64 Fab Food Ideas that Won't Damage Your Diet
By wlr Contributor, Emma Crossick Foodie and Writer
At WLR we know that finding nice, interesting, things to eat when you’re trying to lose weight can be challenging enough to send you straight to your old fattening favourites.
There are days when you might look despairingly in the fridge, or flick through your healthy recipe book finding nothing that hits the spot. Or you may wish you had something different in the cupboard, perhaps longing for a tastier, more satisfying snack than what’s available!
That’s because boredom is beginning to set in. It comes as no surprise if you’re eating the same meals and snacks every day for weeks on end.
If you’ve worked hard to achieve your new body or you’re on your way to your weight loss goal, then you don’t want to ruin it by including the wrong foods in your diet. Equally you'll want to ring the changes and try some new tastes.
However, sometimes it’s tricky to know what foods are going to work best for you. To help you add some more interest to your meals and snacks we’ve found eleven new tasty treats which not only taste delicious, they won’t harm your calorie intake as long as you don’t overdo it.
All of these foods have been tried and tested so you can be sure of flavoursome food that’s kind to your body and won’t pile on the pounds.
Claudi & Fin
These frozen yoghurt lollies look really pretty in pastel pink, orange and yellow and the packaging is really cute! Choose from strawberry, mango or peach and apricot flavours at less than 31 calories each – the perfect treat for a hot summer’s day.
Available at Waitrose, Sainsbury and Morrisons.
Mango Per 55 ml Lolly
|Grams of Protein||0.7|
|Grams of Carbohydrate||3.4|
|Grams of Fat||1.4|
|Grams of Fibre||0.1|
Peach & Apricot Per 55ml Lolly
|Grams of Protein||1.7|
|Grams of Carbohydrate||3.9|
|Grams of Fat||1.4|
|Grams of Fibre||0.1|
Strawberry Per 55ml Lolly
|Grams of Protein||1.7|
|Grams of Carbohydrate||3.8|
|Grams of Fat||1.4|
|Grams of Fibre||0.1|
Bannisters Naked Jacket Potatoes
Simply take a potato from the freezer and pop it in the microwave for around 4 minutes, add a topping and some salad on the side and you’ll have a healthy, low calorie meal ready in about 8 minutes max!
A pack of four potatoes is £1.69 and they’re available from Iceland.
Per potato (not including topping and salad)
|Grams of Protein||2.7|
|Grams of Carbohydrate||23.7|
|Grams of Fat||0|
|Grams of Fibre||3.2|
Onken Light and Fruity
Onken’s new range, ‘Light and Fruity’, is 0% fat and no added sugar. The passion fruit flavour is a lighter alternative with a real fruity blast of flavour.
Available at Asda in the chiller aisle.
Per 150g serving
|Grams of Protein||7.4|
|Grams of Carbohydrate||9.5|
|Grams of Fat||0|
Great name for these little pots of indulgence as you may want to keep them a secret from the rest of the family! Available in 2 flavours – chocolate raspberry with choc chips and triple chocolate with caramel – these pots of mousse are less than 90 calories a pop.
The perfect sweet hit for dessert. Available at Tesco and through Ocado.
Chocolate Raspberry per pot
|Grams of Protein||2.4|
|Grams of Carbohydrate||11.4|
|Grams of Fat||2.7|
Triple Chocolate per pot
|Grams of Protein||3|
|Grams of Carbohydrate||10.8|
|Grams of Fat||3.6|
There are quite a few low alcohol wines on the market for people who like a glass or two but are watching their waist lines. There’s not many (if any!) low calorie, full alcohol wines.
Slim Wine is changing all that with their zero sugar, zero carb, vegan friendly, low cal wines that are still 10% proof.
At 137 calories per 250ml glass, these wines definitely won’t break the calorie bank!
They are available online in:
- Slim Red
- Slim White
- Slim Super Sparkling
- Slim Pink Sparkling
Slim Wine were kind enough to send us some bottles to sample. We had the red, white and sparkling.
Slim Red – was reasonable to drink and had a nice aroma. One of the group, a seasoned red wine drinker, said it was a little thin but she would drink it again. Worth a try.
Slim White – A crisp wine that is nice cold.
Slim Super Sparkling – quite fizzy and refreshing. Good to drink on a hot summer’s day.
The inside scoop on these wines is that a major supermarket could soon be stocking them so watch this space!
Exclusive to Tesco, this vegan range of food includes ready-meals, pizzas and food-to-go.
Developed by Tesco’s executive chef, Derek Sarno, the range is available in 600 stores.
Examples of what’s available are:
Hoi Sin Mushroom Wrap
|Grams of Protein||10|
|Grams of Carbohydrate||60|
|Grams of Fat||10.2|
|Grams of Fibre||5.9|
|Grams of Protein||17.2|
|Grams of Carbohydrate||67.2|
|Grams of Fat||11|
|Grams of Fibre||18.1|
Smokin' Pasta and Maze Ballz
|Grams of Protein||16.9|
|Grams of Carbohydrate||67.9|
|Grams of Fat||13.9|
|Grams of Fibre||11.6|
BBQ Mushroom Pizza
|Grams of Protein||16.9|
|Grams of Carbohydrate||77.8|
|Grams of Fat||14.5|
|Grams of Fibre||9.3|
Ben & Jerry’s
Yep, you read that right! Ben & Jerry’s are on our list. They have created a low calorie ice cream in two delicious flavours!
The two flavours are chocolate cookie dough and caramel cookie fix with salted caramel swirl. And at less than 132 cals for two scoops, dessert time (or any time!) just got better!
