5 Ways to Cut 100 Calories: Snacks

Snacking on healthy foods can help maintain a healthy weight and keep energy levels high throughout the day. The only downside -- you can overdo healthy foods too! We’re taking a look at 5 healthy options and shaving off 100 calories from each.
Related To:
FNM-AppleMoon-427.tif

FNM-AppleMoon-427.tif

Food stylist: Stephana Bottom

©Hearst Communications Inc., 2010

Hearst Communications Inc., 2010

Snacking on healthy foods can help you maintain a healthy weight and keep energy levels high throughout the day. The only downside -- you can overdo healthy foods, too! We’re taking a look at 5 healthy options and shaving off 100 calories from each.

Snack Option 1: Apples with peanut butter
Pitfall: Peanut butter overload

Smarter Snacking: Slim down the portions of peanut butter -- at 110 calories per tablespoon, the healthy fats can get out of control before you can say creamy or crunchy. Munch on apple slices with one tablespoon of PB instead of two. The apple is high in fill-you-up fiber to help keep you satisfied.

Snack Option 2: Chips and salsa
Pitfall: High-calorie chips

Smarter Snacking: Swap fried chips for baked pita chips or homemade baked wedges of flour tortillas. Make the switch with 10 chips and  voila, 100 calories saved!

Snack Option 3: Nuts
Pitfall: Mindless munching

Smarter Snacking: It’s too easy to endlessly pop handfuls of crunchy nuts. At 7 calories each, you can down hundreds of extra calories in no time. Replace 1/3 cup of nuts with an equal-sized portion of trail mix. With a combo of nuts, dried fruit, and other goodies you’ll still save 140 calories!

Snack Options 4: Fruit smoothies
Pitfall: Outrageous portions

Smarter Snacking: Sip on downsized portions of smoothies made from fruit, ice and small amount of milk or yogurt. Check the nutrition menus at your favorite smoothie shop and you’ll see how losing the sugary add-ins and opting for a smaller size can save you at least 100 calories!

Snack Options 5: Bottled beverages
Pitfall: Unnecessary liquid calories

Smarter Snacking: Like to drink while snacking? Sip on flat or sparkling water with that mid-day nibble. Sugary sodas, teas and other sugar-sweetened beverages average around 100 calories per serving.

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition. See Dana's full bio »

You Might Also Like:

Keep Reading

Next Up

Camp Essentials: Ideas for Meals and Snacks

Keep your campers happy with these meal and snack ideas for summer camp.

Snacks With 100 Calories (or Fewer!)

Turn to these fun, fancy, yet easy snacks for afternoon snack breaks.

100-Calorie Snack Packs: Good or Bad?

"Unsatisfying," "pricey" and "not eco-friendly" are words you might use to describe these smaller packaged snack goods. Sure, they're convenient, but are they really healthy or helpful? I’m not a big fan of the 100-calorie packs and here’s why.

5 Ways to Cut 100 Calories: Sandwiches

Packing your own lunch can save money and calories. Here are 5 ways to cut 100 calories when you pack up sandwiches.

150-Calorie Snacks

Snacks are an important part of a well-balanced diet and should contain healthy nutrients like calcium, protein, whole grains, vitamins or minerals. Aim for 1 to 2 snacks per day that are around 150 calories each. Skip those expensive snack packs and try these ten filling 150 calorie snacks instead.

On TV

The Pioneer Woman

9:30am | 8:30c

Cupcake Wars

10am | 9c

Cupcake Wars

11am | 10c

Cake Wars

12pm | 11c

The Pioneer Woman

1:30pm | 12:30c

Beat Bobby Flay

2:30pm | 1:30c

Beat Bobby Flay

3:30pm | 2:30c

Beat Bobby Flay

4:30pm | 3:30c

Beat Bobby Flay

5:30pm | 4:30c

Beat Bobby Flay

6:30pm | 5:30c

Chopped

7pm | 6c

Chopped

8pm | 7c

Chopped

9pm | 8c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Beat Bobby Flay

10pm | 9c

Beat Bobby Flay

10:30pm | 9:30c

Beat Bobby Flay

11:30pm | 10:30c

Chopped

12am | 11c

Beat Bobby Flay

1:30am | 12:30c

Beat Bobby Flay

2:30am | 1:30c

Chopped

3am | 2c

Mystery Diners

4:30am | 3:30c

Food Network Apps

In the Kitchen

Get over 70,000 FN recipes on all your mobile devices.

Facebook Messenger

Ask our bot for recipes, meal ideas and daily food trivia.

Amazon Echo

Just say "Alexa, enable Food Network skill" to get started.