Losing weight for many is an ongoing battle of ups and downs, but one key to successful weight loss or maintaining a healthy weight is incorporating healthy snacks into your daily regime. After all, snacks can help maintain energy levels throughout the day and could also help prevent slimmers from overeating once it’s mealtime.
Whether you’re craving a sweet treat, a salty snack or something that brings the crunch factor, these 100 calorie snack ideas could give you plenty of delicious options to satisfy hunger without compromising your diet.
1. 3 x cups of popcorn (90 calories)
Popcorn is a great snack as it can satisfy the “crunch” factor that many slimmers find difficult to replace.
Ditch the butter on the popcorn and top it with sea salt instead for a craving satisfying snack.
A cup of popcorn only has 30 calories and is packed full of fibre, meaning it could help with your cravings and weight loss without having to sacrifice any of the hard work.
2. 1tbs of peanut butter (94 calories)
Peanut butter works to help you lose weight in two ways: by helping control your appetite and by suppressing blood sugar.
Eating a spoonful of peanut butter as a snack or before a meal contributes to a feeling of fullness due to the rich fats and protein found in the peanut butter.
One tablespoon of peanut butter equates to roughly 94 calories.
3. Half-a-cup of Edamame (90 calories)
Edamame are steamed unripened soybeans.
Half-a-cup of edamame is full of fibre, protein and vitamin/minerals.
Edamame is rich in the antioxidant kaempferol, which has been shown to cause weight loss and lower blood sugar.
Half-a-cup (77.5 grams) of edamame equates to just 90 calories, making them the perfect and nutritious snack for a slimmer.
4. Dark chocolate with almonds (100 calories)
Dark chocolate and almonds make a rich, satisfying, and portable snack on the go.
Dark chocolate is loaded with flavanols that may lower blood pressure and reduce heart disease risk, provided the chocolate contains at least 70 percent cocoa solids.
Almonds are high in heart-healthy monounsaturated fat and have beneficial effects on blood sugar control.
By combining 10 grams of each, depending on cocoa content, it provides the slimmer with a fantastic and tasty 100 calorie snack.
5. A piece of cheese (100 calories)
Cheese is a portion of delicious food that’s filling enough to be a snack on its own.
Although cheese is high in saturated fat, one-ounce (30-grams) serving of cheese provides about 7 grams of protein and 100 calories.
6. Pear slices with ricotta cheese (100 calories)
Pear slices and ricotta cheese make a satisfying snack with a sweet taste and creamy texture.
Ricotta is an Italian whey cheese made from sheep, cow, goat or Italian water buffalo milk and is rich in protein and calcium.
Pears, especially the peel, contain polyphenol antioxidants that have strong anti-inflammatory properties.
Together, an ounce of ricotta cheese (30 grams) and one small chopped up pear provides about 12 grams of protein and 100 calories.
7. Cherry tomatoes with shredded mozzarella (97 calories)
Tomatoes and mozzarella cheese are a flavour match made in heaven — and they’re healthy, too.
Tomatoes are rich in vitamin C, potassium, and lycopene, an antioxidant, while mozzarella is high in protein, calcium and vitamin B12.
One cup (149 grams) of cherry tomatoes paired with one ounce (30 grams) of mozzarella cheese has just under 100 calories.
8. Hard-boiled egg (70 calories)
Eggs are one of the healthiest and most weight-loss-friendly foods you can eat.
They pack plenty of protein, as well as vitamins K2 and B12.
Eggs are incredibly filling and may reduce the number of calories you eat for many hours, which should help you lose weight.
One large, hard-boiled egg contains about 70 calories and 6.5 grams of protein
9. Greek Yoghurt and mixed berries (82 calories)
Plain Greek yogurt and berries make a delicious, nutrient-dense snack.
In addition to being a great source of calcium and potassium, Greek yogurt is also high in protein.
Combining 70 grams of plain, full-fat Greek yoghurt with half-a-cup (50 grams) of mixed berries provides about 8 grams of protein and is under 100 calories.
10. Almonds (100 calories)
Nuts are an ideal nutritious snack.
Nuts provide the perfect balance of healthy fat, protein, and fibre.
A small serving of almonds – 15 to be precise – has 100 calories and is full of heart-healthy unsaturated fat and 5 grams of protein.