Chocolate Cookie Dough Per 100ml (2 scoops)
|Grams of Protein||2.8|
|Grams of Carbohydrate||21|
|Grams of Fat||4.1|
Caramel Cookie Fix Per 100ml (2 scoops)
|Grams of Protein||2.2|
|Grams of Carbohydrate||20|
|Grams of Fat||4.3|
TRKG Healthy Living
If you fancy flavoured syrup in your favourite coffee at home, it doesn’t add very many calories (about 16 cals per serving) but wouldn’t it be great if it was less than 1 calorie per serving, reduced sugar and vegan friendly to boot?
TRKG Healthy Living provide exactly that! They supply Jordan’s syrup who also do low calorie cocktail mixers and their own brand syrups – great for bakes, cakes and drinks.
The syrups come in at 1 calorie per 100ml but a squirt in your coffee is only 30ml so less than one calorie for all that gorgeousness!
You can make your coffee incredibly indulgent, without the guilt, with flavours like:
- Peppermint Mocha
- Maple Bourbon Pecan
- English Toffee
- Salted Dark Chocolate Espresso
The cocktail mixers just need you to add ice and the relevant alcohol. A bit more calorific than the syrups because of the alcohol but, compared to readymade cocktail mixes, it’s vastly reduced.
- Jose Cuero Ready Mixed Margarita 210 cals 150ml
- Jordan’s Margarita Skinny Cocktail Mix and 1 tequila shot 93.4 cals total 125ml
The cocktail mixes are available in:
- Skinny mix and alcohol 125ml 93.4 cals
- Readymade 1 can (300ml) 456 cals
- Skinny mix and alcohol 87.5 cals
- Readymade 1 can (250ml) 257 cals
- Skinny mix and alcohol 125ml 93.4 cals
- Readymade 1 can (180ml) 210 cals
- Skinny mix and alcohol 125ml 92.7 cals
- Readymade 200ml can 456
So cocktails could be back on the menu even if you’re trying to lose weight!
Pure Bite Grab & Go Snacks
Pure Bite Grab & Go Snacks from Bite UK were launched September 2017.
You’ll only be able to get your mitts on them by going to www.myvitamins.com or www.musclefood.com for the time being though.
We do have some insider gossip for you. Bite UK is currently in negotiations with an undisclosed supermarket, so watch this space!
Free from gluten, dairy and preservatives, these grab and go snacks are high protein and fibre.
There is a choice between nut clusters, coconut clusters and popped rice clusters.
Two flavours are low in calories.
|Blueberry & Cranberry (20g bag)||80|
|Strawberry & Gojiberry (20g bag)||83|
The general consensus for these two flavours was the Blueberry & Cranberry should be avoided. These were very, very sweet and a bit ‘claggy’. Only one of the team said he enjoyed them and would have them again.
The Strawberry & Gojiberry were enjoyed much more by the team. A good strawberry taste, a satisfying crunch and sweet enough to hit the spot. These definitely came top out of the two low calorie offerings.
The rest of the range got a mixed reaction.
Hot & Spicy Nut Clusters 30g Bag 178 cals
- Quite spicy
- A little overpowering
- Nice kick
- Good texture and satisfying
Crunchy Coconut Clusters Coconut & Strawberry 30g Bag 364 cals
- Really high in calories
- Far too sweet
- Reasonably delicate coconut flavour
- Couldn’t taste the strawberry
- Wouldn’t be able to eat too many (Could be a good thing judging by the cals per bag!)
Nut Clusters Almond 30g Bag 168 cals
- A great almond taste
- Satisfying crunch
- Really yummy and a great snack
- Not too sweet
- Satisfying nutty flavour
These snacks are high fibre and protein so could be good for keeping you fuller for longer. However, at £1.49 a bag, a little expensive for adding to your lunch box. Maybe as a special treat once in a while or on heavy training days.
Drink Me Chai Latte
Launched in July 2017, there are two new flavours to choose from – vanilla and spiced.
They are free from gluten, dairy and sugar. Sweetened with a blend of Stevia and natural flavourings.
|Spiced, per 15g serving made with water||68|
|Vanilla, per 15g serving made with water||83|
At 68 calories per cup, they may well make a great alternative to your normal Chai Latte.
We tried both flavours in the office. The problem is that none of us drink Chai Latte so we didn’t really have anything to base our taste tests on.
We found both drinks very, very sweet with an overpowering taste of perfume. A definite no from our Latte Drinker, she wouldn’t swap her skinny latte.
If, however, you are a Chai Latte convert, at less than half the calories they could be a great alternative for you.
Waitrose LoveLife Calorie Controlled Range
This supermarket seems to have managed a really well received range of low calorie meals, soups and desserts with a few snacks and even flours thrown in for good measure.
Most of the range has had good reviews and come up with at least 3 stars.
- 17 meals (lunch or dinner)
- 5 soups and cup a soups
- 14 snacks and food to go
- 3 flours
- 2 breakfast cereals
We’ve picked the items with more than four stars to highlight for you.
Green Thai Chicken Curry with Rice 394 cals per meal
We keep these as a staple lunch time meal. Super quality and filling without loading calories...what more can you want?
Pulled Ham Hock In Mustard Sauce 302 cals per meal
A very handy ready meal when needing something quick. I also freeze them for use when either one of us is going out for a meal and the other needs something just for one.
Celeriac, Spinach, Crème Fraiche & Herb Fresh Soup 105 cals per serving
This was the first time or tried this soup but I thought I'd give it a go as it was on special offer. It was very tasty, was lovely and creamy and didn't taste like a calorie controlled soup in the slightest. I'd definitely buy it again!
