Snacking is one super way to make sure you don’t suffer from low blood sugar. It’s also a great way to do what many nutrition experts recommend, which is to eat 5-6 small meals a day. However, if you’re not careful, snacking can put you above your normal calorie intake which means gaining weight. Here are 10 healthy snacks that are under 100 calories each:
#1 Nuts. Almonds are a great source of fiber and protein which means your blood sugar levels will stay even. It also means you’ll stay full for a good long time. A handful of almonds or pistachios, about 12-15, is around 100 calories. Doesn’t sound like much but you’ll feel satisfied after eating them. As much as I opt for Almonds, when it comes to snacking I do prefer pistachios. Not only are they my favorite nut, you get more!
#2 Hardboiled egg. Hardboiled eggs can be prepared in advance and they’re fairly easy to store. Additionally, each egg is packed with protein and they’re low in fat and calories. One hardboiled egg contains around 78 calories. This is my favorite budget friendly option.
#3 Hummus and veggies or pita bread. Hummus is a dip prepared from chick peas and tahini or sesame paste. I prefer mine with a bit of olive oil instead. It’s delicious, packed with protein and fiber and seriously filling. Two tablespoons and a wedge of pita bread come in around 100 calories. For more fiber and a serving of veggies use carrot sticks or celery instead of pita bread.
#4 Craving chocolate? Grab a low fat pudding cup. The protein in the dairy will help balance your blood sugar and the chocolate will…well you know what the chocolate does. It soothes the soul.
#5 Popcorn. Three cups of air popped popcorn comes in at around 90 calories. That’s without butter. Popcorn doesn’t really provide much nutritional value but it doesn’t really have any ill effects either.
#6 Tortilla chips. You can eat around 15 bite sized tortilla chips and have some calories to spare. Ten chips come in around 55 calories. Saves room for a tablespoon of salsa.
#7 Blueberries. Blueberries pack a punch when it comes to antioxidants. And you can eat a whole cup of them and only consume 75 calories.
#8 Not a blueberry fan? Eat a banana. A small to medium banana is around 100 calories.
#9 Love watermelon? You can eat a half a medium watermelon and only consume 50 calories.
#10 Still looking for something sweet and crunchy? Kellogg’s Chocolately Drizzle Special K Bar has only 90 calories. It also has only 1.5 fat grams and 1 gram of saturated fat and comes in several flavors including: strawberry, blueberry, honey nut, vanilla crisp, and peaches and berries. Sometimes you just need something quick. Check out your grocers snack bar section. Fiber One also makes some really yummy 90 calorie treats.
Snack time is easy when you’re prepared. And while non-processed foods are always preferred, there are some fairly healthy, low calorie processed options available. Plan ahead and you won’t go hungry; better yet you’ll lose weight and stay healthy.
I always go for nuts when I snack. They’re delicious, and they’re really healthy.
Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says
I’m love with hummus. Having it with pita bread is actually one of my most favorite snacks. Yum.
Tortilla chips are one of my favorite snacks. Especially with a little green salsa. Zero calories!
Lindsey @ Redhead Baby Mama says
I’m making a grocery list right now, and blueberries are so going on it! I stay away from the hard boiled eggs… :p
Liz Mays says
This is really helpful for midday snacks. Some of those could be good traveling snacks too!
Wow, thanks for sharing some really good snack options! The hardest part of dieting is lack of snacks and this list will help me get through my diet with my sanity!
This is great to know! I am always watching my Calorie intake. My problem? Moderation so I need to work on that plus try all of these! I think it would make a huge difference for me!
April @ Everyday Fitness and Nutrition says
I always keep healthy snacks on hand so I’m never tempted to hit the vending machine. Nuts and fruit is always a great option for me.
christina aliperti says
Nuts are my go to snack. I also enjoy cheese and fresh fruit. I need a variety so I don’t get bored.
I’m always running out of snack ideas. Thanks for all the suggestions. Always love a handful of nuts.
There are some great suggestions here. I like tortilla chips and blueberries best (not together 😉 ).
hmmmm blue nachos? Is that even a thing? lol Yeah, doesnt sound good to me either.
Debbie Denny says
Very good ideas. I love all your choices.
Anne - Mommy Has to Work says
I am such a snacker. These all sound great now to eat just one at a time!
I need to have a plan, including snacks, or I fall off the wagon. These all sound like great, low calorie snacks. I normally am hunting down something sweet, so I’ll stock up on pudding cups.
I try to pre-portion my snacks ahead of time, so that I stick with the recommended servings. I could eat an entire bag of almonds in one sitting. These all sound like things I could prep in advance (or buy single servings of).
Such a good tip! I have been trying to do that more and more.
I didn’t know some of these were under 100 calories! You’re definitely making me hungry with this list 🙂
Ann Bacciaglia says
These are all great snack ideas. I will have to try a few of these. I love to snack on fresh fruit and vegetables.
winifred jac says
isn’t hummus the best thing ever? im such a snacker so thanks for the post!
Amy Desrosiers says
Great post of healthy snacks! I am going to make my own hummus tomorrow since I have the peas already.
I always feel good when Im munching on popcorn over my beloved cheetos! Also, I could eat my weight in blueberries on a daily basis without even thinking. My favorite!
These are great ideas for low calorie snacks. I love snacking on blueberries and almonds.
What a great list! I love most things on this list, it is nice to know there are great tasting things on a low calorie list!
valerie g says
i love a hard boiled egg as a snack!!! great choices.
Camesha | Mama Motivator says
This is a great list. Almonds, popcorn and hummus are definitely favorites.