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We’re all familiar with the mid-afternoon cravings: It’s 4 p.m., your energy is low, and you start looking for something to nosh on. As a quick fix, you grab the snack-size bag of chips in your pantry but afterwards, you’re left feeling a little sick and bloated.
Don’t beat yourself up! When a snack attack hits, it’s simply your body’s way of saying it’s time to refuel. That’s why it’s crucial to have healthy options on hand. Start with these 57 low-calorie snacks.
Best low-calorie snacks
1. Savory stuffed dates
For an easy and satisfying bite, top dates with a spoonful of low-fat cream cheese. This savory spin on stuffed dates is just 130 calories for 1 medjool date with 1 tablespoon of 1/3 less fat cream cheese, Mackenzie Burgess, RDNand recipe developer at Cheerful Choices, explains.
2. Mini ice cream sandwiches
The frozen dessert aisle is often filled with high-calorie, oversized options. Instead, next time you’re craving a sweet snack, try picking up theseMad Minis ice cream sandwiches.
“They’re made with real ingredients you can pronounce and contain just 60 calories per bite! It’s a perfect way to still enjoy a treat while keeping the calories and portions in check,” says Burgess.
3. Egg white patty toast
While there’s nothing wrong with eating the whole egg, egg whites on their own are lower in overall calories.
“For a quick and easy snack, I like heating up these frozenegg white patties from Good Food Made Simple,” Burgess explains. “Each patty contains just 35 calories and packs in 6 grams of satiating protein. I recommend serving over a slice of whole-grain toast for a balanced snack.”
4. Nut and seed bars
Nowadays, most protein bars options are filled with sneaky added sugars. Too much added sugar in the diet can increase our risk for certain diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.
These Munk Pack Nut and Seed bars are naturally sweetened with allulose and contain 0 grams of added sugar. Plus they are a great low-calorie option with just 150 calories per bar, says Burgess.
5. Mug cake
If you’re looking for a 1-minute snack, try whipping up a foolproofpumpkin mug cake.
“Simply stir together oat flour, pumpkin puree, Purecane sweetener, and microwave to reveal a fluffy, low-calorie cake,” Burgess explains. “I love usingPurecane Baking Sweetenerbecause it works as a 1:1 replacement for sugar while containing zero calories and zero grams of sugar!”
6. Veggies and black bean hummus
For a fun spin on hummus, swap chickpeas for black beans and blend them into a dip. This is delicious to enjoy with colorful veggies like snap peas, carrots, and mini bell peppers, Burgess says.
7. Cocoa bark
Craving a mid-afternoon chocolate fix? Skip the processed candy and make your own cocoa bark!
“Stir together antioxidant-rich cocoa powder, coconut oil, a touch of maple syrup, and crunchy quinoa,” Burgess states. “I recommend usingBob’s Red Mill quinoa because it’s pre-rinsed to remove any bitter flavors. Plus, adding quinoa is a great way to sneak some extra protein into this sweet snack.”
8. Protein balls
Protein balls are a perfect snack to pop in between a long day of meetings. Plus, the balance of fiber and protein helps provide long-lasting energy.
“Make your ownsalted caramel protein balls by blending together dates, nut butter, and protein powder of choice. I like using Naked Nutrition’s line ofprotein powders because they contain ingredients you can pronounce and have options for all dietary preferences,” Burgess explains.
A one-cup serving of blueberries has just 80 calories while delivering all kinds of beneficial vitamins and minerals like vitamin C and K.
Blueberries contain a type of plant pigment called “anthocyanins” which helps reduce inflammation in the body and gives these berries their beautiful blue color, says Burgess. Try pairing with a handful of nuts, covering with greek yogurt and freezing, or turning intohomemade fruit leathers.
10. Personalized date bars
Did you know you can create energy bars customized for you? Simply take a science-backed quiz frommyAir bars and then get personalized bars designed to help you reduce your stress. “I love how these tailored bars contain nourishing ingredients like dates, cocoa, and hazelnuts while containing just 100 calories per bar!” Burgess explains.
