Thursday, 21 February 2013 - , , , , 4 comments

CUPBOARD LOVE : Melba Toast


I always keep melba toast in my larder. It's one of my staple snacking saviours - prepacked into handy 6 slice portions,
low in propoints/calories and extremely delicious. I would find it hard to live without them.


When it comes to crackers and biscuits, I love pre-portioned, individually wrapped packets. It appeals to the greedy girl still trapped inside me and helps me to remember when enough is enough. It also keeps them fresh and snappy, again reducing the temptation to have to finish an open packet of biscuits before they go stale.


Each individual packet of melba toast contains 6 crackers.
They are 2pp/72kcal for the whole packet.


 All the brands I have tried are pretty identical in flavour, which is rich and toasted. I particularly like the Sainsbury's ones as they also offer a multigrain variety which have a slight sesame seed flavour, and are really delicious. 
Both lend themselves to sweet or savoury toppings. They are great for snacking or for a light breakfast or lunch.

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Some of my favourite toppings:


Spread with 30g Extra Light Philadelphia and halved, red grapes. This makes a fabulously refreshing savoury and sweet combination for 3pp/approx.120kcal for all 6 crackers with toppings.


Again, spread with 30g Extra Light Philadelphia, then topped with halved cherry tomatoes, tiny chunks of cucumber and some snipped spring onion. Finally, drizzled with up to a teaspoon of Thai Sweet Chilli Dipping Sauce.
This is also 3pp/approx.110kcal for all 6 crackers with toppings.

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They are delicious with 30g Chocolate Philadelphia and topped with sliced fruits such as banana or strawberry, grapes or blueberries.
This is 4pp/approx.188kcal for all 6 crackers and fruit toppings.

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20g of Low Fat Peanut Butter makes a fabulous topping with sliced cucumber or banana. This adds 3pp/109kcal. (For calorie counters, add kcal for your chosen fruit/veg)

4 comments:

Phil in the Kitchen 21 February 2013 at 22:16

Totally agree about the value of melba toasts when you really need a snack or a little extra. I must try the multigrain version. I noticed this week that there's now a 'Lightest' Philadelphia which is even slightly lighter than the Extra Light version, which is a little confusing.

Janey 22 February 2013 at 08:54

Hi Phil-yes I noticed that the Extra Light was unavailable for a while-must have been repackaging....I have both in my fridge at the moment and it appears that 30g extra light is 33 kcal and 35g lightest is 34 kcal....meaning that you can have up to 70g LIGHTEST for 1pp as it is now only 3% fat whereas 70g EXTRA LIGHT takes you into the 2pp bracket !

Wright Creative 28 February 2013 at 19:42

Am really loving these ideas with the melba toasts. My biggest problem is the afternoon, when I feel like stuffing myself full of chocolate (sorry, but its true!). Now I eat some lovely little melba toasts with delicious toppings, staying in control!! Thank you for helping me to stay on track!!

Janey 28 February 2013 at 21:55

Absolutely Wright Creative! I get the 5 o'clock munchies on a regular basis which is why these ideas appear! So glad it's helped! x

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