We’re not all about calorie counting at Bembu.com, but when you’re looking for a snack, it’s a great idea to keep the calories to a minimum. And more importantly, make them healthy low calorie snacks. Here are some of our favorite snack and dessert recipes that come in under 100 calories…
Should You Be Counting Calories?
This is a tricky area because it works for some people, but others get it totally wrong. If you focus on calories and not nutrients and balance in food, then you will most likely end up with deficiencies somewhere. Before we impose a blanket ban on calorie counting, however, there are some benefits to it, if you are doing it right. The problem is, most people don’t get it right. It is extremely difficult to understand how many calories and what sorts of calories you are consuming. If you are doing it wrong, it can be detrimental to your weight loss regime, and your overall health and energy.
A study of obese people on a ‘low calorie diet’ in the US found that participants did not lose weight because they under-reported their energy intake and overestimated their physical activity. Like fad dieting, calorie counting can lead to an unhealthy relationship with food, or a food obsession. And, if people are looking only at the calories they are consuming, instead of choosing food for its nutritional value, it often results in an unhealthy, unbalanced diet.
So Why Bother With ‘Low Calorie’ Snacks?
The important thing to note here is that, if you are trying to lose weight or keep weight off, you do need to be mindful of your calorie intake. That doesn’t mean counting them necessarily. Instead it means choosing low calorie options where possible. And snacks are a great place to focus. If you are a ‘snacker’, you don’t want to be consuming mountains of your daily calories through those in-between meal bites. Choosing low calorie snacks lessens your calorie intake throughout the day, which minimizes your overall calorie intake. Similarly, it is important to choose healthy low calorie snacks. That way, you will not be consuming bad calories, like, for example, sugary, processed, refined food that can lead to a blood sugar spike. That, in turn, can lead to sugar cravings and binging during the remainder of the day.
Healthy Low Calorie Snacks (For Under 100 Calories!)
Here are 23 of our favorite sweets and snacks for under 100 calories…
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Healthy Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Chip Cookies – You can’t beat a chocolate chip cookie when you’re craving a chewy, sweet snack with a coffee at break time. The problem is, traditional chocolate chip cookies are packed full of sugar and refined flour, as well as a fair few calories! This option comes with the added bonus of being double chocolate. It is made with gluten-free flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, cornstarch, vanilla, honey, peanut butter (choose 100% stuff), unsweetened applesauce and mini chocolate chips. Choose good quality dark chocolate chips!
Low Fat Chocolate Chip Cookies – This low calorie take on a classic break-time favorite trades in some traditionally unhealthy, refined ingredients for some slightly healthier ones! The recipe calls for flour (you can always trade all-purpose flour with whole wheat for some added fiber), baking soda, coconut sugar, granulated sugar, whipped butter, egg whites, vanilla extract, almond milk and semi-sweet chocolate chips.
Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies (With Flax) – These chewy, sweet cookies are just as tasty as sugar, refined floury chocolate chip cookies, but with ingredients that are full of nutrients, like fiber, vitamins and minerals. The recipe calls for whole wheat flour, ground flaxseed, oats, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice, ginger, butter, light brown sugar, egg, vanilla extract and dark chocolate chips.
Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies – These low sugar cookies will curb any cookie craving, with a nutritious mix of healthy ingredients. The recipe calls for oat flour, oats, baking powder, cinnamon, coconut sugar, coconut oil, vanilla, milk and raisins. They come in at 81 calories per cookie.
Healthy Nut, Carrot & Raisin Cookies – These nutrient-rich cookies curb a sweet craving, while packing you full of healthy ingredients, including nuts, carrots, oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, egg, applesauce and coconut oil. There’s no sweetener added (the carrots and apples do the trick) and no refined sugar! They have 83 calories, just over 5 grams of fat, 8 grams of carbohydrates, just over 2 grams of sugar, 81mg of sodium, 1.5 grams of cholesterol and 14mg of cholesterol.
Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookie Buttons – These cute little cookies come with 94 calories each and make a tasty little snack when you’re in the mood for a small sweet treat! They are made with sorghum flour, coconut flour, brown rice flour, baking powder, butter, peanut butter (go for 100%), maple sugar, egg, vanilla extract and dark chocolate.
Skinny Sugar Cookies – There’s sugar in the title of these tasty Christmas-inspired cookies, but there is actually no refined sugar in the ingredients. These cookies each have 98 calories, less than 4 grams of fat, 14.2 grams of carbohydrates, less than 5 grams of sugar, 1.4 grams of fiber and 16 grams of protein. They are made with whole wheat flour, baking powder, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla extract, butter extract and cinnamon.
Gluten-Free Cinnamon Apple Pancakes – These delicious, moist pancakes are made with gluten-free baking flour, baking powder and soda, sugar, eggs, unsweetened almond milk, apple cider vinegar, vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, and apple. One pancake equals 90 calories. They also come with 2 grams of fat, 31mg of cholesterol, 67mg of sodium, 18 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of dietary fiber, 5 grams of sugar and 3 grams of protein.
Fresh Corn And Mango Salad – This fresh, tasty salad is a great low calorie snack option if you are not craving a sweet or dessert. It calls for corn, mangoes, yellow bell pepper, orange bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, chili, red onion, cilantro, rice vinegar, lime zest, lime juice and avocado oil or olive oil. One serving equals just under 78 calories, with less than 3 grams of fat, 2 grams of fiber, just over 7 grams of sugar and no cholesterol.
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