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List of Low Calorie Snacks

Here's a huge list of low calorie snacks for you to choose from, and come up with your own creations every once in a while for some variation. Take a look.
Before we get started on a list of low calorie snacks, it is important to clear out some misconceptions. Low calorie does not mean tasteless, unsatisfying food. There are numerous foods out there that make for wonderfully filling snacks, that you can safely enjoy. However, you will be able to enjoy only when you clear the block that you are forcing yourself to eat low calorie food to lose weight. Here, we will provide you with a list that allows you to have your cake and eat it too.

Best Low Calorie Snacks

You don't have to starve when you are on a low calorie diet. In fact, you ought to eat every few hours to keep away the hunger pangs and the unnecessary munching on junk food at bay. To make sure your weight loss program doesn't take a big hit, in the event of extreme hunger, here are some of the best low calorie snacks that fill you up, and keep you satisfied.

Hummus with Pita Bread and Raw Vegetable Sticks: It is okay to enjoy a small amount of hummus every once in a while as a snack. Don't overeat, as it can cause discomfort. Create various hummus recipes and use them as dips for some delicious raw vegetables such as carrots, celery, cucumber, tomatoes, lettuce, etc.

Cereal with Skim Milk: Not only a healthy breakfast in a regular diet, a bowl of whole grain cereal with a cup of skimmed milk is definitely filling, and healthy. In fact, if you think it's not enough, add a few berries or some raisins to your cereal. It'll get rid of those hunger pangs. If you don't feel like having skimmed milk, have cereal with some non fat plain yogurt. It's richer in taste, and more filling.

Whole Wheat Toast with Peanut Butter: Again, those of you who think peanut butter is sinful, it sure is, only if you apply blobs of it on your toast. However, one thin layer on a slice of whole wheat toast, and you have one of the best low fat low calorie snacks for you to enjoy.

Salad: Yes you do have to give up creamy dressings, but these can easily be replaced with healthier delicious dressings for your salads. Prepare a salad with leafy greens, broccoli, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, purple cabbage, whole wheat pasta, kidney beans, chickpeas, or black beans. Add some grilled tofu, cottage cheese, or some chunks of grilled lean meat of your choice to it. Prepare a dressing with lemon, olive oil, and some salt and pepper. You may add herbs like oregano, thyme, and garlic powder for some flavor.

Egg White Scramble/Hard-Boiled Egg Whites: Simply scramble two egg whites in minimal oil, add a little salt and pepper, and enjoy this healthy snack. For something more filling, try out hard-boiled egg whites in the same manner. You can even stuff them with some finely diced vegetables or meat.

Grilled Lean Meat/Cottage Cheese/Tofu: Choose from different types of lean meat such as chicken, turkey, or fish, make a delicious marinade with some garlic, oregano, lemon, and olive oil, and grill a piece of meat for you to enjoy. This idea can serve as both, a snack and a meal. Vegetarians may opt for cottage cheese or tofu, prepared in the same manner. To give it a bit of spice, try out a yogurt marinade with salt, a dash of cayenne pepper, a pinch of sugar, and lots of fresh coriander. Marinate the meat in it, and enjoy a grilled piece.

Non Fat Yogurt with Berries: A simple snack that also satisfies your sweet tooth, feast on a bowl of non fat or low fat yogurt with strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, or cherries, or a mix of all of them, and enjoy! As one of the many low calorie foods that make you feel full, nuts and seeds also have a lot of nutrition to offer to the body.

Fruits: Fruits cannot be forgotten as they are among the healthiest low calorie snack ideas that you can choose from. Enjoy them as they are (fresh, not canned), or have them with some yogurt. Else, apply a thin layer of peanut butter on some thin apple slices. Enjoy a bowl of one orange sprinkled with some walnuts, or prepare a fruit salad. You can also make a delicious fruit smoothie with your choice of fruits, non fat yogurt, or soy milk! There's so much variety with this option in the low calorie food list, you just can't complain of fruits being boring. Just eat bananas, grapes, and papaya in limited amounts, or they can get fattening.

Nuts and Seeds: A handful of mixed nuts such as almonds, walnuts, cashew, sunflower seeds, even raisins are great choices for snacks on the go. Again, just a handful is enough. Don't overeat these nuts, as they can cause great discomfort after a while, and can get fattening too.

Soy Milk: Looking for some high protein low calorie snacks? Simply down a glass of soy milk, whenever you can sense those hunger pangs coming. You don't need anything else to go with it, as it is extremely filling. Preferably, choose unflavored soy milk. It will take a while to get used to the taste, but it is definitely rich in protein, very healthy, and filling, all at the same time.

Stuffed Celery Sticks: A celery stick, stuffed with a tablespoon of natural peanut butter, or some tuna (tinned in water), is another great and quick choice as a low calorie snack.

Lettuce Wraps: This is a delicious Chinese snack. Lightly stir fry some finely diced Chinese vegetables such as bok choy, zucchini, carrots, purple cabbage, and any other vegetable you wish to add to this stuffing. You may also add some shredded meat/cottage cheese/tofu if you wish. Add a dash of soy sauce to it. Now take a lettuce leaf (preferably iceberg) and put a spoon of these vegetables in it. Roll the lettuce leaf, hold it together with a toothpick, and enjoy!

Smoked Salmon Wrap: You can also enjoy a smoked salmon wrap, with some low fat cream cheese spread on it, and cubes of vegetables such as cucumbers and tomatoes. A bunch of high protein low calorie foods combined together to make a delightful snack!

Stuffed Mushrooms: Shred some cottage cheese, and add finely chopped spinach, crushed garlic, a dash of fresh lemon juice, and some salt and pepper to it. Take a few fresh mushrooms and remove the mushroom stem. Stuff the mushrooms with this filling and bake in the oven for a bit. You can also drizzle these mushrooms with a variety of sauces of your choice.

Air Popped Popcorn: The good old lightly salted air popped popcorn cannot be left out of this list of low calorie snacks. A quick snack on the go, remember to avoid the cheese, caramel, or butter when you have this popcorn.

Baked Potato with Salsa and Non-Fat Sour Cream: A medium-sized baked potato drizzled with garlic and olive oil, stuffed with any of the many salsa recipes, and topped with a dollop of non-fat sour cream, makes for a delicious, healthy, and low calorie snack that you can enjoy every once in a while.

Baked Tortilla Chips with Salsa/Bean Dip: Baked tortilla chips are easily available, and can be enjoyed with some delicious homemade salsa, or a bean dip.

Whole Grain Crackers with Cottage Cheese Spread: This is another healthy snack that kids will thoroughly enjoy. Simply add some chives to some shredded cottage cheese, with some salt and pepper. Make it paste like, spread it on your choice of whole grain crackers and enjoy!

You can always mix ingredients and come up with variations from the foods mentioned in the aforementioned list of low calorie snacks. Just eat in moderation, and your healthy diet will reflect in your body, skin, hair, and even your mind.
By Puja Lalwani
Published: 12/8/2010
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