Beat Snack Attacks

The healthy snacks that kill naughty cravings fast

1. Sunflower power
If you can't resist the urge to nibble at work, keep a bag of sunflower seeds in your desk drawer. Packed with calcium, magnesium, essential fats and oils, a handful of sunflower seeds will help fill you up and work wonders for your skin. If only the same could be said for biscuits, eh?

2. Chop chop
Get your five-a-day veggie quota by nibbling on crudites when you're hungry. Chop up some peppers, carrots, celery and cucumber and dip into a little homemade hummus, (which is rich in protein and fibre thanks to the chickpeas) for a tasty, nutritious snack. Just don't scoff the whole tub!

3. Wrinkly wonders
Dried fruits are full of fibre and antioxidants, and are perfect for avoiding the mid-afternoon slump. Prunes helps protect against heart disease, while figs contain twice the calcium of cottage cheese.

4. Amazing avocados
Hungry? Half an avocado with a squeeze of lemon juice will keep your tummy from rumbling. Not only are they rich in antioxidants and good fats, they boost your skin too. Just remember - the brighter the avocado, the more beta-carotene (cancer fighting property) the avocado contains.

5. Dairy delights
Low in calories and high in protein, a small tub of low fat yogurt or cottage cheese is a great energy booster, and research has shown that eating non-fat diary products aids weight loss. For extra nutrition, add some chopped fresh fruit or a handful of unsalted nuts and munch to your heart's content.

6. Herbal healing
Many people often mistake thirst for hunger. Make sure you drink around two litres of water daily to prevent dehydration. If you find plain water boring, herbal teas are a great alternative and offer added health benefits. Green tea is packed with antioxidants, ginger aids nausea, peppermint helps digestion and lemon is said to help de-stress.

7. Go nuts
If you're dashing out the door but need a food fix fast - a spoonful of peanut butter will do the trick. Nut butters are a great source of protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals, but beware; they are also high in calories and fat, so limit yourself to just one dessert spoon serving.

8. Tasty tuna
If you're a carb craver, half a tuna sandwich on whole wheat bread makes a filling mid-afternoon snack. Tuna is a good source of protein and omega 3 fats, and wholewheat bread will fill you up until your next meal.

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