Without all of the butter and salt, popcorn is a veritable health food; it's low in calories and high in weight loss-promoting fiber. If you toss your popcorn with blood sugar-regulating cinnamon, the snack turns sweet—and boasts even more staying power.
Chia Seed Pudding
Just one ounce of chia seeds packs 40 percent of your RDA of fiber, which can increase feelings of fullness and aid in weight loss, says Pritchett. Plus, almost all of its fat comes from healthy unsaturated sources, meaning it has true staying power. And while chia seeds don’t have much flavor on their own, making them into a pudding with some coconut milk, vanilla, and other goodies only ups their nutritional power.
Among the richest sources of antioxidants out there, berries can help combat inflammation, which research published inDiabetes has linked to weight gain. Plus, they are high in flavor and low in calories, which sure doesn’t hurt when it comes to satisfying cravings while staying healthy, she says.
Toasted Chickpeas Tossed in Cinnamon and Honey
Chickpeas are fiber and protein powerhouses, and recentresearch published in Obesity found that after eating them (and/or other pulses), people feel 31 percent fuller than those who don’t. But cinnamon has its own weight-loss benefit: It lowers blood sugar to help keep cravings under control, says Pritchett. Pop the chickpeas in a 400°F oven for about 30 to 40 minutes (until crisp and golden), and then toss them in a cinnamon-honey mixture.
High in filling fiber, bananas seem to taste even sweeter when you freeze them (FYI, they can make a perfect ice cream substitute). And while it won’t help with fat accumulation specifically, the potassium in bananas does help your body deal with sodium. So if you're carrying any water weight from excessive sodium intake, it can help decrease bloating, says Pritchett.
Greek Yogurt Parfait
Whether you top it with a spoonful of honey, sprinkle of cocoa, or handful of fruit, Greek yogurt is an awesome source of calcium, which can help support healthy weight loss, says Pritchett. What’s more, Greek yogurt packs tons of protein—two times more, in fact, than regular yogurt—which helps keep you fuller and more satisfied throughout the day, she says.
You probably already know that dark chocolate packs more antioxidants and less sugar than its milk counterpart. But get this: Dark chocolate is also teeming with healthy monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs), which can help decrease food cravings, says Pritchett. Plus, according to research from the Reina Sofía University Hospital in Spain, eating a diet rich in MUFAs may help prevent the accumulation of belly fat.