Best low-calorie snacks

Good Housekeeping

We satisfy the munchies up to five times a day — 580 calories' worth. For most women, that's about a third of the day's needs. But you can slash that megacalorie tally and stay on friendly terms with your scale: Just limit yourself to one to two of these 115- to 125-calorie, taste-tested, nutritionist-approved snacks.

How we tested: The Good Housekeeping Research Institute Nutrition Department checked out 235 products — tossing anything with trans fats or too much saturated fat or sodium. Our focus: healthy, nutritious nibbles with filling protein and fiber. (We also green-lighted treats like chips and chocolate). Then, dozens of hungry volunteers sampled them and commented.

Lara Robby/Studio D

11 M&M's Pretzel Chocolate Candies

"Why didn't they think of this before?" sums up the response from our testers, who say the "crunchy balls" are the "perfect combo of salty and sweet."

More from Good Housekeeping:

Top 10 Weight-Loss Myths

Haircuts That Take Off 10 Years

Lara Robby/Studio D

1 package Q.bel Dark Chocolate Wafer Rolls

With a dark chocolate center nestled in a crispy cookie and wrapped in more dark chocolate, these bars "would be perfect to have around for a chocolate fix."

Lara Robby/Studio D

1 Deep Chocolate VitaTop VitaMuffin + 1/4 cup raspberries

A muffin that won't contribute to your muffin top. With a side of fruit, it packs 8 grams of fiber and more than half your daily vitamin C needs.




Lara Robby/Studio D

1 pack Kellogg's Special K Fruit Crisps + iced chai tea + 1/4 cup fat-free milk

Volunteers raved that these crisps "taste like Pop Tarts" — but with half the calories of one toaster pastry. Wash one down with a cool chai tea.

Lara Robby/Studio D

1 Breyers Smooth & Dreamy Chocolate Covered Strawberry Bar

With more than 200 fewer calories than a competing bar, this ice cream novelty scored points for its "creamy" texture, "homemade flavor," and "rich chocolate dip."




Lara Robby/Studio D

1/2 cup Edy's/Dreyer's Slow Churned Yogurt Blends in Tart Mango + 1/4 cup blackberries

Tangy frozen-yogurt-shop taste without the parlor price tag. Summery fruit adds fiber and antioxidants to the fro-yo's calcium.

Lara Robby/Studio D; yogurt:
Andy Crawford/Getty Images

4 oz. light yogurt + 1/3 cup Nature's Path Crunchy Vanilla Sunrise cereal

Gluten-free, whole-grain organic cereal adds a satisfying crackle to yogurt. The pairing is a good source of calcium.





Lara Robby/Studio D

1 Breyers Inspirations Natural Vanilla Bean Lowfat Yogurt + 1 Mini Nilla Wafer

"Just the right amount of sweetness," a hint of vanilla, and probiotics that may boost your immune system. Plus: a cookie to munch on.

Lara Robby/Studio D

1 Jell-O Caramel Creme Mousse Temptations + 1/2 large apple, sliced for dipping

This duo has about one-fifth the calories of a caramel apple, and mousse that was "amazing" and "fabulous" to boot.



Lara Robby/Studio D

1 package Nabisco 100 Cal Fudge Petites, Mint Fudge + 1 cup iced coffee with 1/4 cup fat-free milk

"Thin Mints reincarnated." Wash them down with an iced coffee — a grown-up way to get some calcium.

Lara Robby/Studio D

1 Kozy Shack Chocolate Hazelnut pudding cup + 3 raspberries and 3 strawberries

"Divine, rich, creamy chocolate heaven" served with fresh berries for dipping. Bonus: You get 30 percent of the day's vitamin C, plus the pudding has 10 percent of your daily bone-building calcium.


Lara Robby/Studio D

1/2 cup Yogi Granola Crisps (Fresh Strawberry Crunch or Baked Cinnamon Raisin)

Perfect for munching straight up (no yogurt needed) and packed with whole grains — 20 grams, almost half your daily goal.

