Snacking can be a healthy way to add more nutrients to your diet, energize you throughout the day and keep you from overeating at your next meal. However, snacks have calories too and if you don’t keep them in check, too many can lead to weight gain. We keep that in mind and these delicious snacks, including cheesy popcorn and chili pecans, clock in under 250 calories per serving.
Sweet tomatoes, salty olives and tangy cheese are a perfect afternoon pick-me-up.
TOTAL: 201 calories
Think of this dip as an Asian version of hummus, made with edamame, ginger and soy. Serve with rice crackers and/or carrot sticks.
TOTAL: 70 calories
When roasted in a hot oven, chickpeas become super crunchy. They’re a great low-fat substitute for nuts when salty cravings hit.
TOTAL: 103 calories
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese and a sprinkle of cayenne pepper dress up air-popped popcorn.
TOTAL: 75 calories
Kids and adults alike will appreciate this skewered snack.
TOTAL: 218 calories
This Southern favorite is a simple blend of Cheddar, mayonnaise and pimientos. If you like spicy foods, add a few shakes of hot sauce. Serve with crackers for an appetizer or as a sandwich spread for lunch!
TOTAL: 49 calories
Stir lemon pepper into cottage cheese for a quick and healthy vegetable dip. We like carrots and snow peas, but any crunchy vegetables you have on hand will do.
TOTAL: 120 calories
Cooking these rustic rounds on the stovetop is fast work, fun to do and gives them a toasty exterior and moist center.
TOTAL: 240 calories
A medley of warm spices tempered with a touch of brown sugar is a great match for rich, nutritious pecans. They make a perfect nibble with a drink before dinner or afterward with a cup of espresso.
TOTAL: 102 calories
Try customizing this basic recipe with your favorite dried fruits and nuts.
TOTAL: 102 calories
Satisfy your salty, crunchy and savory cravings in one punch with this quick snack.
TOTAL: 82 calories
If you’re a fan of the classic Italian dessert Tiramisu, try this quick, lower-calorie variation the next time you need a dessert in a hurry. Both types of ladyfingers—spongy and crunchy—work well.
TOTAL: 107 calories
You can make your own tasty pita chips in a matter of minutes. Just cut pita bread into wedges (stale pitas work very well), brush them with a little olive oil and bake. Not only do homemade pita chips save you money, you’ll also cut calories by 16 percent.
TOTAL: 117 calories
Crunchy, sweet and salty, this simple trail mix combines all your favorite flavors in a convenient mix.
TOTAL: 98 calories
Summer-ripe tomatoes and fresh mozzarella need only a sprinkling of fresh herbs, salt and pepper to shine in this simple summer salad.
TOTAL: 88 calories
Turn fresh fall apples into delicious maple-and-cinnamon-spiked homemade applesauce with this easy recipe.
TOTAL: 77 calories
• 1 small apple, 12 almonds + ice water with lemon = 170 calories
• 1 cup baby carrots + 1/4 cup hummus = 157 calories
• 1 cup strawberries + 2 Tbsp. non-fat plain yogurt = 70 calories
• 1 cup cantaloupe + 2 small gingersnaps = 113 calories
• 1/2 cup nonfat cottage cheese + 1/2 cup fresh mandarin oranges = 122 calories
• Hard-boiled egg, sliced, on 1 slice whole-wheat toast with 2 tsp. Dijon mustard = 141 calories
• 1 small apple + 1 Tbsp. natural creamy peanut butter = 172 calories