50 Surprising Under 100 Calorie Snacks to Munch On

Joanna Fantozzi | Mar 15, 2018 Food & Party
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  • 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."   

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  • 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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  • Organic Beef Jerky

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    One large piece of beef jerky is about 80 calories.

    "This snack is great for protein, but maybe not so great when it comes to sodium intake," McKay said. "It's a good snack in a pinch, especially when exercising and sweating."


  • Cocktail Shrimp

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    12 cocktail shrimp in hot sauce are about 90 calories.

    Fresh shrimp is a safe bet for a tasty snack that is surprisingly low-calorie, McKay said. 

  • Jicama Salsa

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    One cup of sliced jicama mixed with one serving of salsa is roughly 50 calories. 

    Don't be afraid to think outside the box, advised Jill McKay with this flavorful snack idea. 

  • Pistachios

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    20 roasted and salted pistachios are 80 calories.

    "These are a nice, quick and easy snack that we don't have to think too much about," McKay said.

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  • Sushi

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    Two pieces of sushi are 90 calories.

    Skip out on the spicy tuna mayo and opt for brown rice instead of white for this healthy on-the-go snack, as suggested by Jill McKay. 

  • Plain Frozen Yogurt

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    A child's size portion of plain frozen yogurt (about 2 ounces) is 90 calories.

    Now is not the time to load up on toppings! This idea for a small treat from Jill McKay is a smart way to satisfy a sweet tooth.

  • Seasoned and Microwaved Sweet Potato

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    A small sweet potato is just under 100 calories.

    "Avoid the butter to avoid those extra calories and season with your favorite spices," McKay said.  "Microwave the small sweet potato and it will be ready in no time."   

  • Scrambled Egg Whites with Cheese and Spinach Muffin Cups

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    One muffin cup of scrambled egg whites with 1 tablespoon of cheese and a small portion of spinach is 90 calories.

    "Bake them ahead of time in a muffin tins to have them ready to grab on the go," McKay. 

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  • Whole Grain Crackers with Avocado and Feta Cheese

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    Three whole wheat crackers with (portioned) mashed avocado and 1/3 ounce of feta cheese are just under 100 calories.

    "I chose to include whole wheat bread and crackers for this list to satisfy the craving for bread or something crunchy, which many people struggle to give up when cutting calories," said Martino.

  • Cucumber and Cream Cheese Rollups

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    One cup of sliced cucumber and 1 ounce of light cream cheese is just under 100 calories.

    Indulge in the flavor of a bagel lunch without actually eating the bagel, with this snack from Jill McKay.

  • Hummus-Stuffed Mini Bell Pepper

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    Two mini bell peppers stuffed with a tablespoon of hummus is under 100 calories.

    "These are colorful, healthy, and delicious for about 75 calories total," said McKay.

  • Smoked Turkey Cold Cut Rollups

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    Two slices of turkey deli meat with two teaspoons of honey mustard are just under 100 calories.

    "Spread about 2 teaspoons of honey mustard on two slices of smoked turkey and roll it up for a tasty and convenient snack," McKay said. 

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  • Handful of Almonds

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    12 almonds are about 84 calories.

    "Raw almonds are very healthy," McKay said. "They have healthy fat, plenty of protein and fiber, and are considered a low-carb snack. They can help us feel full and sustain that feeling for quite some time."

  • Dried Figs

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    Two medium dried figs are about 75 calories.

    Plenty of fiber, vitamins, and a hint of sweetness make a couple of dried figs a perfect mini snack, said McKay.

  • Frozen Dark Chocolate Bananas

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    1/2 a frozen banana dipped into 2 teaspoons of dark chocolate is 95 calories. 

    Make these refreshing treats ahead of time!

    "Slice ½ a banana into four disks, McKay said. "Use a toothpick in each. Dip into 2 teaspoons of dark chocolate chips, melted. Let cool. Freeze before serving if desired."

  • Broccoli with Ranch Dressing

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    1/2 cup of broccoli dipped in 1 tablespoon of light ranch dressing is just under 100 calories.

    Pair indulgent ranch dressing with raw broccoli for the classic veggies and dip snack, McKay suggested. 

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  • Caprese Salad with Feta Cheese

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    A caprese salad with a medium tomato and 1 ounce of feta cheese with basil leaves is 90 calories.

    "Add some fresh basil, balsamic vinegar, or lemon juice for a healthy and low-calorie snack," McKay said. 


  • Pita Pocket with Ricotta Cheese

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    1/2 whole grain pita pocket stuffed an ounce of fresh ricotta cheese is about 80 calories.

    Jill McKay recommended this snack especially for the fiber and protein. 

  • Guacamole-Stuffed Egg Whites

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    One egg white cut in half, and stuffed with two tablespoons of guacamole, is just under 100 calories.

    Don't know what to do with leftover egg yolks? Jill McKay said that she uses them in a potato salad. 

  • Edamame

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    1/2 cup of edamame is 95 calories.

    These green soybeans are so low-calorie, that a couple of handfuls makes for a nutrient-dense snack, according to registered dietician Pegah Jalali. 

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  • Dark Chocolate-Stuffed Raspberries

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    Pegah Jalali

    15 chocolate chip-stuffed raspberries are just under 100 calories.

    "Raspberries are filled with fiber and vitamin C and dark chocolate chips are a good portion-controlled way to enjoy something sweet and decadent," Jalali said.