Do you ever feel hungry between your main meals but you couldn’t face the same thing you’ve been eating, over and over again?
That’s totally normal!
So I’ve written a list, a BIG LIST, of low calorie snacks you can eat, that will keep you looking and feeling great, and will keep you on track to your goals.
Losing weight and keeping it off is tough, but it’s a lot easier if you get into the habit of snacking. The benefits of snacking?
- Keeps your metabolism high
- Boosts your metabolism
- Stops you binge eating.. i.e. getting to that ‘I am starving’!!! level
- Improves your mood
- Gives you loads of energy
- Keeps you on track to achieving your goals
- Prevents hunger
Please find the list below, I hope you enjoy it 🙂 Jessica
Oats & Blueberry Bowl: 1/3 cup of quick oats (cooked in the microwave with water) and ¼ cup of fresh or frozen blueberries – sprinkle with a little cinnamon and enjoy!
Berry-Citrus Fruit Salad: 1 cup of mixed berries (fresh or thawed from frozen), 1 tablespoon of fresh-squeezed orange juice – just toss the berries in the orange juice.
Applesauce: 1 cup of unsweetened applesauce, ¼ teaspoon of brown sugar, and a sprinkle of cinnamon – enjoy it cold or heat it up in the microwave.
Dark Chocolate: 3 to 4 squares will keep you under 100 calories – and give you a boost of antioxidants.
Baked Apple with Cinnamon & Brown Sugar: 1 apple (granny smith is best), 1 teaspoon of brown sugar, ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon – cut the apple in half, core it, and fill each half with brown sugar and cinnamon, then bake until tender.
Café Latte: 1 shot of espresso with 8 ounces of steamed, fat-free milk or dairy alternative.
Almond Milk Protein Shake: 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk, 1 scoop of vanilla flavoured protein powder.
Chocolate Milk: 6 ounces of chocolate milk will satisfy your cravings for something sweet and offer an extra serving of protein.
Apple Slices with Almond Butter: 1 sweet apple (Gala or red delicious), 2 teaspoons of all-natural almond butter – core and slice the apple and spread on the almond butter (one of my favorites).
Chocolate Covered Strawberries: 5-6 fresh strawberries, 2 squares of dark chocolate – melt the chocolate (careful, it burns easily in the microwave!) and dip your strawberries!
Vanilla & Banana Smoothie: ½ of a banana, ¼ cup of vanilla flavored non-fat Greek yogurt – blend and serve.
Frozen Grapes: 1 cup of grapes frozen for a couple of hours – one of the easiest twists on a classic snack.
Grilled Pineapple Slices: 2 pineapple slices (round from a can or freshly cored pineapple) – just grill or sauté for a couple minutes!
Cinnamon-Spiced Orange: 1 naval orange and a sprinkle of cinnamon – just sprinkle the orange slices with cinnamon, it’s that simple.
Fruit Juice Smoothie: ¼ cup of apple juice, ¼ cup of orange juice, handful of ice – blend together.
Yogurt with Cinnamon & Honey: ½ cup of non-fat Greek yogurt, 1 teaspoon of honey, and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Kale Chips: ½ cup of raw kale (green or black, stems removed), 1 teaspoon of extra-virgin olive oil, ¼ teaspoon of salt or Cajun spice – tear kale leaves into bite-size pieces, coat with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt before baking at 425 degrees (F) until crisp.
Cucumber with Fat-Free Cream Cheese: ½ of a long English cucumber, 1 teaspoon of fat-free cream cheese – slice cucumber into strips and spread on a little cream cheese.
Mixed Olives: about 8 to 10 olives will keep you right around 100 calories – a great one when you’re craving something salty!
Popcorn: 2 cups of plain popcorn, air-popped or microwavable.
Carrots & Hummus: 10 organic baby carrots, 2 tablespoons of regular or seasoned hummus – one of the most convenient healthy snacks to keep on hand.
Hard-Boiled Egg with Salt & Pepper: 1 medium-sized hard-boiled egg, sprinkle of salt and fresh ground pepper – there are only about 8 calories in one hard-boiled egg!
