Low-calorie snacks: our pick of the best

Advice Ben Ince
10 Dec 2013
bag of peanuts and peanut butter

Need a pick-me-up between meals? Try these low-calorie snacks and make sure you aren’t destroying all your hard-won gains

You can’t always get the nutrition you need from breakfast, lunch and dinner. Maybe you’re on a muscle-gain plan that demands a ton of calories – or maybe you’re eating on the go and need to avoid a blood sugar crash that’ll send you scurrying to Krispy Kreme. The good news is, there are plenty of snack options that will help, rather than hinder your fitness – and you can keep them handy at all times. Here’s our pick of the best.

Nut butter and fruit

One or two of your five-a-day fruit ‘n’ veg ration can come from fruit – but to avoid the instant rush of a fructose hit, it’s best to pair them with a lower GI foodstuff. The easy solution? Pair your banana with peanut butter, or your apple with almond. You’ll also get a quick hit of protein and a helping of healthy fats.

Greek yoghurt and berries

Berries are a great pick for your daily fruit – they’re high in illness-fighting antioxidants and relatively low in fructose. Twin them with Greek yoghurt and you’ve got a dessert-like dish that also packs a protein wallop and a hit of digestion-friendly probiotics.

Nuts

Semantics first: you should stick with actual nuts rather than legumes, so peanuts are out. With that taken care of, a pack of nuts is one of the best things to keep in your desk drawer – they’re filling, and full of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. Just keep it to single-digits - it’s easy to go overboard.

Counting calories? Here's a list of tasty snacks that clock in at under 100 calories:

Health hit

1 large apple and 5 almonds - 97 calories
 
1 small banana - 90 calories
 
280g Brussels sprouts - 100 calories
 
2 medium peaches - 76 calories
 
Punnet of blueberries and 1tbsp fat-free Greek yoghurt - 90 calories
 
14 almonds - 98 calories
 
6 figs - 96 calories
 
200g fruit salad - 82 calories
 
1 pot of strawberry fromage frais and 6 cherries - 99 calories
 
5 dried apricots - 95 calories
 
4 dates - 96 calories
 
1 small sweet potato - 100 calories

Once guilty pleasure

1 McVitie’s chocolate digestive - 83 calories
 
2 Jaffa Cakes - 90 calories
 
1 iced fairy cake - 94 calories
 
2 Cadbury’s Roses - 100 calories
 
2 squares of 85 per cent cocoa dark chocolate - 88 calories
 
1 bag of ready salted French Fries - 97 calories
 
10 Pringles - 100 calories
 
1 meringue nest with 6 strawberries - 100 calories
 
1 mini gingerbread man - 80 calories
 
1 Bendicks Bittermint - 80 calories
 
25 Jelly Belly jelly beans - 100 calories
 
Half a pint of lager and 7 peanuts - 99 calories

Instant hit

1 Kellogg’s Fruit ’n Fibre cereal bar - 95 calories
 
1 mini pitta bread with reduced-fat cottage cheese - 97 calories
 
1 slice of breaded ham and 1tsp English mustard - 71 calories
 
1 oatcake with 1tsp low-fat smooth peanut butter - 96 calories
 
1 toasted crumpet and 1tsp low-fat grated cheese - 92 calories
 
1 fishfinger with 4tbsp reduced-sugar and salt baked beans - 91 calories
 
1 Asda tortilla wrap - 97 calories
 
33 frozen grapes - 99 calories
 
30g low-fat Edam cheese and 5 sticks of celery - 99 calories
 
1tsp cream cheese on 1 plain Ryvita with 1 medium tomato - 100 calories
 
25g natural cottage cheese and 1 medium peach - 91 calories

Easy to make

1 rasher of grilled bacon and a dollop of ketchup - 87 calories
 
1 slice of brown toast and Marmite - 100 calories
 
28g serving of porridge oats - 100 calories
 
1 hard-boiled egg - 78 calories
 
5 roasted chestnuts - 100 calories
 
1 Dairylea slice and 1 rice cake - 99 calories
 
2 cream crackers with 1tbsp reduced-fat coleslaw - 100 calories
 
2 multigrain Ryvitas with Marmite - 83 calories
 
1 carrot with 28g tzatziki - 97 calories
 
1 sliced boiled potato with 1tbsp fresh salsa - 91 calories
 
4 breadsticks with tzatziki - 100 calories
 
28g Solgar Whey To Go protein shake - 100 calories
 
2 slices of Parma ham with 6 thin slices of melon - 80 calories
 
Heinz Weight Watchers Chicken Soup - 88 calories
 
1 Müller Light cherry yoghurt - 96 calories

Fancy a delicious low-calorie smoothie? Then try this fat-fighting fruity number.

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