5 Metabolism-Boosting Snacks (Even If You Sit All Day)
We've got one word for you: protein. It keeps your metabolism going and
curbs hunger, so you won't need to eat as much later
A Candylike Treat That's Surprisingly Good for You
A no-cook, delicious, healthy and filling snack you can customize? That's what these energy bites are, and once you try them you'll want to make a batch every week. Simply mix together protein powder and nut butter, as well as oats, dates, chia seeds, cocoa powder, coconut oil and whatever additions you're in the mood for, from dried fruit to mini chocolate chips. Form the sticky mixture into balls, refrigerate and enjoy—without a sugar crash.
Get the recipe: Oat and Date Protein Bites
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The Handful of Sweet, Spiced Goodness
We know that nuts are an ideal between-meal food, packed with protein, as well as healthy monosaturated fats and fiber
. And while it's easy to overdo it (a serving size is a modest one ounce), if you roast your own, you can season to the hilt, so it only takes a small amount to feel satisfied. This easy recipe for curry and lime cashews takes about five minutes to prepare, and bursts with Southeast Asian flavor.
Get the recipe: Curry and Lime Cashews
The No-Bake Brownie
The supernutritious ingredients list—it includes coconut oil, almond butter, almonds, walnuts, dark chocolate, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, goji berries and oats—is one reason we love these brownie-like bars. The fact that you don't even need to bake them is an added bonus.
Get the recipe: No-Bake Chocolate Almond Bars
A Dip That's Worth Taking a Break from Hummus For
Rich yet virtuous, this healthy reinvention of chocolate-hazelnut butter is perfectly packable (just put it in a small container with a lid) and ready for dipping; apple slices and pretzel sticks pair especially well. The surprise ingredient: black beans, which are loaded with protein.
Get the recipe: BBtella (Healthy Nutella) Spread
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The Bark with a One-Two Punch
This bittersweet chocolate bark will satisfy your sweet tooth and
your salt cravings. It includes deceptively good-for-you ingredients, such as cashew butter, pumpkin seeds, raisins and pumpkin seeds, along with sweet and juicy pomegranate seeds. And you can easily swap in any dried fruit, nuts or seeds you'd like.
Get the recipe: Pomegranate Power Bark