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Tried and Tested: January Snacking

With clean-eating January nearly over (it feels like months not weeks) we thought we’d bring you a tried and tested that would help you maintain your healthy eating kick well past January being a distant memory.

Tried and Tested January

Yushoi Snapea Ricesticks

The office was delighted to see the appearance of calorie conscious snacks, especially for the post-Christmas dieters. At only 89 calories per serving this is the ultimate snack swap. The Soy and Balsamic Vinegar flavour tease your taste buds, almost reminiscent of childhood favourite- Chipsticks, while the Coconut and Chilli capture the flavours of a Thai curry without the calories. With snacks like this, we could easily kick the crisp habit. Flakes and crumbs do make these a little bit office unfriendly, but for those on a high protein diet will find this the perfect snack to complement it.

Overall rating 4/5

Fairfield Farm Lentil Lites

Another contender in the crisp arena, perhaps a little more conventional looking, these snacks are made from lentil flour and chickpea flour. Coming in at under 100 calories a pack, these are a great 11 o’ clock snack to keep you ticking over until lunch. The chilli lime flavour was a favourite and the blue cheese ones were well received too. A gluten free treat for all to enjoy. Although quite light, the potato starch and fibre in these do keep you full, but perhaps not best suited for a low carb lifestyle.

Overall rating 3/5

Clearspring Organic SeaVeg Crispies

These thin nori sheets are lightly toasted and seasoned with a little chilli to give it some kick, coming in at only 28 calories a pack. A different snack altogether, we crumbled them and used them as a salad topper, adding a depth of flavour to a tuna ni oise. Definitely a great companion for the person who snacks out of boredom due to the low calorie count and burst of flavours.

Overall rating 3/5

Orgran Super Trio Pasta & Quinoa Porridge

As a novice to the world of gluten free cooking (and eating), it was pleasantly surprising that it tasted the same as ordinary pasta. It took about 5 minutes to cook to al-dente which is a little faster than ordinary dried pasta, but the best part was that there was no carb crash after eating. The only small issue was that you can’t leave it to stand and cool in the colander without putting some oil on it because it’s a fair bit stickier than ordinary pasta.

The quinoa porridge made a delightful bowl for breakfast. Made like ordinary porridge, we used ordinary milk in ours, but it comes recommended to use nut milk to complement the flavours and of course toppings of your choice (chocolate and hazelnut spread was our choice). The only thing that we should warn is that the grain is quite thirsty so be prepared for using a little extra milk.

Overall rating 4/5

Heinz Soup

When the weather is so grey, cold and dreary a bright bowl of Heinz Tomato Soup seems to make everything right again. Bursting with flavour, this soup is the perfect lunch al desko. With only 94 calories in half a tin, less than 1% saturated fat and only two minutes to heat in the microwave it’s the perfect meal for those of us who ‘don’t have time’ for a proper lunch.

Overall rating 4/5

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