Lara Robby/Studio D

One 100-Calorie Pack Emerald Cocoa Roast Almonds + 1 Tbsp. Ocean Spray Craisins

A heart-healthy trail mix that's loaded with vitamin E.





Lara Robby/Studio D

1/2 cup Blue Bunny Caramel Praline Crunch All-Natural Frozen Yogurt

"Creamy and delicious," said a tester; some mistook this fro-yo for more fattening ice cream. It's a sweet way to get calcium!

Lara Robby/Studio D

2 Blue Horizon Organic Indian-Style Vegetable Spring Rolls + 1/4 cup edamame

A vegetarian's delight, with almost 3 grams of fiber and more protein (6 grams) than a 6-ounce container of light yogurt.



Lara Robby/Studio D

6 oz. Low Sodium V8 Juice + 1 large hard-boiled egg

It's simple, sure, but this team boasts one and a half servings of veggies and 6 grams of hunger-satisfying protein.

Lara Robby/Studio D

3 Daelia's Biscuits for Cheese, Hazelnut With Figs + 1 Tbsp. Chavrie Original Fresh Goat Cheese

This sophisticated low-salt snack pairs slightly sweet biscotti-style biscuits with tangy goat cheese.





Lara Robby/Studio D

2 Tbsp. Wholly Guacamole Classic + 5 Food Should Taste Good Cheddar Chips

"Cheesy," like "an upscale Dorito," and the ideal companion for all-natural, fresh-tasting guac (with its hint of healthy fat).

Lara Robby/Studio D

3 Kitchen Table Bakers Sesame Parmesan Crisps + 1.5 oz. deli ham

Excellent, all-natural, low-carb crackers. With ham, they pack a protein punch.






Lara Robby/Studio D

1 Cabot 50% Light Cheddar Snack Pack + 20 red grapes

Forget the wine: Pair a perfectly portioned bar of Cheddar with antioxidant-rich red grapes instead.

 

 

 

 

Author of this article:

Samantha Cassetty, M.S., R.D.

 

More from Good Housekeeping:

16 Healthy Foods Swaps

10 Stars Who Look Better With Age

Simple, Slim-Down Recipes

The Best New Makeup Under $20

Sorry you didn't like this comment. Please provide a reason below.

Are you sure?
Rating failed. Try again.
Request failed. Try again.
We will promote constructive and witty comments to the top, so everyone sees them!
Sorry, we can’t load comments right now. Try again.

    Recommended for You

    • United Airlines stopped girls in yoga leggings from boarding flight

      As boarding incident gains social-media traction, airline explains the passengers in question were flying on passes typically used by employees and their families.

      MarketWatch q 15 min ago
    • United Airlines bans 2 girls with leggings from flight because they weren't 'properly clothed'

