Several manufacturers have taken the guess work out of counting calories by providing a selection of 100 calorie snacks for times when a piece of fruit just doesn't quite satisfy your cravings. These specialty treats help dieters learn sensible snacking by make snacks that taste good and fit into a healthy lifestyle.
Nabisco 100 Calorie Packs
Nabisco's 100 Calorie Packs offer two kinds of crackers. The first is Multi-Grain Wheat Thins Chips and the second is Ritz Chips. These snacks are packaged in "smart-size" portions that allow you to enjoy the taste without measuring or counting. Other 100 calorie snacks available from Nabisco include:
- Mr. Salty Chocolate Covered Pretzels
- Oreo Candy Bites
- Chip Ahoy! Candy Bites
- Lorna Doone Shortbread Cookie Crisps
- Mini Teddy Grahams Cinnamon Cubs
- Planters Cookie Crisps
- 100 Calorie Variety Tray Pack
O'Coco's Organic Chocolate Crisps
This tasty 90 calorie snack is made from whole grains with no artificial additives. O'Coco's Organic Chocolate Crisps is available in three flavors:
FrozFruit Gourmet Frozen Fruit Bar
FrozFruit Gourmet Frozen Fruit Bars, are made with real fruit and fruit juices with no sugar added but are sweetened with Splenda. At 100 calories or less per serving, these frozen treats are 100 percent fat free and come in a variety of flavors including:
- Chunky Strawberry
- Chunky Raspberry
- Chunky Mango
Breyers Double Churn 100 Calorie Cups
This 100 calorie delight is the answer for ice cream lovers who need their ice cream fix. This treat not only satifies the sweet tooth, but it is also a good source of fiber and calcium. Breyers offers other 100 calorie snacks including these frozen treats:
- Slim-a-Bear 100 Calorie ice cream sandwiches
- Slim-a-Bear 100 Calorie ice cream bars
- Fudgsicle 100 Calorie fudge bars
Yoplait Light Smoothie
This dairy treat provides protein and fiber and at only 90 calories, it's also an excellent source of calcium.
South Beach Diet Whole Wheat Snack Crackers
These whole wheat snack crackers are 100 percent whole grain and contain no transfats. At 100 calories per one once serving, this snack satisfies the need to crunch.
Barbara's Organic 100 Calorie Mini Cookies
For dieters following a healthy eating plan, these organic snacks have no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. Flavors include:
Snacks Less Than 100 Calories
Calorie counting is an effective way to lose weight, but when you're in the mood for a snack and have less that 100 calories to "spend" what can you eat for a snack? Actually there's plenty. Here are a few ideas:
This easy-to-prepare snack provides a great source of protein which helps satisfy your hunger. At 78 calories this snack makes a great snack anytime of the day.
Rice cakes provide the crunch many dieters are looking for but not the taste. Calories in rice cakes will vary on brand from around 45-60 calories each.
Laughing Cow Cheese
Packaged in a small, round container, Laughing Cow cheese is individually wrapped in wedge-shaped servings. Each wedge of spreadable cheese is a white, creamy, and smooth and is made from a combination of cheeses to create great flavor at only 70 calories per wedge.
A Word of Caution
While it's great that manufacturers are packing smaller servings of snack food, it's important to remember that these snacks are 100 calories per serving. If you eat two or three servings, they are no longer a low calorie snack option. More and more 100 calorie snacks enter the market each week. While these snacks are convenient and easy to pack, don't rule out fresh fruits and veggies as low calorie snack options too.