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5 Healthy Alternatives For Your 4 P.M. Snack Attack

Indulge in these dips, frozen treats and more -- and still have room for dinner.

By Lynn Andriani

  • Instead of cream cheese and crackers...
    As nut milks continue to wow us (have you seen the frozen dessert aisle in supermarkets lately?), we're smitten with a new it
    Courtesy of Kite Hill
    As nut milks continue to wow us (have you seen the frozen dessert aisle in supermarkets lately?), we're smitten with a new iteration: an almond-milk spread that tastes amazingly similar to cream cheese. This one from Kite Hill is made with almonds and cheese cultures, has an impressively rich texture, is fantastic with crackers or apple slices and has no saturated fat (whereas an ounce of regular cream cheese has 5 grams -- aka 25 percent of your daily value).
    Kite Hill Cream Cheese Style Spread, available at Whole Foods.
  • Instead of an oatmeal raisin cookie...
    An oats-and-fruit pouch is a novel way to get that combination of sweet and toothsome, at a way lower calorie count. These fr
    Courtesy of Munk Pack
    An oats-and-fruit pouch is a novel way to get that combination of sweet and toothsome, at a way lower calorie count. These fruit squeezes from Munk Pack run between 80 and 100 calories each, and combine fruits such as apples, blueberries, bananas, acai, raspberries and coconut with an assortment of grains ranging from oats to quinoa to flax.

    Munk Pack, available at health-food stores.
  • Instead of a bakery muffin...
    We've seen veggies sneak into all sorts of foods, but baked goods are a new one (unless you count carrot cake). Then we came
    Courtesy of Garden Lites
    We've seen veggies sneak into all sorts of foods, but baked goods are a new one (unless you count carrot cake). Then we came across Garden Lites' frozen, microwaveable muffins, where zucchini or carrots are listed as the first ingredient, followed by oats, blueberries, egg whites and other feel-good foods. Calories range from 80 to 120, and there's even a chocolate variety.

    Garden Lites, available at supermarkets.
  • Instead of dried fruit...
    Light, crispy freeze-dried fruit has a much different texture than the chewy, dense "regular" dried fruit you typically find
    Courtesy of Crispy Green
    Light, crispy freeze-dried fruit has a much different texture than the chewy, dense "regular" dried fruit you typically find in trail mix or granola. Most freeze-dried varieties, such as Crispy Green, are much lower in calories (e.g., 25 versus 100 calories in a quarter-cup); just check the package to be sure there are no added ingredients, beyond cinnamon or other spices.

    Crispy Green, available at supermarkets.
  • Instead of a smoothie...
    Frozen fruit-and-veggie bars -- which we like to call grown-up Popsicles -- deliver a refreshing dose of vitamins, thanks to
    Courtesy of Ruby Rocket's
    Frozen fruit-and-veggie bars -- which we like to call grown-up Popsicles -- deliver a refreshing dose of vitamins, thanks to ingredients including carrots, kale, spinach, kiwi and broccoli. Plus, many, such as Outshine Fruit & Veggie Bars, as well as Ruby Rocket's, are lower in sugar and calories than your average smoothie or green juice.

    Outshine Fruit & Veggie Bars and Ruby Rocket's, available in supermarkets.

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