Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Nairn's On The Go Mini Cheese Oatcakes Review

Nairn's on the go mini cheese oatcakesNairns are best known for their delicious range of oatcakes. But they also make oat biscuits and oat crackers.

I recently discovered a new addition to their expanding collection – Nairn’s On The Go Mini Cheese Oatcakes.

Any food that has a ‘mini’ version gets my attention as it usually means mini calories too! Nairns On The Go Mini Cheese Oatcakes can be found in a box with 5 bags of mini oatcakes. Each bag is worth 110 calories.

Monday, 12 March 2018

Weetabix Range, Nutrition, Calories and Ingredients

Weetabix have such a wide range of breakfast cereals, I have decided to update my earlier Weetabix post (How healthy are your Weetabix) to reflect what's available in the supermarkets today.

Original Weetabix breakfast biscuits are still at the top in the 'healthy' ratings with a green traffic light symbol for low sugar, fat, saturated fat and salt. But there's a newer addition called Weetabix Protein which also scores a full house for green traffic lights - (you can see the nutritional information further in this post) and it has nearly double the amount of protein of regular Weetabix.

For this post I've included nutritional details for the whole range of Weetabix including Ready Brek and Oatibix. To date, there are 24 varieties!

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Public Health England Calorie Awareness Campaign

Public Health England (PHE) have recently released a new strategy and campaign designed to slow down the obesity epidemic in this country. Their main focus is on calories.

They have launched the One You Campaign, targeting adults to become aware of the calories they consume each day. They’ve come up with the mantra 400, 600, 600. This relates to allowing ourselves a maximum of 400 calories for breakfast, 600 calories for lunch and 600 calories for dinner.

While I’m all for counting calories, as far as I’m concerned, these numbers are as meaningless as the old mantra ‘2,000 calories a day for women and 2,500 calories a day for men’.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Ryvita Beetroot Crackers Review

Ryvita Beetroot quinoa crackersWhile browsing for oatcakes last week, my attention was diverted by the enormous range of crackers and crispbreads from Ryvita. It’s been a while since I purchased anything by Ryvita and the range has grown massively.

One pack that particularly caught my eye was this box of Ryvita Beetroot crackers which appear to be one of the newest arrivals to the Rivita brand. A quick calorie check revealed that one cracker has 25 calories.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Squirrel Sisters Raw Energy Snack Bars Review

Squirrel Sisters coconut and cashew nut raw energy barI’ve been weaning myself of sweet snacks as much as possible to reduce the amount of sugar in my diet. But I still keep the odd sweet snack in my desk drawer as a little treat, usually a Nakd bar.

But Nakd have many rivals, one of which are these  raw energy snack bars made by Squirrel Sisters. I’ve been reading about them for a while but it’s only recently I’ve actually been able to find them in a branch of Holland & Barrett.

There are four varieties: Cacao Orange, Cacao Brownie, Coconut Cashew and Raspberry Ripple. I purchased one Cacao Orange and one Coconut Cashew.

Monday, 5 February 2018

Chocologic No Added Sugar Milk Chocolate Review

Chocologic no added sugar dark chocolateI was interested to see this No Added Sugar chocolate bar called Chocologic. It's available in three varieties: Milk chocolate, Belgian Dark Chocolate and Milk Chocolate with Hazelnut.

All bars are 80g in size. The milk chocolate and hazelnut chocolate bars have 60% less sugar’, compared to other similar chocolate bars in the UK market, while the dark chocolate contains '90% less sugar'.

I picked up a bar of the milk chocolate to try it out.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Danone Light & Free Coconut Yogurt Review

Danone Light & Free Coconut YogurtSince I wrote about the new Danone Light & Free yogurts last year, Danone have brought out two new flavours: Coconut Craze and Lavish Lemon.

Like the others in the range, these yogurts come packed as 4 x 115g pots and have 63 calories and 56 calories per pot respectively.

I’m not that keen on lemon flavoured yogurt, but I adore coconut, so decided to see what the Coconut Craze variety was like.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Califia Farms Almond Unsweetened Vanilla Review

Califia Farms unsweetened vanilla almond milkSince learning about the incredible health benefits of Matcha green tea, I’ve been making it my mission to find a way of including it my daily diet. Unfortunately, I’ve never enjoyed drinking green tea, or any tea without milk, so I figured that turning my green matcha powder into a matcha latte would be the way to go.

I’ve read some lovely recipes for vanilla or almond milk matcha lattes so I started searching for alternative almond milks that I haven’t yet tried.

There has been an explosion in the range of non dairy milks lately, so it wasn’t difficult finding alternatives to dairy. One of the latest to hit the supermarket shelves is made by Califia Farms. They have two different almond-based drinks: Unsweetened Almond (16 calories per 100ml) and Unsweetened Almond Vanilla (17 calories per 100ml).

Saturday, 30 December 2017

Healthy Places to Eat Out In London

December may be the time to eat, drink and be merry. But it's January when the effects of overindulgence starts taking a toll on the body.

It's no surprise therefore that eating healthier and getting fitter are usually in the top five New Year's resolutions.

Eating out while trying to be healthy isn't always easy, but if you're in London, there is a wide choice of venues to try where you can indulge while reaping the benefits of healthy cuisine.

Here are a few of some of the healthiest places to dine out in London.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Marks & Spencer Chilled Soup Range 2017-2018

M&S Tomato & Basil soupIt’s been a few years since I updated the Marks & Spencer chilled soups range. During this time, M&S have made quite a few changes, including introducing several new varieties.

Some of these reflect the ‘trendy’ ingredients of the moment, such as cauliflower and kale, but there are still plenty of old favourites such as the Country Vegetable and Cream of Tomato.

Read on to see the latest selection of Marks & Spencer’s soups, which can be found in the chiller section of M&S Food halls.

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