11. Just Fruit
Made with simple, real ingredients it has only 45 calories or less per serving. The product comes in 4 flavors including one vegan/dairy-free version—Just Fruit and Banana Bites. Just grab a spoon and go.
“Only 1 in 10 Americans consumes the recommended amount of produce per day and Wyman’s Just Fruit & Greek Yogurt Bites are a simple and yummy way to include more fruit into your (and your kids!) daily diet,” says Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RDN, Founder of NutritionStarringYOU.com and author of The Everything Easy Pre-Diabetes Cookbook.
12. Dark Chocolate Cherry Cashew KIND mini bars
Contains only 80 calories each for a delicious, sweet and chewy snack! They are a good source of fiber and have only 3 grams of added sugar. They are also gluten-free, low sodium, Kosher, and made with no genetically engineered ingredients, Harris-Pincus explains.
13. Gimme Seaweed Snacks
These snacks are super low calorie at 25 per package. Gimme Seaweed Snacks are crunchy and satisfy your savory snack craving with flavors like Teriyaki, Sea Salt, Wasabi and Sesame.
“They are organic, gluten-free, low sodium and contain iodine, a vital trace mineral that plays a critical role in thyroid health,” says Harris-Pincus.
14. Enlightened Bada Bean Bada Boom Snacks
At only 100-110 calories per serving, these snacks are made from roasted broad beans (fava beans), they have 6-7g of plant-based protein, 3-6 grams of fiber and come in amazing flavors like Sweet Sriracha, Zesty Ranch and Sweet Onion and Mustard among many more, Harris-Pincus explains.
15. Seapoint Farms Dry Roasted Edamame
In sea salt and wasabi flavors, these 100 calorie snacks are not only low-calorie but highly nutritious.
“Seapoint Farms Dry Roasted Edamame has 10 grams of plant-based/heart healthy soy protein, 4 grams of fiber and are low in sodium,” says Harris-Pincus. “These gluten-free, vegan snacks also contain 8-10% of the daily value of iron and potassium.”
16. Wonderful Pistachios No Shell Variety Pack
With 120-130 calories per individual pack, you get 4-5 grams of plant-based protein and less than 1 gram of added sugar- even in the honey-roasted flavor.
“These snacks are so tasty and easy to eat with no shelling required so they are fabulous for road trips, soccer games or anywhere that one-handed eating is helpful,” Harris-Pincus explains. “All flavors are also gluten-free and vegan.”
17. Whisps Cheese Crisps
Only made from 1 ingredient, Whisps Cheese Crisps are 100% real, artisanal cheese, and have 100-110 calories and 6-9 grams of protein per single serving snack pack.
“For those following low carb or keto-friendly diets, these crunchy and satisfying snacks are also gluten-free, sugar-free and lactose-free with no preservatives and 1g of net carbs per serving,” says Harris Pincus.
18. That’s it. Fruit Bars
These bars are made from 100% real fruit with no purees, juices or concentrates and free from the top 12 allergens.
“No syrupy fruit rolls here and they are a super convenient way to up your fruit intake for the day. Only 100 calories each for the full-size bars with minibars coming in at 60 calories,” Harris-Pincus explains. “Pair a mini with a few nuts for a satisfying dose of fiber, heart-healthy fats and plant-based protein.”
19. Crispy Fruit
Crispy Fruit by Crispy Greenis made with only freeze dried fruit and is great on the go. In convenient 15 g bags at only 50 calories a bag, this snack will satisfy your crunchy craving, says Nicole Avena, PhD, nutrition consultant, Associate Professor of Neuroscience, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Visiting Professor of Health Psychology, Princeton University.
They come in a variety of fruits including apple, mango, pear, banana, and many more. Using two different fruit bags, you can make a crunchy fruit snack perfect for a busy lifestyle at only 100 calories.
Popcorn is a great snack to keep in your pantry especially if you are eating lower calories.
“A whole grain and containing loads of fiber, popcorn that is air-popped with no oil added sits in at about 100 calories for every three cups! Air pop your popcorn kernels and add seasonings after, to skip out on the extra calories butter or oil would provide,” Dr. Avena explains.
