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5 Of The Most Diet-Friendly Snacks That Aren’t Fruits Or Veggies

Tasty, filling and healthy? Yes, please!

So you want to slim down. You know that getting the recommended five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables is a good start, not to mention great for your general health. While there’s no denying that fruits and veggies are good for you and tasty to boot, sometimes you’re craving something more substantial or just something different. Can you snack your way to a svelte figure without constantly chomping on apples and celery sticks? Absolutely! Read on for a list of filling and delicious snacks that won’t break the calorie bank.

Dark Chocolate

It’s true! It is possible to eat chocolate while watching your weight. Opt for the dark stuff instead of milk chocolate, and research shows that your taste buds will be satisfied quicker, so you’ll end up eating less. Plus, it’s full of heart-healthy and cancer-fighting antioxidants.

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Greek Yogurt

Most Greek yogurt packs twice the amount of protein found in regular yogurt, so it’s sure to satiate you. To keep calories and sugar in check, mix in your own toppings like nuts or fresh fruit instead of getting the flavored kind, which can have as much as 15-25 grams of sugar per serving. Yikes!

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Cottage Cheese with Cinnamon

You might consider cottage cheese so ’80s, but a cup has an impressive 28 grams of filling protein. Women’s Health suggests adding cinnamon to satisfy your sweet tooth without added calories and sugar.

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Nuts

According to Health.com, the best varieties are almonds, cashews and pistachios. Nuts are packed with heart-healthy fats, protein, vitamins and minerals. Because nuts are high in calories and fat, though, watch your portions.

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Hard-Boiled Eggs

Hard-boiled eggs are full of protein (are you sensing a theme here?) and super-portable and yummy to boot! At only about 78 calories an egg, they fit easily into any diet. A dash of salt and you’re good to go!

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