100 calorie snack packs are all the rage these days, providing portability, convenience and portion control. They’re also most often overpriced, and come with plenty of excess packaging. If you want to save money and the planet along with your waistline, 100 calorie snacks don’t have to come from packs – DIY munchies are easy to prepare using real food – you control what goes into them, and you can have something tasty and fresh, rather than dry and packaged. Eat up!
Apple Chips 1 of 10
These crisp apple chips will change the way you snack on apples! They ring in at under 100 calories per cup.
Endive with Blue Cheese and Toasted Almonds 2 of 10
Made with real ingredients, these tasty nibbles -as well as the Almond & Cream Cheese-Stuffed Olives and Cheddar & Hazelnut Stuffed Apricots
- will take the edge off before dinner. Depending on how much cheese you use, one or two will ring in at around 100 calories.
Roasted Sweet Potato 3 of 10
A medium sweet potato, roasted in its skin, makes a sweet, high fibre, satisfying snack. Choose the darker fleshed variety, which are higher in beta carotene. To roast, prick with a fork and place directly on the oven rack; roast at 350F for 30-45 minutes, or until the skin starts to separate from the flesh.
Hummus with veggies 4 of 10
A few healthy dips of hummus delivers protein, fibre and healthy fats for about 100 calories - and the more fresh veggies you eat, the better!
Real Watermelon Popsicles 5 of 10
These refreshing popsicles, made with pureed watermelon, will cool you down and take some time to eat, so that you'll feel more satiated. Experiment with other fresh fruit, too.
Cucumber Ribbon Salad 6 of 10
Use light mayo or sour cream and cut it back to 2 Tbsp and you'll have a few satisfying servings of something fresh and crunchy.
Frozen Chocolate Banana Bites 7 of 10
With nuts, a bite will run about 100 calories - without, you could snack on two. They'll satisfy your craving for a sweet treat!
A banana 8 of 10
It comes in its own package and is perfectly portable - try boosting protein and healthy fats by spreading the banana itself with a spoonful of all-natural peanut butter (which will add calories, but the good kind!)
Popcorn 9 of 10
3 cups air popped is the going rate for a 100 calorie snack, but popping my corn in 1 1/2 tsp. olive or canola oil makes it infinitely more satisfying - and helps the salt stick - for another 60 calories.
Pumpkin seeds 10 of 10
Two tablespoons of green pumpkin seeds will ring in at around 100 calories, but deliver a healthy dose of fiber, protein and healthy fats. It's a perfect snack to tuck into your desk or gym bag.