When you're craving fat…
Crackers and cheese - This snack can pack a powerful nutritional punch in the form of calcium (from the cheese) and fiber (from the crackers); just make sure you're eating low fat and whole wheat options.
Salsa and tortilla chips - Giving you the same satisfying crunch as potato chips, tortilla chips topped with salsa are an incredible snack alternative. Not only are the chips low fat, the salsa is loaded with body-boosting vitamins, minerals, and nutrients.
Mini pita pizzas - A well-rounded snack, these bite-sized pizzas are perfect for curbing fat cravings. Load a pita up with low fat cheese, broccoli, and tomato sauce, and you'll also reap some nutritional benefits.
When you're craving salt…
Pretzels and hummus - A better solution than chips and dip, pretzels and hummus will help sate any salt craving and also pack a nutritional punch, especially if you opt for whole wheat pretzels.
Salted nuts - Salt is generally bad for you, but if you're really craving something with a bit of sodium, nuts are a good place to start. Nuts are loaded with healthy fats and tons of fiber (so you'll feel fuller, longer). Just don't overdo it; nuts may be good for you, but they're also loaded with calories.
When you're craving sugar…
Yogurt mixed with berries - Whether you reach for packaged or frozen yogurt, it's a great way to sate an appetite for sugar. Not only is it way healthier for you than ice cream (containing 75 percent less fat and calories), it also contains calcium and other healthy nutrients. Add some fruit (e.g., peaches, blueberries, strawberries) for an extra hit of sugar, vitamins, and minerals.
Chocolate - Unless you're reaching for a chocolate bar from the vending machine, chocolate can actually be a healthy snack. Dark chocolate, in particular, is loaded with powerful antioxidants that kill free radicals. It's also full of fiber.
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