Saturday, 30 April 2011

Go Ahead Yogurt Breaks

Go Ahead by McVities have quite a few biscuit type snack bars which are low in fat and some are also quite low in calories. Go Ahead Yogurt Breaks consist of a crisp biscuit which is coated with a yogurt flavour topping and filled with one of six fruits and mixed with sultanas.  There are six flavours to choose from: Forest Fruit, Raspberry, Strawberry, Blueberry, Tropical, Black Cherry.

Go Ahead Yogurt Breaks: Blueberry, Black Cherry, Raspberry, Strawberry
They're packaged as a box of six and each individual bar has less than 75 calories. But here’s where you have to be careful. The calorie count is given per bar, but each individually wrapped pack actually contains 2 bars which takes the calories up to nearly 150. So if you're counting calories, don't let this trip you up.

Go Ahead Yogurt Breaks are available in many supermarkets and are suitable for vegetarians but may contain traces of nuts.

Nutritional Information: Per slice Forest Fruit: 71 calories, 1g protein, 12.8g carbohydrates, 6.8g sugars, 1.8g fat, 0.8g saturates, 0.4g fibre, 0.1g salt, 60mg calcium.

Friday, 29 April 2011

Refreshers Fruit Flavour Ice Lollies

Refreshers from Barratt are multi-layered and flavoured ice lollies on a stick. The various layers of fruit flavours include raspberry, orange, lime and lemon. Each box has six individual 45ml lollies and they have only 56 calories each, so are good for dieters watching their calorie intake. Children love them and they’re very refreshing on a hot day. Refreshers are suitable for vegetarians and can be found in larger supermarkets.
Nutritional Information: Per ice lolly: 56 calories, 0.7g protein, 11.7g carbohydrate, 9.6g sugars, 0.6g saturates, 0.7g fat.

Weight Watchers Sugar Free Jelly Crystals

Most jellies have quite a bit of sugar in them, so aren’t low in calories. There are, however, a few different sugar free options available, some of which are ready made, and others which you make up yourself.

These jelly crystals from the Weight Watchers range come in individual 8g sachets which you mix with water to make up 400ml of jelly. It sets in around two hours and the entire 400ml has only 32 calories.

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Mikado Chocolate Sticks

Milk and white chocolate Mikado
Mikado are made in France by Kraft Foods and are thin, crunchy biscuit sticks, coated with creamy chocolate. They've cleverly left a bit of biscuit stick uncoated at the bottom so you can safely hold it without getting melted chocolate all over your fingers. The 70g packet holds around 27 sticks and they're wrapped in a foil pouch to keep them fresh.

Mikado are a perfect treat for dieters who need a bit of a chocolate hit but don't want to tempt themselves into going near a regular chocolate bar, plus they’ve got that nice biscuit crunch to them.

The best thing about Mikado is that each stick has only 11 calories. Great for keeping in the fridge for when you fancy a quick bite of chocolate - grab one and run, so you don't eat them all at once. Kids love them too.

Lots of smaller outlets sell Mikado as well as supermarkets. They're available in milk chocolate, white chocolate and dark chocolate and a new addition to the range is Totally (hazel) Nuts.

New Mikado Daim - see this post.

Suitable for vegetarians.

Nutritional Information: Per stick: 11 calories, 0.2g protein, 1.5g carbohydrates, 0.8g sugars, 0.5g fat, 0.3g saturates, 0.1g fribre, trace salt. High sugars, Medium/High Fat, High saturates, Medium salt.

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

The Grapefruit Diet

What Sort of Diet is it?

The Grapefruit diet is an extreme diet which has been around since the 1930s and is often one of the first diets people ever try. It promises a quick weight loss for those who want to lose as much weight as possible in a short period of time. Due to its very low daily calorie intake, the grapefruit diet isn’t meant to be followed for more than one week at a time.

How Does it Work?

The diet is based on the theory that certain enzymes within grapefruits cause the body to burn off fat at a faster rate. You can certainly lose weight on the diet, but this is more likely due to the fact that you’re eating so little, less than 800 calories a day.

What Can You Eat?

