Best Low-Cal Treats: Editors’ Picks

Turns out More’s office is filled with champion dieters. Here’s what staffers nosh on when we’re afraid of packing on pounds.

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Surprising Frozen Treat

I pour the contents of a 12-oz can of Coke (regular, not diet!) into two plastic cups, and freeze them. One 6-oz cup makes a delicious, long-lasting 70-calorie snow cone. --Nanette Varian, Senior Features Editor

 

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Not Just For Movies

I eat a bag of Orville Redenbacher Smart Pop Popcorn with Kernel Season’s Popcorn Seasoning on top. The combo lets me play around with yummy flavors like White Cheddar and Chili Lime, and provides 100 super-filling calories. --Alana Peden, Contributing Assistant Fashion and Beauty Editor

 

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A Classic That Delivers

Hardboiled egg.  Tasty, filling, energy-releasing and only 78 calories. --Judy Coyne, Executive Editor

 

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Fruit-like Substance

A 35-calorie fruit rollup type snack called Matt’s Munchies Premium Fruit Snack is good...but has virtually no nutritional value. Also, seaweed snacks, with only about 60 calories for the entire pack, which is pretty damn big. --Laura Sinberg, Features Editor

 

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Crunchy Good

I love Nature Valley granola bars. Each bar is just 90 calories and they come in lots of different flavors like cinnamon, pecan crunch, roasted almond and peanut butter. They are a good source of fiber, too! --Mackie Siebens, Editorial Assistant

 

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And Another Bar

I’m obsessed with Kind’s new nuts and spices flavors bars (200 calories each). My favorite is Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt, which I crave all the time. It’s the perfect late-afternoon snack to hold me over on my long bus ride home. --Nicole Papantoniou, Assistant Web Editor

 

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On the Healthier Side

Dried mangoes, or fresh grapefruit slices. Sometimes I do cucumber slices dipped in plain yogurt. --Susan Swimmer, Contributing Fashion Features Editor

 

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A Simple Smoothie

I have a blender breakfast that’s low-cal and could be a treat. It’s like a healthy milkshake:

 

One banana

Five strawberries or a bunch of blueberries or raspberries or a few chunks of mango or any combination of those

Five or six ice cubes

Half a glass or so of lowfat milk

 

--Susan Toepfer, Features Editor/Entertainment

 

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Guilt-free Chocolate

Nonni’s biscotti, which has only 100 chocolate-packed calories.  It provides 1 gram of fiber so it’s almost a health food. (At least that’s what I tell myself.) --Nancy Stedman, Deputy Editor, Health

 

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