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.
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).
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!
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.