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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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Quaker Rice Crisps
Calorie Count: 80-90 calories per serving
Where to buy: $11.99 for 30 snack bags, Amazon
Satisfy your snack cravings with a low calorie chip alternative in the form of savory cheddar, tangy sweet barbecue, and savory buttermilk ranch Quaker Rice Crisps. At less than 100 calories per bag, these are excellent snacks to keep stashed in your desk drawer at work for when the inevitable 4 o'clock munchies kick in. You'll never feel bad about finishing a bag of these gluten-free crisps, which also deliver 13 to 14 grams of whole grains. They're made without high fructose corn syrup and fit with a low-cholesterol diet, too.
YouTopia Snack Packs
Calorie Count: 130 calories per serving
Where to buy: $26.95 for 10 snack packs, Amazon
Portion control is crucial for weight loss, and YouTopia Snacks packs come in the perfect size to make sure you don't overeat. If you're on the Weight Watchers diet, each one adds up to just four smart points. They're also gluten-free, kosher, high in protein, and low in sugar. A trio of treats, such as roasted almonds, fava chips, cookie puffs, and dark-chocolate covered goodies, are included in each pack, and you can choose from three delicious flavor combinations.
"I have to say, I was a little skeptical that these snacks would be tasty and filling," wrote one happy shopper. "Given that they are 130 calories per pack, I thought the portion inside would be very skimpy. But it was actually very generous, and left me satisfied for two to three hours. They also tasted pretty good — not artificial-y, like a lot of low-cal snacks."
Lillabee Brownie Thins
Calorie Count: 120 calories per serving; four servings per bag
Where to buy: $17.95 for a three pack, Amazon
Finding low-calorie snacks that also adhere to the Paleo diet can feel nearly impossible. After all, there wasn't any processed food during the Stone Age! But Lillabee's brownie thins are made from superfoods, such as avocado oil, hemp seeds, cacao nibs, plus low-GI maple syrup and coconut sugar, so you can enjoy your sweets without the usual crash. They're also paleo-certified by the Paleo Foundation, meaning they're free of ingredients such as barley, rice, milk, artificial colors, and preservatives (among other things). If the reviews are any indication, these dairy-, gluten-, and soy-free desserts just might become your new go-tos.
"Move over Thin Mints, cause you have a competitor — a paleo one at that!" raved one Amazon shopper. "If you love TMs, you will love the mint flavor. If you're a fan of chocolate desserts and looking for a grain-free option these are for you! These 'cookies' are crunchy, full of flavor, easy on the tummy, and don't leave any weird aftertaste."
Shrewd Food Protein Puffs
Calorie Count: 90 calories per serving
Where to buy: $14.99 for eight snack bags, Amazon
Your recommended daily protein intake depends on a variety of factors, such as age, height, weight, and activity level, but you can get a good portion of it through Shrewd Food's protein puffs and crisps, which offer up a whopping 14 grams. Similar in taste to a cheese ball, but with just 90 calories, these treats are a tasty way to curb a savory or sweet tooth with flavors such as cookies & cream or baked pizza. They're also safe for anyone with gluten, peanut, tree nut, soy or egg allergies.
Wrote one fan, "I LOVE these! They are very similar in texture to a cheese puff but even crunchier. ... The flavor is amazing, doesn’t taste 'diet' at all. It’s measured by weight, but my first package had 27 nice sized puffs which makes it 3.3 calories per puff. Amazing for anyone on a diet especially keto. Will definitely be buying more."
Calorie Count: 30 calories per carton
Where to buy: $11.99 for 24 cartons, Amazon
When it comes to low-calorie snack, you won't find a much better option than Jayone's roasted seaweed, which boasts just 30 calories per pack. It's simply dried, then roasted with sesame, corn, and perilla oil and lightly dusted with salt. Seaweed is also a fabulous source of iodine, which is essential for the thyroid to function properly.
