Thursday, 23 March 2017

Calorie Comparisons McVitie’s Digestive Thins

Mcvities Digestive ThinsEven though I rarely buy packets of biscuits these days, I couldn’t resist stopping by the new range of McVitie’s Digestives Thins to check out the calorie content.

McVitie’s Digestives Milk Chocolate Thins have slightly more calories per 100g than the regular sized Chocolate Digestives but per biscuit, there are 52 fewer calories!

This is quite a big saving if you’re counting every calorie. Even eating two Thins provides fewer calories than a single regular sized Chocolate Digestive.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Is Your Waist Size a Better Health Indicator than BMI?

Reported in the news last week, we were told scientists have discovered the size of our waist is a better indicator of cardiovascular health than BMI.

This is old news! This has been known for years and was reported in the mid-1990s. Then in 2003, researchers were measuring the value of the waist to height ratio as a predictor of metabolic risk. Many others have reported the same.

In a way this is good news because it’s really easy measuring your waist.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Uncle Ben’s Rice Mini Pouches Review

Uncle Bens Mini Rice Wholegrain RiceUncle Ben’s Express rice has been around for years and it's something I always have in the cupboard.

These handy packets of ready to microwave rice pouches are convenient as they have a long shelf life and are quick to prepare. What could be easier than peeling back the edge of a pack and popping it into the microwave for 2 minutes?

Friday, 24 February 2017

Onken Porridge2Go Review

While working at a Regus office last week, I noticed a buffet table being set up in the reception area. Once it was ready, everyone working there was invited to help themselves.

Wonderful! However, this wasn’t your regular kind of buffet table. This was a promotional event for the new Onken Porridge2Go pots and the entire table was filled with little individual pots of porridge.

Porridge lover that I am, how could I resist? I helped myself to 2 pots (one for a lucky family member) and another for me. I ignored the sachets of honey, as this porridge is already sweetened.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

6 Healthy Tips for Pancake Day on Shrove Tuesday

I love pancakes but they're something I rarely eat these days. Back in the day when I used to indulge in pancakes, my favourite way of eating them was to drown them in maple syrup and top with a large scoop of vanilla ice cream. Oh so delicious, but so calorific.

However, there are healthier ways of eating the good old pancake, and in fact, when cooked the French (crepe) way, they're really thin so have fewer calories.

If you're looking for alternative ways of enjoying your pancakes without worrying about piling on the pounds on Pancake Day, have a read of the following ideas and recommendations.


Thursday, 9 February 2017

Kellogg’s Ancient Legends Porridge Review

Here’s a new instant porridge mix from Kellogg’s which I discovered quite by accident in a local branch of Poundland. It's called Ancient Legends and contains a mix of spelt, barley, oats, chia seeds and dates. Of these, it’s spelt that’s the ancient grain.

Alternative grains are becoming an increasingly popular alternative to regular wheat these days, but some can be an acquired taste. So mixing them up into regular porridge oats is a great way of gradually introducing other grains to our taste buds.

The box contains 8 individual sachets (30g) with each portion containing 118 calories (if made up with water).

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Starbucks Espresso Nespresso Compatible Pods

Starbucks Espresso Nespresso POD coffee capsulesI adore coffee and can’t get through the day without at least one cappuccino. Although I have a Nespresso coffee machine at home which produces the most delicious coffee, my favourite coffee of all comes from Starbucks.

And finally, it looks like it might be possible to recreate that Starbucks taste at home as Starbucks have finally produced Nespresso compatible coffee pods.

So as soon as possible, I hotfooted it down to my local Starbucks and purchased one box of 10 Fairtrade Espresso Roast capsules for £2.95.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Rude Health Porridge Hazelnut Butter with Cacao

Rude Health Porridge Hazelnut Butter with CacaoUsually I’d totally dismiss any breakfast cereal containing chocolate. They’re often the most unhealthy, packed with refined sugars and high in calories. Definitely not the best way to start the day. But here is an exception.

Rude Health have brought out a gorgeous hazelnut porridge which is packed with nuts and cacao nibs and incredibly, it’s low in sugar! If you love chocolate and hazelnuts, I'm sure you'll like this.

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

December - the Most Unhealthy Month of the Year

According to latest research by Holland & Barrett, it’s a blessing that Christmas happens just once a year, especially for our bodies.

If the food, alcohol and sedentary lifestyles we adopt in December were applied all year round, we’d be more than seven stone heavier and spend more than two months nursing a hangover.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Top 40 High Sugar Breakfast Cereals

Kellogg's Coco PopsCereal is a quick and convenient snack to eat at any time of the day, not just for breakfast. Whether it's after school, work, activities, or just sitting watching TV, breakfast cereal is the snack of choice for many.

Unfortunately, too many cereals are way over the threshold of 22.5g of sugar per 100g. As might be expected, children’s cereals dominate. But there are plenty of newcomers such as gluten free and granolas aimed at the heathier market with shocking amounts of sugar in them. Sugar is addictive and manufacturers know it.

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