Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Bounce and Protein Ball Co. Mini Protein Balls Review

Bounce protein energy bites cacao orangeI recently reviewed protein balls by Bounce and Deliciously Ella. However, if like me you decided they were just too high in calories (and price), you may be interested in these mini versions.

Bounce now make Protein Energy Bites which are sold in 90g packs and contain 16 bites per bag.

And just new on the scene are these little packs of whey protein balls made by The Protein Ball Co.

I purchased a pack of Bounce Protein Energy Bites – Cacao Orange and a pack of The Protein Ball Co. Coconut & Macadamia to see how they compared.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Koko Dairy Free Original Coconut Yogurt Review

Koko Dairy Free Coconut Yogurt Plain OriginalKoko have greatly expanded their range of dairy free coconut alternatives. In addition to their original coconut milk, they now sell a range of flavoured coconut milks, coconut based dairy free spread, virgin coconut oil and coconut yogurts.

I use Koko’s dairy free light and original coconut milk for recipes and making matcha tea so I was interested to find out what their new coconut yogurt would taste like. It’s described as ‘A dairy free, soya free alternative to yogurt made with coconut milk and yogurt cultures'.

The first thing I do when checking nutrition labels is look for the calories. For this yogurt it's 79 calories per 100g, which is similar to regular full fat natural yogurt.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Quaker Oats Super Goodness Grains Porridge Review

Quaker Oats Super Goodness Super Grains Original PorridgeJust in time for the cold winter months when many of us like to start the day with a hot breakfast, here’s yet another new offering from Quaker Oats.

This quick and easy to make porridge is called ‘Super Goodness’ and is available in a box of 10 sachets. The porridge contains a mix of wholegrain oats, red quinoa, flaxseed and barley. There’s absolutely no added sugar, and each sachet made with water contains just 114 calories.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Hippeas Organic Chickpea Puffs Snack Review

Hippeas Sweet n Smokin Chickpea snackThe first I learnt about this new snack was an eye catching advert in the ‘Healthy’ magazine by Holland & Barrett. Such a cute name – Hippeas!

This snack is described as ‘Organic chickpea snacks which are high in fibre, low in calories, organic, gluten free, and a source of protein'. Plus they have just 91 calories per serving.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Battle of the Energy Balls! Bounce vs Deliciously Ella

Take a stroll around any health food store and you’re bound to have noticed the presence of Bounce energy balls. Until very recently, Bounce were unique, deviating from the usual rectangular shaped snack bar by going spherical.

But now Bounce has competition – a rival from blogger, Deliciously Ella.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Quaker Oats Squeezy Oat & Fruit to go Review

According to a report last week by The Grocer Magazine, breakfast cereal sales are going down. In particular it’s the ‘traditional’ type of cereal such as Cornflakes, Rice Krispies, Special K and the like which are losing out.

Instead it seems people are switching to ‘on the go’ type of meals such as breakfast bars and shakes or even missing out on brekkie altogether. I was surprised however to read that certain cereals such as Kellogg’s Krave and Crunchy Nut Granola are increasing. Surprised because of the high sugar content. Look out for my sugar in cereals post coming up soon!

But onto my review. Fitting in nicely with the ‘on the go’ trend, it’s another new one from Quaker Oats, with their new range of Oat & Fruit Breakfasts.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Tropicana Trop50 New Multi-Vitamins and Red Berries

I last wrote about Trop50 way back in 2013 when Tropicana brought out a new low sugar version of their fruit juices. While the Apple, Orange Original (with bits) and Pomegranate and Blueberry have since disappeared, two new varieties have recently hit the supermarket shelves.

Like the others in the Trop50 range, the new ‘Multi-vitamins’ and ‘Red Berries’ have 50% less sugar than regular fruit juice and are sweetened with Stevia (steviol glycosides). All flavours have only 20 calories per 100ml.


Tuesday, 11 October 2016

October Could Be The Lightest You Weigh All Year!

If you haven’t dared set foot on the scales since before summer, now could be the best time to do it. Apparently, the period between May to November is when we weigh the lightest.

According to research recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine, we start gaining weight in the run up to Christmas and New Year, with more gained at Easter.


Thursday, 6 October 2016

Making My Own Dehydrated Kale Crisps

Dehydrating kale for kale crispsAbout two years ago I received a dehydrating machine. It sat on top of the kitchen cupboard for around 18 months before I finally took the plunge and ventured into the world of food dehydration.

Dehydrating my own food is not something that ever crossed my mind. Living in London with a supermarket on every street corner, a matchbox sized garden and no home grown veg to speak of, why bother?

But with the popularity of snacks like kale crisps, which are such a tasty and healthy alternative to regular crisps, I wanted to have a go at making them myself while hopefully saving some money. If you've ever bought Kale crisps you'll know how costly they can be.

Since my first batch of home-made kale crisps made in the oven failed miserably, I decided to give the dehydrator a go.

Friday, 30 September 2016

Brits Are Obsessed With Social Media Food Pics

broccoli and radish salad According to results just released from a study by Lurpak, Brits spend a whole lot more time reading, watching, browsing, posting, looking and searching on social media for photos photos of food instead of actually cooking.

Rather than cooking for the enjoyment of it, a fifth of adults admit to regularly making a nice looking meal with the sole purpose of posting it on sites such as Instagram, Facebook or Pinterest.

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