Top Ten Healthy Snacks

July 14, 2009

If you were reading a couple of days ago, I mentioned that I would share with you my some of my favorite healthy snacks. I’ve recently cut out a few that were too high in calories and/or fat and have narrowed down my favorites to these snacks that are all between 100 – 200 calories. Here’s my Top Ten:

  • Mott’s Healthy Harvest Granny Smith Applesauce (mid-morning snack) (1 cup; 50 calories, 0 fat)
  • Boiled or scrambled egg with Frank’s Red Hot Sauce  (mid-morning snack) (1 large egg, 70 calories, 4.5 g. fat)
  • Trader Joe’s Multi-Grain Pretzel Nuggets with Sesame Seeds  (22 pretzel nuggets; 110 calories, 1 gram fat)
  • The Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss Wedges or Cheese Bites  (1 wedge or 5 cheese bites; 35 calories, 2 grams fat)
  • Weight Watchers Natural Light String Cheese (1 stick; 50 calories, 2.5 g. fat)
  • Shelled Edamame (1/2 c. serving; 110 calories, 3.5 g. fat)
  • Trader Joe’s Everything Pretzel Slims (23 slims; 110 calories, 1/2 g. fat)
  • The Laughing Cow Mini Babybel Light (1 piece; 50 calories, 3 g. fat)
  • Trader Joe’s Parmesan Garlic Pita Chips (1 oz.; 130 calories, 4 g. fat)
  • Trader Joe’s Roasted Garlic Hummus (2 T.; 50 calories, 3.5 g. fat)

I love to combine the pretzel nuggets with the cheese bites and the pita chips with the hummus, so I reduce the quantity of the pretzels and the pita chips in an effort to keep each snack around 150 calories.

You’ll notice that several of my favorites are from Trader Joe’s and I do know that not everyone has a Trader Joe’s nearby, but you can definitely find similar products made by different companies. Rold Gold has some Harvest Wheat Pretzel Twists that are low in calories and fat and there are plenty of brands of pita chips and hummus. Or, when you have time, why not make your own pita chips and hummus?

And, you can also tell by my list that I don’t crave sweets at all. But if I did, I’d be snacking on sugar free Jello snack packs, which only have 10 calories and zero fat per serving. You can’t go wrong with that!

I would love to hear from you if you have a favorite low calorie, low fat snack! Come on…it’s nice to share.

~LilSis

12 Comments so far

  1. Posted by india

    July 14, 20094:35 am

    * Chopped carrots, celery or broccoli with hummus
    * a pot of Miso from one of the Japanese places near work (or instant soup-in-a-cup, for a less healthy option!)
    * Mini sushi snack packs

  2. Posted by Amanda Formaro

    July 14, 20094:45 am

    I love Laughing Cow wedges and BabyBel! YUMMY :) Have you ever tried Sesame Rice Crackers? The package I have is made by Sesmark – they are called All Natural Savory Thins Sesame Rice Crackers.

    Serving size = 15 crackers
    calories = 130 per serving
    fat = 2.5 g
    carbs = 23 g

    They are sooo good! Found a pic of them here so you can recognize them, I’d bet they are available at Trader Joe’s, I just get them at my grocery store
    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_N40iMPymCr0/SjhF3H-pPfI/AAAAAAAADRM/jZ7ysDZMth8/s320/DSC02675.JPG

  3. Posted by LilSis

    July 14, 20098:48 am

    Thanks for the great ideas, India. I love sushi but for some reason I’ve never thought to have it as a snack. Perfect!

    And, I do need to get better about eating raw veggies.

  4. Posted by LilSis

    July 14, 20098:51 am

    Amanda, thanks for reminding me about those little Sesame Rice Crackers. I love those and always forget to buy them. I have to be careful and not eat the whole package since they’re so good!

  5. Posted by grace

    July 14, 20099:13 am

    mmm, hummus and edamame are two of my favorites. i’m a beany gal, what can i say? :)

  6. Posted by LilSis

    July 14, 200910:20 am

    Hi Grace,
    Me too! I love most all beans…black beans are the only ones that I’ve found that don’t like me!

  7. Posted by MoJo JoJo

    July 14, 200911:53 am

    The Mott’s applesauce is really good! I didn’t think that sugar-free sauce could be tasty but I love. It’s now a must-buy for me when I go grocery shopping

  8. Posted by Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer

    July 14, 200911:58 am

    DAMN impressive list – Thanks for sharing this one.. as a snacker I really appreciate it!

  9. Posted by Reeni

    July 14, 20096:45 pm

    I love hummus and edamame! Two of my favorite snacks. I eat fruit a lot for snacks. I try to make it feel a little more dessert-like. Cut up banana w/ cinnamon and a little cool whip, or with a fat-free vanilla pudding over the top. Or a sliced apple with a drizzle of agave/honey and a few chopped walnuts.

  10. Posted by LilSis

    July 14, 20099:17 pm

    MoJo JoJo – Thanks for visiting our site. I’m glad someone else likes the sugar free applesauce. It is better than you would imagine.

    Cathy – I have friends that call themselves ‘grazers’, but that makes me feel like a cow, so I do prefer the term “snacker”.

    Reeni – As my kids would say, “right on”. Hummus and edamame are my absolute favorites. Thanks for the ideas with the fruit. I always have a banana for breakfast, but I love the idea with cinnamon and cool whip! :-)

  11. Posted by Jaime

    July 19, 200911:08 am

    I love laughing cow cheese!

  12. Posted by LilSis

    July 19, 20098:51 pm

    Hi Jaime,
    I was so happy when I found the little cheese bites! They’re awesome with the pretzel nuggets.

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