Healthy Snacks for Dieters

Instead of reaching for a bag of chips, try these.

Instead of reaching for the bag of chips when your tummy starts rumbling, try these treats instead:

1 oz. raw almonds. Almonds are high in fiber and protein, so they make you feel full even if you munch only an ounce (about 22 almonds). The fiber may even prevent some of the almonds’ fat from being absorbed by the body, says researcher Michele Wien, DrPH, RD.

1 medium red bell pepper cut into sticks with flavored hummus dip. Hummus is high in protein and fiber, too, but easy to overeat. Spoon out just 4 tablespoons or buy single-serving varieties sold by brands like Tribe and Wild Garden, advises Shape magazine. Don’t like peppers? Eat it with a few baby carrot sticks or 5 whole-grain crackers.

2 pieces (30 grams) of prosciutto and 4 dried figs. This snack has an irresistible sweet-salty flavor combination and is only 154 calories to boot, says Self magazine. What’s more the protein in the ham and the fiber in the figs will zap your hunger better than processed treats will.

1 cup low-fat Greek yogurt. Skip the flavored, fat-free containers. They may be low in calories, says Dr. Oz in Health magazine, but they’re all sugar calories, like a candy bar. Add 2 teaspoons of honey or a few berries if you want a touch of sweetness. Bonus: the creaminess of this kind of yogurt will make you feel more satisfied.

1/2 cup of frozen grapes. Though higher in sugar and lower in fiber than an apple or an orange, these take longer to eat than regular grapes, so in all likelihood you’ll eat fewer, according to Plus, the consistency makes them seem almost like sorbet.


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