      United Airlines is in hot water after a dress code incident on Sunday morning.  In a series of live tweets, activist Shannon Watts explained that two girls who were wearing leggings were asked by the United Airlines gate agent to either change clothing or not board their flight to Minneapolis.  SEE ALSO: Teenagers spot fire on plane flying overhead, avert major disaster 1) A @united gate agent isn't letting girls in leggings get on flight from Denver to Minneapolis because spandex is not allowed? — Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) March 26, 2017 2) She's forcing them to change or put dresses on over leggings or they can't board. Since when does @united police women's clothing? — Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) March 26, 2017 3) Gate agent for flt 215 at 7:55. Said she doesn't make the rules, just follows them. I guess @united not letting women wear athletic wear? — Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) March 26, 2017 "This behavior is sexist and sexualizes young girls. Not to mention that the families were mortified and inconvenienced," Watts explained on Twitter.  "As the mother of 4 daughters who live and travel in yoga pants, I'd like to know how many boys @ United has penalized for the same reason. Their father, who was allowed to board with no issue, was wearing shorts," she wrote.  Another girl in grey leggings was allowed to fly after changing into a dress, according to Watt's tweets.  After a large amount of backlash from Twitter users, United Airlines responded to angry inquiries online, citing a dress code that appears in their "Contract of Carriage" that allows them to "refuse passengers who are not properly clothed."  @finallydeirdre UA shall have the right to refuse passengers who are not properly clothed via our Contract of Carriage. ^FS — United (@united) March 26, 2017 "Casual attire is allowed as long as it looks neat and is in good taste for the local environment," the airlines also tweeted. @PattyArquette Casual attire is allowed as long as it looks neat and is in good taste for the local environment. (1/2) — United (@united) March 26, 2017 The internet was outraged, both over United's actions and its public response to the controversy.  @united @PattyArquette Friendly Advice, United: No one is nearly as offended by a little girl in spandex as they are by this situation. — Nick Bolton (@NickBolton13) March 26, 2017 @shannonrwatts There are women in leggings and bathing suits in a recent @united safety video. https://t.co/b1xByiCZ3f — Ian Schafer (@ischafer) March 26, 2017 The only place @united's Contract of Carriage mentions clothing is regarding safety. Were these dangerous leggings? https://t.co/gQhX7l943d — Chris (@filmbuffcw) March 26, 2017 @shannonrwatts Hey, @united, you know how this ends, right? Images of women in leggings tagging you on social as they fly your competition. — Jenn (@jennvzande) March 26, 2017 Please #mansplain to me why a 10 yr old in leggings is "inappropriate attire" #boycottunited https://t.co/YOaqd7d8wm — Girl Science (@GoGirlScience) March 26, 2017 The @united response to this leggings thing is a case study on how not to respond to a brand crisis https://t.co/stO7dco5co — laura olin (@lauraolin) March 26, 2017 Mashable has reached out to United Airlines for comment and will update this post accordingly.  UPDATE: March 26, 2017, 2:14 p.m. EDT The two girls were United Airlines "pass riders," defined by the company as "United employees or their eligible dependents standing by on a space-available basis."  There is a separate dress code for pass riders, unrelated to United Airlines previous citations of the "Contract of Carriage," that remains "internal policy" and will not be released, according to a statement made to NBC's Colorado affiliate, 9 News. WATCH: Airbus is redefining the future of flying.

      Mashable
    • People
    • This customer-invented secret drink got so popular at Starbucks it’s now officially on the menu!

      Starbucks has always given us what we want. From our beloved pumpkin spice lattes in the fall to newly released breakfast items,…

      Hello Giggles
    • The Most Powerful Heroines in Literature (Because #WomensHistoryMonth) (11 photos)

      The Most Powerful Heroines in Literature (Because #WomensHistoryMonth)

      People
    • 2 missing Fayetteville children found stabbed to death in Hoke County

      Fayetteville police said the children were at the center of a domestic-related incident between Tillman Freeman, 30, and his wife, and Freeman left with the children.

      WTVD – Raleigh/Durham
    • Watch the US Navy test its ultra-powerful electromagnetic railgun

      Anyone who's played a futuristic shooter since the dawn of video games knows that when you see something called a "railgun" you're in for a real treat. Well, the US Navy built a railgun of its very own , and it just showed off its remarkably powerful creation in a new video of its test firing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=106&v=Pi-BDIu_umo Railguns like the one the Navy has built trade chemical propellants like gunpowder for the sheer power of electricity, generating extremely strong magnetic fields to push a projectile down a set of rails and out the end of the barrel. It might not sound particularly efficient, but the speeds that railgun projectiles can achieve put traditional cannons to shame. The Navy's massive weapon, for example, launches its rounds at a whopping 4,500 mph. Additionally, the projectiles launched by the railgun do their damage not by exploding, but simply by striking their target while moving at such a high speed, quite literally tearing apart anything they come into contact with. For most of their history, railguns have been more fiction than science, and their practicality and reliability has repeatedly been questioned over time. The size of the device itself is typically massive, owing to the large and complex electronic components required to supply the necessary power. However, there are also some pretty fantastic benefits of the non-explosive rounds, such as much less chance of unexploded ordnance causing problems either on the ship or vehicle firing the weapon, or on the battlefield after a skirmish has ended.

