Friday, 24 April 2015

Cheat Sheet Guide To Growing Your Own Herbs

I love adding fresh herbs to the recipes I make. They instantly add vibrant colour, freshness and a host of added health benefits.

However, I don't grow my own herbs. I keep meaning to give it a go, but never get around to it.

Instead I end up buying those sealed packs of herbs from the supermarket which often end up turning to mush in the fridge because I've forgotten about them!

So rather than waste money throwing away expensive packs of wilted herbs, I've decided it's time to start growing my own. But where to start?

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Weight Watchers Fruit Jelly Pots Review

Weight Watchers Mixed Fruit in Jelly potsWeight Watchers have brought out two new jelly pots with fruit. There’s Juicy Berry which contains pear pieces in a berry flavour jelly and the other is Juicy Mandarin containing pineapple and mandarin pieces in a mango flavour jelly.

Both varieties are exceptionally low in calories. The Juicy Berry flavour jelly contains 20 calories and the Juicy Mandarin jelly and fruit pot has 23 calories. Both are worth 1 ProPoint.

Monday, 13 April 2015

Sukrin wheat free gluten free bread review

Sukrin Bread Mix Sunflower and Pumpkin SeedBread is my main food weakness, especially the seeded types. The trouble is, all those seeds make for a very calorific bread. A single slice from some brands can contain up to 150 calories, or more.

So I was amazed to find this bread by Sukrin which is not only packed full of seeds, it doesn’t even contain any wheat. And, according to the nutritional label, one slice provides just 47 calories. The trouble is, it’s not cooked. You have to bake it yourself. Was it worth the bother?

Friday, 10 April 2015

belVita Breakfast Biscuits New Tops

Despite having more varieties than all the other breakfast biscuits out there, belVita have decided they need to keep adding to their range. If you’re a fan of breakfast biscuits and have had your fill of what’s already on offer, perhaps you’ll be tempted by the new belVita Tops. They’re basically the regular whole grain biscuit with a strawberry or choco-hazelnut topping.

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Crisped Kale New Recipe Pret a Manger Snack

Pret a manger Crisped Kale new recipeNo sooner had I published my review of Pret's Kale Crisps, and they've gone and changed their recipe! I must admit that for the last couple of weeks I hadn’t been able to find any Kale Crisps in Pret stores. No one seemed to know why they didn’t have any stock. Now I do.

Pret's Kale crisps have lost quite a few calories in the process… down from 105 to just 67 calories per packet. But what else has changed?

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Pret a Manger Kale Crisps Review

Pret a Manger Kale CrispsUntil a couple of years ago, I hadn't heard of kale. Now it’s one of my favourite snacks. No, I’m not munching on raw kale leaves, that would be weird! (For those who do like munching on raw kale leaves, I salute you, I wish I could). Kale is a supremely healthy vegetable, but the leaves are somewhat on the bitter side.

One way of improving the taste of kale is by turning them into kale crisps. You can do this easily using a dehydrator or in a slow oven. I haven’t had any success with making my own, so I buy them ready made when I can.

My favourite Kale snack is made by Pret a Manger.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Low Sugar Cheerios Breakfast Cereal Review

I did a double take when I saw this box of Cheerios in Asda last week. Words tumbling round my head included ‘yeah right’, and ‘marketing ploy’ and ‘seriously, Cheerios, low sugar’. No way.
I had to inspect further.

Scouring the nutritional information I homed in on the sugar per 100g. Here we go I thought, this is where I catch them out. But no. There it was, plain as day. Just 4.7g of sugar per 100g (a little over 1 teaspoon). Anything lower than 5g per 100g is low in sugar!

This is the same as around one quarter of a teaspoon per 30g serving.

Cheerios Low Sugar oat cereal will now make its entrance onto my 10 Low Sugar Breakfast Cereals post.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Nairn’s Astro Bites 40% Less Sugar Review

Nairns astro bites biscuitsAstro Bites are the latest arrival from Oat Biscuit makers, Nairn’s. Aimed at the children’s market, Astro Bites are mini biscuits made from wholegrain oats and flavoured with cranberries and raisins. Their main selling point is that they contain 40% less sugar than the average children’s biscuit.

Although they’re aimed at the kids market, I think they’re perfectly suited for adults too, especially since each biscuit has only 10 calories!

Friday, 13 March 2015

Alpro Coconut Milk Review

I've recently got into the habit of making porridge using half water and half coconut milk. Besides giving the porridge a lovely flavour, it makes the porridge especially creamy, something which water alone doesn't do.

My coconut milk of choice is generally Koko Dairy free coconut milk. However, as I regularly use Alpro’s Soya Light, I decided to try out the new Alpro Coconut Milk which has 20 calories per 100ml.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Doves Farm Organic Gluten Free Cocoa Rice Review

My kids would be in heaven if I bought them Coco Pops. However, I just can’t compute the idea of eating chocolate at breakfast. My sister, married to a Frenchman, has fully embraced the whole French custom of dunking a baguette into a bowl of hot chocolate for breakfast.

This means that when she and her tribe come to stay (3 kids under 13), they invariably bring along a box of Coco Pops. And I'm branded mean and unfair by my lot. So, after their last visit, I  had a change of heart.


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