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Snack SmackDown! – Nut Crackers

Posted Sep 14 2011 12:00am

I’m always on the lookout for low cal snacks that don’t break my low carb bank. Today as I was shopping I found two different “nut crackers” and I decided to give them both a try. Sort of a snack smackdown, if you will.

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On the left we have Blue Diamond Almond Nut-Thins in Cheddar Cheese.  On the right we have Keebler Wheatables Nut Crisps in Crunchy Cashew.

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Nutritionally, these stack up nicely against each other.  The serving sizes are the exact same, at 16 crackers. Blue Diamond “wins” in fewer calories (130 vs. 140), less fat (4g vs. 6g), and lower sugar (0g vs. 4g).  In terms of carbs, Keebler wins (20g vs. 22g).  Blue Diamond are also gluten free, if that’s important to you (it’s not to me).

But what about the most important factor – the taste?  Hands down, the Keebler are much, much, much tastier.  It felt like you were eating a real cracker instead of some sort of weird, hard rice cracker thing.  This one is a win by KNOCKOUT.

So for me, the Blue Diamond are decent, but not something I’d buy again if I  could purchase the Keebler.  Whereas the Keebler Nut Crisps are something I would go out of my way to find.  If you’re looking for a great-tasting nut cracker, I’d recommend that you try the Keebler.  Happy snacking!

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For those of you wondering why I’m eating any kind of cracker when I’m trying to do my strict, high-protein/low-carb diet, it’s because Bella does not live on protein alone.  A bit of carbs helps keep things moving (enough said), and it also keeps me happy.  These crackers work into my overall daily totals really nicely:

9/14 Daily Food Totals: 1,178 calories, 96g carbs, 37g fat, 120g protein

I bought more Medifast snacks (puffs, “pretzels,” and soy crisps), which will arrive in about 7-10 days, but until then, I like having a sensible option for snacks.

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