Nuts, popcorn, chocolate—we've got every craving covered with delicious, low-calorie snacks that are truly guilt-free

By By the editors of
May 31, 2015

Yes, well-rounded meals are technically the most important part of a healthy diet. But what really makes or breaks those last pesky pounds are the snacks, because, well, you can eat salads 'til the cows come home, but that bag of salty, oily potatos can undo all your hard work. Luckily, Dawn Jackson Blatner, R.D.N., is here to save us in our weak moments with healthy snacks that satisfy all your cravings. For salty, we've got popcorn; sweet, there's berries and chocolate; and savory, a better party mix (made with BBQ-flavored chickpeas!). Our favorite? The Almond Butter Protein Bites, which satisfy even the worst of sweet tooths and deliver a touch of protein to get you through to the next meal. Go ahead, let the cravings commence.

Almond Butter Protein Bites

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In a small bowl, stir together 2 tablespoons rolled oats, 1 tablespoon almond butter, 1/2 tablespoon ground flaxseeds, and 1/2 teaspoon maple syrup. Form into 2 round bites.

Better Party Mix

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Mix together 1 tablespoon raw cashews, 2 tablespoons BBQ-flavor roasted chickpeas, and 2 tablespoons freeze-dried peas.

Coconut Oil and Sea Salt Popcorn

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Toss 2 cups air-popped popcorn with 2 teaspoons melted coconut oil and 1/4 teaspoon sea salt. (Need to just munch? Skip the toppings-naked, air-popped popcorn is one of 6 Foods You Can't Overdo.)

Berries and Chocolate

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Pair two 0.35-ounce vegan dark chocolate squares with 1/2 cup raspberries.

Cucumber Sticks with Feta and Dill Yogurt Dip

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Mix 6 tablespoons plain 2 percent Greek yogurt with 3 tablespoons crumbled Feta, 1/4 teaspoon dried dill, 1/8 teaspoon sea salt, and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper. Serve with 1 cup cucumber sticks. (Also try 40 Super Spreads for Summer Picnics.)

Chia Snack Bar with Coconut Coffee

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Stir 1 tablespoon full-fat coconut milk into 8 ounces black coffee. Enjoy with a Health Warrior Chia Bar. (But How Much Coffee is Too Much?)

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