According to WebMD, snacks are an encouraged part of your daily diet — if handled responsibly, they can stave off overeating at mealtime, while also allowing you to perform at peak energy levels throughout the day. It can be challenging to cut down on calories without cutting down on deliciousness, but look no further! There are plenty of snacking options out there that can pack in the satisfaction without you packing on the pounds, and we’ve collected some of the best for you right here. Bon appétit!
Note: The below calorie counts were calculated using online Calorie Counter.
1. Small or Medium Apple With Peanut Butter (178 calories)
Everyday Health recommends this sweet and salty snack, writing that, “Fresh fruits like apples have lots of vitamins and minerals in addition to natural sugars to boost your energy,” according to health education specialist Laura Catalusci. Combined with one tablespoon of peanut butter’s powerful protein kick, this combo is a great way to tide yourself over until the next meal.
2. Salty Honey Greek Yogurt (181 calories)
According to U.S. News and World Report, Greek yogurt is “high in protein, which helps promote fullness.” Four ounces of the stuff packs 10-15 grams of protein. Add 1 ½ tablespoons of honey along with a pinch of sea salt to your taste preference, and you’ve got Shape magazine’s recommendation for a hearty 181-calorie fuel-up.
3. Mini Watermelon Salad (146 calories)
Shape recommends this fiber- and protein-fueled addition to your day — one cup of diced watermelon sprinkled with ¼ cup of crumbled feta cheese and mint leaves for taste. According to Livestrong, “Foods that are low in energy density are best for people who are trying to lose weight. Low-energy density foods tend to contain very little fat and a lot of fiber or water, and this describes watermelon perfectly since it is 92 percent water.” That, plus the protein power of cheese, makes one satisfying miniature meal. (Did we mention it happens to be delicious?)