8 'Macro-friendly' snacks: Tesco

Ok, so I am honestly a snackaholic. I absolutely love having something sweet or satisfying in between meals, especially of an evening, so I thought I would put together a new series dedicated to all of my favourite snacks - and I'll do it store by store. I'm starting with Tesco, purely because it's where I shop the most. but I will have a good ol' mooch around other supermarkets and see what I can find there.

Some of these items are exclusive to Tesco or online but others you'll be able to find elsewhere, if not the exact product a similar alternative. I'm not saying they're the most healthy or the best low in sugar/fat snack on the market, I'm just sharing a few of my favourites and the most common in my weekly shop.

1: Fibre one brownies
These have gone a little crazy recently, I believe down to Slimming World members who discovered them (as I'm told), and I completely understand why. They are mini brownies which taste incredible, honestly like an actual full-fat, full-sugar alternative, but have brilliant macros (calories/fats/carbs/protein content). Per item (it varies depending on which flavour but not dramatically), they have 87 calories, 3g fat, 11g protein, 5G OF FIBRE and 1g of protein. It's delicious warmed up in the microwave for 30 seconds and gives me my chocolate fix in the evening!

2: Bear pure fruit 'yoyo's'
Thess might be made for children but they are such tasty sweet treats! They're made of all natural ingredients (apples, pears, strawberries, black carrot extract and absolutely nothing else) and are really useful to have mid-day instead of grabbing for the biscuit tin. Each 'yoyo' - which by the way are similar to fruit winders - has only 37 calories, 6g carbs (3g of sugar) and no fat or protein. If you're looking for the haribo bag then give these a whirl!

3: Chocolate-covered rice cakes
I couldn't not include these. They are definitely my most-eaten snack, simply because of how tasty and easy they are. I've found that Tesco's own brand are actually the best, compared to most of the well-known brands and other supermarket alternatives, as they have a thick amount of chocolate melted on the top. Each rice cake is 84 calories, 3g of fat, 11g of carbs and 1g of protein.

4: Proper corn crunch corn
I've been a big fan of Proper Corn popcorn for a few years so when I saw they released their 'crunch corn', more to the point in Salt & Vinegar flavour, I was really intrigued. They're basically smaller, half-popped bits of popcorn which are much crunchier and denser than normal popped popcorn. They're advertised to be 'a bit like nuts', yet thankfully the recipe has no nuts and is also gluten free. I love having these when I want something savoury and they're really moreish and satisfying.
Per 30g bag they have 148 calories, 8g fat, 15g carbs, 3g fibre and 1g protein.

5: Sugar-free chocolate
If you've come across my blog before, you might have seen already I wrote a review post of these Chocologic chocolate bars and buttons, which you can read here. They have a milk chocolate bar, a dark chocolate bar, a hazelnut chocolate bar and milk chocolate giant buttons available in my local Tesco (but they do come out with seasonal products in different places - and online). They taste just as satisfying as normal chocolate - if not creamier - and it's much healthier for you. Per 4 squares of the milk chocolate bar there is 64 calories, 4g of fat, 4g of carbs and 1g of protein - and the dark chocolate has even better macros!

6: Chocolate digestive thins
I'm sure everybody is partial to a biscuit or two and on a stressful day I know I've sat with a cup of tea and delved into the tin once or twice. Although this isn't a bad thing at all when done in moderation, I was really excited *queue the get-a-life talk* when I saw that McVities had released a digestive 'thin'. As I mentioned over on Instagram, they are incredibly thin. However you can have 4 of these thins for less than the calories of 1 'normal' biscuit - meaning more of the tea-dunking (and it feels like you're eating more)! Per thin: 31 calories, 1g fat, 3g carbs, 0g protein.

7: Oreo biscuit thins
Ok so technically these are very similar to the McVities version above, other than the fact that, of course, they are oreo thins (so as they are sandwiched they are actually thicker in comparison to the digestive version). Again, the macros are really good are definitely a good alternative to eating just 1 oreo - is that even possible? Per thin: 30 calories, 1g fat, 4g carbs, 0g protein.

8: Weight Watchers caramel cake bars
Over the years, I'm pretty sure I have tried the majority, if not every single one, of the Weight Watchers food range. A lot of their snacks are good, but I would usually just opt for the real thing in moderation (e.g rather than eating a mini bag of Weight Watchers cookies just pass me the mini Marylands and be done with it). However I have loved these caramel cake bars now for quite a few years and often find myself putting them in my shopping trolley each week. They taste just as good as any other cake bar but they're just a bit smaller: therefore a reduction in calories!
Per cake: 81 calories, 3g fat, 11g carbs, 2g fibre, 1g protein.

I hope this was useful to some of you looking for some 'healthier' snacks to keep your chocolate/sweet/savory cravings at bay without getting too carried away (whey hey, poet!)

Melanie x

Melanie Clare