Obviously, on this diet you have to like grapefruit. You’ll be eating it for breakfast, lunch and dinner! You can eat other foods, but not much. For example, at lunch you’re allowed an egg salad with tomatoes, carrots and a slice of wholemeal bread in addition to your half grapefruit. Dinner isn’t much more exciting. It’s another egg salad, but this time you can add lettuce, tomatoes and dressing (low fat, low sugar etc) along with the obligatory half grapefruit. Oh, and you can follow this with black tea or coffee. Absolutely no snacks are allowed.

Are There Side Effects?

Because the diet contains so few calories as well as very little in the way of fibre, essential vitamins and minerals such as calcium or iron, you probably won’t feel great on this diet. You may experience constipation as well as dizziness due to the low calorie intake.

Anyone sticking to this diet will almost certainly lose weight. However, much of this will be water loss rather than actual fat. This isn’t a nutritionally balanced diet and, although the weight loss will be encouraging, it’s virtually akin to a starvation diet and not recommended for any long period of time.

If you're interested in following the diet, you can buy a kindle edition of the The New Grapefruit Diet here.

And with all those grapefruits you'll need to cut open and eat, this grapefruit spoon with serrated edges is indispensable.

15cm Stainless Steel Grapefruit Spoon

Update November 2012:

Grapefruit may pose a health risk to people who are taking certain medications. Recent research by a team at the Lawson Health Research Institute in Canada said:

 'the number of drugs which had serious side effects with grapefruit had gone from 17 in 2008 to 43 in 2012. They include some drugs for a range of conditions including blood pressure, cancer and cholesterol-lowering statins and those taken to suppress the immune system after an organ transplant.'

To find out more, visit this link: BBC News.

© Diets and Calories 2012

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Cadbury Light Trifle

Anyone who loves Cadbury's chocolate, is sure to enjoy Cadbury's trifle. And even if you're on a diet, there's a version for you which has half the fat of the original Cadbury's trifle and just 130 calories compared with 235 with the full fat version.

The trifle has three gorgeous layers. At the bottom is a light chocolate mousse, followed by a smooth milk chocolate dessert with chocolate chip cookie and finished off with a creamy topping. It's pure indulgence. Eat it slowly for maximum enjoyment. They're sold as a twin pack and are available in larger supermarkets.

 Nutritional Information: Per 90g trifle: 130 calories, 4.2g protein, 18.4g carbohydrates, 3.9g fat. (not suitable for vegetarians)

Snack a Jacks

Snack a Jacks are a rice and corn snack which are available in sweet and savoury flavours. If you find rice cakes somewhat bland to eat on their own, Snack a Jacks have made them much more palatable and they make a nice change from crisps. You can buy them as multi packs – bags of 6, or individually.

Flavours available include: Sour cream & Chive, Sweet Chilli, Prawn Cocktail, Barbecue, Salt & Vinegar and Caramel. All of them are suitable for vegetarians and calories per bag range between around 90 to 110.

Nutritional Information: Per 26g packet – Sour Cream & Chive: 108 calories, 2g protein, 20.4g carbohydrates, 1.7g sugars, 2g fat, 0.2g saturates, 0.3g fibre, 0.71g salt.

Monday, 25 April 2011

The Cambridge Weight Plan (The Cambridge Diet)

What Sort of Diet is it?

The Cambridge Diet is now known as The Cambridge Weight Plan and is probably one of the lowest calorie diets around. It is a liquid only diet for the first couple of weeks and the calorie intake is only about 415-554 per day. However, it is nutritionally balanced. Those wanting to embark on this diet need to do so through an independent counselor who is a trained and accredited Independent Cambridge Consultant. These counselors will sell you the diet product and screen you for medical problems. They will also monitor you throughout the diet while providing advice to help motivate and encourage you to reach your target weight.

How Does it Work?

The diet works because it is so low in calories. You basically forget about dealing with ‘proper’ food and live solely on the diet’s specially formulated shakes for a minimum of one week and maximum of 12 weeks. You lose weight quickly during this period, both because of the low calorie intake but also because the body goes into a state of ketosis, where, due to the low carbohydrate intake, the body turns to using stored fat for energy.

There is a six step programme where step one is the very low calorie diet (VLCD) and can only be followed by those with a BMI of 25 plus one stone. Dieters can start at step one and work their way through the 6 steps which gradually increases the calorie intake and amount of regular food.

What Can You Eat?

