Having spoken to friends and other members about the new Smartpoints Plan, it seems like the thing we are finding the most difficult to adapt to is the lack of chocolate! As the new plan focuses on getting you to reduce the amount of sugar you are eating, it has meant that some of our favourite chocolate snacks have dramatically increased in smartpoints. I was fuming when I found out that a Crunchie now has 11 smartpoints!
There are basically two solutions to this problem:
1. Carry around chicken breasts (2sps) or Heck Sausages (1sp for 2!) as snacks
2. Find some lower point snacks which satisfy our sweet cravings
As much as I love chicken and sausages, I can’t really see myself eating them as snacks, so I’ve decided to focus on option no. 2. I have been testing out different snacks and I thought I’d share my research so far with you. I’ve broken the snacks into several categories:
Free – For when you are absolutely desperate for something sweet but lack smartpoints
- 0sps – Teapigs Liquorice & mint tea bags – Not the cheapest tea bags I’ve ever bought but definitely hit the spot when you have a sweet craving, and for those of you who don’t like liquorice there are the plain Peppermint tea bags.
Low – For when you don’t want to blow a lot of points but you need something sweet/chocolatey
- 2sps for 1- Snack a Jacks Jumbo chocolate chip low fat rice cakes – Defintely not as good as chocolate itself, but getting there
- 2sps – 15g Metcalfe’s Skinny Topcorn – Sweet ‘n Salt – Quite filling and you get that sweet hit but obviously not chocolate!
Risky/Not enough – Low in points but can I trust myself to just eat 1 or 2?
- 2sps for 1 – Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Miniatures – A quick hit but can leave you wanting more and with 9sps for 4 of these they are definitely risky
- 2sps for 1 – Reese’s Mini sticks – Very tasty – A little bit better for smartpoints as they go up in 2s but dangerous as they are not individually wrapped
- 4sps for 1 – Mini Crunchie – That sugar hit, but could I resist eating a whole bag?
Higher but more satisifying
- 4sps for 1/2 a pack (25g), or 7sps for a pack (50g) – Metcalfe’s Skinny Corncakes (mini size) – These are definitely my favourite at the moment as you feel like you are getting a decent amount of chocolate taste for your points.
In conclusion – the search continues for a satisfying sweet snack that is also low in points. Most of the time I find myself drinking the tea and eating Metcalfe’s Skinny Topcorn as it uses up the least points and is the most filling.
Please feel free to comment if you have come across any good sweet snacks that are low in smartpoints, or ask me if you need to know where to buy any of these things.