Belgian Chocolate Frozen Yoghurt 74 cals per serving
We have bought several tubs of this flavoured yogurt over the last few months and it is very popular as the tub soon empties. An excellent product with a good chocolate flavour and low calories too.
Lightly Salted Reduced Fat Crinkle Cut Crisps 121 per serving
These are super crunchy and just salty enough without that greasy feeling. Love them!
Unsalted Reduced Fat Crinkle Cut Crisps 122 cals per serving
Some excellent meals, desserts and food to go to choose from with some really good reviews. Well done Waitrose!
Feta & Lemon Quinoa Salad 248 cals per meal
Tasty and low in calories, great for a calorie controlled lunch.
Natural Frozen Yoghurt 75 cals per serving
Very nice indeed. Great with fresh or stewed fruit.
Raspberry & Blackberry Frozen Yoghurt 63 cals per serving
A seriously flavourful and delicious frozen yogurt without the calories. If you love summer fruit then this is for you.
Keralan Chicken Biryani 345 cals per meal
I can't believe this is only 345 calories. It is indeed scrumptious. Thank you Waitrose, please keep making more meals like this :)
Harissa Chicken & Tabbouleh Salad 264 cals per meal
I bought the Harissa Chicken Salad for my lunch. It was absolutely delicious and the dressing added a lovely lemony zing.
Special Choice Rice & Wheat Cereal 114 cals per serving (without milk)
I buy this product all the time, even take a box on holiday with me, I love them have even been known to eat them without milk, when I'm feeling a little nibbley. . . mmmm scrummy.
Three new flavours of Ugly Water have been launched. Zero calorie, carbs and fat, the flavoured fizzy water is now available in:
- Triple Berry
We tested the original Lemon & Lime flavour as we couldn’t find the new flavours. It smelt full of promise – very fruity and flavoursome.
However, not one of the team would drink more than a mouthful.
In fact, one team member said the name suited it! She said,
‘I really wanted to enjoy it because I was really thirsty and didn’t have any other colds drinks in the office. It tasted very sour, like diluted vinegar without the acidity.’
At £1.49 a can, our team thought it was very expensive for something that, frankly, just wasn’t nice.
WKD Low Cal Alcopop NKD
WKD has gone NKD with their launch of two low calorie flavours.
- Blueberry & Elderflower
- Lemon & Lime
Both have 95 cals per 275ml bottle and 6.6g of carbs. Alcohol volume is 4%.
We sampled both of these in the office. (it’s a hard job but someone has to do it right?) Don’t worry, because of the low alcohol volume and sharing a bottle between us, we weren’t intoxicated!
The boss really enjoyed the Blueberry & Elderflower flavour. So much so, she took what was left in the bottle to sip throughout the rest of the afternoon.
She’s not normally an alcopop drinker, preferring a good wine or a Bacardi and diet coke on occasion.
However, she said the blueberry flavour made it similar to wine.
The rest of the team weren’t as sold on this flavour. One said the elderflower taste was a little too overpowering.
The Lemon & Lime flavour was a different story!
This was light and refreshing and we felt it could make a great low calorie alternative to the original WKD flavours if you are watching the calories, especially for sunny afternoon drinking.
The cider drinker of the team didn’t concur, but that’s not really surprising eh?
Aldi – Featherweight Wine
‘Really pleasant and light’ ‘Very drinkable – the colder the better’ ‘Easy drinking’ ‘How much???’
These were the comments when the team tried this low calorie Sauvignon Blanc.
The back of the bottle says it is made with a Sauvignon Blanc from Chile. Fresh and zesty with aromas of gooseberry and mint leaf.
At just 55 cals for a 125ml glass and only £2.99 a bottle, this is a winner!
There are whispers that there are other wines in the Featherweight range at Aldi but we could only find this one. We will keep hunting judging by the results for this taste test!
Monster Ultra Citron
If energy drinks are your thing, then the new Monster Ultra Citron could be for you with just 9 cals per 500ml can.
Per 100 ml
- Cals 2
- Carbs 1
- Sugar 0
- Salt 0.05
If you’re looking for a low cal energy boost, it does have the same amount of caffeine as two and a half Espresso shots.
Our resident energy drinker tried this one for us.
‘The initial citrus taste was really good but had a really strong aftertaste of sweeteners. I would normally drink a can of Monster but I couldn’t drink more than a couple of mouthfuls of this one.’
So not a winner then?
Produced by Mars (yes, the same people who make the full-on chocolate, caramel and nougat bars) these snack squares have no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.
Whole nuts, real fruit and dark chocolate make up the squares and there’s four in each packet, so you could share it if you wanted. No? Okay that’s cool!
These little blighters are not easy to find yet as they are so brand new but will be available in three different flavours:
- Apple, Peanut & Almond
- Blueberry & Almond
- Cranberry & Almond
We are really looking forward to giving these a try. At less than 160 cals per pack, they have the potential to be an excellent addition to your snack repertoire.
|Apple, Peanut & Almond||157|
|Blueberry & Almond||154|
|Cranberry & Almond||153|
If you manage to find these in the shop, let us know what you think by dropping us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
These little squares from Elsa Valentine and Tess Walker are about to hit the snack circuit.
They combine vegetables, coconut and almond to produce healthy, savoury snacks.
‘Most companies looking to create ‘healthy’ snacks take unhealthy ones, such as biscuits and crisps, and tweak formulations. We wanted to create something totally different.’
