When it comes to sticking to your diet, your macros or your calorie intake goals, there’s one common thing that many people struggle with … snacks. Weight gain can often occur by “snaccident” and a lot of that comes from just not knowing the caloric value of the foods you’re munching on. So what should you be grabbing when you want a quick snack? What foods are surprisingly high-calorie, and which are shockingly low? We’re breaking down a look at 50 different snacks that are under 100 calories. Not all would be deemed healthy, but hey – “treat yo’ self” can still happen for under 100 calories.
While we always do our best to give you accurate nutritional data, the fact is – varying brands and varieties of foods will fluctuate the specific calories of each item. However, this list should give you a good overall look at what foods, drinks, along with their proper portion size that you can enjoy for 100 calories or less.
When it comes to a fresh fruit that is easy to store and fun to snack on, blueberries certainly fit the bill. Count them out and you will see that depending on the batch size, you can be eating around 75 of these sweet little blue “nature candies” — all the while remaining under 100 calories.
While they last the longest stored in the refrigerator, they make for a perfect slow eating desk snack should you pack a container of them to enjoy during your workday.
Blueberries, 1 cup, 85 calories
Poke the skin of a small sweet potato and pop it in the microwave or oven. Once it’s done, you’ll have a great nutritious snack!
If you’re feeling savory, you can go ahead and add salt and pepper to it, or a seasoning of your choice. If you’re looking for a more sweet treat, try adding cinnamon and enjoy!
However, root vegetables often take a lot of time to cook, especially in the oven. So we’ve hacked it by cooking them in our Instant Pot! Make snacks for the full week by using this handy kitchen gadget ahead of time.
Small Sweet Potato, Baked or Microwaved, 100 calories
When you were a kid, your mother likely made this snack for you, but topped with a line of chocolate chips or raisins and called “ants on a log”. While ant on a log is a wonderful snack, it easily surpasses our 100 calorie limit.
However, if you cut out the sugar-laden chocolate chips or raisins, you have yourself a perfect low-calorie snack. The celery serves as the perfect “boat” for enjoying peanut butter, for a longer lasting snack option.
1 Large Celery Stalk and 1 Teaspoon of Peanut Butter, 100 calories
Quinoa isn’t just another variety of rice, it’s actually a seed. Plus, when it’s been cooked, it can easily replace rice in many recipes. In fact, quinoa is known for its boost in protein and fiber, which makes it a great little snack to enjoy throughout your day.
Best practice would be to make a batch of it at the beginning of the week, and grab a scoop when you need it. Furthermore, it’s extra tasty with a little bit of low-calorie dressing on top or even a hot sauce!
Cook quinoa with less time and mess using your Instant Pot! Follow this simple recipe to have perfect fluffy quinoa every time, no exception!
1/3 cup of cooked Quinoa, 85 calories
When you are craving chocolate, nothing else will satisfy that craving but chocolate itself. While it may seem like a big “no-no” to eat chocolate regardless of what your dietary plan requires, there are many benefits of dark chocolate — such as lowering blood pressure, improving brain function, and being a great source of antioxidants — that make it an ideal and satisfying snack.
With the lesser amount of sugar, dark chocolate has a way of squashing one’s craving, without needing too much of it.
1 Teaspoon of Dark Chocolate Chips, 70 calories
When you can eat a whole cup of something plus dip without exceeding 100 calories, that snack is the real MVP.
In fact, the calorie density in this snack is mostly from the ranch dressing. So if you’re able to find a dip or sauce that has a lower calorie amount, the more you can eat!
Raw broccoli is a great addition to your diet for its protein and fiber. Plus, you can eat a lot of it for very low calories.
1 cup of raw Broccoli florets and 1 Teaspoon of Ranch Dressing, 100 calories
Bananas are a fantastic fruit that are thankfully already wrapped for you. So, all you need to do is throw one or two in your bag, and you have a healthy snack for work. Perfect for when you need a little something, and you’d rather it not be a small bite of something, but a good portion to keep you sustained.
If you’re not sure how to size your banana between small, medium and large . Just take a look and if your banana is less than six inches, that’s a small banana.
