It’s 3 o’clock and hunger strikes, what do you normally do?
Head to the nearest vending machine? As I am sure most of you know, vending machines have nothing nutritious in there, just high calorie, high fat foods that will only make you crave more once you inhale them. As tempting as it is to run to the nearest one, fight the temptation and plan ahead with healthy, mood boosting snacks that are delicious and will keep the hunger cravings away until dinner.
Here are my top 20 healthy food snacks and the best part….they are ALL under 50 calories. Great way to stay on track and stay healthy!
Medium sized tomato. So refreshing and only 35 calories
Edamane. ¼ cup shelled with sea salt, 37 calories, so yummy!
Bell peppers. Delicious and crunchy one slice of bell pepper has just 2 calories!
Hummus. One of my fave go-to snacks. Packing just 23 calories per tablespoon, pair that with a 2 calorie slice of bell pepper and you have a great under 50 calorie snack!
Strawberries. The perfectly sweet, but healthy snack has just 4 calories per berry.
One cup of fresh pineapple, 45 calories, sweet and satisfying
One small apple with 1 tablespoon of Almond Butter, right at 50 calories
Dill pickles. For only 8 calories per pickle, this snack will fulfill your crunch and salt craving in an instant
Grapefruit. Great for a snack or breakfast, it has lots of vitamin C. For only 39 calories, you can have a half of one.
Cantaloupe. This delicious fruit is full of fiber and has only 24 calories in 1/8 of a melon.
Apricots. Juicy and filling, apricots are the perfect, 17 calorie addition to this list of 20 snacks under 50 calories.
Olives. Filled with good fats, five olives have only 26 calories and are the perfect addition to a small salad.
Grapes. Packed with good-for-you things like antioxidants, 10 grapes are a great snack at only 35 calories.
Raisins. Sweet, chewy and delicious, one small packet of raisins is the ideal 42 calorie snack.
Kiwi fruit. Known also to improve sleep (yes, really!) one kiwi is a tart 47 calorie option.
Watermelon. My favorite summer fruit, a whole cup of watermelon is guilt free and refreshing on a hot day for just 48 calories.
8oz of miso soup, 36 calories, you can find these in convenient cups, just need to add water and microwave!
Avocado. Super food! Make your own guacamole (I just put a little salsa in mine) only 20 calories per tablespoon, pair with carrots, zucchini for a yummy snack under 50 calories
Popcorn. Not movie popcorn, but air popped and butter free, one whole cup has just 31 calories!
Cucumber. Seem like a funny snack? It’s actually perfect for a hot day. Mostly made of water, you can nosh a whole cup of cucumber for only 14 calories. Also, throw a cucumber in your water for a refreshing twist.
Reaching for snacks and candy bars is only going to keep you satisfied a short while and then the sugar and salt will only make you crave more and before you know it you are back at the vending machine for more…which let’s face it, will make you a Hot Moody Mess. So remember plan ahead and have one of these snacks handy the next time your 3pm hunger strikes! All under 50 calories, your mind and body will thank you!