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When most people think about dieting they think about eating less food (and then only highly nutritious but also highly bland food—think carrot sticks and lettuce) and no snacks between meals. But fear not! Dieting doesn’t need to be disgusting, and snacks have a special knack for keeping you lean. Basically, eating small and healthy snacks throughout the day alongside your regular meals will keep your stomach full so you won’t feel the urge to buy a bar of chocolate or a bag of chips several hours after lunch.

So, when you feel the need to nibble something and lunch/dinner is still hours away, consider taking:

Half a cup of high-protein edamame beans.

Quaker Instant Oatmeal—this fiber- and protein-packed breakfast can also make a great snack.

Half a dozen or so boiled shrimp with cocktail sauce; hot Bangkok sauce works great as well.

One (yes, just one) granola bar. Personally, I like the strawberry-and-cream flavored ones.

A slice of melon or cantaloupe. These are rich in beta-carotene and also have a high water content—perfect for keeping hunger at bay.

A cup of strawberries with one or two tablespoons of plain yoghurt. Best served chilled…

Several slices of tomato, with a dash of olive oil and feta cheese. How about that? Instant Italian cuisine in under 5 minutes… ^^

Finally, if you want to try your hand at making your own tasty and healthy snacks, consider this great collection of recipes at Thank Your Body.

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