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If, like me, you're forever searching for a way to lose weight that doesn't involve living off kale then here is some wonderful news.

Scientists believe that peanut butter may be the key to losing weight.

Apparently, peanut butter helps boost a feeling of fullness and even improves your insulin and glucose responses.

Tucking into peanut butter once a day can stop you from gaining extra pounds, thus improving your health.

It is understood that there is less risk of gaining weight if you opt for peanut butter when snacking throughout the day.

However, experts do suggest eating peanut butter without the added sugar.

It is also important to remember that bodies come in all different shapes and sizes.

Gaining weight is nothing to be ashamed of but if you do feel like shedding a couple of pounds in order to feel healthier and happier then perhaps peanut butter is the one for you?

We’ll certainly be trying it on our toast in the morning.

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We can hardly think of something more annoying than having to spend 3 euros for a bottle of water and 5 euros for a dry muffin or an energy ball in the airport. 

If you only do it once in a while, it's fine obviously, but for those who tend to stop in petrol stations or cafes on a daily basis, the bill can become outrageous at the end of the month.

Of course, fruits such as apples and bananas are a great option for snacks on the go as they are cheap, nutritious and easy to carry around, but sometimes, it's not enough to satisfy our sweet tooth… 

Because we know you prefer to spend your money on nice dinners out, makeup or trips with your friends, we have gathered some easy, tasty and healthy snack recipes you can make at home and keep in your bag for when you are feeling a bit peckish.

1. Apple pie energy bites

2. Mocha no-bake cookies

3. Three-ingredient no-bake peanut butter oat squares

4. Chocolate oatmeal cupcakes to-go

5. Almond butter granola bars

6. Hazelnut and goji oat bars

7. Blueberry banana muffins

8. Tropical white chocolate energy bars

9. Healthy raspberry lemon mini muffins

10. Key lime pie energy bites

 

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So the diet's been going well all day, until 3pm hits and all thoughts of healthy eating go out the window. You're in the mood for chocolate and those biscuits in the cupboard are looking mighty tempting.

When you've got a craving, it can be hard to ignore – but you don't necessarily have to eat something high-fat or high-sugar to satisfy it.

Here are a few suggestions of snack ideas to satisy each and every craving type.

1. The sugar craving

What you want: Something sweet. Haribo jellies, cake, whatever – just give me the sugar.

What to snack on: Tangy fruits contain natural sugars which are better for your body than processed and refined ones. Try some fresh pineapple for a real sweet hit, or some low-fat yoghurt with granola and berries. If you want something more substantial, frozen yoghurt is a great low-fat option – just stick to plain rather than flavoured yoghurt and choose healthier toppings like fruit and nuts.

2. The chocolate craving

What you want: Dairy Milk, Galaxy, last year's Easter egg, basically anything containing delicious cocoa. 

What to snack on: A square or two of dark chocolate is far lower in fat and will satisfy you more quickly than milk or white chocolate. Stick to chocolate with at least 70% cocoa. A chocolate covered rice cake only contains around 60 calories so is another great healthy option. If you're after something really moreish, try light chocolate regular milk or soy milk.

3. The salt craving

What you want: McDonalds or a messy Chinese takeaway. MSG please!

What to snack on: Pistachios will still satisfy your salt cravings and they contain more antioxidants than other nuts. Plus, having to crack open a shell each time means you can't mindlessly eat three handfuls without realising. Pita chips and popcorn are other low-fat salty snacks that will get you through the worst of any craving!

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Here are five yummy and healthy snacks, that will help keep you focused at work, but also stop your stomach from rumbling too.

Popcorn

Nowadays, there is plenty of selection when it comes to popcorn. But in order to ensure you’re keeping healthy, it’s a good idea to make your own batch the night before. That way you’ll know how much salt and oil is actually in your favourite popped snack.

Hummus and Veggies

Hummus is a great afternoon snack as its low in calories, a great way to help eat your daily dose of veg and also filling.

Dark chocolate

Dark chocolate is not only low in calories, but because of its strong taste, it can help with portion control. It also has been proven to help improve your blood flow and even protect your skin.

Veggie chips

The healthy alternative to crisps. Veggie chips are lower in fat, but there is also so much choice when it comes to flavours. You’re guaranteed to find something you love.

Bag of fruit and nuts

Filling, delicious and guaranteed to keep you going till lunchtime.

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There’s nothing worse than the feeling we get after overindulging. It can make us feel bloated, sluggish and hopeless.

If you’re tired of feeling this way and want to start the New Year with a clean slate, take a look at the feel-good snacks below.

Get some protein into you.
The right amount of protein can help you feel fuller than most carbs and it’s better for you. Greek yoghurt and cottage cheese are both great sources of protein and energy.

Replace Tayto with popcorn.
Popcorn is a great alternative for crisps. It’s a low-calorie snack that will keep you going without having to feel bad after.

Stack up on vegetable sticks.
You can chop up some carrots and bring them with you to college or work. The more healthy food you have easily available, the less likely you are to eat junk food.

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The less junk you eat, the less you crave it but if you’re not used to eating healthy foods to begin with, how can you possibly resist?

Here are a few healthy snacks you can have while you’re on the go:

Hard-boiled eggs
This is a quick and inexpensive way to get a healthy dose of protein in you.

A nutty banana treat
The classic banana and peanut butter combo never fails. Put some peanut butter on a rice cake and then top it up with a few slices of banana.

Hummus dippers
Slice up some celery, carrots or your favorite veg so you can enjoy this tasty heart-friendly dip wherever you go.

Fruit-and-cheese sticks
There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a good childhood recipe at times. Stack a few grapes and cheese squares onto a toothpick.

Protein bars
This is always a good healthy snack. The only downfall is you might come across a not-so-healthy protein bar. Your best bet is to cook up a recipe at home.

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Sugar cravings are the bane of every diet attempt. With these healthy snacks, you can conquer your cravings once and for all.

Apples
Since apples are naturally sweet, they are a great substitute for junk food and sweets. You can easily carry them around with you. They will also make you feel full because of their fibre content.

Cinnamon
It doesn’t have to be Christmas for you to enjoy this spice. Eating this miracle worker can stop the blood sugar spikes that make you have sugar cravings.

Tomatoes
Not the sweetest thing in the world, but tomatoes actually help fight sugar cravings. Since they’re high in serotonin (the reason you have cravings at all), you can trick your brain into thinking your sugar cravings have been satisfied.

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