Thursday, 23 June 2016

Danone Light & Free Greek Style Yogurts Review

It was while waiting at a bus stop that I first noticed these new Danone Light & Free yogurts. I don’t usually pay much attention to adverts, but the huge poster billboard was hard to miss.

With zero percent fat and zero percent added sugar, these new Danone Greek-Style fruit yogurts claim they contain over 30% fewer calories than most full fat fruit yogurts’.

Naturally, without the fat and sugar, they're not calorific, with the average pot containing around 58 calories.

So what’s actually in them and, more to the point, what do they taste like?

Friday, 17 June 2016

Bonsoy Original Soy Milk Review

Bonsoy soya milkWhen I switched from dairy milk to soy, I tried many different varieties to find one which tastes best in tea and coffee. I’ve also generally concentrated on those with the lowest calories because I do get through quite a lot in a day!

While I’m still happy with my preferred soy of choice: Alpro Light, I still love trying out other brands, especially when they come highly recommended. Such was the case with Bonsoy. In my opinon, Bonsoy is the ultimate taste experience in soy milk. It’s almost perfection, but not quite.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Organic Bone Broth by Daylesford Farm Review

Daylesford Organic Chicken Bone BrothIn the world of good nutrition, all the talk these days is about bone broth. It’s touted by popular food writers Hemsley and Hemsley and it’s regularly recommended by nutritionists for its immunity and digestive benefits. And best thing of all, it’s easy to make yourself and it’s low in calories.


Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Boots Shapers Popcorn Snacks Review

With popcorn proving to be a popular snack for those looking to grab something quick to eat but not full of calories, there are plenty of brands to choose from.

Recently spotted in a Boots store are these new packets of Shapers Popcorn. There are two varieties available: Coconut & Pineapple flavour popcorn and the more flavour common Sweet & Salty. Both are a low calorie option with just 89 calories per pack.


Tuesday, 24 May 2016

The Primal Pantry Paleo Bars Review

I first came across The Primal Pantry Raw Paleo snack bars at a health food show in London. Little chunks of them were on offer to taste, and I kept going back for more. They’re truly delicious.

If you love nuts and dates, you’re bound to like The Primal Pantry Paleo bars. There are five varieties available (at the time of writing) and you don’t have to be a Paleo follower to enjoy these little beauties.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Marks and Spencer Eat Well Snacks Review

While browsing around Marks and Spencer recently, I thought it about time I took a look to see what sort of ‘healthier’ type packet snacks they have these days. It turned out there were quite a few.

Under the M&S ‘Eat Well’ logo, there is a new selection of alternative crisp snacks, most with less than 100 calories per packet. I purchased a few for review purposes and made a note of the others on display.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Stevia Sweeteners from Canderel and Morrisons

Artificial sweeteners have had a lot of bad press, with some studies leaving many of us understandably concerned about their safety. For those who are looking for a ‘natural’ alternative to sugar but without the calories, it looks like Stevia may be a healthier good compromise.

The number of Stevia based sweeteners on the supermarket shelves has been steadily increasing as different sweetener brands introduce their own version of Stevia.

Here are a couple of new Stevia sweeteners recently spotted on the shelves of a Morrison’s supermarket.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Koko Dairy Free Spread with Coconut Oil Review

Koko Dairy Free Spread - Made with coconut milkI was recently sent a sample of a new dairy free spread (sort of alternative to butter) from Koko, the people who make coconut milk (see review links below).

While I don’t personally use spreads like butter any more, my family still spread butter on their toast etc. and my elder daughter does lots of baking with butter. So I decided to let them be the judge. Of course, I did try some myself…

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Jim Jams Less Sugar Hazelnut Chocolate Spread

In these days of sugar overload, it’s hard to find a packaged product that doesn’t list it somewhere in the ingredients. Therefore, I was intrigued to hear about a range of spreads and jams that have been specifically produced to contain far less sugar than their counterparts.

JimJams is a new brand which includes an alternative to that high sugar favourite (Nutella), with 83% less sugar.

I purchased a jar of the JimJams Hazelnut Chocolate spread to see how it compared with Nutella.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Cranes Premium Cranberry Cider Review

Cranes cranberry ciderYou may not have heard of Cranes, but I have a feeling their name will become a familiar one in the not too distant future. Cranes is the world’s first premium cranberry cider’ which is made from fermented cranberries. At the time of writing there are three varieties: Original Cranberry; Raspberry & Pomegranate and Strawberry & Kiwi.

Cranes Cranberry ciders are 4% alcohol and sold in 275ml bottles. Each bottle has just 99 calories, around half the calories of wine!

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