Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Shapers Under 100 Calorie Snacks (Savoury)

Shapers savoury snacks all have less than 100 calories per packet. They're a convenient choice for dieters and the calorie conscious who want a quick snack that won't ruin their diet. The front of each pack has a large and clearly displayed calorie count with the nutritional information at the bottom and more detail on the back.

Quote from Boots:

Boots Shapers range of everyday high quality, great-tasting foods are perfect for any weight-loss or weight-maintenance program and ideal for everyday healthy eating. The scrumptious meals and snacks are developed within controlled nutritional criteria that minimises fat and salt content so you can still enjoy a healthy, filling meal as part of your weight loss program.”

The following savoury snacks are all suitable for vegetarians.

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Lemon Drizzle Cake Slices – Tesco Light Choices

Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it? Well, practically every diet you care to name.

Fortunately, Tesco Light Choices know that many dieters love eating cake so they’ve developed a great range of diet products under the name of ‘Light Choices’.

Monday, 29 August 2011

Belvita Breakfast Biscuits Varieties & Review

According to market research, cereal bars are becoming an increasingly popular breakfast choice.

They’re especially popular among the younger generation and they seem to suit the fast paced lifestyles that many of us lead today.

Perhaps with this in mind, a new type of biscuit hit the supermarket shelves in 2010, specifically targeted at the breakfast market.

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Ice Cream Cones - Askeys and Carousel

Ice creams in cones are one of the most enjoyable parts of summer. Each year, the tinkling sound of the ice cream van can be heard in towns and cities around the country. Come rain or shine, they make an appearance, knowing that someone, somewhere will be tempted out of their home for a 99 flake.

Unfortunately, an ice cream in a cone, complete with chocolate flake and sauces drizzled over the top, means you’re looking at a treat worth over 200 calories. If you’re counting calories, you could always make your own ice cream in a cone for as little as 50 calories.

Ice cream cones themselves generally have very few calories. The two brands here: Askeys and Carousel are found in larger supermarkets and have just 13 calories and 19 calories each respectively. Avoid the waffle cones. Delicious as they are, they have more than three times the calories.

Top your cone with a scoop of Walls Vanilla Light ice cream (30 calories) and there you have your ice cream in a cone for less than 50 calories. If you insist on a flake stuck in the side, you’ll have to add another 45 calories.

Nutritional Information: Per cone (Askeys): 13 calories, 0.4g protein, 2.6g carbohydrate, trace sugar, trace fat, trace saturates, 0.1g fibre, trace salt.

Nutritional Information: Per cone (Carousel): 19 calories, 0.5g protein, 3.7g carbohydrate, 0.2g fat.

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Hovis Wheatgerm 400g

Wheatgerm bread is tasty alternative for those who want to eat a healthier bread but find the taste of wholemeal a bit strong. Hovis Wheatgerm bread has a unique sweet and nutty taste and, as the name suggests, is made with regular 100% British wheat flour but with added wheatgerm (11%). This gives it extra fibre and nutrients including Vitamin E, B1 and B6. Although it doesn’t have quite as much fibre as wholemeal, it still clocks up around twice as much as white bread.

Each slice from a 400g loaf of Hovis Wheatgerm bread has 56 calories and it’s available in most supermarkets and many smaller stores.

Nutritional Information: Per slice: 56 calories, 2.5g protein, 9.7g carbohydrates, 0.8g sugar, 0.5g fat, 0.1g saturates, 1.3g fibre, 0.25g salt. No artificial preservatives or flavourings. Suitable for vegetarians.

Friday, 26 August 2011

Shapers Popcorn - Diet Popcorn

Shapers from Boots have a wide range of snacks, drinks, sandwiches and salads, all carefully calorie counted for the weight conscious amongst us. All Shapers sweet and savoury snacks have 100 calories or less while the drinks have less than 50 calories and the sandwiches and salads are 350 calories or under.

Two new additions to the Shapers range of snacks are Salted popcorn and Maple popcorn. Both bags contain 20g of popcorn and clearly display on the front of the packets, using the traffic light system, how much fat, sugar and salt they contain.

A bag of Maple popcorn has 92 calories and the salted popcorn has 88 calories. Having tried both varieties, I have to say these are fantastic. The light coating of maple flavouring is perfectly sweet and the salt popcorn has just the right amount to give it a savoury taste.

Bags of popcorn such as these are perfect for dieters or anyone wanting a tasty snack that isn’t gone in two bites. They are also a good source of fibre so should help keep hunger away for that bit longer.

Shapers bags of popcorn are available in branches of Boots.

Nutritional Information: Per bag (Maple): 92 calories, 2.3g protein, 12g carbohydrate, 1.5g sugar, 3.5g fat, 0.3g saturates, 2g fibre, trace salt.

Nutritional Information: Per bag (Salted): 88 calories, 2.3g protein, 13g carbohydrate, 0.1g sugar, 2.6g fat, 0.2g saturates, 1.6g fibre, 0.6g salt.