Pistachios: about 25 nuts will keep you under 100 calories – the pistachio is one of the healthiest nuts you can snack on.
Edamame: ½ cup of boiled Edamame, sprinkle of salt – keep the frozen Edamame on hand.
Sweet Potato Chips: 1 small sweet potato, 1 teaspoon of extra-virgin olive oil, sprinkle of salt – peel the sweet potato and cut into ¼-inch slices, coat with olive oil, and bake at 400 degrees (F) for 10-15 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and snack away.
Lemon Pepper Almonds: ¼ cup of almonds, a bit of lemon juice, and a sprinkle of black pepper – roast your own.
Open-Face Tomato Sandwich: 1 thin slice of whole grain bread, ½ of a beefsteak tomato, salt and pepper to taste – toast the bread, stack with tomato slices, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Smoked Beef Jerky: 1 ounce is a safe bet, but go for the low sodium variety.
Turkey Rolls: 4 slices of smoked or roasted turkey from the deli, 2 teaspoons of yellow or honey mustard – just roll up the turkey slices with a little mustard inside.
Easy Cucumber Salad: 1 medium-sized long English cucumber, 2 tablespoons of chopped red onion, 1 teaspoon of extra-virgin olive oil, and 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar – chop up the cucumber and onion and mix with olive oil and vinegar.
Black Bean Salad: ¼ cup of black beans (from can, drained and rinsed), 1 tablespoon of salsa, and 1 tablespoon of non-fat plain Greek yogurt – mix together and refrigerate for 30 minutes before enjoying.
Egg-White Spinach Omelette: 3 egg whites, ½ cup of fresh baby spinach, salt and pepper to taste – add a tablespoon of reduced fat feta cheese for only a few more calories.
Pumpkin Seeds: 1 handful of roasted pumpkin seeds will do it – either homemade or store-bought.
Spinach & Walnut Salad: ¾ cup of fresh baby spinach, 2 tablespoons of crushed walnut pieces, 1 teaspoon of extra-virgin olive oil, 1 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar – mix ingredients and enjoy.
Chickpea Salad: ¼ cup of chickpeas (from can, drained and rinsed), 1 bit of fresh squeezed lemon juice, and ¼ cup of cherry tomatoes.
Celery & Peanut Butter Sticks: 1 medium celery stalk, 1 tablespoon of all-natural peanut butter – spread and enjoy.
Apple Slices with Cheese: 1 tart apple and a 1-inch thick piece of low-fat mozzarella cheese – core and slice the apple, cut the cheese into thin slices, and serve together.
Fruit-Topped Cottage Cheese: ½ cup of fat-free cottage cheese, ½ cup of fresh or canned pineapple – another one of my favourites.
Spinach & Strawberry Salad: ¾ cup of fresh baby spinach, ½ cup of sliced fresh strawberries, 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar – mix together for a great antioxidant-boost.
Sweet & Spicy Pecans: 6 pecans, 2 teaspoons of 100% real maple syrup, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon – coat pecans in maple syrup and sprinkle on cinnamon.
Carrot Salad with Raisins: 1 cup of shaved/grated carrots, 2 tablespoons of raisins, 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar – mix together, refrigerate for 30 minutes, and enjoy this energy-boosting snack.
Chocolate-Crave Trail Mix: about 10 roasted almonds, 5 semi-sweet chocolate chips, and 1 tablespoon of raisins.
Almond Rice Cake: 1 brown rice cake with 2 teaspoons of all-natural almond butter – just spread it on.
Cinnamon & Sweet Potato Rounds: 1 medium sweet potato, 1 teaspoon of extra-virgin olive oil, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, salt to taste – peel and slice the sweet potato into ¼ inch rounds, coat with olive oil, and dust with cinnamon before baking at 400 degrees (F) for 10 minutes.
Honey-Roasted Almonds: 8 plain almonds, 1 teaspoon of raw honey, sprinkle of cinnamon – coat almonds in honey, dust with cinnamon, and roast on a baking sheet for 5-10 minutes at 425 degrees (F).