      BGR News
    • Blaming conservatives, Trump signals new openness to Dems

      WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Sunday attacked conservative lawmakers for the failure of the Republican bill to replace former President Barack Obama's health care law, as aides signaled a greater willingness to work with moderate Democrats on upcoming legislative battles from the budget and tax cuts to health care.

      Associated Press
    • FBI searches for teen feared to have been abducted, gang-raped and fed to alligators

      The FBI have searched a remote rural location hoping to find clues about the disappearance of a 17-year-old girl who was allegedly abducted, gang-raped, shot and then fed to alligators. The bureau was searching a rural area of South Carolina on Friday (24 March) in connection to the disappearance of Brittannee Drexel, which occurred almost eight years ago. Last summer Taquan Brown, who is serving 25 years for an unrelated manslaughter case, testified that Drexel was abducted, gang-raped and then shot dead when she tried to escape in 2009.

      International Business Times
    • Samira Wiley and Lauren Morelli are officially married, and we couldn’t be happier for them!

      Orange Is The New Black colleagues Samira Wiley and Lauren Morelli got married over the weekend! And according to People, via Martha Stewart…

      Hello Giggles
    • United Airlines Tried to Bar Girls From Flight for Wearing Leggings

      On a flight from Denver to Minneapolis early Sunday morning, Shannon Watts observed a United Airlines gate agent refuse to allow two young girls on the plane because they were wearing leggings. 1) A @united gate agent isn't letting girls in leggings get on flight from Denver to Minneapolis because spandex is not allowed? Watts objected to the apparent sexist policy and the possible effect of sexualizing young girls, simply wearing comfortable clothing.

      Yahoo Style
    • Christina El Moussa Fights Back Against Mom Shamers: 'Thanks For Your Concern aka Judgment'

      The 'Flip or Flop' star isn't afraid to stand up for herself.

      Entertainment Tonight
    • Iggy Azalea Goes Twerk Crazy in New 'Mo Bounce' Music Video

      The 26-year-old rapper knows how to work it.

      Entertainment Tonight
    • Ask Amy: My husband told me to ‘get over it,’ so here’s my plan

      DEAR AMY: I have been married for 33 years. I love my husband, but I have totally enabled him — to the point where I am now feeling abused. For instance, this morning, he was in a minor car accident. Through my business relationships, I have an excellent contact in the repair business, and so I kindly took his car in, gave him mine to use in the interim and picked up the rental. I asked him to drive the rental so I could have my car back, and he refused. I told him I felt used. He basically said I should get over it. Because of my family background and decades of behaving this way, I am now at the point where I feel incredibly put upon because of all of the expectations, as well as the total

      MercuryNews.com q
    • Under Armour Just Teased the Release of $300 Sneakers That May Be Its Coolest Looking Ones Ever

      Don't even try to knock this one from Under Armour, sneaker heads.

      The Street q
    • Trump's border-wall proposal faces many obstacles

      WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has now laid out exactly what he wants in the "big, beautiful wall" that he's promised to build on the U.S.-Mexico border. But his effort to build a huge hurdle to those entering the U.S. illegally faces impediments of its own.

      Associated Press
    • Should General Dynamics Build a Super-Tank? -- The Motley Fool

      The Army wants one by 2030. But will it still be relevant then?

      The Motley Fool q
    • Kanye West and Kim Kardashian attend funeral for cousin's one-year-old baby Avery Anderson

      Rapper Kanye West and his Keeping Up With The Kardashians star wife Kim Kardashian were among the mourners at his cousin's infant son's funeral. Avery Anderson died in his sleep a week ago, aged just 17 months, after showing no previous signs of illness. The tot's father Ricky Anderson – who is Kanye's cousin on his late mother Donda's side – revealed the devastating news on social media.

      International Business Times
    • People are freaking out that United told women they couldn't wear leggings on a flight — here's what really happened

      United Airlines refused to let two women board a flight on Sunday because they were wearing...

      Business Insider 37 min ago