One of the trickiest things with losing weight has been finding suitable low calorie snacks. I am never going to be the girl snacking on her celery and carrot sticks. When I want a snack (which lets face it is most days) I want either sugar or salt or a crunch and often times all three. So I have worked hard to find things that come in small enough sizes and are about 50 calories. I know in theory I could buy a bar of chocolate and only eat one piece but in practice that is unlikely to happen. I need things that are individually wrapped.
So my saviour has been the humble treat sized freddo frog. I get my sugar hit whilst not completely blowing my calories. It comes individually wrapped and that seems to be a good psychological limit on me in terms of eating more – at least it is most days. The psychological effect was brought home to me last week when my Mum bought me a present from her holiday of some lovely chocolate coated coffee beans. It was so hard to keep it to 5 beans (which I think is around a freddo frog in calories). It was way to easy to have just one more of those coffee flavoured delights. I also have this problem with mentos mints and at around 10 calories a mint they really start to add up.
But surprisingly it is only chocolate and mints that I really seem to have this problem with. One of my crunch snacks are mini pappadams such as those available here in Australia made by sharwoods or maharajah’s choice. When I first started counting my calories I needed 6 of these mini pappadams to quell the grumbling tum. But I now only need 3 and at around 28 calories for 3, they are a great hunger buster. They are probably better if deep fried but I microwave them for 60 seconds to keep calories down, reduce the cleaning up and get munching quicker.
We also have a biscuit tin at work and I used to take two biscuits at least on most days. But I am now only having 1 biscuit and not every day. I find that is often just enough of a sugar hit to fix those cravings. Only just though. We get an arnotts mixed packet and I normally have a ginger nut or a scotch finger biscuit. The kingston biscuits are normally well and truly gone by the time I get there. On a good day there are only cream biscuit left that I don’t like so that is a great craving killer. I now hate wasting calories on food I am not that fond of.
It always surprises me how many calories individual foods have. So we had fruit mince pies at work this week and my goodness they are high in calories when compared to a biscuit from the tin. But I have found there is no point beating myself up if I make a mistake.