Got a sweet tooth? Don’t automatically look to brownies, cake, cookies or ice cream to cure your cravings. These sweet treats are loaded with added sugar and high-calorie fats, and while they’re fine to eat every so often, they shouldn’t be indulged in daily.
Packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber and water, a small serving serving of fruit will most often give you that sweet fix you’re looking for, and for way fewer calories.
What a 100 Calorie Fruit Serving Saves You
How much will you cut by choosing fruit, you’re wondering? Swapping in a 100-calorie serving of fruit in place of a cup of ice cream could spare you 186 calories and 34 grams of added sugar. Replace fruit for a large chocolate chip cookie and you could save 220 calories and 28 grams of added sugar. Still not convinced? Trading in your bakery-bought brownie can spare you a whopping 350 calories and 42 grams of added sugar!
What 100 Calories of Fruit Looks Like
To help you make the switch, here are 20 ideas for 100-calorie fruit servings to prep and portion in advance (or, in some cases, simply keep in a fruit bowl on the counter) for the next time your sweet tooth kicks in.
- 1 medium apple
- 1 ¼ cup blueberries
- 2 medium kiwi
- 1 medium pear
- 30 grapes
- 1 large (3 ¼-inch) orange
- 1 medium banana
- 2 cups sliced strawberries
- 2 ¼ cups diced watermelon
- 2 cups diced cantaloupe
- 1 ½ cups raspberries
- 1 ¼ cup blackberries
- 1 extra large (3 ¼-inch) peach
- 2 (2 ½-inch) plums
- 6 fresh or dried apricots
- 1 ¼ cups pineapple chunks
- 1 cup sweet cherries without pits
- 1 cup fresh mango chunks or 3 slices dried
- ¾ cup pomegranate arils
- 2 large (2 ½-inch) figs