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8 Fat-Burning and Muscle-Building Snack Alternatives for All Your Cravings

Crush any midday craving with foods that fuel your physique. Meet your new office arsenal.

You’re Craving: Chocolate

Why: A hankering for chocolate is most likely a hunger for sugar. “The cocoa in chocolate also contains low levels of caffeine,” Bottone says, “about 5–25 milligrams, or as much as in ‘caffeine-free’ coffee—which may contribute to cravings.” 

Chocolate Alternative: The Burn Fat Option

Rise Protein+ Bar

Rise’s Almond Honey Protein+ Bar contains just three ingredients. No, we don’t mean three ingredients plus colors and preservatives—three actual ingredients: whey protein, honey, and almonds. The Crunchy Carob Chip version is perfect for chocolate fiends, and both flavors provide heart-health benefits and steady energy:

Chocolate Alternative: The Build Muscle Option

Clif Builder’s Max

Protein is the single most important nutrient for building muscle (but you probably already knew that). Clif’s Builder’s bars deliver 20 grams of protein, including fast-acting soy protein isolate, to keep your muscles saturated with everything they need to grow:

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