Small Banana, 90 calories
Something easily made by the dozen, hard-boiled eggs are the really great to have available. In fact, hard-boiled eggs are a great low-calorie snack!
Simply peel (if not already), and sprinkle a little salt & pepper, and pack to go for a simple handheld bite that will fuel you with ample protein.
If you are looking to make a huge batch of hard-boiled eggs, why not using an Instant Pot? The 5-5-5 method is our absolute favorite way to get perfect eggs every single time.
1 Large Hard-Boiled Egg, 78 calories
Cottage cheese seems to be one of those things that many either love or hate. However, when it comes to a snack that’s high in protein, vitamins, and minerals, cottage cheese is a great go-to.
Cottage cheese comes in a few different levels of fat varieties, much like milk does, and each variety holds its own nutritional value. Better yet, you can enjoy a standard half cup of cottage cheese for under 100 calories. So, why not fill a small bowl for your afternoon snack?
1/2 cup of Cottage Cheese, 98 calories
Cucumber slices are not just for depuffing your eyes or refreshing a pitcher of water, they are also a perfect low-calorie snack. Even better, they pair well with cheese — especially the cottage or cream variety. So, fell free to roll them into mini roll-ups or make sandwiches with two cucumber slice and the cheese in the middle.
Plus, if you are on a keto diet or looking for a low-carb snack option, this one is perfect.
1/2 cup of Cucumber slices and 2 Teaspoons of Cream or Cottage Cheese, 100 calories
A rice cake is a round cake made of puffed rice. It is often used as a substitute for bread. Plus, it has the added benefit of being fewer calories than bread.
Since two rice cakes come in at 70 calories, that leaves 30 calories of room to spread something delicious on top. Some options include a thin smear of cream cheese, some peanut butter, or a low-sugar preserve. However you enjoy them, rice cakes are a great snack that feel substantial without breaking the calorie bank.
2 Rice Cakes, 70 calories
Sushi is usually considered more of a meal than a snack. Don’t let that line of thinking limit you! If you are anything like us, sometimes you just like to enjoy a little bit of sushi here and there throughout the day or perhaps as an appetizer at a party.
Here is a great rule of thumb about how many calories sushi has: on average, each piece is about 45 calories. This means you can only have two pieces if you want to stay under the 100-calorie mark.
2 pieces of Sushi, 90 calories
There are many words you can use to describe toast. Plain, simple. cost effective, easy to grab, rather filling, and can be topped in many different ways. However, considering plain toast is just under 100 calories, how you top it may tip your calorie count over the edge.
Try a low-calorie berry preserve, a small smear of butter, maybe some peanut butter, or perhaps some powdered peanut butter hydrated with water. Whatever you choose, toast is a great base snack to have, no matter the occasion.
1 slice of Toast, 75 calories
While there are certainly a wide variety of energy ball recipes out there, typically a small teaspoon sized ball — similar to a ball of raw cookie dough, for mental measure — is just shy of 100 calories. Whether you buy them at the store or make them yourself at home, most energy balls are made with dates, nuts, seeds, and oats.
With this variety of ingredients, energy balls are a delicious option that won’t break your daily goals. So, go online and find a recipe that catches your eye — and stomach.
Energy Balls, recipe dependent, average 90 calories
Sometimes when hunger strikes and you need to grab something on the go and fast, it can be hard to think straight. Being rushed can easily see you fall to your cravings by getting something with too many calories like a cheeseburger or “snack wrap”.
However, calm yourself down because a simple side salad will do the trick. Plus, most of the calorie intake comes down to your dressing choice. Your best bet here is to go for a vinaigrette, which is typically lower calorie than other dressings.
Small Side Salad with Vinaigrette, 60 calories
Whether you are seeking a snack at home or an appetizer when dining out, a jumbo shrimp cocktail is certainly an answer to your diet prayers. Lean protein combined with a spicy tangy seafood sauce is a filling yet diet-friendly snack to have.
However, it probably is not great to take on-the-go. I mean, shrimp and handbags don’t really seem like a good idea. But if you’re looking for a good snack in the evening or an easy thing to order out, be sure to consider a shrimp cocktail.
