Whether you’re craving something sweet and creamy or a salty snack with a big crunch, we’ve got a low-calorie idea for you.
Take a cup of raw nuts (almonds work well) and toast them in a skillet over medium heat for 5-6 minutes. Then, reduce the heat to low and add a tablespoon of sugar, a tablespoon of honey, and a pinch of cinnamon or chili powder to the pan. When the sugar melts, stir the nuts until the sugar starts to crystalize around them. Pour the sugar-coated nuts onto a parchment-lined sheet pan, sprinkle them with salt, and allow them to cool completely. If you choose almonds, snack on 16 for a 150-calorie treat and then save the rest in an airtight container at room temperature.
If you use dark chocolate (try melting a few squares of 60-percent cacao or higher chocolate) you can eat about seven miniature chocolate-covered pretzels for under 150 calories. Just dip the pretzels into the melted chocolate and then place them on waxed paper in the refrigerator until the chocolate hardens again. For an easier crunchy and satisfying snack, take two pretzel rods and drizzle them with a tablespoon of melted semi-sweet chocolate chips.
Toast two thin slices of multi-grain baguette and then allow them to cool. Spread each slice of toast with one tablespoon of part-skim ricotta. For a savory crostini, dice half a tomato, toss it with one clove of minced garlic and some salt, and then divide the tomato topping between the two toasts. For a sweet crostini, top each toast with a sliced strawberry and fresh, finely chopped mint.
Choco-holics agree: this sweet and salty treat will satisfy any chocolate craving. Melt two tablespoons of semi-sweet chocolate chips and then pour the melted chocolate onto waxed paper. Chop up three pistachios and sprinkle them on top of the melted chocolate along with a few crystals of coarse salt. Then, pop the chocolate into the refrigerator for a few minutes until it hardens.
A two-inch cube of feta will satisfy your craving for something salty and cost you only 90 calories. Or cut the feta into smaller cubes and thread it onto skewers — along with one cup’s worth of cubed watermelon — alternating between the watermelon and the cheese.
If you don’t own one already, it’s time to invest in a hot-air popcorn popper. Two cups of air-popped popcorn tossed in a teaspoon of melted butter will fill you up for less than 100 calories. Make your popcorn crave-worthy by adding a teaspoon of maple syrup to the butter and topping the popcorn with finely chopped rosemary. For a savory popcorn snack, skip the butter and top the dry popcorn with two tablespoons of grated Parmigiano-Reggiano and freshly cracked black pepper.
This rich, creamy snack is loaded with protein and good fat to keep you full. Start by hard-boiling two eggs. Peel and halve the eggs and discard the yolks (or save them for another purpose), and fill the hollowed-out egg white halves with a combined ¼ cup of guacamole for a snack that will keep your healthy eating goals on track.
For a healthy spin on nachos, take 5 multi-grain tortilla chips and top them with a tablespoon of black beans and two tablespoons of shredded low-fat Cheddar cheese. Place the nachos in the oven or in a microwave until the cheese is melted and the beans are warmed through. Then top the nachos with two tablespoons of salsa.
A six-ounce serving of fat-free (0%) Greek yogurt averages about 100 calories. Turn it into a thick and creamy treat by swirling in 25 smashed red raspberries and sprinkling a teaspoon of miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips on top. Not craving berries and chocolate? Try a teaspoon of honey, seven chopped pistachios, and a pinch of cinnamon instead.