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Last night, while helping one of my kids rehearse lines for an upcoming theater production, I kept my hands busy preparing a number of 100 calorie snack packs.

In our household at least, I've noticed that if I purchase something that needs any preparation at all, it has a tendency to sit in the fridge untouched. So, If I get a great deal on an item, yogurt for example, I portion it into single serving sizes and put them in the fridge. Fair game for whomever gets to them first.

In the time I've been doing this, I've noticed several things.

  1. Food that normally has a tendency to go to waste, doesn't. (For example, the last 1/4 of a cup of yogurt in the bottom of the container.). It no longer goes to waste because it portioned evenly.
  2. The kids eat a serving size. I'm sure you've heard the old adage, "His eyes were bigger than his belly". When the kids get home from school, they're ravenous. When the snacks are prepared and ready, they have a tendency to eat the correct amount, rather than doubling portions out of hunger, (thereby reducing the amount Thrown away.)
  3. They don't mind eating healthy. It may seem strange, but when they open the fridge and get a choice of 10 different 100 calorie snack packs, they don't mind munching fruits and veggies instead of chips, cookies, etc.

Normally, you don't see me endorsing products, but I absolutely LOVE the Extra Small (1 cup size) Ziploc Storage containers. They're dirt cheap, can be frozen, microwaved & tossed in the dishwasher. Not only that, they are the perfect size for creating your own 100 Calorie Snack packs.

Here are a few 100 Calorie Snack Pack Ideas

  • 1/2 c. Lowfat Yogurt (sprinkle with frozen blueberries, or with cinnamon, or nutmeg for variety)
  • Large Hard Boiled Egg
  • 1 Orange, peeled and divided into segments
  • 28 Grapes
  • 29 pistachios
  • 1 3/4 cups raspberries
  • 1 c. Blueberries
  • 1 c. Mango Chunks
  • 1 3/4 c. Cantaloupe Chunks
  • 1 3/4 c. Popcorn
  • 6 Dried Apricots
  • 3 small slices Dried Mango
  • 15 strawberries dipped in 1/4 c. Cool whip (lite) (you can make your own)
  • 60 Pepperidge Farm Baby Goldfish Crackers
  • 25 EatSmart Café Fries
  • 1 Small Baked Potato w/ 1/2 c. Salsa & 2 Tbls Fat Free Sour Cream
  • 12 Back to Nature Sesame Ginger Rice Thins
  • 12 Quaker Quakes Cheddar Cheese Rice Snacks
  • 40 Rold Gold Classic Style Pretzel Sticks
  • 5 Nabisco Nilla Wafers
  • ½ cup low-fat cottage cheese with 5 strawberries
  • 3/4 c. Fruit Cocktail in light syrup
  • 3/4 c. Bran Cereal
  • ½ mini bagel with 1 ounce smoked salmon
  • 45 steamed edamame (green soybeans)
  • 12-15 natural almonds
  • 2 tablespoons each of mashed avocado and chopped tomatoes stuffed in 1⁄2 mini pita
  • 1 hard-boiled egg with 1 slice Melba toast
  • 1/2 cup of sugar-free gelatin, any flavor, and two tablespoons of low fat whipped topping.
  • 15 chocolate-covered raisins
  • 10 dry roasted cashews
  • 1/4 cup of fat-free Ranch dressing to 1 cup of mixed fresh veggies such as zucchini, red bell pepper, celery, carrot sticks and cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup of applesauce and 1 piece of toast cut into four sticks (for dunking, of course!)
  • 6 saltine crackers or 2 graham cracker squares with 2 teaspoons of peanut butter or fruit jam.(One of my favorite snacks as a kid- saltines & grape Jelly... mmmmmmmmmm!)
  • 1/2 cup of fat-free ice cream
  • Easy Parfait- 1/2 cup of low-fat pudding layered with two crumbled vanilla wafers and a dollop of low fat whipped topping to garnish the top.
  • 1 Medium apple cut into slices and spread with 2 teaspoons of peanut butter
  • a 2" slice of Angel Food Cake

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  1. fosterfamily5's Avatar
    Wow!! What a list! I'm definately going to try this. I love the 100 cal snack pack things but they can be really expensive. We are always heading out to the kids sporting event so these ideas will come in handy. Thank you!!
  2. melindatoad's Avatar
    GREAT idea! I need to do this not only for myself, but for the kids! The kids will enjoy getting involved in helping too. Thanks for the great idea. I haven't even seen the little cups you are talking about so now I will have to be on the lookout.

  3. fosterfamily5's Avatar
    Thanks Liss, I'm now obsessed with packaging everything in cute little to go containers. LOL!! I freaked the last time I went to buy my yogurt in lthe little pkgs for my lunch. I'll never buy them again!! I spent 1/2 the money and got twice as many little to go cups for mine and the kids lunches. Thank you!!!