You know you’ve done it – started a new diet and resolved to eat three meals a day and cut out snacking. After a few days, you miss your snacks and go hunting for the vending machines. So instead of that same old diet trap, why not try snacking on foods that will fill you up, curb your cravings, and even actually help you drop some weight. Studies have shown that indulging in something salty, sweet or chewy may be just what you need to stay on track for weight loss. For some of the best fat fighting snacks you can eat, try some of the treats below.
Studies have shown that licorice curbs your appetite and even blocks an enzyme that helps your body store fat. How’s that for a fat fighting snack! Be sure to snack on real licorice (look for licorice extract on the ingredient list.) This snack help you with your chewy and sweet snack urges, in addition to fighting your fat.
Whole wheat mini bagel with hummus
The hummus gives you flavor and fiber and the mini bagel gives you stress-soothing carbs as well as energy. The perfect fat fighting snack! This is a great treat if you find yourself craving something a little more substantial for a snack.
Apples give you a crunchy, sweet snack that will fill you up and help fight your cravings. Add a tablespoon of peanut butter to your apple and feel even more satisfied! Crunchy peanut butter is terrific if you are really craving the crunch. Apples have been shown to fight fat, plus you can feel virtuous about eating a serving of fruit.
Fat Free Yogurt
You can’t have missed all of the studies in the past year talking about how calcium helps you lose weight, making yogurt the perfect fat fighting snack. Add some sliced strawberries to a cup of fat free yogurt and indulge yourself in a sweet treat that will fill you up and help you fight fat.
Oatmeal will fill you up and satisfy your cravings for warm comfort foods. The instant packets are so easy to pack for work, and all you need is a microwave to whip up this fat fighting snack. You can purchase flavored oatmeal such as apple cinnamon or maple to help curb your sweet tooth, too (check the calories on different brands before indulging.) And the fiber keeps you feeling full, another plus in your fight against fat.
The fiber and crunchiness of this fat fighting snack will help you control your cravings and keep you feeling fuller longer than other snacks. Freeze grapes, blueberries or cherries overnight and tuck them in your lunch bag for a mid-morning snack guaranteed to help you fight fat!
Frozen juice bars are a terrific way to fight fat by indulging your sweet tooth without blowing your diet. Most juice bars have between 60 and 80 calories, and come in amazing, fat free flavors. If you have an office freezer just stash a box there to handle any sweet tooth cravings that creep up on you.