Suitable for vegans and vegetarians, they are 100% natural, Paleo and gluten dairy and grain free. But how do they stack up taste and calorie-wise?
|Flavour||Calories per 28g bag|
Comments from the team:
- A little cardboard-like in texture
- Really quite tasty
- Quite Moorish
- Not very appetising to look at so leave them in the resealable bag as you eat them!
|Flavour||Calories per 28g bag|
|Spinach & Coconut||169|
Comments from the team:
- VERY green!
- Strong smell of coconut.
- Could taste coconut but not sure spinach and coconut make a good combination.
- Didn’t enjoy these.
|Flavour||Calories per 28g bag|
Comments from the team:
- Great burgundy colour
- Vinegary smell
- Peculiar taste – maybe an acquired taste
Not the cheapest of snacks at £1.65 a bag but the best of the three were the butternut squash version. We really liked the idea of the reseal able packs but the beetroot and spinach flavours have stayed sealed since the taste test!
The team, with the help of nutritionist Sharmain Davis and Professional Masterchef winner Ash Mair, have created a range that is healthy, calories counted and on the table in around 4 minutes!
The meals are all less than 400 calories, have 3 of your 5 a day, and are high in protein and low in carbs to boot! At just £3.80 a pop they are a real win, win for busy people looking for a quick, healthy meal that won’t break the bank and take ages to prepare.
There are 6 cooked meals and 3 salads available. Although, not all Sainsbury’s and Waitrose have the full range.
The hot meals are:
- Malaysian Chicken 292 calories per pack, 33.8g of protein
- Pad Thai Chicken with zesty sauce 288.7 calories per pack, 33g of protein
- Middle Eastern Grilled Chicken 201.6 calories per pack, 29.7g of protein
- Kung Pao Chicken with zesty sauce 295.6 calories per pack, 34.6g of protein
- Singapore Chicken 227.2 calories per pack, 30.9g of protein
- Thai Red Stir Fry 249.7 calories per pack, 31.6g of protein
The salads are:
- Chicken & Veggie Salad with Thai Dressing 352.7 calories per pack, 40.3g of protein
- Chicken & Kale Rainbow Salad with zesty avocado dressing 376.5 calories per pack, 39.5g of protein
I tried the Pad Thai Chicken and, although it was a little smelly, it was quite tasty and reasonably filling, so a thumbs up from me. Although you may get a little bored with chicken if you had one of these for your evening meal every day so, maybe mix it up a little?
Live Clean™ from Muscle Food
Muscle Food have always been a company that is passionate about healthy eating, offering lean meats, snacks, supplements etc for those wanting to build muscle and train hard.
Now they are branching out and have a new range of ready meals called Live Clean™. Made from clean, wholesome ingredients, with no added sugar and nothing artificial, each meal is less than 500 calories (with some under 400). They are high in protein, have at least 3 of your 5 a day, have balanced carbs and healthy fats.
You order your meals online at http://www.musclefood.com/build-your-own-live-clean-bundle and the company deliver to you by the next day if you order before 7pm. If you have chosen something that takes a bit longer to prepare, it will let you know and you can also choose a date for delivery that is convenient for you. Delivery is £4.95 per order.
The meals are £4.95 each and are microwavable and freezable. There are 12 meals in the range including dishes like:
- Meaty Mac ‘n Cheese 471 calories per meal, 48.6g protein
- Spaghetti Ragu 417 calories per meal, 28.1g of protein
- Persian Lime Chicken 446 calories per meal, 55.6g of protein
- Veg Medley Burrito 344 calories per meal, 24.4g of protein
- Pulled Pork with BBQ Beans 485 calories per meal, 57.1g of protein
The Saucy Fish Co Frozen Range
The Saucy Fish Co has just brought out a brand new range of cook from frozen fish dishes that can be cooked in around 20 minutes.
Ranging from 109 cals to 223 cals per portion, these fish dishes are tasty, easy to cook, high in protein and good for you. Add to that the deliciously different sauces that come with the dish and you have a winning option for a mid-week meal.
The cook from frozen range includes:
- Salmon with Chilli, Lime & Ginger Dressing 199 calories per serving
- Sea Bass with Salsa Verde 223 calories per serving
- Smoked Haddock with Vintage Cheddar & Chive Sauce 109 calories per serving
- Salmon & Cod Fishcake with Hollandaise Centre 198 calories per serving
- Smoked Haddock Fishcake with Vintage Cheddar Centre 172 calories per serving
Team these with some delicious steamed vegetables and you have yourself a really healthy, low calorie and very tasty meal. These items, plus their chilled range, can be found in Budgens, Booths, Co Op, Ocado, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and Spar.
I tried the fishcakes, teamed up with some new potatoes, steamed broccoli and fine green beans. I am not a big fish fan but I would definitely have these again! They looked gorgeous before they were even cooked and tasted as good as they promised.
On the low cal drinks front, Zeo’s offering of sparkling fruit drinks have some interesting combinations. Choose from:
- Peach & Grapefruit (tastes like a Bellini) 24.7 calories per 225ml
- Cloudy Lemonade 22.5 calories per 225ml
- Cranberry & Raspberry 27 calories per 225ml
Made with spring water, botanical extracts and natural sweetener the three flavours range from 23 to 27 calories per 275ml serving and are available at Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Nisa. You can buy them in 750ml bottles or 330ml cans.
I tried the peach & grapefruit and cloudy lemonade flavours and enjoyed both. They were crisp and refreshing and would make a nice, occasional change from water.
Arla Protein Range
Foods that are higher in protein help to keep us fuller for longer but protein can be a little high in calories so being careful is key. When Arla brought out their high-protein range with 20% protein in each one, they had to be researched by the WLR team! I headed off to the local supermarket to find them.
