Beat the pangs
According to a Journal of Nutrition study, the British are Europe's biggest snackers - which is a good thing as snacking helps control hunger and rein in portion sizes at meal times. But snacking is not so good if you are doing it the wrong way. Instead of reaching for biscuit tin, grab one of these nine satisfying snacks to whittle away your hunger - and your waistline. It's time to get your snack on.
Falafel and tatziki
If you are a gym-bunny falafel is a great afternoon snack, "it contains a good mixture of protein and carbs, so not only does it feed your muscles the right combination of what they hunger for, the full flavour will leave you more satisfied." Make your own tzatziki, instead of buying it from a shop as you can make it with less oil, and live yoghurt (not natural yoghurt), which adds probiotic bacteria - great for maintaining a healthy gut.
It might sound like an interesting choice for a snack but frozen vegetables are a great option. "Frozen veg often tastes better than fresh produce, as freezing naturally seals in the sweet-tasting flavours as well as locking the vitamins in and the high-fibre and low-calorie-density combination means they're filling and the frozen part makes them interesting. They're firm, but they melt in your mouth. Go on, try it...
Dried apple rings
Available at most health food shops, these fruit pieces make an ideal low-salt, no-saturated fat substitute for that afternoon packet of crisps. Research shows that the soluble fibre in apples prevents re-absorption of cholesterol into the blood stream, so is beneficial for heart health too.
“If this is the best they can come up with we think we’ll stay with biscuits and crisps” say Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire