Some new readymade snacks to try

NAIRN CHEESE OATCAKES

 Some things are just made for each other – strawberries and cream, neeps and tatties, oatcakes and cheese. Cheese oatcakes are made with mature cheddar cheese, wholegrain oats and very little else. oatcakeshealthy wholegrain oats slowly release energy making these oatcakes a naturally energising snack. Try them on their own as a stop gap before meals to help keep you and your family going or lavish a bit of time on them with the savoury topping of your choice.

I have been eating these for a few months now & I can truthfully say that these cheese oatcakes have altered my sweet tooth to a slightly more savoury one. I have them alongside my lunch instead of bread. I also eat them on their own (usually an hour or so after dinner when I’m prowling around looking for something sweet) and although initially they are not what I want (because they are not dairy milk!) I really enjoy them & they do take away that sweet craving.

Cheese oatcakes are high in fibre and are made with wholegrain oats to a wheat free recipe. They contain no added sugar, GM ingredients, artificial colourings, flavourings or preservatives.

 

 

popchips frontPOPCHIPS

These are new to the market so not as easy to get just yet but you can find a list of stockists from their website: www.popchips.co.uk

Originally only available in America (hence the word chip used instead of crisp), this low fat snack is now being produced in the UK. And looks set to be very popular.

What they say: “Never fried, never baked. Our potato chips are popped (like popcorn). with all the flavour and less than half the fat of fried crisps and less than 100 calories per serving, you’ll taste why they’re winning awards (and acclaim) throughout America. Naturally delicious. Nothing fake or phony. Our naturally delicious pledge: no fake colours, no fake flavours, no preservatives, no fluorescent orange fingertips, and no wiping your greasy chip hand on your jeans. We only use ingredients you can feel good about eating and we leave out the bad stuff like hydrogenated oils that give snacking a bad name. “

Available in various flavours, these popchips seem to be a great, natural & healthy alternative for crisp lovers.

 

cereal barTHE WORLD’S FIRST POPPED CORN CEREAL BAR

Wild Trail has released a wholegrain popcorn cereal bar.

Wild Trail’s double cut cranberry and fruit & double nut bars is available to purchase in triple packs at selected Sainsbury’s.  The 135g packs retail at £2.39 and can be found on the cereal bar aisle.

The double cut cranberry bar won gold in the Great Taste Awards. Crammed with plump & juicy cranberries the bars also contain almonds, walnuts, raisins, pumpkin seeds, honey and wholegrain popped corn. The fruit & double nut bars contain Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, raisins, sunflower seeds as well as wholegrain popcorn and are hand coated in yoghurt.

The bars are made with natural ingredients and are free from artificial flavourings, colourings and preservatives. They contain no hydrogenated fats and are suitable for vegetarians. Described as “nutritional gold nuggets” by scientists at the University of Pennsylvania in a report out last month, popcorn is extremely high in antioxidants – as well containing high levels of fibre, vitamin B, vitamin E and is low levels of fat.

tasty numberTASTY LITTLE NUMBERS

New portion-controlled snack brand Tasty Little Numbers has been launched in the UK. Everything in the range is produced using normal ingredients and pre-portioned to simple, whole numbers of calories e.g. 100 or 200 calorie servings.

‘The snacks that take the messin’ out of guessin’  – I love this idea (although I’ve yet to taste anything from their range so don’t shoot me if it tastes bad!) because it’s exactly what I’m talking about: eat the things you like, but in moderation.

Tasty Little Numbers has gained national retail listings in over 500 One Stop stores and are available via Amazon.co.uk, so if you can’t find them in a shop you can buy online.

Concept creator Jo Beach explains, “Often, to make a ‘healthy’ product, the fat will be reduced with extra sugar and salt added to compensate. Tasty Little Numbers doesn’t do this – it’s convenient, built-in portion-control, which allows consumers to enjoy the food they really want whilst still being able to ‘finish off’ the bar, bag or plate, which is something we are all conditioned to do from a young age.”

Frances Nethersole, a registered dietician and a member of the British Dietetic Association, comments, “Whilst the Tasty Little Numbers brand makes no claims for weight-loss, a pre-portioned food range that may assist some people to manage their daily food intake more easily, has to be seen as a positive step in this current climate of an obesity endemic population.”

The range includes chocolate bars & crisps as well as readymade meals.

It all sounds great in theory – I just need to do some further research i.e. taste their chocolate!

Hope this has helped – happy (and healthy) snacking ladies!