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    Two Secret Age-Defying Treats

    They seem like diet no-no's because of their calorie load, but dark chocolate and a handful (not a canful) of nuts have longevity and weight-loss benefits.

    This just in: Nuts give you a surprising diet edge. A recent study found that despite being a high-fat, high-cal food, they don't promote weight gain. The reason: People find nuts filling and after eating them, offset some of the calories by eating less later on. Best of all, up to 20 percent of the calories in nuts don't get absorbed.

    Craving something sweet? Dip into dark chocolate. The latest evidence suggests that cocoa flavanols (more predominant in dark chocolate than milky versions) may lower inflammation, keep blood pressure in check, prevent platelets from clotting (which could, in turn, prevent strokes and heart attacks), and boost brain power.

    Anti-Aging Healthy Snacks

    Our Anti-Aging Meal Plan provides everything you need to look younger and get thinner. We've even made room for extras — like a splash of milk in your coffee or honey in your tea. Every day, you can have up to 50 "free" calories to use any way you'd like. (Or save up for two or three days so you can have a 100-calorie or 150-calorie treat.) You can choose an item that's already on the menu (say, extra crackers or another egg) to have seconds, or select a different food or drink that you want to splurge on (our lists can help you keep a calorie tally).

    Up to 50 Calories:
    1 tbsp 2% milk - 8 calories
    1 tsp sugar - 16 calories
    1 tsp honey - 21 calories
    1 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese - 22 calories
    1 tbsp reduced-fat sour cream - 26 calories
    3 slices (1 oz) deli thin lean ham - 30 calories
    2 tbsp Cedar's Cucumber Garlic Tzatziki with 5 celery stalks - 35 calories
    2 Ak-Mak crackers - 46 calories
    1 Sargento Reduced Fat Colby-Jack cheese stick - 50 calories
    1 Mini Babybel Light cheese - 50 calories

    Up to 100 Calories:
    1 hard-boiled egg - 70 calories
    1 6-ounce container of Dannon Light & Fit yogurt (any flavor) - 80 calories
    1 Nature's Path Organic Pomegran Plus Waffle - 80 calories
    2 Blue Horizon Organic Chinese-Style Shrimp Spring Rolls - 87 calories
    1 small banana - 90 calories
    1 Tall Skinny Latte from Starbucks - 90 calories
    Any 100-calorie snack pack - 100 calories
    1 Whole Treat Organic Fudge Bar - 100 calories
    5 Triscuits - 100 calories
    3 Hershey's Bliss Signatures in dark chocolate - 100 calories

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