The range includes yoghurts, snack pots, milk shakes and protein pots.
- Protein Snack Pot Mellow Vanilla 248.6 calories per pot
- Strawberry Protein 142 calories per pot
- Passion Fruit & Papaya Protein 130 calories per pot
- Protein Greens Mango, Kale & Lime Protein 140 calories per pot
- Blueberry Protein 144 calories per pot
- Raspberry Protein 142 calories per pot
- Tropical Protein 144 calories per pot
- Raspberry & Strawberry Protein Milk Shake 171 calories per bottle
- Mango Yoghurt Pouch 148 calories per pouch
- Strawberry Yoghurt Pouch 150 calories per pouch
The protein pots are very filling and a similar texture to mousse. I had one for my mid-morning snack and didn’t really feel hungry til much, much later.
The pouches are also really filling and convenient for food on the go. They have a nice flavour and good thick consistency but are a little difficult to ‘drink’ because of their thickness. Definitely worth considering having something from this range for breakfast to keep you going til lunch time!
Eat Real Snacks
When you’re trying to eat healthily but really want something savoury as a snack, choosing which one can be a bit of a minefield. Eat Real have a great range of snacks that are lower in fat, gluten free and suitable for Vegans and Vegetarians.
Their Hummus Chips have 40% less fat than normal crisps, the Lentil Chips and Veggie Straws have 30% less fat. There is quite a good range to choose from too.
- Hummus Chips in 4 different flavours at around 130 calories per serving and 4.8g of fat
- Quinoa Chips in 5 different flavours at around 165 calories per 28g serving and 8.7g of fat
- Quinoa Puffs in 4 different flavours at around 130 calories per 28g serving and 6.9g fat
They also have snack bars, nuts and veggie chips and straws. You can find Eat Real in most good supermarkets and see the full range at www.eatreal.co.uk
Inspired by Japan, Yushoi uses the natural goodness of vegetables and turns them into a range of baked snacks to help you keep on track with your healthy eating and weight loss.
Made with peas (yes you read that right, I said peas, bear with me) they are 50% less fat than their other snack counterparts and are high in fibre. Due to the pulse base, they are also a good source of protein. You can buy them at most good supermarkets and health food shops.
The range includes:
- Lightly Salted at 88 calories and 2.9g of fat per 28g portion (419 cals per 100g)
- Sweet Chilli & Lemon at 88 calories and 3g of fat per 28g portion (420 calories per 100g)
- Soy & Balsamic Vinegar at 88 calories and 2.9g of fat per 28g portion (417 cals per 100g)
- Smoky Salt & Pepper at 86 calories and 2.7g of fat per 28g portion (409 calories per 100g)
- Mild Green Curry at 87 calories and 3g of fat per 28g portion (415 calories per 100g)
I tried the lightly salted and sweet chilli flavours and really enjoyed both. Although I think I would choose the sweet chilli in the future as they had a bit more taste. Because they are puffed and baked you get quite a lot of bang for your buck when you weigh out a 28g portion and I found them satisfying as a snack. I would be interested in some of the other flavours.
Philadelphia Flip & Dip
These little pots of heaven are available in 3 delicious flavours – Sweet Chilli, Caramelised Onion and Salsa. Basically, it’s a pot of light Philadelphia with a topping drizzled over it. You do exactly what it says on the tin, flip and then dip! (Tip the pot onto a plate, release the vacuum by peeling off the foil on the bottom and it all tips out onto the plate for you.) Find them in the chiller cabinets in most good supermarkets.
I discovered Philadelphia with sweet chilli sauce on top at a party a few years ago so it’s great to see the actual product is now available. At around 50 calories a serving (30g), these pots make a great snack. I had the sweet chilli and caramelised onion flavours. Using carrot sticks instead of the usual tortilla made this a satisfying and indulgent snack that didn’t break the calorie bank.
- Flip & Dip Sweet Chilli 51 calories per 30g portion (171 cals per 100g)
- Flip & Dip Caramelised Onion 48 calories per serving (161 cals per 100g)
- Flip & Dip Mexican Salsa 46 calories per serving (155 per 100g)
Oreos may well be off the menu if you are trying to watch the calories and lose weight, but with these little beauties, they don’t have to be! Crisp and thin but still delicious and sweet, these biscuits will help satiate that craving but won’t cost you too many calories.
For just under 118 calories you can have 4 biscuits with your afternoon cuppa and there are 2 flavours to choose from. Oreo Original or Oreo Chocolate Thins. Who says you can’t have your biscuit and eat it?
Some people in the office felt that they would just eat the whole packet because they are so thin but I had 4 of the original flavour with my coffee yesterday afternoon and loved the fact I could have something that is quite often deemed ‘naughty’ but still be within my calorie allowance. You can find these in the biscuit aisle in most good supermarkets.
Hands up who loves a choccie biscuit? But at 84 calories PER BISCUIT it’s difficult to squeeze them in when you are counting calories. McVities to the rescue! Their Digestive Thins weigh in at around 31 calories per biccie.
Available in 3 flavours and in most good supermarkets, these little bits of indulgence are light and crisp with a decent amount of chocolate on them. As the name suggests, they are thin but still taste good. I even tried dipping them in my tea and they survived really well!
