Friday, 20 January 2012 - , 10 comments

FRIDAY FIND : Happy Snacking!


I've just discovered this "guilt free snacking" range in Marks and Spencer. I can't rave about it enough, and I couldn't wait until next week to mention it, so have sneaked in a little extra bonus post today.

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There are loads of varieties of snack within the range, both savoury and sweet. M&S have been really innovative and creative - these treats make a fabulous change from all the regular snacks I use. 
They are all packaged in individual portion sizes within a multipack.


Snacking is a very important part of the day and there is absolutely no point in depriving yourself, as you will just crave snacks even more. Just build them into your day and enjoy them within your chosen limits. If you are going to follow the plan for the rest of your life (which I intend to do), you have to change your mindset from "diet" to "healthy eating". Let's face it, you are not going to go through the rest of your life without treats and snacks, so find ones you love that minimise the damage.
I am going to reveal that I often have a NORMAL bag of Malteasers with a cup of coffee. They are 5 propoints or 187kcal per bag, and that is my choice. To me, they are worth those treat points. That's the same as a glass of wine and I would always rather have the chocolate! What I am saying is : You will go insane if you deprive yourself of the things you love for ever, so enjoy them in moderation then they're not such a novelty!
(Ok, I'll get off my soapbox now).

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One of the habits I've adopted on my weightloss (and maintenance of weightloss) journey, is to work out the propoints when I get home and write them on the packaging (see picture above), then I don't have to recalculate every time I want something. Please note that I also calculate how many propoints two bags would add up to because I know I'm likely to want another! AND more often than not, the propoints do not naturally double up to a logical number- it's OFTEN a point more, or a point less than you might think for two or more portions. This is very true for many of the Weightwatchers products too.... so PLEASE CHECK!!!!!!Sometimes it works in your favour and at other times it doesn't-don't leave it to guesswork as you could get into trouble with the propoints police!

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Most of the M&S snacks seem to come out to 3pp (around 95kcal)for the first bag, then 2pp for the second one. However,the chocolatey ones are mostly 3pp or 4pp (around 125-135kcal) per bag, then 7pp for two.
Please do your own checks.... I'm just drawing your attention to the product.

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Yumsville!

10 comments:

Steph UK 21 January 2012 at 11:15

Hi Janey, Found you via WW on-line website and boy, am I glad I have. Your blog is inspirational, please..... don't you dare stop! I've been WWing for six months and finding it hard going - but already just reading your articles I'm motivated all over again. Thank you so much for sharing. Steph

Janey 21 January 2012 at 12:31

Thanks so much Steph-this is just the response I was hoping for! Don't worry, I have too much to say to stop writing! xx

Lynne 22 January 2012 at 16:17

I have just spent an interesting and very informative hour browsing around your blog. Thank you so much for the recipes, information and and other bits and bobs you have posted. I think I am going to find your experience really helpful. Found you via WW by the way

Janey 22 January 2012 at 16:36

Thanks Lynne, I'm so happy you are enjoying it.I have loads more to say, so keep following and welcome aboard! x

Mary 29 January 2012 at 11:28

I agree with all the other comments, just the best blog. Also found you via ww esource community posts. I am a returning gold member, at goal but can feel in danger of the pounds creeping on so decided to start esource again. will follow you for lots of inspiration, thank you for your enthusiasm. Am having wrap pizza for lunch!

Janey 29 January 2012 at 12:48

Thanks Mary - wow I am so humbled by your words! Xx

At Anna's kitchen table 15 September 2012 at 14:05

Don't know if M&Sstill do this range, but I'm definitely going to have a look!

balfey 21 July 2013 at 21:27

I've started and stopped ww so many times but I have to get going yet again as I'm so down about my weight. Thanks to this blog I'm inspired again x

Janey 22 July 2013 at 06:46

So pleased to hear that Balfey! You can do it! xx

balfey 21 August 2013 at 20:39

Dying to try the ice cream what a fab idea.. Ingredients on this weeks shopping list x

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