By Judy Hevrdejs, Tribune Newspapers
3:28 AM EDT, April 3, 2013
100 calories. Apparently it's a magical number for calorie counters and food marketers.
Snack packs and yogurt, beer and bagels — "100 calories" they brag on bags and bottles. Trim 100 calories here, another 100 there and you're bound to lose some weight, right?
Add exercise to the mix, you'll do even better. The Mayo Clinic points out that to work off 100 calories (if you weigh 160 pounds): Cycle or play volleyball (about 20 minutes); bowl, ballroom dance or walk (about 30 minutes), or do low-impact aerobics (about 16 minutes).
It can be tough to calculate calories while hankering for a snack. One strategy: Keep an arsenal of nutrient-dense, lo-cal snacks on hand. But what does 100 calories look like?
Here are a few items (some to try -- some to avoid) with calories culled from the USDA National Nutrient Database and food labels.
Hard cooked egg (1 large): 78 calories
Raw spinach (10 ounce package): 65 calories
Raisins (about 3 tablespoons): 81 calories
Fresh blueberries (1 cup): 84 calories
Apple (1 medium): 95 calories
Smooth peanut butter (1 tablespoon): 94 calories
McDonald's Chicken McNuggets (2 pieces): 95 calories
Doritos Nacho Cheese Flavored Tortilla Chips (about 7 chips): 95 calories
Fresh strawberry halves (2 cups): 98 calories
Dry roasted peanuts (about 16): 99 calories
Pepperidge Farm Milano cookies (2 cookies): 120 calories
Dry roasted almonds (about 13): 99 calories
Baby carrots (25): 100 calories
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