We know how easy it is to fall off the healthy snack bandwagon. You get a little hungry between meetings at work, and all of a sudden the candy bars in the hallway vending machine look extra tempting. But by preparing a healthy snack and bringing it with you – whether to work, the mall, on a hike, or to the airport – you’re bound to make the right choice when your stomach starts rumbling! Try any or all of these clean eating low-calorie snacks!
32 Clean Eating Low-Calorie Snacks
1. Greek Yogurt
Rich in protein, great for digestive health, and creamy and delicious, Greek yogurt is an excellent snack to keep in your kitchen or your work fridge. Enjoy 8 Interesting Ways to Use Greek Yogurt.
4. Dried Fruit
Many types of dried fruit contain the same amount of nutrients as their hydrated counterparts and are easy to fill up on for a nutritious snack. Choose a variety with no added sugar for a truly healthy option.
5. Peanut Butter
Peanut butter is high in protein and feels like a real indulgence! Use it as a dip for apple slices or carrot sticks, and you’ll feel full and energized until your next meal. And for a true treat without worrying about your waistline, try Skinny Peanut Butter and Yogurt Dip.
6. Banana Chips
These contain the same nutrients as a banana, though in smaller amounts. They can satisfy a crunchy craving. Or opt for an actual banana, eaten with a handful of nuts or some peanut butter for a nutritious, sustaining snack.
7. Oven-Baked Potato Chips
Sometimes you just want a crispy, salty potato chip. Oven-baking slices of potato cuts down on fat and cholesterol, and yields a crunchy, tasty treat.
8. Kale Chips
Kale is a true superfood, rich in antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, fiber, and iron. All of those nutritional benefits, and a crispy crunch, too? Southwestern Kale Chips are low in calories and satisfy that craving for a crunchy snack.
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Also superfood all-stars, berries can be eaten by the handful with a dollop of Greek yogurt or a serving of almonds for a protein and nutrient filled snack. Check out this Skinny Berry Parfait for a quick and yummy low-cal snack.
Raw vegetables can fulfill those crunchy cravings that have us reaching for fried snacks. Chop up some broccoli, carrots, and celery, and add some snap peas, and you have a fiber-rich snack that can be dipped in yogurt, mustard, or peanut butter.
12. Hard-Boiled Egg
Packed with protein, a hard-boiled egg is a filling treat that will keep you energized for hours, especially when eaten with some veggies or whole grain bread. Clean eating Deviled Eggs are can easily be prepared the in morning and ready for a late afternoon snack.
13. Air-Popped Popcorn
Popcorn is full of fiber and naturally low in calories, as long as you don’t smother it with butter. Air-pop it and sprinkle with a little salt and pepper, and you’ll fulfill that crunchy, salty craving.
The options here are endless. Crush some watermelon, drizzle with lemon juice, and freeze in a mold. Combine orange juice with Greek yogurt for a cream-sickle. Or simply slice fruit, like kiwi, and freeze it for a healthy, icy snack.
We love combining our favorite fruits with some powerful superfoods, and blending into a cold, tasty treat. Try our Wake Me Up, Keep Me Going Smoothie for an incredibly nutritious breakfast or snack.
We can’t stop espousing the health benefits of apples. Their fiber, antioxidants, cholesterol-fighting properties and benefits to your bone health are just a few of their charms. Eat them alone, try them dipped in peanut butter, or sprinkle cinnamon on top. Baked Apple Chips keep you filled up longer and satisfy that urge for a sweet afternoon snack.
17. Strawberries Dipped in Chocolate
A small amount of dark chocolate has less fat and calories than milk chocolate, and even contains antioxidants and has heart healthy properties. Melt some dark chocolate squares and dip in strawberries for a sweet treat that reaps the health benefits of fruit!
Why hit the vending machine when you can have a yummy superfood snack, like Oven Baked Zucchini Chips? Skip the processed bag of chips, and replace it with this fantastic snack. They’re only 99 calories per serving!
19. Homemade Granola Bars
Again, making granola bars yourself means that you’ll know just how much salt, fat, and sugar are in your snack. Check out this delicious, wholesome recipe and pack a bar whenever you leave the house! Peanut Butter and Honey Oat Bars can be prepared ahead of time and packed for lunch the following day.
20. Fruit Salad
Love apples and grapes, but not so hot on honeydew? Design your own fruit salad and top it with Greek yogurt for a delicious, customized dish! Skinny Fruit & Yogurt Salad has only 136 calories and can be prepared in less than ten minutes.
Refreshing and spicy, gazpacho combines tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions, is a combination of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that tastes like a trip to southern Spain!
22. Rice Cakes
Crunchy and low in calories, rice cakes come in many varieties, including brown rice, for extra fiber and better texture!
23. Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds are rich in magnesium and zinc. They can be eaten by the handful, or combined into a granola or trail mix.
24. Sunflower Seeds
Filled with protein and fiber, these tasty little seeds are a great way to fill up quickly, and, like pumpkin seeds, can be incorporated into your trail mix for a salty twist.
25. Sliced Tomatoes
Hummus, made from chickpeas, lemon, and a mix of veggies, is a flavorful and healthy dip for veggies, elevating them to a whole new level. Sweet Potato Hummus has a nutty flavor combined with a sweetness that makes this snack irresistibly delicious.
28. Turkey Jerky
Craving meat but want to avoid fat? Turkey is a great alternative to red meat, and making turkey jerky at home will cut down on its sodium content.
31. Homemade Vanilla Latte
Skip the coffee shop and make your own latte with low-fat milk and a bit of vanilla extract. This will cut down on the sugars that coffee shops often load into their drinks! Morning Joe in the Raw has fewer than 100 calories and tastes just as good as the coffee house versions.
32. Frozen Grapes
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Having one of these clean eating low-calorie snacks on hand at all times will greatly reduce your risk of running to the vending machine or convenience store for a quick fix. Plan ahead with health treats, and feel more energized and satiated all day.
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Editor’s Note: Originally published March 19, 2013