7 Natural Snacks Under 125 Calories

7 Natural Snacks Under 125 Calories
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Still got a few hours until lunch, but you’re already hungry? Or is it 3pm, and your energy is low? Sounds like snack time! I’m Hungry Girl Lisa Lillen and I’m on an ongoing mission to find the very best low-calorie snacks. Here are seven of my latest loves, all of them natural.

Elli Quark

1 container: 80 to 90 calories, 0g total fat (0g sat fat), 50 to 60mg sodium, 6 to 11g carbs, 0g fiber, 6g sugars, 14 to 17g protein

You’ve probably heard of Greek yogurt, but what about German? Okay, technically quark isn't yogurt. It’s a spoonable yogurt-like cheese, and it’s so delicious! I love that it isn't sour like some yogurts. For less than 100 calories, you get a creamy, flavorful snack with no added sugar. And Elli offers many fantastic flavors: Bananas Foster, Mint Chocolate, Blueberry, Cherry! Find them in grocery stores nationwide.

Sargento Snack Bites Cheese Snacks

7 pieces: 110 to 120 calories, 9 to 10g total fat (5 to 6g sat fat), 190 to 210mg sodium, 0 to 1g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugars, 7 to 8g protein

Who doesn’t love cheese? Follow-up question: Who doesn't have a hard time controlling themselves around a giant block of the yummy stuff? That’s why I’m a big fan of these mini cheese sticks. Bold flavors in bite-sized pieces! From Smokehouse Gouda to Chipotle BBQ Cheddar, there's an option for every cheese lover.

Find them in the cheese section of your local supermarket. Bonus: Including dairy in your diet could help with weight loss.

Better Bean Roasted Chipotle Bean Dip

2 tablespoons: 35 calories, 1g total fat (0g sat fat), 60mg sodium, 5g carbs, 1g fiber, 1g sugars, 2g protein

Here's another find with potential weight-loss benefits!

This dip is a delicious way to incorporate more beans into your diet. Made with red beans, it’s got a kick of spice and a hint of lime. Pair it with baked tortilla chips, baby carrots, or fresh jicama sticks. Mmmmm! Head to the Better Bean site to see where their products are available.

Emerald Nuts 100 Calorie Packs of Natural Almonds and Natural Almonds & Walnuts

1 package: 100 calories, 9g total fat (0.5 to 1g sat fat), 0mg sodium, 3 to 4g carbs, 2g fiber, 1g sugars, 3 to 4g protein

Nuts are super good for you, but they’re also calorie dense. And it’s easy to toss back way too many when you snack on them from a multi-serving bag. Thank you, Emerald, for answering our nut needs! These packs are portion-controlled and easy to take on the go. Choose all almonds, or mix it up with a bag of almonds & walnuts. Grab a box from your local supermarket. Perfect emergency snack!

Jicachips

1 bag (0.9 oz.; about 25 chips): 100 to 110 calories, 1.5 to 2.5g total fat (0 to 1g sat fat), 70 to 200mg sodium, 19 to 21g carbs, 5g fiber, 6 to 7g sugars, 2g protein

Bye-bye, potatoes. Hello, jicama! These chips are delicious and the portion size is huge. With five times as much fiber as potato chips, these are the obvious choice.

They come in awesome flavors like Chili Lime, Cinnamon Sugar, and (my favorite) Smoked BBQ! Visit the brand's website to find out where to buy.

Crunchies Freeze Dried Beets

1/3 cup: 35 calories, 0g total fat (0g sat fat), 140mg sodium, 8g carbs, 2g fiber, 6g sugars, 1g protein

These are so yummy that I could eat the whole bag in one sitting! And with only around 125 calories, why not? These chip-like snacks are as natural as can be, containing only one ingredient: beets. Slightly sweet and insanely crunchy, find them at CVS or buy some online. And if you wanna DIY, here's a recipe!

Larabar Minis

1 bar: 90 to 110 calories, 4 to 6g total fat (0 to 1.5g sat fat), 0 to 30mg sodium, 10 to 14g carbs, 1 to 3g fiber, 8 to 11g sugars, 2 to 3g protein

I love the taste of Larabars, but they’re a bit too high in calories for frequent snacking. Larabar Minis to the rescue! These have the same simple ingredients (usually a variation of nuts, dates, and little else) and come in seriously impressive flavors: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter Cookie, Apple Pie, Cherry Pie, and Cashew Cookie! I’ve spotted them at Target and over on Amazon.

Happy snacking!

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