50 Surprising Under 100 Calorie Snacks to Munch On

Joanna Fantozzi | Mar 15, 2018 Food & Party
50 Surprising Under 100 Calorie Snacks to Munch On
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It's true that eating healthy can always pose as a challenge to the busy mom. It's of course much easier to grab a handful of whatever the kids are having rather than seek out a certain snack. But the good news is, low calorie snacks are probably hiding all over the pantry, and they rarely require a special recipe -- making low calorie snacks totally grab-and-go! And we've got the scoop ...

Love munching throughout the day but want to stay fit? We spoke with five nutrition experts about their favorite healthy snacks under 100 calories: Madeline Basler of Real You Nutrition, organic chef Melissa Eboli, nutrition coach Kate Martino, Jill McKay of Narrow Road Fitness, and dietitian Pegah Jalali.

Graze without the guilt by learning how to snack smartly. From simple foods like a hard boiled egg or handful of nuts, to make-ahead recipes like vegan protein energy balls or stir-fried zucchini noodles, these mini meals are designed to keep health-conscious snackers full longer in between larger meals. 

"It can be difficult to feel satisfied for long by only eating 100 calories, so it's important to include protein and/or fat with each snack, rather than just carbohydrates," Martino said.

With this extensive list of 50 nutritionist-approved snacks under 100 calories, we have curated plenty of ideas that will keep even the most ravenous of mid-afternoon hunger pangs at bay. 


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  • Baby Carrots with Hummus

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    Seven baby carrots dipped into two tablespoons of hummus are only 75 calories.

    "Hummus is rich in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats and is a good source of fiber," Madeline Basler told Cafe Mom. 

    Plus, this snack is rich in protein so it will promote fullness longer.

  • Air-Popped Popcorn Seasoned with Romano Cheese

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    Two cups of air-popped popcorn with one tablespoon of Romano cheese is 82 calories. 

    Instead of using fattening butter, Basler suggests seasoning the popcorn with Romano cheese.

  • Small Apple with Peanut Butter

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    One small apple with 1/2 tablespoon of peanut butter is 97 calories.

    Apples are high in fiber and peanut butter is protein-rich, so this snack will keep hunger pangs away for a long time, said Basler.

  • One Frozen Fruit Bar

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    Frozen fruit bars like Outshine are simply made from whole fruit with no preservatives. But be careful: Even fruit bars under 100 calories can be high in sugar content (Outshine has about 14 grams of sugar and 60-70 calories per bar).

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  • One Kind Mini Bar

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    Granola bars have a bad reputation for masquerading as healthy snacks when they're really loaded with sugar and high in calories. But certain granola bars are smaller and pack fewer calories per bite, like Kind Minis which are all between 80 and 100 calories.

  • Banana-Almond Milk Smoothie

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    1/2 a frozen banana blended with one cup of unsweetened almond milk and ice is 80 calories.

    "Bananas are rich in potassium and are a good source of fiber, free of fat, cholesterol, and sodium," Basler said.  "Almond milk has more calcium than 1% milk, and if unsweetened, is lower in calories and carbohydrate than 1% milk."

  • Fat-Free Plain Greek Yogurt with Fruit

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    1/2 cup of 0% unsweetened Greek yogurt with 1/2 cup of strawberries is 95 calories. 

    "Strained Greek yogurt (not ones with thickening agents) is higher in protein than typical yogurt," Basler said. "Berries are one of the richest sources of antioxidants, which help to fight inflammation."


  • Whole Wheat Toast with Mashed Avocado

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    One-half thin wheat toast slice with one tablespoon of avocado is just under 100 calories.

    "Slice bread thinly or have half a slice or just a few crackers to save calories — this helps make a light snack more satisfying," Kate Martino suggested. 

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  • Baked Chips with Salsa

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    Eight baked chips plus one serving of salsa are just under 100 calories.

    Make homemade baked chips to avoid going over the calorie limit. 

  • Babybel Light Cheese with Triscuits

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    Babybel Light Cheese with 5 Triscuits is 93 calories. 

