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Options for Under 100 Calorie Snacks

September 4, 2014

Snacks is a six letter word that many think should be eliminated from diet regiments. When you can’t have something is when cravings start and resolve begins to break down. Whether your snacking is mid morning, afternoon or in the evening several hours after dinner it’s not the snacking that gets you – it’s what and how much you snack on. Choosing a snack with less than 100 calories means being able to indulge in a snack rather than ignoring food until you overindulge. Remember – just because it’s low calorie doesn’t mean you can have five servings!

  • Snacks should keep in mind portion sizes.
  • Chocolate doesn’t have to be eliminated but should be monitored.

The wave of popularity of pre-packaged snacks means there are several choices for those looking through vending machines or snack counters. Hostess has Cinnamon Streusel muffins, blueberry and banana muffins that are packaged in 100 calorie packs. There is also 100 calorie choices from Hershey’s with a peanut butter or York Peppermint wafer bars that have been well received from those who want a ‘candy’ without getting a candy bar.

Snyder’s of Hanover has multigrain sunflower chips with French onion and southwest cheddar flavors to tempt dieters as well as sourdough hard pretzels. Reduced fat Triscuits weigh in at less than 100 calories for six crackers – remember portions! Special K has a snack bites package with 90 calories per serving. Mott’s apple sauce and Stonyfield Farm light yogurt are prepackaged options that are on-the-go options as is Yoplait’s Light Smoothie.

The pre-packaged snacks work well when on the go but the cost can add up. What to do if you don’t want to pay for individual packages? Get small snack bags and package your own!

Have a sweet craving? Consider five vanilla wafer cookies, 9 miniature Tootsie Rolls or one pouch Keebler Sandies Right Bites Shortbread cookies. Other 100 calorie treats – 29 pistachios; 60 baby goldfish crackers or 40 Rold Gold classic style pretzel sticks. Candies such as an ounce (about 5 pieces) of hard candies, jelly beans (10), gum drops or M&Ms (8 pieces).

If you’re looking for a little more try a hard boiled egg with a slice of Melba toast. A plain omelet with skim milk or a scrambled egg with a little skim milk added both are within the snack range. A 7 inch waffle made from mix or 1 square of a frozen waffle is another option – and for the really creative this means putting together a waffle with fruit for a 200 calorie breakfast!

Fruits are always good snacks – a cup of blueberries, 2 cups raspberries, 1/2 medium cantaloupe, 28 grapes or 15 strawberries keep you under that 100 calorie barrier. A medium banana, 1/2 cup dried apricot halves (unsweetened), a cup of raw cherries or 2 cups diced watermelon can be an on the go or at home snack.

Have a frozen treat craving? Check into Fudgsicles at 100 calories each or 1/2 cup frozen yogurt or ice milk.

Popcorn is another option – it’s all the stuff we put on it that makes it less than healthy.

Snacks need not be a banished word or a forbidden treat. These are just a few of the options out there to treat yourself while keeping in mind calories

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