10 snacks under 100 calories
You hear it, you feel it, your stomach is growling relentlessly. We have all experienced it at some point throughout the day. Whether it’s in the mid-morning, late afternoon, or anytime in between- our minds are conditioned to reach for something to sooth our hunger pains and keep the beast at bay.
Healthy snacking is an important way to fuel our bodies with good nutrition throughout the day. Now listen up when I say snacking, not all snacks are created equal when it comes to the macronutrient profile and what they have to offer. Instead of reaching for the salty potato chips or sweet candy, try these (10) easy snacks to keep your body fueled and your mind focused during your daily tasks.
1 cup blueberries (85 calories)
Blueberries are easy to carry anywhere and can be stored at room temperature making these a wonderful snack to take on the go if you’re in a rush. You can eat them frozen, chilled, or room temperature. Blueberries also provide vitamin C, fiber, potassium, and antioxidants.
1 boiled egg (7 grams protein, 78 calories)
Boiled eggs are wonderful sources of protein, B12, and vitamin D– giving you longer lasting energy after the quick snack. If you don’t have time during the week to boil eggs, make a batch in the beginning of the week or over the weekend to last you several days. Make sure to store these in the refrigerator after preparing.
2 cups halved strawberries (98 calories)
Strawberries, like blueberries, can easily be taken on the go because they do not need to be chilled or refrigerated. They provide a good source of fiber, vitamin C, and not to mention a burst of delicious flavor!
1 piece low fat string cheese (8 grams protein, ~80 calories)
String cheese, might as well call it strong cheese! It provides a tasty yet satisfying treat to keep your hunger pains away. String cheese made from skim or low-fat milk typically falls under 100 calories and provides 8 grams of protein, plus vitamin D and calcium.
Small handful (~15) almonds (5 grams protein, 100 calories)
Almonds are nutrient dense and an easy snack to take on-the-go. Just 15 almonds can provide healthy fats, fiber, protein, iron, magnesium, and calcium. No need to chill or freeze this snack, just grab and go!
1 cup baby carrots (50 cal) and 2 tbsp hummus (2.5 g, 50 cal)
Carrots and hummus are a great combo, if you do not prefer carrots, swap them out for apple slices instead. Together, they provide potassium, fiber, vitamin C and a whole lot of vitamin A.
Small handful (25) pistachios (6 grams protein, 90 calories)
Pistachios, like almonds, are easy to carry when you’re on-the-go and need something quick to munch on. They provide fiber, protein, potassium, and magnesium all wrapped up in a tiny shell.
Greek yogurt (up to 17 grams protein, 100 calories)
Great by itself or with additional fruit & nut toppings, greek yogurt is an exceptional source of several nutrients. It contains protein, calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B12, and potassium, making this snack a wonderful choice.
1/2 cup cottage cheese with 1/4 cup fruit topping (~8 grams protein, ~90 calories)
Like greek yogurt and string cheese, cottage cheese provides several of the same great benefits at a lower calorie advantage. It provides protein, calcium, vitamin B12, and vitamin D. Add some fresh, frozen, or canned fruit on top and your stomach and taste buds will thank you greatly.
Turkey and mozzarella cheese roll up (1 slice of each)
Often forgotten is the traditional turkey and cheese rollup, providing protein, calcium, vitamin D and vitamin B12. Both the turkey and the mozzarella cheese provides protein, giving this healthy snack a boost in the protein category.
Snacking smarter doesn’t mean you have to break the bank with expensive items. Healthy options can be money savers if you shop it out. Next time you are in the grocery store searching for the upcoming week’s midday snack- try some of these ideas for a spin.
Still hungry for more after the snack? Not everybody will be satisfied after 100 calories. Try bulking it up with some extra protein, or doubling the portion to 200 calories. Keep in mind it’s important to find a balance that fits your lifestyle and needs.
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