Best New Belly-Slimming Snacks

Nosh on these new packaged foods for a healthier way to satisfy those whiny cravings.

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KIND Mini Fruit and Nut Bars

Stay energized while you're on the go with KIND mini fruit and nut bars. They are sold in a box of 12 including the four top selling flavors, Fruit and Nut Delight, Almond & Apricot, Almond Cashew + Flax (Omega-3) and Cranberry Almond + Antioxidants. Each contains 115 calories or less and is packed with roughly three grams of fiber and three grams of protein to fill up your belly without the bloat.

 

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KIND

Food Should Taste Good White Cheddar Tortilla Chips

The combination of quinoa, flax, sunflower and sesame seeds isn't the first thing that comes to mind when it's time to satisfy a craving. But top it off with some white cheddar and tranform it into chip shape, and it becomes the perfect go-to snack. A bag of Food Should Taste Good White Cheddar Tortilla Chips contain 140 calories, three grams of fiber and three grams of protein. They're also low in sodium (only 135mg) to keep your belly flat and you from feeling guilty.

 

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Food Should Taste Good

HALO Rocky Road Bar

Looking for a dessert fix, but rather not sacrifice the calories? Bite into a HALO bar, the "sinfully healthy snack," that weighs in at only 150 calories. It's dairy-free, made with real oats and low in sugar. HALO bars also do not contain any funny ingredients you can't pronounce the name of. Halo-lujah.

 

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HALO

Kashi Golden Goodness Cereal

Loaded with 43 grams of whole grains per serving (almost the full recommended daily amount) and five grams of fiber per serving, Golden Goodness cereal is our new favorite edition to Kashi's tasty line of health-conscious foods. It also contains no artificial sweetners, flavors, colors or preservatives—just Kashi's unique seven whole-grain blend and sweet, toasty corn flakes paired with crispy, clusters and drizzled with a touch of honey and molasses.

 

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Kashi

CalNaturale Cabernet Sauvignon

You already know about the cancer-fighting, belly-slimming benefits of consuming a glass of red wine daily. And while the convenient screw tops caused quite a stir when they first came out, they're now widely accepted—even on boxed wine! We love CalNaturale's lightweight packaging. Their Cabernet Sauvignon even won several awards for its premium taste derived from organic grapes.

 

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CalNaturale

Caveman Cookies

Caveman Cookies bring us back to a simpler time when food wasn't processed, was additive-free and made from only all-natural ingredients. The rich, gluten-free snacks contain nuts, berries and honey—just the way a caveman would like it with no refined sugars, saturated and trans-fats, salt or high-glycemic carbohydrates that have a funny little way of landing right on your waistline.

 

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Caveman Cookies

Dutch Cocoa Somersaults

Did you know sunflower seeds contain the same amount of protein as a handful of almonds, but half the fat? They're also packed with powerful antioxidants, protein, fiber, vitamin E, minerals and healthy fat. Our stomachs like the sound of that, and our mouths love the taste of Dutch Cocoa Somersaults, crunchy nuggets baked with sunflower seeds and toasted grains.

 

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Somersaults

Barbeque Snikiddy Fries

Less is not more when it comes to snacking, unless you're counting calories. Get the best of both worlds with Snikiddy Snacks. One serving comprises up to 40 all-natural baked fries, but only costs you 130 calories. They also contain 50 percent less fat than regular potato chips and are gluten and wheat-free and low in sodium.

 

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Snikiddy

Cafe Latte Muscle Milk Light

Post workout, replace your morning coffee with Muscle Milk Light's newest flavor Cafe Latte. This nutrient-packed alternative is sugar and lactose-free, contains 20 grams of protein, five grams of fiber, all eight essential amino acids and is an excellent source of 20 vitamins and minerals.

 

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Muscle Milk

MangOJ Funky Monkey

Freeze-dried fruit beats dried fruit and sometimes even fresh fruit, especially when you're on the go! That's because Funky Monkey snacks are freeze dried when the fruit is at peak ripeness, so there's no need to bolster the flavor with added sugar, colors or preservatives.

