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:
- ½ cup banana soft serve ice cream (100 calories)
- ½ cup plain Greek yogurt, 1 teaspoon of honey and 5 sliced strawberries (98 calories)
- 1 healthy and sweet nut butter energy ball (83 calories)
- ¾ cup unsweetened applesauce and 1 graham cracker (96 calories)
- 1 chocolate pretzel date ball (70 calories)
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)
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)