What Does 100 Calories Really Look Like?
Blueberries: 1 Cup
With this many blueberries, you have more than enough calorie room to enjoy them on top of a refreshing frozen yogurt (1 cup is only 200 calories). It doesn't hurt that this antioxidant-packed fruit is great for your skin, too!
Dry Roasted Almonds: 13
Almonds are packed nutrients, but be careful not to overdo it with these high-calorie nuts. Try tossing a few on your morning oatmeal or healthy lunch salads to reap the health benefits while limiting your portions.
Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate Kisses: 5
Studies have shown that dark chocolate lowers both blood pressure and cholesterol. Only five of these bittersweet kisses and you can cure any heartbreak—the low-calorie way, of course.
Pepperidge Farm Goldfish: 39
These little fishes aren't made of gold, but get a bag of them and you just hit the jackpot! The classic crackers combine crunchy and cheddar cheese flavor to help satisfy your salt craving without risk of calorie overload.
Chocolate Chips: 2 Tbsp
It may not be enough to make a batch of your favorite cookies, but throw this amount of chocolate morsels in a bag with a palm full of walnuts, and you have yourself the perfect to-go trail mix.
Red Grapes: 28
Frozen or off the vine, it’s the perfect amount to satisfy a sweet craving. Drop a few in your glass of white wine to add a little sugary taste.
Twix Minis: 2
Reach for these miniature Twix instead of the full-size version (which is actually two candy bars) to satisfy that same chocolate, caramel, cookie craving for half the calories.
Raisins: ¼ Cup
You may get more juicy grapes for the same amount of calories, but the dried version packs more fiber and vitamins and minerals. Plus, tossing a few raisins on your oatmeal, yogurt, or salad is an easy way to add sweetness.
3Musketeers Minis: 4
This original chocolate candy bar is meant for sharing, but for a low-cal serving size that allows us to eat as many as four little ones, it’s likely we may get greedy indulging in that fluffy, nougat filling.
Thomas’ Light Multi-Grain English Muffin: 1
Not all English muffins add up to just 100 calories, so be sure to check the label or stick to this light, multi-grain version. Pair it with cottage cheese and fruit or some egg whites to start your day right—and perfectly satisfied.
Peanut M&Ms: 10
Who doesn't love peanuts and chocolate together? At 10 calories a piece, it's easy to overdo it. An easy way to get instant portion control? Buy the snack-size packs.
Milk Chocolate M&Ms: 28
As addictive as these colored-coated candies can be, try to stop at 28. It's enough to satisfy your chocolate craving for less than half the calories in a full-size bag.
Dried Apricots: ¼ Cup
This bite-sized golden fruit is packed with just as much flavor as the fresh version. Don’t be fooled by the calorie count, though. The dried apricots are packed with sugar.
Cheerios Cereal: 1 Cup
Cereal can be deceiving. While many boxes advertise low calorie counts, a closer look at the label often reveals that a standard bowl is more like 2 to 3 servings. With a one-cup serving for just 100 calories, Original Cheerios don't fall into that category.
Nabisco Nilla Wafers: 5
Their light weight may make them feel healthy, but be careful; that savory vanilla taste will add up in calories if grabbing just a handful. We recommend hiding the box once taking five!
Starburst Original Fruit Chews: 5
Everyone has her favorite flavor, but whatever it may be—strawberry, cherry, orange or lemon—consider swapping the fruit chews for real fruit juices. Two cups of Tropicana’s Trop50 delivers the same amount of calories as just 5 Starbursts.
Dried Cranberries: ¼ Cup
If you don’t like raisins, swap them for sweet and tangy Craisins. Both are 100 calories for a 1/4-cup serving.
Hershey’s Twizzler Cherry Twists: 2
If your sweet tooth calls for cherry, you may be better off reaching for the actual fruit. You can eat a whole cup of fresh cherries for fewer calories than just two Twizzler Cherry Twists.
Baby Carrots: 25
With as many as 25, we can sacrifice half that amount and add a fun dip to go along. Pairing this crisp vegetable with hummus, like 1 ½ tbsp of Sabra’s Greek Olive Hummus, will get you to 100 calories!
Air-Popped Popcorn with Salt: 3 Cups
This classic movie snack is easy to make, delicious to eat, and provides plenty to nosh on well beyond the opening credits.
Edamame: ½ Cup
Although usually had as an appetizer when dining out, this soybean snack is just as accessible and tasty at home. For ½ cup, we can satisfy that semi-sweet taste we crave while not wasting too many calories—not to mention, popping them out of their fuzzy shells makes eating them that much sweeter!
Banana: 1 Medium
Start peeling away! Bananas not only taste good with almost anything, but just one can also give us that energy boost we sometimes need, while sparing only 100 calories!
**For the smoker’s conscience, its B6 and B12 vitamins combined with potassium and magnesium minerals relieve nicotine withdrawal symptoms—a healthier, cheaper and tastier alternative to lighting up.
Avocado: ½ Small
As one of the most versatile foods, it's hard to resist adding avocado to every meal and snack. The good news is that these creamy veggies are high in monounsaturated fats (the "good" fats), which research shows can help you reach your weight-loss goals.
Pickle Slices: 20
Whether yuo like these crunchy ‘vegetables’ sweet and sour or salty and bitter, go ahead and snack without guilt. Just watch your sodium intake: One of these fat-free, low-calorie snacks provides more than half of an adult’s daily recommended value of sodium.
Apple: ½ with 2 Tsp Peanut Butter
We all know ”an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but this power combo will keep you full as well. It’s easy to go overboard on peanut butter so use the rationed ½ apple serving as a guide to spread perfect amount. Now to the hard part, crunchy or smooth?
Guacamole: 1 Tbsp
Although this dip makes for a great party appetizer, you’re better off spreading 1 Tbsp onto a sandwich. Adding tortilla chips to the mix is a quick way to tack on extra calories and fat.
Red Wine: ½ Cup
There’s no reason to have to pack on the drink calories when winding down from a long workday. Just ½ cup of this tart vino serves enough to complement a light dinner.
Raw Broccoli: 4 Cups
The large 100-calorie serving makes broccoli our go-to green vegetable. Since the portion size offers so much, be sure to use half that amount when adding oil and spices to save room for those cooking calories!
Turkey Jerky: 1 ¼ Oz
Not everyone’s a turkey jerky fan, and maybe this portion size is why not. Such a small stick quickly adds up to 100 calories, which makes 12 slices of Oscar Meyer’s oven roasted shaved turkey breast for the same 100-calorie intake the better turkey option.
Wheaties Cereal: ¾ Cup
Although ¾ cup is enough for a munchie, it doesn't exactly provide the full ‘Breakfast of Champions’ experience. If you're snacking from a Ziploc bag, choose Cheerios instead to get an extra ¼ cup for the same calorie count.
Olives: 15 Large
There are only so many olives we can eat plain, but when we're adding them to our favorite martinis or meals, it’s good to know many go a long way. For olive chefs in the kitchen, whip up something delicious with this savory Olive Tapenade recipe. Bonus: It only take 5 minutes to prepare!
Butter: 1 Tbsp
You butter believe it. But before resorting to butter substitutions on your toast or pancakes, try adding a punch of flavor with jam made from real fruit to steer of that unnatural stuff.