- Digestive Thins Dark Chocolate 32 calories per 6g biscuit (508 cals per 100g)
- Digestive Thins Milk Chocolate 32 calories per 6g biscuit (508 cals per 100g)
- Digestive Thins Cappuccino 31 calories per 6g biscuit (508 cals per 100g)
Not to be left behind, the makers of Maryland are also launching a new, thin cookie. They will be available in 2 flavours (milk & dark chocolate and salted caramel) in all good supermarkets. They promise to taste as good as the Maryland cookies do and will be a good alternative to the original cookie for anyone wanting a treat when they are watching their waistline. A normal Maryland cookie is 51 calories for a 10g biscuit. The new ‘thins’ will be around 39.5 cals per 8g biscuit. Looking forwar to trying these when they are available.
Muller Light Goodies
We’re really excited about these new low fat twin-pot yoghurt treats from Muller. Not only are they rich and creamy but they’re also good for your diet at an incredible 99 calories or less per pot! Designed as a twin-pot, they’re satisfying and delicious and make the perfect pick-me-up or a good addition to a lunchbox.
You can even enjoy chocolate too as two of the varieties comes with chocolate coated micro-balls which you dip into the accompanying yoghurt.
Flavours include strawberry yoghurt with white chocolate coated cereal balls, toffee yoghurt with milk chocolate coated cereal balls and lemon with egg-free meringue pieces.
Heck Chicken Italia Sausages
If you are partial to sausages but you worry about the fat content, try these Heck Chicken Italia sausages which are low in fat and made with basil, tomato and mozzarella.
These are ideal if you like Italian food, giving you the taste of Italy with a fraction of the fat as well as being gluten free.
Heck promises the finest quality ingredients. There are no concerns over calorie content either because each sausage contains only 36 calories – a fraction of what’s in an average sausage.
These sausages make a healthy, hearty and scrumptious meal for all the family, a new and exciting main course you can whip up in minutes.
Quorn Meat Free Chipolata Sausages
For those of you who prefer to avoid meat, these Quorn Meat Free Chipolatas should satisfy your taste buds without piling on the pounds.
They are an excellent vegetarian option and a great product for anyone to keep in the freezer to use on a ‘meat free’ night or a ‘just in case’ meal.
The chipolatas sausages are made with mycoprotein which is a meat substitute that is naturally low in fat but with a good quantity of fibre and protein. One chipolata is 53 calories and 2.9g of fat.
Try them on the BBQ this summer for a delightful chargrill flavour and serve with healthy green vegetables or a crisp side salad.
Sometimes all you want is a bag of crisps – without doing damage to your waistline. The good news is you can treat yourself every now and then with the right product.
These new Kettle Bites from Kettle Foods come in a variety of different flavours and can be purchased in singles or in multipacks. Choose from Maple Barbecue, Mozzarella & Pesto, Coconut Lime & Chilli or Sweet Chilli Lentil Curls. Each pack contains 97 calories per 100g with 3.1g of fat (a single bag weighs 22g).
Delicious Kettle Bites are baked, meaning they have 50% less fat than other crisps - and without msg or artificial flavours and colours they are an all-round healthier alternative.
Get Fruity Bars
These award-winning fruit-packed snack bars are perfect for all the family. Free from gluten and artificial flavours and colours they are even suitable for vegans.
The natural sweetness is derived from the fruit used in the bars and these bars are so good they tick off one of your 5–a-day essentials.
Combined with fruit and oat there are three different varieties to choose from: Apricot, Orange & Ginger, Mixed Berry and Strawberry. Get Fruity promises to keep you fuller for longer so a great choice and each one contains just 140 calories with 4.6g of fat.
Quorn Vegan Easy Range, Vegan-Free Meat Pieces & Hot Spicy Burgers
This Quorn range is easy to prepare and low in fat. The 4-pack burgers are ideal as a meat burger replacement and taste delicious grilled. The burgers contain just 118 calories each, so no problem if you want to eat one in a bun with some relish!
Quorn meat pieces are ideal for use in recipes as a meat substitute. They contain mycroprotein, low in fat and calories but high in fibre and protein. Expect 104 calories per 100g with 1.4 g of fat.
Whether you’re barbecuing or casseroling, both of these make delicious and nutritious meat-free meals for all the family to enjoy.
Bernard Matthews Cravers
Bernard Matthews’ Chicken Cravers are made out of pure chicken breast or turkey breast pieces and are very low in calories at 158 per 100g, however the fat content is 7g (higher than other products mentioned in this list).
Cravers are a poultry snack and come in a 60g snack pack which is ideal for lunch on the run or as a quick, light and tasty savoury bite.
Soreen Squidgy Cake Minis
If you can’t resist sweet temptations, then we might have the answer with these utterly divine Soreen Squidgy Cake Minis. These gorgeously tasty little cakes contain all the flavour you’re looking for but promise 60% less fat and 50% less sugar.
Supermarkets sell these in packs of five and each cake bar contains between 95 and 99 calories, with just 1.3 to 1.8 g of fat depending on the variety you choose. There are two tempting flavours, Rich Chocolate or Toffee and both have real pieces of chocolate or toffee to enjoy. So good, you’ll have to resist a second…!
Young’s Gastro Restaurant Quality Fish
Young’s Gastro range never fails to impress and for those of you who enjoy a good quality piece of fish which is filling and nutritious you will be delighted with the new products.
There are a variety of different dishes to choose from, including one of our favourites, Lemon & Herb Tempura Batter Basa Fillets. The products are responsibly sourced, so kind to the environment.
Each fillet contains 279 calories and 14g of fat and is made using healthier rapeseed oil, with a variety of herbs including basil, marjoram, oregano and thyme for an excellent flavour. Lightly battered in breadcrumbs, they are higher in calories than other food mentioned on this list but as a tasty treat they won’t harm your waistline when served with crispy fresh sautéed or stir fried vegetables.
