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11 Best Foods to Eat When You’re Hangry

When you’re hungry to the point of angry ("hangry!") skip the quick-fix sweets and grab a healthy snack that will keep your tummy happy and your mood high for hours

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Nuts

Nuts are packed with both protein and fiber—two nutrients that will keep you satisfied until you can sit down for a true meal. It doesn’t take too many either. One study shows that eating about seven nuts a day can not only stave off hunger, but also help you concentrate, and may even fight off cancer and arthritis.

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Fruit and nut butter

If you’re seeking out sweets, try reaching for some fruit; then add a protein boost by smothering it with a creamy nut butter or sunflower butter. The healthy fats in the butter will keep you full, and the sweet fruit will help deliver a jolt of immediate energy. Too much work? Grab a handful of trail mix for the best of both worlds. Nut butter is just one power ingredient in this roundup of energizing post-workout snacks.

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Tuna and crackers

A can of water-packed tuna has a whopping 40 grams of protein, along with healthy omega-3 fats. Rather than mixing in mayonnaise, which is high in saturated fat, try spritzing the tuna with a bit of lemon or lime juice, or slice in some avocado for a delicious healthy fat. Add hunger-fighting fiber by pairing it with a few multigrain crackers.

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Chips and guacamole

Sound too good to be true? Avocados are packed with good fats and fiber. Pair the guacamole with a healthy chip—like baked black bean with an extra dash of protein, or kale packed with vitamins A and K—and your hunger pangs will be gone in no time. Here’s how to change up your homemade guacamole with deliciously different ingredients.

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Cheese

Grab a single-serving portion of cheese—think low-fat string cheese, Laughing Cow Creamy Swiss or a Mini Babybel—and pair it with a healthy carb, like air-popped popcorn or baked black bean chips. You’ll get a protein punch from the cheese, not to mention a salt fix, and an immediate energy boost from the carbs. Don’t miss the healthy diet and weight loss secrets nutritionists won’t tell you for free.

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Greek yogurt with fruit or granola

Greek yogurt has more protein than regular yogurt, along with less sugar. It also has the added benefit of providing lots of bone-building calcium and inflammation-fighting probiotics. Top it with berries or granola to add stomach-filling fiber. Check out these other yummy, healthy Greek yogurt toppers.

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Hummus with veggies

Pair your hummus, made from flavorful, protein-packed chickpeas, with a fiber-filled vegetable like broccoli, cauliflower, or carrots. The veggies will fill you up without blowing your calories for the day, and offer a satisfying crunch.

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Jerky

You can satisfy your sweet or salty craving (or both) with a naturally-flavored high-protein turkey or beef jerky. Bonus if you can find one made without preservatives. Double bonus if you can find one made from grass-fed beef: Research shows that grass-fed beef contains the same healthy omega-3 fats found in fish. Check out the other healthy foods that often get a bad rap.

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Prunes

If you’re craving something sweet, grab a few prunes for a satisfying snack. Prunes are a great choice because they’re full of fiber, which will keep you feeling full. They’re also packed with age-defying antioxidants. Add a slice of cheese for an extra fat and protein boost.

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Deli roll-ups

Take two slices of low-sodium deli turkey and a slice of cheese, and roll them up with sliced tomato in a whole wheat tortilla shell for a highly satisfying, protein-packed snack. Add a slice of avocado for some healthy fats. Don’t miss these secrets to building the perfect sandwich.

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Oatmeal

Oatmeal is chock-full of fiber (about 4 grams per serving), which will fill you up fast and keep you feeling fuller longer. Dress up your oatmeal with fruit for a sweet punch and even more fiber, or nuts for some healthy fats. Or some of each! Sprinkle with cinnamon for an anti-inflammatory boost.

Originally Published in Reader's Digest