20 treats under 100 calories

Okay I am going to be honest. In the 7 months that I have been dieting I don’t think there has been a day that has went by that I haven’t had some sort of sweet. If you told me I had to give up chocolate or sweets for life I would say “Shoot me now!” I am dead serious.  

While I have been trying to change my eating habits and bring in more fruits and veggies and less processed filler food I am no where near ready to give up my small treat a day, and I am not sure I ever will.

But everything in moderation right? So I have complied a list of 20 different types of candy that you can have for less than 100 calories that will satisfy that sweet tooth.  

Yes they contain sugar and all sorts of processed junk – but sometimes in order to make real changes in my life I need to give myself a break and have something sweet.

20 Sweets Under 100 Calories

If you are an anti-sugar, anti processed food kinda girl, I think you are amazing and stronger than I am. But if you are a sweet-tooth junkie like me, hopefully this will give you some hope without indulgence.  

Read till the end to find my essay about To Nibble or Not to Nibble 😐

Sweet treats like candy bars, gummies, and more, each under 100 calories:

  • Snack-size Chocolate Bar (e.g., a mini Hershey’s bar): Approximately 70-90 calories.

  • Sugar-Free Jello Cup (1 cup): Typically 10-20 calories.

  • Sugar-Free Gummi Bears (10-15 pieces): Varies by brand but can be low in calories.

  • Fruit Leather (1 piece): Around 50-70 calories.

  • Dark Chocolate Square (1 small piece): Under 50 calories.

  • Jelly Beans (10-15 pieces): About 70-80 calories for a small serving.

  • Mini Rice Krispies Treat (1): Often around 90-100 calories.

  • Tootsie Roll (1 small piece): Approximately 50 calories.

  • Mini Candy Canes (2): Under 50 calories for two mini candy canes.

  • Licorice Twists (2-3 pieces): Typically 60-90 calories for a small serving.

  • Werther’s Original Caramel (2 pieces): Approximately 50 calories.

  • Mini Peanut Butter Cups (2 pieces): Around 80-90 calories for two minis.

  • Mini Marshmallows (20-30 pieces): About 40-60 calories for a small serving.

  • Jolly Rancher Hard Candy (2 pieces): Typically under 50 calories.

  • Fruit-flavored Gummy Snacks (10-15 pieces): Varies by brand but often low in calories.

  • Swedish Fish (10-15 pieces): Approximately 70-80 calories for a small serving.

  • Lifesavers (2-3 pieces): Typically under 40 calories for a few.

  • Starburst (2 pieces): Around 40-50 calories for two pieces.

  • Mini York Peppermint Pattie (1): Often around 50-60 calories.

  • Mini M&M’s (1 small bag): Typically around 70-90 calories.

Snacking: To Nibble or Not to Nibble?

Snacking is a prevalent aspect of modern dietary habits, with a plethora of options available for those moments between meals when hunger strikes.

While some individuals find solace in a midday snack, others swear by three square meals a day without indulging in what they consider unnecessary nibbling.

The need for snacking largely depends on an individual’s lifestyle, dietary goals, and overall health.

Snacking: The Pros

Maintaining Energy Levels:

For those with active lifestyles or jobs that demand sustained energy throughout the day, snacking can provide the necessary fuel to prevent energy dips. Nutrient-rich snacks can keep blood sugar levels stable and help maintain focus and productivity.

Curbing Overeating:

Snacking in moderation can prevent overeating during main meals. When people go too long without eating, they may become ravenously hungry, leading to poor food choices and excessive portions.

Meeting Nutritional Needs:

Snacking presents an opportunity to incorporate additional fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods into one’s diet. Nutrient-dense snacks can contribute to a well-rounded and balanced dietary intake.

Satisfying Cravings:

Snacks can be a way to satisfy cravings for sweet, salty, or savory foods without derailing an otherwise healthy eating plan. Controlled indulgence can make it easier to adhere to a diet long-term.

Snaking: The Cons

Mindless Eating:

Snacking can lead to mindless consumption of empty calories, especially when done in front of the TV or computer. Unconscious snacking can result in excessive calorie intake.

Dental Health:

Frequent snacking, particularly on sugary or acidic foods, can be detrimental to dental health. The constant exposure to sugars and acids can lead to tooth decay and gum problems.

Weight Management:

For individuals focused on weight management or weight loss, snacking can be a double-edged sword. While it can prevent overeating at mealtimes, excessive snacking can lead to weight gain if not properly controlled.

Digestive Health:

Frequent snacking may not provide the digestive system with adequate breaks between meals. It’s essential for the digestive system to have periods of rest to function optimally.

Conclusion

The need for snacking is a nuanced topic. Whether or not one should snack depends on individual factors, including activity level, dietary goals, and overall health.

It’s crucial to strike a balance between mindful, nutritious snacking and overindulgence in empty calories.

For some, snacking can be a valuable tool for maintaining energy levels, curbing overeating, and satisfying cravings.

However, for others, it may be best to focus on well-balanced, portion-controlled meals and avoid excessive snacking.

Ultimately, the key to a successful snacking strategy is moderation, mindfulness, and a clear understanding of one’s own dietary and health goals.

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