5 Decadent Snacks That are Healthier Than You Think

View as Slideshow


Here's more proof that Nature is perfect in her splendor: Chocolate may improve your workout. A study revealed that feeding chocolate to mice resulted in 50% greater stamina and greater muscle growth. Keep a few dark chocolate squares on hand pre-workout.

Full-fat cheese

Full-fat cheese
Alan Aragon, the Men’s Health Weight-Loss Coach, says his clients actually see a reduction in appetite when they mindfully eat flavorful varieties of cheese. The protein/fat combo plus truly unique flavors and an endless array of choices could really make full-fat cheese a dieter’s best friend. Yes, seriously!

Chocolate Milk

Chocolate Milk
Even as schools in Los Angeles are banishing chocolate milk from their menus, Men's Health is touting its ability to build muscle and aid in workout recovery. The combination of protein, fat, carbs, and micronutrients is perfect for your body. Vitamin D helps shuttle the calcium needed by your body for weight loss into cells. In one study, stationary bike riders were able to pedal 49% longer after drinking chocolate milk versus a sports drink.

Content continues below ad

Roasted Peanuts

Roasted Peanuts
Eat some roasted peanuts the next time you are at the ballpark and skip the nitrate-loaded hot dog. The journal Food Chemistry discovered that well roasted peanuts are higher in antioxidants. However, as far as we know no study has showed similar results for Cracker Jacks or cotton candy.

Red wine

Red wine
This happy hour staple and companion to delicious meals has long been considered relatively healthy in moderation. It contains resveratrol, which lowers cholesterol and protects the blood vessels. Now, a study from the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry draws a correlation between wine and sunburn protection. Researchers found that the flavonoids in wine help protect skin cells from sun damage.

Sources: Glamour.com, menshealth.com, runnersworld.com, cbsnews.com

Want to stay smart and healthy?

Get our weekly Health Reads newsletter

how we use your e-mail
We will use your email address to send you the newsletter each week, and we may also send you occasional special offers from Reader's Digest. For more information please read our privacy policy.

2 thoughts on “5 Decadent Snacks That are Healthier Than You Think

  1. Dark chocolate is the best and you need just a little to be better satisified

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Some people like to travel by train because 
it combines the slowness of a car with the cramped public exposure of 
an airplane.

Dennis Miller

I think my pilot was a little inexperienced. We were sitting on the runway, and he said, “OK, folks, we’re gonna be taking off in a just few—whoa! Here we go.”

Kevin Nealon

“I can’t wait until your vacation is over.” 
—Everyone following you on Instagram


A man knocked on my door and asked for a donation toward the local swimming pool. So I gave him a glass of water.

Comedian Greg Davies

Funny Jokes

Just found the worst page in the entire dictionary. What I saw was disgraceful, disgusting, dishonest, and disingenuous.


Funny Jokes

Client: We need you to log in to the YouTube and make all our company videos viral.

From clientsfromhell.net

Funny Jokes

My cat just walked up to the paper shredder and said, “Teach me 
everything you know.”


Funny Jokes

“Just because you can’t dance doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dance.” 

@yoyoha (Josh Hara)

Funny Jokes

My parents didn’t want to move to Florida, but they turned 60 and that’s the law.

—Jerry Seinfeld

Funny Jokes

Q: What do you call an Amish guy with his hand in a horse’s mouth?

A: A mechanic.

Fields marked with an * are required
Foods That Harm Foods That HealWant a Free eBook?
FOODS THAT HARM, FOODS THAT HEAL offers important information about the role diet plays in the struggle against heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other serious illnesses. Answer the question below to receive your FREE digital eBook.

Someone in my household experiences the following conditions:

Send me a link to download FOODS THAT HARM, FOODS THAT HEAL:
By clicking below, I agree to the Trusted Media Brands Privacy Policy