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Calorie Bargains: Seize 100 and 200 Calorie Snack Choices

 

Counting calories can be a challenge. In fact, it is one of the things that dieters slip up on first, making weight loss much harder. However, if you can find a selection of meals and snacks that are easy to count, it will become a habit that sticks and the weight will drop off you much more easily.

Pre-portioned 100 Calorie Snacks

Pre-portioned snacks that are sold commercially as 100 calorie snacks can be very handy. They make portion control very easy and can keep you from mindlessly eating through a much larger amount. If you are busy and have no other choice, these snacks can be a wise choice.

The downside of these snacks is that they are much more expensive ounce per ounce than full size packages, which you can easily package into your own 100 calorie snacks. In addition, such snacks tend to be higher in sodium and sugar than may be ideal for your diet, and lack protein which helps to keep you full.

Fruit: The Original Portable Snack

While commercially prepared and packaged snacks are tempting, fresh fruit is the absolute best choice for snacking. Most are conveniently portable, full of fiber and are recommended by the USDA Food Pyramid. Some of the grab and go fruit snacks you can enjoy for under 100 calories are:

  • An apple
  • 3 apricots
  • 4 clementines
  • 2-3 peaches
  • 2-3 oranges
  • 2 pears
  • 4 plums
  • 10 prunes
  • 3 tangerines
  • 30 grapes
  • 30+ berries

Double Your Snack Count

While 100 calorie snacks are easy to count and a convenient idea, realistically it is hard to find snacks that have staying power like protein with 100 calories or less. Snacks with protein are more likely to be closer to 200 calories.

It is much wiser to focus on 200 calorie snacks that will give you energy and keep you satisfied till your next meal.

Calorie counts vary from brand to brand so make sure you check the nutritional information to be sure of how many calories you are consuming. Some protein rich choices that are under 200 calories include:

  • Low fat yogurt
  • Cheese sticks
  • Skim milk latte
  • Low fat cottage cheese
  • Peanut butter (1 tbsp)
  • Almonds (22)
  • Sunflower Seeds (1/4 cup)

Combine low calorie count fruit and vegetables with some of the proteins above for a more filling snack that tastes great too. Finding low calorie foods that satisfy your palate will make your weight loss efforts so much easier.

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