You may think that snacking adds unnecessary calories to your diet and is therefore best avoided. On the contrary, snacks can help tide you over, provide needed nutrients, and keep your metabolism up throughout the day! You just need low-calorie snack ideas to make snack time healthy. Consider the following 21 low-calorie snacks to have on hand.
1. Sweet Potato Chips
These chips have fewer than 100 calories per serving! Homemade chips are quick and healthy.
2. Chili-Lime Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds are high in protein, zinc, magnesium, and vitamin E. Keep a bag in your purse, desk, or car.
Not only is grapefruit low in calories (only 52 calories in one half), but it may prevent weight gain by helping to control insulin levels.
4. Bell Pepper Candy
Keep a bag of these delicious pepper strips handy. They have almost no calories.
5. Hard-Boiled Egg
One egg contains about 80 calories and 6 grams of protein.
6. Whole-Grain Cinnamon Pita Chips
Under 200 calories per serving, these chips are sweet, but contain zero refined sugars.
Apples are easy to travel with, and versatile – you can enjoy them on their own or with a bit of peanut butter or cheese for a healthy snack.
8. Homemade Granola
Tailor your granola to your taste by making your own, and enjoy a handful for an on-the-go snack. Check out our SkinnyMs. Granola.
9. String Cheese
Fun to eat, and full of protein and calcium!
10. Kale Chips
Even non-fans of kale tend to love kale chips! Get your dose of the leafy green in snack-form. Our Southwestern Kale Chips recipe packs in lots of flavor.
Eat it plain or dipped in peanut butter for a heartier snack.
12. Dark Chocolate Nut Clusters
Nuts aren’t the lowest calorie food available, but they pack plenty of nutrients. This recipe combines antioxidant-rich dark chocolate with almonds and pistachios; snack on a couple for only 106 calories.
13. Nut Butter
Instead of reaching for fatty, premade dips, consider making your own nut butter to use as a sandwich spread and dip for fruits and vegetables. This clean eating Almond Butter and Jelly recipe will show you how.
14. Frozen Grapes
When your sweet tooth kicks in, try frozen grapes for a healthy, low-calorie treat.
15. Baked Apple Chips
Another great response to your sweet tooth, these apple chips have only 32 calories per half cup.
These little citrus treats are juicy and sweet, and full of vitamin C!
17. Carrot Sticks
Perfect for dipping or snacking on plain.
18. Air-Popped Popcorn
Crunchy, satisfying, and low in calories.
19. Peanut Butter and Honey Oat Bar
Granola bars are the perfect on-the-go snack, but the store-bought varieties aren’t always the healthiest. This recipe will give you a good amount of protein and only 157 calories.
Oatmeal isn’t just for breakfast – enjoy a small bowl as a snack. This Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal recipe is easy to prepare.
21. Rice Cakes
Enjoy plain or with your favorite nut butter.
Get even more clean eating recipes in our eBook, The SkinnyMs. Recipe Collection. Check out our Pinterest page for more great healthy eating ideas, and don’t forget about the other half of healthy living – exercise! Our Youtube channel features exercise videos that help you get strong.