10 Delicious Snacks Under 200 Calories
10 Delicious Snacks Under 200 Calories
Snack time is here, and no doubt you are casting around to try and find a good snack to eat. If you are trying to get in shape or lose weight, snacks are permitted, but they have to have limited calories in order for them to be an acceptable part of your diet. The good news is that there are dozens of snacks you can eat, all of which are under 200 calories. For those that are trying to get in shape, a 200 calorie snack is enough to give you energy and keep you from being hungry, all without making you go over your daily allowance of calories.
So what can you eat?
Here are 10 awesome snacks, all containing fewer than 200 calories:
Whole Wheat English Muffin with Cream Cheese – A whole wheat English muffin is packed with complex carbs that your body can use to create energy quickly, and cream cheese is loaded with protein and calcium. Make sure to eat the low fat cream cheese in order to stay under 200 calories, and add some dried cherries to the top of your English muffin if you need something sweet. This snack will keep you going until it’s time to eat, will fill you up with nutrients, and will even help to satisfy your cravings for a little something sweet.
Celery Sticks with Nut Butter – Most of us love to spread a nice thick layer of peanut butter or almond butter on a piece of toast, but why not switch out the toast for some celery sticks instead. Almond butter has less fat than peanut butter, and you can get more healthy fats from almond butter. The celery sticks are rich in fiber, and this fiber will work with the fat to keep you full for a few more hours. All in all, this is the perfect vegetable and protein snack to keep you going.
Fruit and Yoghurt – Low fat yoghurt is a great snack due to the fact that is packed with protein and calcium. Even a small bowl can help to stifle your hunger, as the bacteria in the yoghurt interact with the bacteria in your intestines to keep you feeling satisfied. Greek yoghurt is another excellent low fat choice, though you will need to find a sugar-free variety. Sprinkle in a handful of cherries, raspberries, or blueberries to give your body an infusion of antioxidants with your snack.
Crackers and Cheese – Whole wheat crackers can be the perfect snack to keep you full, as they contain lots of complex carbohydrates and fiber. Adding a few slices of low or non-fat cheese will help you to get a bit of protein, and you can spread a bit of mustard on the crackers to give them some extra flavor. This is a good snack for those who need to eat something in order to satisfy their hunger.
Air Popped Popcorn – Rather than preparing popcorn in a pot with a bunch of oil, why not get yourself an air popper and make some good old fashioned popcorn the healthy way? Three cups of the stuff will be roughly 100 calories, so you can pretty much eat as much as you want for snack time. You can even sprinkle some Parmesan cheese on it to make it tastier and more filling, or you can indulge your sweet tooth by sprinkling a bit of sugar and cinnamon onto your three cups of popcorn.
Whole Grain Crackers with Tuna – When it comes to an awesome protein snack, tuna is definitely the way to go. Fish contains a lot of minerals alongside the protein, but its main benefit lies in the Omega 3 fatty acids that boost your metabolism, strengthen your heart, and do so much more. Spread some tuna mixed with mustard, salt, and pepper onto a nice whole wheat cracker for a filling snack that is guaranteed to satisfy.
Chocolate Banana Shake – Most people don’t think of chocolate as being low fat, but the fat content is only present when the chocolate is sweet. You can find low fat chocolate that doesn’t have any sugar added, or you can even get natural chocolate powder that is completely unsweetened. By dropping in a banana, you are giving your body all the natural sugar it needs, loading up on potassium and fiber, and indulging your taste buds with this low fat snack. Don’t forget the non or low-fat milk!
Milk and Crackers – Everyone loves some milk and cookies before bed, but cookies are completely out of the question for your snack time. Graham crackers, on the other hand, are permitted in limited amounts, and just a couple of squares of the crackers can satisfy your sugar tooth and give you a filling snack. Top your snack off with a glass of low fat or non fat milk, and enjoy your wonderful bedtime snack.
Turkey Cheese Sandwich – Sandwiches made with whole wheat bread are a good choice if you are hungry and need something to eat, and you will find that whipping up a simple sandwich with a bit of Dijon mustard is the way to go. Top off your sandwich with a slice of non-fat or low fat cheese, and add a couple of ounces of turkey breast, a piece of lettuce, and a couple of slices of cucumber to make the perfect delicious, low fat snack with fewer than 200 calories.
Healthy Trail Mix – While trail mix usually contains chocolates and other sweet goodies, you can make your own low calorie trail mix. Grab a handful of your favorite nuts like pecans, almonds, peanuts, or cashews, throw in some dried apricots, raisins, cherries, or figs, and enjoy! The nuts contain lots of healthy fiber and fats, while the dried fruits will often contain antioxidants that will give you energy to keep going with your day.
Snacking doesn’t have to be a bad thing, and you can follow your diet without cheating by trying these 10 snacks with less than 200 calories.