12 Healthy and Delicious Low-Calorie Snacks That Will Fill You Up
If you’re looking to lose a few pounds, your daily calorie intake should be lower than your daily calorie expenditure. Counting calories is frustrating, and meal choices get repetitive when keeping it low-cal.
You shouldn’t be limited in choice of delicious snacks just because you’re on a low-calorie diet. The following snacks will satisfy your craving and fill you — and you’ll stay guilt-free.
1. Apple and Peanut Butter
One medium-sized apple contains 80 calories. Slice it up and drizzle 2 teaspoons of natural peanut butter — about 70 calories — and you’ve got yourself a filling and healthy 150 calorie snack.
2. Berries and Yogurt
One cup of mixed blueberries and strawberries contains 65 calories. Eat the berries as a topping with ½ cup of 2% Greek yogurt, which contains 80 calories, and you’ve got yourself a protein- and nutrient-filled 145 calorie snack.
3. Almonds and Dried Cranberries
Make yourself a healthy on-the-go bag of trail mix with 12 almonds and one tablespoon of dried cranberries for only 92 calories.
4. Roasted Chickpeas
Chickpeas are full of fibre, protein, folate, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, and many other important nutrients. Drain and rinse one can of chickpeas, mix with olive oil and your favourite spices (we recommend smoked paprika, cumin, granulated garlic, sea salt, and freshly ground pepper). Spread out on a baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 15-20 minutes. When you’re craving a crunchy snack, reach for a ½ cup of roasted chickpeas, which contains 134 calories.
5. Strawberries and Sour Cream
Mix one cup of strawberry halves with two tablespoons of sour cream for a delicious 108 calorie snack.
6. Carrots and Hummus
Get your protein and your beta-carotene with one cup of baby carrots and two tablespoons of hummus, for a filling and nutritious 100-calorie snack.
7. Nut-Stuffed Dates
If you’re looking for a quick fix, eat two medjool dates stuffed with walnuts — about 150 calories — for long-lasting energy and brain power.
8. Baked Sweet Potato with Butter
One small baked potato contains about 60 calories. Spread one teaspoon of butter on the sweet potato, and your filling snack is only 93 calories.
9. Watermelon and Feta Cheese Salad
The perfect summer salad for those on low-cal diets, the watermelon salad is refreshing, hydrating, and delicious. Take on a cup of watermelon balls, crumble a one-inch piece of feta cheese, and add in a few chopped mint leaves. Mix it together, and enjoy a 90 calorie snack.
10. Rice Cake with Nut Butter
One whole grain rice cake topped with natural nut butter — almond, cashew, or peanut — contains about 70 calories.
This guilt-free snack is fun to eat and easy to make. Three cups of air-popped popcorn contain only 92 calories. To satisfy a sweet tooth, add cinnamon and a little bit of coconut sugar. For a savoury treat, sprinkle one tablespoon of grated parmesan cheese (for another 20 calories), salt and dried rosemary.
12. Fruit Smoothie
Try this Paradise Smoothie recipe:
Take ½ frozen banana – 45 calories
Add ⅓ cup frozen strawberries – 16 calories
Add about ½ cup cubed pineapple – 40 calories
Also add ¼ cup plain, low-fat yogurt – 28 calories
Mix all the above things and add ½ cup water
All for 129 calories!
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