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The best and worst supermarket party foods for your diet

partyfoodWith party season in full swing and the canapés and fizz flowing, sticking to your diet can be tricky. Party food is one of the best things about this time of year, and with more and more tasty offerings available in the supermarket, we’re spoilt for choice! But what about those pesky calories? Wouldn’t it be nice to avoid ruining our diets and still get our party food fix?

To make it a bit easier, the lovely people at www.goodtoknow.co.uk have rounded-up and rated 20 of the most popular savoury party foods, so you know which ones to fill your plate with and which ones to avoid.

To keep their findings fair, they’ve listed the nutritional information per canapé.

Asda Eat Hot or Cold Chinese Chicken Skewers

While these do have the convenience factor of not having to heat them up, these chicken skewers are the least healthy option in terms of calories.

Rating: 1/10
Cal: 139kcal
Fat: 1.7g
Sat fat: 0.5g
Sugar: 7.2g
Salt: 1.4g
Price: £2.38 for 8

party-cheesebitesTesco Frozen Mozzarella Sticks & Cream Cheese Bites

With a double dose of cheese it’s no wonder that these aren’t the healthiest party canapé. These are high in calories, fat and saturated fat, so definitely not ones to choose if you’re on a  diet.

Rating: 1/10
Cal: 115kcal
Fat: 7g
Sat fat: 3g
Sugar: 2g
Salt: 0.3g
Price: £2 for 12

Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Mini Salmon Wellingtons

An interesting twist on the classic beef wellington, however what these canapés offer in sophistication they lack in nutritional value. We recommend limiting these to just one per party, if not leaving them on the supermarket shelf.

Rating: 2/10
Cal: 92kcal
Fat: 6.5g
Sat fat: 3.7g
Sugar: 0.6g
Salt: 0.2g
Price: £4 for 12

Sainsbury’s Duck Spring Rolls

Delicious and great value for money, these  duck rolls from Sainsbury’s are ideal if you’re throwing a party on a budget. Not so great if you’re on a diet though, with such a high level of calories and fat content.

Rating: 2/10
Cal: 81kcal
Fat: 4.6g
Sat fat: 0.6g
Sugar: 1.7g
Salt: 0.1g
Price: £2.25 for 10

Tesco Mini Chicken Kievspartykievs

Chicken kievs are a family staple and these mini versions from Tesco make for the perfect party snack. There is a huge amount of fat in them though, so they’re not the ones to stockpile.

Rating: 2.5/10
Cal: 75kcal
Fat: 4.1g
Sat fat: 0.9g
Sugar: 0.3g
Salt: 0.2g
Price: £3 for 10

Tesco Finest Frozen Pork Cocktail Sausages in Bacon

Pigs in blankets are a family favourite at any time of the year, but in particular around Christmas. These frozen pork cocktail sausages in bacon are high in calories and fat though. We would limit ourselves to just one per party.

Rating: 3/10
Cal: 70kcal
Fat: 5.6g
Sat fat: 2.0g
Sugar: 0.2g
Salt: 0.4g
Price: £3.50 for 10

Iceland Party Salmon and Chicken Fillet Parcels

Salmon with a dill sauce and chicken with a garlic mushroom sauce parcels are party pleasers. Although the salmon options are ones to avoid if you’re counting your calories this December.

Rating: 3.5/10
Cal: 65kcal for salmon / 54kcal for  chicken  
Fat: 3.8g for salmon / 2.6g for chicken
Sat fat:
1.8g for salmon / 1.5g for  chicken
Sugar: 0.5g for salmon / 0.6g for chicken
Salt: 0.1g for salmon / 0.1g for  chicken
Price: £2 for 12

Tesco Finest Chicken Pyramids with Satay Dip

Without a doubt these are one of the tastiest canapés in the list, but if you’re on a  diet they’re not the best option. Marinated in coconut curry, these are definitely not ones to fill your trolley with.

Rating: 3.5/10
Cal: 
65kcal
Fat: 3g
Sat fat: 1g
Sugar: 1g
Salt: 0.2g
Price: £4 for 10

Heston Mini Fish Pie

With salmon, smoked haddock and pea shoots, these are one of the most expensive party canapés in the round up, and if you want to impress your guests then they’re the perfect option. However, they’re not the healthiest and are not suitable for kids with the added vermouth.

