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.


Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Top 30 Lower Sugar Chocolate Bars UK

With so much being written about the bad effects of sugar on our health, many of us are actively looking to reduce our sugar consumption. This often means cutting down on sweet treats such as chocolate.
Divine 85 percent dark chocolate bar
But, not all chocolate is bad. In fact, chocolate, or pure cacao, is full of nutrients. For example, it contains magnesium, some B vitamins, iron and flavonoids which are potent antioxidants. It’s even advised that we eat one to two squares of chocolate each day for its health benefits.

If you’re looking for a chocolate that’s healthy, then you need to search out those which are low in sugar! Yes, they do exist. However, you’ll need to head away from the ‘milk’ variety and head towards the Dark Side.


Monday, 25 September 2017

Dragon’s Den Bare Naked Zero Calorie Rice Review

I purchased this pack of Bare Naked low calorie rice quite a while ago. It was an impulse buy and once it was home and packed away in the cupboard, I’ve never felt inclined to eat it.

But, since going back on the 5:2 diet for a couple of days a week, filling up on virtually calorie free, if somewhat tasteless food, suddenly became very tempting.

In the past I’ve tried Zero Noodles and Eat Water low calorie noodles and found them to be virtually identical in taste and texture so I wasn’t expecting anything too different with this brand of rice. However, they weren’t quite the same.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Gluten Free Nutri-Brex Weetabix Alternative Review

With the continuing demand for gluten free food, you can now find a gluten free alternative to most wheat-based products. This is great news for those who are gluten or wheat intolerant as there is a lot more choice. But it’s also giving us a chance to try other types of grains.

Nutri-brex plainOne grain which you may not have heard of is sorghum. It’s nothing to do with chewing gum but is apparently the fifth most important cereal crop in the world. And it’s this grain which is the main ingredient of Nutri-Brex – a gluten free alternative to Weetabix or other wheat based breakfast biscuits.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Itsu Zero Noodle Low Calorie Salads

Itsu, the Japanese eat in and takeaway restaurant, is a great choice for healthy and low calorie food choices.

But now Itsu have introduced Zero noodles to their range of salads, giving even more low calorie choices for those watching their weight. There are three salads, all under 200 calories for the entire dish.









Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Whole Earth Sweetener with Stevia Review

Whole Earth Sweetener cubes and granulesI first came across the new Whole Earth Sweetener Co. sweeteners while in a branch of Starbucks. I sweeten my coffee with Truvia but noticed they’d replaced their regular Truvia packets with Whole Earth 0 cal sweetener packets.

Examining the packet more closely, I realised it's another Stevia sweetener, like Truvia, which is bulked up with erythritol. Each packet has zero calories and is equivalent to the sweetness of one teaspoon of sugar.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Most Popular Snacks in Our Fridges

According to a survey carried out by Appliances Direct, home owners in the UK open the door and look in the fridge up to 14 times every day! They also check the contents of their cupboards around 9 times a day.

I know this is something I'm guilty of doing, especially when I'm working from home. I go into the kitchen frequently to make cups of tea and coffee, which inevitably means opening the fridge door.



The snacks I choose tend to be something like fruit, yogurt or nuts. But only one of these makes the top 5 popular snacks in the UK.


Sunday, 23 July 2017

M&S Pet Food For Cats Review

M&S cat food selection boxI’m making a slight deviation away from my usual food reviews. This time I decided to review a pet food but it’s not me doing the tasting!!!

My two finicky cats persuaded me that this cat food from Marks and Spencer should definitely be on my shopping list next week.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Low Sugar Granola from FUEL10K

Back in December I wrote a blog post called ‘Top 40 High Sugar Breakfast Cereals’. Naturally these are the breakfast cereals I would advise NOT to consume on a regular basis!

Granolas, although incredibly delicious, are nearly always high in sugar and calories. Quite a few granolas feature in my top 40 high sugar breakfast cereals list, including those made by FUEL10K.

But there’s great news! FUEL10K have recently launched two new LOW SUGAR granolas which are being sold by Tesco.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Erythritol Zero Calorie Sugar Alternative Review

I’ve been researching different types of sweeteners, in particular, those which are more natural and less processed. Of course, any type of sweetener which is purchased in a bag or bottle has been through some kind of processing. However, there are some which are being touted as a more natural and healthier alternative to regular sugar.

One of these is erythritol. This is a zero calorie sugar replacement which doesn’t produce the same type of blood sugar increase as regular table sugar.

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