Nothing! Well, you won’t be chewing on anything for the first few weeks on step 1. Instead, you can have three or four shakes each day and you have a choice of flavours. No snacks are allowed but you are encouraged to drink at least 2 litres of water each day. The alternative step 1 provides an option where instead of 3-4 shakes you can have 3 shakes and a 200 calorie meal or 4 shakes and 200ml of skimmed milk.

After this you can extend your range of food to include the diet’s specially formulated bars as well as soups. The strict 415 calorie intake is followed for a maximum of 8 weeks after which you can increase your calorie intake to various levels between 800-1500. You can also start including regular foods.

Are There Side Effects?

Because this is such a low calorie diet, it can create mineral imbalances which can be extremely dangerous for some people. As such, these type of diets should only be undertaken while under the supervision of a medical practitioner.
Many people find they cope with this diet because they can forget about dealing with regular food and counting calories or planning meals. When people have a lot of weight to lose, they often find it easier not having to deal with the temptations of proper food, and therefore find much success while following the Cambridge Weight Plan.

However, once people reach their target weight, they often return to old eating habits and many go on to regain their lost weight. But this is something countless dieters experience no matter what the diet.

© Diets and Calories 2011

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Weight Watchers Korma Sauce

Chicken Korma is a delicious, creamy coconut curry that is usually out of bounds when you’re on a diet because of its frighteningly high calorific fat content. But Weight Watchers have their own Korma sauce which is much lower in fat and calories than regular Korma. It's easy to cook. All you do is brown some chicken then stir in the sauce and leave to simmer.

The jar contains only 350g but this is more than enough to serve three or four people when accompanying the meal with vegetables and rice.

Available in larger supermarkets and it's suitable for vegetarians (before adding the chicken!)
Nutritional Information: Per 100g: 56 calories, 1.4g protein, 8.4g carbohydrate, 1.7g fat, 0.9g saturates, 0.9g fibre, 0.3g salt.

Thursday, 21 April 2011

The Importance of Keeping a Food Diary

Food diary,
It may well be that you’ve heard all about food diaries but think it’s a complete waste of time. I mean, how is writing stuff down supposed to help you lose weight?

But in fact, keeping a food diary is one of the most effective weight loss tools you can use. And it doesn’t cost a penny.

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Weight Watchers Nachos and Cheese Puffs Snacks

Weights Watchers have lots of low calorie versions of popular snacks. Here are two which can be purchased as multi packs in all the major supermarkets.

The Cheese Flavour Puffs come in an 18g bag and have 80 calories, while the Nacho Cheese Flavour Tortillas have 84 calories per bag.

It might not seem as if there is too much to a bag but it's all good for portion control when you're on a diet. 

Newer packs have been updated with Weight Watchers ProPoints system.

Nutritional Information: Per bag of Cheese Puffs: 80 calories,1.4g protein,13.9 carbohydrates, 0.5g saturates, 1.9g fat, 0.3g saturates, 0.6g fibre, 0.2g salt. Both packs are worth 2 ProPoints.

Monday, 18 April 2011

Best Foods To Help You Lose Weight

For many people, going on a diet signals deprivation and feeling hungry all the time. But that’s only if you’re following an extreme weight loss diet. This type of diet may work in the short term, but it’s virtually impossible to stick to. Unless you eat food that’s going to satisfy you, keeping you full for longer while providing you with maximum nutrients, you’re more likely to succumb to hunger pangs and break your diet. However, if you include the following foods in your diet, you’ll find it much easier sticking to your diet and feel healthier while you’re losing weight.

1. White Fish

We should aim to eat at least two portions of fish each week. But white fish is even more helpful for the dieter. As well as being very low in calories, it’s also exceptionally high in protein. This is good because protein is filling, so you’ll be fuller for longer. As an example, 80g of cod has only 89 calories and 0.7g of fat but 19.4g of protein. As long as you grill, steam or bake it, it’ll stay low calorie.

2. Berries

We’re urged to eat plenty of fruit when on a diet. However, stuffing yourself with bananas and mangoes won’t help you lose weight. Sure, they taste great because they’re so sweet, but some fruits are loaded with natural sugar. Instead, choose berries.

