If you're watching your caloric intake, it's hard to go wrong with carrot and celery sticks. These crunchy snacks are very low in calories, yet they contain plenty of filling fiber to help stave off hunger. But be wary of fatty dressings and dips, which can add hundreds of calories to an otherwise-healthy snack. If you must have added flavor, try dipping your vegetables into hummus or a nonfat yogurt dip.
Crunching the Numbers
A 3-inch carrot stick contains 3 calories; a 4-inch celery stick contains just 1 calorie. If you're slicing your own sticks at home, count 25 calories per medium carrot and 6 calories per medium celery stalk. Considering a moderately active man weighing 175 pounds burns about 2,800 calories per day, and 125-pound female burns about 2,000 calories per day, carrot and celery sticks contribute just a trivial number of calories in the average diet.