6 Snacks to Eat When You're Bored

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Snacking happens. Sometimes, it even happens when you’re not necessarily hungry, just bored. I'm not suggesting you shovel food in your face every time boredom hits. What I am saying is this: If "snacking while bored" is a habit of yours, reach for something smart. Here are six low-calorie, high-volume options for your next snack attack!

Cut Veggies and Salsa

Be your own hero, and keep a fridge full of cut veggies for easy healthy snacking.

They're satisfying, crunchy, and super low in calories, and they deliver a whole lot of nutrients to your body. If you’re snacking because you’re bored, you might as well get something good out of it. Some of my favorite veggies to snack on are baby carrots, jicama sticks, and sugar snap peas. (Hungry Girl tip: Lightly steam the sugar snap peas, and then chill them. This takes away their slightly grassy flavor.) And salsa is low in calories and full of flavor. Keep it classic, or try a fun flavored variety, like peach salsa. Or go extra spicy... That'll slow down your eating!

Prefer your veggies French-fry style? Here's how to make low-fat fries from fresh veggies!

Light Popcorn

Popcorn is the ultimate high-volume snack. Just stick with low-calorie picks and avoid adding butter, of course. Plenty of brands make reduced-calorie ready-to-eat snacks: Check out Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop, Smartfood Delight, Cape Cod Popcorn, and Popcorn Indiana Fit Popcorn.

Each of those has options with about 35 calories per cup or less. That means you can have around 3 cups for 100 calories. Sweet! If portion control is a problem, whip up your own 100-calorie snacks using sealable bags or containers.

Fresh Fruit

Fresh fruit has a few things going for it: It’s healthy, it’s all-natural, and it’s delicious.

Reach for a crunchy Fuji apple, a cup of green grapes, a bowl of sliced mango, a berry trifecta with raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries… the list of good-for-you fruits is endless. Munching on fresh fruit is the way to go if you’re craving sweetness – you get that yummy natural flavor without any added sugar. And check this out: the best fruits for weight loss.

Seaweed Snacks

They’re green, they’re lean, and they’re perfect for when you feel like you need some crunch in your life! Seaweed snacks are light, crispy, and naturally salty—perfect for when you're craving potato chips. Bonus: You can have a huge portion of a small number of calories. Look for seaweed sheets, seaweed crumbles, even chips. Caveat: Watch out for heavily fried snacks with added oil. Always flip the bag around, and check the nutritional panel for the calories and fat count. And don't forget to check the servings per container. Some of my top brand picks are SeaSnax, GimMe Organic, and Annie Chun’s.

Freeze-Dried Fruit

Why reach for freeze-dried fruit when you could have the fresh stuff?

The freeze-dried kind has a distinct crunchy texture that's perfect when you need a serious snack fix. Plus, you can keep packages of it on hand without worrying about spoilage. If you're unfamiliar with freeze-dried fruit, here's the deal: It's basically dehydrated fruit that maintains its size; the moisture is removed, leaving you with a crispy treat. Unlike dried fruit, it isn't shriveled, so you get a nice big serving. Hungry Girl tip: Mix some freeze-dried fruit with light popcorn for a mega snack mix!

Sugar-Free Hard Candies and Lollipops

These are a little different from the rest of the snacks on this list in that they’re not high-volume —you don’t want to eat a lot of hard candies and lollipops. But the good news is that you don’t need to: The beauty of hard candy is that it takes a long time to eat, so a little goes a long way. I’m a fan of classic 60-calorie Tootsie Pops. Mint-flavored treats are also good because they tend to curb cravings for other foods once you have that mint flavor in your mouth… (It really works! Try it!)

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