It’s easy to over-indulge during the holiday season! From devouring an entire bag of potato chips to eating a whole row of Oreo cookies, we are all guilty of snacking a little too hard. Luckily, there are tons of snacks out there that are both super tasty as well as low-calorie to choose from! Greek yogurt with honey, peanut butter toast, and even a few pieces of dark chocolate are just a few options that stay under the 100-calorie mark. Rather than fill up on processed snacks that are loaded with unhealthy ingredients or have no nutritional value, opt for something that’s not only satisfying but tastes good too! Check out this list of 10 snack that are 100 calories or less!
1. Carrots And Hummus
This crunchy and creamy snack is a perfect option when you’re looking for something with flavor but that takes little effort to put together. You can go with baby carrots or wash and peel fresh large carrots. To keep this snack under 100 calories, spoon out two tablespoons of your favorite hummus and pair it with 8 baby carrots. If you prefer full size carrots, wash and peel 3 of them. Either way, this snack is a tasty and healthy choice when it comes to snacking!
2. Apple Slices And Peanut Butter
Apples are a great pick when it comes to snacking. Full of nutrients and natural sweetness, they satisfy several cravings without adding too many calories. To add some protein to this snack, match it with creamy or crunchy peanut butter. To make sure this apple and peanut butter combo don’t exceed 100 calories, pick out one small apple. Wash and slice it into wedges. Then, scoop out 1 tablespoon of peanut butter onto a plate. Otherwise, spread the PB onto the apple slices, just make sure it’s no more than 1 tablespoon.
3. Greek Yogurt And Honey
Craving something a little more decadent? Greek yogurt and honey are just what you need. Greek yogurt is an excellent source of calcium and is rich in protein. A diet high in protein can reduce hunger and over-eating. Another perk of this snack is that it’s easy to keep under 100 calories! A whole half cup of non-fat Greek yogurt with 1 teaspoon of honey drizzled over the top will be plenty to fill you up and still be under 100 calories! Yum!
4. Slow-Churned Ice Cream
Nobody said keeping a snack under 100 calories means it can’t be a sweet snack! Ice cream is just fine to snack on as long as you eat it in moderation. Opt for slow-churned as it is lower in fat and calories than regular ice cream. Stick for a single flavor like chocolate or vanilla rather than an ice cream with mix-ins. To keep this sweet treat under 100 calories, scoop out 1/2 a cup. Feel free to top it with a few chopped peanuts or almonds for a little protein boost!
When it comes to snacking, it’s easy to over-indulge. Cracking open a bag of potato chips or pretzels can result in over-eating. If you’re looking for a snack that’s safe to eat a lot of, go with popcorn! Not only will it satisfy that craving for something salty, but you can also eat a ton of it without exceeding 100 calories. Choose a microwave-popcorn flavor that is low in butter and salt, or pop your own kernels on the stove. The best part? 5 cups of popped popcorn are 100 calories. So go ahead — indulge!
6. Ants On A Log
If you don’t know what “ants on a log” are, you’re missing out! Made up of celery, peanut butter, and raisins, this childhood favorite is a great low-calorie snack when you want to eat healthy as well as get a little protein in your afternoon snack. To make, wash two celery stalks and cut them into 4-inch pieces. Take 1 tablespoon of peanut butter and divide it among the celery slices. Top each celery and peanut butter slice with raisins and enjoy!
7. Cottage Cheese And Pineapple
Cottage cheese is a great high-protein snack that can be paired with a variety of toppings. From fruit to honey to cinnamon, there are plenty of options. Fruits like berries and pineapple are a good choice since they contain natural sugars and offer plenty of nutrients. To turn cottage cheese and fruit into a low-calorie option, put 1/2 a cup of cottage cheese in a bowl and top it off with 1/4 cup of pineapple. Leave it as is or sprinkle a little cinnamon over top for that extra flavor. Dig in!
8. Peanut Butter Toast
Who says peanut butter toast is only meant for breakfast? Peanut butter on toast is actually a really great quick and healthy snack that’s easy to keep under 100 calories. It’s also a good option for those days your on the go and don’t have time to sit down and snack. Peanut butter is not only rich in protein and good fats, but it can also help curb your hunger. The toast also works as a good filler and can help maintain hunger. In order to keep your peanut butter toast under 100 calories, take half of a whole-wheat English muffin, toast it, and spread 1/2 of tablespoon of creamy or crunchy peanut butter on it.
9. Mixed Berries
One of the easiest and healthiest 100-calorie or less snacks out there, a bowl of mixed berries is an excellent pick! Not only are these little fruits loaded with antioxidants, but they’re also high in fiber and rich in other good-for-you nutrients. Opt for berries that are fresh rather than berries sitting in syrup. The added sugar in the syrup can really add to the calorie count. This snack is also great because you have choices. From blueberries to raspberries to cranberries, there are tons of berries out there that can be mixed up in a fruit bowl. One cup of mixed berries is only 85 calories! One cup also serves up 4 grams of fiber. Win-win!
10. Dark Chocolate
Berries aren’t the only foods rich in antioxidants. Dark chocolate is a great way to get those antioxidants while still feeling like you’re indulging in something sweet and satisfying. Dark chocolate can also help lower blood pressure and reduce your risk of heart disease. While dark chocolate certainly has it’s health benefits, it’s still important to eat it in moderation. A great way to manage how much dark chocolate you eat is to go for pre-portioned chocolates like Hershey’s Dark Chocolate Kisses. Five dark chocolate Kisses are 100 calories, so keep it under 5 and you’ll be just fine!