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10 Low-Calorie Snacks That Are Filling and Delicious on Amazon

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It’s a brand new year — actually, make that a brand new decade — and for many of us, that means new eating habits! If all goes according to plan, our junk food will be replaced by delicious and healthy low calorie snacks — aka the best kind there are. The only problem? Your refrigerator’s not exactly stocked for a lifestyle change. Not to fret. While you may think of Amazon as go-to store for beauty products and home decor, it also sells an abundance of yummy, good-for-you finds that you may not find in big-box stores. What’s more, Amazon Prime members can get them shipped same day in many instances, with free two-day shipping for others. 

What are low calorie snacks? 

Essentially, calories equate to the amount of energy your body releases after it digests your food. The trouble begins when you consume more calories than you need, at which point that energy gets stored as body fat. 

According to the dietary guidelines of Health.gov, sedentary women aged 40 or higher need 2,000 calories per day (2,200 for more active women), with that number decreasing to 1,800 to 2000, depending on lifestyle, after age 50. 

While that might sound like a lot, it can add up quickly if you’re eating high calorie foods: One cup of crushed corn chips, for instance, has 490 calories, while two strawberry frosted Pop-Tarts eat up 420 calories. 

Ironically, that’s roughly the same amount you’d need to cut from your diet to lose weight, according to Health.gov, which recommends “a reduction of 500 or more calories each day from added sugar, fat, and alcohol.” 

That doesn’t mean you have to give up snacks completely, however: Food labels can help you determine whether you’re making smart choices when it comes to low calorie snacks, if you know how to read them properly. The below labels read as follows. 

Calorie-Free: Foods that are labeled calorie-free have 5 calories or less per serving. 

Low calorie: Foods that are labeled low calorie have 40 calories or less per serving. 

Light or lite: These foods have half the fat or a third of the calories of the regular version. 

The Best Low Calorie Snacks

Whether you’re looking for something crispy and crunchy or you’re craving something salty and sweet, we’ve rounded up the best low-cal snacks that come highly reviewed, so you can munch without the guilt. Keep scrolling for FIRST for Women’s picks for the best low-calorie snacks on Amazon. 

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