It's mid-afternoon, and you're hungry. But you don't know what would be a good healthy snack.
It's maddening! There are so many conflicting reports out there about what's healthy and what's not. If only there was one resource you could trust to provide all the information you need...
Wait... who has two thumbs and knows every single thing about healthy snacking?
Today on "Snack with Jack... This or That?" I'll run a comparison between two snacking options. Number one, the nectarine.
Number two: Kraft Jet-Puffed Piña Colado Pineapple-Flavored Marshmallow Mallow Bites.
Now the Mallow Bites take an early lead by providing "Fun things to try". I used to get the other kids in my neighborhood into a lot of trouble with my "Fun things to try" suggestions, but this is pretty tame stuff. For a tropical snack mix, you can combine Jet-Puffed Piña Colada Marshmallows with dried banana chips, dried cherries and almonds. Yummy!
Now consider the nectarine, the peach's learning disabled cousin. Did you know that nectarines take their name from name from "nectar" - the food of the gods? I will admit, that snacking like a god appeals to the "wanting-to-be-considered-some-sort-of-god" part of me.
More fun marshmallow things to do: transform a yellow cake into a show stopper or add a tropical twist to your favorite fruit salad.
Nutritionally nectarines are somewhat similar to peaches. Like yellow-fleshed peaches, yellow-fleshed nectarines have more beta carotene, but both white and yellow-fleshed varieties are good sources of vitamin C and dietary fiber and contain some vitamin E. They're also a good source of potassium, providing balance to the sodium that comes into your diet from salted foods.
So far we have a dead heat. I've scoured the packaging and can't find any reason not to call this contest a draw. Oh wait...
I suppose I should check out the ingredients. Hmmmmm... where's the rum, cream of coconut, pineapple juice? And what happened to marshmallows being fat-free? This is a colada nonsense!
Juicy, delicious nectarines are low in calories (100 g just provide 44 calories) and contain no saturated fats. They are indeed packed with numerous health promoting anti-oxidants, plant nutrients, minerals and vitamins.
Okay, it was already leaning the nectarine's way, but here are the final nails in the colada-coffin: "Non-alcoholic" and you can only eat one at a time. One at a time? ONE AT A TIME?
Sorry, but due to high-fat, bad ingredients and too-strict rules about how many you may eat at one time, this bag goes straight to the shredder.
THE NECTARINE WINS!