Remember when those over-priced 100 calorie snack packs were all the rage? More importantly, do you remember how you felt after eating a 100 calorie snack pack of oreos? Did you feel satisfied? Probably not. More than likely you were left feeling hungry and craving more. Here are five, whole-foods snacks, which will leave you feeling full and satisfied (for less than 100 calories).
Filling Factor: Fiber. Per serving, raspberries have more fiber than any other fruit. A one cup serving of raspberries has 8 grams of fiber. That’s about a third of your daily fiber needs! What’s even better is that you’re getting all that fiber for 65 measly calories. One raspberry has one calorie.
How Much? 1 cup raspberries = 50-65 calories
Filling Factor: Protein. The next time you are craving something salty, reach for Nut Thins. Nut thins have all the crunchy deliciousness of chips, but with more protein! Nut thins are made with rice and almonds which adds healthy fats, protein, and fiber. Nut thins can be found in the cracker aisle of your grocery store.
How Much? 16 crackers = 130 calories, 12 crackers = 97 calories
Sugar Snap Peas
Filling Factor: Volume. You can eat three cups of these bad boys for under 100 calories. Sugar snap peas also don’t scream “dip me in ranch” the way many other raw vegetables do. They are slightly sweet and taste great plain, or you can mix them into stir frys. Be sure to eat the whole pod, not just the peas!
How Much? 1.5 cups = 40 calories
Pistachios (In the Shell)
Filling Factor: The shell. The very fact that you have to take the time to remove the shell slows down your snacking ability. Enjoying a snack slowly and mindfully can help prevent over eating. Pistachios are also the lowest calorie nut. A one quarter cup serving of nuts should be enjoyed on a daily basis.
How Much? 30 pistachios = 100 calories
Stone Fruit (Plum + Apricot)
Filling Factor: 2 for 1. Two of these delicious fruits only count as one serving of fruit. Enjoy two for 50 calories or go nuts and eat four! Stone fruit (plums, apricots, nectarines, cherries) are only in season for a short while so get them while they are at their peak! (hint: right now!)
How Much? 1 plum = 30 calories, 1 apricot = 20 calories
What are some of your favorite healthy snacks? What seasonal fruits and veggies are you excited to enjoy this summer?
This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Nut Thins.