cost per ounce), and at least a little better for the kids (no HFCS): Eco-Cheap 100 calorie packs.

Okay, mine may not have exactly 100 calories each. I divvy mine up based on 15 grams of carbs per portion since that is what my daughter can have at a snack. Curiously though, a 15 gram portion often has right about 100 calories.

Using my trusty BPA-free containers with tight lids, I weigh, count, or measure. Stock the pantry. And they are ready to go.

Bunny Grahams

weighing out individual portions

individual snack cups

individual snack cups

And an added bonus, kids (and adults…I like crunchy snacks, too) don’t over indulge because they are portioned out.

Of course some companies that make organic cookies and crackers sell individual snack boxes and pouches. But these a) have more packaging, b) usually have more than 15 grams of carbs (or more than 100 calories), and c) are more expensive than a bigger box.

As a side note: I rarely go to Toys ‘R Us, but I was in there last weekend and they have added a substantial grocery and cleaning product section toward the front of the store. Many of the products stocked on the shelves are organic or healthier foods. And they are at considerably lower prices than sthe grocery store. In fact a box of crackers that I had purchased the day before at the grocer was a dollar less per box. There was also a good selection of personal care items including those from Kiss My Face. I may have to stop in there occasionally to stock up.

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1 Steve February 12, 2010 at 8:33 am

Hi Just stumbled onto your blog. Thanks for sharing. You have a great site.

My wife just bought those Bunny Graham’s for our daughter — diagnosed t1 december 23, 09. She loves ’em. We feel the same way about HFCS. Just wrote about sugar and our war with it this week on my own blog. Even before we had diabetes, we hated the never ending battle over food and food science. Now it just pisses us off.

All the best.

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2 Leighann February 12, 2010 at 9:16 am

Steve- Thanks for stopping by! I just added you to the blogroll and my feed reader and will be reading your posts.

I was on a high horse about food even before diagnosis. I hate HFCS! But I have found that I have had to make some compromises since Dx. Like artificial sweeteners which now I will allow in moderation.

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3 Jessica February 12, 2010 at 1:07 pm

Glad to see I’m not alone. We avoided HCFS and other artificial crap as much as possible before diagnosis, ironically, because we had type 2 diabetes on both sides and we wanted him to focus on a healthy diet. When my son was diagnosed with type 1 this past September, I think I got more upset giving him artificial sweeteners from time to time than I did from the injections. May sound silly, but it’s funny where the feelings work their way out.

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4 Leighann February 12, 2010 at 1:41 pm

It took a lot for me to give in and allow artificial sweeteners. I was dead set against it before Dx.

Sometimes they need a no carb snack, like when they are high at bedtime. At least Jell-O feels like they aren’t missing out. And sometimes at restaurants I let her have some sugar-free soda if milk isn’t available.

I have upcoming posts on both HFCS and artificial sweeteners.

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5 Joanne February 12, 2010 at 3:37 pm

I don’t give Elise HFCS or artificial sweeteners… I just can’t bring myself to do it. Maybe when she’s older I might change my mind, but for now it’s the real thing or nothing.

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6 Jessica February 12, 2010 at 3:44 pm

We made the mistake of letting my son try Crystal light in the hospital. Even though he was only allowed 1 glass of juice a day before diagnosis, he wants the fake stuff all the time now. I try to keep pushing water, but when he has ketones (too often lately) nothing motivates him to keep drinking like the apple juice flavor.

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7 Leighann February 12, 2010 at 3:50 pm

She had never had Crystal Light or sugar-free Jell-O until the hospital either. When I make Crystal Light I get the light colored ones (white grape or lemonade) so they don’t stain her teeth and I make it half strength. She NEVER got juice at home before Dx and it’s ironic that she gets it more often now (for lows).

She’s a milk drinker. Both my kids are. And I didn’t like that she couldn’t have it anymore at any time of day. She drinks milk at meals & bedtime and water at other times. She carries a water bottle to school.

Have you seen the Minute Maid Fruit Falls? They are like Capri Sun, but only 2 carbs. Good for trips and outings.

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8 Jessica February 12, 2010 at 4:06 pm

We love the fruit falls. I tend to bury those in my enormous purse for when I inevitably forget to restock my stash of the crystal light single serves. I, too go for the light colors (Kroger even makes clear grape and cherry in their brand). If I have to give him fake sweetener, at least I can skip the artificial coloring, right?

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