Those new “100 calorie” snacks are becoming so popular where days! But, today I would like to share a tip with you that might help you save money and some calories…
MAKE YOUR OWN 100 CALORIE SNACKS!
What does it take? Measuring cups, sandwich bags (or reusable bags/Tupperware that you may want to use), and some snack options!
Most of these companies that sale the 100 calorie snack packs are charging you extra for putting the correct portion size in sealed packages for you. You can save money by measuring out your own portions of your favorite snack. Buy a box (or two or three if they are on sale) and portion them out when you get home. Put the bags in your fridge, cabinet, or whatever storage space you want to use and grab them when you are on the go.
This will allow you to have low-calorie snacks available to you when you are in a hurry!
This trick is something I learned when I was a kid. My mom was a professional at not letting us over indulge on snack foods or sweets. She would portion them out in small sandwich bags and only allow us to grab just one! So this is also something you can do with your children to help them to learn portion control. A great thing to learn young so it will help them to realize what is not enough or what is too much when it comes to eating snacks or preparing meals.
Here are some great HEALTHY and cost friendly 100 calorie snacks you can make on your own! Thanks to Greatist.com for these great suggestions!
Oats n’ Berries: ⅓ cup rolled oats (cooked with water), topped with cinnamon and ¼ cup fresh berries.
Citrus-Berry Salad: 1 cup mixed berry salad (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, and/or blackberries) tossed with one tablespoon fresh-squeezed orange juice
Frozen grapes (any color): 1 cup (about 28 grapes), stuck in the freezer for 2+ hours
Honeyed Yogurt: ½ cup nonfat Greek yogurt with a dash of cinnamon and 1 teaspoon honey
Spiced Orange: One orange— about the size of a tennis ball— sprinkled with cinnamon
Maple-Pumpkin Yogurt: ½ cup non-fat regular yogurt with 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree and 1 teaspoon maple syrup
Make Your Own: Banana Chips: One sliced banana dipped in lemon juice and baked (CLICK HERE FOR INSTRUCTIONS).
Cereal and Milk: ½ cup rice krispies with ½ cup skim milk
Cheese n’ Crackers: Five Kashi 7-grain crackers with 1 stick reduced-fat string cheese
Grilled Spinach and Feta Polenta: 3 oz polenta (about the size of a deck of cards) cooked with 1 ½ cups water and topped with 1 teaspoon feta cheese and a handful spinach
Crunchy Curried Tuna Salad: ½ cup canned tuna with 1 teaspoon curry powder, 1 tablespoon chopped red onion, and two ribs celery (chopped)
Shrimp Cocktail: Eight medium-sized shrimp boiled and served with 2 tablespoons classic cocktail sauce
Cheddar and Tomato Soup: ½ cup tomato soup with 1 tablespoon shredded low-fat cheddar cheese
Sweet Potato Fries: One light-bulb sized sweet potato sliced, tossed with 1 teaspoon olive oil, and baked at 400° for 10 minutes
Cucumber Sandwich: ½ English muffin with 2 tablespoons cottage cheese and three slices of cucumber
Turkey Roll-Ups: Four slices smoked turkey rolled up and dipped in 2 teaspoons honey mustard
Spinach and Feta Egg-White Scramble: Three egg whites scrambled and mixed with ½ cup raw spinach and 1 tbsp feta cheese. Cook in frying pan or zap in microwave until egg whites are no longer runny (about 1-2 minutes)
Pretzels & Cream Cheese: 15 mini pretzel sticks with 2 tablespoons fat-free cream cheese
Rosemary Potatoes: ⅓ cup thinly sliced potato tossed with 1 teaspoons olive oil and a teaspoon of chopped rosemary
Spicy Black Beans: ¼ cup black beans with 1 tablespoon salsa and 1 tablespoon non-fat Greek yogurt
Goldfish: About 40 fishies
Apples and Cheese: 1 non-fat mozzarella cheese stick with half of a baseball-sized apple (any variety), sliced
PB & Celery: 1 medium celery stalk with 1 tablespoon peanut butter
Strawberry Salad: 1 cup raw spinach with ½ cup sliced strawberries and 1 tablespoon balsamic
Chocolate Covered Strawberries: Five strawberries dipped in two squares melted dark chocolate
Grilled Pineapple: 2 ¼-inch thick pineapple rounds (about 1 cup), grilled (or sautéed) for two minutes or until golden
Berries n’ Cream: 1 cup blueberries with 2 tablespoons whipped topping
Chocolate Pudding: One 4oz package. Try a fat/sugar-free version or a homemade one
Skinny S’more: Two graham crackers with one roasted marshmallow and one small square dark chocolate
Cinnamon Graham Crackers & Peanut butter: Two graham cracker squares with 1 teaspoon peanut butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon
Citrus Sherbet: ½ cup lime sherbet (about one standard-sized ice-cream scoop) with ½ sliced kiwi
Make Your Own: Popsicle: 8 ounces lemonade frozen in an mold, or use a small paper cup as a mold.
Tropical Juice Smoothie: ¼ cup pineapple juice, orange juice, and apple juice, blended with ice
Chocolate Milk: 6 ounces skim milk mixed with 2 teaspoons chocolate syrup
Vanilla and Banana Smoothie: ½ cup sliced banana, ¼ cup nonfat vanilla yogurt, and a handful of ice blended until smooth
Hope that these are some options that you will want to try!
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