FOR the majority of us, trying to stick to three-meals-a-day is unthinkable.
In fact, morning and afternoon snacks give us that much needed break; something to look forward to amid a busy day.
But snacking is just a road to weight gain, right? Wrong!
The right snacks can actually help you to stay in shape, as they curb your hunger and stop you from bingeing on other, more calorific foods.
We’ve rounded up some of our favourite snacks – from the cupboard staples you’ve dismissed as serious weight loss saboteurs, to new, healthier nibbles making waves on the snack scene.
Walkers Quavers Cheese 12 x 16g , £2.25, Tesco
Cals: 86 per pack
Forget 200 calorie snacks; a pack of these classic crisps racks up under 100 caloriesand for savoury snack lovers, they're perfect for satisfying that salty cheese craving.
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Tesco British Mature Cheddar Snack Sticks 5 x 20g, £1.30, Tesco
Cals: 83 per stick
Cheese fan? No need to stress about excessive calories with these individually wrapped blocks of cheddar.
Perfect for popping in the fridge and munching on when you’re needing something to nibble.
Slice up and lay on a cracker for something slightly more filling.
Squirrel Sisters Cacao Orange natural energy bar, £1.50, squrrelsisters.com
Cals: 170 per pack
Imagine a chocolate orange, but a healthier alternative that won’t be too intrusive on the waistline. This is it.
Plus, this bar contains fibre to help maintain a healthy digestion, and there’s no added sugar either so it won’t ignite those intense sugar cravings!
Lo-Dough Miracle Cake Bars in Lemon Drizzle, £2.49, lodough.co
We’re grateful this is so low in calories, as we did actually eat two on the trot.
A dense lemon cake coated in white chocolate, Lo-Dough has made a bar containing egg whites, to help lower the fat and calorie intake.
Each bar also packs in over half your recommended fibre intake with a staggering 16.6g of the good stuff.
Munchy Seeds Snack Packs Salted Caramel, 70p, Ocado
Roasted pumpkin and sunflower seeds make a healthier alternative to salted peanuts, whilst also providing a source of protein, vitamin E and fibre to fuel your day.
Keep in your drawer when hunger strikes.
Whitworths Shots in Fruity Biscuit 4 pack, £1.60, Asda
Cals: 93 cals per pack
When you need a sweet hit on-the-go, these little sachets are ideal.
They might be small, but they contain just enough of a chocolate, biscuit and raisin combination to keep you satisfied.
These aren’t just ideal for your handbag, they’re also great for kid’s lunchboxes, or even as a breakfast topping to liven up a bowl of boring oats.
PLAYin Choc JustChoc Box Organic Peruvian Cacao M•lk Chocolate 30g, £1.69, playinchoc.com
If you want your chocolate intake to be portion controlled, this bar is ideal, as inside there are three, individually wrapped 10g chocolate squares.
PLAYin Choc say a “little bit of what you fancy” does you good and we couldn’t agree more.
Especially when it’s so creamy, light and deliciously naughty. But not naughty.
Wibble Strawberry and Vanilla flavour 6 x 150g, £10, wibblefoods.com
We’re throwing it back to childhood parties with these mini pots of natural sweetness.
Except these are the grown up versions. If you’re a bit of a snacker, you can feel safe in the knowledge that going overboard on these is hard to do, with less than 35 calories per pot.
Wibble also claims there is zero junk in each pot as they’re made from pressed juices.
Huel Bar v3.1 Peanut Butter, £1.30 per bar when bought in bulk, uk.huel.com
Your snack game just took a whole new turn with these bars which are, in true Huel form, a nutritionally complete snack.
This means they provide an ideal balance of carbohydrates, protein, essential fats, fibre, phytonutrients, and all 26 of the essential vitamins and minerals your body needs.
Pretty impressive for a snack bar that actually tastes GOOD.
These are also plant based and thanks to their healthy hit of protein, make a great post workout snack too.
Try melting a bar with a 20 second blast in the microwave; honestly, the taste gets even better.
Itsu crispy seaweed thins sriracha, £1, Waitrose
If anyone tries to tell you these seaweed thins are akin to healthy crisps, then they’re wrong.
So we won’t pretend these are the same as dipping your hand in a bag of fatty, salty, Kettle Crisps.
However, these are in a field of their own, offering a light, crispy snack that also contains iodine – important for hormone health, and vitamin b12, which can help maintain energy levels.
Tribe Choc Raspberry Triple Decker Bar, £22 for 12, www.wearetribe.co
Seriously naughty. But nice naughty.
This bar has a layer of granola, followed by a very generous layer of peanut butter, and then a crispy chocolate top.
In fact, you do wonder if it should count as an indulgent dessert, but then you see the calorie count and relax.
This bar also contains a healthy dose of protein (keeping you fuller for longer) as well as 10 vitamins and minerals for energy release, so the sleepy 3pm lull is a thing of the past.
GrandmaCrunch Cocoa, £26.48 per 4 258g boxes, grandmacrunch.co.uk
Cals: 136 per 31g
With the rise of cereal as a snack, it was only fitting that a guilt-free, delicious cereal brand took to the stage.
This is a slightly more expensive version of Coco Pops, except a bowl of these chocolate balls will actually keep you satisfied and stop you dipping your hand into the cookie jar at all hours of the day.
Packed with a healthy 16g dose of protein, GrandmaCrunch Cocoa balls are also sugar free, so you won’t experience that disruptive sugar rollercoaster.
This cereal is incredibly low in carbs too – unlike all other cereals – so if you’re on a low-carb plan, it will fit right in!
Nick’s Coconut chocolate bar, 75p, Sainsbury’s
Swedish brand Nick’s have made chocolate, healthy.
Whereas we’d normally be slightly cautious of a chocolate bar that didn’t contain ‘bad stuff’ (because good-for-you tends to mean dull), we’re big fans of this indulgent coconut treat, which is ideal for any Bounty lovers as you’re saving over 100 calories.
Nairn’s Salted Caramel Biscuit Breaks, £1.80, Sainsbury’s
Cals: 63 per biscuit
With 40% less sugar than the average sweet biscuit, at least you won’t feel guilty if you do go in for a second, and a third, of these caramel flavoured biccies.
But the beauty of these is that a packet comes with four individual sachets inside, so you’re less likely to eat your way through the entire lot.
OGGS Bites Chocolate Brownie, £2.25 for 9, Sainsbury’s
Cals: 58 per brownie bite
Good for the waistline and good for the planet.
Plus these brownie bites taste just like a calorie dense slab of bakery brownie.
Made using a liquid egg alternative, these bites generate far less CO2 than if real eggs were used.
In fact, for every 1kg of eggs replaced, OGGS save enough CO2 to boil the kettle 21 times.
Bonne Maman's Clementine Mousse, £1.60 for 2 x 7g, Waitrose
Super creamy, yet super low in cals, this mousse makes a perfect post-lunch dessert, if you’re someone who always needs a sweet kick after a meal.
It’s also ideal alongside a cup of tea.
The creamy mousse tastes naughty and the sweet clementine isn’t overpowering; instead it just tastes fruity with a little zing.
Ideal to wake you up when you start nodding off at your desk.
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