Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Something for a rainy day

Once again we've had a false start to spring and are back into wintery weather, the kind of weather that makes you want to stay at home in your tracky bottoms and veg out on the sofa!

This is usually accompanied by some serious grazing and it's easy to snack your way through a hideous amount of calories in one afternoon on the sofa! Here are some healthy substitutes to keep you company:

Chips - swap for sweet potato wedges - cut the sweet potatoes into wedges, toss in a little olive oil, salt and pepper and cook at 230C for 20mins. Eat alone or serve with dips (see below).
Popcorn - switch butter or toffee popcorn for a low fat, low sugar variety such as pret salted popcorn or even better swap for corn caked.
Toast - definitely my favourite sofa food - use wholemeal, granary or rye bread or wholemeal gluten free (such as Village Bakery or Genius bread). Spread with no added sugar jam (such as St Dalfour) and/or no sugar nut butter (such as Whole-earth peanut butter or Meridian cashew nut butter).
Dips - instead of creamy dips go for hummus, guacamole, low fat cottage cheese with chives or the first two of these Delia recipes. Serve with vegetable crudites, oatcakes, rice cakes or wholewheat pita bread, rather than crisps, and swap doritos for blue corn chips which are lower GI than regular corn chips.

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