    "Cheese is rich in calcium, and phosphorus," Basler said.  "The cheese provides 7 grams of protein, over 200 mg of calcium and is still low in calories."


  • String Cheese with Celery

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    One skim milk string cheese and two stalks of celery are 92 calories.

    "Celery is rich in vitamin K and folate but most of its nutrients come in the form of phenolic antioxidants, which provide the anti-inflammatory protection," Basler said. 


  • Nut Butter with Banana and Cinnamon

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    1/2 a banana with 1/2 tablespoon of almond butter and a sprinkling of cinnamon is just under 100 calories.

    There's more than just peanut butter. Try dipping fruit into seasoned almond or cashew butter, suggested Kate Martino.

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  • Cottage Cheese with Honey

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    1/2 cup of cottage cheese plus a drizzle of honey is just over 90 calories.

    "Cottage cheese is thick and creamy, so it's satisfying for the low calories," said Kate Martino. "It's also high in protein."

  • Homemade Banana "Ice Cream"

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    Two cups of banana "ice cream" is just under 100 calories.

    This "nice cream" recipe from Melissa Eboli is made with just four ingredients: banana, coconut creamer, water, and cinnamon. Get the recipe here.

  • Vegan Protein Energy Balls

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    Two mini vegan protein energy balls are just under 100 calories.

    These pumpkin-flavored raw vegan balls are made with honey, pumpkin purée, oats, and protein powder. 

    "My pumpkin energy balls are loaded with fiber, B vitamins, zinc, magnesium, vitamin A and vitamin C," said Melissa Eboli. "They are also made with honey and coconut oil: two important ingredients to help keep energy high."

  • Roasted Chickpeas

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    1/4 cup of roasted chickpeas is 75 calories.

    "Simply drain a can of chickpeas and pat them dry," Jill McKay told Cafe Mom. "Sprinkle them with spices and roast in your oven or toaster oven until crispy. They are my current go-to snack when I want an alternative to popcorn."

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  • Homemade Kale Chips

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    One cup of homemade kale chips is about 55 calories.

    "Kale chips have a great crunch for minimal calories, so can be a satisfying option for a larger snack," Kate Martino advised.

    Get the recipe here.

  • Hardboiled Egg Whites with Celery

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    Three hardboiled egg whites with two stalks of celery are just under 100 calories.

    "The egg white has the bulk of the protein in an egg, plus only 17 calories, zero fat, and zero cholesterol," Madeline Basler said. 


  • Canned Vegetable Soup

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    One serving of canned light vegetable soup is 80 calories.

    "A healthy lunch under 100 calories is a good, old-fashioned can of vegetable soup," McKay said.  "Again, this one tends to be higher in sodium, so read labels!"

  • Dark Chocolate Nibs

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    One tablespoon of dark chocolate nibs is 70 calories.

    "Dark chocolate has been shown to help with brain health and heart health," said McKay.  "This snack is rich in antioxidants.  Just be careful to avoid dark chocolate with added sugar."   

    More from Cafe Mom: Dark Chocolate Haystacks Recipe

  • Quinoa Cooked in Vegetable Broth

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    1/3 cup of cooked quinoa in vegetable broth is about 90 calories.

    "Quinoa is filled with protein and fiber," McKay said. "Spices are your friend, so spice it up any way you like!"

  • Tuna Salad-Stuffed Cucumber

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    1/2 hollowed-out cucumber stuffed with 1/4 cup of canned tuna is 70 calories.

    “For fewer calories, mix your tuna with avocado instead of mayo," Martino said. "Tuna is a great source of lean protein, and when mixed with a little fat can be higher in calories, so putting it in a cucumber boat or on cucumber slices gives it a crisp crunch."


  • Dill Pickles

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    Two dill pickles are 14 calories.

    "These can be high in salt, but we can eat a lot of them while staying under 100 calories," said McKay.  "Believe it or not, 30 dill pickle spears are roughly 90 calories, but I don't recommend eating that much!"

  • One Hardboiled Egg

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    One hardboiled egg is 78 calories.

    Add some hot sauce or paprika to spice up a plain hardboiled egg. 

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