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27/02/2015 09:54 GMT | Updated 27/02/2015 09:59 GMT

Snacks That Help You Lose Weight: Add Pomegranates, Melon and Avocado To Your Shopping List

We hate to be party poopers - and it immensely pains us to say this - but crisps and biscuits are not the answer when it comes to snacking.

Bad news aside, there are, however, healthy alternatives which taste yummy and aid your body's ability to lose weight.

From snacks that increase metabolism to ones that improve blood flow - these are the fat-busting foods that you need in your shopping basket. Pronto.

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1) Hard-boiled egg with sriracha sauce

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Why? It helps to improve thyroid function which helps boost your metabolism. The spicy sauce also helps to burn calories.

2) Turkey jerk with mustard

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Why? While it might be something of an American specialty, turkey jerk has 10 grams of protein and only about 60 calories (opt for normal turkey slices if you don't quite fancy it).

Protein is digested more slowly than fat or carbs and keeps you full for longer. Meanwhile mustard is a low-calorie, high flavour topping.

3) Watermelon drizzled with balsamic vinegar

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Foods with high water content, such as melon, keep us feeling full for longer. The additional balsamic vinegar activates Pepsin, an enzyme which breaks down proteins into amino acids.

4) Pineapple with lime juice and sea salt

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Pineapple is low in calories and has a high water content, meaning you can eat lots of it.

Squeeze lime juice and sprinkle sea salt on top for a combination that helps promote healthy digestion.

5) Chocolate chips and peanuts

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Peanuts keep you feeling full, while the small amount of chocolate will help satisfy that sweet tooth and prevent you from indulging again.

6) Apple chunks, chopped walnuts and cinnamon

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Cinnamon is not only tasty, but it also balances blood sugar levels helping with weight loss. Meanwhile apple chunks and walnuts are generally pretty darn great - just make sure you limit your walnut portions.

7) Avocado with lime juice and goji berries

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With its healthy fat and fibre, half an avocado at snack time will make it less likely that you'll overeat. Meanwhile goji berries help contain appetite and the lime juice helps to add flavour and maintain a healthy digestive system.

8) Pomegranate seeds and pistachios

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Fibre-filled pomegranate seeds keep you satisfied while pistachios contain an amino acid which improves blood flow during exercise.

9) Black beans and salsa on a corn tortilla

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This snack provides a double dose of slowly digested fibre. Meanwhile spicy salsa has few calories and helps you eat more slowly.

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