Jan 17
2014

50 Healthy Snacks…100 Calories or Less

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Snacktime doesn’t need to be boring or unhealthy. These 50 healthy snack ideas, each 100 calories or less, will help to keep things interesting
50 Healthy Snacks...100 Calories or Less | cookincanuck.com #healthy #snacks

When it comes to afternoon snacking, the busier I am, the better I do. A long to-do list guarantees that I can grab something quick to recharge my energy, and then move on. Idle time leads to idle ways. Well, maybe not idle. I mean, it does take some work to rummage through the fridge and pantry to find something to satisfy my hunger which, by the way, is not actually hunger. It’s boredom.

Yep, boredom is not my friend. Though it’s amazing how many “original” combinations of food I can come up with when boredom sets in. Turkey wrapped around a pickle, Nutella spread on graham crackers…a can of black olives. Not that I’ve ever eaten any of these things. Ahem.

Whether it’s a busy day or a “boredom” day, I try to be more conscious about what I’m eating and follow my own advice on portion control.

100 calories may sound like very little food, but it’s enough to refuel the body and brain, and curb hunger until the next meal.

But there’s a trick. Once you’ve eaten that 100 calorie snack, find something else to do. Quickly. Drink some water, leave the kitchen, go for a walk, run an errand. If you stand in the kitchen, surrounded by snack food, chances are that your well-intentioned snack will balloon to 300 or 400 calories.

Below are some of my favorite snacks, but I would love to hear your ideas. I need all the help I can get at snack time!

Fruit & Vegetables:

Raw veggies and hummus, such as Asparagus Hummus, Creamy Curry Hummus or Artichoke Hummus with Hazelnuts & Mint
Celery with peanut butter (2 stalks celery + 1 tablespoon peanut butter)
Blueberries (1 cup)
Banana (1 medium)
Apple (1 medium)
Cantaloupe (1/2)
Grapes (1 cup)
Mango (1 cup chopped)
Pear (1 medium)
Peach (1 medium)
Edamame (1/2 cup shelled)
Jicama
Clementine orange (2 to 3)
Fruit leather
Avocado (1/2 small)
Unsweetened applesauce (1 cup)
Dried apricots (1/4 cup)

Asparagus Hummus Recipe for Healthy Snacking by Cookin' Canuck #recipe #vegan #vegetarian
Asparagus Hummus

Savory:

Almonds (about 10)
Pistachios (about 25)
Raw almonds and dried cranberries
Egg whites (2) with whole wheat toast (1/2)
Hard-boiled egg (1 egg)
Baked potato (1/2 medium) with salsa
Baked sweet potato (1 small)
Popcorn (3 cups air-popped)
Granola Bars, such as Low-Fat Granola Bars with Bananas, Cranberries & Pecans
Granola Bites, such as No-Bake Carrot Cake Granola Bites or No-Bake Zucchini Bread Granola Bites
Cooked quinoa (1/3 cup)
Salsa with a few tortilla chips or vegetables
Pretzels, preferably whole wheat
Small bran muffin
Low-fat granola
Kale chips
Cheerios (2/3 cup) with skim milk (1/4 cup)

No-Bake Carrot Cake Granola Bites Recipe {Low Sugar} #recipe #snack #healthy
No-Bake Carrot Cake Granola Bites

Dairy:

Sharp cheddar cheese (3/4 oz.)
Starbucks Tall Skinny Latte
Low-fat yogurt with fruit
Low-fat cottage cheese (1/2 cup)
1/2 whole wheat English muffin with light cream cheese
String cheese (1)

Sweets:

Dark chocolate (2/3 oz.)
Healthy Choice Fudge Bar
Skinny Cow 2 Mini Fudge Pops
Chocolate covered banana (dip 1/2 banana in dark chocolate, then freeze)
Frozen grapes (1 cup)

Beverages:

Almond milk (1 1/2 cups)
Skim milk (1 cup)
Tomato juice (2 cups)
Sparkling water with a splash of orange juice

Be sure to check in on Sunday for my next edition of Run Like a Girl.

Have a great weekend & happy snacking!

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1 KalynsKitchen January 17, 2014 at 8:54 am

Great post. I agree that if you don’t plan ahead to have healthy snacks readily available, it’s far too easy to overdo it on the snacks!

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2 Taylor @ FoodFaithFitness January 17, 2014 at 9:10 am

This is such a great list! I am definitely a huge snack planner too. I want to try that asparagus hummus! So creative!

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3 Liz @ The Lemon Bowl January 17, 2014 at 9:14 am

Love this list!! I always struggle with snacks some times or find myself in a rut. YUM!

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4 Crystal @ Simply Playful Fare January 17, 2014 at 9:32 am

This is a great list. Those no-bake carrot cake granola bites look amazing!! What a great idea!

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5 Tess @ Tips on Healthy Living January 17, 2014 at 3:21 pm

I love these snack ideas, and how you broke them down into flavor. This is perfect when I crave something salty or savory. Thanks for sharing!

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6 Cindy @ Kicking it In January 18, 2014 at 7:00 am

Another indispensable post. I love the carrot cake granola bites as much as my offspring! Thanks for all these ideas, my friend. Hope your weekend is off to a great start.

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7 Erin @ Texanerin Baking January 19, 2014 at 1:51 pm

That’s a great trick! I get what you mean by boredom. I’m an expert at that. “Eh, nothing to do! Why not go to the kitchen and eat a tub of peanut butter?”

And awesome list of healthy snacks under 100 calories. Way better than those 100 calories prepackaged things!

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8 Laura @ The Rookie Cook January 20, 2014 at 8:35 am

Great list – thanks so much for this! I think I will print it out to keep some of this stuff on hand. It helps when you have snacks planned out, instead of just reaching for something in the cupboard!

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9 Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living January 21, 2014 at 6:32 am

Great list of healthy snacks to keep on hand Dara – thanks for putting this together!

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10 Neva@Retire for the Fun of it February 10, 2014 at 2:49 pm

Hi Dara, When I was researching some Granola Bar recipes to use with Almond Butter, I came across your website. You have so many great and healthy recipes, that I added a link to your website from my blog story for my readers to check out also – I hope you enjoy the link:
http://retireforthefunofit.com/can-normal-family-owned-store-survive/

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