Most of us only have to look at our own waistline or hips to know that there is an epidemic of obesity in America, and much of the developed world. Yet we have at our disposal all the diet foods and reduced calorie foods we can imagine. There has also been a boom in the production and sales of 100 calorie snack packages of foods.

Make your own 100 calorie snacks

There are a few problems with these foods. 

  1. They are expensive per serving.
  2. They tend to be highly processed.
  3. If they are a low-fat refined wheat product, such as most of the ones in the pic above, there is a good chance there is actually an increased amount of sugar over the “regular fat” product.
  4. There is a lot of extra packaging involved.
As a busy society, we like the convenience of the 100 calorie packs, so how to we overcome the negatives listed up above?
By making your OWN 100 calorie packs at home!
You can be very rigid about the 100 calories if you are adamantly trying to lose weight. If, however, you just want some healthier snacks for you and your family that are convenient, you can choose to not be so stringent about counting and weighing the foods you choose.
Below are 25 options for your own 100 calorie snack packs:

25- 100 calorie snack packs made at home

First of all, you may want a supply of small, snack-size zipper bags or small, 1 cup size disposable plasticware (even though considered disposable, these can be reused again and again!) Many of these snacks can be made up for the week in advance, although some may need to be assembled shortly before eating.

  1. 29 pistachios
  2. 1 cup cantaloupe 
  3. 1 hard-boiled egg
  4. 1 cup of blueberries
  5. 15 strawberries and spoonful Cool Whip
  6. 3/4 cup fruit cocktail (in lite syrup or juice)
  7. 2 cups of microwave popcorn (check the calorie count on the brand you get)
  8. 1/2 cup lowfat cottage cheese and 6 cherry tomatoes
  9. 1/2 cup lowfat yogurt with a sprinkling of nuts or granola
  10. 2 graham cracker squares with a teaspoon of peanut butter
  11. apple slices and 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  12. 2 kiwi sliced into circles
  13. 1/2 cup slow-churned ice cream
  14. 7 animal crackers  
  15. 1 cup of canned mandarin oranges
  16. fresh veggies and 2 tablespoons lowfat ranch dressing
  17. 1/2 small bagel with teaspoon peanut butter
  18. 1 lite string cheese stick and 2 wheat crackers
  19. 3 tablespoons hummus with veggies
  20. 1 slice lowfat swiss cheese with3 whole wheat crackers 
  21. 14 almonds
  22. 1/3 cup edamame sprinkled with salt
  23. 1/2 cup dry oat squares cereal
  24. 40 mini pretzel sticks
  25. 1 Tbs peanuts & 2 Tbs dried cranberries
Making a supply of these and having them in the cabinet or fridge will help you snack healthier, help provide your children with healthier snacks, and save you money!

What other “100 calorie snacks” do you like to eat?

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