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Weight Watchers Red and White Wines

Weight Watchers Red WineAlcohol is often the downfall of those trying to lose weight. It’s also a cause of weight gain for a significant number of people. The trouble is, most of us simply don’t realise just how many calories there are in an alcoholic drink.

Admittedly, manufacturers don’t make it easy for consumers to know how many calories they’re downing since the majority of bottles or cans reveal little in the way of nutritional information.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

6 Healthy Diet Tips That Might Ruin Your Weight Loss

If you’re on a diet, you’ll probably be looking for lots of helpful dieting tips to get you through those moments of weakness. But sometimes, no matter how much advice you lap up, it seems impossible to lose weight. It could be that those healthy diet tips you’ve been avidly following, are in fact, sabotaging your diet. Here are 6 healthy diet tips which might ruin your weight loss if you’re not careful.

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Onken Fat Free Mango & Apple Biopot Yogurt 450g

Onken have another addition to their range of fat free yogurts - Fat Free Mango & Apple Biopot. Onken’s fat free yogurts have a smooth, mild taste with an extra creamy texture. They're so delicious, you’d never know they were low calorie or low fat.

On the side of their yogurt pots they provide useful recipe ideas. For example, on the side of this Mango & Apple they suggest pouring it over fresh fruit kebabs and drizzling with honey & cinnamon. It also goes well with freshly sliced mango or as a topping for stewed fruit, especially apples.

Onken Fat Free Mango & Apple yogurt contains live bio cultures. It’s also gluten free, has no artificial colourings, preservatives or flavourings.

At the time of writing, this yogurt can be found in branches of Tesco, Asda, Waitrose as well as Ocado.

Nutritional Information: Per 100g: 53 calories, 4.9g protein, 6.6g carbohydrate, 6.2g sugar, 0.2g fat, 0.1g saturates, 0.2g fibre, 0.07g sodium. Suitable for vegetarians.

Monday, 22 August 2011

Holiday Destinations Likely to Cause Weight Gain

Going on holiday should be a time for having fun and enjoying ourselves. And for many of us, it's also a time to relax our eating and drinking habits after weeks or months of pre-holiday dieting.

Unfortunately, this spells disaster for waistlines with up to 60 percent of us gaining an average of 5lbs during the holiday. Furthermore, the country we holiday in can have an impact on how much weight we put on. Thanks to their large portion sizes, the US tops the poll of fat making holiday destinations. But some other countries aren't far behind.

Aero Biscuits - Nestle

Chocolate lovers will be pleased to know there’s a chocolate bar for less than 100 calories (just)! If you like the bubbly texture of Aero bars, Nestle have produced Aero Biscuits.

These are small, log shaped chocolate bars with a crunchy shortcake biscuit base and the familiar bubbly chocolate on top. The whole bar is covered with Aero milk chocolate.

The bars are quite small, around 18.5g which is equivalent to around 3 pieces of regular Aero bars. But, because they're individually wrapped, the temptation to keep on eating more pieces of chocolate make these bars a sensible choice when a chocolate craving strikes. You can enjoy a whole Aero biscuit bar for 99 calories.

Aero biscuits are only sold in multipacks (7 in a pack), so this generally means you're more likely to find them in supermarkets rather than smaller stores or newsagents.

Nutritional Information: Per 18.5g bar: 99 calories, 1.2g protein, 11.1g carbohydrates, 10g sugar, 5.5g fat, 3.1g saturates, 0.4g fibre, trace salt.

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Premium Chopped Tomatoes – Sainsbury’s

Chopped tomatoes are so versatile. You can add them to soups and sauces and all manner of recipes. Plus tomatoes are also known as a ‘superfood’, with more health giving properties than virtually every other food.

Tomatoes are a good source of lycopene, a potent antioxidant, which is absorbed by the body even better when they’re in cooked form. And beneficially for dieters, they’re incredibly low in calories so you can eat loads of them without worrying about gaining weight.

These chopped tomatoes from Sainsbury’s can be purchased as part of a multipack of 4 x 390g cartons. Each 390g carton has 72 calories, that’s just 18 calories per 100g.

Although the carton is recyclable, it can't be microwaved so you need to empty the tomatoes into a suitable container to heat them up.

Nutritional Information: Per 100g: 18 calories, 1g protein, 3g carbohydrates, 2.8g sugar, 0.1g fat, trace saturates, 0.8g fibre, trace salt.

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Mini Burger Buns from Marks & Spencer

Burgers are a popular fast food treat, but without a doubt, many of them should come labelled with a health warning. Instead of relying on unhealthy takeaway burgers, why not make your own at home. Marks and Spencer have just brought out these cute Mini Burger Buns which are a perfect replica of the traditional sesame seed burger bun. 

Using these sesame seed buns you can make perfectly formed burgers using only healthy, low calorie and low fat ingredients. Each pack contains 9 deliciously soft mini burger buns with each bun worth only 80 calories. Size wise, mini burger buns measure 6cm x 6cm (2.5 inches x 2.5 inches).

Nutritional Information: Per bun: 80 calories, 2.6g protein, 12.4g carbohydrate, 0.7g sugar, 1.8g fat, 0.4g saturates, 0.7g fibre, 0.88g salt.  Suitable for vegetarians and they’re freezable.

