Smart snacks

Believe it or not it IS possible to have a healthy snack in between meals. In fact snacks are important because not only will they help you going until your next meal but they can stop you from reaching a chocolate bar or bag of crisp. Here is a list of some of the snacks I keep close to hand when I feel an attack coming.

Low fat fruit yoghurt

A piece of fruit and there are so many to choose from – mango, pineapple, strawberries, peach, orange, apple, grapes, cherries, plums, banana.

A handful of dried fruit and nuts

3 oatcakes with houmous

A smoothie – my favourite banana and strawberry with soya milk.

Houmous with carrot and cucumber sticks

Crab sticks with mint yoghurt

2 Ryvitas with peanut butter

I’m not saying you can’t have the odd bar of chocolate, a bag of crisps, a glass of wine or pint (me!) when you fancy it, just stick to the 80/20 rule. Have the healthier alternative 80 per cent of the time and indulge the other 20.

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