21. Mary’s Gone Crackers
One serving includes 13 crackers and 140 calories, 3 g of fiber, and 3 g of protein.
“Mary’s Gone Crackers has hacked the cracker game by incorporating whole ingredients into low-calorie snack crackers, says Avena. “These crackers are designed to keep you satisfied for longer, leading to less overall snacking.”
Edamame packs a big nutritional punch for a small number of calories. In one-half cup serving of shelled edamame, there is 120 calories, 9 g of fiber, and 11 g of plant-powered protein.
Edamame can be purchased in pre-portioned frozen bags (shelled or not) and is a great snack to keep on hand, Dr. Avena states. Try to find the whole edamame pods. This will allow you to eat slower and enjoy your snacks longer!
Nadamoo is dairy-free, vegan, and gluten-free ice cream, with a variety of different flavor combinations.
“Created using sustainable coconut cultivation and pure agave as the base, Nadamoo is a great alternative to full-fat ice cream,” says Dr. Avena. “It sits at about 180 calories per 2/3 cup serving, making it much less than normal ice cream and with healthier ingredients.”
24. Cottage cheese and berries
Cottage cheese may be new to some, but once you try it and create your favorite combination of toppings it’ll be on repeat, Dr. Avena explains. Low-fat cottage cheese contains about 90 calories per ½ cup, 13 g of protein, and only around 1 g of fat. Pairing this high-protein snack with a serving of berries for fiber can crush your hunger for hours.
25. Baby carrots and hummus
Baby carrots and hummus is a fresh and fast snack that combines veggies with high fiber legumes. 1 serving or ¾ cup of baby carrots contains 40 calories and 2 tbs of plain hummus contains about 60 calories, making this a healthy low-calorie snack that can be enjoyed throughout the day. Hummus can also be purchased in pre-portioned to-go containers, which makes this an easy snack to take to work or school, Dr. Avena explains.
26. Frozen banana bites
Another great option is to take whole bananas and chop them in half. Place the banana halves onto sticks and dip the ends in dark chocolate, says Dr. Avena. Freeze these on a baking sheet overnight to enjoy a homemade fruit pop! A whole banana contains about 100 calories and ½ oz of dark chocolate contains 70 calories.
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Pistachios are a high protein nut that contains a multitude of beneficial nutrients. One serving of pistachios contains 160 calories.
“It can be enjoyed slowly with the shell on! Be mindful of the amount of sodium on some brands of pistachios and look for lightly salted or unsalted varieties,” says Dr. Avena.
28. Meat and cream cheese roll-ups
One of the easiest high-protein snacks to make is pinwheels. Choose your favorite deli meat or smoked salmon, spread a thin layer of low-fat cream cheese on the slice, and roll them up! This is another great snack to prepare for work or school, because it is utensil-free, Dr. Avena explains.
29. Grillo’s Pickles
Pickles are a great low-calorie, naturally fat-free snack that can help satisfy salty, crunchy cravings with only 5 calories per serving.
30. Bella San Luci’s Sriracha Tomato Jerky
For 80 calories, one serving packs 6 grams of plant protein and 6 grams of filling fiber, two important nutrients that make up a low-calorie satisfying snack.
Reap the nutritional benefits of tomatoes, with the flavor of jerky, with plant-based tomato jerky. This shelf-stable, ready-to-eat snack is a convenient way to help meet your recommended 2-3.5 cup servings of vegetables for the day, Syn explains.
31. Applegate Naturals® Turkey Pepperoni
This protein-packed ingredient is made for more than just topping pizza.
“Enjoy turkey pepperoni as a satiating, low calorie, bite-sized snack, Syn states. “17 slices boast only 80 calories but a whopping 10 grams of high-quality complete protein from turkey raised humanely without antibiotics.”
32. UNREAL Dark Chocolate Coconut Bars
UNREAL Dark Chocolate Coconut Bars can help satisfy sweet cravings for less calories and sugar than traditional candy, says Syn. Each bar contains only 70 calories and 3 grams of sugar, and are made with just three simple ingredients – organic coconut, organic cassava syrup and dark chocolate.
