A Quartet Of 100-Calorie Foods That Are Both Tasty And Healthy

A Quartet Of 100-Calorie Foods That Are Both Tasty And Healthy

Low calorie doesn't mean low quality.

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If you're cutting back on calories, snacking can be your worst nightmare. Unless you're the kind of person who walks around happily munching on veggies all the time, it's so easy for a snack to push you over your daily calorie limit. But fear not! You can snack on tasty food and STILL watch your calories. Check out these four low-calorie foods for some snack-spiration.

1. Cookies and milk

The original Oreo has 53 calories per cookie. This means that 2 Oreos paired with a glass of unsweetened almond milk (30 calories per cup) is only 133 calories. The sugar from the Oreos will give you a little energy boost to keep you going until your next meal and the almond milk will help keep you full. That and nothing beats the classic combo of cookies and milk.

2. Ice cream

Halo top is my go-to low-calorie ice cream. You can eat about half a pint for a little over 100 calories. This ice cream will not only satisfy your sweet tooth but the protein in it will definitely keep you full and focused until your next meal.

3. Kettle corn

Boom Chicka Pop popcorn is so good and most of their popcorn is way under a 100 calories per cup (the original flavor is only 35 calories per cup). Sometimes the air-popped, unseasoned popcorn tastes like cardboard to me so I love that this brand is low calorie but still has a satisfying taste to it.

4. Fries

I have been obsessed lately with making my own fries and it's so simple and easy to do. All you do is slice up a medium potato into wedges and soak them in cold water for a bit (to get rid of some of the starch), spray the wedges with some of that 0 calorie olive spray, add a few seasonings, stick 'em in the oven for 15-30 minutes and BAM. You now have your very own homemade fries for only about 160 calories.

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Watching your calories doesn't mean you have to give up tasty food. Life's short enough as it is, so never miss an opportunity to enjoy yourself, especially with food.

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Explaining Wawa To Someone Who's Never Heard Of It

An inevitable and surprisingly frequent topic of conversation.

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Those familiar with Wawa will inevitably come to a time when they mention the store and are greeted with blank stares of confusion. Most have at least heard of the store, often in comparison with Sheetz, but trying to actually describe it is a frustrating process which might go something like this:

"What the heck is a Wawa? That doesn't even sound like a real word?"

They have the little picture of a goose in their logo just to help explain this portion, nonverbally.

"Why are you excited about gas station food?"

It's a convenience store with a gas station. Just because it has gas and has largely become known for its sale of gas does not make the gas the main component of the store. Plenty of locations still exist which are solely the market component of Wawa. Also, there are fruit and vegetables in Wawa in comparison to the mostly pre-packaged goods at some gas stations.

"But, still — it can't be that good?"

I can get a kale salad, a hoagie, and a donut all in one place. They don't even have to go together, it's just convenient, wide-ranging in food type, and they're all individually delicious.

"What do you mean they advertise with airplanes?"

It's almost guaranteed sitting on the Jersey Shore beach that you will see planes flying overhead with banners advertising for hoagiefest.

"What the heck is hoagiefest?"

It's a yearly sale featuring annoyingly catchy marketing jingles and overplayed advertisements, but it's also a time for discounted hoagies — so it's worth it. Also, if you call hoagies, subs or sandwiches, or anything else of the sort, you probably had the "What is a Wawa?" conversation with someone.

"Are you from Philadelphia, then?"

Wawa territory is actually decently large, with answers to this question ranging from "Yes," "Not really, but kind of" to "No, Florida."

"Why do you miss it?" (Or "Stop complaining.")

This question (or outright statement) probably followed you complaining about how long it's been since you went there, even if you were just there this morning. In the event that it has been a decent length of time since you made it there, you might just be entering Wawa deprivation.

How is it different from Sheetz?

To quote Elizabeth Barrett Browning "Let me count the ways."

To quote my friends, "It just is!"

"Do you want to go there now?"

Yes! (Time is irrelevant to this answer.)

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18 Easy Meals For When You Have No Money And No Energy

No time, no money, no cooking skills? No problem.

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Food is surely one of the most important things when it comes to taking care of ourselves, but it's also one of the hardest to get right. It can be hard to cook healthy meals when you're busy, strapped for cash, or just don't have the energy. Here are some dishes, from snacks to meals, that you can make cheaply and quickly--all you need is a core ingredient.

If you have: an avocado


...and pasta: Blend the avocado with pasta water, olive oil, and salt and pepper for a pasta sauce.

...and an egg: Fit the egg into the avocado hole and put it in a 425-degree oven for 15 minutes. Add salt and pepper as wanted.

...and bread: Make avocado toast! Embellish with lime juice, pepper flakes, salt, or whatever you prefer. It's worth losing your future house over.

...and rice and an egg: Fry the egg, slice the avocado, and put it on top of the rice.

If you have: noodles (AKA ramen)



...and butter: Whisk the butter into your pasta water with salt and pepper for a sauce.

...and Parmesan cheese : Add grated Parmesan and pepper for east cacio e pepe.

...and an egg and a tomato: Dice up the tomato and whisk the egg into the hot noodle broth.

If you have: eggs


...and eggs: Make a cheesy omelette or cheesy scrambled eggs.

...and tomato sauce: Heat the sauce in a pan, add chopped garlic and/or onions if you have them, crack two eggs into the pan, and cover.

...and Parmesan cheese and noodles: Mix a raw egg and grated Parmesan into just-cooked spaghetti.

If you have: cheese


...and chips: Put cheese on those chips and microwave for nachos.

...and a tortilla: Quesadilla time!

...and bread: Make grilled cheese, or cheesy bread, or a regular cheese sandwich.

...and an apple: Cut the apple up and pretend you're French.

If you have: nut butter


...and an apple: Dip slices of apple in the nut butter.

...and noodles: Melt the nut butter and top the noodles with it.

...and milk, a banana, and cinnamon: Blend for a smoothie.

...and crackers, bread, or a banana: Spread the nut butter on top. Or, you know, just take a spoon and eat it from the jar. Protein is protein, no matter how much energy you put into preparing it.

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