5 Jumbo Shrimp and Cocktail Sauce, 100 calories
Hey, we never said these snacks had to be healthy. They just needed to be under 100 calories. Let’s be honest here, you are going to reach for these gummy snacks every once in a while. In fact, they are quite irresistible. So, it is best to know just how many you can have when you are indulging in these gummy treats.
Thankfully, you can eat a large family of these little bears and satisfy your cravings without making your day a complete loss. Balance, y’all.
10 Gummy Bears, 90 calories
When it comes to snack options, granola bars are a classic. We’ve been enjoying them since our childhood school lunches, it’s no wonder they’ve become such a huge part of our day to day. When it comes to granola bars, the most important thing is to read your labels and make sure you’re finding one that’s probably not dipped in chocolate or drizzled with caramel. A generic granola bar, however, is the perfect fit for most.
Even better, we’ve got this easy granola bar recipe for you today that is packed full of protein, healthy fats, and doesn’t have nuts! The lack of nuts makes it 100 percent school safe should you decide to pop one into your little one’s lunch bag.
Granola Bar, generic, 90 calories
This type of yogurt came onto store shelves with a thunderous boom — creating a huge shakeup in the world of store bought yogurt. Unique in texture, thick, and creamy, it was a shock to the taste buds of yogurt purists. Even better, it was perfect for mixing into dips along with honey, berries, and the like.
All in all, Greek yogurt is the protein-rich alternative to traditional yogurt. Above all else, it is most certainly the best way to bank your calories if you are reaching for yogurt as a snack.
Greek Yogurt, 1 container, 100 calories
When you are dealing with a cough or cold, honey is often recommended as a natural remedy. However, many people enjoy consuming honey when either mixed in with a beverage or used as a spread for beard and the like.
One such beverage that people enjoy mixing honey into is tea. Try having a cup of tea during the day to soothe and relax. Moreover, you don’t need worry about the sweets. This beneficial drink is definitely worth the calories.
1 Teaspoons of Honey with 1 cup of Tea, 70 calories
This is yet another “eat as much as your heart desires” snack. To be honest, that is because we highly doubt you are going to indulge in more than three cups of these tomatoes.
Cherry tomatoes are often sweet to taste, easily garden-grown, and inexpensive. So, on top of being low in calories, they are quite easy on the wallet.
Cut them in half and salt them, or pop them like, well, cherries. No matter which way you enjoy them, they are an ideal low-calorie snack.
3 cups of Cherry Tomatoes, 90 calories
It may seem odd to just eat deli meat and not use it to make a sandwich or wrap. However, when it is paired with some veggies or rolled up on their own, deli meat is certainly a worthy and delectable consideration among low-calorie snack options. Also, what you use to make a sandwich or wrap could take you well over 100 calories.
If you get a craving, be sure to make a few rollups. You will be sure to enjoy a fueling snack that is low in fat, carbs, and calories.
3 slices of Turkey Deli Meat, 90 calories
While hot dogs are not the most healthy of foods you can have, swapping from beef and pork hot dogs to a healthier chicken or turkey variety can make all the difference. For one thing, we guarantee that you will notice a huge difference in the calorie ranges.
So, slice up one to enjoy as a snack when you want to, and delight in your under 100 calorie hot dog. Not often you can say that. But sorry, no bun with this one.
1 Chicken Hot Dog, link sliced, 100 calories
Beef jerky is a road trip classic. One that can make quite the low-calorie snack.
A bag of beef jerky is typically just over three ounces. So, if you can avoid eating the whole bag, you can stay under 100 calories. So, we recommend smacking on one large piece of jerky.
Other varieties — including pork, turkey, and chicken — are about the same in terms of ounces. Just be sure to keep an eye on the nutritional label as each can vary in calorie amounts.
1 large piece of Beef Jerky, 80 calories
Sure, you might be used to regular omelets, but you are missing out on a treat that cuts the calories. In fact, if you’re open to trying egg white only omelets, then you are in for a super low-calorie treat.
All you need is the whites from four eggs to make the perfect egg white omelet. Since the egg white add little to no calories to the dish, be sure to watch what you add to the mixture or as a topping.
