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If you’ve ever followed a diet, you’ll know that there are times when hunger can strike with full effect. Keep your cravings at bay with these healthy snacks, all under 150 calories.
Your diet is the most important factor in your weight loss success. To lose weight, you must consume fewer calories than you burn, which not only means making healthier food choices, but also limiting portion sizes, and choosing foods which are both filling, and low in calories. One area which many people struggle with is snacking.

Deli Ham

Like beef jerky, ham is a great protein source. Look for a good quality ham with a high meat content, and little added water.

Cold Chicken

Another winner on the protein front here. You can either pre-cook a small chicken breast, and keep it cool for when you need it, or buy pre-packed chicken. You can have around 4oz for 150 calories.

Peanut Butter

While peanut butter is high in calories, it’s high healthy fat content keeps you feeling full, and beats cravings. Stick to one heaped teaspoon per snack.

Cottage Cheese with Chives

If you don’t eat meat, but want to boost your protein intake, cottage cheese is a fantastic choice. Adding chives boosts the flavor, without adding calories.

Celery

Celery contains minimal calories, so you can eat mountains of it and still be well below 150 calories. You could also go for cucumber if you’re not a fan of celery, or pair either with any of the other snacks.

Carrot Sticks

Slightly higher in calories than celery, but still pretty low in the grand scheme of things, carrot sticks are a good desk-based snacks. One whole large carrot is only around 50 calories, so you can really go to town. Make them more interesting by dipping them in a low calorie dip, such as salsa, hot sauce or a diet-friendly version of blue cheese or thousand island dressing.

Almond Butter

Very similar to peanut butter, almond butter is incredibly healthy, but watch the calories.

Rice Cakes

For something slightly “carbier” rice cakes are ideal. Plain or brown ones are best, but even the flavored ones aren’t too bad.

Skim Milk

Another vegetarian protein choice here. While you might automatically think of snacks as being something you eat, there’s no reason why you can’t drink them either. If you’re in a rush, or aren’t particularly hungry, you can have nearly two cups of skim milk for 150 calories.

Hummus

Hummus is made from chickpeas and olive oil, so contains a good mix of protein, carbs and fats. It’s a bit higher in calories again, so like with the nut butters, you need to monitor how much of it you’re eating, but it goes brilliantly with carrot, celery or cucumber sticks.

Almonds

If nut butters aren’t your thing, but you want all the nutritional benefits of them, then just go for regular nuts. Almonds are an excellent choice, but you could also go for pecans, Brazils, cashews, walnuts or hazelnuts.

Protein Powder

While often associated with bodybuilders and athletes, protein shakes are a great weight loss snack. Get one with no added carbs or fats, and have one scoop mixed with water.

Sugar Free Jello

For a sweet treat, sugar free jello is an awesome craving buster, and very nearly calorie free.

Berries

By far the best fruits are berries. They have a low glycaemic index, and are only around 8% carbohydrate.

  • “The Effects of High Protein Diets on Thermogenesis, Satiety and Weight Loss: A Critical Review”. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Thomas L. Halton and Frank B. Hu, MD, PhD. Accessed on May 22, 2012. Retrieved from http://www.jacn.org/content/23/5/373.short
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