The 10 best low-fat snacks
New year, new start? Us too. Daisy Wyatt rounds up the best healthy snacks from popcorn and seeds to dried fruit
1. Crazy Jack Organic Soft Apricots
Sweet and juicy and with only 2.5g of fat per bag, you can eat these all day without feeling guilty. Unlike orange apricots, they’ re brown in colour because they have been dried naturally without the use of sulphur dioxide.
2. Metcalfe’s Skinny Corn’ers
These are not your average tortilla crisps. Made with expanded corn, they are popped in a triangular mould to avoid using deep-fat fryers. At 3.7g of fat per pack, they contain 30 per cent less fat than normal tortillas. The chilli and tomato flavour has just the right amount of spice, too.
3. Portlebay Popcorn
This cinema favourite has made a comeback in the past year as a tasty, low-fat snack. The Devon-based Portlebay Popcorn Company offers a variety of gourmet flavours, from smoked cheddar to wasabi and sweet ginger.
4. Chia & Flax Seed Flapjack
Rich in fatty acids and Omega 3, this flapjack is good for those who are hoping to start training in the new year. The flapjack provides sustained energy release over a number of hours, while the Omega 3 has anti-inflammatory properties.
5. Yeo Valley Natural Yoghurt
It’s hard to believe a yoghurt can have no fat, but this tasty tub from Yeo Valley does. Unlike other low-fat yoghurts, it is full-bodied and quite creamy, and you can enjoy knowing it was made from British cows. Eat with fruit or honey for a sweeter snack.
6. Ryvita Multi-Seed Thins
These thin flatbreads are particularly moreish, especially when dipped in hummus (from the low-fat aisle, of course). The seeds add an extra depth of flavour and at only 38 calories per thin, they are a tasty, low-fat alternative. But be warned: they are prone to breaking in the pack.
7. Walkers Sunbites
A good alternative to deep-fried crisps, these bites have been baked to avoid using large amounts of oil and as a result, contain around half the fat of your average packet of crisps. The sweet chili and sour cream flavours are particularly tasty.
£1.78 for six, asda.com
8. Neal’s Yard Goji Berries
Rich in zinc and magnesium, goji berries are a natural low-fat snack that are good to graze on throughout the day. They may cost slightly more than you’d like to pay, but research suggests they can help to boost your energy levels. With just 1g of fat per 100g, try a handful to get you through the post-lunch slump guilt free.
£2.39 for 75g, hollandandbarrett.com
9. Munchy Seeds Snack Packs
For snacking on the go, try one of these handy seed packs. Naturally high in fatty acids (“good fats”), the seeds are low in saturated fat. The honey-roasted seeds are so tasty you won’t remember you’re on a diet. But be warned – they are hard to eat sociably at your desk.
10. Jack Link’s Beef Jerky
For anyone on the Atkins this January, beef jerky is a perfect low-carb snack. High in protein, these thin strips of smoky dried beef have just 5g of carbohydrate per bag, 1.9 per cent of your daily allowance. Try the pepper or sweet & hot flavour for a good kick.
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