Making and/or topping your egg white omelet with low-to-zero calorie foods such as tomatoes, spinach, and onions is the perfect way to go.
4 egg white omelet with vegetables, 90 calories
That’s right, we said wine. We are considering this scrumptious beverage a snack.
So, when you are looking for a way to wind down at the end of the day, a glass of wine could make or break your daily goals. However, you might be happy to know that enjoying a small glass of wine — 40 ounces to be exact — yields 95 calories. Be aware that the calorie amount may vary depending on the variety you choose to drink.
With all that in mind, wine is most certainly one of our favorite “snacks”.
4oz glass of Wine, 95 calories
When you have a craving, tuna salad is a great one snack to grab. In fact, you most likely already have all of the ingredients for it in your cupboard and fridge.
With all the ingredients set, it should take no time to whip up some tuna salad by mixing drained canned tuna, light mayonnaise, and seasonings. A small serving of tuna salad is low in calories.
Plus, if you want to do something different than a regular tuna salad, we recommend trying spreading on dill pickles with this recipe for tuna pickle boats.
1/4 cup of Tuna Salad with light mayonnaise, 100 calories
Applesauce is not just for your kids. This snack option is perfectly packed for adults, too. So, in addition to packing one for your child’s lunch, feel free to pack one for yourself.
Applesauce is naturally sweet, so avoiding the sugar-added varieties as sugar can increase the calories well above 100. Moreover, applesauce is a quick snack that will squash your cravings for something sweet instantly.
If you are feeling extra ambitious, add a sprinkle of cinnamon and a few oats to feel like you are enjoying a piece of apple crisp.
1 container of Applesauce, 50 calories
We all know that frozen yogurt is ice cream’s healthy little sister. This may be a hot take, but you know what? It tastes just as good or even better than ice cream. There I said it! Better yet, you will feel better about eating it knowing it is relatively healthy.
If you’re looking for a sweet scoop of froyo, stick with a small “kid size” two ounce scoop in a bowl. If you do so, you will be hitting under 100 calories!
2oz scoop of Frozen Yogurt, 90 calories
When eaten raw, almonds have major benefits for both your brain and body. Even better, they are packed with healthy fats, protein, and fiber, along with being low in carbs. All in all, almonds are a highly filling and satisfying snack that will sustain you for hours on end.
Be careful though, almonds are about eight to nine calories each. As such, they should be enjoyed in small portions, like a small handful. We recommend eating about 13 to stay under 100 calories.
Handful of Almonds, approximately 13 in total, 90 calories
Another little fun extra to make the list, because sometimes you just want to sit on a patio and enjoy a cold beer. We don’t blame you. By swapping from regular to light beer, you can still enjoy your favorite refresher for under 100 calories, brand dependent.
Light Beer, 12oz, 95 calories
Protein powders most definitely vary from brand to brand, but many, vegan protein varieties especially, come in at low calories using pea proteins instead of whey. Either way, one scoop mixed with water you will have a fill-up fuel-up with protein as a snack!
1 scoop of vegan protein powder mixed with water, 90 calories
Easy to grab, easy to eat, easy to tote around all day – there are so many ways to love dried figs. They are sweet like dates but with crunchy seeds on the inside that for whatever reason truly entertain the palate. An absolute must try if you’re seeking a quick snack.
2 Dried Figs, 90 calories
While there are many varieties of vegetable soup, and we encourage you always read your labels, in general, a cup of vegetable soup (which yes, can definitely be a snack!) is under 100 calories. Not only that but with the broth and veggies combined, it will most definitely leave you feeling full.
1 can vegetable soup, water added, 80 calories
There’s always a debate on HOW to eat a grapefruit, do you slice and spoon, or peel and eat? No matter which way you cut it, a grapefruit is a refreshing citrusy snack you can eat, and drink the juices of afterward (if you’re the slice and spoon kind of person!).
1 Whole Grapefruit, 100 calories
Why keep them in the shell? They take longer to eat! Which means, you’ll enjoy them longer, have the urge to eat less, yet feel like you’re eating a whole lot! Edamame is well complimented by chili seasoning, a sprinkle of salt or a touch of soy sauce.