This includes raspberries, strawberries, blackberries and blueberries. They’re all really low in calories, have a good fibre content and are full of antioxidants. And they taste great blended into a yogurt smoothie.

 3. High Fibre Foods

Fibre is one of the best ways of filling yourself up while you’re on a diet. When you eat foods rich in fibre, it absorbs more water, causing it to swell inside you, thereby making you feel full.

Best high fibre foods include wholemeal and stone ground bread, wholewheat cereals, especially All Bran, Bran Flakes, in fact, anything with ‘bran’ in its name should have plenty of fibre. And vegetables such as green beans, broccoli, carrots, leeks and cabbage.

By including lots of these foods in your diet, you’ll find it easier to lose weight and you won’t be left feeling hungry. And when you’ve lost the weight, keep on eating them as often as possible so you can continue to reap all the health benefits while at the same time you’ll be less likely to regain any weight lost.

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Sparkling Orange from Tesco

There are plenty of low calorie diet drinks on the market and most supermarkets have their own versions alongside the major brands. However, the stores' own brands are usually cheaper. Here is Tesco's own sparkling diet Orange drink available in a 2 litre bottle.

Nutritional Information: Per 100ml: 3 calories, trace protein, 0.4g carbohydrates, 1.8g fat, 0.2g saturates, 0.6g fibre, 0.6g salt

Tuna, Sweetcorn and Mayonnaise

Tuna and sweetcorn makes a tasty and healthy filling for a sandwich. But many store bought versions are often laden with calories because of the high fat mayonnaise they use. However, you can buy ready prepared cans of tuna, sweetcorn and mayonnaise that are also low calorie. And because they're in cans, they'll keep for ages in your cupboard and so come in handy when you've run out of fresh sandwich fillers.

Sainsbury’s Be Good To Yourself have their own version, as do John West Weight Watchers. They can be purchased in a pack of 3 x 80g cans. Both these brands have a similar number of calories and the Weight Watchers can has 2 ProPoints.

Nutritional Information: Per 80g can: 79 calories, 12.2g protein, 3.2g carbohydrates, 1.8g fat, 0.2g saturates, 0.6g fibre, 0.6g salt

Red Bull Sugarfree®

Red Bull is a popular drink among those who need a caffeine boost from something other than coffee. The sugar free version contains the same amount of caffeine (0.03%) as regular Red Bull but has only 7.5 calories per can compared to 112.5 calories for the sugared variety.

It’s available in many outlets which sell carbonated drinks as well as supermarkets where you can buy individual 250ml cans or 4 x 250ml packs.

Nutritional Information: Per 250ml can: 7.5 calories, 2.5g carbohydrates, 0.2g sodium, zero fat and zero protein.

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Obesity Levels In Children Forecast To Fall

Levels of obesity have been rising steadily since the mid-1970s. However, according to recent forecast figures, it appears that childhood obesity may have peaked.

Researchers from the University of Oxford, led by Professor Klim Mcpherson, have produced revised forecasts based on the annual health survey (one of the most comprehensive health surveys in the world) for 2007. Although obesity among children had been forecast to keep rising, there now appears to be something of a reverse in this upward trend.

Young and Fat
Photo: Tobyotter
For children aged between 2 and 11, the forecast for overweight girls falls from 34 percent to 17 percent and for boys from 22 percent also to 17 percent. Among those who are obese, girls are down to 10 percent from 14 percent and boys drop to 18 percent from 25 percent.

In the teenage category which includes the age range 12 to 19, obese girls' weights are forecast to fall from 30 percent to just 9 percent, and obese boys from 25 percent to 18 percent with similar results for overweight teenagers.

Although the study did not provide reasons for the fall in predicted obesity rates, suggested possibilities for the fall include traffic light labelling on food packaging, parents becoming more aware of healthy eating and changes in government policy.

Despite these findings, obesity in children is still far too high, but the forecasted trend is definitely a step in the right direction.

More details at The Independent

Friday, 15 April 2011

Weight Watchers from Heinz Soups

Weight Watchers from Heinz have been making low calorie soups for years. It’s not surprising they’re so popular as they’re incredibly tasty and satisfying and you’d never guess they were so low in calories. They bring out new flavours from time to time, but many are old favorites, such as the Chicken Noodle and the Tomato flavour.
 All cans contain 295g and hold enough for one person. You should be able to find at least some varieties in larger supermarkets.

