21 Low-Calorie Snacks You’ll Want to Eat Every Day

21 Low-Calorie Snacks You'll Want to Eat Every Day

Who doesn’t love a good snack? They’re essential for staving off hunger between meals and keeping you fueled from your early morning workout until your late night dinner with friends. But small bites can also be a nutritional trap, providing few nutrients and tons of unnecessary calories. A 2012 study examining the diets of nearly 5,000 adults found that almost a third of their daily calorie intake was from “empty,” or nutritionally void, snack calories.

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But mid-afternoon morsels don’t have to be a caloric black hole. These 21 low-calorie snacks are easy to make — and at 200 calories or less per serving— you won’t feel naughty after nibbling. Plus, they’re loaded with fiber, vitamins, antioxidants and minerals essential to your health. Nosh away.

21 Healthy Low-Calorie Snacks

Healthy Parmesan Carrot French Fries

1. Parmesan Carrot Fries Recipe (83 calories)
Deep fried ‘taters might be tempting, but these carrot fries taste just as good. Roast your carrots and top them with some fresh Parmesan and basil for a sweet and savory treat that packs only 83 calories per serving. Want more options? Try these seven other French fry recipes you’ll lovePhoto and recipe: Alexa Schirm / Life by Daily Burn

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Apple Sandwiches Snack Recipe

2. Mini Peanut Butter and Apple Sandwich Recipe (200 calories)
This finger food is packed with granola, cinnamon and raisins, which add an extra flair to the classic apples and peanut butter snack. Bonus: You can make the granola up to two weeks ahead of time. Store it in an airtight container to save you time in your busy, grown-up life. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

20 Low-Calorie Snacks You'll Want to Eat Every Day

3. Raw Rainbow Collard Greens Wrap Recipe (113 calories)
While this wrap may feel substantive, it definitely clocks in at a snack-sized serving with just 113 calories. Packed with hummus, carrots, bell peppers, cucumbers and more, this leafy roll-up will leave you satisfied. (You’ll also meet your daily veggie requirements!) Photo: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

Homemade Larabars Recipe

4. 3-Ingredient Homemade Larabars Recipe (199 calories)
Sweet dates, nuts and fruit come together to perfectly mimic your favorite grocery store snack bar. Even cooler: You can create your own custom flavor combos by adding a little bit of cinnamon, vanilla or raw cacao powder to your base ingredients. Mix and match to satisfy your cravings! Photo and recipe: Renee Blair / Life by Daily Burn

20 Low-Calorie Snacks You'll Want to Eat Every Day

5. Amaranth “Popcorn” Recipe (180 calories)
Popped like a corn kernel, amaranth offers a nutty flavor and a satisfying crunch with every bite. Even better: This unique ‘popcorn’ is packed with nutrients that make it more comparable to a leafy green than a grain (or a buttery, movie-theater treat). Just a quarter-cup of these seeds houses seven grams of protein and seven grams of fiber, making it the perfect snack for when you want to fill up fast. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

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Banana Nutella Muffins Recipe

6. Banana Nutella Protein Muffin Recipe (165 calories)
Yes, a banana nutella muffin can be low-calorie (major win). Made with two scoops of protein powder, flaxseeds and Greek yogurt, these pastries are delicious and full of antioxidants and fiber. Grab one post-workout, or just when you’re craving a sweet snack. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

20 Low-Calorie Snacks You'll Want to Eat Every Day

7. Spicy Baked Chickpeas Recipe (153 calories)
 Flavored with cayenne and chili powder for a kick, these bite-sized crunchies are as chewable as chips and are sure to be a hit with any crowd. Plus, the prep is so easy you’ll be mixing up more batches before you know it. Photo and recipe: Emily Miller / Life by Daily Burn

Artichoke Dip

8. Vegan Artichoke Dip Recipe (73 calories)
Order artichoke dip at Applebee’s and you risk gorging on over 1,000 calories. But with this vegan version, you can consume a quarter-cup serving for just 73. A puree of artichokes, white beans, green chilies, shallots and spices, this mix takes just minutes to make in a food processor. Photo: Pertty Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

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20 Low-Calorie Snacks You'll Want Every Day

9. Peach Homemade Greek Yogurt Recipe (100 calories)
Whipping up your own Greek yogurt blend will ensure you avoid the mega-dose of sugar packed in most fruit-flavored grocery store brands. With just six ingredients, you won’t have to worry that this snack contains any hidden additives or sweeteners. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

Kale and Sweet Potato Quinoa Cakes Snack Recipe

10. Sweet Potato Quinoa Cakes Recipe (134 calories)
Bake these cakes on Sunday night and you’ll have veggie-packed patties you can snack on all week. This recipe yields 18 little pies chock-full of all your favorite healthy ingredients (yes, including kale). Serve with a side of ketchup mixed with SrirachaPhoto and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

