4 Tasty Snack Recipes That Are Less Than 100 Calories

Everyone likes to snack, but those calories quickly add up if you aren’t careful. Instead of reaching for the packaged snacks that never satiate you, it’s better to make your snacks at home so you know exactly what ingredients are going in them. They’re also easier to make than you might think — just check out these recipes. They prove you can have your snack and eat healthfully, too.

1. Maple-Chile Popcorn

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Don’t rely on the grocery store for popcorn when you can easily make your own at home. This recipe from Cooking Light shows you how to make it with a kick. It’s a sweet, salty, and spicy popcorn that yields only 48 calories per serving. Pack this for a snack at work, and you’ll entertain your taste buds without devastating your diet.

Ingredients:

  • Cooking spray
  • 8 cups popcorn (popped without salt or fat)
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground red pepper

Directions: Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Coat a 15-by-10-inch jelly-roll pan or other large rimmed baking pan with cooking spray. Place popcorn in a large metal or glass bowl lightly coated with cooking spray.

Combine syrup, butter, salt, and pepper in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring just until combined. Cook, without stirring, for 2 minutes. Pour syrup mixture over popcorn in a steady stream, stirring to coat.

Spread popcorn mixture in an even layer into prepared pan. Bake at 300 degrees for 15 minutes. Remove from oven, and cool completely in pan.

2. Parmesan Carrot Fries

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Healthify your favorite guilty treat by subbing carrots for spuds. These Parmesan carrot fries from Life by Daily Burn come in at only 83 calories per serving. When baked, the carrots get sweet and a bit crispy. Plus, when you top them with Parmesan, basil, sea salt, and pepper, they taste even more amazing. You might forget all about French fries.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound fresh carrots, peeled and cut into matchsticks
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon flaky sea salt
  • Cracked black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan

Directions: Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Toss carrots with oil, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl until well coated, tehn spread onto a baking sheet. Transfer to oven and bake until lightly browned, about 12 to 15 minutes.

Sprinkle carrots with basil and cheese, then serve.

3. Low-Calorie Blueberry Muffins

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You can even eat muffins without blowing your diet if you pick your ingredients right. Each of these blueberry muffins from Food.com yields fewer than 50 calories and they still help you get your baked good fix. They’re even lower in sugar than most varieties, which is great for those looking to cut back.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 5 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 5 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries or 1 cup frozen blueberries

Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix dry ingredients together. Fold in egg whites then vanilla extract. Add blueberries and mix very gently to combine. Pour into 16 paper-lined muffin cups. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached.

4. Double-Chocolate Cereal Treats

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These chocolate cereal cookies from Cooking Light are only 92 calories per serving and you also get a good dose of whole grains from the cereal. Thanks to those whole grains, you’ll feel satisfied after just one double-chocolate cookie. These no-bake treats are easy to make and even easier to pop into your mouth when you have a between-meal craving.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • Cooking spray
  • 3 cups whole-grain cereal
  • ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions: Combine marshmallows, butter, cocoa, vanilla, and salt in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at high for 1 minute. Remove bowl from microwave; stir with a large rubber spatula coated with cooking spray until smooth. Stir in cereal. Stir in chocolate chips.

Coat a ¼-cup dry measuring cup with cooking spray. Lightly pack measuring cup with cereal mixture; drop onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Freeze 8 minutes or until firm.

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