Other products include flavoursome Young’s Gastro 2 Basa Fillets with Salt and Black Pepper, 276 calories per fillet with 12.2g of fat.
Eat Natural Light & Lovely Bar
These exceptionally indulgent bars contain a treasure chest of goodness and are full of fruity pieces including plums, red apples and seeds. High in fibre and low in calories their fat content is 4.8g per 100g and they make a tasty snack which will keep you satisfied for longer.
Suitable for vegetarians and gluten free they are a healthy addition to a lunch box and eaten in moderation will keep your waistline in check!
Kerry Low Low
Cheese lovers who are watching their weight will be delighted with the new gluten free Kerry Low Low mature cheddar spread. Simply pop it onto a piece of cracker bread or similar for a delicious, flavoursome snack or pop a few slices of cherry tomato on top and make a light lunch.
20g of this spread gives you only 41 calories of which you’ll find 2.9 g fat and it’s rich in calcium too with no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. This spread promises all the flavour with a fraction of the fat and makes a wonderful dip with crudités.
New Alpen Light Bars
Alpen is a trusted brand creating sumptuous high fibre food and snacks packed with great nutrition and full of what we like to call “the good stuff”. So when Alpen started to bring out their light range – we all whooped with delight!
They’ve just introduced two new snack bars, Light Banoffee and Light Jaffa Cake.
The Banoffee is a combination of banana with toffee drizzled with plain chocolate and at just 70 calories (7g fat per 100g) each there’s no reason not to try one.
The tangy Jaffa flavour is also 70 calories per bar (10g fat per 100g) and is created with orange, rolled oats and drizzled in divine dark chocolate.
Beware though – put these in the larder and they won’t last long, everyone will be clamouring to try them!
Oppo Ice Cream
Who said you can’t have ice cream because it’s fattening? You don’t need to stick with sorbet with Oppo; it’s the lighter option when it comes to this staple summer dessert.
That means there’s no need to stint on your favourite chocolate or vanilla ice cream because this one has all the flavour and half the fat. Those clever people at Oppo have combined traditional flavours with superfoods so you get a really healthy, low calorie, low fat dessert!
There are three new tubs to try;
- Salted Caramel with a Hint of Locuma
- Madagascan Vanilla With a Hint of Baobab
- Mint Chocolate Swirl With a Hit of Spirulina.
These flavours certainly add the WOW factor to low fat ice cream. Plus you don’t have to worry too much about calories, here’s the lowdown:
Salted Caramel With a Hint of Locuma (80 calories per 2 scoops, 3.9g of fat)
This dreamy ice cream is just the right amount of sweet with a dash of salt to sharpen your taste-buds, it’s also naturally sweetened so there’s no nasty after taste. Locuma is a Peruvian fruit and packed with antioxidants. Combined with coconut milk – this ice cream is absolutely mouth-watering.
Madagascan Vanilla with a Hint of Baobab (76 calories per 2 scoops, 3.8g of fat)
This ice cream is made using coconut milk with fresh vanilla pods and baobab, (which is a superfood rich in vitamin C, what the body needs for cell regeneration). It’s a luxurious ice cream for everyone to enjoy, whether calorie counting or not.
Mint Chocolate Swirl With a Hint of Spirulina (85 calories per 2 scoops, 3.8 g of fat)
This ice cream is made with mint, coconut milk and blended with Spirulina, a superfood rich in vitamins, minerals and protein. There’s no artificial sweetener either so you get a combination of luxurious indulgence with good-for-you ingredients.
Whoever heard of healthy ice cream? Well, it’s here – available from Waitrose and Occado.
The Giving Tree Fruit & Vegetable Crisps
If you’re a Crisp lover trying to ditch the habit then you’ll rejoice in The Giving Tree and their selection of 7 different flavours of natural fruit and vegetable crisps.
These little beauties are delicious, nutritious and importantly they are low in calories.
Choose from Broccoli, Pumpkin, Peach, Strawberry, Mango, Apple and Mixed Vegetable. Perfect to pop them in your bag for a workday snack.
Freeze dried and vacuum packed all the nutrition is kept inside and these are also preservative free so no nasty additives. They’re satisfyingly crunchy and tasty too.
With absolutely no frying involved at all, each pack contains between 70 and 110 calories and represents one of your 5 a day. They are available from some supermarkets and most health food shops.
Warburton’s Thin Bagels
Bagel lovers need not miss them anymore because bread specialists Warburton’s have brought out three new low calorie products, Thin Bagels!
Choose from Plain, Cinnamon & Raisin or Sesame and tantalise your taste-buds without putting on the pounds. Available from most supermarkets these are satisfyingly filling and delicious too.
The Plain variety is just 120 calories with 0.6g of fat and delivers all the flavour you’d expect from a regular bagel.
Cinnamon & Raisin is a sweeter option, made with real raisins and a smattering of spicy cinnamon; this one is just 130 calories with 0.6g of fat.
Finally the Sesame bagel is generously sprinkled with crunchy sesame seeds, and is only 130 calories with 1.7 g of fat.
Smear these with low calorie soft cheese and some oak smoked salmon for a filling lunch or serve with sweetcorn and tuna.
Squirrel Sisters Snack Bars
No need to reach for the forbidden biscuit tin with these tasty and nutritious vegan Squirrel Sisters snack bars. Available from most good health food shops, these bars are filling and packed with quality ingredients.
There are three flavours to choose from, Raspberry Ripple, Cacao Brownie and Coconut Cashew.
