The 7 Best Low Calorie Snacks to Buy in 2018

Stock your pantry with these healthy bites

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Trying to get your snacking under control? Give your junk food drawer a makeover so the next time you have a craving, you can satisfy it in a guilt-free way that fuels your body. Whether you’re into the sweet, the salty or the all-natural, there are plenty of low calorie snacks available to choose from.

Snacking between meals can ward off hunger and even encourage weight loss by maintaining your blood-sugar levels. Plus, you’ll be less likely to over indulge during mealtime if you don’t feel starved. Basically, snacking can be a good thing, and these snacks can make doing so even healthier for you.

Whether you keep them in your desk or your workout bag, read on to find the best low calorie snacks you can buy now.

Our Top Picks

Best Pre-Workout: thinkThin Protein & Fiber Bars

It’s no surprise that you’re less likely to give it your all at the gym if you’re hungry, so always keep a few thinkThin Protein and Fiber Bars in your gym bag for an easy fix. These 150 calorie protein bars come in salted caramel, chocolate almond brownie or chunky chocolate peanut, and they’re the perfect snack to satisfy hunger pangs up to 30 minutes before your workout. Each bar has 6g of fat, 10g carbs and a whopping 10g of protein, giving you the boost you need to really push yourself. They also include 5g of sugar and are gluten-free.

Amazon reviewers are generally very positive about the thinkThin bars, but some do note that there’s a bit of an aftertaste. Many of the protein bars on the market aren’t actually healthy choices, but the low calorie thinkThin bar is a great to-go snack (especially if you’re craving chocolate).

Best Post-Workout: Perky Jerky Variety Pack

Feeling famished after a tough workout? The right snack can help your body repair after some particularly grueling exercise, and we love the turkey offerings from Perky Jerky. This variety pack comes with four different flavors to satisfy every craving, and it’s the perfect post-workout fuel. The original flavor has just half a gram of fat, 80 calories, 7g of sugar, 10g of protein and 8g of carbs (combine with a piece of fruit for a few more post-workout carbs). Each 2.2 ounce package is super easy to store in your bag, no matter where you go.

Not only is Perky Jerky great for post-workout time, Amazon reviewers rave that everyone in the family loves it. It’s tender enough for even children to enjoy—and though it does have slightly higher sugar content than some of our other choices, you won’t tire of the range of flavors on offer.

Best Sweet: Bare Natural Apple Chips

Trying your best to avoid the candy jar? The Bare Natural Apple Chips are a great pick for anyone who’s craving a little more sugar. Each serving has 110 calories, 27g carbohydrates and 4g fiber and is totally fat free. They have 21g of natural sugar (none added) and come in five different flavors. The best part of this sweet snack is that it consists, literally, of one ingredient—apples—and has no artificial flavoring. The crunch is perfect for warding off those potato chip cravings, and they’re perfect for children and adults alike.

Reviews are highly positive, with customers saying they’re an addicting blend of tart and sweet. If you’re hunting for a low calorie snack to kill that candy addiction, try the Bare Natural Apple Chips.

Best Salty: Skinny Pop Popcorn

Say no to movie style popcorn and try Skinny Pop Popcorn instead. With just 100 calories per serving, Skinny Pop has a devoted cult following. This pack comes with both original and white cheddar flavors, and it’s the perfect snack to sneak into your next movie (shhh!). Each .65 ounce bag has 6g of fat, 9g carbs (10g in white cheddar), 2g of protein (1g for white cheddar), 1 to 2g of fiber and contains no artificial flavors. We love it because it gives you the saltiness you crave while staying under 60mg of sodium.

Amazon reviewers love the grab-and-go bags that make portioning out 100-calorie snacks easy. If you want a healthy, salty, 100-calorie snack, you can’t go wrong with Skinny Pop.

Best Unique: Enlightened Roasted Broad (Fava) Bean Snack

Enlightened has made a name for itself with its delicious low calorie snacks and desserts, and the Enlightened Roasted Broad Bean Snack is one of its best products yet. These roasted fava beans come in eight different flavors, such as wasabi, cinnamon and sriracha. Each one ounce serving has 100 calories, 2.5g of fat, 15g carbs, 7g of protein and 5g of fiber. They’re a great alternative to calorie-laden nuts, and can be enjoyed alone or tossed in a salad or soup.

Fans of Enlightened say the fava snack is versatile, delicious and addicting. Whether you’re into sweet or salty or spicy, there’s bound to be a flavor you’ll love.

Best Dessert: Julie's Organic, Strawberry Frozen Yogurt Bar

Eating healthy doesn’t have to mean giving up dessert. The Julie’s Organic Yogurt Bars are the perfect after-dinner snack that won’t leave you feeling like you over indulged. This frozen yogurt bar has just 90 calories, 1.5g of fat, 19g carbs, 2g protein and 13g sugar (9g of which are added sugar). The bars are preservative-free, and have no chemical additives or high fructose corn syrup. Each pack comes with four organic 2.5 ounce bars. (We won’t tell if you have them for breakfast.)

Reviewers love how healthy the Julie’s Organic bars are, with a creaminess that gives you the texture of full-fat ice cream for fewer calories.

Best for the Office: Blue Diamond Almonds

If you’re running on empty at work, you’re more likely to make mistakes or drift off during that important meeting. Cure your hunger with Blue Diamond Almond packs: These 100-calorie bags are perfect for tossing in your desk, each one packed with 4g of protein and 2g of fiber to keep you full. For less than $20, you get 32 grab-and-go bags to stash away. These almonds are all-natural without additive flavors, so they’re perfect in yogurt, oatmeal or all by themselves.

Keep a few packs of Blue Diamond Almonds in your desk, and you’ll never go hangry at work again.

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