1/2 Cup Slow-Churned ICE CREAM
When you think of low-calorie foods, ice cream is not the first thing that comes to mind. However, when eaten in moderation, slow-churned and double-churned ice cream can be a low-calorie snack. Slow churning preserves full-fat ice cream’s texture while reducing fat and calories. A half-cup slow- or double-churned cream contains only 100 calories (45 mg sodium, 20m cholesterol and 15g carbs).
Six cups of microwave popcorn
Popcorn is low in calories and can be enjoyed with butter. Popcorn made in the microwave can be as low as 100 calories per 6 cups (0.5g saturated fat, 220m sodium, 0 cholesterol and 24g carbs). The high fibre content of popcorn can help you feel fuller for longer.
Mini-quesadillas can be a low-calorie snack if you are careful about portion sizes. Microwaving for 20 seconds with 1 ounce of grated low-fat cheese on a corn tortilla makes a quick snack. It has 100 calories, 182 mg sodium and 6 mg cholesterol.
Cottage Cheese and Cantaloupe
Cottage cheese has a healthy 14g of protein per cup. This can help you feel fuller for longer periods (similar to fibre). The total calories are still around 100 if you add a little cantaloupe to the mix (0.7 g saturated fat, 468 mg sodium and 5 mg cholesterol).
Three Crackers with Cheese
Whole-grain crackers are high in fibre, which helps to prevent hunger attacks. Low-fat cheese is a good option for calcium and protein. Divide one slice of low-fat cheese between three whole-grain crackers for a 100-calorie snack (1.2 g saturated fat, 397 mg sodium and 7 mg cholesterol).
Like almonds, nuts contain fibre and protein. Because they are easy to store and transport, they make great snacks. The total calories of 14 almonds are less than 100 calories (0.63 g saturated and 0 mg sodium; 0 mg cholesterol).
Six Whole-Grain Pretzel Sticks
Another convenient snack you can carry is pretzels. Six whole-grain pretzel sticks have less than 100 calories and more fibre (0.4 g saturated fat, 257 mg sodium and 0 mg cholesterol).
While it is well-known that an apple a day is a healthy snack option, it can also be low in calories. A baked apple with cinnamon is a great alternative. You get the same vitamins, fibre and nutrients as the fresh version.
Cheese-Stuffed Pita Pocket
A whole-grain pita sandwich can be made with half an ounce of part-skim Ricotta cheese. It contains less than one gram of saturated oil and has protein and fibre to help fullness (0.8 g saturated, 149 mg sodium and 4 mg cholesterol).
Smoothies are healthy and delicious, and they contain a lot of antioxidants and calcium. Blend 1/3 cup nonfat yoghurt with 2/3 cup frozen blueberries. You will drink slower when it is cold, leading to a longer-lasting snack (0 g saturated fat, 59 mg sodium and 2 mg cholesterol).
Edamame (or young soybeans) is a high-protein and fibre-rich snack. A third of a cup of Edamame contains over 8 g of protein and 4 grams of fibre. The serving size of Edamame will provide almost 10% of the daily iron requirement. Edamame can be purchased in supermarkets in ready-to-eat packages (0.5 g saturated oil, 4.5 mg sodium, and 0 mg cholesterol).
Cup Frozen Mango Cubes
Frozen mango cubes make a delicious snack for those who have a sweet tooth. Either make them from fresh mangoes, or you can buy them frozen. A 3/4 cup of this recipe provides 60% of your daily vitamin C intake but only 90 calories (0 g saturated fat, 0 mg sodium and 0 m cholesterol).
Eight Baby Carrots with Hummus
For a low-calorie snack, eight large baby carrots are combined with 2 tablespoons of hummus. Hummus is rich in protein and vitamin A, while carrots contain beta-carotene and vitamin A. There are many varieties of hummus that you can find in supermarkets (0.4 g saturated fat, 210 mg sodium and 0 mg cholesterol).