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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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BadgergalBadgergal Forumite
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
Hello all,

I've been being good and bringing my lunches to work dutifully. However I am a serial snacker, I sit at my desk and nibble chocolate or dried fruit like dates and the like. I am trying to cut down on such high sugar foods because I am trying to drop a few pounds (as well as save some moneywise) and foods like dates are packed with sugar and quite a few calories so they're not helping.

Can anyone suggest any cheap snacks I can make or buy that I can nibble on during that day that won't make me pile on the pounds? I have to have something or I will end up eating the overpriced muffins from the canteen.

Many thanks!

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  • LoadsabobLoadsabob Forumite
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    I bring rice cakes in, sometimes for lunch, sometimes for snacking - less than a pound a pack. I keep a spreadable butter in the fridge at work (which we're lucky to have in the office), and for a sweet topping, perhaps some jam or fruit spread? Or even chocolate spread if you like it. Rice cakes keep me ticking over! Not entirely calorie free of course, but not TOO bad!...
  • hermit-crabhermit-crab Forumite
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    What about fruit. I try to keep myself healthy and find when I fancy a little something between meals it is too easy to have a cup of tea and some biscuits. I no longer work so perhaps this would not be helpful to you but I keep a small tuperware container filled with an asortment of fresh fruit eg melon apple grapes orange segments etc.
  • squeakysqueaky Forumite
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    If you're not into healthy things like raw carrot slices you could try variations on the recipe for oatmeal biscuits ---> Click Here

    Alternatively, use the "Collections" in my signature but this time follow through "Recipe Collections" to "Old Style Recipe Collection" to "Snacks and Nibbles" Just don't read the fattening ones :)

    Also in that Old Style collection are pointers to hundreds of ideas for packed lunches.
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  • If you like liquorice, then try those liquorice roots. OK, you look like you're chewing a stick (because you are :D) but they last for ages and are fairly cheap. Also, I suspect, very few calories. I used to chew them as a child and I did try them when I was expecting DS2, but didn't acquire the taste back - I needed really sweet things when pregnant and thaty didn't fit the bill at that time.

    Holland and Barrett sell them Also, if you're in there, you could mooch around the shelves and see if any of the seeds/nuts etc take your fancy.
  • BadgergalBadgergal Forumite
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    Thanks for all the replies so far!

    Rice cakes with a sweet topping are a good idea, might try that. Also fruit is good, I do like buying cherries and the like in this season.

    Squeaky - there are some fab recipes in there but all the ones I liked didn't look like they'd help the waistline much :( Trust me to like the non low fat ones obviously!

    Ticklemouse - I used to chew those as a child and they're good, something to think about (though yes you look mad chewing on a twig). As for nuts and seeds - I think the yoghurt covered and chocolate stuff e.g. choccy brazil nuts etc are my downfall!! Lol. I am too familiar with H&B choc covered stuff hehe!
  • NileNile Forumite, Board Guide
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    For a guilt free nibble.........try brazil nuts (no chocolate coating) as they are a good source of calcium, magnesium, zinc and most importantly selenium.
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  • VickyA_2VickyA_2 Forumite
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    Carrot sticks, as someone previously mentioned. It's also nearly the UK celery season for celery sticks. Plenty of yummy fruit - I could eat a whole large punnet of strawberries if they were put in front of me now.
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  • SnowyOwl_2SnowyOwl_2 Forumite
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    It might be helpful to have a glass of water two or three times during the day - this might help reduce the desire for nibbles. It's v.good for the skin and for the waistline too. I read somewhere recently that if you're not used to drinking lots of water then it takes the body a few weeks to get used to the sudden deluge, then your trips to the loo should lessen.

    All that lovely fruit you're going to be having...mmmm!!! You could possibly try some crudites as well - carrots and peppers are quite sweet despite being veggies. Perhaps a look through Squeaky's index might result in finding some sweetish dips to help you get the cauliflower and cucumber down. You could spread the dip onto rice cakes or Ryvita (or the Lidl alternative at 27p for the same amount) for a bit of a change.

    Holland & Barrett also do some nice seeds - sunflower seeds are extremely good for you, and especially for the skin (I had a patch of scaly skin which had been spreading for about 10 -15 years and almost covered most of my face, no cream helped, however I've been eating a handful of sunflower seeds every day for about a year and the scaliness has disappeared). If you eat them one at a time it takes a while to get through a handful - good if you are "grazer" type person so you don't end up consuming vast quantities.

  • GaltizzGaltizz Forumite
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    Badgergal wrote:
    Lol. I am too familiar with H&B choc covered stuff hehe!
    vickya wrote:
    Carrot sticks, as someone previously mentioned. It's also nearly the UK celery season for celery sticks. Plenty of yummy fruit - I could eat a whole large punnet of strawberries if they were put in front of me now.

    FONDUE SET :rotfl:
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    Galtizz wrote:
    FONDUE SET :rotfl:

    Or just the choc.
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