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You can make 100-calorie snacks better than they can – Fresh Foodie

Instead of purchasing the nutritionless pre-packaged 100-calorie snacks, make your own with whole foods.

Join Debbie as she raves about whole foods, rants about chemicals and generally celebrates cooking and eating with fresh, local, nutritious foods. And sometimes she might get a little feisty….

Maybe you didn’t quite make a New Year’s resolution out of it like Jeff did, but it’s there, in the back of your mind: “I’m going to start eating healthier and consume less calories.” One way to reach that goal would be to eat healthier snacks.

I feel compelled to confess to you that I as type this, I’m eating chocolate chips and pretzels. That’s because I had a freakishly healthy dinner of salmon, buttercup squash and broccoli. I’m convinced that my body — anyone’s body — needs a certain amount of calories to subsist happily (and that’s more than programs like Lose It! tell you to eat), and so I suggest eating healthy snacks often. Because if you don’t, you may very well binge on chocolate chips and pretzels.

Did you ever think about buying the pre-packaged 100-calorie snacks? Honestly, I’ve been tempted and I’m actually glad that wheat makes me feel crummy, or I would have fallen for the ease of a handy little snack with little to no nutritional value. They may be low-calorie and even low-fat, but that’s about it and that’s just not me.

I decided to measure out the calories of some of my favorite snacks, and I was surprised at how easy it is to make your own 100-calorie snacks.

The 100-Calorie Healthy Snacks

  • 7 baby carrots (five calories each)
  • 2 tsp. all-natural almond butter or peanut butter (about 66 calories)
  • 1/2 c. strawberries (25 calories)
  • 1/2 c. plain whole milk yogurt (75 calories)
  • small fruit salad
  • 1 TB slivered almonds (33 calories)
  • 2 TB hummus (50 calories)
  • 5 baby carrots
  • as many cucumber and celery sticks as you’d like
  • 1 medium apple (75 calories)
  • 1 TB cheese chunks or slices (25 calories)
  • 1/2 medium banana (55 calories)
  • 1-2 TB shredded coconut (for dipping!) (30 calories)

Hey, how’d that snack get in there? Well, I guess it’s semi-healthy.

  • 1 rice cake (35 calories)
  • 2 tsp. almond butter
  • nearly unlimited veggies sticks if they are green (cucumbers, peppers, celery)
  • 1 TB Goddess dressing for dipping (basically Italian dressing with lemon and tahini)

I used Calorie Count to get the approximate amount of calories for these foods when I didn’t have a package label to check. Don’t forget to package these snacks in reusable containers instead of disposable plastic bags. You’ve now saved some money, saved the environment, and saved yourself a larger waistline. Now that’s worth not buying those nutritionless pre-packaged jobs, wouldn’t you say?

If you share your 100-calorie snacks with us, we’ll have more snacks to create ourselves, so add your faves to the comments.

Photo Credit: Dan4th / Flickr

2 Responses to “You can make 100-calorie snacks better than they can – Fresh Foodie”

January 27, 2010 at 6:04 PM

That all sounds pretty good. I’d be interested in trying Almond butter. I’m intrigued by and scared of it.

January 27, 2010 at 6:08 PM

Owen and Keith like almond butter the best, but I really like sunflower seed butter. Owen used to be allergy to peanuts and supposedly he outgrew it, but they’ve said that about other foods that still give him hives, so peanuts are still off-limits in my book!