I have been calorie counting for years and there are certain foods that have become the basics that I really couldn't live without when calorie counting - here is my list and the reasons why I love each product!
WARBURTONS THINS - only 100 cals each and they are so soft and yummy - i use them for lunch time sandwiches, or i toast them and put beans or ravioli on top! they are freezable and quick to defrost when you need them!
PHILADELPHIA EXTRA LIGHT MINI TUBS - only 34 cals per tub and it saves you measuring it out or estimating the calories in the serving - i use this in sandwiches as a replacement for butter with ham and salad or whatever takes my fancy!
TESCO SWEET POTATO OVEN CHIPS - only 145 cals per 100g - ok, so these aren't cheap, but i love them at tea time with salmon or chicken and veggies- i cook mine in the actifry and they are done in 20 mins!
WEIGHT WATCHERS MEALS - a nice fast low cal option for lunch, and you can bulk them out with some veg or salad - or if its a curry one, dunk a warburtons thin in there to mop up the juices!
BIRDSEYE RICE FUSIONS - my favourite is the mediterranean one - a generous portion for only around 225 cals and gives another option to go with most anything - i have mine with chicken breast and veggies - microwave in just a few minutes! - lots of flavours to choose from - easy to keep track of cals due to ready measures portions.
LOW CAL CRISPS AND CHOCCY BARS - such as quavers, french fries, square crisps, kitkat, treat size twix bars etc - I have one low cal pack of crisps and one treat size choccy bar every evening while watching telly so that i dont feel i am missing out on treats.
AUNT BESSIES CARROT AND SWEDE MASH - only about 40 cals per serving so you can have a hefty portion to fill you up - really fast to cook and tasty! i love these with broad beans and chicken breast.
BIRDSEYE CHICKEN CHARGRILLS - only around 155 cals each depending on what flavour you go for - i love the sticky bbq ones - great with salad as a really low cal meal when you need to cut back a bit or if you are getting close to your daily cal allowance.
MUSHROOMS - super low calorie - i use them to really bulk up my home made curries and bolognese etc - bigger portions for less calories! always a winner!
EXTRA LEAN MINCE BEEF - great for cutting back the calories in bolognese and chilli etc - bulked up with loads of mushrooms of course!
there are probably loads more of these basics that i rely on every week - so i will add more as i think of them!
i would love to hear all about the foods that you really depend on to help your weight loss xxx