There seem to have been a lot of posts about snacks in the various Slimming World Facebook groups I’m a member of recently.
I’m not sure whether that’s due to the influx of newbies in January, or down to the fact that a lot of us, even those who’ve been on the plan for a while, struggle post-Christmas.
Anyway, everyone is different and I would love to hear about your favourite snacks too. But in the meantime, I thought I’d share some of mine.
Syn Free Snacks
- Chopped fruit (somehow I’m more likely to eat it if it’s chopped up! I usually have apples, pears, blackberries and plums during winter and nectarines/peaches, raspberries and strawberries during summer)
- Boiled eggs – brilliantly filling and dead easy (did you know you can even buy pre-boiled eggs in the supermarket – just in case you’re out and about and stuck for a free snack!)
- Crudités – carrot sticks, cucumber slices, cherry tomatoes, chopped peppers etc. (if you really must you can eat celery sticks, but personally I can’t stand the stuff!)
- Muller Light or Weight Watchers yogurts – caution, not all are Syn free so check before you eat! (I love the Muller Light Chocolate Orange or Toffee flavours, and the Weight Watchers Dessert Recipe yogurts)
- Batchelors Deli Boxes – the Bolognese Pasta and Vegetable Couscous ones are free
- Sainsbury’s Chicken Laksa Noodle pot – basically a posh Pot Noodle, but Syn free, spicy and yummy
- Cold meats – slices of ham, chunks of chicken etc. Remember to double check the Syns if you’re going for flavoured varieties e.g. Piri Piri or BBQ – some are free and others are not!
- Asparagus wrapped in ham – often used as a fancy canapé when using parma ham – a simple swap to wafer thin ham makes this free and yummy
- Seafood sticks or cooked prawns – although not suitable for leaving on your desk all day!
- SW crustless quiches/muffins – mix up 4 eggs and a tub of quark with some salt and pepper. Chop whatever fillings you want e.g. mushrooms, ham, broccoli etc. Spray a muffin tin with Frylight. Distribute the filling between the 12 cases and then pour over the egg mixture. Bake at 200 degrees for 15-20 minutes. They keep for a couple of days in the fridge
- Curry loaf – make up 1 packet Sainsbury’s curry flavour rice (Syn Free – other varieties vary so remember to check the Syns) as per the packet instructions. Combine this with 1 tin Heinz Curry Lentils (Free – again other varieties may vary), 1 tin chickpeas (drained), 1 pack leaf spinach (wilted), 1 tsp garam masala, 1 tsp garlic granules and 3 eggs. Mix well. Spray a loaf tin or brownie pan with Frylight and pour in the mixture – bake at 180 degrees for approx 30mins or until the egg is cooked and it’s golden on top. Keeps for a couple of days in the fridge
- SW pakoras – 2 large potatoes, mashed (no butter or milk), mixed with 1 egg, 2 tbs fat free Greek yogurt, 1-2 tbsp garam masala, 1 tsp turmeric, 1 tsp chilli powder, 1 chopped onion and lots of frozen mixed veg. Bake at 200 degrees for approx 30 mins. they also keep in the fridge for a couple of days
- Frozen grapes – taste like sweeties!
- SW Cola cubes – 500ml Diet Coke, 2 tbsp sweetener – simmer for 10mins until slightly reduced and syruppy. Then whisk in 2 packets of powdered gelatine. Pour into a large flat rectangular dish and refrigerate for 1hr. Then slice into small cubes
Low Syn snacks
- Sushi – one of my favourites – easy to find in town and very low in Syns! Choose varieties without mayo e.g. Nigiri to keep the Syns as low as possible. Average 1.5 syns per 100g, but some varieties are less e.g. Boots Shapers mini sushi rolls – just 1 Syn for 186g pack!
- Sausages – I love sausages as snacks, especially dipped in a little pot of ketchup – reminds me of childhood picnics! Personally I prefer the Heck Chicken Italia sausages – just 1/2 a Syn each (plus 1 Syn per tbsp of ketchup depending on brand)
- Spaghetti ‘pizza’ – mix a small bowl of cooked spaghetti with 3 eggs, salt and pepper, 2 tbsp garlic granules and 30g grated parmesan. Spray a frying pan with Frylight and pour in the eggy pasta – cook for 3 mins before carefully flipping over. Cool slightly and cut into wedges – use as your Healthy Extra A or 6 Syns for the lot
- M&S Mooli Bites – either Teriyaki beef or Vietnamese pork. Mooli, for those that don’t know, is a kind of giant Asian radish (otherwise known as Daikon). So basically these are vegetable wraps, rather than using wheat varieties. They’re deliciously crunchy and refreshing and just 2 Syns per pack.
- Weetabix Muffins – 2 Weetabix, crumbled, mixed with 1 pot Muller Light yogurt, 2 tbsp sweetener and 1 large egg. Spoon the mixture into 6 muffin cases, sprayed with Frylight and bake for 20 mins. 1 Syn each or all 6 for your Healthy Extra B. I highly recommend using the Chocolate Orange flavour Muller Light!
- SW chocolate ‘mousse’ – mix 1 Options sachet (1.5-3.5 Syns depending on flavour) with 1tbsp sweetener and a little hot water to make a paste. Then mix with 1/2 tub Quark. If you prefer a lighter version (and you’re not pregnant) you can also whisk up and fold in an egg white
- SW ‘Haribo’ sweets – 2 x sachets Hartley’s sugar-free jelly, 3 x sachets powdered gelatine, 1 pot Muller Light yogurt. Choose complimentary flavours e.g. strawberry jelly and vanilla yogurt, lime jelly and lemon yogurt etc. Make up 1 sachet of jelly with one sachet of gelatine and 140ml boiling water. Pour into a flat dish or jelly moulds and refrigerate for at least 1hr. Meanwhile make up the second sachet of jelly in the same way, but this time add the yogurt. Then pour on top of the set jelly and refrigerate again for at least another hour. Pop out of moulds or if using a flat dish, cut into cubes. Makes tons and just 3 Syns for the lot
- Carrot cake bars – 1 medium carrot, grated, 70g oats, 1/2 a pot of toffee Muller Light, 2 tbsp sweetener, 1 tsp cinnamon and 1 large egg. Mix well and spoon into a small baking dish/cake tin sprayed with Frylight. Bake at 180 degrees for approx 30 mins. Slice into 12 bitesize bars – use 6 for your Healthy Extra B or 1 Syn each
- Alpen Light or Hifi Light bars – I regularly use these for snacks during the week at work. I particularly like the Banoffee Alpen Lights, or the Toffee Apple, Jam Roly Poly or Chocolate Orange Hifi Light bars (only available in Slimming World groups)
- Mini Milk or Mini Twister ice lollies – 1.5 or 2 Syns each respectively
- Cadbury Freddo’s – 5 Syns each (or 4.5 for the Caramel ones)
- Oreos – 2.5 Syns each for the original ones or 6 Syns each for the bags of mini Oreos
Hopefully this helps and inspires 🙂 I’d love to hear if you have other favourites I might be missing out on!