The SPC is just a month away and I thought what better to write about than some of my favourite macro-friendly branded foods to help other students stay lean.
Everything in this article can be bought from a supermarket and a student budget in mind. So, in no particular order…
McCain 3% Fat Skin on Rustic Chips
Now we all know the feeling of getting home after a long day of uni or a big workout and just not having the energy to cook a meal from scratch. These chips are a life saver if you’re still a sucker for the fast food life. For oven chips, the macros are amazing and you can take comfort in knowing that the ingredients are just straight up potatoes and sunflower oil. If you ever feel like being lazy and just putting these in the oven, you know it won’t ruin your macros for the day.
(per 100g frozen)
| 1.9g fat | 21.2g carbs | 2g protein |
Cholula Hot Mexican Sauce
If you haven’t hopped on this Cholula band wagon yet then pay attention, this sauce adds flavour it anything and everything without making a dent in your macros. Whether you meal prep or don’t have all the time in the world to marinade chicken then Cholula might just be your new best friend. Turns any cooked plain chicken into a culinary delight and you get a lot out of one bottle.
(per 5ml serving)
| <0.1g fat | <0.1g carbs | <o.1g protein |
I have a tendency to snack a lot when I’m busy studying or while I’m cooking and crisps are an easy way to eat a lot without feeling like you’ve eaten anything. Since discovering Pop chips, my cravings for savoury snacks of the fattier persuasion have been none existent. The pop chip brand has 5 delicious flavours and they’ve been so popular, supermarkets like Lidl and Aldi have been doing their own version. I love that I can eat a whole share bag of these and I’ve not even pushed passed the 400 calorie mark.
(per 23g serving)
| 3.6g fat | 14g carbs | 1.3g protein |
Oppo Ice Cream
Unfortunately the UK is yet to be graced with the U.S. answer to all things cold and creamy ‘Halo Top’ but I have just discovered an alternative which is pretty close. Oppo ice cream is currently only stock in Waitrose, Ocado and some independent fitness stores and does cost £4.99 but the macros are too good to ignore and love the idea of being able to eat ice cream everyday. There are currently three flavours to choose from; vanilla, salted caramel and mint choc swirl.
(per 100ml of mint choc swirl)
| 3.8g fat | 9.7g carbs | 3.1g protein |
Yushoi Snapea Rice Sticks
Another snack of the crisp variety but these are even more for on the go and have a decent amount of protein in them. I’ve been having them almost every day for the past few weeks, they’re delicious. A pack is only 89 calories and 4g of protein, not bad for a bag of crisps.
| 3.2g fat | 9.6g carbs | 4g protein |
Weight Watchers High Protein Wraps
Weight watchers actually have some really good macro friendly alternatives to some day to day foods. I love Mexican food, especially fajitas but the amount of wraps I get through when I have them means that I end up going way over my calories or carbs, but thanks to these wraps I can have fajitas whenever I want without having to be more careful with my diet during the day.
| 1.4g fat | 23.6g carbs | 7.2g protein |
Hopefully you try some of these snacks out and love them as much as I do. If you have any suggestions of your own favourite macro friendly treats, send them into us!
Article by Ellie Mason