Tasty, satisfying snacks don’t have to be high in calories. If you’re watching your calorie intake, then stick to wholesome foods with plenty of protein and fibre to keep you full and away from the candy jar.
Celery and peanut butter
Celery is one of those awesome vegetables that has fewer calories than you burn when eating it, making it the perfect mid-morning snack. Two celery stalks are the perfect low-calorie accompaniment for 1 tablespoon of your favorite natural peanut butter, which is a nutritious, filling source of plant protein. Approximate calories: 100.
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Ranch roasted chickpeas
For a guilt-free alternative to potato chips, go for chickpeas. Packed with nutrients, they have plenty of protein and fibre to create a snack that’ll keep you satisfied until your next meal. Simply rinse, drain and dry a couple of cans of chickpeas, then (once they are completely dry) roast them in a little olive oil and ranch seasoning. Approximate calories: 50 calories per tablespoon.
Lettuce wraps are a great low-calorie alternative to traditional sandwiches. Roll two slices of smoked turkey in large romaine lettuce leaves. A spoonful of mustard makes the perfect dip. Approximate calories: 50 calories per wrap.
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Raspberries and Greek yogurt
For a fruity snack, add a handful of raspberries to half of a cup of fat-free Greek yogurt. You’ll get a boost from the natural sugar in the raspberries without having to go for something processed. Approximate calories: 100.
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Red pepper and hummus
A super-quick and easy low-calorie snack for any time of the day is sticks of red pepper with 2 tablespoons of original hummus. You can substitute the red pepper with sticks of carrot, cucumber or celery. Approximate calories: 60.
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Baked banana chips
Thinly slice a small banana, dip it into lemon or orange juice, lay the slices flat on a baking sheet, and bake in the oven until crisp for a sweet, low-calorie snack. Approximate calories: 90 for 10 pieces.
Quinoa is a healthy whole grain and a great source of protein, iron and fibre. Mix 1/4 cup of quinoa, 1/4 cup of cucumber, cherry tomatoes and a squeeze of lemon juice for a simple but tasty quinoa salad snack. Approximate calories: 165.
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Add 1 teaspoon of Greek yogurt and 1 teaspoon of diced onion to 2 ounces of water-packed tuna, and you have yourself a tasty, protein-rich salad snack to keep you going between meals. Approximate calories: 150.
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Mix 1 cup of watermelon cubes, 1 tablespoon of crumbled goat cheese and 2 chopped fresh mint leaves for a delicious, feel-good summer salad. Approximate calories: 100.
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