Snacking can be tough to get right, especially if you are trying to keep your calorie intake low. Snacks can be really beneficial to reaching your goals, especially if you choose ones that are a good source of protein and will help bridge the gap in between meals.
Here are some go to snack ideas that will fill you but are also 100 calories or under!
These are a great snack idea, as they are already portioned out in a convenient bag that is super easy to bring with you on the go. They are also handy to keep in your pantry as they hold for a long time and do not have to be kept in the fridge. It is great to keep them ready in your gym bag for emergencies or even in your handbag for any unplanned snack breaks at work!
My noodles with a tin of tuna
This super low calorie snack is also really filling due to voluminous nature of the noodles. The tinned tomato forms a sauce with the herbs that if you cook with the noodles, adds a tasty flavour, while the tuna adds a protein punch. This is a great combination for anyone dieting. You can also use fresh tomatoes and simply cook them in a pot till they are soft, then either blend or mash well to form a sauce.
These are a great go to essential for snacking on the go, compared to normal cereal bars, they are much lower in carbohydrates and fat and contain 6.3g of fibre, helping you to make a good dent in your recommended daily amount. They are available in a variety of flavours but the double chocolate is especially great for putting any cravings to rest.
Rice cake with 10 g peanut butter
A rice cake with peanut butter makes a great snack while still keeping the calories below 100. Just be careful to watch your portion size with peanut butter as it is calorie dense, so if you go overboard you will jack up those fat calories pretty fast!
30g Dried Mango
Dried fruit is a great snack before, during and after a workout. It is high in carbohydrates which can be absorbed quickly by the body, providing you with an energy boost when you need it most. If you have the extra calories to spare, dried mango tastes great when mixed with yoghurt or even though your oats in the morning. It is also great to add into baking such as a batch of protein muffins.
Whole almonds are a great snack choice. They are full of healthy fats and for this reason; a small amount goes a long way. They are also delicious when roasted in the oven, and make a great topping when combined with yoghurt or even mixed through granola.
They taste just as good solo though, and are easy to transport if you pop them portioned out in a small tub or even a zip lock bag that can be bought cheaply in your local supermarket.
Chocolate caramel whey protein shake
A staple for many bodybuilders, the humble protein shake makes a great snack for those who are calorie conscious. Although the chocolate caramel flavour is 103kcal instead of under 100 kcal as stated in the article title, due to its high protein content yet low fat and carbohydrate content it still deserved a mention, and especially so in the chocolate caramel flavour. You can mix it with water, or if you don’t mind adding in extra calories using some milk. It also tastes great added to smoothies or oats. Protein shakes are brilliant after a good gym session but are also great at any time in the day if convenience is the name of the game. Simply portion out your powder into your shaker and add water when it suits then enjoy!
Take home message
There are plenty of great snack options available for under a hundred calories that taste great and will help you reach your goals. Consider keeping a snack in your gym bag or even the glove compartment of your car, so that you are never caught short for a healthy option. Sometimes when you are on the go, if you have nothing to hand, junk food tends to be a readily available, easy option so if you prepare ahead, it will be much easier to make a better choice that will be more conductive towards your goals. It is important to get the bulk of your nutrition from whole foods, but using some supplements can make life a little easier!