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Struggling with making healthy choices when it comes to snacking? We feel you.

The best way to swerve the temptation for mindlessly reaching for the first snack you see, whatever it might be, is to make sure your kitchen is fully stocked with nutritious staples that will leave you feeling fuller for longer.

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Add these buys to your shopping list and follow our expert recommendations on how to turn them into a variety of delicious snacks.

1. Nuts

"In terms of the healthy staples I always have in my own kitchen, nuts are high on the list," reveals nutritionist .

"Nuts are an easy way to add protein and good fats into your diet, whether you're eating them whole or via a spoonful of nut butter. Just be careful to choose a nut butter with no added sugar!"

Try: Almonds and walnuts with a piece of fruit. "The protein and fibre will balance out the sugar in the fruit, meaning it's released into the body more slowly," says Simpkin.

Or: Nut butter on rice cakes or spread onto a thick slice of apple. Nut butter also makes a great base for a tasty salad dressing – whisk together with oil, lemon juice and garlic.

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2. Cheese

Cheese is a great source of calcium and a key nutrient for healthy bones and teeth. It's also an easy way to add protein to your diet - protein is essential for building and repairing body tissue as well as strengthening bones, muscles and skin. Most cheese is high calories and fat, so a reduced-fat option will help to keep your snack on the lighter side.

Try: are 25 calories per portion, a source of calcium and protein and individually wrapped so you can pop one in your bag for a snack on-the-go. Enjoy with a handful of nuts or a slice of pear for added crunchiness.

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Or: Spread a cheese triangle on a digestive biscuit for a tasty mid-morning snack. Sprinkle a few seeds or chopped nuts on top for added goodness.

3. Greek-style yogurt

Higher in protein than natural yogurt, Greek yogurt is also a good source of calcium and can aid digestion.

Try: "Use it as a base for a nutritious breakfast smoothie or in homemade dips to serve with raw vegetables for a healthy grazing option," says Simpkin. Try whipping up this super easy , made with The Laughing Cow, and store in the fridge, ready to dip a celery stick into.

Or: For a sweet treat, top a small bowl of yoghurt with frozen berries or fruit compote.

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4. Chia seeds

"These tiny little seeds are an excellent source of protein, fibre and omega-3 fatty acids," says Simpkin.

"They also swell and retain water, helping you to feel fuller for longer.

Try: Make a tasty afternoon snack by mixing chia seeds and yoghurt, or sprinkle into your mid-afternoon smoothie. To tap into their goodness, soak them first until they look gelatinous (might take around ten minutes or so).

Or: Make your own energy balls at home using oats, flax seed, honey and a spoonful of chia seeds.

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5. Eggs

You can't go wrong with a hard-boiled for an on-the-go snack. Eggs are also packed full of high-quality protein, iron, vitamins and minerals, while being low in calories and fat.

Try: Enjoy a couple of sliced hard-boiled eggs sprinkled with salt and pepper when those hunger pangs strike.

Or: Use your eggs to make a batch of easy-to-grab mini savoury muffins using things like feta, mushrooms, bacon or peppers.

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