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A nice bit of crumpet – and other yummy snacks

July 6, 2012

Crumpets and Boursin

I’ve been asked about how I managed to lose weight last year and then keep it off. I’ve already written about the WeightWatchers iPhone app and fact I switched to eating dark chocolate.

Another thing that worked for me was to find snacks that were yummy and tempting yet relatively low in ProPoints (or syns in Slimming World speak).

I’m not very good at banning snacks completely. If I don’t eat when I’m peckish then I get hungry and then I can’t resist getting something sugary from the chocolate machine or cafe in the building where I work.

One of my favourite snacks is a toasted crumpet with Boursin (soft cheese with garlic). This is filling and garlicky and great if I fancy garlic bread. Depending on the brand of crumpet and the quantity of Boursin, this snack is about 3 ProPoints. One way of limiting the quantity of Boursin is to buy the packs of six 16g portions and spread half a portion on your crumpet.

If I’m in the mood for something cool and refreshing, I’ll have a Fab ice lolly (2 ProPoints) rather than having a Magnum.

And I always have some combination of the following snacks stashed at home, in my handbag, in my desk drawer and in the glove compartment:

  • Fruit (0 ProPoints)
  • 14g snack boxes of raisins (1 ProPoint)
  • Alpen Light cereal bars (2 ProPoints)
  • Packets of 3 Jaffa Cakes (4 ProPoints but worth it!)
  • Pom Bear crisps (3 ProPoints)
  • Dark chocolate with 70% cocoa solids (3 ProPoints for 20g)
  • Small portion of nuts (e.g. 23 almonds = 4 ProPoints)

I have these things instead of other snacks (e.g. cake, biscuits, Mars Bar, dorritos). I can’t give up snacks altogether but it is possible to opt for ‘healthier’ options without having to stick to carrot sticks!

Here are some other tips I’ve found useful:

Weight Watchers foods are not the only low-point option
Other brands do ‘light’ or ‘healthy’ ready meals, snacks and sandwiches that are worth checking out.

Make Chinese-style food using lots of veg, prawns, sachet of sauce and Uncle Ben’s Express Rice
Very yummy and much lower in ProPoints than a takeaway! My other half came up with this idea and it works really well. You can also do this with noodles instead of rice. And for a vegetarian option, replace the prawns with cashew nuts which have been browned in a dry frying pan.

It is worth weighing high carb stuff to keep portion size sensible
When I started WW, people said, “Watch out – you’ll have to weigh everything.” But I don’t really bother with most things, I tend to do stuff by eye (e.g. a quarter of a packet or whatever). But with pasta or breakfast cereal it is worth weighing stuff cos it makes a lot of difference in terms of points and it’s worth getting used to a sensible portion size. 60g of pasta is plenty, but I’m pretty sure I would have wolfed down twice that without noticing when I used to eat pasta without weighing it.

Find low point sandwiches
I eat shop-bought sandwiches most days at work and I’ve found that they can vary between 7 ProProints and more than twice that. So now I tend to stick to sandwiches in the 7-10 ProPoints range as this means I have points spare for an afternoon snack.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 6, 2012 4:26 pm

    Great post, some really good ideas I’ll have to try out. I’m a huge snacker too and like you’ve said, I just wouldn’t stick to anything if I couldn’t snack. I’ve done 12 weeks so far and it’s not been difficult yet so fingers crossed. Thanks for sharing.

    • July 6, 2012 9:43 pm

      Thank you very much! And well done for sticking with it for 12 weeks – I’ll be interested to hear how you get on.

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