33. Fresh Cravings Salsa
The Fresh Cravings Salsa is refrigerated instead of jarred and is made with a shortlist of whole food ingredients like vine-ripened tomatoes, crisp vegetables and spices with only 10 calories per serving.
“A nutritious dip can help encourage consumption of positive food groups like vegetables and whole grains, Syn explains. “Pair sliced celery and whole-grain pita with salsa–a low-calorie dip that packs a punch of flavor.”
Related: Strawberry-Avocado Salsa
34. Applegate Organic Provolone Cheese
If you are looking for a satisfying low-calorie snack to help hold your over until dinner, a slice of Applegate’s organic provolone cheese is a nutritious choice. For 70 calories, you get 5 grams of complete protein and 10% of your daily value of calcium, says Syn.
35. Poppi prebiotic soda
Unlike traditional soda, Poppi contains only 15 calories and 4 grams of sugar from ingredients like sparkling water, apple cider vinegar and fruit juice.
“This bubbly beverage with benefits contains prebiotics, a type of fiber that helps selectively nourish the good bacteria in the gut to support digestion and immunity,” Syn explains.
36. Quaker Cinnamon rice cakes with cashew butter spread
This is like a lighter version of toast and butter, the Quaker cinnamon rice cakes are light at 50 calories each and with a cashew nut butter at 95 calories for a total of 145 calories.
“I like this snack because it’s different, flavorful, and filling. You get your carb and protein combination without having to get bored of the same type of snacks,” says Blanca Garcia, RDN Nutrition Specialist of Healthcanal.
37. Corn tortilla and whole milk mozzarella cheese and spinach
“This savory treat can be enjoyed as a simple snack or you can get creative with adding low-calorie ingredients like spinach, onions, or garlic,” Garcia states. “The idea is that you also have warm snack options that are packed with flavor.”
38. Peanut butter and jelly slice
This classic PB&J sandwich was modified to only include one slice of bread, which you can call PB&J toast. By reducing the sandwich to one slice, you allow for the calories to come down to snack level, Garcia explains.
39. Two graham crackers and cheese stick
In a hurry and running out the door?
“This is a great snack that isn’t messy and doesn’t require prep time,” says Garcia. “It continues to fulfill the carb/protein combination but in a quick-to-go way.”
40. Chobani blended coconut and almonds
Another easy-to-go snack, a chobani yogurt with six almonds, is a high-protein snack that can help you feel full longer. Protein doesn’t always have to be exclusively animal-based or plant-based, they can be mixed, Garcia states.
41. Apple and peanut butter
This sweet and savory snack is perfect when you get a mid-afternoon craving.
“Some sliced apples and peanut butter spread can add a good amount of fiber, low glycemic index, and healthy sweet snack,” says Garcia.
42. Bagel with smoked salmon, cream cheese
Although this one is on the higher end of calories, it’s a snack that can be quite savory and filling, Garcia explains. Watch out though, this can quickly become a meal’s worth.
43. Bean and cheese burrito
Portion control with this snack matters. Make sure to stick to the serving size and opt for the corn tortilla, not flour.
A bean and cheese burrito can be carried to work and quickly put together and warmed up in 10 seconds, says Garcia.
44. Sweet potato with honey
Talk about sweet on sweet, this healthy snack feels more like dessert but if you are in the mood for a sweet but healthy snack this is a good one. You can peel and cut the sweet potato in big chunks and cook in the microwave until soft, add the honey for an additional sweet flavor, Garcia explains.
45. Greek yogurt
“Greek yogurtis low in sugar and fat and a great source of calcium and high-quality protein making it a great snack that may support bone health and keep you full,” says Noah Quezada, registered dietitian nutritionist and CEO of Noah’s Nutrition.
46. String cheese
Looking for a snack to grab on the go? Quezada recommends string cheese as a great low-calorie option (90 cal and 7 g of protein). Cheese is also a great source of calcium!
47. Rice cakes
Rice cakes are a great crunchy alternative to potato chips or other processed snacks.
