19 Low-Calorie Snacks That Fill You Up
Sometimes calories do matter. When you are spreading a whole tablespoon of peanut butter on every single one of your apple slices, the calories can really add up quick. And you wouldn't want to let something like failing to measure out a true tablespoon keep you from losing weight, right?
In order to keep these snacks under 100 calories, it's vital that you dig out your measuring spoons - you know the ones that you usually only use when you are baking a cake - dust them off, and measure to see what 2 tablespoons of hummus really looks like - instead of just dipping casually into the container.
On the other side of the coin, don't get too rigid with counting calories, or else you might drive yourself crazy. Instead, try counting the colors on your plate, or the friends that you get to see each month. Counting positive things will help you enjoy measuring a little bit more. Keeping careful tabs on how much of a food you eat is a little bit easier with these delicious snacks that are all under 100 calories.
100 Calorie (or Less) Snack Ideas
½ cup of shelled edamame gives you 8 grams of protein, too. Sprinkle with a little sea salt.
1 Hard-Boiled egg
Eggs contains 6 g protein, plus some vitamin A, vitamin B12, and selenium, and 1 large egg is just a measly 77 calories.
Flavored Protein Water
1 scoop of flavored whey protein powder + 8 oz water = 80 calories, and a whopping 16g of protein.
2 sticks of lowfat string cheese is a super easy snack and great to carry with you anywhere you go. And since they are sealed, you don't have to keep them cold, as long as you eat them within a couple of hours.
14 whole, raw almonds provide protein, fiber, and healthy fat for just 98 calories.
1 Café Latte
This soothing drink is made with 8 oz. steamed nonfat milk + 1 shot espresso rings in at just 90 calories.
Remove stems from 4-5 leaves of kale. Make sure they are completely dry. Massage leaves with 1 teaspoon olive oil. Spread out into a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 300 degrees for 10 minutes, then rotate the pan and bake another 15 minutes. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper if desired. Allow to cool for 3 minutes for ultimate crispiness.
Carrots of Celery with Hummus
Grab 10 baby carrots or celery sticks and 2 tablespoons of hummus - just be sure to measure! And feel free to lick the measuring spoon!
Try boiling 8 medium-sized shrimp and top with 2 tablespoons of cocktail sauce.
1 oz. Smoked Beef Jerky
Look for low sodium beef jerky! Most bags of beef jerky come in 3 oz bags, so make sure you choose 1/3 of the bag only!
Take 2 slices of turkey, spread with 1 tsp of honey mustard, and wrap around 1 stick of string cheese.
Mini Caprese Salad
1 oz of fresh mozzarella, diced, with 2 small cherry tomatoes, sliced, and 2 teaspoons of balsamic vinegar. Use large basil leaves as a wrap!
Apple and Cheese
Use ½ a medium (the size of a baseball) apple sliced and 1 non-fat cheese stick.
PB & C
Take 1 medium celery stalk, sliced, spread with 1 tablespoon of natural peanut butter. Make sure you peanut butter doesn't contain any trans fats!
Tropical Cottage Cheese
Make this delicious treat with ½ cup nonfat cottage cheese with 1 pineapple ring, diced.
1 Brown Rice Cake
Add 2 teaspoons (make sure you measure!) of almond or sunflower seed butter.
Lettuce Ham Wrap
Take 2 slices of ham with 2 teaspoons honey mustard, and roll up in 2 large lettuce leaves, and break into your happy dance.
Cucumber Feta Rounds
Take 6 cucumber slices and sprinkle with a 1 tablespoon of crumbled lowfat feta cheese. Top with a tiny mint leaf.
Lemon Pepper Tuna
Take 2 oz of canned tuna (1/3 of a can) packed in water with a squeeze of lemon, salt, and pepper, and spread atop 3-4 cucumber slices. You can also easily sub tuna for chicken.