100-Calorie Snacks That Satisfy

Low-Calorie Munchies to Help You Stick to Your Diet

100-calorie snacks for weight loss
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Losing weight doesn't mean you have to say "no" to snacks. There are plenty of low-calorie munchies that you can eat throughout the day to satisfy your hunger and keep your diet on track. Of course, you can buy 100-calorie snack packs at the grocery store, but those foods are often heavily processed and don't include the healthiest ingredients. It is also easy to eat more than one of those packs because they are usually very small.

Instead, use these fun snack ideas instead to get both nutrition and flavor at snack time.

Low-Calorie Munchies That Are Sweet

Got a sweet tooth? No problem! Calm your cravings with one of these snacks for under 100 calories. Just be careful to measure your portion sizes when you eat to be sure that you're not getting more fat and calories than you bargained for. Use a digital scale or use your hand to make sure you're using the right amount. 

  • 1/2 cup sugar-free JELL-O and 2 tablespoons reduced-fat whipped topping
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed raisins
  • 1/2 (small) apple with 2 teaspoons peanut butter
  • 6-ounce glass orange juice (make frozen pops for a cooling treat)
  • JELL-O fat-free chocolate, caramel or vanilla pudding
  • one half of a whole wheat English muffin with 2 teaspoons of jelly
  • 100-calorie Greek yogurt snack packs (multiple flavors) 
  • one cup of mixed berries (try raspberries, blueberries or blackberries) 
  • one cup of unsweetened apple sauce 
  • a frozen fudge pop
  • a home-made mock S'more: reduced-fat Graham cracker, topped with a jumbo marshmallow and drizzled with chocolate syrup
  • one cup of grapes (try them frozen!)
  • one banana
  • two or three meringue cookies (depending on the size)
  • a red licorice stalk
  • a popsicle in your favorite flavor
  • a small handful of chocolate kisses

You probably have a few sweet munchies that are low in calories as well. Just be sure to measure portion sizes to keep your diet on track.

Low-Calorie Munchies That Are Salty

If you crave crunchy or savory snacks, here are some quick suggestions to keep your calorie goals in line. Each snack has less than 100 calories and it will satisfy your craving for salty foods. Remember that these savory foods are likely to make you thirsty. Some drinks may provide more calories than the snack itself. Drink water (make your own flavored water with berries or herbs) or choose a calorie-free beverage to quench your thirst.

  • one strip of turkey jerky
  • a half cucumber (seeded) stuffed with one thin slice of lean turkey and mustard or fat-free mayonaisse
  • a lettuce roll-up stuffed with a single slice of ham or beef and cabbage, carrots, or peppers
  • a small tomato salad: cubed tomato, sliced cucumber, sprinkled with feta, salt and pepper
  • 4-5 cucumber slices topped with cottage cheese and salt and pepper

Low Calorie Sweet and Salty Snacks

If you're like many dieters, you like to enjoy a salty snack followed by a sweet treat. This common taste phenomenon can lead to a never-ending cycle of snacking. If you know that you can't eat a salty snack without a sugary chaser, then have a diet soda or a small piece of fruit ready to go.

Just one or two grapes or a quick sip of your favorite zero-calorie soda can bust your sugar craving and end the sweet/salty cycle.

A Word from Verywell

Remember that it's good to snack when you're trying to lose weight. You just need to make sure you're eating the right number of calories at snack time. Measure your food before eating and take time to enjoy the mini meal. If you eat at your desk or in front of the television, it's too easy to mindlessly overeat. But if you eat the right amount, these 100-calorie snacks will help keep your weight loss program on track.

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