Diet Snacks and Treats from So Shape:
When I was asked to review some of the So Shape products I confess I hesitated. Most of what I eat when I am trying to lose weight is food that I’ve made from scratch myself. I prefer that level of control and generally, my own way of dieting involves lots and lots of fresh vegetables. So Shape makes a range of shakes and meal replacements which I haven’t tried. And they also make a snack range, which I was sent to try.
The biggest advantage of the range of muffins, pancakes, mug cakes and granola I’ve been trying is that they are the sort of things which will satisfy that craving for something sweet without blowing your diet completely. They are also, relatively speaking, healthy. Most of the snacks seem to have added protein and fibre together with very low fat, sugar and salt. And, best of all, you don’t need anything except water to make them up.
I tried the mug cakes first. When you open the packet it smells just like Cadbury’s Options – really chocolatey and rich. But each mug cake is only 83 calories. I have to say I’d describe them as mini mug cakes – they are not really big enough to cook in a proper mug (maybe that’s something that gets lost in translation) and I found they worked best cooked in a ramekin dish. I also discovered that I liked mine best served with a dollop of zero fat total Greek yoghurt. A single mug cake somehow manages to be quite filling – and I could see myself buying these again, just as a way to avoid opening a packet of biscuits or chocolates but still satisfy that chocolate craving.
Muffins were similarly satisfying. More like a cross between a souffle and a conventional muffin, they really did need to be eaten warm and collapsed if you left them too long. I loved the addition of the zero sugar chocolate nibs – they melted into the muffin mixture to make a really delicious chocolate and vanilla cake. And they are under 100 calories each!
I found it easier to make them in individual paper cases tucked into the silicon pan that was supplied with the muffin packs.
Of the items to cook my absolute favourite though was the pancake mix. It makes puffy American style pancakes which I’ll confess to serving with yoghurt, honey and more chocolate nibs. But the end result would have fooled anyone whether or not they were on a diet. One portion of pancakes (I made mine into three small drop pancakes for convenience) has just 79 calories.
Then there are two packs of Granola. The kind of thing I keep in the cupboard for snacking emergencies. But the So Shape versions are much, much lower in calories and taste just as good.
What has impressed me in general about the So Shape range is that there’s an attempt to produce diet food which is relatively speaking ‘natural’and healthy. The eggs are free range, the mix is preservative free and has no GSM ingredients, trans fats or palm oils. Everything is vegetarian and gluten-free too. The range has added protein and fibre, so you don’t end up feeling hungry 5 minutes after you’ve eaten something. And, while items like the muffins don’t quite have the texture of their unhealthy cousins, for me they are still easy to eat, filling and delicious. Everything is ultra convenient, you just add water to all the cooked products or milk to the granola – so, it’s perfect ’emergency diet food’ for when you just really need a snack that isn’t a cucumber stick or bowl of miso soup.
For more about the So Shape range, check their website
Disclosure: I was sent samples by So Shape and have been paid a small fee to cover my expenses doing this review. All content is editorially given.