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DIY low-cal snack packs

I’ll tell you a little secret about low-cal snack packs. They’re expensive and not very nutritious. Okay maybe not much of a secret after all. So why are you buying them? Yes, it’s convenient, but with a little creativity and planning, you can make snack packs that are healthier, tastier and cheaper than the store bought variety. Read on for some great tips and inspiration for your DIY low-cal snack packs.

What am I going to put my low-cal snacks in?

So you don’t have a handy dandy sealed bag with the nutrition information slapped on the back (by the way, can you even read any of the words in the list of ingredients?). But nowadays there are lots of ingenious options for transporting snacks that don’t include a plastic baggie.

  • Bento Boxes: Aren’t Bento boxes just the cutest? They come in all sizes and configurations with dividers built in. Perfect for a snack with multiple components.
  • Chico Snack Bags: These reusable snack bags are eco-friendly x2. Not only will you drastically reduce your plastic use, but the material is 70% recycled. The one downside: these are machine and hand washable, but not dishwasher safe.
  • Lunchskins Reusable: Lunchskins Reusables come in various sizes, from snack packs to sandwich to sub size. Not made from recycled material, but their material manufacturer is a family owned business (in Europe.) Extra point for Lunchskins: they’re dishwasher safe.

Creating great low-cal snack combo packs

  1. Keep portions small. It’s a good lesson in healthy portions. Stop whining — even store-bought snack packs don’t have much in them.
  2. Make produce part of your snack pack. That’s where you’ll get some bang for your calorie buck. Fruit and veggies will stretch your snack while still allowing you to add some protein and fat (and FLAVOR) on the side.
  3. Stock up on non-perishables, like dried fruit, nuts and canned goods. These make great additions to any snack pack. You can fill in later with fresh fruit, veggies, and protein.
  4. Focus on 1-2 snacks varieties per week. Don’t overwhelm yourself with the never-ending possibilities. Too many options makes you freeze when it comes to making a choice. This week, try the Trailini Mix and the Mini Antipasto plates. Make a few of each and alternate.

Six recipes for delicious low-cal snack packs

(calorie info from

1. World’s tiniest picnic | 153 calories

  • Hard-boiled egg – 78 cal.
  • 2 slices prosciutto – 50 cal.
  • ½ cup cantaloupe – 25 cal.

2. Trailini mix: 150 calories

  • ½ oz dried cranberries – 46 cal.
  • ½ oz pumpkin seeds – 74 cal.
  • 1 tbsp. shredded coconut – 30 cal.

3. Snunch (lunch for a snack): 95 calories

  • 1 cup cucumber slices each spread with cream cheese (1 tbsp.) – 50 cal.
  • 2 slices deli turkey – 44 cal.
Mini Antipasto Plate Snack Pack

4. Mini antipasto plate: 127 calories

  • 1 oz. black olives – 47 cal.
  • 2 artichoke hearts – 30 cal.
  • 2 slices prosciutto – 50 cal.

5. Low glycemic index, high-flavor index: 111 calories

  • ¼ cup shelled edamame – 37 cal.
  • dill pickle spear – 4 cal.
  • 7 plaintain chips – 70 cal.
Chocolate Boost Snack Pack

6. Chocolate boost: 161 calories

  • 0.5 oz. dark chocolate – 85 cal.
  • 0.5 oz. dried cranberries – 46 cal.
  • 1 tbsp. shredded coconut – 30 cal.
By | 2020-04-15T16:29:46-04:00 February 7th, 2013|Categories: Archived|0 Comments

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