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The Darling Snacks of May [Ideas]

This month I have been mostly snacking on…

  • Propercorn Smooth Peanut And Almond Popcorn – 4sp per 25g
    Very filling & satisfies my peanut butter cravings!

 

 

  • Crumpets – Sainsbury’s ones are 1 for 3sp & 2 for 5sp.
    Always a filling snack & you can either use points to top with peanut butter/marmalade etc or top for free with a mashed banana or Marmite

 

 

  • Wild West Original Beef Jerky – 3sp for 43g (1/2 pack)
    This meaty treat takes a while to eat as it’s so chewy which makes it a good evening watching tv snack.

 

 

  • WW Crispy Vegetable Straws – 2sp per pack.
    Very very moreish, not vegetably in the slightest, taste a bit like Walker’s French Fries.

 

Can you recommend any great snacks this month?

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Banoffee Baked Oats

These are a great low point/No Count snack or breakfast! They’re really quick and easy to make and you can bake them the night before and re-heat them in the microwave for a minute.

Yield:  1 portion/4 cake cases
WW SmartPoints:  6
WW No Count:  Free
Preparation time:  10 minutes
Cooking time:  35 minutes

Ingredients
40g porridge oats
1 egg
25ml skimmed milk
25ml sugar-free caramel syrup
1 banana

Method

1.  Pre-heat the oven to 180°C.

2.  Mash the banana (I use a potato masher, but a fork will be fine too)

3.  Mix in the oats, egg, milk & sugar-free caramel syrup.

4.  Spoon the mixture into silicon cake cases in a cupcake/muffin pan or silicon mould.

5.  Bake for 35 minutes until the tops are browned and the bottoms are no longer soggy.

6.  Remove from the cases/mould as soon as they are cool enough to handle to prevent them going soggy. (No one likes a soggy bottom!)

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Snack Search! Fibre One 90 Calorie – Salted Caramel Squares

Fibre One 90 Calorie – Salted Caramel Squares

Bought from:  Morrisons
Cost:  £1 for a box of 5!
WW Smartpoints: 4

Looks:  Looked really appetising with a lovely caramel drizzle but was quite a bit smaller than I was hoping (see photo comparison with the size of a pen!)
Smells:  Wasn’t synthetic, had a cakey caramelly smell
Taste/Texture: It was chewy & quite cakey and a little bit synthetic, fairly sweet

 

Conclusion:
I was really impressed to see these on offer in Morrisons – Nice to see something healthier on offer for a change and £1 for 5!  It is good that they are individually wrapped or they could be really dangerous 🙂 These had a much better flavour than some of the other low point snacks I have tried, but I think I’d prefer something bigger for 4SP.  If you want a low point snack that is salted caramel flavour but not too big this could be the snack for you!

Rating:  3/5

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October – My Fave Snacks

Here is a list of my current fave snacks which are either low in points or good value for points.  I’ve given the brands I tend to buy in brackets but obv. there are lots available!

 

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Jerky – High in protein, low in sugar and therefore low in points.  It is actually quite difficult to chew making it last a while and it tastes yummy!
Points:  1 serving/half a pack:  3 Smartpoints (Wild West)

 

 

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SF syrup – I add this to pretty much anything, examples this month include – baked oats, fruit, lemsip etc etc.  My favourite flavour is salted caramel but I’ve just invested in pumpkin spice.
Points:  0 Smartpoints! (Skinny Syrups – Best found in TK Maxx or online)

 

 

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Warburton’s Sesame Bagel thins – Make a great sandwich but also tastes like a burger bun!
Points:  4 Smartpoints

 

 

 

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Heck Sausages – As described in more detail in this previous post – Various great flavours,  such as chicken italia and smoky paprika and so low in points!
Points:  The chicken sausages = 1sp for 2 sausages or 2sp for 4 sausages (The pork ones etc are higher – so scan before you buy to avoid surprises!)

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A Cautionary Tale – Big points come in small packages

‘Treated’ myself to a packet of delicious peanut butter M&Ms for a flight yesterday. Assumed they wouldn’t be many points as it was only a 43g packet…..

The offending packet with a ruler for scale.

Big Mistake!!! When I got back on the Internet I scanned the barcode and to my absolute horror they were a whopping 12 Smartpoints! The best thing about Weight Watchers is of course that nothing is off the menu, but I was upset about having to use some of my weeklies for such a small treat!

My advice: Number crunch before you munch!!!

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Zero Hero Snacks to keep you busy between meals!

I was inspired to write this post by a lady at my Weight Watchers (WW) meeting today who said she was eating all her points but was still hungry.  The following is a selection of foods that I have found to keep me going throughout the day and distract me from using points.  If you are not a WW member then the following snacks will still be a healthy way to stay full throughout the day.

 

Fruit – The ultimate Zero Hero.
Much discussion about this at WW as some people do try to save points by eating loads of fruit but then end up putting on weight.  My leader recommends not eating more than your 5-a-day to try and avoid this.  The other thing you should try not to do is eat too much of one particular fruit.  Most ‘pieces’ of fruit count as one portion, or 80g is a portion.

fruits

 

 

Veg
I don’t find myself snacking on veg much these days, but I have gone through phases in the past, favourites include:
-Gherkins in vinegar
-Stir frying frozen peppers & onions and mixing them with passata and tabasco/soy sauce

gherkinsstir fry

 

 

Miso Soup
The packets of this that you just add boiling water to are available at most supermarkets.  It’s quite salty so you probably shouldn’t have too much and you should also check that the one you are buying works out as 0points as some of them have more…. Definitely fills me up!

miso

 

 

Sugar-free Jelly
Again, I go through phases of eating this.  You can add fruit or lemonade to make it a bit more interesting

jelly

 

 

Homemade ice lollies
With the summer coming up it’s the perfect time to put diet pop, blended fruit etc in moulds and enjoy a refreshing zero point snack!

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Please let me know if you have any other good suggestions for 0 point snacks that we can share?

 

 

Photos here are stock pictures.

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The Sugar Tax – On my brain! [Snacking Solutions]

I wanted to write  a further post about my experimentation into eating less sugary treats and finding alternatives.

Since I noticed on Instagram that a lot of people were enjoying Quest protein bars etc on the new WW Smartpoints plan, I hoped I would find that I felt better after eating them than when I ate chocolate.

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The difference has been quite striking!  I even took a large bag of Green & Black’s mini chocolate bars to a foodbank as I felt they were a ‘waste’ of points and that maybe someone else could get more out of them. I don’t miss chocolate half as much as I thought I would!

Having had some success, I decided to do some research into the science of eating sugar.  According to this very interesting video (check it out!) – although it doesn’t affect the brain as violently as other stimulants such as drugs or alcohol, consuming sugar does also release dopamine into your body.  Urban Dictionary’s very unscientific definition of dopamine: ‘The kick ass chemical in your brain that makes you feel and do happy things…’.   According to the video, unlike most foodstuffs, where the dopamine levels out when you eat them repeatedly, this does not happen with sugar, therefore over consumption of it can have addictive effects on the brain.


All the times when I’ve turned to chocolate for comfort in times of trauma over the last few years – It was probably doing me a lot more harm than good both physically and mentally.  I find that protein bars keep me fuller for much longer and are less ‘moreish’.  I don’t even feel like eating sugary things a lot of the time now because I know it will just lead me to wanting more! I think given all of the evidence from both my own experience and the science behind it, trying to cut down sugar is definitely a good idea!