7 Foods You Can Indulge in Without Packing on Pounds

Popcorn (Air-Popped): Air-popped popcorn is a whole grain snack that's low in calories, especially when made without butter or excessive salt. It's high in fiber and can be quite filling, making it a perfect snack for movie nights.

Greek Yogurt: Plain Greek yogurt is rich in protein and has a creamy texture that feels indulgent. It can be sweetened with a bit of honey or topped with fruits, making it a satisfying treat that is also good for your digestive health due to its probiotics.

Dark Chocolate: High in antioxidants and low in sugar, dark chocolate (particularly those varieties with over 70% cocoa) can be a rich, satisfying treat. Its bitterness prevents you from overindulging while satisfying those chocolate cravings.

Berries: Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries are low in calories but high in flavor and fiber. They're sweet and can be eaten alone, tossed in a salad, or used as a topping for yogurt or oatmeal.

Hummus: Made from chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, and garlic, hummus is a nutrient-dense snack that's rich in protein and fiber. It's perfect for pairing with vegetables like carrots and bell peppers or using as a creamy spread on whole-grain toast.

Nuts: Though high in calories, nuts like almonds, walnuts, and pistachios are nutrient-rich and filling. They contain healthy fats and protein, which can help control hunger and thus manage overall calorie intake. Stick to a small handful to keep portions in check.

Cottage Cheese: Low in fat and high in protein, cottage cheese is exceptionally satiating. It's versatile enough to be mixed with fruits for a sweet snack or with pepper and herbs for a savory version.

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