Recent research can now predict what time most people will blow their diets — down to the minute, and it is 4:12 p.m. By eating these smart and satisfying snacks you can prevent a diet slip-up before it happens — and just as importantly, stave off the hangry for the sake of your co-workers. Plus, they each contain three ingredients or less so you'll have a healthy way to satisfy your snacking craving in minutes.
Raspberry Cheesecake Dippers: 1 cup fresh raspberries and 1 Laughing Cow cream cheese wedge mixed with 2 tablespoons vanilla nonfat Greek yogurt for dipping.
This snack not only satisfies your sweet tooth, it also packs a punch to hunger pangs by combining a third of your daily fiber needs from the raspberries with 7 grams of protein from the yogurt-cheese dip. Fiber and protein take longer to digest than simple carbohydrates, so they keep you fuller longer and prevent a blood sugar spike and crash that can lead to cravings.
Easy Olive Tapenade: Dip 4 Endive leaves in 1/2 tablespoon hummus each and top with half of a pitted olive.
This snack cures a craving for something salty while providing healthy fats from the olives and hummus. Research shows that people who consume more of these monounsaturated fats do less mindless snacking and have less belly fat.
Parmesan Popcorn: Place 2 tablespoons of popcorn in a brown paper bag, fold over the top several times, and microwave on high for 1:30 minutes or until popping slows. Top with 1 ounce shredded parmesan. Ounce for ounce parmesan cheese has more protein than any other food — more than meat, fish, or eggs! And don't worry about making it low-fat — women who had one serving of whole milk or cheese daily were less likely to gain weight over time, a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition finds. And why popcorn? Researchers found that people ate 32 percent fewer calories when they snacked from a large bowl of popcorn instead of potato chips. That makes sense because a one-ounce serving of popcorn packs six times more volume than a similar serving of potato chips. So, you can nosh on a larger portion of popcorn than potato chips and still consume fewer calories!
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