35 Easy Low-Cal Snack Ideas — Each Under 200 Calories

Smart ways to feel satisfied between meals

Snacking is a dieter’s trick but is also great for anyone who wants to avoid excessive hunger and overeating during meals.

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“It’s important to account for snacks by adjusting mealtime calories and considering your overall calories for the day,” says registered dietitian Kate Patton from Cleveland Clinic’s Section of Preventive Cardiology. “Then you can enjoy the benefits of feeling satisfied and maintaining your energy and blood sugar,” she adds.

Creamy or chunky dairy and soy

closeup on bowl of berries and yogurt

  • 8 oz nonfat fruit* or plain yogurt*
  • 8 oz nonfat yogurt* with ½ cup mixed berries
  • 8 oz nonfat yogurt* with 1 Tbsp slivered almonds, ground flax or wheat germ
  • 4 oz nonfat or 1 percent fat cottage cheese with ½ cup canned fruit in own juice
  • 4 oz nonfat or 1 percent fat cottage cheese on 1 slice whole grain bread or English muffin
  • ½ cup frozen low-fat yogurt topped with ½ cup diced fruit of choice
  • ½ cup nonfat pudding
  • 1 oz soy cheese alternative or nonfat/2 percent fat cheese and 3-5 whole grain crackers
  • 1 oz part-skim mozzarella string cheese and 1 medium apple
  • 6 oz skim or reduced fat soymilk and 2 graham crackers
  • 8 oz skim milk or reduced fat soymilk and 1 piece of fruit

*120 calories or less per 8 oz portion

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Veggie snacks with simple dips

carrot juice

  • (1) 8 oz glass vegetable juice and 3-6 whole wheat crackers
  • 1 cup or more of raw vegetables of your choice
  • 1 cup raw veggie of choice, dipped in 2 Tbsp reduced fat salad dressing
  • 1 cup raw veggie of choice, dipped in ¼ cup hummus
  • 1 Tbsp peanut butter spread over 2 celery stalks and topped with 2 Tbsp raisins
  • 1 cup cooked vegetable with 1 ounce melted 2 percent fat cheese
  • 2 slices diet whole wheat bread with 1 cup sliced raw or cooked veggies of choice and 1 ounce low-fat cheese slice

Fruit snacks, naked or with chocolate

Peanut Butter

  • 1 medium serving most fruits
  • ½ cup fruit canned in own juice or light syrup
  • 8 oz 100 percent fruit juice
  • 6 oz skim milk, ¾ cup diced strawberry and banana, 1 Tbsp chocolate syrup and 1 cup ice blended to make a smoothie
  • 1 Tbsp peanut butter spread over a medium apple

Nutty trail mix and seeds

Trail mix

  • 2 Tbsp raw or dry roasted nut of choice (soy nuts, slivered almonds, walnuts, pecans) with 2 Tbsp raisins or dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup raw or dry roasted nut of choice
  • ¼ cup reduced fat trail mix

Crunchy snacks, crackers and whole grains

Red bucket with fallen out popcorn.

  • 3 peanut butter-filled wheat crackers with 6 ounces skim milk
  • 1 packet plain oatmeal with 8 oz skim milk
  • 1 ounce whole wheat or oat bran pretzels, lightly salted
  • 1 crunchy granola bar
  • 1 chewy trail mix bar
  • 3 cups air-popped popcorn
  • 1 ounce dry whole grain cereal

Fish and chicken power snacks

Smoked Salmon and Bagel

  • 2 oz canned tuna or chicken on 3-6 whole grain crackers
  • 2 oz smoked salmon with 1 Tbsp low-fat cream cheese on mini whole wheat bagel

Here are some healthy snack ideas, but you don’t have to stop with these. By reading food labels and being creative, you can come up with your own nutritious snack ideas.

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