Rating: 4/10
Cal: 64kcal
Fat: 3.5g
Sat fat: 1.6g
Sugar: 0.8g
Salt: 0.1g
Price: £6.99 for 12 at Waitrose

Waitrose Indian Snacks

With the choice of vegetable samosas, onion bhajis and spinach and dhal pakoras, this Indian snack selection is a crowd pleaser. It’s also good value for money and not the worst party food option in terms of calories.

Rating: 5/10
Cal: 63kcal
Fat: 3.2g
Sat fat: 0.3g
Sugar: 1.1g
Salt: 0.05g
Price: £3.99 for 12

Waitrose Mini Mozzarella & Tomato Pizzas

A favourite with the whole family, these mini pizzas are a party must-have. Why not try chopping up some vegetables to add on  top to boost the nutritional value too?

Rating: 5/10
Cal: 61kcal
Fat: 2.3g
Sat fat: 1.2g
Sugar: 0.7g
Salt: 0.1g
Price: £2.99 for 12

Sainsbury’s Camembert & Cranberry Parcels

Camembert is usually associated with unhealthy foods, but these mini parcels sit on the healthier side of this round up. Plus, they’re a safe option as we have yet to meet anyone who doesn’t like the cranberry and camembert combination.

Rating: 6/10
Cal: 55kcal
Fat: 3.4g
Sat fat: 1.4g
Sugar: 0.6g
Salt: 0.1g
Price: £3 for 10

Asda Jalapeno Stuffed Peppers

One of the healthiest vegetarian options in this round-up, Asda’s Jalapeno Stuffed Peppers are a great party option and score well on the calorie front.

Rating: 6/10
Cal: 54kcal
Fat: 3.3g
Sat fat:
1.5g
Sugar: 0.7g
Salt: 0.1g
Price: £2.38 for 8

Iceland Chippy Style Chicken Strips

These will go down a treat with the kids and they’re very light on the purse. We intend to buy these in bulk for the party season.

Rating: 7/10
Cal: 51kcal
Fat: 3.3g
Sat fat: 1,3g
Sugar: 0.2g
Salt: 0.2g
Price: £3 for 18

Sainsbury’s Thai Vegetable Moneybags

Parcels of Thai red curry-style vegetables make for the perfect party snack and are low in saturated fat, sugar and salt, so they’re perfect if you’re trying to stick to your diet throughout the festive season.

Rating: 7/10
Cal: 50kcal
Fat: 3g
Sat fat: 1.4g
Sugar:
0.5g
Salt: 0.3g
Price: £3 for 10

Iceland Party Crispy Crouton Prawns

Small, bite-size prawn pieces are the perfect party food in our opinion. Easy to eat whilst stood up at your party, low in calories and incredibly tasty, not to mention great value for money – what more could you ask for?

Rating: 7/10
Cal: 50kcal
Fat: 3.3g
Sat fat: 1.5g
Sugar: 0.3g
Salt: 0.2g
Price: £2 for 12

Asda Mini Hot Dogs

These are a clear winner with the kids and fortunately, they’re low in fat, sugar and salt, so they won’t ruin your diet either.

Rating: 8/10
Cal: 49kcal
Fat: 3.3g
Sat fat: 1.5g
Sugar:
0.3g
Salt: 0.2g
Price: £2.38 for 12

Waitrose Chicken Chilli Blinis

A play on the classic blini, these chicken with sweet chilli sauce canapés have the surprise factor and they fair pretty well on the nutritional front as well – although, they’re not so friendly on your purse.

Rating: 8/10
Cal: 44kcal
Fat: 2g
Sat fat: 0.5g
Sugar: 0.7g
Salt: 0.1g
Price: £5.99 for 12

Waitrose Beef Yorkshire Puddings

Again, these aren’t the cheapest, but they’re incredibly tasty and score highly if you’re watching what you eat. Plus, these mini Yorkshire puddings filled with beef, horseradish and crème fraiche have the wow factor to impress your guests.

Rating: 9/10
Cal: 35kcal
Fat: 1.3g
Sat fat:
0.3g
Sugar: 0.9g
Salt: 0.1g
Price: £5.99 for 12

Tesco Frozen Filo Prawns

Prawns wrapped in feather light filo pastry make for the least calorific party canapés. Add a low fat sweet chilli sauce and dig in.

Rating: 10/10
Cal: 30kcal
Fat: 1.3g
Sat fat: 0.6g
Sugar: 0.2g
Salt: 0.1g
Price:
£1 for 12

All information in this article is credited to http://www.goodtoknow.co.uk/wellbeing/galleries/35084/savoury-party-food-best-and-worst-revealed.


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19 Dec
2013
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