12 Guilt-Free 100-Calorie Snack Ideas

One day, as if out of nowhere, I was walking down the grocery aisle and, all of the sudden, every single shelf was stacked with single-serving 100-calorie snack packs… cookies, crackers, chips, and pudding. At first, they seemed fantastic, a perfectly controlled portion of “diet” food. But when I looked past the flashy marketing, it became pretty obvious that these were 100 calories of empty, chemical-laden, and nutrient-free food. Not to mention the fact that they were exorbitantly expensive compared to their big-sized counterparts.

Instead of reaching for the box of 100-calorie snacks next time, try making your own 100-calorie (or less!) snacks from real food. I promise they’ll taste better, save you some cash, and keep your hunger at bay.

Here are some 100-calorie snack ideas!


Of course, fresh fruits are going to be the best choice for low-calorie snacking. If you are looking for lots of volume, stick to fruits with high water content like melons. Here are some other sweet options:


The desire for salty and crunchy snack food is hard to overcome. Raw veggies will always be a great choice, but try some of these other suggestions to quell that savory craving:

  • ½ cup 2% milkfat cottage cheese (100 calories)
  • 1 large hard boiled egg (70 calories)
  • 2 cups airpopped popcorn, topped with 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese (84 calories)
  • 1 ounce tuna and 2 avocado slices stuffed in a mini whole wheat pita (100 calories)
  • 14 almonds (98 calories)

Occasional Treats

Life is short, enjoy it! Just enjoy it in moderation. Splurge a little on these treats without knocking yourself off track:

  • 4 Hershey’s Kisses (89 calories)
  • 3½ ounce glass red wine (88 calories)
  • 4 large marshmallows (90 calories)

What’s your favorite low calorie snack?

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Cassie Johnston is an award-winning food writer and recipe developer living and working in Southern Indiana. Her work has been feature in national publications such as Gourmet Magazine and The Huffington Post. Cassie’s a big fan of strenuous hikes, cheese, watching sports, Brussels sprouts, and craft beer, and she’ll talk your ear off about her love of local food and seasonal eating. She’s obsessed with social media and loves connecting with new friends!