If you’re at all concerned with calories, then you perhaps find yourself searching for low-calorie foods… and later, after you’ve spent about enough time hungry, you start to search for filling foods that meet your calorie goals.
This has been my reality- My 3 pm hunger strike is REAL, and I’ve learned to combat it without breaking my day’s calories or having to run 10 miles to counteract it.
Snack #1: Fruit + Yogurt
Greek yogurt, like Dannon Light & Fit or Fage, can be low-calorie and filling! The mixed pack pictured above is an easy 80 calories!
Protein-filled snacks like yogurt will definitely help you stay fuller longer, avoiding that junk-food scrambling binge we hit when healthy alternatives are not available.
I like to add frozen fruit to my yogurt, so I buy the Dannon Light & Fit vanilla, then add some thawed strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries. Total Calories for 3/4 Cup (98 cal) + fruit (50 cal): 148 calories!
Snack #2: Tuna + Crackers
Tuna. Oh man… the filling power of this fish!! Seriously, a can of it is only 90 calories. THE ENTIRE CAN. Grab about 5-6 saltine crackers (typically ~10 calories each) and enjoy!
1 Can StarKist Tuna (90 cal) + 6 saltines (60 cal)= 150 calories!
Snack #3: Peanut Butter + Apple
Admittedly, I have a love-hate relationship with peanut butter. I love it, but I hate it’s calorie-packed-ness. Mainly because instead of eating the 1 tablespoon, I just use that spoon to eat out the jar… :/ Alternatively, grab a small apple (~50-60 calories) and eat 1 Tablespoon of peanut butter (105 cal for this brand) with it for a healthy, filling snack.
1 Small Apple (~50 calories) + 1 Tablespoon of PB (105)= 155 calories!
Snack #4: Almonds
Nutrient Packed Almonds can curb hunger pains and leave you satisfied. They are a tasty alternative to chips or other similarly crunchy snacks. These Blue Diamond Almonds are 170 calories for 28 nuts, so you can eat about 25 for 150 calories!
Snack #5: Fiber-filled Granola Bars
Fiber One bars are probably my favorite granola bars. With 140 calories and 9 grams of fiber- I can stay within my calorie goals AND get my chocolate fix. YUM.
Now, if you are reading this, you probably have some go-to low calorie snacks that keep you fueled through the day. Mind sharing? It is caring after all! I’d love to hear from you and add to my snacking repertoire!! Comment below!