Flavours available: Country Vegetable, Chicken Noodle, Chicken, Potato & Leek, Tomato, Chicken, Vegetable Broth, Lentil & Carrot, Tomato & Basil, Mexican Spicy Bean and new flavour Tuscan Minestrone.

Nutritional Information: Per can of Carrot & Lentil: 87 calories, 2 Weight Watchers ProPoints, 3.8g protein, 16.1g carbohydrates, 0.4g fat, 0.1g saturates, 2.1g fibre, 1.8g salt.

Calories and ProPoints for the other varieties: Tomato – 74 and 2 ProPoints, Chicken – 98 and 2 ProPoints, Chicken Noodle – 50 and 1 ProPoint, Chicken, Potato & Leak – 97 and 3 ProPoints, Country Vegetable – 92 and 2 ProPoints, Tomato & Basil – 104 and 3 ProPoints, Mexican Spicy Bean – 112 calories and 3 ProPoints, and Tuscan Minestrone – 130 and 3 ProPoints.

Outline of the Dukan Diet

No more yoyo dietsThe Dukan Diet is one of the most talked about diets in 2011, not least because Kate Middleton’s mother was said to be avidly following it during the lead up to her daughter’s marriage to Prince William.

The Dukan Diet was created by Dr Pierre Dukan, a popular French nutritionist and author of 19 books. His successful diet is the result of his thirty years as a nutritionist.

You can find out all you need to know from the Dukan Diet Homepage

But for a general outline, read on.

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Weight Watchers Hot Chocolate Drinks

You can find Weight Watchers in all areas of the supermarket including the hot drinks section. If you’re following the Weight Watcher’s plan or even if you’re just watching your weight, you might like to try Weight Watcher’s Instant Hot Chocolate Drinks.

They are very low calorie per serving and are available in two flavours: Hot chocolate and Hot Chocolate Drink With Caramel.

Hot Choc with Caramel
Depending on the store you visit, you may find them available as sachets or in a plastic jar. Each sachet is worth 1 Weight Watchers ProPoint.

Available from Tesco, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s and ASDA.

Nutritional Information: Per Serving: 40 calories, 1.2g protein, 5.5 g Carbohydrates, Sugars 3.7 g, Fat 1.1g, Saturates 0.9g Fibre 1.7g, Salt 0.3g

Golden Wonder Golden Lights Crisps

Many people love eating crisps and they’re one of the nation’s favourite snacks. Most crisps, however, aren’t exactly healthy, but it’s nice to have a little treat now and again when you’re on a diet. 

These crisps from Golden Wonder have less than 100 calories per packet and they’re low in saturated fat. They also happen to taste pretty good, though some might find them a bit drier than regular higher fat crisps.

There are three flavours to choose from: Sea Salt, Sour Cream & Onion or Salt & Vinegar.

Nutritional Information: Per 21g packet (Sea Salt): 94 calories, 0.9g protein, 13.6g carbohydrates, 0.2g sugars, 4g fat, 0.5g saturates, 0.9g fibre, 0.5g salt.

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Don't Diet On Nuts To Lose Weight

We all know that nuts are good for us (those who aren't allergic of course!), and many diets recommend including them as part of a healthy diet. However, all too often dieters mistakenly substitute a few too many nuts in place of other high fat or high calorie foods. But, what many people don't realise is how calorific nuts actually are. And the same goes for dried fruit which is packed with sugar.

Each of those raisins is really a dried grape and every prune is a whole dried plum. But when they're in dried form it's so easy to keep nibbling away without realising just how many calories, and how much fat and sugar you're consuming.

Researched published on January 4th, 2011, by website SupermarketOwnBrandGuide, found that dieters snacking on nuts, seeds or dried fruit could be putting on weight rather than losing it. So if you're struggling to shift the pounds, maybe it's down to a few too many nuts!

For the record, a handful of raisins contains around 69g of sugar and 100g of Brazil nuts has 16.4g of fat

Qnexa - A Diet Pill For the Future?

Pills 3
Photo: e-MagineArt
Popping a pill to make the pounds melt away sounds too good to be true. And, at the moment it’s still a pipe dream.

