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.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Provamel Organic Cashew Nut Milk Review

Not so long ago the only nut milk available was almond milk. But now you can find all sorts of nut milks which I’m really enjoying trying out. My latest discovery is Cashew Nut milk made by Provamel who produce organic alternatives to dairy.

On their website, Provamel describe their mission as follows:

“We create delicious, naturally healthy, plant-based organic foods, for the maximum well-being of everyone and the utmost respect for our planet”.

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Mini Ambrosia Rice and Custard Pots

I love custard and rice pudding and those made by Ambrosia are especially delicious. However, I rarely buy these foods any more. Too much sugar, too high in calories etc etc.

But, they do say a little bit of what you fancy is good for you, and there is a way of indulging in these snacks without worrying about the calories.

Ambrosia’s mini pots of rice and custard are just 55g in size and contain a mere 55 calories.

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.

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