 

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Funky Monkey

Yoplait Smoothie

Not all smoothies are created equal. Some are made with full-fat yogurt or ice cream, turning them into calorie bombs. Yoplait makes it easy to control your serving size with its newest flavor: Chocolate Banana. Just add one cup of skim milk to the frozen chocolate and banana pieces and blend for a nutritious, restaurant-like smoothie with only 130 calories per serving. Bonus: One glass contains 50 percent of the recommended daily value of calcium, which is proven to help maintain a slim figure.

Yoplait

Barney Butter Almond Butter

Rich in protein, calcium, iron, vitamin E and magnesium, Barney Butter Almond Butter is sure to quell growling bellies. The almond butter is available in jars you can keep at home or at your desk, as well as purse-friendly, 90-calorie squeeze packets. Spread some over an apple or multi-grain cracker for a healthful afternoon snack.

 

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Barney Butter

Chip'ins

Ever wished for bigger popcorn kernels that didn't fall over the place when you dove into a bag? Your wish is Chip'ins command.  This chip-shaped popcorn is perfect for dipping and contains three ingredients you're familiar with: corn, sea salt and air. With only 2.5 grams of fat per bag, you can't kick your crunchy craving better than this!

 

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Chip'ins

In-Shell Pistachios

It's easy to grab a handful of nuts and pop them directly in your mouth; it's a bit harder to binge on a handful of shelled pistacios that you have to shell individually. A new study found that actually holding on to those shells may help you eat less by serving as a visual cue. Participants who left the empty shells on their desks while eating the pistachios consumed 22 percent fewer calories. It doesn't hurt that pistachios also contain the fewest amount of calories of any nut and yield the most nuts per serving (49 pistachios in a one-ounce serving compared to 23 for almonds). We love the shelled Wonderful Pistachios.

 

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Wonderful Pistachios

Arnold's Sandwich Thins

When you're craving some carbs but don't want as much bulk, grab Arnold's 100% Whole Wheat Sandwhich Thins. One roll contains a whopping 5 grams of belly-filling fiber for only 100 calories. Try them toasted and topped with natural peanut butter and banana slices or hummus and veggies.

 

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Arnold/Orowheat

Strawberry Frozen Kefir

For a healthy alterntaive to ice cream, reach for Lifeway's Frozen Kefir. This 99% lactose-free treat is packed with protein and 10 live and active probiotic cultures, which help stave off belly bloating.

 

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Lifeway

Dove Dark Chocolate Silky Smooth Promises

Here's one sweet not to eliminate from your diet: Dove Dark Chocolate Silky Smooth Promises. Dark chocolate is chockfull of monounsaturated fatty acids, which research shows can help reduce belly fat. Plus, each individually wrapped piece only contains 42 calories, so you don't have to worry about ruining your waistline by eating one...or two.

 

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Dove

22 Days Nutrition Bars

If you're going to carry a granola-type bar in your bag, make sure it's natural. 22 Days nutrition bars are made with raw and organic supefoods, such as sunflower butter, goji berries, pumpkin seeds and, yes, even coffee. Created by Marco Borgas—the celebrity trainer behind Beyonce's bootylicious bod—these bars prove that you can feel satisfied without filling up on artificial sweeteners and trans fats.

 

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22 Days

Sun-Maid Tart Cherries

Keep your weight under control with Sun-Maid tart cherries. The dried fruit may help prevent the pounds from piling on, even when eaten as part of a high-fat diet, according to one study. Sprinkle them on cereal or salads, or mix them into yogurt for a healthy flavor punch.

 

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Sun-Maid

Sunsweet D'Noir Prunes

This isn't your grandma's snack food. Sunsweet's D'Noir Prunes are packaged moist and preservative free. Pluck the sweet treats straight out of the bag or add them to your yogurt—five prunes boast 3 grams of blood-sugar-steadying fiber for only 100 calories.

 

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First Published August 25, 2011

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