9 Salty Snacks Under 100 Calories
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9 Salty Snacks Under 100 Calories

Got a bad case of the munchies? These low-cal and surprisingly low-sodium snacks let you get your crunch on without retaining more water than the Hoover Dam.
Glenny's Soy Crisps, Salt and Pepper Flavor

The Lowdown: (about 1/2 bag) 70 calories, 1 g fat, 190 mg sodium
Anytime we can eat a half a bag of something without guilt, we're happy. When we also get 20 percent of the 25 grams of soy protein recommended per day to lower cholesterol, we're ecstatic. Try Cheddar, Barbecue, and even Fancy Fudge flavors as well.

Pumpkin Seeds in Shell, Dry-Roasted with a Dash of Table Salt

The Lowdown: (1/4 cup) 71 calories, 3 g fat, 247 mg sodium
Save some after carving out your jack-o'-lantern or just buy 'em from the store -- either way, they're packed with protein, iron, and magnesium, which aids calcium absorption.

Guiltless Gourmet Spicy Black Bean Tortilla Chips

The Lowdown: (13, with 2 tablespoons salsa) 88 calories, 1.3 g fat, 342 mg sodium
Bored with regular baked tortilla chips? Scoop your salsa (full of cancer-fighting lycopene) with something a little more flavorful.

Edamame

The Lowdown: (1/2 cup in shell with a dash of coarse salt) 90 calories, 4 g fat, 168 mg sodium
Whole green soybeans eaten out of the pod are a great source of cholesterol-lowering soy protein. A half-cup serving provides three grams of fiber and seven and a half grams of protein, plus a little calcium, iron, and vitamin C.

Reduced-Fat Triscuits

The Lowdown: (6) 98 calories, 2 g fat, 135 mg sodium
These whole-grain crackers offer a bonus three grams of fiber to keep you feeling full until dinner. (And you'll never detect the difference between the regular and reduced-fat versions.)

McCain 5-Minute Fries

The Lowdown: (19, with 1 tablespoon ketchup) 99 calories, 3 g fat, 310 mg sodium
Trans fat-free and made-to-order in your oven, these beat droopy fast-food fries any day.

Pringles 100-Calorie Pack Potato Crisps

The Lowdown: (1 package) 100 calories, 6 g fat, 110 mg sodium
Everyone knows: Once you pop, you can't stop. So grab a preportioned 100-calorie container instead of the standard, full-size tube for built-in binge prevention.

Snyder's of Hanover Sourdough Hard Pretzels

The Lowdown: (1 ounce) 100 calories, 0 g fat, 240 mg sodium
Okay, so they don't count toward your daily whole-grain servings, but they're naturally fat-free and they'll satisfy even the worst case of stress-induced munchies.

Pop Secret Light Butter Premium Microwave Popcorn

The Lowdown: (5 cups) 100 calories, 4 g fat, 242 mg sodium
It's got more flavor than the 94 percent fat-free kind, and you can still scarf down nearly half of a 12-cup bag! You'll also get three grams of heart-healthy fiber.

Originally published in Fitness magazine, December 2005.

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