Friday, 12 February 2016

Marks & Spencer Gluten Free Rice Porridge Review

marks and spencer gluten free  rice porridge Like many of the major supermarkets, Marks & Spencer now have their own range of products aimed at those with particular intolerances, such as gluten free. Whether this trend for gluten free foods is here to stay remains to be seen. But for now, we're spoilt for choice.

One product in the M&S ‘Made Without’ Wheat range is Gluten Free Rice Porridge. It's described as ‘a blend of brown rice flakes and ground maize’. Boxes contain 8 sachets, each worth 137 calories.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Gluten Free Buckwheat Spirals Pasta Review

Orgran gluten free buckwheat pastaMy youngest daughter is addicted to pasta. She'd eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner given half a chance. But, I'm concerned she's eating way too much wheat and gluten overall, so I’ve decided to try out some alternative grain pastas.

The first alternative pasta I purchased was the Gluten Free Buckwheat Spirals made by Orgran Health & Nutrition. They state they are dairy free (I should hope so!), wheat free, egg free, gluten free, soy free and vegan. So what's actually in them and what do they taste like?

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Koko Dairy Free Flavoured Coconut Milk Review

Koko Dairy free coconut milk is my favourite out of the many coconut milk drink brands out there. I like it because it has a mild, fresh coconut taste and is low in calories. Koko also make a dairy free Coconut Strawberry flavoured drink and dairy free Coconut Chocolate flavoured milk.

I was recently sent some samples of each flavour as well as the original Koko Dairy Free milk (see review) and a newer Koko Dairy Free Light – low fat version (another review). The coconut milks are available in packs of three 250ml cartons (not the light version) or large 1 litre long life cartons. Here’s what I thought.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Sukrin Gold Stevia Brown Sugar Review

Sukrin Gold stevia brown sugarFor those who are unwilling or unable to give up the sweetness of sugar, there are plenty of alternative options available. Of course there are countless artificial sweeteners providing an ultra sweet taste for zero calories. However, their safety poses questionable doubts for many.

These days Stevia is the basis for lots of new sweeteners on the market, including Sukrin. Sukrin Gold is an alternative to soft brown sugar, the type that you use in baking and sprinkling on porridge. Sukrin looks like, smells and tastes pretty much the same as regular soft brown sugar but has only 8 calories per 100g (less than half a calorie per teaspoon).

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Waitrose Love Life Low Calorie Dips Review

I first discovered these dips while returning from a trip to the Isle of Wight. We’d stopped at a motorway service area where we were looking for something light to eat. The family headed off to KFC (groan) while I happily browsed the mini Waitrose.
Waitrose love life dips low calorie

These mini supermarkets are fantastic for those of us who don’t want to refuel on supersized muffins and burgers. I found a nice salad bowl (no dressing) and tried to find something to go with it, such as houmous. Instead, I spotted these calorie controlled Waitrose Love Life dips. There are 3 to choose from: Beetroot Dip (34 calories), Red Pepper Dip (36 calories) or Tzatziki Dip (35 calories).

Monday, 4 January 2016

Weight Watchers Chocolate Hazelnut Spread Review

It's a mystery to me, but for some reason chocolate hazelnut spread is becoming more and more popular. For a while now, Nutella has stood alone catering for the chocolate spread lovers. But no more. Now there's competition from other brands, with one of the latest coming from Weight Watchers.

According to Weight Watchers, their hazelnut chocolate spread contains 66% less fat than its counterparts. It also has fewer calories. But what does it taste like?

Monday, 28 December 2015

Liberte Greek Style Fat Free yogurt review

Liberte greek style yogurtGreek yogurt is famous for its thick and creamy texture which is why so many people love it. While you can buy authentic Greek yogurt in the UK, such as Fage Total (available in full fat or 0% fat), many other brands produce their own version.

However, unless the yogurt is made in Greece, it can't be called Greek Yogurt. This is why there are so many ‘Greek Style’ yogurts on the supermarkets shelves.

Many produce a good likeness such as Liberte who have their own brand of Greek Style fat free yogurt. It's naturally protein rich and free of preservatives. It's also low in calories with just 58 calories per 100ml.

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Hartley’s 10 Calorie Sugar Free Jelly Pots

I last wrote about Hartley’s low calorie jelly pots back in 2011 (See POST). Back then there were just three flavours: Blueberry & Blackcurrant, Mango & Passionfruit and Cranberry & Raspberry. Now there are another six to choose from: Orange, Apple & Watermelon, Strawberry & Kiwi, Raspberry, Strawberry, Strawberry & Raspberry.

What they all have in common is their low calorie content. All have 10 calories or less.

Friday, 4 December 2015

OMBAR Organic Raw Chocolate Bars review

OMBAR Goji Berry ChocolateI never thought I'd see the day where a Bounty Bar, Dairy Milk or bag of Maltesers wouldn't tempt me. But over the last couple of years I've talked myself out of succumbing to those coloured wrappers vying for my attention at the corner shop. My eyes now glaze over and they hardly register. All that fat, sugar, calories! And virtually devoid of nutrition. What's the point!

Besides, there are so many better, healthier options when it comes to buying chocolate. For example, OMBARs.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Top 10 Drinks Gadgets - Great Christmas Gifts

Christmas is a great time for buying gadgets, especially when you're stuck for ideas. I love gadgets and my house is full of them. If you like gadgets, here is a list of the top 10 gadgets for drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic). 

I particularly like the look of number 4 which is ideal for those who don't like drinking plain water.


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