Recently I’ve found myself trying out lot’s of vegetarian/vegan alternatives to foods I normally eat. Not because I’m planning on going vegetarian but just because I think it’s good to make the substitute in meals sometimes/when you can, and if you have a delicious, high protein alternative to something that isn’t nutritionally that great (such as pork sausages) why not try it out? These Linda McCartney sausages are actually so tasty and have a really similar texture inside to regular sausages. I picked them up randomly but have ended up buying boxes of them and adding them to my regular lunches of eggs, and avocado (see below) to make a healthy and filling lunch that is also high in protein and full of good fats. These sausages come frozen and take around 10 minutes to cook under the grill so really quick and easy, they come with 6 in a box for around £1.75 to £2 a box depending on where you buy them. If you are looking for a vegetarian alternative to sausages or just want something that’s healthier than regular sausages , be sure to give these a try.
So during my lunch break at work today I decided to pop to the nearest shop for some snacks, Boots happened to be the nearest shop. While I was in there, I came across a large range of healthy little snacks and treats, including a range of healthy varieties of crisps and popcorn, nut snack packs, lighter cereal bars and so on. Who knew Boots had such a nice little healthy snack section!?
Anyway the three products I chose to pick up for snacks included: a bag of Popchips (which I have tried before but in the bbq flavour, and LOVED), a bag of chickpea puffs, and an unusual little thing called crunch corn- made by Propercorn, a healthier popcorn brand.
- Hippeas’ original chick pea puffs: These were surprisingly good for just 91 calories, and they make quite a tasty little snack if you’re on the go, want to make a healthy substitute for regular crisps. These are vegan and gluten free, organic, high in fiber and also a source of protein (2.5g per bag) These were a little pricey, costing 1.50, but bare in mind this was in Boots so the price could be slightly higher. I haven’t personally seen this before but I have found out they are stocked in Waitrose and Holland and Barratt, and possibly other health stores.
Overall rating: 7/10- tasty and satisfying little snack, filled with good ingredients.
2) Propercorn: Crunchcorn, salt and vinegar flavour: These.. well these were a little unusual but tasty nonetheless! These are described on the packet as ‘a bit like nuts’ I guess they are most similar to nuts if I had to compare them to another food. They get their crunchiness from the fact they are half popped cournels of popcorn, so basically half cooked popcorn. These had an awesome strong taste of salt and vinegar- very similar to kettle chips salt and balsamic vinegar in taste. These are a little high in fat (7g per pack) and contain 140 calories, although there is a lot in the pack, I don’t think these are the most filling and you aren’t really getting the most bang for your buck, I think there are better alternative snacks, even just regular popcorn would be my preferred snack.
Overall rating: 4/10- tasty but not filling/very nutritiously dense for calories.
3) Popchips: These are my go to snack if I am looking for a substitute to crisps. They come in a few flavors classic salt and vinegar, salt and pepper, bbq, thai sweet chili and a few others. The sour cream ones remind me so much of the sour cream and onion pringles which are delicious. However I have personally only seen the first 3 of these flavors in my local Sainsburies which I think are the most popular/classic ones. At just 97 calories per 25g bag, and 0.3g of fat, it’s a winner for me. I’m not one to obsess over fat content and what not, but when you compare this to a regular bag of crisps the macros are great, for such a tasty snack. My only downfall is that these are so moreish, one bag is not enough!
Overall rating: 9/10
Hiya, my name is Rachel, I’m 21 year old Journalism student from London, who has a passion for all things health and fitness related (but mainly weightlifting and food!!) I enjoy taking care of my body, watching it grow stronger, develop and change as I continue into the second year of my fitness journey- I say journey as I feel like I am constantly progressing mentally and also physically, but really it is a LIFESTYLE change (not a diet) and is ongoing. I still enjoy my treats and yummy foods, but just in moderation, which is part of living a balanced lifestyle, that makes me happy and feel good about my body.
On this blog I plan to post reviews of healthy but tasty foods/ meals I come across as I am someone who is constantly on the lookout for a new healthy snack, meal, drink- you name it, also gym fashion, workouts I’ve done, events I go to or anything else fitness related. I guess this will be like an informative diary!
Mostly I wanted a place to document my fitness lifestyle and share it with/ be of some use to others starting out or already on theirs, and it’s always nice to look back and see how far you’ve come since last year.