12 Healthy Snacks Under 100 Calories (Beer Included!)
Looking for easy, healthy snacks for on-the-go eating? Here are 12 suggestions that are less than 100 calories each (and yes, beer makes the cut!)
Snacks aren’t just a way to boost your mood when the midday slump hits. They are an important way of refuelling your body so that you can perform at your peak.
Not all snacks, however, are good for you. Many items posing as healthy are actually loaded with sugars, carbohydrates and preservatives and don’t offer sustained energy or nutritional benefits. But here are 12 on-the-go snacks that are under 100 calories, easy to prep and good for you.
1. A Hard-boiled Egg
Pop some eggs in a pot to boil and bam! – you have on-the-go eats that are healthy and hit the spot. One comes to just 78 calories and packs a protein punch of 6.3 grams. While they might make you unpopular at the office, they will definitely satisfy your snack craving.
2. Hummus + Baby Carrots
Carrots might be healthy, but they also resemble rabbit food. Boring! This is why adding some protein-rich hummus – which is made from chickpeas – is a good idea. Not only does it add some flavour, but two tablespoons come in at just 75 calories. Enjoy with eight baby carrots for a mid-morning or afternoon snack.
3. ½ Cup of Oats
A bowl of oats is the breakfast of champions, as is known as one of the healthiest grains to eat. They are naturally gluten-free and, as a slow-release carb, gives you energy for longer. Half a cup cooked in water comes to just 83 calories and provides 4 grams of fibre.
4. 3 Cups of Popcorn
Not only is popcorn *legitimate* snack food (movie night, anyone?) but it is also low in calories. One cup of the unbuttered, air-popped variety is only 31 calories, which means you can enjoy three guilt-free. Plus, you’ll get a fibre boost of 3.6 grams!
5. An Orange
One of the easiest grab-and-go snacks is the humble orange. This popular citrus fruit – each containing around 72 calories – is a great pick for the colder months. This is because they are high in nutrients and vitamin C, which can help to boost your immune system.
6. Banana + Almond Milk Smoothie
Craving a cold smoothie but without all the hidden sugar? We got you. Put half a frozen banana in a blender with one cup of unsweetened almond milk with ice. This comes in at just 80 calories and will give you a tasty dose of calcium and potassium.
7. An Energy Ball
Some snacks require a little bit of prep, but the results are totally worth it. These energy balls – which are around 100 calories each – are a good example. Blend a cup of pitted dates with half a cup of nuts or seeds and a pinch of sea salt. Roll the mixture into balls and enjoy...sparingly!
8. ½ Apple + Peanut Butter
Apple and peanut butter is a winning combination. Half an apple with two teaspoons of unsweetened peanut butter as a great snack, and only 90 calories. Slice your apple and spread a thin layer of PB on each piece, or cut it into wedges and dip them.
Going to be doing a lot of working out and sweating? Biltong can give you the protein boost you need to stay in the game and contains about 80 calories. But be careful of making it a recurring feature in your meal plans as it is still high in sodium.
10. Yoghurt + Fruit
In the mood for something sweet? A bowl of juicy berries should do the trick! Half a cup of strawberries, blueberries or raspberries topped with plain, low-fat yoghurt makes for an antioxidant-fuelled snack and comes in at just 95 calories.
11. ¼ Cup Roasted Chickpeas
Roasted chickpeas are a tasty and modern alternative to popcorn. They are easy to make, and a quarter of a cup is only 75 calories. Drain a can of chickpeas, pat them dry, sprinkle with spices and roast in the oven until they are crispy.
12. A Castle Free
Yes, you read that right! 340ml, or one bottle, of Castle Free comes in at just 78 calories. This makes it a great way to rehydrate after a workout and you get to enjoy a more refreshing flavour without the added kilojoules. Score!
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