When it is about healthy eating, junk food is not in the list. You need a balanced portion of proteins, fats, carbs and fibre. For that, low calorie snacks follow as they are a rich source of omega 3 fatty acids, fiber, and proteins. As you may know, fibre breaks down slowly in the body keeping your hunger cravings aside for some time and proteins are good for metabolism.
In order to keep the calorie count low, we have jotted this list of 25 low calorie snacks which are sure to provide you enough amounts of all the key nutrients and vitamins. Without compromising on your health, these snacks can be consumed on daily basis. So check out these 25 low calorie snacks which will keep you energetic, nourished, and full of enthusiasm:
1. 1/2 Cup Slow-Churned Ice Cream
I love ice cream. This one is my favourite. We are starting our low calorie snack list with ice cream which is considered as the heavy calorie food. But let me tell you that, the slow churned ice cream has lesser calories. Slow churning reduces calories and fats from the ice cream and still keeps the texture and consistency of the cream perfect. Take ½ cup only as it contains 100 calories, 20mg cholesterol, and 45 mg sodium.
- 2. Nutty Choco Popcorn
- 3. Eggs
- 4. Mini Quesadilla
- 5. Celery and Hot Sauce
- 6. Greek Yogurt and Green Bell Pepper
- 7. Balsamic Vinegar and Strawberry
- 8. Cantaloupe and Cottage Cheese
- 9. Loaded Banana
- 10. Microwave Popcorn
- 11. Three Crackers With Cheese
- 12. Hummus and Cucumber
- 13. Broccoli and Reggiano Cheese
- 14. Vanilla Maple Ice Cream
- 15. Almonds
- 16. Lettuce Wraps
- 17. Baked Apple
- 18. Fig and Cottage Cheese
- 19. Plain Yoghurt and Cinnamon Apple
- 20. Blueberry Smoothie
- 21. 3/4 Cup Frozen Mango Cubes
- 22. Baby Carrots With Hummus
- 23. Yogurt With Sunflower Seeds
- 24. Baked Potato With Salsa
- 25. Pistachios
2. Nutty Choco Popcorn
Munching in the evening is interesting as you get to enjoy your favourite snack. Add this nutty choco popcorn in your routine to stay healthy and fit. Put 2 spoons popcorn kernels in brown paper bag, fold several times and microwave for a minute or two. Popcorns will pop and then add salt to taste. For added flavour, add 2 tbsp roasted almonds and 1 tbsp choco chips.
Eggs are loaded with proteins so let us make our evening snack. Boil an egg and peel it when hard. Cut half lengthwise, remove yolk and put it in a small bowl. Now add 1 tbsp hummus and Greek yoghurt, salt, and pepper to taste. Mix them thoroughly and put the mixture in the egg half. Enjoy this delicious egg with smoked paprika sprinkled on the top.
4. Mini Quesadilla
When did cheese come into low calorie food? Well, it was never but try this recipe. Take low fat cheddar cheese and sprinkle an ounce of it over corn tortilla. Fold it and microwave for 15-20 seconds. Enjoy the dish as it contains as less than 100 calories along with 1.3 grams of saturated fat.
5. Celery and Hot Sauce
Once again my favourite! Cut 1 large celery stalk and add hot sauce on the sticks. Since hot sauce contains lesser calories, the celery has only 10 calories. All you need to do is replace chicken wings with celery sticks, that’s it.
6. Greek Yogurt and Green Bell Pepper
7. Balsamic Vinegar and Strawberry
Cut your calorie consumption with this recipe. Take ½ cup sliced strawberries and sprinkle 1 tbsp of balsamic vinegar to relish your taste buds. This dish contains 41 calories and it makes a tasty dish due to the citrusy flavour.
8. Cantaloupe and Cottage Cheese
As you know, cottage cheese is packed with proteins. Take low fat cottage cheese and a small wedge of cantaloupe to stay healthy for a little longer.
9. Loaded Banana
Bananas are cool and they provide enough protein and healthy fat to the body. Take 2 tbsp whole grain cereal and 2 tsp raisins and crush them together in a small bowl. Now take banana and spread 1 tbsp almond butter over ½ of the banana and roll it in the mixture. Enjoy this luscious delicacy at any time of the day.
10. Microwave Popcorn
11. Three Crackers With Cheese
Whole grain crackers are full of fibre and they keep your tummy full at all times. If you want to chew between meals, this is the perfect recipe. As cheese contains calcium and protein, crackers make a perfect combination in keeping the calorie level under 100. Cut one slice of cheese and put it over three crackers. Then enjoy!
12. Hummus and Cucumber
This snack contains 48.5 calories. All you need to do is cut the cucumber into crisp and thin slices and enjoy the mild flavour. Hummus makes a good combination with cucumber slices or you can use any kind of dip.
13. Broccoli and Reggiano Cheese
Broccoli tastes superb when combined with Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. This dish has a good flavour and if you are keeping a close eye on the calories, it is a perfect thing as it contains only 37 calories. Zap both the broccoli and cheese raw to bring out the flavours and then eat it.
14. Vanilla Maple Ice Cream
Half a cup of this ice cream contains 35 calories. If ice cream is your comfort food, here’s good news. It tastes delicious and makes sure to satisfy your taste buds and what’s more, you just have to take it and eat it without any further ado. Get a tub of maple ice cream and there you go.
What else better than almonds or nuts? Whenever hunger strikes, put your hands in the container and take out 14 almonds while on the go. And do you know? You will not even go close to 100 calories with almonds and because they are rich in fibre and protein, the body stays healthy and fit.
16. Lettuce Wraps
Lettuce tastes amazing like tortilla chips. Combine lettuce with beans to get enough fibre and protein in the body. Divide ½ cup black beans between 3 large lettuce leaves and add salsa topping. VOILA, it looks great.
17. Baked Apple
18. Fig and Cottage Cheese
19. Plain Yoghurt and Cinnamon Apple
This dish contains 134 calories, yes it is a little on the higher side when we talk about calories but is very healthy. Slice the apple, sprinkle some cinnamon and dip the apple slices in plain yoghurt. Since it is easy to make, you can have it daily. Fiber, protein, and antioxidants all in one dish! Not to forget the flavour too.
20. Blueberry Smoothie
The name says it all. Fruit smoothies are delicious and blueberry is all time favourite. Get that extra dose of antioxidants and calcium as it contains 1/3 cup of non-fat yoghurt with 2/3 cup of frozen blueberries. Add ice if you want. If you want to kill that heat, this smoothie is amazing as it is quite refreshing and cold.
21. 3/4 Cup Frozen Mango Cubes
Frozen mangoes are like mango candy. Satisfy your taste buds with frozen mango cubes as they taste like heaven. Just about 90 calories and tummy is full! Also, enough vitamin c is supplied to the body.
22. Baby Carrots With Hummus
23. Yogurt With Sunflower Seeds
Add a tsp of sunflower seeds in ½ cup of nonfat plain yoghurt. As you know, yoghurt is brilliant in proteins and the sunflower seeds are all in all healthy. Use unsalted seeds in the yogurt.
24. Baked Potato With Salsa
Bake a potato and put it in microwave. Spread a tbsp of salsa on top of it but make sure the potato has the skin intact. Eat it as it is and relish the nutrients it provides.
Eat 20-25 pistachios as they are rich in protein, fibre and key vitamins required for the body. Roast them dry without salt to reap maximum benefits.
So, why not try out these low calorie snacks when you are craving for something other than full fledged meals? Go ahead and eat one you like the most. Yes, yes, I know how do we feel when hunger hits the brain, stomach, intestines, and everywhere in the body, LOL. Happy snacking!