I’m excited to share some of my favorite high volume snacks with you today. But first, what does high volume even mean when it comes to food?
High volume snacks, in this case, will mean snacks and meals that have a larger volume or weight relative to their calorie content. The easiest example I can think of would be to calculate the weight of 100 calories of spinach. Honestly, I’m not sure I can even count that high.
High volume eating keeps you full when you have lower calorie needs, like in a caloric deficit or when you’re dieting. How awesome would it be to eat until you’re stuffed while losing weight? Eating things like the high volume snacks below can make that a reality.
A Must Have for High Volume Snacks
You’ll find a few dip recipes on this list. Meaning you’ll need something to dip them with. You can always use things like veggie slices, baked chips, and other chip replacements to eat your dip with. But my favorite has to be my low calorie tortilla chips.
I’ve had readers say they now make these, bag them up, and take them to Mexican restaurants because they like them better than the restaurant’s house chips. Seriously, they’re delicious.
Low Calorie Cheese Dip
I feel like I don’t need to say much about this high volume snack. You may have thought cheese dip was off limits, but I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised to see the macros on this recipe. 15 grams of protein per serving!
If you wanted to give this a cheesier flavor, you could add 1-2 tablespoons of cheddar powder, which you’ll see in a recipe or two below. If you want to find more cheddar powder recipes—or figure out what the heck cheddar powder even is—check out this article with 5 recipes you need to make with cheddar powder.
High Volume Sweet Treat
You can really get creative with the combo below. For example, white chocolate pudding mix with sliced strawberries is next level delicious.
If you don’t want to use pudding mix or can’t find flavors, I’ve found that using a bit of corn starch works in a similar manner. Other options include arrowroot powder and xantham gum.
You can use any protein you’d like, but I recommend Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey and/or Dymatize’s Whey or Elite XT blended protein. They’re reputable brands that have been around forever. If you’d like to learn more about the different types of whey protein and how to find the best value for protein, read this article.
Microwaveable 100-Calorie Protein Brownie
This recipe is a classic on my blog and was only recently turned into the graphic below for Stronger U members. Stronger U is a nutrition coaching company that I’ve partnered with to develop food-related content and recipes for their members. They’ve helped more than 10,000 people lose over 100,000 pounds at this point, and I recommend checking them out here if you have any interest in nutrition coaching.
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And if you’d like to make these brownies ahead of time and store them in jars, check this out.
2-Ingredient Protein Salsa Dip
AKA the bachelor nachos. I can’t help but think about the opening scene of Step Brothers where Dale starts his day off microwaving chips with shredded cheese on top. Despite Dale’s sloppiness and lack of drive in life, he was onto something.
You can use baked chips like you see below or the crispy thin tortilla chips from above for these simple nachos. I’ll add that if you’re short on calories, just mixing the Greek yogurt and salsa makes for a great dip on its own. It also works really well with veggies like baby carrots.
High Protein Pizza
Okay, don’t give me too hard a time since this one technically has 15 calories over our 300-calorie threshold. 10 High Volume Snacks Under 300 Calories just sounds 100x better than 10 High Volume Snacks Under 315 Calories. That said, if you’re dead set on the 300, you could leave out like 5 pepperoni slices or a bit of cheese.
One thing I’ll add is that Joseph’s Lavash Bread flatbread works really, really well for these pizzas and only have 10 more calories than the Flatout light flatbreads. (They’re also larger.)
Double Chocolate High Protein Yogurt Melts
You’ll be amazed at how tasty these things are. If you struggle with chocolate cravings, feel free to send me a thank you email after these fix them.
100-Calorie No Bake S’mores Protein Bites
There’s not much to say about these other than you’re doing yourself a disservice every minute you spend without them in your life. These are one of the most re-created recipes from my blog, and they have to be in the top 3 in terms of positive feedback.
Low Calorie Hot Chex Mix
Okay, they don’t taste exactly like Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, but they’re closer than you’d think. If you remember the Cheetos ad campaign where Chester had the Cheetos recipe in a vault, that was based on a true story. I’ve tried all kinds of mixes in hopes of matching the flavor. This is the closest I’ve come.
High Protein Jalapeño Popper Dip
You may want to double this recipe if you’re going to be sharing. It’s addicting, to say the least.
More Healthy Snacks Recipes You Might Like
- Low Carb Cauliflower Tots
- Baked Chicken Tacos (perfect for meal prep, too)
- Low Carb Pizza Bites or 5-Ingredient Pizza Quesadillas
- Baked Buffalo Chicken Empanadas
- How to Make Cheesy Garlic Bread in the Air Fryer
Wednesday 14th of April 2021
Yo, I have been making that protein fluff since this place was still under mugs for muscles branding. It's great. Heck, I had it for breakfast just this very morning! The chocolate pudding mix version is good, but the cheesecake pudding mix takes it to a whole 'nother level. I don't even bother to add any sweetner when I make that style. I do typically mix up a little bit of honey with some lemon juice to drizzle on top, along with some sweet berries. Crumble up some graham crackers and you are on cloud lucky 7.
Seriously, seriously recommend that protein fluff stuff.
Sunday 24th of November 2019
The protein fluff is amazing! I eat a lot of greek yogurt so this is a fun way to mix it up. My favorite concoction so far is probably vanilla protein, lemon pudding mix, and blueberries on top! I've made this using sf strawberry jello mix instead of pudding mix too (desperate times call for desperate measures lol) and it actually tasted amazing !
Wednesday 28th of March 2018
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Thursday 29th of March 2018
I've added you. Thanks, Chris!