New Easy Low Cal Eats, Drinks and Treats
By Trudi Purdy, wlr team
Deciding to lose weight doesn't mean you have to ditch anything from your diet if you're calorie counting. As long as you're within your calories, a little bit of what you fancy can help stave off the diet doldrums.
But, if you can swap some of your favourite foods for lower calorie versions then, why not?
We've found some lower calorie alternatives for you that mean you can still have things like pizza, cheese and crisps. Take a look at these . . .
Dr Oetker Beetroot Based Ham & Vegetable Pizza
This pizza is just 743 for the whole thing! Share it and you can enjoy half a pizza that has got rave 5-starreviews for just 371 cals. Not bad for an indulgent treat.
The reviews say things like:
It was one of the nicest shop bought pizza’s I’ve had. Base was nice and firm and crispy (even biscuity) lots of topping with lots of flavour.
First time of trying this wonderful pizza, I added tuna and olives (on my half) I’ll be stocking up next week.
We buy this very tasty and chewy pizza every grocery trip!
Here’s the nutritional information for half a pizza:
|Dr Oetker Beetroot Based Ham & Vegetable Pizza||371.5 cals||17g||39g||13g|
Dr Oetker Spinach Based Broccoli& Mushroom Pizza
Another different base from Dr Oetker, and another hit with consumers. This one is 696 calories for the whole thing. The reviews say:
Wonderful new pizza from Dr Oetker, with a light and crisp innovative spinach base. Tastes delicious, and finally a decent choice for veggies!
Really enjoyed this pizza - recommend it if you want something 'slightly' healthier!
I was very interested to try this as a treat - I am diabetic and vegetarian. It was delicious and filling.
Here’s the nutritional information for half a pizza:
|Dr Oetker Spinach Based Broccoli & Mushroom Pizza||348 cals||14g||37g||16g|
Muller Light Limited-Edition Yoghurts
There’s a couple of new flavours available for a limited time. There’s a fat free salted caramel latte flavour, lemon tart flavour, blueberry muffin flavour and then a summer collection that has raspberry & peach and redcurrant & blackcurrant flavours in it.
|Salted Caramel Latte||80 cals||<0.5g||10.4g||7.84g|
|Lemon Tart||76.8 cals||<0.5g||10.08g||7.68g|
|Blueberry Muffin||81.6 cals||<0.5g||10.72g||7.84g|
|Raspberry & Peach||81.6 cals||<0.5g||11.2g||7.84g|
|Redcurrant & Blackcurrant||80 cals||<0.5g||10.88g||7.84g|
Quaker Oats So Simple
Quaker have created some new flavours for their Oats So Simple porridge range. Some of these sound amazing!
- Apple & Cherry
- Apple & Blueberry
- Sultanas, Raisins, Cranberry & Apple
- Summer Berries
- Banana & Strawberry
- Strawberry, Raspberry & Cranberry
Porridge is a great breakfast. It helps to keep you fuller for longer, it’s full of fibre and generally not to high in calories. Check out the nutritional info (with 180ml semi-skimmed milk):
|Apple & Cherry||215cals||5g||33g||9.0g|
|Apple & Blueberry||221 cals||4.9g||33g||9.6g|
|Sultanas, Raisins, Cranberry & Apple||223 cals||5.2g||34g||9.1g|
|Summer Berries||212 cals||5.2g||31g||9.0g|
|Banana & Strawberry||213 cals||5.2g||32g||9.0g|
|Strawberry, Raspberry & Cranberry||209 cals||5.3g||31.2g||9.3g|
Jacobs Cracker Crisps Thins
If you are looking for a low cal snack, the Cracker Crisps range are all less than 120 cals a pack. There are three flavours:
- Salt & Pepper
- Thai Sweet Chilli
- Cheddar & Roasted Onion
These little cracker thins are very moreish with a decent crunch. If crisps are your downfall when it comes to dieting, these would make a great alternative because they’re baked rather than fried. The Thai Sweet Chilli flavour got the best reviews with people saying they enjoyed the kick of the chilli.
|Salt & Pepper||119 cals||4.8g||16.5g||2.1g|
|Thai Sweet Chilli||119 cals||4.8g||16.4g||2.1g|
|Cheddar & Roasted Onion||120 cals||4.9g||16.1g||2.3g|
Skinny Syrup Whipped Foam Toppers
We’ve highlighted Skinny Syrups from Jordan’s before but, not they have these whipped foam toppers to add to your coffees, hot chocolate and frappes. They are all zero calorie, carb and sugar and give your drink that extra something. These are only available online, but the flavours sound amazing!
