74 Surprising snacks under 100 calories
We're always on the lookout for snacks that satisfy us without piling on the calories (or pounds) - who isn't?! Whether you're after an energy boost to get you through that workout, are craving something sweet or savoury or just have a serious attack of the munchies between meals, healthy snacking is an important part of your diet - it's all about choosing the right foods, and keeping things varied.
Low-calorie, healthy snacks can satisfy you between meals without ruining your appetite - or your health and fitness goals. So if you're lacking a little snackspiration next time you feel hunger calling, let us inspire you with these 74 snacks under 100 calories - some of them are pretty surprising!
Craving something sweet under 100 calories
#1. Chocolate dipped strawberries
Melt 2 squares of dark chocolate and dunk 5 strawberries then let the chocolate set for a really sweet treat!
#2. Vanilla banana smoothie
Blend a sliced banana with 1/4 cup of low-fat vanilla yoghurt and some ice for this smoothie. For a thicker, creamier texture you could use a frozen banana. Yum!
#3. Chocolate covered banana
Sort of like a healthy ice-lolly, this is great to cool you down after a run! Melt two square of dark chocolate and dip half a frozen banana.
#4. Frozen grapes
Try freezing around 30 grapes of any colour for around 2 to 3 hours for a refreshing snack.
#5. Yoghurt and honey
1/2 cup of low-fat Greek yoghurt (we use 0%) with 1tbsp of honey and a sprinkling of cinnamon is pretty tasty, and healthy too!
#6. Dark chocolate
Get your choccie fix with three squares of high-quality dark chocolate, packed with antioxidants.
#7. Nutty date
We love dates (not the romantic kind, although we suppose they can sometimes be nutty too!) A plump Medjool date filled with 1tsp of unsalted almond butter or other nut butter is a pretty perfect snack, as far as we're concerned.
#8. Choccie milk
Make your own choccie milk by mixing 2tsp of chocolate syrup with 6oz skimmed milk. Look for natural varieties of syrup in health food stores, if you can.
#9. Choccie pudding
Make your own chocolate pudding at home or pick up a fat and sugar-free version on your weekly shop for a quick, healthy snack.
#10. Tropical smoothie
This is so refreshing! Blend ice with 1/4 cup of orange juice, apple juice and pineapple juice.
#11. Home-made banana chips
Forget store-bought banana chips, it's so quick and easy to make your own. Just slice a banana, dip in lemon juice and bake on a tray until crispy.
#12. Moreish baked apple
This is so good, it's just like a dessert! Core a medium apple and fill with 1tsp of cinnamon and brown sugar for a treat to satisfy your sweet tooth.
#13. Crackers and nut butter
Two healthy crackers (home-made if possible) topped with your favourite nut butter - try almond or cashew - is a great way to boost your energy levels and avoid that 3pm slump!
#14. Protein shake
Perfect post-workout, this feeds those muscles and replenishes your energy levels. Add a scoop of your favourite flavour of protein powder to 8oz water and mix.
#15. Home-made popsicle
We love making ice lollies at home as they're so much healthier than ready-made varieties - and right now Primark have some great ice pop moulds in stock! Or you could always use a small paper cup. Freeze fresh fruit juice or lemonade for a refreshing treat,
#16. Make-your-own apple chips
Crunch home-made apple chips baked in the oven - yum! Yes please! Get the recipe here.
Sweet n' salty snacks under 100 calories
#17. Apple and peanut butter
What a great combo! We love this in the Expertrain office when we're feeling hungry. Slice half an apple (give the other half to someone else or save it for later!) and dip in 1tsp peanut butter (unsalted).
#18. Choc chip trail mix
Make your own trail mix with 8 almonds, a tablespoon of raisins and 4 chocolate chips.
#19. Cheese and apples
Another tasty classic combo - take a medium sliced apple and a stick of cheese for a portable, healthy snack - we love using low-fat cheddar or mozzarella.
#20. Celery and peanut butter
Celery is naturally very low in calories and peanut butter is packed with protein, so this is the perfect pre-dinner or post-workout snack. Dip 1 celery stalk in 1 tbsp peanut butter.
#21. Cottage cheese with a twist
This fruity twist on cottage cheese uses 1/2 cup non-fat cottage cheese mixed with 1/2 cup of chopped fresh pineapple and mango - tropical!
