7 Best Weight Loss Snacks (That Aren't Fruits Or Veggies)

That 3 p.m. food craving can be a tough one to master. You know that skipping the trip to the office vending machine and grabbing something healthy like an apple or some carrots will help you lose weight. But, you also know that it will likely leave you feeling hungry again in a matter of minutes. Sure, eating fruits and vegetables is one of the main keys to losing weight but when it comes to snacking, they don't always leave you feeling full or satisfied. Fresh produce may be high in nutrients but it is low in proteins and healthy fats. If you need something a little more hearty than celery sticks, we totally understand. [bctt tweet="Because one simply cannot survive on celery alone!"] Here are 7 amazing snacks options that won't make you feel like you are noshing on rabbit food! Dark Chocolate: When you want something sweet, a square of dark chocolate is a great go-to. Research has found that foods with an intense flavour wear out the taste buds faster. This means that you will feel satisfied after a square or two instead of having to eat an entire box of cookies.   Low-Fat Cottage Cheese With Cinnamon: This snack goes a long way to helping to feel full long after you've eaten it. A 160-calorie cup of cottage cheese contains 28 grams of protein! The little hit of cinnamon fools our taste buds into thinking you are having something sweet.   In-Shell Pistachios: Nuts are a very diet friendly snack. They are full of healthy fats and protein that helps you to stay fuller, longer. Having the shell on the pistachios slows you down and extends snack time. AND, it is a great way to keep track of how much you have eaten, preventing mindless binges.   Roasted Chickpeas: Roasted chickpeas are great if you are someone who likes to snack on things like potato chips. They are salty and crunchy but instead of being loaded with empty calories, they are full of protein and fiber. To make your own, toss a can of chickpeas (drained and rinsed) in a tablespoon of olive oil, a pinch of salt, and a teaspoon or two of ground cumin or smoked paprika. Bake at 400°F for about 10 minutes. Avocado and Salsa: While avocado is technically a fruit, we are going to ignore that fact in favour of its healthy fat content. Research suggests that eating avocado could help you feel satisfied for up to 5 hours afterward! One half of a medium avocado carries the same number of calories as a handful of nuts so this is a great way to get your fill! Plus, the salsa adds unbelievable flavour.   Olives: Olives are great for those times when you are 15 to 20 minutes away from eating but you just can't hold off. The buttery texture and briny flavour are a satisfying combination. They have a little fat in them and can tide you over until dinner. 5 olives is only 20 calories!   Oat Bran: If you are looking for something packed with fiber, oat bran is a solid choice. One third of a cup gives you nearly a third of your daily recommended amount of fiber which will leave you full. For an extra bit of protein, cook your bran in low-fat milk. Research has found that pairing fiber with liquid can make it even more filling!   Snacking never looked so good! What are your favourite non-produce snack foods? For more great snack ideas, check out the BodyRock Meal Plan! Source: Women's Health

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