I just got the May issue of Women’s Health (on newsstands now) featuring their very first FOOD FLIP issue, where one side of the magazine has regular Women’s Health articles, but turn it over and upside down, and the other side has food-related topics! Although I am not sure why all of a sudden, the grocery store shelves are filled to the brim with 100-calorie snacks (why 100 calories instead of another amount?) but I do love the portion control. Here are some ideas from Women’s Health to keep your calories in check:
Sliced tomato with a sprinkle of feta and olive oil
Lunch left something to be desired? This savory dish will make your taste buds happy
8 Shrimp and Cocktail Sauce (4 Tbsp)
The perfect appetizer – and no one at the table will know you’re counting calories.
Pop this vitamin-rich fudgy treat before a morning meeting and that Danish won’t look so damn good.
Edamame; ½ cup (measured shelled)
Eating this protein-packed pick-me-up out of the shell will help make the snack last longer.
Quaker Instant Oatmeal (regular flavor)
This speedy fiber- and protein-packed breakfast also makes for a warm, filling snack.
Starbucks Tall Skinny Latte
Score your caffeine fix along with a hunger-crushing 10-gram shot of protein and about a third of your daily calcium needs.
Air-Popped Popcorn (3 cups)
Go ahead, nibble mindlessly as you zone out in front of Bravo. Even if you’re watching trash, you won’t be eating it.
Naturally prepackaged goodness you can take anywhere, with the added benefit of cramp-preventing potassium.
Yoplait Light Yogurt (fruit flavors)
This bone-building goodie provides 20 percent of your RDA for calcium and vitamin D.
2 Sargento Light String Cheese snacks
Any food you can play with is a great distraction; plus, the protein battles mid-afternoon hunger pangs.
Curves Granola Bar
Stash chocolate-peanut or strawberries-and-cream bars in your glove box to help you resist the lure of the drive-thru when you’re on the road.
Vegetable juice, such as V8 (1 cup), and Oscar Mayer Oven-Roasted Turkey Breast (2 oz)
An antioxidant- and protein- rich hunger-buster.
Raspberries (1 cup) with Plain Yogurt (2 Tbsp) and Honey (1 tsp)
This sweet mix does the job until you can break away from your desk for a full meal.
5 Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate Kisses
A cocoa fix that’s equally rich in chocolaty taste and disease’ fighting antioxidants—what more could you want in a snack?
Baby Carrots (1 cup) with Hummus (2 Tbsp)
The crunchy texture keeps choppers busy, and tangy hummus feeds your need for comfort food.
Peanuts (1 Tbsp) and Dried Cranberries (2 Tbsp)
Toss together this pared- down trail mix and pre-measure into plastic baggies.
2 egg whites with 1 slice whole wheat toast
This protein-and-carb duo gives you a light but energizing start when you have a belly- busting lunch on your calendar.
Barbara’s Bakery Cinnamon Puffins cereal (2/3 cup dry)
Keep pre-measured tubs in your desk drawer for an alternative to kettle chips when you’re craving something crunchy.
Turkey Jerky (1¼ oz)
When you must have meat, chew on this low-cal, low-fat power snack.
Strawberries (1 ½ cup) and Cool Whip Free (3 Tbsp)
For a totally guiltless dessert, dish up a bowl of this sweet, fiber-rich combo.
Like most fruit, melon contains a lot of water. So you get a lot of food—and beta-carotene for not a lot of calories
3 Amy’s Cheese Pizza Snacks
These hot, crispy, cheesy bites are possibly the most satisfying late-night snack ever.
Frozen Yogurt (1 ½ cup)
When you crave a cool treat, dip into smooth and yummy fro-yo—it’s nowhere near as high-calorie as ice cream.
1 oz Yellowtail and 1 oz Tuna Sashimi with 1 packet Kikkoman Instant Tofu Miso Soup
Have it pre-party: The protein will keep you from wiping out the buffet.
18 Fat-Free Fold Gold Tiny Twists
Kill a carbs-and-salt craving in a single snack session.
Veggie Land Veg-T-Balls (2 ½ oz) with Muir Glen Chunky Tomato Sauce (2 Tbsp)
These low-fat vegetarian bells hit the spot.
Chocolate Milk (1 cup nonfat milk + 1 Tbsp Hershey’s Lite Chocolate Syrup)
Quell your inner cocoa monster end get a hit of calcium.
1 Nutter Butter Granola Bar
This peanut bar tastes like something you’d get from the vending machine, minus the thigh-inflating effects.
Now, let’s really put this into perspective – check out what 100 calories looks like with the treats below. If any of these are your go-to mid-day snack, the next time your stomach is growling you may want to opt for one of the healthier choices above!
They’ve never looked so small before, have they?
McDonald’s French Fries, Large Order
¼ of a serving, or 1 oz
And forget about ketchup.
Papa John’s Pan Crust Cheese Pizza, 12”
About ¼ of 1 slice
Still fattening any way you slice it
Auntie Anne’s Original Pretzel
About ¼ of a pretzel
Don’t get tied up in knots about it.
Bagel, Plain, 4.5”
1/3 of 1 bagel
And that’s without any cream cheese.
Burger King Double Whopper with Cheese
1/10 of 1 burger
There’s almost an entire day’s worth of fat in one sandwich.
Haagen-Dazs Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream
You’re going to need a smaller cone.
KFC Hot Wings
1 ¼ wings
Even with the bone in, you don’t get much.
Krispy Kreme Powdered Strawberry-Filled Doughnut
½ of a doughnut
Barely enough to dunk in your coffee.
Sara Lee Original Cream Cheesecake
½ of 1 serving
You can always share your slice with a friend