Need a quick pick-me-up, but just can’t reach for another M&M? (Yeah, we have way too much candy in our office, too). Instead, try one of these these low calorie snacks recommended by Alexandra Catalano, founder of Eat Cute, and author of From Beer Bongs to Broccoli: The College Kid’s Guide to Health and Wellness. All nine not only satisfy your hunger, but have beauty benefits, too. Now get snacking!
21 calories per fig
“The seeds in figs are loaded with nutrients that help break down mucus and toxic residue in the digestive tract,” says Catalano. Plus, they’re rich in antioxidants, which promotes clear skin.
Red Bell Peppers
60 calories per cup
“Red peppers are high in vitamin C. Vitamin C is responsible for repairing and rebuilding collagen. They are low in sugar and are rich in the mineral silicon.” Can’t eat them on their own? Use a few to decorate a salad!
183 calories per ounce
Rich in vitamin E, the nuts have skin-boosting benefits, while the omega 3 fatty acids are essential for brain function.
18 calories per tablespoon
“[These berries] are a superfood from China and a powerful antioxidant. They help minimize damage from free radicals that injure cells and DNA.”
10 calories per stalk
With or without the peanut butter, they “help flush out excess body fluids that cause bloating,” says Catalano. “Celery helps detoxify the body and promote weight loss.” But we’ll take them with the peanut butter and raisins any day.
4 calories per baby carrot
The vegetable is rich in beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A, which has numerous skin benefits.
84 calories per cup
“Bluerries are rich in antioxidants called carotenoids and flavonoids that help fight against free radicals in the body,” says Catalano. “They also contain B vitamins to help give you energy.”
31 calories per cup
Feeling sore after a day at the gym? Try some broccoli. “[It] helps repair the joints and connective tissues in the body. This helps you move with ease and prevents injury.”
Raw Pumpkin Seeds
125 calories per ounce
An excellent source of zinc, they help to fight against acne and skin impurities by controlling tissue inflammation.
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