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100 Calorie Lunch Snacks for the 5:2 Diet

When I started this diet it was winter and I was quite happy that my 100 calorie lunch would consist of soup but as the days are getting hotter the soup is less and less appealing so I had to turn my hand to other options.  It has been fairly easy to find a range of foods that qualify for my 300 calorie dinner, but lighter lunches are a little more difficult.  I spent a long time scouring the supermarket shelves for something that weighed in at less than 100 calories but also looked like more than a dry piece of bread.

The cracker that gives you the greatest number for the least calories are Cruskits. I wasn’t going to name the product but there doesn’t seem to be a generic name for them, or anything else quite like them on the shelves.  I’m also not quite sure what they are made of, but with the melt in the mouth texture I’m guessing it’s largely air.

Whatever they are made of they make a great base for low calorie toppings.  4 light crackers give you 86 calories leaving enough room for a sliced tomato.  Or you can push the boat out and chop 10g cherry tomatoes and add 15g sliced olives and 3g basil.  This gives you a 115 calorie lunch, and with a sprinkle of salt and pepper it’s pretty tasty.

I have also made a low fat hummus topping.  I love my usual hummus recipe, but with all the olive oil it doesn’t make for a low calorie option. To decrease the calories I blended the chickpeas with water, which sounds disgusting, but actually tastes ok if you ensure you add flavour with garlic and lemon.

In your mini blender combine 1 can of drained chickpeas, 1g of garlic finely chopped, 20ml lemon juice, 75ml water and salt and pepper to taste.  Blitz to a smooth paste, adding more water if needed.  At 108 calories per 100g you can have 40g with 3 Cruskits for a 104 calorie lunch. Or you can dip 100g carrot and 100g capsicum into 50g hummus.

For a gourmet topping you can reduce the number of crackers to allow a few extra calories for crushed peas, mixed with garlic, lemon and spring onions.  It certainly has the most flavour of all the options but with flavour comes the compromise of quantity.

Crushed Pea Cruskits (serves 1, 95 calories per serve)

60g frozen peas
1g garlic, finely chopped
squeeze lemon juice
20g spring onions, sliced
2g mint leaves, finely chopped
salt and pepper to taste
2 Cruskits

Soak the peas in boiling water for one minutes to defrost.  In a mini blender combine the peas, garlic and lemon juice and pulse until combined.  Stir through the chopped spring onions and mint season to taste and serve on the Cruskits.



Comment from Miss Piggy
Time October 25, 2012 at 7:54 am

I’m afraid I’ve lost my way/weigh with this diet…though it’s basically become the cruskit/carrot diet which I eat for breakfast/morning tea. By lunch though GIVE ME FOOD!

Comment from Apple
Time October 26, 2012 at 1:23 pm

Coming into the summer months, this is exactly what I’m looking for in a lunch. I stuggle to put two and two together for low cal lunches. I’ll give these topping a go, they sound great!

Comment from Tina @foodfortina
Time October 26, 2012 at 3:17 pm

I love Cruskits! I’ve been on a diet/healthy-lifestyle plan for the past few months, and Cruskits have helped a lot :) I always opt for the light version, and you can really taste that airy yet creamy butter taste in the Original version in comparison to the light version. I like to eat Cruskits with slices of ham and cottage cheese, just because it’s high protein and part of the “dukan diet” guidelines. But your hummus topping and peas topping options sound very enticing indeed! Thanks for sharing :)

Comment from Mel @ The cook’s notebook
Time October 31, 2012 at 8:28 am

I’ve recently rediscovered cruskits and often have 3 for lunch with a variety of toppings – a smear of avocado or goats curd with some ham, smoked salmon, leftover roast chicken and a bit of salad usually. The rye ones are my favourite :)

Comment from Nic@diningwithastud
Time November 15, 2012 at 11:14 am

Love cruskits :) I find they have a buttery taste to them. So goo with stuff or even on their own

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