The cure: Chocolate―but the right kind. The beneficial antioxidants in cocoa can be destroyed during processing. Pick bars that preserve the good stuff, like Cocoa Via (with only 100 calories, it’s a good size for a snack, says dietitian Maureen Callahan) or those with a cocoa content of at least 60 percent.
For more nutritious options between meals, see Real Simple’s list of healthy snacks.
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If You’re Craving Something Cold and Creamy
The cure: Stonyfield Farm’s YoBaby yogurt. It’s meant for babies, but you’ll find this smooth-as-custard treat tastes richer than ice cream, regardless of your age. You’ll get a dose of protein and calcium but a lot less sugar, fat, and calories than from a bowl of rocky road. “It has just enough fat to feel indulgent,” says Callahan.
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If You’re Craving Something Crunchy and Salty
The cure: Sahale Snacks Soledad Blend or Valdosta Blend. These almonds and pecans, mixed with ingredients like black pepper and balsamic vinegar, deliver a kick not found in a chip. You’ll also get more fiber. And, says Callahan, the fat source (healthy nuts instead of saturated oils) is a lot better for you.
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If You’re Craving Something Rich and Chewy
The cure: A LaraBar. Seemingly sinful, it’s packed with nothing but good-for-you stuff, like unsweetened cocoa and dates. Each LaraBar is the equivalent of 1½ servings of fruit, so it’s fiber-rich―which Callahan likes, since most Americans eat only about half the fiber they need each day.