A healthy snack can be an important part of a healthful diet. But research also suggests that snacks can help you lose weight by curbing hunger and stabilizing blood sugar.
So what should you be snacking on?
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Fruits and vegetables are a great place to start. Most people don’t get enough fruits and vegetables in their diet, so chomping on them during snacktime is a good way to help you meet your daily quota. But if you have some specific health goals–such as slimming down or beating that afternoon energy slump–here are some snacks that can help you meet them:
Great Snacks To Try
Spicy nuts: In one Harvard study, women who ate nuts two or more times a week gained less weight than women who rarely noshed on them. Although nuts are high in calories, researchers think that the combination of protein, fiber and healthy fats help keep you feeling full. And going for nuts with a little zing may even help boost your metabolism. Studies suggest that capsaicin, an antioxidant in chile peppers (and also what makes them hot), increases the body’s metabolic rate–slightly–and may stimulate brain chemicals in a way that helps you feel satisfied.