25 Super Snacks with 100 Calories or Less

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - HealthSurprise! Ice cream tops the list of low-calorie snacks. The key is to look for slow-churned or double-churned varieties. This refers to a process that reduces fat and calories while retaining the creamy texture of full-fat varieties, so ½ cup has just 100 calories. As a bonus, you’ll get some protein and calcium.

Mini Quesadilla

You may not expect cheese quesadillas to make a list of low-calorie snacks, but try this recipe: sprinkle an ounce of grated low-fat cheddar cheese over a corn tortilla. Fold in half and microwave for 20 seconds. This quick and tasty snack has only 100 calories.

Three Crackers with Cheese
Choosing whole-grain crackers is the key to this classic snack. The fiber will keep you feeling full between meals, and the cheese provides protein and calcium. To stay under 100 calories, cut up one slice of low-fat cheese and split it over three crackers.

Cheese-Stuffed Pita Pocket
Grab a whole-grain pita pocket and stuff it with ½ ounce part-skim ricotta cheese. The fiber and protein will help fill you up, and the whole snack has less than a gram of saturated fat.

1/3 Cup Edamame

Young soybeans are among the healthiest snacks you can find. A third of a cup has more than 8g of protein and 4g of fiber to help keep you full. As a bonus, you’ll get nearly ten percent of your recommended daily allowance of iron.

Eight Baby Carrots with Hummus

When you’re craving a satisfying crunch, dip eight large baby carrots into two tablespoons of hummus. Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A and beta carotene, while hummus adds protein.

Yogurt with Sunflower Seeds
Stir a teaspoon of sunflower seeds into ½ cup of nonfat plain yogurt. The seeds add plenty of texture, but only 19 calories. The yogurt is a good source of protein, and the entire snack has less than half a gram of saturated fat. Make sure to use unsalted sunflower seeds, especially if you are watching your sodium.

Frozen Banana Pop
If you’re looking for a creative way to add more fruit to your diet, try frozen banana pops. Slice several peeled bananas in half and insert popsicle sticks. Coast each half with an ounce of low-fat plain yogurt. Put the pops in the freezer, and soon you’ll have ready-to-eat low-calorie treats.

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