Low Calorie Snacks Don’t Need To Be Boring

Low Calorie Snacks Don’t Need To Be Boring
Low-calorie snacks don’t need to be boring when you are willing to explore the colorful array of culinary possibilities, including minimum calories, hunger reducing portion sizes, and important nutrients. Furthermore, low-calorie snacks fit snugly into most healthy weight loss diet plans and budget, thus making healthy choices a lot easier.

But, what should you be looking for when picking a low-calorie snack that is healthy and filling, lasting you for about 2-3 hours?

First of all, make it your habit to read the label of any food item. Beware that some food items labeled NO Fat/or LOW Fat might be loaded with starch, high fructose syrup to compensate for the taste it lacks without the fat. Also, note serving size and AIM for the following nutritional values:

Low-Calorie Snacks Nutritional Standards
  • Calories: A snack with about 200 calories keeps your metabolism working. The action of digesting food requires energy, measured in calories.
  • Fiber: Snack should contain a minimum of 3grams of fiber. Soluble fiber expands in your stomach hence, you feel full longer. Also, fiber is slower to digest and helps keep energy levels up.
  • Protein: Snack on at least 5 grams protein. Protein releases a hormone in the body that curbs hunger.
  • Fat: 12 grams of fat maximum. We always get fat in our diet, even if we don’t ask for it. Thus, it’s necessary to watch for a maximum of fat content in your snack rather than a minimum. Remember, if the snack is not naturally fat-free, it might be saturated with starches and high fructose sweetener.
Easy low-calorie snacks recipes:
Use Tomatoes, Cucumbers, and Pumpernickel Bread. Add a bit hummus, Kefir or Low Fat Cottage Cheese or Mozzarella. Mix ingredients and match them to your own liking.

High Protein Snacks

Tomatoes and Mozzarella Cheese
  • 2 sliced tomatoes
  • 1 oz mozzarella cheese
  • 5 basil leaves
  • 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
  • a sprinkle finely graded pepper (if desired)
122 calories, 3 grams fiber, 9 grams protein, 5 grams fat.

Green/Purple Grapes and Mozzarella Stick
  • 1/2 cup of grapes
  • 1 stick light Mozzarella Cheese
102 calories, 1 gram fiber, 7 grams protein, 3 grams fat.

Pumpernickel Bread and Low-Fat Cream Cheese
  • 1 slice pumpernickel bread (toast if desired)
  • 1 TBSP low-fat cream cheese
  • Top with 1 sliced radish (a pinch of salt to taste)
111 calories, 2 grams fiber, 4 grams protein, 3 grams fat.

Cucumber and Hummus
  • 1/2 cucumber sliced
  • 3 TBSP hummus
98 calories, 4 grams fiber, 5 grams protein, 4 grams fat.

Vitalicious Low Cal Dessert
  • Vitalicious VitaTop Deep Chocolate muffin top
100 calories, 9 grams fiber, 4 grams protein, 2 grams fat.

Sliced Peach and Kefir
  • 1 cup low-fat kefir
  • 1 peach, sliced in wedges
168 calories, 2 grams fiber, 12 grams protein, 2 grams fat

Annie Chun’s Sushi Wraps and Slivered Veggies
  • 1/2 package Annie Chun’s Sprouted Brown Rice Sushi Wraps
  • 1/4 cup slivered vegetables
159 calories, 3 grams fiber, 5 grams protein, 1 grams fat

Beanitos Black Bean Chips and Salsa
  • 1 1.25 ounce package Beanitos Black Bean Chips
  • 1 3.5 ounces cup Chi Chi’s Mild Salsa
205 calories, 7 grams fiber, 6 grams protein, 8 grams fat