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20 Low-Calorie Snacks You'll Want to Eat Every Day

11. Healthy Green Goddess Dip Recipe (128 calories)
Your crudité plate has officially met its new partner in crime. This light, tasty topping is made with avocados, Greek yogurt, watercress and other good-for-you ingredients. It pairs perfectly with any seasonal assortment of veggies — and will make your plate look that much prettier, too. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by Daily Burn

Apple Pie Granola Bar Recipe

12. Apple Pie Granola Bar Recipe (155 calories)
Ditch the store-bought granola brands (which are often packed with artificial ingredients) for this delicious DIY bar. Made with chunks of dried apple, pecans, toasted oats and cinnamon, each bite will satisfy your apple pie cravings. The other good news is that it serves up only five grams of sugar. Make a batch ahead of time and then stash some in your desk so you’ll always have something to nosh on. Photo and recipe: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn

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13. Ham and Egg Sweet Potato Toast (114 calories)
If you’re looking for a post-workout snack with a little more staying power, try this delicious sweet potato toast recipe. Sweet potatoes provide filling fiber and carbohydrates, and ham and egg offer protein to help build muscle. Spinach is a good source of magnesium, which often gets lost in sweat, and carbohydrates for replenishing glycogen stores. Photo and recipe: Carmen Sturdy / Life by Daily Burn

Peanut Butter and Jelly Breakfast Muffins

14. Peanut Butter and Jelly Breakfast Muffin Recipe (61 calories)
One batch of these mini muffins will yield enough to nosh on all week. Mashed bananas and Greek yogurt cut the fat found in regular muffins. Peanut butter adds a satisfying dose of protein to the mix. Feel like going crazy? Drizzle warm peanut butter on top for an extra-decadent twist. Photo and recipe: Emily Miller / Life by Daily Burn

20 Low-Calorie Snacks You'll Want Every Day

15. Healthy Baked Peaches and Cream Recipe (153 calories)
Swap heavy whipped cream for a refreshing honey-mint Greek yogurt topping in this light dish. With just 10 minutes of prep time and 10 minutes of cook time required, this dessert-like snack is a no-brainer. Photo and recipe: Evan Thomas / Life by Daily Burn

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Rosemary Nuts Recipe

16. Sweet and Savory Rosemary Pecans Recipe (108 calories)
Hosting a dinner party? Whip up a batch of these for your guests to snack on before your meal is served. Pecans are a solid source of healthy fats and protein — and the salty-sweet combo of flavors will ensure you please every palate. Photo and recipe: Emily Miller / Life by Daily Burn

Healthy Breakfast Cookie Cups Recipe


17. Gluten-Free Breakfast Cookies (184 calories)
These cookies are so guilt-free you can even eat them in the a.m. Combine almonds, walnuts, flax and a few other good-for-you ingredients to form bite-size bowls you can fill with almond milk, Greek yogurt or seasonal berries. Pop one in your mouth for just 184 calories — and feel your hunger melt away. Photo and recipe: Alexa Schirm / Life by Daily Burn

Cranberry Pumpkin Muffin

18. Mini Cranberry Pumpkin Muffins (83 calories)
Can’t get enough fall flavors in your life? You’ll dig these bite sized treats. (Plus, did you know pumpkin is a great source of vitamin A?) Cranberries add a dash of tart and fruity flavor to the mix. And because these muffins are made with Greek yogurt instead of butter, each mini muffin contains just three grams of fat. Photo and recipe: Emily Miller / Life by Daily Burn

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20 Low-Calorie Snack Recipes You'll Want Every Day

19. Homemade Beet Hummus Recipe (145 cals)
Not only is this hummus a shocking shade of pink — it’s also packed with protein. You’ll get six grams per quarter-cup serving, plus a dose of antioxidants, thanks to the phytochemicals in beets. Serve this snack with some pita chips or some veggies if you’re feeling extra virtuous. Photo and recipe: Renee Blair / Life by Daily Burn

Baked Apples

20. Vegan Baked Apples Recipe (103 calories)
Take this fruit to the next level by roasting it with cinnamon, peanut butter, light brown sugar and some savory spices. Drooling yet? The oh-so simple prep will be complete in just 10 minutes. Just be sure to take your apples out of the oven once the skin starts to wrinkle. Photo and recipe: Emily Miller / Life by Daily Burn

Zucchini Bread with Chocolate Chips


21. Zucchini Bread Recipe with Chocolate Chips (128 calories)
Who says a healthy snack can’t include chocolate? This bread is made with applesauce to keep each bite moist — and low fat! The half-cup of chocolate chips adds the gooey goodness you’re craving. Cutting back on sugar? Sub the chocolate for walnuts instead. Photo and recipe: Emily Miller / Life by Daily Burn

Originally posted August 2014. Updated August 2016.