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9 Stay-Slim Snacks That Will Satisfy Your Cravings

Here's some good news. Snacking doesn't need to destroy your diet. In fact, research shows that, sometimes, snacking when you're really hungry can help control weight gain -- because you're likely eat less later at dinner. The issue with snacking, in truth, is that we don’t always make the best snacking choices. These top-rated, low-cal snacks are here to help with that. They're the smart way to snack.

1. Super Easy Hummus

Dig in! It's only 121 calories per serving.
Rave Review: "Simple, quick, easy and oh so delicious. Made this in under 5 minutes." -- subtleamuzement

Super Easy Hummus

Photo by lutzflcat

2. Quick Mango Salsa

A super-fresh fruit-and-tomato salsa that weighs in at only 35 calories per serving!
Rave Review: "This is so quick and easy! I use more tomatoes and more peppers, but you can easily adjust this recipe to your own tastes." -- mlk05925

Quick Mango Salsa

Photo by lutzflcat

3. Strawberry Goat Cheese Bruschetta

Tangy, slightly salty goat cheese and balsamic-coated strawberries top toasted bread -- and it's all just 303 calories.
Rave Review: "We LOVED it!! Very simple to make! I will make this over and over!" -- UrbanskiCircus

Strawberry Goat Cheese Bruschetta

Strawberry Goat Cheese Bruschetta | Photo by Jennifer Baker

4. Roasted Chickpeas

This super-quick snack is just 161 calories.
Rave Review: "I love this recipe. It makes a great snack sitting in front of the TV. And so filling too!" -- Paige S.

Roasted chickpeas. Photo by larkspur

Roasted chickpeas. Photo by larkspur

5. Cinnamon Sweet Potato Chips

A terrific alternative to regular potato chips. It's only 157 calories per serving.
Rave Review: "Amazing! These were easy to make and healthier than regular potato chips. As stated before, the thinner you slice them, the better." -- cookingx

Spicy Sweet Potato Chips

Spicy Sweet Potato Chips | Photo by Meredith

6. Baked Kale Chips

Kale is a sensational source of Vitamins A, C, and K. So much goodness, and only 58 calories per serving.
Rave Review: "Mmmm yummy! These taste nutty and are really crisp! Delish!" -- Bernadette

Baked Kale Chips

Baked Kale Chips | Photo by bd.weld

7. Playgroup Granola Bars

Rolled oats combine with wheat germ and raisins -- and only 161 calories per serving.
Rave Review: "These are wonderful. I double the recipe, and we still eat them in less than a week. I have also substituted dried blueberries for the raisins." -- jenni alexander

Playgroup Granola Bars

Photo by Molly

8. Annie's Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips

This tasty fruit salsa, combined with the cinnamon tortilla chips, comes in at 312 calories.
Rave Review: "I expected it to be good, but I never dreamed it would be as good as it was. Excellent recipe!" -- Sarah

Annies Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips

Photo by lutzflcat

9. Cauliflower Popcorn

This easy three-ingredient recipe makes snack time extremely low-cal -- only 83 per serving.
Rave Review: "This works perfectly for a light-night snack. I used garlic powder instead of salt. Perfect!" -- Buckwheat Queen

Cauliflower Popcorn

Cauliflower Popcorn | Photo by bd.weld


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