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
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.