#22. Rice cake and nut butter
A brown (or white, if you like) rice cake topped with 2tsp of your favourite almond butter makes a healthy snack that will leave you feeling satisfied.
#23. Savoury strawberry salad
Spinach is a fantastic source of iron and combined with strawberries you've got 2 of your 5 a day! Mix 1 cup of spinach with 1/2 cup of sliced strawberries and dress with 1tbsp balsamic vinegar.
#24. Flavoured almonds
Flavoured almonds are popping up everywhere - we love Blue Diamond Smokehouse or Honey Roasted varieties and around 8 almonds make a healthy, satisfying snack.
#25. Choccie crackers
Top 4 whole-wheat crackers with 1tsp of chocolate hazelnut spread - use Nutella or search for healthier varieties in your local supermarket.
#26. Melon boat
Melon is really refreshing on hot days, so combine 1 cup of melon balls with 1/2 cup of cottage cheese and enjoy!
Something savoury under 100 calories
#27. Kale chips
There are plenty of recipes available online for kale chips - or you could try this one. High in vitamin C, kale is super-healthy and to make plain chips all you need to do is remove stems from 1/2 cup of raw kale, drizzle with 1tsp olive oil and bake at 200 degrees until crisp!
#28. Beef jerky
Packed with protein, a 1oz serving of beef jerky is under 100 calories but try picking low-sodium varieties if possible.
#29. Sweet potato chips
These are so seriously good we've already started replacing regular chips with sweet potatoes! Take a medium potato (about the size of a light bulb) then slice and toss with 1 tsp olive oil. Bake for around 20 minutes at 200 degrees centigrade.
#30. Egg and soldiers
The great British teatime classic you enjoyed as a child also makes a surprisingly healthy snack. Eggs are packed with protein and lutein, which is essential for healthy eyesight. Slice 1/2 slice wholemeal toast into 'soldiers', boil your egg and get dipping!
#31. Perfect pistachios
Did you know that pistachios are one of the lowest calorie nuts? Taking time to crack them open means you're less likely to overdo it when snacking. About 25 nuts is the ideal portion size.
#32. Hummus dippers
Home-made hummus is super-healthy but supermarket tubs are fine if you're busy! Serve around 2tbsp with 10 baby carrots for dipping.
#33. Cucumber salad
Slice a cucumber and mix with 2tbsp apple cider vinegar and 2 tbsp chopped red onion - delicious!
#34. Curried sweet potato
This spicy sweet potato snack is really tasty! Cook a medium sweet potato for around 6 minutes in the microwave (don't forget to prick it first with a fork) then mash it with some salt, pepper and 1tsp curry powder.
#35. Cheesy popcorn
Nutritional yeast is great for adding cheesy flavour! Sprinkle 1 tbsp over 2 cups of air-popped popcorn.
#36. Soy edamame
Boil 1/4 cup edamame and serve with 1tsp soy sauce.
#37. Egg white with guacamole
Avocados are a source of healthy fats. Hardboil an egg, remove the yolk then make some healthy guac by mashing an avocado with lime, salt and some coriander. Stuff the space in the egg with 2tbsp of guac!
#38. Cucumber sandwich
Take 1/2 an English muffin and top with 2tbsp low-fat cottage cheese and a few slices of cucumber.
A handful of around 8 olives makes a great, healthy snack that's quick and easy.
#40. Toasted pumpkin seeds
Toasting 2tbsp of pumpkin seeds with a little oil at 200 degrees centigrade for around 15 minutes gives you a healthy, nutty snack!
#41. Wasabi peas
This recipe for spicy wasabi peas lets you make this healthy, low-calorie snack at home.
#42. Cheesy asparagus
Take 4 spears of asparagus, spritz with some olive oil then sprinkle over 2tbsp grated parmesan and bake for 10 minutes at 200 degrees centigrade.
#43. Kale salad
Kale is crunchy and delicious in salads! Make a dressing for 1 cup of kale leaves with 1tbsp balsamic and 1 tsp honey.
#44. Chickpea salad
This super-healthy salad is loaded with protein and fibre from the chickpeas and antioxidants from the tomatoes. Mix 1/4 cup chickpeas with 1/4 cup diced tomatoes, a squeeze of lemon juice and 1tbsp sliced spring onions.
#45. Egg white scramble
Scramble and cook 3 egg whites and add 1/2 cup of spinach and 1 tbsp of cheddar or feta cheese.
