Low-calorie snacks that won't make you fat

A balanced diet of three nutritious meals a day is essential for a healthy lifestyle, especially if you want to lose weight, but sometimes that's not enough. You'll have cravings between meals.

Fruit is a healthy snack, as expected. Low-calorie and high-nutrition. "Fresh fruit is low in calories and provides fibre, vitamins, and disease-fighting phytochemicals," says Chatfield.

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Burgess recommends blueberries as a snack. "A one-cup serving of blueberries has just 80 calories while delivering vitamins and minerals like vitamin C and K," she explains, adding that this fruit gets its blue colour from an anti-inflammatory pigment called anthocyanins.

Salty popcorn is delicious. This popular snack is healthy and low-calorie, say experts. Popcorn is a whole grain, so it's high in fibre, which helps you feel full longer. Chatfield says. It contains vitamins and phenolic acids, antioxidants. OMG!

2. Popcorn

Popcorn type matters, though. Chatfield and Burdeos warn against movie theatre popcorn, despite the butter. "Eating it plain and adding your own seasoning and olive oil is healthier than movie popcorn," says Burdeos.

Burgess suggests making protein balls as a midday snack. "Protein balls are a low-calorie, easy snack," she says. "Fiber and protein help you feel full longer." You won't be tempted to overeat unhealthy, high-calorie foods later. Win!

3. Protein balls

Burgess suggests blending dates, nut butter, and protein powder to make salted caramel protein balls. We'll try it and the other healthy snacks on this list.

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