However, there are many diet and weight loss drugs currently undergoing tests and trials in the hopes of finding a miracle diet pill that really works. One that’s produced some promising results, is a two in one drug called Qnexa.

Qnexa is a diet pill made from two existing drugs and it could help people lose up to two stone in a year.

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Can Eating Blueberries Help You Lose Weight?

Blueberries are already cited as a ‘superfruit’ and are one of the most healthy and nutritious fruits we can eat. They're rich in vitamin C, high in fibre and are full of antioxidants. These are chemicals which can help reduce the risks of certain illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and diabetes.

La Grande Farmer's Market
But it could be that the humble blueberry has another bow to its string. According to research undertaken by Shiwani Moghe, MS, a graduate student at Texas Woman's University (TWU), blueberries may prove to be a powerful weapon against obesity.

Blueberries contain high levels of chemicals called ‘polyphenols’ which can inhibit the development of new fat cells as well as breaking down existing fat. Researchers performed studies on tissue cultures taken from mice. They discovered that those given the highest doses of blueberry polyphenols yielded a 73 percent decrease in fats, while those given the lowest dose only reduced by 27 percent.

This could be a fantastic way of fighting the obesity epidemic. However, there's still a way to go since it still has to be tested on humans. But in the meantime, why not get snacking on blueberries? Even if it doesn’t result in a dramatic weight loss, you'll still gain from all the health benefits provided by this tiny fruit.

If you're not keen on eating raw blueberries, you might like this delightful little cookbook Very Blueberry which has all sorts of ways of incorporating blueberries into delicious and tasty recipes.


Source: Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (2011, April 10). Blueberries may inhibit development of fat cells. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 12, 2011, from­ /releases/2011/04/110410130824.htm

Monday, 11 April 2011

Ocean Spray Cranberry Classic Light

Cranberries contain lots of antioxidants and are great for our health. However, they’re not the ideal fruit snack because they’re quite sour tasting. An easier way to enjoy the health benefits of cranberries is by drinking cranberry juice.

Cranberry Classic Light from Ocean Spray is sweetened with sucralose and has only 8 calories per 100ml. This compares with 49 calories per 100ml for the regular Cranberry Classic. It’s widely available in nearly all supermarkets and is a long life product so you can keep a carton handy in your storecupboard.

Nutritional Information: Per 100ml: 8 calories, 1.4g carbohydrates, 1.4g sugars (naturally occurring).

Count on Us Individual Strawberry or Vanilla Yogurts

From the Marks & Spencer Count on Us low calorie range of products are two individually sold yogurts: Thick & Creamy Vanilla and Thick & Fruity Strawberry. As to be expected from M&S, they are delicious. Both have less than 80 calories for a 170g pot.

Nutritional Information: Per 170g pot (vanilla): 75 calories, 7.1g protein, 11.7g carbohydrates, 0.2g fat, 1g fibre, 0.2g salt

Wheatgerm Bread M&S

If you love eating bread but find it hard to give up when you’re on a diet, you don't have to. Many of the lighter 'diet' type breads can be quite airy and therefore not very substantial to eat. However, in many cases, all you need to do is swap from a large sized loaf (800g) to a smaller, 400g one.

And if you choose a smaller loaf, you can often halve the number of calories per slice. A tasty bread to try is Marks and Spencer's Wheatgerm bread. The slices are quite thin, but they’re nice and chewy and have a milder taste than wholemeal.

Nutritional Information: Per Slice: 50 calories, 2.2g protein, 8.1g carbohydrates, 0.6g fat, 0.2g saturated fat, 1g fibre, 0.19g salt.

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Cadbury Highlights Hot Chocolate Drink

Hot Chocolate
Cadbury Highlights are the low calorie option for those who like the original Cadbury Hot Drinking Chocolate made with milk, but need to cut down on the calories. Instead of mixing with hot milk, you only need to add boiling water.

It's available in four flavours: Milk Chocolate, Chocolate Fudge, Chocolate Mocha and Dark Chocolate. Plus the newest flavours Hazelnut and Caramel (See Post).

You can choose between buying it in a 220g plastic jar or in sachet form where you get 2 x 22g individual sachets. Because it's pre-measured you don't risk heaping too much into your mug!

