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Feast on “Skinny” Foods
1. JicaChips Spicy Soy Ginger Real Jicama Slices
Made from nutrient-dense jicama, they’re gluten-free, with 80 percent less fat than regular chips. Because jicama is naturally rich in inulin, a prebiotic fiber that nourishes healthy gut bacteria, your belly will be happy too. Other flavors include Chili Lime, Sea Salt, Smoked Barbecue, and White Cheddar, all with the same crunchy appeal. Skinny stats: 100–110 calories per bag, with 5 grams of fiber and 1.5 grams of fat.
2. Good Seed Spicy Italian Hempseed Sliders
These grain-free, vegan, paleo-friendly burger alternatives are full of flavor, with a blend of fennel and Italian seasonings, and a spicy kick of chipotle. Full-size burgers come in three satisfying flavors: Curried Sweet Potato, Wild Mushroom, and All American. Skinny stats: sliders have 130 calories per serving, with 7 grams of fat, 5 grams of protein, and 3 grams of fiber. Full-size burgers have 200–240 calories and 8–10 grams of protein.
3. Arctic Zero Cake Batter Frozen Dessert
This frozen dessert is made of high-protein whey powder and chicory root—a prebiotic fiber that helps stabilize blood sugar—and sweetened with monk fruit. You can eat the whole pint for fewer calories than a single serving of Ben & Jerry’s, and it’s fat-free. Available in 27 flavors, as well as chocolate-dipped bars. Skinny stats: a half-cup serving has 35 calories, 0 grams of fat, 2 grams of fiber, and 3 grams of protein.
4. PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter
Made by extracting peanut oils and dehydrating the proteins, powdered peanut butter contains a fraction of the fat and calories of regular peanut butter, but with the same amount of protein. Add it to smoothies, mix with yogurt, or substitute for flour in recipes. Skinny stats: 2 tablespoons contains 45 calories, 1 gram of fat, and 4 grams of protein.
5. Zevia Zero Calorie Soda
The best way to kick your Diet Coke habit: these sugar-free sodas are sweetened with stevia and monk fruit, and have a clean, fresh taste with abundant bubbles. Made with natural flavors, and free of artificial colors (all the flavors are clear) and phosphoric acid, Zevia comes in classic flavors such as ginger ale, cream soda, root beer, orange, and grape. Skinny stats: all flavors have 0 calories and 0 grams of sugar.
6. Explore Cuisine Organic Black Bean Spaghetti
Spaghetti-shaped pasta made of only black beans, nothing else. The deep blackish-purple hue is gorgeous tossed with fresh diced tomatoes, minced basil, and olive oil. One serving has as much fiber as 3 cups of brown rice and more protein than a hamburger. Other grain-free pastas in the line include adzuki bean spaghetti, edamame and mung bean spaghetti, and more. Skinny stats: one serving has 190 calories, 12 grams of fiber, and 25 grams of protein.
7. Hi I’m Skinny Mesquite BBQ Protein Sticks
Made with pea protein and corn, these gluten-free snack sticks are high in protein, with a bold flavor and satisfying crunch. Other Skinny snacks include Sweet Onion Quinoa sticks, Sweet Potato sticks, and Superfood Mean and Green sticks. Skinny stats: each serving has 140 calories, 7 grams of fat, and 5 grams of protein.
8. Mamma Chia Chia Squeeze Green Magic
Smart and satisfying, these little squeeze pouches are great for between-meal munchies. Made with high-protein, fiber-rich chia seeds and organic fruit purées, they’re also laced with spirulina, chlorella, and kale. Skinny stats: one pouch contains 70 calories, 4 grams of fiber, and 7 grams of sugar.
Add Slimming Supplements
These food- and herb-based contenders are free of stimulants and support
1. Renew Life Skinny Gut 100% Organic Acacia Fiber
Made from the gum of the acacia tree, this psyllium-free fiber helps curb appetite by creating a feeling of fullness. It also promotes regular bowel movements and is high in prebiotics to support the growth of beneficial gut bacteria.
2. Jarro-Dophilus EPS 5 Billion Probiotics
These capsules—enterically coated to protect the bacteria from stomach acids—contain eight different strains of beneficial bacteria,
essential for good digestion and overall health; some studies also suggest that probiotic supplements can balance metabolism and aid in weight loss.
3. Garden of Life FücoThin GREEN
One of the active ingredients in these vegan capsules is fucoxanthin, a carotenoid antioxidant derived from seaweed. Studies show it may play a role in weight management, while also offering immune-supportive and antioxidant protection for overall health. This also contains green coffee bean extract, which has been shown in a handful of studies to inhibit fat accumulation, modulate glucose metabolism, and lower body weight.
4. Host Defense Maitake Extract
Also called hen of the woods, maitake mushrooms contain beta glucan, a polysaccharide that may help reduce blood sugar levels and encourage weight loss. Research has also shown maitake mushrooms support immunity and protect against cancers.
5. Natrol White Kidney Bean Carb Intercept
Made from the white kidney bean or bean pod, Phaseolus vulgaris, or white kidney bean extract, is a common ingredient in weight-loss supplements called “starch blockers.” It’s thought to work by inhibiting amylase, the body’s starch-digesting enzyme responsible for the breakdown and absorption of carbohydrates in the gastrointestinal tract. It may also act as an appetite suppressant.
6. Irwin Naturals Garcinia HCA
This extract comes from a tropical fruit native to Southeast Asia. Its active ingredient is hydroxy-citric acid or HCA, which some research suggests may promote weight loss, lower appetite by increasing serotonin levels, reduce belly fat, and inhibit enzymes the body uses to make fat from carbohydrates.
Get Great Advice from Experts
Want no-nonsense weight-loss advice from the experts? Check out these five solid book selections:
The New Fat Flush Plan, by Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS
Slimming guru Gittleman has created an updated version of our perennial favorite, with new research and recipes that reflect the latest trends, including paleo, keto, and vegan, and the latest news on managing insulin, hormones, and stress levels.
Always Hungry? by David Ludwig, MD, PhD
The main premise of this book: the body doesn’t treat calories equally, and the type of calories we eat can affect the number of calories we burn. Written by an endocrinologist, it’s essentially a sugar-free, high-protein, and high-fat plan that avoids refined carbs, but recipes like shepherd’s pie, huevos rancheros, and pancakes with whipped cream will keep you motivated.
Wheat Belly 10-Day Grain Detox, by William Davis, MD
On the heels of the best-selling Wheat Belly Total Health comes this how-to book for making the transition away from wheat and other glutinous grains. There are detailed directions on what to eat and what to avoid, as well as coping strategies for wheat withdrawal.
The Bulletproof Diet, by Dave Asprey
Written by a Silicon Valley investor and technology entrepreneur, this best-selling book promises to reset your biochemistry, body, and mind to a state of optimal health (and help you lose weight). It’s basically a whole-foods diet with very limited grains and super high-quality foods.
The China Study Solution, by Thomas Campbell, MD
Campbell and his father, T. Colin Campbell, co-authored the famed “China Study.” This detailed followup shows how a plant-based diet can promote weight loss and prevent disease. It includes vegan menus, shopping guides, and the latest research.