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List of Healthy Snacks


Beat cravings with healthy snacks.

Cravings are intense yearnings for a certain type of food. It can be caused by a number of things like change in hormone levels (pregnancy, menstruation, and menopause), fluctuations of blood sugar levels, nutritional deficiencies and even psychological and emotional reasons. Cravings have a lot of influence on our snacking habits. Simply said, what we snack on is what we feel like eating. This makes healthy snacking a hard habit to begin.

Believe it or not, the best thing to do in beating the urge to snack is actually succumbing to it. Having snacks will not ruin your diet as long as they’re the healthy kind and the amount is regulated. That is why healthy snacks are becoming the rage in the wellness world. Forget about those comfort foods you like turning to like chips, pizza, ice cream and chocolate cake. Those are filled with empty calories that only hands a short-lived satisfaction.

Here is a list of healthy snacks that you can snap up in case the munchies and the mean blues arise. The list is made out of the fun, delicious snacks that are familiar to you and those healthy, raw ingredients that you should be familiar with like fruits and veggies. You can eat them solo or incorporate them in your 100 calorie snack bags. It’s up to you. As long as you watch the amount, you’ll be fine. Use the calorie calculator on 100CalorieBags.com to help you control the amount and get started on a healthy, low-calorie way of snacking.

Salty Craving

If you find yourself wanting pizza, potato chips, pretzels – then you might just be craving for some salt. Salt cravings are usually attributed to a stressful lifestyle which overworks your adrenal glands. While we need approximately 500 mg of salt a day, having too much is dangerous. It can cause high blood pressure and hypertension so avoid too much salted snacks and flush your intake by drinking lots of water.

Here are healthy, delicious and low-calorie snack alternatives that can stave off your brackish cravings. These include tortillas, mixed nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts) and vegetable dips. Mix them up to make vegetable platters, light sandwiches or even your own healthy snack bags. The variety will trick your brain into believing it’s eating more.  Also, don’t forget to take a breather from work or school. Curbing your stress will help curb your appetite for salt.

  • Olives – 39.6g (45 calories)
  • Pretzels – 14g (50 calories)
  • Pickled Dill – 571.1g (70 calories)
  • Athenos Original Hummus – 43.2g (80 calories)
  • Laughing Cow Light Swiss Original Wedge – 36g (60 calories)
  • Kavli Crispy Thin – 3 pcs. (60 calories)
  • Beef Jerky – 18.3g (75 calories)
  • Mozzarella – 23.2g (65calories)
  • Baked! Cheetos 100 Calorie Mini Bites – 16.8g (80 calories)
  • Asian Gourmet Rice Crackers – 11.7g (50 calories)
  • Eden Foods Vegetable Chips – 17.3g (75 calories)
  • Planters Nut-Rition Hearty Healthy Mix – 9.1g (55 calories)
  • Tortilla Chips – 16.2g  (80 calories)
  • Santa Barbara Bay Chili con Queso Dip – 28g (60 calories)
  • Pumpkin seeds – 10g (57 calories)
  • Dried figs – 18.1g (45 calories)
  • Prosciutto – 31.3g (70 calories)
  • Butterball Smoked Turkey Breast – 4 slices or 33g (30 calories)
  • Regular Microwave Popcorn, Butter – 15.1g (80 calories)

Sugar Craving

If your typical hankerings are for colas, cakes and cookies, then you have a sweet-toothed craving. Sugar cravings are usually caused by stress and low blood sugar levels. Sugared snacks are a great way of satisfying a craving because it releases endorphins, the hormone we attribute the natural “high” to. The problem with a sugar-high is that is short-lived and it causes us to crash and feel worse than we began. We also find ourselves craving for more sugar and so it starts again!

Fortunately, there is a healthy solution. These are sweet but healthy snack ideas that can keep you full (and awake!) throughout the day. These include chocolates (the darker, the better) which are good for the heart. Fruits are also more natural sources of sugar. You can have them as is, make fruit skewers, or incorporate in your 100-calorie snack bags. Have delicious, healthy fun with these sweets without the post-binge crash.

  • Newton’s Apple Cinnamon Fruit Crisps – 23.8g (85 calories)
  • Pria Double Chocolate Cookies – 16.5g (65 calories)
  • Honey Graham Crackers – 15.5g (70 calories)
  • Granola – 11.2g (55 calories )
  • Starbucks Mocha Ice Cream Bar – 28.6g (80 calories)
  • Banana – 74.5g (65 calories)
  • Semisweet Chocolate Chunks – 10g  (50 calories)
  • Cracker Jack Original Caramel-coated Popcorn & Nuts – 16.3g (70 calories)
  • M&Ms Milk Chocolate – 9g (45 calories)
  • Fresh strawberries – 248.2g (80 calories)
  • Fage Greek Yogurt – 150g (79 calories)
  • Del Monte Lite Fruit Cocktail – 124g (60 calories)
  • Marks & Spencer Fruit Cocktail Jelly – 28g (31 calories)
  • Jell-O Dark Chocolate Pudding – 106g (60 calories)

How to Prevent Cravings:

  • Do not skip meals. This lowers your blood sugar, causing you to crave the quickest solution to hunger: sweets.
  • Keep track of your sugar and salt intake. If you can’t trust yourself to be honest, then ask someone to do it for you. As long as you’re still within the healthy range, then you’re fine. Keep the snacks healthy though – so you can have more.
  • Eat after the craving goes away. Don’t confuse craving with hunger. Craving is a want, but not a need. Once the craving is gone, you’ll find that you’ll eat less of what you were craving for. You will even realize that you can do without it.
  • If you find yourself craving for another slice of pizza or another ice cream cone then have some mint candy or brush your teeth. Your minty fresh breath will make you not want to spoil it by eating. It’s a good way of tricking your brain.
  • Drink a glass of water. Some people confuse cravings and hunger with being thirsty. So have a glass or two of water before you tend to your craving. The water helps even out sugar levels in your blood, making you less hungry and more in the right state of mind to think healthy.
  • Go for quality over quantity. If you are deprived, then the more you eat. This is what the 100CalorieBags.com teaches you. If you must have chips, then have the best flavoured ones but keep the number of calories low. If chocolate is your thing, pick dark chocolate because it is rich and the smallest amount will keep you satisfied. Eating healthy doesn’t mean coming up with bland snacks. With this list of healthy snacks, you’ll sure to fight your salt and sugar cravings without compromising what you want.