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.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Waitrose Low Alcohol Cider Review

Waitrose low alcohol ciderAs I may have mentioned over the years, I’m not much of a drinker. In fact, it’s fair to say I don’t drink at all (these days). Probably the main reason for me is the calories. I just don’t like alcohol enough to waste calories on booze when I could put those calories to much better use eating healthy food!

The only time I buy alcohol now is for cooking purposes and this is why I purchased a bottle of Waitrose low alcohol cider. I was making a sausage & cider stew from the Hemsely & Hemsely recipe book and wanted to make sure I had all the right ingredients.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Pulsin Fruity Oaty Bars Review review

Browsing around my local health food shop the other day, I noticed some new snack bars. I don’t know if they really are new, but I hadn’t seen them before. The box that caught my attention was the Orange Choc Chip variety.

They’re described as:

 ‘Deliciously wholesome Orange Choc Chip oat bars, made with real fruit and natural ingredients.'

None of that fake stuff in these! There are 3 varieties of Pulsin Oaty bars and they're all gluten free, dairy free, soya free with non GM ingredients.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

New York Bakery Co. Bagel Sandwich Thins Review

New York Bakery Bagel thins pre slicedIf you’re bored with regular sized bagels or are looking for something a bit lighter, there are several alternatives. For example you could choose mini bagels or bagel thins – see previous reviews. And here’s another option from the New York Bakery Co. called Bagel Sandwich Thins.

They’re available in two varieties: plain white or seeded. Both have under 130 calories.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Matcha Green Tea Vivid Review

Despite my best efforts, I've never enjoyed the taste of green tea. I say best efforts because I’d love to include green tea in my daily diet, purely for its health benefits and of course it’s low in calories.

However, there is one type of green tea I can drink and that’s Matcha. I’ve been making matcha from a green powder and mixing it with hot coconut milk (not the proper way, but I like it). You can also drink it cold as I discovered one day last week.

Monday, 18 July 2016

LQ Liquid Health Collagen Supplement review

It's so true when they say 'you don't appreciate what you've got till it's gone'. For me, that was bouncy springy skin. I see it in my daughters now. Jealous? Not much.

As the years go by, our skin invariably degenerates and there’s little that can be done to slow it down. Or is there? Creams can only do so much, but they can't reverse the inevitable loss of collagen which results in saggy skin.

I remember reading a few years ago about collagen supplements and didn’t really believe it could have any benefit for the skin. But after researching various brands, I decided to find out whether there is anything in what they say.

The most recent brand I have been consuming is called LQ Liquid Health marine collagen which was sent to me to try out over a 30 day period.

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