At Diet-to-Go, we believe in a common-sense approach to healthy eating.
That means that, while we advocate for a diet rich in wholesome foods like vegetables, fruits and lean proteins, we also understand that sometimes you’re in a hurry and just need to grab something and go.
And, if you have room in your calorie budget, snacking is actually ok! This is especially true when you can fit in a few extra calories from doing exercise, or for those who are in the maintenance phase after reaching your goal weight.
With that in mind, we scoured the grocery stores for 27 snacks that are 150 calories or less, things that are pre-packaged, that you can grab when you’re in a hurry, and that will fit into your diet plan.
Now, keep in mind, these are NOT foods that we think should be making a regular appearance in your daily diet repertoire. Many convenience foods like these are devoid of real nutritional value for your body and don’t fill you up as much per calorie as healthier options. They also can have added sugar, artificial sweeteners or be heavily processed. So, eat fresh when you can, but when you absolutely need a pre-packaged snack, try one of these 27 store-bought options so you don’t blow your calorie budget for the day.
1. Get Crackin’ Lightly Salted Pistachios.
Half the salt and all the pistachio deliciousness put these babies on the very top of our list.
2. KIND Bars.
KIND bars mix whole ingredients like nuts and fruits together for a sweet-and-salty crunch.
3. Frigo String Cheese Light
Skim milk mozzarella cheese means these have about half the calories for all the taste you get with regular string cheese.
4. Yoplait Light Yogurt
With more flavors than you can count, Yoplait’s Light Yogurt is rich, creamy and satisfying.
5. Rold Gold Tiny Twists
Buy them individually wrapped or just pack an ounce in a snack baggie for a quick munch on this classic salty goodness.
6. Smartfood White Cheddar Popcorn
You can eat literally eat two cups of this white cheddar popped deliciousness for only 70 calories. Does it get much better?
7. Blue Diamond Lightly Salted Almonds
Lean protein is the key to feeling full longer, and tasty, pre-portioned almonds give you just that.
8. Popchips Sweet Potato
It’s hard to justify eating a potato chip and feeling okay with yourself. But the fact that Popchips makes things with only natural ingredients means you’re in the clear.
9. Blue Bunny Sweet Freedom Fudge Bars (No Sugar Added)
Sweet. Chocolatey. Creamy. Perfect for a hot summer day. And only 70 calories. Where do we sign up?
10. Land O’ Lakes Cottage Cheese
One half cup of cottage cheese is only 90 calories, meaning you could conceivably put some peaches on top and still be under the 150 calorie limit.
11. Breyer’s Fat Free Ice Cream
With plenty of flavors to choose from, a half cup of this means you get all the dreamy ice cream goodness without the calories normally found in this treat.
12. South Beach Living Dark Chocolate Covered Soynuts
Nuts aren’t your thing? They are when you cover them in dark chocolate! For only 100 calories, these sweet/salty nuts are worth every bite.
13. Kashi Cookies.
Kashi delivers when it comes to as healthy as you can get when you consider you’re eating cookies. Packed with fiber and whole grains, Kashi uses no hydrogenated oils and is non-GMO.
14. Hostess 100-Calorie Cupcake Packs
Far be it from us to say that the occasional cupcake shouldn’t make its way into your diet. We don’t recommend making a habit of it (these literally have zero nutritional value), but hey, once in awhile, it’s not going to kill you.
15. Nabisco Reduced Fat Triscuits
Whole wheat, fiber and that cracker-like crunch make Triscuits the perfect mid-morning snack.
16. Fearless Chocolate Organic Super Seed Crunch
Chocolate can be healthy? It can with Fearless, whose bar is packed with omega 3s and fiber (and chocolate, of course). Win.
17. Honey Maid Graham Crackers
Turns out, they’re not just for children. Two full crackers is enough to satisfy that slight sweet tooth without taking you over the edge.
18. Seapoint Farms Dry Roasted Edamame
Protein-packed and beyond taste, Seapoint Farms knocked this little baby out of the park.
19. Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Cereal Bars
Fruity filling wrapped in that flaky goodness only a cereal-maker can deliver, nutri-grain bars are an easy go-to snack to get you through that 3 p.m. feeling.
20. Dole Fruit Bars
Take yourself back to those glorious summer nights during childhood with these sweet frozen treats.
21. Laughing Cow Spreadable Cheese Wedges (Light)
With 9 varieties to choose from and so few calories, spread one of these on a few saltines or Ritz crackers and bask in the glory.
22. Biena Chickpea Snacks
If you haven’t tried chickpeas, well, you should try chickpeas — starting with one of Biena’s scrumptious chickpea flavors.
23. Harvest Stone Brown Rice Sesame & Flax Crackers
These crackers may sound a bit strange, but they are actually super crispy with a unique flavor that will have you making sure they find their way into your cupboard again and again.
24. Sun-Maid Dried Apricots
One half cup of these gooey little morsels is all you need to keep you satisfied until the next meal.
25. Del Monte Mandarin Orange Snack Pack
There’s something about mandarin orange snack packs that take you back. They’re tasty, the perfect amount of sweet and worth a return trip.
26. Snack Pack Pudding
Chocolate. Vanilla. Swirl. Caramel. Lemon. Tapioca. Fudge. Butterscotch. Even ice cream sandwich. For only 110 calories, you can pack some serious sweet-tooth flavor into your snack.
27. Bare Apple Chips
It starts with real apples, baked (with no added sugar, by the way) and then packaged into delicious crunch-size bites.
What’s your favorite store-bought snack? Share in the comments below!
Author: Caitlin Hendee
Diet-to-Go Community Manager
Caitlin is the Diet-to-Go community manager and an avid runner. She is passionate about engaging with others online and maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle. She believes moderation is key, and people will have the most weight loss success if they engage in common-sense healthy eating and fitness.