- Salted Caramel
- French Vanilla
- Chocolate Peppermint
- Christmas Cookies
- Pumpkin Caramel
- Maple Bourbon
- Pumpkin Spice
- Birthday Cake
- Unicorn (not sure what this would taste like!)
- Vanilla Collagen (hmmmm!)
The Food Doctor Rice Goodness Pots
These pots of rice are quick to prepare, made with natural ingredients, high in fibre, a good source of protein, vegan friendly, gluten free and, at under 250 cals a pot, they won’t break the calorie bank. They would be great for lunch, or even a snack if you have enough of a calorie allowance.
There are two flavours: Mexican Style Rice & Beans and Indian Style Rice & Lentils. Here are the nutritional facts if the pots are made up as directed:
|Mexican Style Rice & Beans||244 cals||1.9g||44.1g||8.2g|
|Indian Style Rice & Lentils||232 cals||1.6g||40.6g||9.7g|
Shore Seaweed Puffs
These snacks are all less than 100 calories a pack and are, as the name would suggest, made from seaweed. Made with Wick coast seaweed, they contain a unique source of nutrients, antioxidants, electrolytes, vitamins and minerals, so your diet is easily boosted with protein, fibre, calcium, iron, iodine and vitamin C.
The reviews are really mixed with some people saying Shore Seaweed Puffs leave you with an incredibly dry mouth and are a little tasteless, whereas others give them 5 stars and say they are an absolutely amazing snack. I guess you’re going to have to try them and make your own minds up.
There are four flavours:
- Salt & Balsamic Vinegar
- Sweet & Smoky
- Thai Chilli
- Lime, Chilli & Coconut
Let us know what you think.
|Salt & Balsamic Vinegar||95.4 cals||3.6g||14.7g||1.2g|
|Sweet & Smoky||94.3 cals||3.6g||14.3g||1.3g|
|Thai Chilli||94.9 cals||3.6g||14.4g||1.3g|
|Lime, Chilli & Coconut||94.8 cals||3.6g||14.2g||1.3g|
Ilchester Cheddar Snacking Portions
If you are a cheese lover, these little 19g snacking portions might be just what you need. They come in packs of 12 and each portion is less than 100 calories. Just make sure you don’t add in a load of crackers to go with these little portions, that will soon ramp up the calories. Add a few grapes and you’ve got yourself a great little snack.
The flavours are:
- Red Leicester
- Mature Cheddar
- Applewood Smoked
Pot Noodle Asian Street Style
Are you a noodle lover? Then these new Asian street style rice noodle pots might be right up your street. The rice noodle range taps into the huge trend for world food flavours and popular street food dishes. It should also appeal to health-conscious shoppers, as each pot is low in fat and under 250 calories. They’re still made the same way as the original pot noodles so are ready in minutes.
There are four new flavours - Vietnamese beef pho, Thai red curry, Malaysian Laksa and Japanese miso noodle soup.
|Vietnamese Beef Pho||206 cals||1.1g||42.6g||4.7g|
|Thai Red Curry||243 cals||2.4g||47.6g||6.1g|
|Malaysian Laksa||249 cals||2.7g||49.0g||5.3g|
|Japanese Miso Noodle Soup||192 cals||1.0g||39.8g||4.4g|
New Low Cal Coca Cola Flavours
Coca Cola have brought out a few new flavours in their diet and Zero range. There’s Coke Zero Peach, Diet Coke Twisted Strawberry and Diet Coke Mango.
They’re all zero sugar and less than 5 calories for 250ml.
I’ve tried the mango version and loved it. It gave it a bit of a twist. Other, steadfast Diet Coke lovers in the office weren’t quite so keen. It seems all of the new flavours have mixed reviews.
With Coke Zero Peach, the general consensus is that this has an overpowering taste of peach and leaves a bit of a laundry/detergent aftertaste.
And the Diet Coke Twisted Strawberry was deemed very too sweet by most, but definitely tasted of strawberries.
You can keep track of how your diet is going and get lots of new food ideas with the Weight Loss Resources online diary. Try it free for 24 hours.