Top 15 Low Calorie Snacks Recipes
Sometimes, most people tend to forget that snacks are a vital component of a healthy diet. Snacks have been given a bad reputation because of the many varieties of sweetened snack foods and salty junk foods. However, people are finding different ways to create healthier and low calorie snacks that are both delicious and nutritious. A low calorie snack can actually help you to lose weight because many of them can satiate your hunger, thus preventing you from overeating. You don’t have to feel guilty when digging into these delectable snacks. Here are 15 low calorie snack recipes that you can easily whip up in your kitchen for a healthier diet.
1Parmesan Carrot Fries
One cup serving of this Parmesan Carrot Fries contains only 83 calories.
1 pound carrots
2 teaspoons of olive oil
2 tablespoons basil, chopped
½ teaspoon sea salt, flaky
2 to 3 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese, grated
Cracked black pepper
Directions: Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Peel and cut the carrots into thin long slices. In a medium-sized bowl, toss the carrot slices in salt, pepper, and olive oil. Spread out the carrots on a baking sheet and put it in the oven. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until the carrots become slightly brown. Remove from the oven and sprinkle on top with the Parmesan cheese and basil.
2Peanut Butter and Chocolate Dipped Pretzels
Low calorie snacks are not complete without chocolates and pretzels. This sweet but healthy snack contains 135 calories per serving.
Ingredients: 4 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
¼ cup peanut butter
30 honey-wheat pretzel twists
Directions: Line your jelly-roll pan with parchment paper. Place the chopped chocolates in a small microwave-safe bowl and microwave at high for 1 minute or until the chocolate melts. You can stir every 15 seconds. Add and stir in the peanut butter until it becomes smooth. Get 1 pretzel at a time and dip and roll one end in the melted chocolate and peanut butter mixture. Repeat the procedure with the other pretzels. Place the coated pretzels on the prepared pan with the parchment paper. Place in a freezer for 30 minutes or until it sets.
3Spicy Baked Chickpeas
The spicy baked chickpeas is a low calorie snack that is rich in proteins with a little bit of spice. It has only 203 calories per servings.
3 cups of chickpeas
2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil
¼ teaspoon dried onion
½ teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
A dash of paprika
Directions: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Drain and rinse the chickpeas in a colander. Use a paper towel to rub-dry the chickpeas, removing the skin. In a medium-sized bowl, add the chickpeas and the rest of the ingredients. Stir until everything is well blended. Place the chickpeas on a baking sheet and put in the oven. Bake for 20 minutes. Allow it to cool and bake it again for an additional 10 to 20 minutes.
4Strawberry Frozen Yogurt
You will need an ice cream maker to prepare this delectable snack. One serving contains 82 calories.
Ingredients: 4 cups of strawberry, hulled
2 tablespoons orange juice
1/3 cup sugar
½ cup plain yogurt, nonfat or low-fat
Add the berries in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Add the sugar and orange juice and blend again for a few seconds. Add the yogurt and pulse several times until well blended. Transfer to a bowl, cover, and refrigerate for one hour or overnight, until chilled. Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer’s direction. You can serve it immediately or store in the freezer for 1 hour.
5Baked Mozzarella Bites
This is the healthier and low calorie version of the fried cheese sticks. It contains 91 calories per serving.
Ingredients: 1/3 cup of Japanese breadcrumbs or Panko
Three I oz sticks of part-skim mozzarella string cheese
3 tablespoons of egg substitute
¼ cup of marinara sauce, low sodium
Directions: Preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Heat a medium-sized skillet over medium heat. Add the panko or Japanese breadcrumbs and cook for 2 minutes or until it is toasted. Remove from heat and transfer the panko to a shallow dish. Cut the mozzarella sticks into one-inch pieces. Get one piece and dip the cheese stick in the egg substitute, and then dredge in the panko. Place the cheese sticks on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Put it in the oven and bake at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 3 minutes or until the cheese has softened. Meanwhile, microwave the marinara sauce at high for one minute, stirring after 30 seconds. Serve the mozzarella sticks with the marinara sauce.
6Chocolate and Nut Butter Bites
Another chocolate snack that is sweet, delicious, yet still low in calories. This snack contains 79 calories per serving.
Ingredients: Eight ¼ ounce square bittersweet chocolates
4 teaspoons of your choice of cashew, almond, or pistachio butter
Directions: Top each of the chocolate squares with ½ teaspoon of nut butter. Serve and enjoy.
7Almond Raisins and Popcorn Mix
You can easily store this snack in an airtight container so you can eat it even if you’re out and about. It contains only 103 calories per serving.
