As we all know trying to be healthier is harder than it seems, especially when you consider how inexpensive all the bad stuff is. So I’ve taken it upon myself to find some items that I can easily afford that are also ‘good’ for me.Less than 100 calories and less than 20p per portion in general.
Low Fat Pudding options
Meringue nests – with low-fat squirty cream (optional) or berries (optional again and recommend frozen berries as can just pick a handful / very small amount randomly) – Estimated calories – 50 to 100 depending on how liberal one is with the squirty cream. I have a new idea of meringue nests with ice cream broken up into a sundae glass to give a low fat version of a sundae. If using a sorbet or low fat ice cream or alternative this could be even more effective. I have been debating making smoothies and freezing them to turn them into a sorbet type thing to accompany the meringue.
Jelly – Made up to the instructions jelly is surprisingly yummy. 10 calories. This is another one that could, could be accompanied by squirty cream, but is delicious on its own.
Apple – 40-60 calories this one may seem obvious but apples are very yummy. Very very yummy, and at the moment M&S is selling them seven for £1.19 and they are pretty decent apples as well. Consequently they make my snacking list.
Low Fat Snack Options
Rice Cakes – 30 to 50 calories. I only eat one at a time. (Okay sometimes I splash out and have two, and occasionally I sprinkle paprika onto them or some other spice)
Carrot – 41 calories. One whole carrot preferably with the tail cut off and peeled but I’m not fussy. Some people like to dip it into things like hummus or various other salsas or whatnot but I’m happy to have it on its own.
On the topic of carrots as a low fat options one also has the choice of cucumber whether as sticks or as a chunk, and celery but both of these I find never last as well in the fridge as carrots and carrots tend to be cheaper where I am from. That and I really, really do not like celery. I eat it, but it is not a love of mine. Cucumber on the other hand is very, very yummy but one must take care not to eat it in large quantities as it is a natural laxative. Given a whole cucumber I am sometimes very tempted to eat it all in chunks.
I am going to try and think of more things, but at the moment this is what I am with. There is an argument for canned fruit but you pay more for it to not to be in syrup and I am not sure how easy it is to just eat half or a quarter of a can then leave the rest to stay fresh for another day…