According to modern health science, we are supposed to eat at least five meals a day (of small portion sizes) along with multiple snacks throughout the day to not get hungry while keeping our body well-fed with nutrients, minerals, and vitamins. While this is great on paper, most of us struggle to follow this expert health tip because of time constraints, bad habits and the fact that most of us don’t even know what to make when you have to prepare five meals and various in between.
Did you know that according to a publication from the World Health Organization, the average American has a diet where 11% is made up of fast-foods The research also mentions how damaging the added sugars in soda and energy drinks are having on the health of Americans.
This is why we decided to make a list of snacks you can quickly make and have throughout the day that are packed with nutrients while being low-calorie. These food ideas are great for those who work out at the gym or for those who just want to get their health back on track.
Many of these foods are not just tasty, creative and interesting, they also contain the required healthy calories, energy, vitamins, minerals, proteins, healthy fats, antioxidants and other nutrients that are required for your daily needs. You can try each of these snacks and keep swapping them around throughout the week so that you don’t get bored of eating the same foods every day.
Now let’s get to the 17 healthy and tasty snacks with low calories that we have compiled for you:
Chocolate-Covered Strawberries: This recipe for sure-shot romance is packed with nutrients like antioxidants that help improve skin health while tasting like heaven. Every ounce of dark chocolate contains 155 calories while each strawberry contains just four calories of tasty goodness.
Sorbet: If you made sorbet at home, you can control the amount of added sugar this snack has which can allow you to enjoy this tasty dessert will less than 175 calories for every cup of sorbet.
Chickpea Dip: Chickpeas are known for their calories as well as their protein and minerals with 10 grams of the chickpeas have around 40 calories with even fewer calories if made into a tasty chickpea dip, also known as Hummus.
Fruit & Veggie Smoothies: Smoothies are easy to make and taste much better than their whole counterparts, especially if you include veggies in there as well. A healthy fruit and vegetable smoothie can give you a full stomach with less than 200 calories.
Soy Crisps: Soy crisps are said only to contain 109 calories for every ounce which is a lot less than your traditional potato crisps. And while soy crisps do contain some saturated fats, the content percentage is a lot lower than potato crisps.
Sweet Potato Fries: Sweet Potato is food that is very heavy and filling while being truly superior to french fries. Around 25 sweet potato fries are said to contain around 180 calories.
Pretzels: A hard salted pretzel that weights 1 ounce contains 108 calories which can be an excellent snack for the morning before work but limit this snack as it also contains a lot of sodium.
Greek Yogurt Drops: When you dip some of your fav berries into a non-fat Greek yogurt and then freeze them, you get Greek yogurt drops that are a great new way to enjoy two types of tasty foods you like.
String Cheese: Yes, string cheese makes this list because it’s very filling, cheap and only contains 80 calories for every string cheese piece. This is great for those times where you feel too lazy to think of what to cook.
Cereal & Milk: There is a reason it’s recommended that you eat a bowl of cereal every morning. This snack is heavy, filling and low in calories while being high in fiber and nutrients. You can try bran cereal with milk for a heavy snack of 215 calories that can be had throughout the day.
Pickled Cucumbers: Pickled cucumbers are a great source of probiotics which help support your digestive system and are only 7-35 calories if you eat a medium-sized cucumber pickle. However, before you head to the fridge for a pickle, note that this snack is high in sodium so don’t overdo it with pickled cucumbers.
Sweet Snacks: Not all sweet snacks are bad for your health as its actually processed sugar that is considered unhealthy. Using natural sweeteners, you can make some healthy and tasty sweet snacks like peanut butter jelly sandwiches, strawberries dipped in chocolate, frozen grapes, and sorbet.
Popcorn: That’s true. Popcorn is actually healthy with high levels of fiber, magnesium, Vitamin B6, and iron. Every ounce of this salty snack contains 105 calories and a great way to get through the romantic movie picked by your partner without falling asleep.
Seafood Salad: Every cup of seafood salad can contain between 300 and 325 calories when you make it yourself along with minerals and vitamins in the seafood. This low-calorie content is because you can control how much oil and sauces are used.
Veggie Dipped In Yogurt: Veggies are a great source of nutrients, minerals, and fibers while being low-calorie. To get a healthy and tasty snack for any time of the day, just chop some cucumbers, carrots, celery or tomatoes, dip them in some Greek yogurt and enjoy.
Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich: This delicious sandwich can contain 190 calories with loads of fiber and protein that will help you get through to the next meal or snack. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are also great for boosting energy and digestion if you use whole-wheat bread.
Nuts: Make your pick of favorites with almonds, pistachios, cashews and other nuts which are great snacks as they are dense and filling while being low in calories. They also contain antioxidants and other nutrients that help boost your health by a lead.
There are also some others like hardboiled eggs, chilled tofu, and crackers with cheese which could be alternative options to the healthy low-calorie snacks mentioned above. We hope this list of 17 healthy and tasty snacks with low calories that we compiled for you helps you reach your health and weight management goals.