Snacks with less than 100 calories are not hard to find. The key to a good snack is finding food that effectively fights off hunger. If you choose a snack with fiber and/or protein, it will most likely hold you over until mealtime. Whether you prefer sweet or salty, you can have a great snack for less than 100 calories.
One of the healthiest snacks under 100 calories is fresh fruit. A crunchy apple is 81 calories and has almost 4 grams of fiber. A Bartlett pear has 98 calories and plenty of fiber. A whole cup of fresh strawberries totals just 45 calories. Go ahead, have two cups! Ten grapes have 36 calories. Place them in a small Ziploc bag and freeze them. Pop one in your mouth for a great, refreshing treat.
If you want a smooth, cool treat, why not prepare Jell-O Fat-Free Sugar-Free Pudding in your choice of flavors and top it with 2 tablespoons of Cool Whip Free for only 85 delicious calories? Since we're talking about cold snacks -- for even fewer calories, 10 to be exact -- make-up some Sugar-Free Jell-O. Adding a cup of strawberries to this snack is a fantastic way to get some fiber. Don't forget the Cool Whip Free!
Sometimes, we just have to have something salty. And for just 50 calories, you can have 3 cups of Orville Redenbacher's Light Microwave Popcorn. If you would rather have pretzels, treat yourself to an ounce of Mister Salty Pretzel Sticks for 90 calories. One great salty treat is a handful of Premium's Mini-Saltine crackers. With the just the right amount of salt and crispy texture, a serving totals just 70 calories.
If you want something with a little more "meat" to it, roll up a thin slice of turkey breast with a lettuce leaf and a squirt of mustard. And what do you have? A 50-calorie snack that is sure to get you through until dinnertime. You could substitute a slice of lean ham, if you prefer. Throw in a slice of Weight Watchers Wheat or Multigrain bread for just 45 calories more and you've got a sandwich!
Vegetables -- raw or cooked -- can provide a wholesome, savory snack for under 100 calories. Zap a cup of baby carrots in the microwave with a splash of water for 5 to 10 minutes and drizzle a teaspoon of honey over it totaling 100 calories. Or eat them uncooked if that's your thing. The list of raw vegetables that provide a great snack is endless: celery, broccoli, and red bell pepper, to name a few.
Dairy products serve double-duty as great snack foods. One dairy serving provides a much-needed helping of calcium and includes enough protein to get us by for a couple of hours more. Sargento's String Cheese at 80 calories is lots of fun to eat. The light version is only 50 calories. The Laughing Cow's Mini Babybel cheeses are so cute with their little round selves! The regular Mini Babybels are 70 calories while the light cheese rounds are only 50 calories. My favorite cheese snack has to be Sargento's Reduced Fat Colby-Jack Cheese Sticks for 50 calories. If you are seeking snacks containing less than 100 calories, look in your cupboards and refrigerators. You just might be surprised at what you will find.