Snacking On A Calorie Budget

Everyone has heard it before: eat three meals a day, snack in between, and stop eating three hours before bed. Unfortunately, the fear of gaining the Freshman 15 and any weight in the years thereafter has many students skipping meals and snacking. It is important to snack, but more important to snack healthy. Eating every three hours helps to increase your metabolism, energy levels, and decrease your appetite so you don’t eat too much when it’s time for a whole meal.  Like most experts, anti-dieting dietitian Elaine Magee says that irregular eating patterns and skipped meals can actually turn into a negative for those who are on a diet, according to WebMD. With that said, if you’re on the fence about snacking because you believe your calorie intake will be too high, try some of these snacks that are less than 200 calories.

To satisfy your salty taste buds:

1 small Martin’s pretzel (50 calories)

1 Subway Turkey Breast Wrap (190 calories)

1 bag of Baked! Cheetos 100 Calorie Mini Bites (100 calories)

50 Eden’s Vegetable Chips (130 calories)

5 olives (any kind) (45 calories)

One 1-oz package tuna jerky (90 calories)

2 pieces (30 grams) prosciutto, 4 dried figs (154 calories)

¼ cup of hummus, 3 carrot sticks (80 calories)

15 Eden’s Nori Maki Crackers rice crackers (110 calories)

1 cup unshelled edamame (120 calories)

2 oz Applegate Honey and Maple Turkey Breast wrapped around 2 bread-and0butter pickles (80 calories)

½ cup pumpkin seeds in shell (143 calories)

1 Laughing Cow Light Swiss Original wedge, 3 pieces Kavli Crispy Thin (85 calories)

¼ cup Trader Joe’s Chili con Queso, 18 baked tortilla chips (140 calories)

1 oz buffalo mozzarella, 1.2 cup cherry or grape tomatoes (94 calories)

One 1-oz package of Planters NUT-trition almonds (130 calories)

 To keep those sweet taste buds craving more:

1 McDonald’s Fruit ‘n Yogurt Parfait (160 calories)

2 tbsp Better ‘n Peanut Butter, 4 stalks celery (124 calories)

1 Jelly Belly 100-calorie pack (100 calories)

½ banana rolled in 1 tbsp frozen semisweet chocolate chips (123 calories)

24 Annie’s Chocolate Chip Bunny Graham cookies (140 calories)

1 package Original Apple Nature Valley Fruit Crisps (50 calories)

1 package Back to Nature Honey Graham Sticks (120 calories)

1 container Fage Greek Total 2% fat yogurt, 2 tsp honey (173 calories)

1 packet O’Coco’s Mocha cookies (90 calories)

Half of a 1.08-oz container of M&M’s Minis mixed with 1/3 cup lowfat granola (145 calories)

1 bag Orville Redenbacher’s Smart Pop Butter Mini Bags topped with a spritz of butter spray and 1 tsp sugar (126 calories)

One 100-calorie Balance Bar (110 calories)

One 100-calorie pack Trader Joe’s Chocolate Graham Toucan Cookies (100 calories)

1 Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino bar (120 calories)

About Danielle Lawrence (10 Articles)
Hi I’m Danielle Lawrence! I’m an upcoming junior at UF who is pursuing a degree in journalism. Growing up, my hobbies were dancing, cheerleading and playing the piano, but I’ve always had a knack for fashion. Every time I step out the door, I remember it’s important to look my best, but more importantly to stay true to myself.

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