Snacking is one of life’s great pleasures and any diet plan that bans food between meals is going to be tough to stick to. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all very well, but for true satisfaction from your daily diet a mid-morning and afternoon pick-me-up is nigh on essential. Even Public Health England’s 400-600-600 calorie guidelines for your three main meals leaves room snacks and drinks.
For some reason, though, snacking is synonymous with unhealthy foods like biscuits, cakes and crisps – but it doesn’t have to be this way. To help transform your snacking mentality, we’ve hunted down all the best low-calorie shop-bought snacks. And by low we mean under 100 calories in a serving. That means we are only including tasty snacks that are actually satisfying, because there’s little point in restricting yourself to a 100-cal snack if you need to have at least three of them to silence the hunger pangs.
We’ve gone for shop-bought options below but naturally you can also… scratch that, should regularly chow down on a piece of sweet, juicy fruit or grab a handful of nuts.
The Best Low-Calorie Snacks You Can Buy
Fairfields Farm Lentil Bites
These lentil crisps are tastier than any sub-100 calorie snack has a right to be, especially if you opt for the zingy jalapeño and lime flavour. They’re not that much healthier than standard crisps, but the extra protein and fibre they contain means a small serving size of just 20g still satisfies.
Buy from Fairfields Farm | £13 for 18 20g bags
Yushoi Snapea Rice Sticks
Peas are the key ingredient in these savoury snacks, which contain a mere 88 calories per 21g pack if you opt for the superb soy and balsamic vinegar flavour. There’s 2.8g of fibre in each pack, which helps ensure your stomach won’t demand another pack. It’s unlikely the same will be said of your tastebuds.
Buy on Amazon | £15.53 for 24 21g packs
Seven Mexican Fajita Beef Cuts
Tasty beef jerky in a 35g pack that contains just 98 calories – what’s not to like? Each serving contains a chunky 17g of protein too, so they make the perfect post-workout treat.
Buy from Ocado | £2.29 per 35g pack
Nim’s Beetroot And Parsnip Vegetable Crisps
Tip of the hat to Nim, whoever Nim is, for keeping the calorie count down to a mere 59 calories per 18g serving of these veg crisps. The fibre count, meanwhile, is sky-high at 3.75g, and a pack counts as one of your five-a-day.
Buy from Nim’s | £1.25 per 18g bag
Metcalfe’s Skinny Popcorn
If you can stick to serving sizes then any popcorn is a solid low-calorie pick, but no-one sticks to serving sizes with a snack this moreish, so it’s best to opt for Metcalfe’s mini packs. The 17g packs of sweet and salty flavour contain 82 calories and a solid 1.7g of fibre. Metcalfe’s popcorn also has the advantage of being available in most supermarkets so you can find a pack in a pinch, and it’s cheaper than many of the packaged healthy snacks you’ll find.
Buy from Tesco | £1.79 for six 17g packs