7 Healthy Snacks Which Aren’t Vegetables and Fruits

It’s no secret that eating fruits and vegetables is a must for dropping pounds. But when it comes to a snack that’ll actually keep you satisfied, a handful of baby carrots or a banana probably isn’t going to cut it.

Here’s the thing: Even though fresh produce is high in nutrients and low in calories, it’s also devoid of satiating protein and fat. And because you’re a human, sometimes, you just aren’t feeling the celery sticks.

But there are still tons of healthy options that won’t leave you starving or totally bored at snack time. These eight clean treats are packed with protein, fat, and flavor—and they’re the perfect choices when you’ve got fruit and veggie fatigue.




When you’re in the mood for something sweet, a square of the dark stuff is your best—and not just because it’s considerably healthier than a brownie. Research says that foods with super intense flavors tend to tire out your taste buds faster. So you feel satisfied with a square or two—versus an entire sleeve of cookies.



Don’t think of it as your grandma’s diet food. This power snack will keep you full long after you’re done eating. A 160-calorie cup of low-fat cottage cheese packs 28 grams of protein. A sprinkle of cinnamon keeps things interesting and tricks your taste likes into thinking you’re having a sweet snack.



Nuts are on every weight-loss food list, and for good reason: They’re packed with protein and healthy fats, that help you stay fuller longer. By picking pistachios instead of the usual almonds, you can eat a few more of them for fewer calories overall. More importantly, having to shell each individual nut takes a bit, so snack time lasts way longer.



They’re salty and crunchy like chips, but they’re packed with appetite-squashing protein and fiber instead of empty calories.

To make them, toss a can of chickpeas (drained and rinsed) with a tablespoon of olive oila pinch of salt, and a teaspoon or two of ground cumin or smoked paprika. Bake at 400°F for about 10 minutes. (You can use the leftovers on salads instead of croutons.)



Okay, technically an avocado is a fruit. But for nutrition purposes, it’s a delicious and kind of addictive source of healthy fat. Research suggests that it’ll also leave you full for up to five hours.

Though avocados are high in fat, they hardly break the calorie bank—half of a medium avocado has the same number of calories as a handful of nuts, and the salsa packs more I-can’t-stop-eating-this flavor.



For those times when dinner will be ready in 15 minutes but you need something in your stomach nowOlives‘ rich, buttery texture and briny flavor are super-satisfying. Since they’ve got a little bit of fat, they will hold you over until it’s time to eat. You can eat five of them for just 20 calories.



What has more fiber than a bowl of oatmeal? A bowl of oat bran. A one-third cup serving of the stuff delivers nearly a third of your daily roughage, which will help you stay full for a really long time. For extra protein, cook your bran in low-fat milk. Research suggests that pairing fiber with liquids can help make it even more filling.