Stay satisfied between meals with these 100-calorie bites.
When it comes to losing weight, snacking can make or break your progress. And while store-bought packaged snacks may be convenient, they’re often filled with added sugar, sodium, and other ingredients to be wary of.
“The 100-calorie snack packs can be a great, easy way to control portions of snacks that people tend to go overboard on, but there are healthier options,” says Frances Largeman-Roth, R.D., author of Feed the Belly.
In other words, those petite packets of chips, cookies, and other junk food are ideal for the occasions when you have, say, a Chex Mix craving that nothing less can satisfy. But that one bag is still 100 empty calories of processed junk. It won’t kill you when you have a craving, but you can do better.
Take fruit, for example. “Fruit is perfectly portion-controlled,” Largeman-Roth says. “An apple, orange, pear, or banana comes in its own biodegradable package and is generally under 100 calories.”
When you’re trying to lose weight, a 100- to 150-calorie snack once or twice per day is appropriate, Largeman-Roth says. To keep energy and blood sugar steady between meals, you want to aim for an even combo of carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats.
Need some ideas? Create your own calorie-controlled snacks with the suggestions below. They’re all around 100 calories. And they’re all packed with the nutrients your body needs plus fiber to keep you feeling full—without any nasty stuff.
- 7 walnuts
- 25 pistachios
- 3 cups air-popped popcorn + little sea salt + a tiny drizzle of truffle oil
- ½ cup fat-free Greek yogurt + ⅓ cup fresh mango cubes
- 1 small apple + 1 teaspoon almond butter
- 1 Mini Babybel Light cheese + 1 whole-grain Wasa cracker
- 2 tablespoons hummus + ½ cup vegetables (5 broccoli florets or 6 medium baby carrots)
- 25 frozen grapes
- ½ cup oatmeal + 5 sliced strawberries
- 2 cups kale chips