The Coconut Cashew is 91 calories per bar and made with raw, paleo-friendly ingredients, it’s also high fibre and gluten free.
The tangy Raspberry Ripple gives plenty of sweet goodness with no artificial flavours or ingredients, also high fibre, raw and paleo friendly this bar contains only 91 calories.
Finally, chocolate lovers will fall in love with the Cacao Brownie bar which is a chocolate-orange flavour and contains just 82 calories.
All three are described as Paleo friendly containing raw, high fibre ingredients.
New Tesco Healthy Living Ready Meals
Tesco have introduced six new light ready meals which offer a filling, tasty and low fat alternative to cooking – who could possibly resist?
Choose from BBQ Pulled Pork & Wedges, Prawn Biryani, Sweet Chilli Chicken Noodles, Chicken Noodle Laksa, South Indian Curry With Pilaf and Cajun Chicken.
With that list there’s enough for almost the whole week! No more menu planning needed so breathe a sigh of relief. Here’s the lowdown:
BBQ Pulled Pork & Wedges (460 calories, 12.9g fat)
Enjoy deliciously tender pulled pork marinated in a tangy BBQ sauce served with crispy golden potato wedges and sprinkled with grated mozzarella full fat soft cheese. All the taste, a quarter of the calories and so filling, you won’t want anything else!
Prawn Biryani (358 calories, 8.8g fat)
Now you don’t have to miss out on your favourite Indian meal because Tesco have created this outstanding light option featuring King Prawns in a mild masala sauce paired with Biryani rice, spinach, peas and juicy roasted tomatoes. We know what we’re having tonight!
Sweet Chilli Chicken Noodles (291 calories, 3.7g fat)
Enjoy some Asian fusion without the guilt with this Tesco Healthy Living ready meal. It consists of tender cooked chicken pieces in a tangy sweet chilli sauce along with soya beans and water chestnuts. It’s satisfying and filling – so good you’ll think it came from a restaurant!
Chicken Noodle Laksa (317 calories, 7.8g fat)
Here’s another scrumptious Indian meal with a quarter of the calorific value and fat of the same dish in a restaurant. It’s made with pieces of chicken, vegetables and noodles combined with a creamy coconut sauce – all the taste, none of the guilt.
South Indian Curry with Pilaf (367 calories, 5.9g fat)
This healthy living meal consists of tender pieces of chicken breast and red peppers which are cooked in a curry sauce along with basmati rice and a combination of spinach, peas, lentils and chickpeas. Best buy a few, this one will be popular.
Cajun Chicken (218 calories, 5.8g fat)
Another of our favourites, this is a flavoursome ready meal suitable for 2 people. It consists of tender chicken breasts, red and yellow peppers and sweet cherry tomatoes cooked in a Cajun-style tangy sauce.
Keep Me Strong High Protein Multi-Grain Cereal
We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day – giving us the fuel we need to take us through to lunch.
Unfortunately many people skimp on this meal which is why the biscuit tin becomes such a temptation to ease those hunger pangs at 11.00am.
Eating a high protein breakfast will stop tummy rumbles and the Keep Me Strong product ticks all the boxes. It’s available from most supermarkets and per 30g serving delivers 173 calories with 2.7g fat. It’s packed full of quality multi grains and proteins from brown rice. It’s also low sugar, low salt and low fat plus has added vitamins A, B6 and C so is full of everything needed to face the day.
Available from most supermarkets, these cute little all-natural snack packs are ideal for all the family and contain only raw fruit and nut pieces so there are no hidden sugars or additives.
Suitable for vegans, Nakd Nibbles deliver one of the 5 a day so they’re well worth stocking up on. Choose from Fruit Salad or Salted Caramel, both consist of dates, cashews and raisins and contain 137/138 calories respectively and 4.7 g fat.
Muller Light New Flavours
Muller always manages to deliver pleasant flavours rolled into a low calorie, light dessert. Here are two newbies to tickle your tastebuds.
Choose from Light Goodies Coconut and Light Mango and Lime, two very summery flavours to enjoy when the weather decides to brighten up (and in between too).
The rich and creamy Coconut variety comes with a sprinkling of milk chocolate cereal flakes too – the ultimate in luxury and contains 91 calories per 100g, 2.3g of fat.
The Mango & Lime variation is sweet and tangy at the same time and made with low calorie thick Greek yoghurt and at only 66 calories per 100g and 0.1g of fat it’s a pretty safe way to enjoy a treat - fill your boots!
Onken 0% Fat Wholegrain Redcurrant Yoghurt
This new yoghurt from favourites Onken is available from most supermarkets and has 0% fat (137 calories per 150g serving) – what more could you ask for?
It’s great for gut health because it contains live cultures and fibre.
It’s a combination of five grains with the sharp taste of redcurrant and with no artificial flavourings or colourings it makes a healthy snack. Try it over fresh summer berries for breakfast or as a delicious dessert?
Eatlean Protein Cheese
If you’re a cheese lover there’s no need to ditch the cheddar when watching your weight. Eatlean Protein Cheese delivers all the flavour with half the fat.
100% natural and high in protein it contains, surprisingly (but true), 90% less in fat than regular cheddar at just 169 calories per 100g and 3.9g of fat.
This high-protein cheese keeps you fuller for longer and is delicious served on a low calorie cracker or with one of the Warburton’s thin bagels mentioned above!
Hopefully the above list of delicious new diet food options will inspire you to prepare healthy, low fat meals for all the family as well as adding a few new tasty snacks to your larder. Just a few tweaks to your weekly meal planner is all it takes to add some excitement to your dinner table!
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