Wednesday, 15 February 2017

6 Healthy Tips for Pancake Day on Shrove Tuesday

I love pancakes but they're something I rarely eat these days. Back in the day when I used to indulge in pancakes, my favourite way of eating them was to drown them in maple syrup and top with a large scoop of vanilla ice cream. Oh so delicious, but so calorific.

However, there are healthier ways of eating the good old pancake, and in fact, when cooked the French (crepe) way, they're really thin so have fewer calories.

If you're looking for alternative ways of enjoying your pancakes without worrying about piling on the pounds on Pancake Day, have a read of the following ideas and recommendations.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Kellogg’s Ancient Legends Porridge Review

Here’s a new instant porridge mix from Kellogg’s which I discovered quite by accident in a local branch of Poundland. It's called Ancient Legends and contains a mix of spelt, barley, oats, chia seeds and dates. Of these, it’s spelt that’s the ancient grain.

Alternative grains are becoming an increasingly popular alternative to regular wheat these days, but some can be an acquired taste. So mixing them up into regular porridge oats is a great way of gradually introducing other grains to our taste buds.

The box contains 8 individual sachets (30g) with each portion containing 118 calories (if made up with water).

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Starbucks Espresso Nespresso Compatible Pods

Starbucks Espresso Nespresso POD coffee capsulesI adore coffee and can’t get through the day without at least one cappuccino. Although I have a Nespresso coffee machine at home which produces the most delicious coffee, my favourite coffee of all comes from Starbucks.

And finally, it looks like it might be possible to recreate that Starbucks taste at home as Starbucks have finally produced Nespresso compatible coffee pods.

So as soon as possible, I hotfooted it down to my local Starbucks and purchased one box of 10 Fairtrade Espresso Roast capsules for £2.95.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Rude Health Porridge Hazelnut Butter with Cacao

Rude Health Porridge Hazelnut Butter with CacaoUsually I’d totally dismiss any breakfast cereal containing chocolate. They’re often the most unhealthy, packed with refined sugars and high in calories. Definitely not the best way to start the day. But here is an exception.

Rude Health have brought out a gorgeous hazelnut porridge which is packed with nuts and cacao nibs and incredibly, it’s low in sugar! If you love chocolate and hazelnuts, I'm sure you'll like this.

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

December - the Most Unhealthy Month of the Year

According to latest research by Holland & Barrett, it’s a blessing that Christmas happens just once a year, especially for our bodies.

If the food, alcohol and sedentary lifestyles we adopt in December were applied all year round, we’d be more than seven stone heavier and spend more than two months nursing a hangover.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Top 40 High Sugar Breakfast Cereals

Kellogg's Coco PopsCereal is a quick and convenient snack to eat at any time of the day, not just for breakfast. Whether it's after school, work, activities, or just sitting watching TV, breakfast cereal is the snack of choice for many.

Unfortunately, too many cereals are way over the threshold of 22.5g of sugar per 100g. As might be expected, children’s cereals dominate. But there are plenty of newcomers such as gluten free and granolas aimed at the heathier market with shocking amounts of sugar in them. Sugar is addictive and manufacturers know it.

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Osentia Osteoporosis Screening Kit Review

Osentia osteoporosis screening testThis post is a slight deviation away from my usual foodie reviews, but is still very much connected to health and food.

Quite recently a new testing kit for fracture risk became available for people to use at home. A common cause of easily broken bones or fractures is due to osteoporosis. This is a horrendous disease which usually goes completely unnoticed until someone breaks a bone. As such it is called the silent disease and the only way to tell whether you have thinning bones is to have a Dexa scan.

I’m someone who loves to know as much as possible about my health and what’s going on inside my body so I was intrigued to see how it worked and what the results would be.

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Bounce and Protein Ball Co. Mini Protein Balls Review

Bounce protein energy bites cacao orangeI recently reviewed protein balls by Bounce and Deliciously Ella. However, if like me you decided they were just too high in calories (and price), you may be interested in these mini versions.

Bounce now make Protein Energy Bites which are sold in 90g packs and contain 16 bites per bag.

And just new on the scene are these little packs of whey protein balls made by The Protein Ball Co.

I purchased a pack of Bounce Protein Energy Bites – Cacao Orange and a pack of The Protein Ball Co. Coconut & Macadamia to see how they compared.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Koko Dairy Free Original Coconut Yogurt Review

Koko Dairy Free Coconut Yogurt Plain OriginalKoko have greatly expanded their range of dairy free coconut alternatives. In addition to their original coconut milk, they now sell a range of flavoured coconut milks, coconut based dairy free spread, virgin coconut oil and coconut yogurts.

I use Koko’s dairy free light and original coconut milk for recipes and making matcha tea so I was interested to find out what their new coconut yogurt would taste like. It’s described as ‘A dairy free, soya free alternative to yogurt made with coconut milk and yogurt cultures'.

The first thing I do when checking nutrition labels is look for the calories. For this yogurt it's 79 calories per 100g, which is similar to regular full fat natural yogurt.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Quaker Oats Super Goodness Grains Porridge Review

Quaker Oats Super Goodness Super Grains Original PorridgeJust in time for the cold winter months when many of us like to start the day with a hot breakfast, here’s yet another new offering from Quaker Oats.

This quick and easy to make porridge is called ‘Super Goodness’ and is available in a box of 10 sachets. The porridge contains a mix of wholegrain oats, red quinoa, flaxseed and barley. There’s absolutely no added sugar, and each sachet made with water contains just 114 calories.


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