Healthy, Low Calorie Snacks

I am a snack person. I love love love snacks. I’m the type of person who has trouble going more than two and a half hours without eating something. It’s irritating at times because I feel like I have to take a snack with me EVERYWHERE. My husband would agree with me when I claim to be the hangriest person alive. If I am really hungry I get a little moody, and my mood will instantly change the moment I eat. I hate being this way, but what else can I do?

My need to snack so frequently has lead me down some bad paths in the past. In high school, my go to snack was tortilla chips with salsa. I also loved Wheat Thins with cottage cheese (one of my healthier obsessions??) and Captain Crunch Peanut Butter Crunch. I could eat a ton of food when I was younger, and never gained an ounce… those were the good old days.

Now, I really like healthy food. It’s kind of weird to see the way your taste buds evolve as you get older. I’m not saying I don’t go nuts for pizza or a big cheeseburger every now and again, but I just mean that I honestly really like eating healthy 95% of the time.

I absolutely LOVE seeing what other people eat ( weird, I know), and I thought that I would share some of my healthy snacks that I like to eat. I’m sure some of these are repeats of other people, but hopefully some are unique and will give you some ideas to switch up your diet! I have some issues with gluten and dairy, so all of these will be gluten and dairy free!

Fruit with peanut butter absolutely takes the cake as the best sweet, healthy snack. I’m sure my obsession with peanut butter is clouding my judgement a little bit, but what is better than peanut butter with a banana… really guys? Absolutely NOTHING!

What’s so nice about this, is that a medium banana is only 105 calories. A medium apple is about 80 – 90, and one tablespoon of peanut butter is 90 – 100. That makes this snack about 200 calories. It definitely does the job when I have a sweet tooth! I will usually melt the peanut butter and drizzle it over whatever fruit I am eating!

This stuff is so addicting. Boom Chicka Pop has more than one flavor, but the sweet and salty gets me every time. It’s more sweet than salty, so I always eat this when I’m looking for something sweet and crunchy! One cup is only 70 calories, and it can’t get much better than that! This is my go-to for movie nights!

This is probably the easiest sweet snack out there. I know there are so many different kinds, and I usually buy whats on sale. The green bar on the top is from Square Organics. It’s a vegan protein bar that tastes like mint chocolate. So good! It is 210 calories with 12 grams on protein. The bottom is from Pure Protein. I eat this one more than any protein bar because I can usually get them on sale for a dollar a piece. For only 180 calories you get 21 grams of protein. What’s not to like?

I know what you’re thinking. Why on earth would she include banana bread as a snack?? Well, I eat weird things throughout the day, and any and all foods can be considered a snack in my book 😜 This is not a recipe of mine, but I have made this two or three times and it has always come out SO GOOD. I just replace the whole wheat flour with gluten free flour, and add a little Splenda to bring the sweetness up a little bit. I usually don’t bake this as a cake/bread, but as muffins. I also leave the frosting off and replace that with a little bit of peanut butter… Oops!

This is another one of my weird snacks. I don’t know, maybe I sound like I’m five years old. Strawberries in jello is kind of like a strawberry pie without the crust! I always use sugar free jello. It’s only 10 calories per serving, or 40 calories for the whole box. I like to cut up some strawberries and pour the warm jello over and refrigerate until it’s set. Depending on the dish you use, it could take a couple of hours, but it’s really good (especially if you put a couple tablespoons of Cool Whip on it).

My love of wasabi peas started when I was in high school. I don’t even know how I stumbled upon them, but they were out of the ordinary for a girl from the Midwest. The ones I used to eat had wheat flour in them, but recently I found them with rice flour at my local grocery store.

One ounce of these are about 120 calories. I know that seems calorically dense, but the heat coming from these bad boys might make you stop at one serving. Wasabi is SO GOOD for the body and contains anti inflammatory properties, which is why they are one of my favorite salty snacks!

Popcorn is so versatile. It is my second weakness behind peanut butter. In college, I was known as the girl who would eat popcorn everyday. Yes, I did that. Nobody would’ve known had I not burned a couple of batches and stunk up the whole floor ðŸĪŠ That honestly is a terrible smell, and all I can do is laugh when I think about it.

Anyway, the bag of popcorn pictured above is by the brand “Live Love Popcorn.” I happen to really like this Honey BBQ flavor, but they have so many more available such as lime fresco, sea salt, and sour cream & cheddar. All of their flavors are 35 calories a cup!

The popcorn on the right is homemade. I love making popcorn on the stove. It’s so simple, and the ingredients are few! I use the below recipe and sprinkle the fresh popcorn with Himalayan sea salt. SO GOOD!

https://cookieandkate.com/2018/perfect-stovetop-popcorn-recipe/

I’m not going to lie. Beanitos might not be for everyone. Taking a look at these, you would be expecting a chip similar to a tortilla chip. While the shape is similar, the texture isn’t. That’s what I love about these, though. I have found one Beanitos product that I don’t like. It’s possible my palate is unrefined, so you will never know until you try them! Most of the flavors have three to four grams of protein and fiber per serving – all of this for only 130 calories.

I hope you guys enjoyed the post! I’m hoping I gave you some new ideas, most of which can be easily thrown in a bag and taken with you on those busy days! There are so many other snacks that I love, but I wanted them to be convenient and easy for you!

Thanks for taking the time to read! I hope you all have a great day!

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