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.

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.

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