Ingredients: 15 grams of popcorn kernels
1 teaspoon of rapeseed oil
50 grams of raisins
50 grams of whole almonds, preferably with skins on
25 grams puffed wheat
Directions: Heat oil and add the popcorn kernels. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until the kernels pop. Place in a bowl and leave it to cool. Add the raisins, almonds, and puffed wheat into the popcorn. Serve immediately or you can store in an airtight container.
8Iced Grapes with Cheddar Cubes and Celery
Iced grapes are a favorite for both adults and children, and it goes perfectly with cheddar and celery. One serving offers 144 calories.
Ingredients: 2 handfuls of seedless black or red grapes
40 grams of mature cheddar or vegetarian cheddar, cubed
1 large celery stick, cut into strips
Directions: Put the grapes in a freezer bag and put it in the freezer. When it is chilled and ready to eat, serve with the cheddar cheese pieces and celery sticks.
9Watermelon with Mint and Feta Cheese
This is a refreshing snack that combines the flavors of watermelon, mint, and feta. It provides 115 calories per serving.
Ingredients: Watermelon wedges cut into 2×5 cm
40 grams of feta, crumbled
2 lime wedges
Handful of mint, chopped
Directions: Take each watermelon wedge and slice between the flesh and the rind to separate them. Then cut downwards until you get a bite-sized chunk. Don’t forget to remove the seeds. Sprinkle feta and mint or scatter them on the sides. Squeeze lime on top before serving.
This watermelon salsa can be used as a dip or as toppings on your nachos. One serving offers 46 calories.
Ingredients: 200 grams of watermelon
2 shallots, small
Juice of one half lime
A small bunch of coriander
2 tablespoons of olive oil
Directions: Chop into fine pieces the watermelon, shallots, and coriander. Add the juice of ½ lime and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Mix them all together. Serve as a dip or as topping for cheesy nachos.
11Frozen Fruit Sticks with Lime Drizzle
This is a fruity frozen snack that is perfect for a hot day. One serving provides 31 calories.
Ingredients: 100 grams of strawberries, hulled and halved
8 grapes, seedless
100 grams of melon chunks
100 grams of mango chunks
2 kiwi, peeled and cut into chunks
100 grams pineapple chunks
For the Drizzle
3 passion fruits, halved and seeds scraped
Juice of 2 limes
1 teaspoon icing sugar
Directions: Mix all the drizzle ingredients in a small bowl and stir until the sugar completely dissolves. Skewer the fruits using a wooden skewer. Drizzle the sauce on top, but reserve some for the dipping. Put in the fruit skewers in the freezer for 45 minutes. Serve with the leftover drizzle.
This is the vegan version of the baked apples, which makes it one of our delicious and healthy low calorie snacks.
Ingredients: 3 apples
¼ cup oatmeal, old-fashioned
¼ cup sugar, light brown
1 tablespoon peanut butter
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch of cloves
1 cup water
Directions: Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a glass baking dish with tin foil. Slice the apples in half, along the core. Remove the core using a spoon or melon baller. In a small bowl, mix oatmeal, sugar, peanut butter, and spices until crumbly. Spoon out one full tablespoon of the oatmeal mixture and put it into the apple core. Place the apples on the baking dish and pour 1 cup of water around the apples. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, or until the apple skin begins to wrinkle.
13High Fiber Muesli
As the name suggests, this snack is high in fiber and it is also full of flavor. One serving provides 124 calories.
Ingredients: 300 grams of jumbo oats
100 grams All-Bran
25 grams wheat germ
50 grams golden linseed
100 grams dark raisins
140 grams ready-to-eat apricots, cut into chunks
Directions: Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl. You can store this snack in an airtight container for 2 months. When serving, just pour chilled milk over it and let it soak for a few minutes
14Grapefruit, Agave, & Pistachio Salad
Fruit salads are a great snack but they can also be a healthy breakfast meal. One serving provides 107 calories.
Ingredients: 1 pink grapefruit
1 tablespoon agave nectar
1 white grapefruit
1 teaspoon pistachio, chopped
Directions: Segment the grapefruits and remove as much of the pith as possible. Divide the segments between 2 bowls and top with pistachios and agave.
Low calorie snacks can also be fun and delicious, especially for the kids. This fruity popsicle offers 33 calories per serving.
Ingredients: 3 to 4 medium peaches, halved and pitted
Juice of 1 lemon
¼ cup sugar to taste
¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
Directions: Process peaches in a food processor until coarsely chopped. Transfer one cup of the chopped peaches to a bowl. Add the orange juice, lemon juice, and sugar to the food processor. Puree until it becomes smooth. Pour into the bowl with the chopped peaches and mix in the vanilla extract. Divide the mixture between the 2 or 3-ounce freezer popsicle molds. If you don’t have popsicle molds, you can use small paper cups. Put in the freezer for about 1 hour. When it’s beginning to set, insert the popsicle sticks and freeze again until completely firm.