"The serving size is generous and very few calories," wrote one buyer. "I got used to the taste by the second or third sheet. It's a little spinachy, that's probably the closest thing I can think of in taste. Not strong though."
Blue Diamond Almonds
Calorie Count: 100 calories per pack
Where to buy: $14.24 for 32 packs, Amazon
Almonds, like the lightly-salted ones found in these Blue Diamond packs, are delicious low-calorie snacks that are also filling — plus, they're good for you! Loaded with antioxidants and vitamin E to help balance your blood sugar and lower your blood pressure and cholesterol, almonds are ideal for a pre-lunch nosh.
Mario Camacho Pitted Snack Olives
Calorie Counter: 30 calories per serving; two servings per bag
Where to buy: $15.72, Amazon
Tangy olives are one the best low-calorie snacks out there, plus they're full of heart-healthy oils. Enjoy these ones from Mario Camacho on-the-go or with your lunches in two delicious flavors: savory pepper or garlic. They're pitted and packaged without brine, meaning you can snack without the mess.
"These olives are a godsend on my low-carb diet," raved one dieter. "[They] allow me to have a treat, but not blow my carbs for the day. I pair it with some cubed cheese and I've got a great, on-plan snack."
Krave Beef Jerky
Calorie Counter: 100 calories per serving; 1.5 servings per bag
Where to buy: $37.99 for a pack of eight, Amazon
Amazon shoppers rave about Krave's beef jerky as a delicious, low-carb, low-cal, protein-rich fix. This jerky is made from lean cuts, so it's low-fat, too. In fact, the only issue you'll have with these will be choosing which flavor to go with: sea salt original, chili lime, or black cherry barbecue.
Raved one buyer: "So delish. The price is pretty good too compared to individually at the grocery store. Kinda nice to have several packages in the pantry as a go-to protein snack. A little sweet, which satisfies my sweet tooth without all the carbs."
Enlightened Bada Bean Bada Boom
Calorie Count: 100 calories per bag
Where to buy: $19.50 for 24 bags, Amazon
We love the convenience of 100-calorie snack bags, but sometimes, we wish there as a greater variety of food to choose from. Enter: Enlightened's Bada Bean Bada Boom roasted fava beans. These snack-size bites pack a serious nutritional punch. Not only do you get 7 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber in each bag, they have the same satisfying crunch you get when you eat not-so-healthy potato chips. Reviewers say they have a nutty, rich flavor, with others swearing they taste like mini baked potatoes.
"Who knew broad beans (aka fava beans) could taste so good?" wrote one Amazon customer. "These are crunchy, and if you're like me, and have savory/salty cravings, you'll be [satiated]."
Chomps Free-Range Turkey Jerky
Calorie Counter: 60 calories per stick
Where to buy: $18.99 for a pack of 10, Amazon
Gluten-free, keto-friendly, and Whole30-approved, Chomps' turkey jerky snack sticks are an excellent way to get a boost of energy and protein without going over your allotted daily calorie count. They also come in a 100-calorie beef option. With a slightly smoky, slightly spicy flavor, these sticks have amassed a legion of fans, who have left more than 1,100 reviews on Amazon alone.
Wrote one: "Finally, a snack stick that is good tasting and good for you. I've tried a lot of the other brands of jerky snack sticks and most of them really taste awful. These don't. I feel great snacking on them knowing I am only eating 60 calories and zero carbs. Fits in well with my diet."
Calorie Count: 49-65 calories per ball
Where to buy: $14.99 for a pack of six, Amazon
If you love the convenience of snack bars, but not the high calories, allow us to introduce you to the next best thing: Frooze Balls. Made from a combination of fruits, nuts, and seeds covered in shredded coconut, these little pick-me-ups are quite filling, according to reviewers. There are six different flavors — cranberry, dark forest, fudgetastic, peanut butter, lemon cheesecake, and salted maple — so everyone can find one to enjoy. Be warned, however: The calorie count can climb if you eat all five that come in a pack!