100-Calorie Snacks That Aren't Snack Packs Slideshow
May 9, 2013
Hard-Boiled Egg and Berries
Grabbing a hard-boiled egg while running out the door is an easy way to satiate a craving, but Lynch says you can have even more than that and still stay within your calorie limit. She says that along with 1 hard-boiled egg you can enjoy ½ cup of berries for your 100-calorie snack.
Bran Crackers with Cottage Cheese, Jam, and Chia Seeds
Jam spread on a graham cracker is always a safe, fast, and easy bet for a healthy snack, but Lynch makes it more interesting by adding cottage cheese for flavor and chia seeds for texture. Spread ¼ cup of 1 percent whipped cottage cheese and 1 teaspoon jam on 1 bran cracker, and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of chia seeds for a delicious 100-calorie snack.
Chips and Guacamole
Chips and guacamole are usually something we try to avoid when dieting, with the chips covered in salt and that creamy guacamole just screaming calories, but Lynch gave us a formula that will let us enjoy it for a snack and stay at less than 100 calories. Stick with 2 tablespoons of guacamole and four blue corn chips and you’ll be safe to snack.
Snacking can include your guilty pleasures, too, and for any of you chocolate fiends, Lynch has a snack that’s healthy and 100 calories. She says to melt 1 Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Square (of 60 percent cacao) and dip ½ of a medium banana in it for a fruity, sweet, and satisfying snack.
Vegetables and Hummus
Hummus is another tricky health food, because if you overindulge, you’re probably eating more of those fatty chickpeas than you need to be. Lynch recommends sticking to 1 cup of vegetables, such as grape tomatoes, bell peppers, and sugar snap peas, with 2 tablespoons of hummus to stay safe.
Walnuts and Chocolate
Walnuts are a popular nut to mix with sweets that we see in a lot of our baking recipes, but like almonds, too many can be too many calories. To enjoy that nutty, sweet satisfaction that the combination of walnuts and chocolate give us, Lynch says to snack on 10 dark chocolate chips and four walnuts for a safe bite.
It's pretty easy to mindlessly eat these fatty nuts, and if you’re not careful, the calorie count can build up. Remember: 14 almonds is your safe limit, so count them out if you want to stick to your plan.
Popcorn can turn into a pretty dangerous thing when you’re buying it at the movies and dousing it in butter, but as long as you stay within your limits it can also be a safe and healthy snack. Lynch tells us that 1 cup of air-popped popcornis only 100 calories and a great way to treat yourself between meals.
String Cheese and an Apple
Are you a sucker for string cheese? Yeah, we are, too, and thankfully for all of us, one of those and an apple to boot stays within our 100-calorie limit. Make sure to buy the 2 percent part-skim variety of string cheese, and Lynch recommends picking a smaller apple, that’s about 2 ½ inches in diameter, out of the bunch.