While road tripping is always a good time, finding suitable snacks while traveling can be a chore. All that processed food can make your time behind the wheel lead to a little weight gain. One simple way to avoid an expansion of your waistline is to pack your own snacks when you hit the road. Here are eight 150-calorie snack-pack ideas perfect for any long car trip or flight. Just assemble your snack, bag it, and then pack it in your purse or carry-on. Not only will you save some calories, but also, you'll save some dough.
Milk indeed does a body good. Its high calcium content helps build strong bones, can aid in weight loss, and relieve PMS symptoms. But maybe milk's not your thing. Here are some low-calorie snacks — both dairy and nondairy — that can help you get the recommended 1,200 milligrams of daily calcium.Photo: Lizzie Fuhr
|21 raw almonds||146||62.5|
|1 cup Silk Vanilla Almondmilk||90||450|
|2 cups broccoli with nonfat yogurt dill dip||60 + 20 = 80||82.7 + 50 = 132.7|
|Silk Organic Vanilla Soymilk||100||300|
|Chocolate spinach smoothie (1/2 serving)||106||330|
|1 cheese stick with 3 dates||80 + 60 = 140||200 + 100 = 300|
|6 oz. vanilla Greek yogurt||120||200|
|1/3 cup dried apricots||133||270|
|Large orange with 2 figs||86 + 60||73.6 + 30 = 103.6|
If Summer has you craving fruit from sunup until sundown, here are some snack ideas using your favorite fruits, all for around 150 calories.
- A serving of this vegan ice cream made with frozen bananas and mangos: 150 calories
- Two dates (48) with one tablespoon almond butter (95): 143 calories
- Extra small banana (73) and 15 peanuts (75): 148 calories
- Extra small apple (53) and one ounce of Swiss cheese (106): 159 calories
- Half a small pear (43) and half an ounce of goat cheese (40) topped on three Triscuit crackers (60): 143 calories
- One cup of diced cantaloupe (53) and a 4.4-ounce cup of low-fat cottage cheese (90): 143 calories
- Apple slices smeared with creamy peanut butter yogurt spread topped with grapes: 151 calories
- One graham cracker square (30) smeared with one ounce of cream cheese (100) and topped with grape halves from eight grapes (27): 157 calories
- One medium peach (59) drizzled with one tablespoon of honey (64), and sprinkled with half a teaspoon of cinnamon (3) and chopped cashews from three nuts (26): 152 calories
- Six ounces of vanilla Greek yogurt (120) topped with one-third cup of fresh blueberries (25): 145 calories
Snacking in between meals can help you stay on the right track, but choosing what to eat is key. A well-balanced, nutritious snack that's big on whole foods will do much more for you than a bag of empty calories. The following snacks strike the perfect balance between being filling and satisfying without pushing you over your caloric needs. Read on for some of our favorite sweet and savory snack ideas that are 150 calories or less!
— Additional reporting by Jenny Sugar
Snacks are the perfect opportunity to refuel on a little extra protein, especially if you need a late-afternoon pick-me-up. Here are five easy snack ideas that offer at least five grams of protein — each under 150 calories.
- A four-ounce container of low-fat cottage cheese (90 calories, 11 grams protein) with one small peach, diced (51 calories, 1.2 grams protein): 141 calories, 12.2 grams protein
- One hard-boiled egg (78 calories, 6.3 grams protein) and eight Kashi 7 Grain Crackers (64 calories, 2.2 grams protein): 142 calories, 8.5 grams protein
- 21 raw almonds: 148 calories, 5.4 grams protein
- Six-ounce container of vanilla nonfat Greek yogurt: 120 calories, 16 grams protein
- 3/4 cup shelled edamame: 150 calories, 12 grams protein
- 1/4 cup canned tuna in water (45 calories, 9.8 grams protein) mixed with one tablespoon hummus (35 calories, 1 gram protein) on half a whole wheat English muffin (60 calories, 3 grams protein): 140 calories, 13.8 grams protein
- One Tofu Pup (60 calories, 8 grams protein), chopped into 1/4 cup of cooked quinoa (56 calories, 2 grams protein): 116 calories, 10 grams protein
- Two slices of roasted turkey deli meat (44 calories, 7.2 grams protein) rolled with one slice of provolone (98 calories, 7.2 grams protein): 142 calories, 14.4 grams protein
Just as important as it is to fuel up before you exercise, don't forget to eat a little something once your workout is complete. Your body needs a combo of protein and carbs to build and repair muscle and quickly recharge lost energy. Don't go overboard and consume so many calories that it cancels out the ones you burned while sweating it out. Here are some ideas for post-workout snacks, all under 150 calories.
- 4 oz. lowfat cottage cheese (81 calories) mixed with half a cup of diced fresh pineapple (41 calories): 122 calories
- One extra small apple (53 calories) with one tablespoon peanut butter (94 calories): 147 calories
- 15 baby carrots (53 calories) with two tablespoons of hummus (70 calories): 123 calories
- One Horizon organic mozzarella cheese stick (80 calories) and 15 grapes (51 calories): 131 calories
- 6 oz. container of Peach Chobani Greek yogurt: 140 calories
Keep reading for more post-workout snacks.
Sure, you'd love some one-on-one time with a bowl of ice cream and a spoon, but that late-night treat can pack on over 250 calories. Whether you're craving a sweet, creamy dessert, a homemade cookie, or chocolate-anything, here are healthier ways to indulge so you can enjoy your treat without a dollop of guilt.
Depending on how you break up your calories for the day, a snack should be around 100 to 200 calories. That's not much, and if you're overestimating, it could be one reason the scale numbers are rising. Take this quiz and see if you know what 150 calories of your favorite snacks looks like.
If you're trying to lose or maintain your weight, it is best to stay on top of the calories you consume. Since nutritional labels are not always on hand, you're going to need to estimate how many calories are in the food on your plate. Let's see if you can eyeball which serving is closest to 150 calories.