The 100 calorie diet lets you eat what you want, as long as it is in 100 calorie units. This means you can eat 100 calories worth of egg or 200 calories worth of chicken breast. The reason for the 100 calorie unit of counting is for easy tracking or counting of calories. In the 100 calorie diet, women are given an allowance of 1500 calories a day and men are allowed 2000 calories a day.
Snacking is allowed in the 100 calorie diet. Here are 5 great snacks (both nutritious and at 100 calories) that you can enjoy.
1. Apple and Peanut Butter
A serving size of half an apple and 2 tsp. of peanut butter is a great snack for people on a 100 calorie diet. An apple is an excellent in-between meal snack. With its high vitamin C content, apple is a great immune booster. It is also beneficial for good digestion due to its high fiber content. It has low saturated fat, sodium and cholesterol content.
Peanut butter is a good source of protein. Choose peanut butter that has reduced fat and low sodium and is enriched with vitamins and minerals. By doing so, you can maximize the nutritional benefits in just a minimal calorie count.
2. Cooked Pasta with Fresh Tomato and Cheese
It may sound like more than 100 calories, but if you choose wisely, you can easily fit this dish in your 100 calorie diet. 3 oz. of cooked whole-grained pasta, mixed with 1 small fresh tomato and half an ounce of hard cheese is a perfect snack with its nutrient-dense ensemble. It is a good source of carbohydrates, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin K, calcium and the list goes on.
Almonds, a known super food, have plenty of touted benefits. It is said to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. Perhaps one of the benefits that will be of great interest to a dieter is its role in weight management. Several studies have linked almonds to aiding in weight loss and lowering risk of weight gain. With that said, almonds (at a serving size of 10 pieces) are sure to be an excellent snack to complement your 100 calorie diet.
4. Orange Juice Sorbet
Perfect snack for summer, orange juice sorbet aka frozen orange juice is an excellent source of Vitamin C. Make sure to choose the orange juice brand that is low on calories and vitamin-fortified. The recommended serving size is half a cup.
5. Raw Veggies with Fat-Free Ranch Dressing
Nothing says healthy more than raw veggies. Depending on your favorite vegetable, you can curb your hunger while also benefiting from vitamins, minerals and fiber. Make sure to go easy on the ranch dressing. The recommended serving size to meet the 100 calorie limit is a fourth of a cup.
Although the 100 calorie diet is more particular in the amount of calories consumed rather than the nutrient intake, it is still best for you to watch both calorie and nutrient intake to achieve not just your weight goal, but your dietary needs as well.