Choca Mocha
Chocolate Fudge
Naturally it isn't as creamy tasting as the original made with milk, but it still has a nice chocolaty taste. If you mix the powder with a little milk before adding hot water, it has a creamier taste.

Available in most larger supermarkets and other grocery outlets.

Fudge and Milk Chocolate Packs (2012)
Nutritional Information: Per 22g sachet milk chocolate: 40 calories, 1.8g protein, 4.6g carbohydrates, 3.1g sugars, 1.4g fat, 1g saturates, 0.3g fibre, 0.35g salt.

Saturday, 9 April 2011

White Bread Is Less Popular Now

It's been a long time coming, but it seems at long last people are coming around the idea of eating bread other than white. Retail analysts, Kantar Worldpanel, say that sales of white bread have fallen by one percent over the past year. In comparison, purchases of brown bread have risen by six percent and seeded bread by nine percent.
Wholemeal bread
Photo: Flickr

Although it appears that the 'wholemeal is healthier' message might be getting through to people, shoppers are still buying double the amount of white bread than wholemeal. So there is still a long way to go.

Brown bread, however, shouldn't be mistaken for wholemeal. Although brown is slightly better nutritionally than white, wholemeal bread is far healthier because it’s made using the whole of the grain and isn't refined to the extent that white bread is. Therefore, wholemeal retains most of its nutrient content and is packed with B vitamins. Plus, wholemeal bread is high in fibre, which is good for a healthy digestive system. It's also filling, making it a good choice for dieting.

When it comes to calories though, wholemeal bread can contain a similar number of calories to white bread, so always choose medium or thin sliced over thick. And while the seeded breads are growing in popularity faster than plain wholemeal, they are also considerably higher in calories. That’s because of all those seeds. So if you're counting calories, go easy on the seeded bread.

Friday, 8 April 2011

Robinsons Fruit Shoot Low Sugar

For those who can't abide the taste of water but don't want a fizzy drink, Robinsons have the perfect solution. Fruit Shoots Low Sugar range of fruit flavoured bottled waters, come in a range of five flavours: Orange, Summer Fruits, Apple, Apple & Blackcurrant and Tropical.

Most supermarkets sell them in multi packs of 4 x 200ml or 8 x 200ml and their calorie contents per bottle range from between 10 - 14 depending on the flavour.Some retail outlets also sell individual 300ml bottles.

Nutritional Information: Per 200ml bottle (Summer Fruits): 10 calories, 1.2g sugar, trace fat, 0g salt.

Light Lunch - John West

John West have a few different ‘light lunches’ based on tuna or salmon, which are all nutritionally balanced and have less than 250 calories. They have a long shelf life and even come complete with a fork so they’re handy for keeping in a drawer at work or as a handy store cupboard standby when you don’t have time to make a healthy lunch.

This Salmon Light Lunch Moroccan Style contains wild pink salmon, bulgar wheat, potatoes, chick peas, mixed peppers and carrots in a Harissa dressing.

Nutritional Information: Per 240g pack: 200 calories, 13.2g protein, 33.6g carbohydrates, 1.4g fat, 0.2g saturated fat, 7.4g fibre, 0.8g sodium.

Other flavours in the range include:
Tuna Light Lunch French Style 240g (Tuna, sweetcorn & red pepper pasta with french salad dressing) for 221 calories; Light Lunch Tuna, Tomato Salsa 250g (Tuna, peppers, rice, sweetcorn, kidney beans with mild tomato salsa dressing) for180 calories; and Tuna Light Lunch Mediterranean 240g (Tuna, pasta, mixed peppers, flageolet beans and chargrilled onions with tomato & herb dressing) for 219 calories.

Prunes In Fruit Juice

Prunes are a great source of fibre and make a handy dried fruit snack. But they also make a healthy addition to breakfast either added to cereal or eaten with yogurt. The best type of prunes for breakfast are prunes in fruit juice because they’re soft and juicy.

Tesco has individual pots of prunes in fruit juice whereby each pot has only 100 calories (less if you drain the juice) and counts as one portion of fruit. They’re available in packs of four and can be stored in a cupboard until opened.

Nutritional Information: Per 120g pot: 100 calories, 0.8g protein, 23.6g carbohydrates, 0.2g fat, 0g saturates, 2.9g fibre, trace salt.


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