Low Calorie Rice Puddings - Tried & Tasted
by WLR Staff, Tim Sharp
When dinner just doesn’t quite fill you up, and you fancy a little something extra, then what better treat than a tasty dessert. Love it or hate it, rice pudding has been on the British pudding menu for generations, (I can still remember my Granny’s homemade rice pudding recipe).
Fortunately with cans and tubs now readily available, rice puddings are a convenient snack for any time of the day, and with light and low fat options they can readily be incorporated into your eating plans.
Needless to say, the ever ready Tried & Tasted team, in need of something extra after their various packed lunches, took on the challenge of sampling these for you to make sure that your taste buds are not let down.
Whether you like it hot or cold (or even with a little something added) we’re sure that our selection will meet with your approval.
|Product Name||Sainsbury’s Basics Rice Pudding||Asda Good For You! Rice Pudding||Tesco Low Fat Rice Pudding|
|Appearance||Slight orange appearance, looked good.||Creamy, yellow but watery.||Looked homemade & substantial.|
|Smell||Sweet & milky pong to this one.||A nice appetising smell.||Sweet but artificial aroma.|
|Taste||This one had just the right sweetness and no nasty after taste.||In general very palatable but missing something.||Nice lingering taste but a little over sweet.|
Please Sir, can I have some more? It was that good!
|This one hit the spot with a satisfying, nicely cooked rice.||Ok but needs some more rice content.|
|Texture/ Consistency||Lovely and soft plenty of rice.||Thick &creamy with the rice texture just about right.||Good crunch and nice and light.|
|Conclusion||Although not listed as low fat, worth checking out, it came out as the winner.||
Not a looker but a very close second.
|Looked good but too starchy & sticky.|
|Serving Size (g)||212||212||212|
(kcal) per serving
|Fat (g) per serving||1.7||1.3||1.7|
|Price per serving||£0.09||£0.19||£0.22|
|Product Name||Sainsbury’s Be Good To Yourself Rice Pudding||Ambrosia Low Fat Rice Pudding||Weight Watchers Vanilla Creamed Rice|
Too stodgy was the general opinion.
|Looks homemade, yellow, thick & creamy.||Not a nice appearance, more like blancmange.|
Sweet aroma was the general comment.
|A whiff of chlorine and milk.||Over powering vanilla essence was the most quoted.|
|Taste||Over sweet, starchy, creamy & foul were the main consensuses.||Oops, a variety of comments like nasty, plain, sweet & bland.||Tasted nothing like rice pudding should, more like ice cream.|
|Filling/Satisfying?||Filling? Yes but only because it is stodgy.||Thick & creamy but not satisfying.||Disgusting with no body or rice content.|
|Texture/ Consistency||Stodgy, thick & creamy texture just not right texture.||Just the right texture rice pudding should have.||Rice, what rice?|
|Conclusion||What a let-down.||Looked good but not good to the palate||
It’s a no, no.
|Serving Size (g)||212||212||130|
(kcal) per serving
|Fat (g) per serving||1.7||2.8||0.7|
|Price per serving||£0.27||£0.35||£0.59|
|Product Name||Muller Low Fat Rice|
|Appearance||Very pale looking, thin and watery.|
|Smell||Chemicals & vanilla flooded the nasal cavities|
|Taste||Chemical and artificial was the major comment, like lumpy school custard.|
|Filling/Satisfying?||This one might have fared better if it had more rice in it.|
|Texture/ Consistency||Nice soft texture but skimpy rice content.|
|Conclusion||Big surprise coming in last.|
|Serving Size (g)||190|
(kcal) per serving
|Fat (g) per serving||2.6|
|Price per serving||£0.61|
Not easy this one, as tastes were more or less the same and it was very interesting to see how these low fat rice puddings fared against each other, the results certainly surprised us!
The winner Sainsbury’s Basics Rice Pudding, although not sold as low fat or low calories, is, by comparison, just as low in fats, sugar & sodium as the rest and is just a fraction of the price. I suppose you could class this as a case of having your pudding and eating it!
The biggest surprise of all was the loser! While by no means unpalatable, I think we were all disappointed by the artificial taste, definitely a case of not living up to the hype.
So if a little of what you fancy means a comforting pudding, then it’s worth remembering the good old fashioned rice pudding. Perfect as an after meal low calorie dessert to really fill you up or as a snack during the day!
Don’t fret if you’re not a plain rice pudding fan, there are loads of ways to eat it. You can always make a rice pudding recipe by:
- Sprinkling over a little cinnamon or nutmeg,
- Add your favourite fruit or nuts,
- Add a drizzle of honey.
- Stir through a teaspoon of fruit puree
Go on, be a devil and try it your way!!
Don’t forget our Tried and Tasted Team are a busy bunch with plenty of other desserts sampled. So if rice pudding isn’t your favourite, why not take at look at these:
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More of a sweet tooth or prefer some other savoury snack options for your mid-morning nibble? The Tried and Tasted Team were happy to taste plenty of snacks for your benefit!