Two Quick & Healthy Snacks Under 200 Calories

I often get asked questions about what I eat day-to-day, and what kinds of things I like to snack on. Snacking is totally essential to my life – I’m the type of person who gets hungry more than 3 times a day, and if I don’t snack in-between meals I become – what the husband calls – “hangry.” Basically hungry + angry, the side effects of which are usually taken out on him. I don’t like snacking on packaged foods – because most packaged foods will just cause a spike in your blood sugar, which eventually results in a blood sugar crash (and then you’re back to being hangry).

My criteria for putting together healthy snacks include:

  • The snack should have a good combination of fiber and protein, so it’s both filling and nutritious – and of course – tastes delicious. A great example of this is carrot sticks and hummus, or high fiber crackers and laughing cow cheese (or low fat string cheese).
  • The snack shouldn’t have more than 200 calories, because then it’s encroaching on meal territory which you don’t want
  • Avoid pre-packaged snacks if possible (e.g. chips, granola bars, protein bars, etc.) Although – there are healthy packaged options of all these things which work well if you’re on the go.

Today – I thought I’d share two of my favorite healthy snacks. Each snack has only 2 ingredients, is less than 200 calories, and only takes 2 minutes to make! Don’t you love the running theme here? 🙂

Snack #1: Fresh blueberries and Low Fat Cottage Cheese

I love how filling this snack is – and the creaminess of the cottage cheese goes great with the sweet/tart flavor of the blueberries. I go for low fat (vs. non fat) cottage cheese because it still retains the great creamy texture but is only ~100 calories per 1/2 cup serving and has about 15g protein. The blueberries add a good amount of fiber (3-4g per 3/4 cup) and are about 60 calories for 3/4 cup.

Mixing the two together gives you a great snack for only about 160 calories! And trust me, this will keep you full for a good amount of time – it’s one of my “go-tos” between lunch and dinner. And it helps that the blue and white looks so pretty and fresh together in the bowl – I always eat with my eyes before I eat with my mouth.

Snack #2: Brown Rice Cakes and Almond Butter

I love all nut butters. Peanut, Almond, Cashew, Sunflower Seed, etc – the list goes on and on. I especially love this Almond Butter with roasted flaxseeds from Trader Joe’s – it gives you a nice serving of omega 3s and increases the fiber/protein in this nutty spread. 1 Tbsp of Almond Butter has only 100 calories, and has about 4g protein and 2g fiber. The brown rice cakes give you a ton of volume (one cake is huge!) for only 60 calories and 1g fiber.

I love how creamy this nut butter is – it’s definitely one of my favorites. Putting the two together gives you about a 160 calorie, filling, deliciously creamy snack. For some extra fun, you can add a drizzle of honey (1 tsp has about 20 calories), or a few raisins on top.

Try out these perfect pairings and let me know what you think. Both should keep you feeling full (but not heavy) and energetic (but not on a sugar high) for the time in between meals. And they definitely keep me from becoming hangry.


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12 responses to “Two Quick & Healthy Snacks Under 200 Calories

  1. I love having cottage cheese as a night time snack with fruits and nut butter. The perfect snack that’s filling and packed with protein 😀

  2. Oh I love the Lundberg rice cakes. They are so much heartier than that “other” popular brand. And I too am OBSESSED with nut butters. Any kind works for me, although I haven’t seen that TJ’s almond butter with flax yet. 🙂

  3. I’m always on the prowl for new snack ideas. Like you I get hungry more than 3x a day. The problem is I like my main meals to be small and prefer solid snacks. The rest of my family is the opposite–they want a big dinner. I’d just as soon have dinner at 3:30 or 4:00 then eat one of your options at the dinner hour. But with your suggestions maybe I can successfully do the inverse. Hummus on celery or pita chips is another tasty combination.

  4. I should try the blueberries/cottage cheese combo – I love both, I have no idea why I haven’t eaten them together before! Glad you posted this!

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  6. Rena

    I loved your recipe for red pasta, and I love your healthy recipes. Excited I found your site

  7. People do swear by TJ’s almond butter. Gotta give it a try!

  8. Gorgeous post. These two snacks are so filling and delicious. I especially love anything with rice cakes and your combinations are inspiring.

  9. Hi, I just found your blog! I am also a very picky eater 🙂 Personally I love fresh blueberries with homemade whipped cream!

  10. I’m also a big fan of getting a balance of nutrients in my snacks. Love both your easy snack ideas. Have you tried “Yumnuts” yet? They are delicious, and make a great snack paired with a piece of fruit.

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