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18 Low-Calorie Snacks That Satisfy

100-Calorie Snacks That will Keep You Full

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Even though a snack, particularly a packaged one, only has 100 calories doesn't mean it's a healthy choice that will keep you satisfied until your next meal. Instead of reaching for a tiny bag of processed treats, go for real food with real filling power. Focus on fiber, water content and lean protein to find the best snacking choices. Here are 18 ideas to add to your regular snack routine.

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1. Two tablespoons of whipped light cream cheese rolled into two slices of extra-lean ham.

2. Two celery stalks, sliced into strips and dipped in 2 tablespoons of light guacamole.

3. Three ounces of chilled, pre-cooked shrimp dipped in one tablespoon of cocktail sauce.

4. One ounce of goat cheese spread on 1/2 a cup of cucumber slices.

5. One hard-boiled egg, sliced and sprinkled with salt, pepper and paprika.

6. A half a cup of fat-free cottage cheese topped with 1/4 cup of fresh blueberries.

7. A warm and comforting cup of your favorite broth-based soup brightened up with a squeeze of fresh lemon.

8. One medium tomato sliced and topped with one ounce of fresh mozzarella, salt and pepper and drizzled with a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar.

9. One small whole-wheat tortilla topped with two tablespoons of fat-free bean dip and sprinkled with a two tablespoons of low-fat cheddar cheese.

10. One slice of roasted turkey breast wrapped up with one slice of light Swiss cheese.

11. One cup diced watermelon with one ounce of reduced-fat feta cheese, a teaspoon of chopped fresh mint and a squeeze of fresh lime.

12. A half cup of plain yogurt topped with a drizzle of honey and three almonds, finely chopped.

13. Two celery stalks, cut into strips and dipped in 1/4 cup hummus.

14. One ounce of prosciutto wrapped around a wedge of cantaloupe or 1/2 cup of peach slices.

15. One and a half cups of mixed berries.

16. One cup of jicama slices dipped in 1/2 cup of fresh salsa.

17. Ten baby carrots dipped in 4 ounces 0% Greek yogurt, flavored with 1 teaspoon of ranch dressing mix.

18. One cup of sliced apples with one ounce of low-fat cheddar, sliced thin.

What's your favorite go-to snack when you want to get full on a low-calorie budget?
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Megan Lane Patrick has been a professional writer and editor for the past 16 years, and was a chronic dieter for at least 30. A combination of weight-loss surgery, mindful eating and daily exercise finally allowed her to maintain a weight loss of more than 100 pounds. When she's not lifting weights at the gym, you can find her walking shelter dogs as a volunteer for the SPCA.

Member Comments

  • I also think that some photos are misleading but there are some good ideas there, so I am only going to print the text and not the pictures out, and display on my fridge. Maybe I will ask my kids to make accurate illustrations; that will be educational activity. :) - 10/24/2014 12:31:35 PM
  • ETHELMERZ
    Some of these are supposed to be amusing, I guess. Plus, one egg has 75 calories, so you could find something else to go with that one egg besides some salt and paprika, I mean, really. Someone is "reaching" here, to fill in space in the article. - 9/22/2014 2:09:15 PM
  • 2 stalks of celery and some dip... Who the frak gets filled up on that? Some of these are really not realistic, at least not in terms of what is and is not, filling. - 9/18/2014 8:12:52 PM
  • LUIZA59
    Jicama is a root vegetable that is low in calories and tastes like a juicy potato. You can buy it at a grocery store or in an Asian or Latino market. Yum.
    I agree that the photos are not realistic, that is not two ounces of cheese, and why show a whole package of cream cheese? Good ideas bad presentation. - 8/21/2014 5:47:28 PM
  • What is a jacamba - 8/21/2014 1:36:05 PM
  • this is going to hang on the fridge - 6/29/2014 5:52:23 PM
  • I regularly snack on most of these, but was curious about a couple. I guess the article is saying thin slices of jicama can be substituted for chips to make "chips and salsa" a healthier snack - looking forward to trying it. I also do celery and peanut butter or carrots and 2 T of low-fat Ranch dressing. - 5/30/2014 4:10:01 PM
  • GIVEMEFRIES
    How in the world do you make "light" guacamole? At the least, it's only 3 or 4 ingredients? Less salt? Switch half the amount of avocado used for a fat-free yogurt? ????? - 5/27/2014 8:15:13 AM
  • GREENEYEDLADY54
    I appreciate the list, but I have to agree with another member that pointed out how misleading the pictures are. Our eyes get us into trouble a lot and the pictures show much more food that the words direct you to portion out. Be real with us. - 5/27/2014 6:09:21 AM
  • (I do not understand why users believe it is well and good to throw their personal beliefs into this article. It is a BIG turn off for those that do not share that belief.)

    I prefer quick snacks that I can grab and go: I prefer chips, cookies, or fruit. However, I purchased fresh vegetables and pre-cut them into snack size. Then I can eat them like chips from a small baggy or on a plate.

    The cats like to try to steal off with a potato chip. I smiled at them sniffing around my vegie bag; however, the smile fell flat when one of them made off with my brocolli. - 5/20/2014 10:23:17 AM
  • This is a great list, I love caprese as a snack or celery in a dip of some sort - 5/12/2014 8:19:33 AM
  • Thank you for sharing this much needed info...My biggest issue is snacking at night....This will help me a great deal.... - 5/10/2014 5:34:10 PM
  • Thanks for sharing. - 5/10/2014 6:09:58 AM
  • Thank you for showing us that low carb foods (as most of these are) are filling and healthy. And people on a low carb diet need a little more sodium so that is not a big factor for me. Thank you! - 5/8/2014 12:38:34 PM
  • I agree with Charmaine, the photos are quite misleading. The snack ideas are great, but match the photo to the words. You say two stalks of celery and show about seven. You say two tablespoons of cream cheese, but you show a whole package. I love the suggestions, but the photos really don't convey an accurate picture of these snacks. - 5/6/2014 3:59:58 PM

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