#46. Salsa beans
This spicy salad is loaded with fibre! Mix 1/4 cup black beans with 1 tbsp 0% Greek yoghurt and 1 tbsp salsa.
#47. Ham sandwich roll
Cut the carbs with this protein-rich snack. Take 2 slices of ham, top with 2tsp honey mustard dressing and roll up in a lettuce leaf.
#48. Smoked salmon bagel
Mini bagels can be found in some bakeries and supermarkets. Slice one in half (we prefer wholegrain) and top with 2 thin slices of smoked salmon, rich in omega-3.
#49. Rosemary potatoes
Take 1/3 cup of thiny sliced cooked potatoes (new potatoes work well) or roughly mash with a fork and add 1 tsp olive oil and 1tsp chopped rosemary.
#50. Cherry tomatoes and mozzarella salad
1oz of mozzarella served with 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes and 2tsp balsamic is a healthy choice if you're hungry.
#51. Garlic corn
Brush a small corn cobette with 1tsp olive oil and 1tsp of minced garlic (lightly sauteed) and grill.
#52. Brussels and bacon
For a satisfying snack, thinly slice 7 brussel sprouts and mix with 1 slice of lean cooked chopped bacon.
#53. Balsamic peppers
Peppers are really high in vitamin C! Take 3 cups of raw sliced peppers and dip in 2tbsp of balsamic reduction - you'll find it in most supermarkets.
#54. Easy antipasto
A slice of pepperoni, an olive, a small cube of cheese and a pepperoncini makes the perfect snack.
#55. Tasty turkey rollups
For a quick on-the-go snack, roll up 4 slices of smoked turkey and dip in 2tsp honey mustard dressing.
#56. Cheese and tomato soup
Follow our recipe for tomato soup then serve 1/2 cup with 1tbsp grated low-fat cheddar.
#57. Greek salad
This quick take on the Greek classic mixes one chopped tomato with a squeeze of lemon and 1tbsp chopped feta.
#57. Curried tuna
Make a speedy, healthy tuna salad with 1/2 cup tinned tuna, 1tbsp chopped red onion, 2 celery sticks, chopped and 1tsp curry powder.
#58. Cheesy tomatoes
Roast 2 plum tomatoes then slice and top with a sprinkle of parmesan and 2tbsp breadcrumbs.
#59. Cheesy crackers
Five whole-grain crackers and a stick of low-fat cheese will see you through until dinnertime!
#60. Prawn cocktail
Peel and boil around 8 medium-size prawns and serve with a little cocktail sauce.
Keep it simple and under 100 calories
1 cup of blueberries are not only under 100 calories, they're loaded with vitamin C too!
A cup of cooked broccoli florets served with 3tbsp of a healthy dip, such as onion and chive, is delicious!
#63. Baked potato
1/2 a medium baked potato served with some crunchy sea salt is a tasty choice.
1 medium apple served on its own is pretty much the perfect in-a-hurry snack.
#65. Tart cherries
3tbsp of dried tart cherries boost your vitamin C levels and keep you fuelled throughout the afternoon.
Kiwi fruits are really tasty, so enjoy 2 medium kiwis as an anytime snack.
We love super-sweet figs and 2 medium figs come in at under 100 calories - yet they taste so sweet!
#68. Pomegranate juice
You can enjoy 2/3 cup of pomegranate juice as a snack to boost your antioxidant levels.
#69. Sweet potato
Bake a small sweet potato in the oven (or zap it in the microwave) and you'll have enough energy to get you through that work presentation or meeting.
#70. Kidney beans
Serve 1/3 cup canned kidney beans (rinse them thoroughly) with a drizzle of 1tsp balsamic - you could even reduce the quantity of beans and add a couple of tbsp of tinned corn.
#71. Soy nuts
Roast 3tbsp unsalted soy nuts in the oven for a crunchy, low-calorie snack that's a healthier choice than crisps.
Chop 2 cups of fresh spinach, and drizzle with 1 1/2tsp of extra virgin olive oil for a speedy snack that's one of your five a day.
#73. Salsa and pitta
Whether its home-made or store bought (look for the varieties with least additives), 1/2 cup of salsa and 1/2 a toasted pitta bread, cut into pitta chips, is perfect as a snack.
#74. Guacamole and pitta
Make your own quick guac by mashing an avocado with some salt, lime and (optional) coriander then serve 1/2 cup with 1/2 a toasted pitta bread. Yummy!