4 October 11 Snack Ideas from MyNetDiary Members

For the past 2.5 years, subscribers have shared their ideas for calories-controlled snacks on MyNetDiary's Community Forum. For those of you who are unaware of the Forum or don't have time to browse older posts, you might find these snack ideas helpful. They are loosely sorted into "craving categories." Some snacks are processed foods, whereas others are unprocessed. Most of these snacks are below 200 calories, but you can check by simply looking them up on MyNetDiary. I used specific brand names when subscribers used them. As just a reminder, all members, free and paid, have access to our Community Forum.

  • Air-popped popcorn with: 1 tbsp of low fat whipped butter mixed with 1 tsp of lemon juice; 1 tbsp chopped dried cranberries mixed with 1 tbsp fat-free feta cheese; or 1 tbsp Parmesan cheese
  • Kashi Go Lean Crunch® cereal
  • Low calorie Triscuit® crackers with sliced avocado
  • Low fat animal crackers with 1 tbsp dark chocolate chips
  • Melba toast
  • Rice cakes or flax seed cakes
  • Shredded wheat & bran cereal added to vanilla low fat yogurt
  • Wasa® Light Rye Crispbread
  • 2% cottage cheese with: fresh fruit; 1 tsp Nutella®; or 3-4 chopped walnut halves with cinnamon
  • Buffalo chicken dip with celery: boil chicken and then run through food processor. Add low fat mayo or sour cream, ranch dip powdered mix and Frank's® RedHot sauce
  • Hummus with mini whole wheat pita bread, tomato, and cucumber
  • Hummus with baby carrots
  • Low fat cheese sticks or string cheese
  • Non-fat Greek yogurt with: honey, vanilla agave syrup, berries, and/or ground flax seed
  • Low fat ricotta cheese (1/4 – 1/2 cup) with honey and vanilla extract, topped with Cool Whip® Lite
  • PB2® powdered regular and chocolate peanut butter (half the calories of regular peanut butter)
  • "Sandwich thin" with turkey, lettuce, tomato
  • Skim milk or soy milk
  • Sodium-free bread & butter pickle chips with 2% cheese on water crackers
  • Whey protein powder blended with low fat unsweetened almond milk and fruit
  • Broth-based soup (homemade will be a lot lower in sodium than canned)
  • Cucumber wrapped with sliced low fat ham (also high in protein)
  • Laughing Cow® cheese on celery or crackers
  • Nabisco® Wheat Thins Hint of Salt (these are actually low in sodium)
  • Nuts & Seeds: 1 oz (1/4 cup) of any type - most are not high in sodium even though they taste salty
  • Popcorn (microwave bag): Orville Redenbacher's® Smart Pop; Smart Balance® Smart N' Healthy Popcorn
  • Rold Gold® pretzel thins
  • Salsa
  • Steamed veggies with siracha hot sauce and hoisin sauce
  • Baked apples: bake a cored Macintosh or Granny Smith apple that has been stuffed with walnuts, dash cinnamon, ginger, and a drizzle of honey until soft (about 20 minutes)
  • Chocolate rice cake with fat free whipped cream and fresh strawberries
  • Dried fruit – 1/4 cup or less added to other foods to sweeten (e.g. oatmeal and yogurt)
  • Fiber One® Yogurt - key lime pie flavor
  • Fresh fruit - plain or with a nut butter (e.g. apple with almond butter, banana with peanut butter)
  • Fudgsicle® (sugar free or regular)
  • Goodness Knows® snack treats
  • Grapes, frozen
  • Ice cream: Skinny Cow® single serve treats
  • Ice cream: slow-churned low fat vanilla ice cream with sliced peaches, fresh berries, or heated frozen berries
  • Small pretzels with 1 tsp Nutella®
  • Sugar free jam or jelly
  • Red Mars® Bar
  • Pudding: no sugar added
  • Steel cut oats cooked with cinnamon, sugar free maple syrup, and/or fruit
  • Tesco® healthy living snacks
  • VitaTops®
  • Weight Watchers® snacks (e.g. caramel wafers, chocolate biscuits)
  • Raw sliced sweet peppers or baby carrots
  • Roasted squash, eggplant, or peppers with spray oil
  • Roasted chickpeas – dust with spice of choice. This snack is also high in protein.
  • Roasted kale with spray oil
  • Zucchini and eggplant sprayed with oil and microwaved (turn every 5 minutes until dark and crunchy)
As you can see, protein is a popular snack ingredient since it wards off hunger for a modest caloric price. Sweet snacks are also a hit and many are combined with protein foods to satisfy both hunger and a sweet tooth. Snacks fit into any eating plan – simply track them to stay within your total calories budget.
Katherine Isacks, MPS, RD
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