BY LAUREN SEPHTON
A healthy lifestyle doesn’t necessarily mean you must deprive yourself of a snack. Check out some of the tastiest treats under 100 calories to keep you energized throughout the day.
According to WebMD, one cup of fresh blueberries is only 84 calories! Each cup of fresh blueberries contains 4 grams of fiber, 1.1 grams of protein, manganese, vitamin C and vitamin K. Try blending together 2/3 cup frozen blueberries with 1/3 cup nonfat Greek yogurt and ice for a refreshing smoothie worth only 93 calories!
Blueberries may be low in calories, but they are remarkably high in nutrients. Since blueberries are nearly 85% water, they are considered to have one of the highest antioxidant levels out of all berries. Blueberries are believed to benefit individuals with high blood pressure, as well as improve one’s memory.
- Plain Greek Yogurt
A single-serving of plain Greek yogurt that is 5.3 oz to 6 oz in size can range from 80-100 calories, depending on the chosen brand. It can be served with granola, on top of pancakes, replace sour cream with baked potatoes, and so on. Plain Greek yogurt is a light way of consuming protein that is necessary for building muscle and fighting off illness. Packed with probiotics and vitamin B12, plain Greek yogurt will keep your digestive system clean and healthy.
According to WebMD, one cup of chopped watermelon is only 46 calories! Since watermelon is 92% water, it will keep you hydrated and full until your next meal. It is loaded with fundamental nutrients, such as potassium, magnesium, and vitamin A. Watermelon is also rich with lycopene and vitamin C, which is believed to help lower inflammatory levels and benefit brain health.
Did you know that one cup of air-popped popcorn is only 31 calories? Air-popped popcorn is the easiest method of making popcorn without any oils and/or butter. If you don’t have a popcorn popper at home, try placing 3-4 tbsp. of plain kernels into a brown paper bag. Fold over the top of the paper bag two times to seal it, then microwave it for two minutes or until the popping slows down. Drizzle with 1/2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil to increase its contents of polyphenols, which have been shown to reduce heart disease and cancer.
This sweet fruit contains only 82 calories in each cup of fresh pineapple chunks! Although they contain over 12 nutrients, pineapples are especially high in vitamin C and manganese. Vitamin C is crucial in boosting a healthy immune system, while manganese is fundamental in maintaining a healthy metabolism.
- Veggies & Hummus
Try out the bright combination of 2 tbsp. of traditional hummus, 1 medium carrot sliced, and 1/2 cup sliced cucumber to reach a total of 83 calories! Feel free to replace with your favorite vegetables, since the 2 tbsp. of traditional hummus is only 50 calories. Hummus is a scrumptious plant-based protein and is rich with powerful antioxidants.
- Hard-Boiled Egg
Did you know that a large, hard-boiled egg is only 78 calories? Not only does each egg provide about 6 grams of protein, but they are also believed to be big components in promoting bone health. Several studies show that hard-boiled eggs contain lutein and zeaxanthin, which are powerful antioxidants that promote healthy vision.
- Pink Grapefruit
One whole pink grapefruit is only 52 calories! Several studies have shown that this sweet citrus fruit can increase an individual’s metabolism while decreasing their cholesterol levels.
According to WebMD, a 1/2 cup of edamame is only 95 calories! A young soybean that is vibrant in its green glow, edamame has more than 8 grams of protein and provides essential amino acids that will help keep your body active. Edamame is high in isoflavones, iron, and riboflavin. Several observational studies show that the early consumption of isoflavone-rich foods can slightly reduce the risk of breast cancer later in life.
- Apple Slices and Peanut Butter
According to WebMD, one small apple with a thin spread of peanut butter or almond butter on each slice will rack up at only 90 calories! This salty and sweet combo will curb your appetite, especially since it is high in fiber and water. This snack is another rich source of polyphenols that help to treat digestive system issues, diabetes, and more.
Next time you are hungry in between meals, listen to your body and say yes! Snacking without guilt! Who knew?