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TOP 10: Snacks to fight your food cravings

Last updated on: May 20, 2013 10:45 IST

TOP 10: Snacks to fight your food cravings

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We recently listed out ten superfoods for weight loss. Today we bring you the ten snacks that can help you fight your food cravings!

Going on a diet is never easy, especially during those moments when you're really trying hard to fight the craving for food. Here are some snacks that will help you get over your cravings and prevent you from adding on those dreaded kilos.

Almonds and Walnuts

Almonds and Walnuts are loaded with good fats plus give a healthy dose of fibre, protein and nutrients like Selenium, Vitamin E, and Omega-3s. Since nuts are tasty one tends to overeat, so ensure you just get a handful as they are full of calories too.Calories = about 160-170 for a hand full


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Yogurt and cereal

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If you need a big energy boost before dinner try a bowl of yogurt and cereal, which will give you energy and protein and keep you full for a long period of time.

Calories: 100-200, depending on fat content of yogurt (low fat or fat free)

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Breakfast Cereal

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Choose ready to eat fibre rich cereals for overweight individuals and toss a handful of berries or nuts or seeds to heighten the nutrient score.

1 cup of cereal with skimmed milk will provide about 120 calories and 4 grams of protein and 20 grams of fibre.

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Hard Boiled Egg

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One hard boiled egg and a medium orange, banana or grapefruit can keep an overweight individual going energetically for 2-3 hours as it provides healthy 180 calories and 7 grams of protein.

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Stuffed Baked Potato

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Freshly made mango salsa topped on small baked potato with only an ounce of low fat cheese not only makes a delicious snack for you and also provides Vitamin C and potassium loaded 170 calories and 10 grams of protein.

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Popcorn

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Popcorn contains a lot of fibre thus keeping you full for a longer period of time; overweight individuals should try the air popped variety so you can eat 2-3 servings without feeling guilty.Calories = about 100 – 150 depending on number of servings.

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Mini Pizza

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A delicious snack... top whole grain mini pizza bread with herb rich tomato sauce, tossed veggies (sweet peppers, spinach, broccoli, mushroom slices) with an ounce of low fat mozzarella cheese.  A single mini pizza (4 inches) would deliver about 200 calories and 8 grams of protein.

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Smoothie

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Smoothies are easy to make. Blend any ripe fruit like strawberries or banana with low fat yogurt and you can control the consistency by adding nutritious soy milk plus add volume by adding ice cubes. A glass of smoothie would provide you with 200 calories and 7-8 grams of protein.

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Almonds

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Both Almonds and Chocolate are rich in antioxidants but together they can add up calories also quickly. About 10 pieces would give you a delicious 175 calories plus 4 grams of protein and naturally good fats found in Almonds.

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Instant Oatmeal

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Cinnamon flavoured instant oatmeal makes a tasty snack food for overweight individuals but do be careful as many options may be loaded with sugar. Up the nutrient quotient by adding a handful of nuts and seeds of your choice; Instant oatmeal will provide about 120 – 140 calories plus fibre and protein; check your label for details.

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