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 Here are a couple great snacks for those of you who are trying to lose weight, gain muscle or tone up. These are great food sources that give you the nutrients you need, and they taste great! If you aren’t trying to lose weight or living the fit lifestyle, these are still some great things to add to your daily diet. 

Chickpeas

Chickpeas should be your anytime carb source of choice. This versatile bean contains 45 grams of slow acting carbs per cup along with 12 grams of fiber.

Nuts

Nuts are a must for any hardgainer struggling to put on weight. 1 ounce of cashew or almonds contains 150-170 high quality calories. Nuts are the perfect blend of protein, fats, and fiber allowing you to get the extra calories you need without having them pad your waistline. Nuts are also extremely portable making them the perfect thing to snack on during the day if you need to increase your calorie intake.

Full Fat Cottage Cheese

Cottage cheese’s muscle building powers comes from two different components. Cottage cheese contains a high proportion of casein, the slow digesting dairy protein. When you eat casein you blood amino acid levels rise slowly and stay elevated for longer than if you would have eaten whey (the other dairy protein). Cottage cheese also contains live cultures which are good bacteria what will help you breakdown and absorb all the nutrients you need to get bigger and stronger.

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