Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Crunchy Shitake Mushroom Snacks - Healthy or not?

Shitake mushroom snackI thought I was savvy when it comes to nutrition labels but was caught out when I bought these - Crunchy Shitake Mushrooms by Other Foods UK.

All the positive marketing labels convinced me to make an impulse buy - vegan, gluten free, nut & dairy free, 1 of your 5 a day, 100% natural ingredients, GMO free. They had everything going for them, plus mushrooms are so good for you and low calorie. And the front of the pack clearly states in BIG numbers - 99 kcals. What a find! I love my snacks to have 100 calories or under.

I should know better. I didn't read the small print.

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Light & Free Kefir Milk Drink Review

Light & Free kefirLight & Free by Danone have a great range of lower calorie flavoured yogurts. Now they’ve brought out their own range of kefir.

Like their yogurts, Light & Free is promoting their kefir on the fact that it has 0% fat and no added sugar. This brings the calories right down.

At the time of writing there are three varieties: Plain, Pomegranate & Blueberry and Cucumber & Lime. I didn’t fancy the idea of the cucumber & lime so I purchased a bottle of Plain and Pomegrante & Blueberry. These have just 93 calories for the whole 265ml bottle.

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Oppo Ice Cream Sticks Review

Oppo salted caramel ice cream stickThis summer saw a glut of new lower calorie ice creams all vying for space in the supermarket freezers. And here’s another one from Oppo. This time it’s in the form of ice creams on sticks with a chocolate coating, Magnum style.

There are two varieties: Madagascan Vanilla & Roasted Almond which has 120 calories per ice cream and the Salted Caramel with just 110 calories. I purchased a box of both.

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Deliciously Ella Nut Butter Balls Review

Deliciously Ella Nut Butter Balls Apple Cinnamon and AlmondAs a follower of Deliciously Ella on Instagram, it’s impossible not to view the daily stories relating to her nut butter balls. I’ve held off buying them for a long time, but finally succumbed while waiting at a checkout in my local health food store.

I purchased a box of the Apple, Cinnamon & Almond nut butter balls and a pack of Raspberry & Cashew nut butter balls at a cost of £1.99 per box, virtually £1 per single ball.

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Kombucha Drink by Pro Fusion Review

Pro Fusion Kombucha drinkImproving digestion is a big concern for many people with a healthy gut being linked to a healthy body and mind. One way of promoting gut health is by regularly topping up good bacteria with fermented food and drink.

There aren’t that many to choose from when it comes to drinks. One way is to drink Kefir which is fermented from milk, and another is to drink kombucha which is fermented from tea.

Kombucha can be drunk as a super healthy alternative to fizzy soft drinks because it’s naturally low in calories, naturally fizzy and can help increase levels of good bacteria. I purchased a bottle of Kombucha made by Pro Fusion Organic Living which has just 18 calories per 100ml.

Thursday, 5 September 2019

Missfits Protein Wonderballs Review

Missfits cacao protein ballsI picked up a couple of packs of Missfits protein balls in Sainsbury's a few weeks ago. I wasn’t actually looking for protein balls, but these caught my eye because they were mini protein balls, rather than larger ones.

I purchased a pack of Cacao at 138 calories per pack and a pack of Coconut with 117 calories per bag..

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Mochi Ice Cream Little Moons Vanilla Review

Little moons mochi ice cream vanillaTo be honest, I’d never heard of Mochi ice cream until my daughter kept talking about them, then demanding I buy ingredients to make them!

But a much easier way of sampling a mochi ice cream is to buy them and Little Moons sell a wide variety of flavours. Each box contains 6 mochi ice creams with calories per mochi ranging from 64 up to around 84 calories.

Thursday, 22 August 2019

Sainsbury's Apple & Cinnamon Rice Cakes Review

Sainsbury Apple & Cinnamon Rice CakesI discovered these rice cakes by accident while looking for breadsticks for my daughter. I used to buy apple rice cakes made by Mrs Crimble. But for some reason they stopped producing them. I wondered whether these would be similar.

Sainsbury’s Apple & Cinnamon Rice Cakes are described as ‘Apple and Cinnamon flavour cake with wholegrain brown rice, white rice, oat flakes and millet’. They’re gluten free and bags contains 4 packs of 2 rice cakes. Each rice cake has just 35 calories.

Friday, 16 August 2019

Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate 30% less Sugar Review

After reading some negative reactions towards the new Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate 30% less sugar version, I was intrigued to see how true the reviews were.
Cadbury Dairy Milk 30 percent less sugar

Cadbury Dairy Milk was always my absolute favourite chocolate bar but now I only buy dark chocolate (for the 'health' benefits). However, I really wanted to see how the reduced sugar version compared with the original as well as the differences in calories.

Friday, 9 August 2019

Halo Top Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sticks Review

Halo Top Peanut Butter Ice Cream SticksWe love Halo Top ice cream in my house, with various members of the family always accusing each other of finishing off the tub.

Now Halo Top have a new addition to their lower calorie ice cream range with the arrival of Halo Top Ice Cream Sticks.

Each box contains 3 ice creams on a wooden stick and there are four flavours - each have 100 calories or less per ice cream.


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