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Posted by Lynette Desharnais.

Lynette is a program coordinator for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health

 

 

 

Balancing your calories is never easy.  With a busy schedule, often we find ourselves extremely hungry by the time we finally have a chance to eat. That can easily lead to eating even more calories than we had planned to. So how can we stop ourselves from overeating at meal times? Two words: smart snacking!

Smart snacking means eating low calorie snacks a few times a day. This can support a healthy diet, and should be a part of your daily meal plan.  Healthy, nutrient-dense snacks can also increase your metabolism and give you more energy. 

Looking for a smart way to snack smart? Create your own 100-calorie snacks! Instead of buying pre-packaged 100-calorie snacks (which can be expensive and loaded with sugar and salt), buy regular-sized foods (like pretzel sticks) and use the nutrition label to figure out how many items equals 100 calories.
To get you started, here are some easy, on-the-go 100-calorie snack ideas:

  • 1/2 banana spread with 2 tsp. peanut butter
  • 25 seedless grapes
  • 2 cups mango chunks or raw raspberries
  • 1/2 cantaloupe cut up into 1 inch cubes
  • 20 roasted peanuts
  • 60 goldfish crackers
  • 3 cups of 99% fat free microwave popcorn
  • 20 mini Fat-free pretzels
  • 12 mini cheddar cheese rice cakes
  • 10 low-fat, baked tortilla chips with 1/4 cup salsa
  • 1 bag (.7 oz) of granola bites
  • Carrot sticks and ¼ cup of hummus

Remember, plan your snacks ahead of time and pack them before leaving your home. Do you have your own favorite 100-calorie snacks? Share them here!

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