Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Quaker Oats Squeezy Oat & Fruit to go Review

According to a report last week by The Grocer Magazine, breakfast cereal sales are going down. In particular it’s the ‘traditional’ type of cereal such as Cornflakes, Rice Krispies, Special K and the like which are losing out.

Instead it seems people are switching to ‘on the go’ type of meals such as breakfast bars and shakes or even missing out on brekkie altogether. I was surprised however to read that certain cereals such as Kellogg’s Krave and Crunchy Nut Granola are increasing. Surprised because of the high sugar content. Look out for my sugar in cereals post coming up soon!

But onto my review. Fitting in nicely with the ‘on the go’ trend, it’s another new one from Quaker Oats, with their new range of Oat & Fruit Breakfasts.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Tropicana Trop50 New Multi-Vitamins and Red Berries

I last wrote about Trop50 way back in 2013 when Tropicana brought out a new low sugar version of their fruit juices. While the Apple, Orange Original (with bits) and Pomegranate and Blueberry have since disappeared, two new varieties have recently hit the supermarket shelves.

Like the others in the Trop50 range, the new ‘Multi-vitamins’ and ‘Red Berries’ have 50% less sugar than regular fruit juice and are sweetened with Stevia (steviol glycosides). All flavours have only 20 calories per 100ml.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

October Could Be The Lightest You Weigh All Year!

If you haven’t dared set foot on the scales since before summer, now could be the best time to do it. Apparently, the period between May to November is when we weigh the lightest.

According to research recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine, we start gaining weight in the run up to Christmas and New Year, with more gained at Easter.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Making My Own Dehydrated Kale Crisps

Dehydrating kale for kale crispsAbout two years ago I received a dehydrating machine. It sat on top of the kitchen cupboard for around 18 months before I finally took the plunge and ventured into the world of food dehydration.

Dehydrating my own food is not something that ever crossed my mind. Living in London with a supermarket on every street corner, a matchbox sized garden and no home grown veg to speak of, why bother?

But with the popularity of snacks like kale crisps, which are such a tasty and healthy alternative to regular crisps, I wanted to have a go at making them myself while hopefully saving some money. If you've ever bought Kale crisps you'll know how costly they can be.

Since my first batch of home-made kale crisps made in the oven failed miserably, I decided to give the dehydrator a go.

Friday, 30 September 2016

Brits Are Obsessed With Social Media Food Pics

broccoli and radish salad According to results just released from a study by Lurpak, Brits spend a whole lot more time reading, watching, browsing, posting, looking and searching on social media for photos photos of food instead of actually cooking.

Rather than cooking for the enjoyment of it, a fifth of adults admit to regularly making a nice looking meal with the sole purpose of posting it on sites such as Instagram, Facebook or Pinterest.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Alpro Cashew Original Dairy Free Nut Milk

Alpro Cashew Nut Milk cartonExcuse the pun, but I have to say it - I’ve gone nuts for nut milk, in particular, cashew nut milk. After enjoying the taste of PLENISH Cashew Nut Milk, I trawled the online supermarkets looking for other brands. And amazingly, just new in, is another offering from Alpro, who must be aiming to corner every variety in the nut milk market!

Alpro Cashew Original 'nut milk' is available in the chiller fridges and has only 23 calories per 100ml.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Organix PUNK’D Snack Bars Review

organix punkd oaty bars strawberry and vanillaIf you’re not really into the craze of snack bars made with squashed dates, you may be interested in these bars from Organix. They're much more like a flapjack, something you really should avoid if trying to lose weight!

These oaty snacks bars go by the same ‘PUNK’d’, and they come in two varieties: Strawberry & Vanilla or Cocoa & Orange. They’re totally organic and have just 93 calories per bar.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Plenish Organic Cashew Milk Review

I've finally found an alternative to dairy milk which gives my favourite Alpro Soya Light a run for its money. This is a cashew nut milk from Plenish, certified by the Soil Association as Organic.

Since purchasing some of these new age cookery books from the likes of Deliciously Ella and the Hemsley sisters, I’ve been exploring further uses for nuts. One includes making cashew nut crème which is incredibly lovely.

As cashew nut cream is so nice, I thought I’d give this cashew nut milk from Plenish a try. Although expensive, it was on offer this particular day, knocked down from its usual £3.49 (ouch) to a slightly more reasonable £2.89. I was particularly happy to see so few ingredients, just nuts, water and salt. And it has just 34 calories per 100ml.

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Alpro Soya Milk for Professionals Review

alpro professional soya milkWith the increasing interest in alternative milks, Alpro have been expanding their range of dairy free alternatives. Alpro Soya for Professionals is an alternative option to their Soya Original which has been formulated for use in coffee.

I had no idea there was such a thing until I spotted this in my local Costcutter and couldn’t resist buying it. I may not be a ‘professional’ when it comes to coffee making, but I do appreciate a decent head of foam on my cappuccinos!

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Alvalle Gazpacho Original Review

Alvalle Gazpacho cold tomato vegetable soupThis is an unexpected review for me, mainly because it’s for a product I would never normally buy. The product - a free carton of Alvalle’s Gazpacho which arrived with my grocery shopping.

The idea of gazpacho doesn’t appeal to me. It’s basically cold tomato soup and I don’t even like tomato juice, which is a shame because it’s healthy and low in calories.

But still, here it was, waiting to be unpacked and needing to be refrigerated. I may as well give it a try.


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