If you enjoy snacking between meals, getting rid of excess weight can prove challenging! All of the calories soon add up and before you know it, you have exceeded your daily calorie requirements by 500 calories! You may be finding that even though you eat healthy snacks, you still cannot lose the weight. This is probably due to portion size.
Delicious, low-calorie, nutrient packed snacks will help curb appetite and avoid packing on the extra pounds! As always, knowledge is power so below I have listed 15 great snacks that are less than 120 calories!!
1. Frozen Banana
If you have never tried this, it does sound a bit odd! Basically, you get a lollypop stick and push it inside the banana then place it in the freezer. It is brilliant because it is delicious, healthy and takes longer to eat than normal so it will keep you from munching on more snacks!
Approximately (~) 95 calories... depending on the size of the banana of course ;)
2. 20 Black Olives
If you didn’t know, black olives are far less calorific than green olives. They are a great source of vitamin E and antioxidants! If you prefer green olives, you will have to lessen this amount to avoid the extra calories!
~ 120 calories.
3. 14 Almonds
One of the most nutritious nuts you can snack on! Almonds are high in protein (~20g per 95g), vitamin E, riboflavin and magnesium!
~ 100 calories.
4. Hardboiled egg
The perfect choice for those who prefer savoury snacks! They are a great source of protein, vitamin B12, selenium and phosphorus.
1 egg is ~ 80 calories.
5. Celery Sticks
This low-calorie wonder is high in dietary fibre and a good source of vitamin C. At only 14 calories per 100g, you can afford to eat a lot of it. Researchers have even found that the body burns more calories in the consumption and digestion of this food than it can extract from the food itself!
6. 30 Grapes
These juicy little snacks are abundant with vitamins, minerals and fibre! If you choose the seeded kind, it can be a bit tedious but the seeds will remind you of how many you have eaten and help you avoid eating the whole punnet!
30 grapes contain ~ 100 calories.
Due to the high water content of melons, this is another snack you can afford to eat big portions of. On average they are only ~35 calories per 100g so you can slice up a whole melon and eat it all. Melons are a good source of vitamin B6, potassium, folate and vitamin C.
8. 6 Dried Apricots
A great source of dietary fibre, potassium and vitamin A. These delicious snacks are perfect for those with a sweet tooth. You can also combine them with nuts for a nutrient packed snack which will keep hunger at bay until your next meal!
~ 100 calories.
9. 25 Cherries
A great source of dietary fibre, vitamin C, vitamin K, potassium and calcium! This super berry is packed with nutrients! In addition to all this, the stalks and stones of each cherry will help you keep an eye on how many you are eating...not that it matters too much when you can eat 25 (more than an average punnet) and only consume 100 calories!
Choose from a strawberry, chocolate or vanilla shake for only 120 calories! At 21g of protein per serving, this is bound to curb your appetite and may even cause you to eat less at meal times. It also is a great source of dietary fibre and contains green tea extract to aid weight loss. If you purchase this at the moment, you also get a free tub of xtra lean capsules to help with weight loss and improve body composition!
11. Medium Corn on the Cob
A good source of potassium, sodium and dietary fibre and great fun to eat! Cook this snack on the grill and don’t lather it up in butter!
~ 100 calories
12. Plain Greek Yoghurt
Greek yoghurt is high in protein and many people find it easier to tolerate and digest than milk. Because of its high protein content, it will help to keep you feeling full between meals. Be wary of the fat content of these yoghurts and opt for the low-fat option. They are a great source of calcium and will support joints, helping you to stay injury free during training!
Sweet pickled gherkins contain ~30 calories per 28g. If you are a fan of gherkins they contain no fat and are relatively low in carbohydrates so are a great choice for snacking!
If you often find yourself craving chocolate, these bars are ideal for you! They are less than 100 calories per serving, 30% protein and taste like dark chocolate covered rice crispy cakes!
An apple a day keeps the doctor away! Simple snacks are often the best and the apple doesn’t get the health promoting reputation it has without backing. Apples are excellent sources of vitamin C, iron, potassium, folate and dietary fibre. They also range from sweet to bitter tastes so there is something to suit all taste buds.
~ 80 calories (dependent on size).