Low Calorie Snacks

Low calorie snacks have become important for many reasons.

  • To avoid hunger between meals
  • Satisfying a craving
  • Keep our blood sugars steady (this one is a biggie)
  • Certain medications should be taken with food

No matter what are reasons are when enjoying a snack we need to keep them healthy so we can  maintain our desired weight or help achieve weight loss.

So what makes a healthy snack? 

The less processed a food is, the healthier it is.  So highly processed or fast foods are a big no no.

Foods that are low in calories.

Avoiding foods that are high in fat.

It is also important to keep in mind portion size (this is why they are called snacks and not meals).

Here are Some Healthy Low Calorie Snacks:

Raw Vegetable Tray

As long as you have a low calorie veggie dip, you are good to go.

There are lots of low calorie dips now available in our supermarkets, or homemade versions can be made with sour cream or yogurt mixed with your choice of spices, dill or onions.


 


Bell Peppers stuffed with Salad

The possibilities are endless.  You can stuff them with egg salad, tuna salad, Greek salad, Caesar salad.  Also adding a little lean meat can really spruce things up whether it be a little ham, chicken, beef or fish.


Hard boiled eggs and a cup of salad

This can be a very filling snack and can be made into a whole meal by increasing the portion size. (This meal is amazing when dieting).



Cottage cheese and salad

A scoop of cottage cheese on a simple salad with a little low calorie dressing of your choice.


Celery stalks stuffed with Tuna Salad


Homemade frozen juice bars

If you choose to make your own you know exactly what your getting.

Cup of Homemade Soup

Of course you know from my website that a cup of homemade soup is high on my list when it comes to enjoying a healthy snack or meal. 

Click here to check out the many soup recipes that we offer.


Any Kind of Salad

Click here to check out some of the salad recipes we offer.


Kale Chips

½ cup raw kale— stems removed— baked with 1 teaspoon olive oil at 400° until crisp.

In a Hurry?

Here are Some Low Calorie Snacks That Are Super Fast To Make

Any Kind of Fresh Fruit is a Great Choice.

Apples, oranges, berries of any kind, grapes, pineapple, seriously any raw fruit you love.  Fill up and totally satisfy your sweet tooth.

Fruit and Yogurt

Your choice of fruit and a low calorie yogurt combined.

Low Calorie Yogurt

Handful of nuts

Choices can include peanuts, walnuts, pecans, cashews or almonds.  Almonds are my favorite, not because they are lower in calories, just because they taste good.

Frozen Yogurt Bars or Other Frozen Treats

Supermarkets carry a vast variety of low calorie frozen treats.  Some are even as low as 100 calories per treat.

 Light Popcorn

So fast and so simple.  A bowl of light popcorn is a filling 100 calories.  It is also a good way to drink more water as your thirst can build up.

Apple and cheese

Whether you prefer to peel your apple or to eat its peel, this is a great snack.  Enjoy with a few pieces of your favorite cheese and your good to go.  This one helps satisfy both the sweet and salty cravings. 

Six bean salad with light Italian dressing

This was one of my friends favorite dishes when he was with weight watchers.  Ever since he told me about it, it has become one of the easiest and filling snacks to make.  As easy as opening up a can of six bean salad and adding a little light Italian dressing to it.

Useful Link:

Do you find calorie counting helps you manage your diet or meal preparation?  Then here is a handy calorie counter to help you keep track.

Click here to use the calorie counter.



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