“Being that they are minimally processed and relatively low sodium. Other than carbohydrates, plain rice cakes offer little to no other significant nutritional value. One way to increase this is to choose brown rice cakes over white rice cakes,” Quezada explains.
48. Yasso bars
Yasso bars are a Greek yogurt frozen ice cream bar and for one serving which is 100 cal has 6 g of protein and provides 111 mg of calcium, says Quezada. These are a great option when you have a bit little of a sweet tooth but don’t want to blow your macros out of proportion.
49. Bear Bites from Kodiak Cakes
At only 120 calories and 5 g protein, this snack is delicious and low-calorie.
The first two ingredients listed (meaning the highest concentration) are 100% whole-grain flour and 100% whole-grain gram flour. This indicates that this product most likely contains a higher nutrient volume due to its ingredients, Quezada explains.
50. Canned salmon
Canned salmon is high in omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin D, vitamin E, calcium selenium, and phosphorus by adding it to the top of cucumbers which are high in vitamin K, making this a great low-calorie high protein nutrient-packed snack, Quezada says.
51. Hard-boiled eggs
Along with having 7 grams of protein and 5 g of fat for roughly 70 calories, hard-boiled eggs are always a good go-to snack.
“Eggs are a good source of riboflavin, choline, vitamin D phosphorus selenium,” Quezada states.
52. Ants on a log
One large celery stalk topped with 1 Tbsp of peanut butter & 1 Tbsp of raisins is only 156 calories.
“The celery and raisins in ants on a log provide fiber and micronutrients, while the peanut butter offers a rich source of protein,” says Kristin Gillespie, MS, RD, LD, advisor for Exercisewithstyle.com. “This combination will keep you feeling full for a longer period of time due to its rich fiber & protein content.”
53. Blue Diamond 100 calorie packs
Almonds are rich in protein, healthy fats, and antioxidants. Their 100 calorie packs are pre-measured to contain, as advertised, 100 calories worth of almonds. These can be combined with a Babybel cheese wedge or fruit to provide additional protein/fiber and longer-lasting satiety, Gillespie explains.
54. Banana with peanut butter
Bananas pair well with peanut butter. The nutrient profile will be similar to apple slices with peanut butter, says Gillespie. One small banana with a serving (two tablespoons) of peanut butter is 280 calories.
55. Homemade trail mix
Store-bought trail mix is often loaded with added sugar, but you can save calories by making it your way at home.
“Mix in your favorite nutritious nuts, seeds, and dried fruit. If you limit added sweeteners like coconut and chocolate chips, the calorie count for a 1/4 cup is very reasonable—around 100-150 calories,” says Melissa Mitri, registered dietitian for Zenmaster Wellness. “Trail mix ingredients are high in plant-based protein, fiber, and vitamin E to fight inflammation.”
56. Pumpkin seeds
Pumpkin seeds can satisfy a crunchy craving and are loaded with health-promoting nutrients, Mitri explains. They are rich in protein, fiber, magnesium, and potassium for proper bone and heart health. Munch on a 1/2-cup serving of pumpkin seeds for less than 150 calories.
Smoothies are a great way to sneak more fruits and veggies into your day, which are naturally low in calories.
“Combine berries, greens, and a scoop of protein powder, and minimize nut butters or coconut to keep calories in check,” Mitri states. “This type of smoothie is filled with fiber and water content, and contains less than 150 calories per cup.”
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- Mackenzie Burgess, RDN, registered dietitian nutritionist and recipe developer at Cheerful Choices
- Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RDN, founder of NutritionStarringYOU.com and author of The Everything Easy Pre-Diabetes Cookbook
- Nicole Avena, Ph.D., nutrition consultant, Associate Professor of Neuroscience, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Visiting Professor of Health Psychology, Princeton University
- Mia Syn, MS, RDN
- Blanca Garcia, RDN Nutrition Specialist of Healthcanal
- Noah Quezada, registered dietitian nutritionist and CEO of Noah’s Nutrition
- Kristin Gillespie, MS, RD, LD, advisor for Exercisewithstyle.com
- Melissa Mitri, registered dietitian for Zenmaster Wellness