Snacking habit? 5 things you should have up your sleeve

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Keeping energised without the dreaded crash is simple if you stick to small portions and foods that keep you fuller for longer.

NUTS AND SUCH

Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, Brazil nuts, peanuts, pecans, almonds, cashews, pistachios or macadamias are all packed with protein, fibre and good fats that help boost your energy and keep you feeling full. Opt for raw rather than the roasted and salted kind when possible and keep your portions on the small side. These strips of 30 gram portions are pretty nifty.  

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DAIRY BELLES

Great for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up and a source of calcium and vitamin too, unsweetened dairy products are a good bet for the snack box.  Go for low-fat plain yoghurt (with a small drizzle of honey if you must) or a snacking portion of low-fat cheese.

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SOMETHING MEATY

A protein-rich snack is a great stopgap before dinner, since it digests slowly and helps to keep you feeling full. It can be as simple as a slice of ham with a boiled egg or a couple of pork chipolatas.

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AN APPLE A DAY

If apples aren’t your bag, any piece of fresh fruit will work. Just don’t overdo it, since fruit contains a fair bit of sugar. If you’re short on time, bring a snack tub of ready-cut, seasonal fruit or berries or even a strip of pre-portioned dried fruit chunks to keep in your desk drawer.

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A COUPLE OF CRUNCHIES

No, not the sugar- and butter-laden kind (though they are pretty delicious). We’re talking crunchy raw veg: mini cucumbers, carrot batons, baby corn, mangetout sugar snap peas and Tenderstem broccoli tips In their raw state, they’re at their most nutritious, and their fibre content means no case of the hangries at four in the afternoon. Up the treat factor with some hummus for dipping, and you’re set.

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KEEN TO DIY?

For those of you with a little spare time on your hands, here are 4 great recipes to keep your snacking on track (PS: they’re kid-friendly):

No-bake granola bars
Raw date and cocoa balls
Zucchini fritters
Apple, granola and nut butter sarmies