1 cup Edamame, in the shell, 100 calories
Chickpeas what makeup one of the most popular snack dips – hummus! But did you know that draining, rinsing, roasting these little beans make for a delicious protein-rich, vegan snack? It’s true! You can even make them yourself with this recipe for 4 Different Ways To Roast Chickpeas!
1/4 Cup Roasted Chickpeas, 70 calories
Chips vary from party to party and snack cupboard to snack cupboard, but one chip that seems to rule them all in popularity – is the tortilla chip. Usually used for dipping into sauces like a low-calorie salsa, tortilla chips make for a good snack when paired in the right way.
10 Tortilla Chips, 90 calories
Who doesn’t love a crisp and sweet apple? Another one of nature’s candies, it’s perfect to grab-and-go and enjoy anytime throughout your day. No tools needed to eat it except for a nice set of chompers. A medium sized apple is ideal for your diet needs.
Medium Apple, 95 calories
Sometimes portions are everything. While a whole English muffin may be tempting, simply taking half of one (thankfully they’re pre-sliced typically) and toasted with a small smear of butter you can enjoy a snack-sized serving of English muffins that will satisfy.
1/2 English Muffin & teaspoon Butter, 100 calories
Another one that’s best to enjoy IN the shell (but, highly recommend you not eat the actual shell, in case that wasn’t obvious…probably a smart disclaimer on our part). Roasted & salted, pistachios are incredibly satisfying for a quick snack. Keep some on hand in your cupboard and you’re good to go.
Pistachios, 25 dry roasted in shell, 100 calories
Hummus, a dip made of chickpeas is a perfect protein-packed food to enjoy. Careful not to have too much of it though, as it’s also fairly calorie dense. Pair it perfectly with carrot sticks and you have a portion controlled snack that will hit the high notes for your diet.
Cup of Carrots & 2 tbsp Hummus, 95 calories
They’re crunchy, tangy, sometimes garlicky – and always delicious. Pickles have picked up in popularity these days, and for more reasons than just the classic pregnant woman’s cravings. These spears you can eat a ridiculous amount of without going over 100 calories.
Dill Pickles, 30 spears, 90 calories
If it were up to me, I could eat pineapples until my mouth was raw, I love them so much. Diced up, sweet and juicy – they’re a definite favorite. Thankfully, in a portion-controlled environment (ha!) you can enjoy a whole cup of them for just 100 calories!
Pineapple, 1 cup diced, 75 calories
Yes, you may be wanting to take a whole half of an avocado, but in keeping with the under 100 calories goal, a third of an average sized avocado is going to fit the bill. Enjoy it on its own, sprinkled with a cajun seasoning and you’ll be getting a healthy fat snack that your body will love!
1/3 average Avocado, 85 calories
Kale chips are actually pretty dang amazing. They’re crunchy and salty and seasoned just how you like them. Roasted at home in your oven, or now in store bought varieties, they are the answer to a healthier version of the chip!
Kale Chips, 1 cup, 55 calories
Cut them in half, and eat them with a spoon. Or dice them into bite-size pieces. Or peel and slice into round little sweet bites of kiwi. No matter how you cut it, Kiwis are a great low-calorie snack. When it comes to kiwis and calories…you can actually enjoy TWO and still come in under 100. Win!
2 Kiwis, 85 calories
Who doesn’t love grapes? Perfect to eat one at at time, with pops of refreshing sweet and tart flavors, they’re an automatic snack favorite. Looking to enjoy them a little longer? Many swear by frozen grapes as the perfect snack, especially in summer months!
1 cup Grapes, 62 calories
Watermelon may seem huge, but they’re called watermelon for a reason – they’re mostly made up of water. However, come summertime, these are a much more refreshing option than most fruits which is why they’re so popular. 2 cups of watermelon are the perfect serving amount when you want to enjoy these for fewer calories.
Watermelon, 2 cups diced, 100 calories
When seeking a good evening snack, popcorn might be the ideal food to reach for. Careful though, many varieties are coated with sugar and butter and definitely not going to be under 100 calories. Try for an air-popped homemade or pre-made popcorn for a snack that actually fills a bowl.
3 cups Air-Popped Popcorn, 90 calories