100-Calorie Snacks for Runners

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Like most runners, I often find myself feeling hungry, even though I've still got at least another hour or two before my next meal. If I'm planning to run before my meal, my hunger pangs are an even bigger concern because I need some fuel to power me through the workout.

The key to curbing hunger and getting that much-needed boost of energy is to choose a healthy yet satisfying snack. Here are some 100-calorie snacks that won't blow your diet or spoil your dinner.

1. Frozen Grapes: About 28 grapes equals 100 calories.  Put them in the freezer for at least 2 hours and they'll be a nutritious and refreshing snack on a hot day.

2. Lowfat frozen yogurt: Lowfat frozen yogurt can be a healthy snack as long as you don't go overboard. Try a small scoop of lowfat frozen yogurt for a 100-calorie snack.

3. Baked Apple:  Core one small apple and fill with 1 teaspoon brown sugar and 1 sprinkle cinnamon. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, until the sugar begins to caramelize and the apple is tender.

4. Vegetable Soup: Try having 1 cup low-fat, low-sodium vegetable soup after a cold run outside.

5. Chocolate Milk:  In addition to satisfying your sweet tooth, 6 ounces of chocolate skim milk is a great recovery drink after a run.

6. Chocolate pudding:  A 4-ounce container of fat-free chocolate pudding contains 100 calories.

7. Strawberries and cream:  Dip 15 strawberries in 5 tablespoons of fat-free Cool Whip for a sweet and refreshing treat.

8. Blueberries and cottage cheese: Mix 1/4 cup of blueberries into a 1/2 cup cottage cheese.

9. Wasabi Peas:  If you like a snack with some crunch and a little kick, 1/4 cup of wasabi peas gives you 100 calories. I love the ones from Trader Joe's.

10. Carrots and Hummus: Eating 13 baby carrots and 2 tablespoons of hummus can certainly take the edge off your hunger.

11. One Skinny Cow Fat-Free Fudge Bar: Can you say yummy and refreshing?

12. Peanut Butter and Celery:  Top one medium celery stalk with 1 tablespoon peanut butter for a crunchy and creamy treat.

13. Edamame (green soybeans):  About 45 steamed edamame equal 100 calories. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper on them for added flavor.

14. Chips and salsa:  If you want something crunchy and salty, try 10 baked tortilla chips with 1/4 cup of salsa.

15. Goldfish crackers:  About 40 cheddar Goldfish crackers equals 100 calories. If you prefer other flavors, check the package to determine the calorie amounts.

16. Pistachios: A bag of 25 dry-roasted, unsalted pistachios is a great snack to have when hunger hits on-the-go. Packed with protein, they'll help you feel fuller. Choose the in-shell pistachios, since you're less likely to eat too many if you have to work for them.

17. Chocolate-dusted Almonds:  I like the Cocoa Roast Almonds 100-calorie packs from Emerald. I keep them in my purse for when I have mid-afternoon hunger pangs.

18. Red pepper and hummus:  Dip slices of a small red bell pepper dipped in 2 tablespoons hummus for a savory snack.

19. Apple and cheese:  Pair 1 cup of sliced apple with 1 oz. of sharp cheddar cheese.

20. Red pepper and goat cheese:  If you're not a big fan of hummus, pair your small red pepper with 2 tablespoons soft goat cheese.

21. Hard-boiled egg:  Sprinkle some salt, pepper, and paprika on a hard-boiled egg for a satisfying 100-calorie snack.

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