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Healthy Snacks Fight Cravings

1. Coconut Milk

2. Celery

3. Almond Butter

4. Hummus

5. Yogurt

6. Raspberries

 These snacks “take the cake” on fighting back cravings:

The infamous mid-day snack or that late night cupboard searching often equates for something bad to munch on. But what if grabbing for a snack, didn’t come with a hand-slap from your subconscious mind? Here are 6 Must-Have Healthy Snacks that can be combined to offer flavor to your diet while offering a conservative treat minus the extra calories.

From a nutritional perspective, Coconut milk is high in saturated fatty acids and medium-chain triglycerides (MCT), which are both burned as fuel by the body. As for celery, this is nature’s secret diet must have! ” The calories that you spend chewing and digesting a piece of raw celery are equal to the calories that you gain from eating it.”  This means that every time you have a piece of celery, you feel like you are full and yet, have zero calories, therefore being a win-win. Another great option is almond butter because it offers 4 g of carbohydrates and 2 g of protein. Just 1 tbsp. of almond butter provides 10 percent of the recommended dietary allowance for magnesium, 8 percent for phosphorus, 4 percent for calcium, 4 percent for iron and 4 percent for zinc, based on a 2,000 calorie-per-day diet and is under 100 calories! Hummus is a popular middle eastern dish used as spread and dip made of chickpeas or more often called  garbanzo beans that are usually eaten with pita chips or crackers. To make this dish, the ingredients are simply ground down until they form a smooth paste and added spices and extras include lemon juice, salt, fresh garlic, paprika, and olive oil. Yogurt, has taken over the dairy aisle. Mainly because of its importance in fighting off bad bacteria, it can be used like a probiotic to bring good bacteria into  your body and help regulate digestion and immune function. Raspberries are a favorite for fruit lovers as they do not have any fat, saturated fat, sodium or cholesterol. Great with yogurt or cereal, they are high in fiber, vitamin C, potassium and folate. Raspberries contain about 50% of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C.

So go ahead, try some celery sticks with almond butter, a raspberry coconut smoothie or a few tablespoons of hummus with carrots or crackers instead of your “usual.” We promise,  you will feel refreshed and healthier in no time.

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