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Calorie conscious snacking

Apr 07, 2016

We all live incredibly busy lives. Running from meeting to meeting, travelling across town, across the country or even the globe, and when you’re working hard, you’re generally also working up an appetite…

So when 3:30itis hits, what simple snacks can curb your hunger without cutting into your calories?

The best snacks are the ones that are easy, satisfying and fill you up without weighing you down. Here are our tips for a delicious mid-afternoon snack:

70% Dark Chocolate – 20g (110 calories)

If you’re a sweet tooth, and chocolate is the only answer then it’s best to satisfy this craving with dark chocolate.

Dark chocolate is a powerful source of antioxidants and has been shown to improve blood flow and lower blood pressure. So, you can enjoy a delicious treat (in moderation) without feeling guilty!

Haigh’s Chocolate is available at Icons in T4.

Fresh Fruit & Veggie Juice – 600ml (123 calories)

If the afternoon slump has you feeling a little flat, a fresh veggie juice is a great option to give you a boost and help you reach your much needed 5:2 target for the day!

Our pick is a freshly squeezed orange, apple, carrot, cucumber, celery, beetroot, & spinach!

Boost Juice is available in T3 & T4

Tuna & Avocado Sushi – 1 Hand Roll (210 calories)

If it’s something more substantial you’re after to satisfy your rumbling tummy, sushi is a great snack choice. Try a tuna and avocado hand roll for a hit of protein and good fats, which will keep you fuller for longer!

If you’re looking for even greater health benefits, swap white rice for brown rice, which contains more fibre and nutrients including manganese, for energy production, and selenium, which lowers the risk of colon cancer. 

Sushi Sushi is available in T3 & T4. 

Handful of Almonds – 28 Grams (163 calories)

If it’s potato chips that have you salivating, why not swap out a bag of crisps for a handful of dry roasted almonds?

Almonds are linked with lowering bad cholesterol, reducing the risk of heart attack and building stronger bones and teeth. However reader beware: Avoid nuts that roasted in oil; instead, eat them raw or dry roasted.

A selection of snacks, including packaged nuts, are available at WH Smith in T2 & T4 and Newslink in T3. 

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