Friday, 19 August 2011

Breakfast Habits Changing - Cereal Bars Gaining Popularity

Starting the day with a bowl of cereal seems to be losing favour, particularly among the younger generation. According to a recent report by market analysts Mintel, sales of traditional breakfast cereals suffered a decline in sales last year, including eight out of ten of the biggest selling brands. Kellogg’s Rice Krispies for example, saw a 15 percent drop in sales volume according to market research analysts SymphonyIRI.

The most popular breakfast among Britons is good old toast, which is eaten by 80 percent of us and porridge is also doing well. This may be partly due to its well promoted health benefits as well as the convenience offered by instant brands.

Cold cereal is still eaten by 76 percent of people, so it’s still a major part of the breakfast scene. However, the younger generation aged between 16-24 are showing a preference towards eating cereal bars, with 37 percent consuming them on a regular basis. And 40 percent of younger people consume yogurts or yogurt drinks for breakfast.

Cereal bars fit in well with today’s fast-paced lifestyles and many people perceive them as a healthier option and one which might help with weight loss. However, while grabbing a cereal bar on the way out the door is obviously quicker, they’re not always the healthiest option. Many are loaded with sugar and some of the granola-style bars also have a considerable amount of fat. Likewise, yogurt drinks are often loaded with sugar.

If you’re choosing cereal bars and yogurt drinks, check the amount of sugar and fat they have per 100g so you can make an informed decision as to how healthy they are. This handy chart shows you how much fat, sugar and salt is too much.

Source: Daily Mail

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Tuna Steaks by Sainsbury’s

Tuna has one of the lowest calorie counts of all fish. It’s also high in protein, has no sugar or carbohydrates and is virtually fat free. This of course makes it ideal for those watching their weight. Furthermore, if you buy fresh tuna rather than the canned variety, you’ll benefit from the omega 3 it contains.

Sainsbury's frozen 2 line caught tuna steak’s are individually wrapped and can be cooked in the microwave from frozen, or defrosted and grilled or baked. Each chunky steak has just 135 calories and they couldn’t be easier to cook.

Each pack contains two 150g steaks and you can find them in the freezer section of Sainsbury’s.

Nutritional Information: Per 150g steak: 135 calories, 31.5g protein, 0g carbohydrates, 0g sugar, 1.1g fat, 0.2g saturates, 0.34g salt.

Defrosted in the bag
Cooked tuna steak

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

8 Tips To Help Speed Up Your Metabolism

Speeding up your metabolism is the key to faster weight loss. A sluggish, or slow metabolism means it takes longer to burn off the calories from your food. In many instances, boosting your metabolism will not only help with your weight loss efforts, it can result in not having to diet at all while still losing weight. So how is this possible?

Sunday, 14 August 2011

ASDA Great Stuff No Added Sugar Jelly

Sugar free jellies save you loads of calories and make a filling snack if you mix them with fruit and some yogurt. ASDA have a couple of sugar free jellies in their Great Stuff range. They’re available in two flavours: strawberry or orange and come packed in a 135g pot. The strawberry has just 10 calories and the orange has 13.5 calories per pot.

They’re suitable for vegetarians and have no added sugar, no artificial flavours, colours or preservatives.

Nutritional Information: Per pot (strawberry): 10.8 calories, 1.08g protein, 0.81g carbohydrate, 0.81g sugar, 0.41g fat, nil saturates, trace fibre, 0.41g salt.

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Outline of the Fatmanslim Diet Plan

Fatmanslim is a 12-week, low fat diet programme which is presented via an interactive website. It is written by men, for men. The diet’s author, Dr. Ian W. Campbell, a family doctor with a special interest in helping people lose weight, believes that men and women tend to take a different approach to the task of losing weight.

He finds that men are generally more reluctant to attend weight loss groups or follow faddy regimes. Instead, they tend to prefer retaining control of their food intake while making any changes in private and in their own time. The fatmanslim programme addresses these issues in a clear, practical and often humorous way, making it a popular choice for men looking to reduce their weight.

Friday, 12 August 2011

Mini Wholemeal Pittas - Marks & Spencer

Pitta breads make an interesting change from regular sandwiches and they’re perfectly suited for stuffing full of healthy fillings. More stores are now selling wholemeal pittas so you can benefit from the extra fibre they contain.

These mini wholemeal pittas from Marks & Spencer are enriched with extra virgin olive oil and quickly baked in a scorching hot oven to give them their trademark chewy crust and hollow centre. Each mini pitta bread has just 45 calories.

Nutritional Information: Per mini pitta (18g): 45 calories, 1.8g protein, 8.3g carbohydrate, 0.6g sugar, 0.5g fat, 0.1g saturates, 1g fibre, 0.18g salt. Suitable for vegetarians.

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Solero Exotic Explosion

Solero are chunky ice lollies on a stick with an iced fruity outer layer and a vanilla centre. The outer fruit layer is flavoured with passion fruit, mango, peach & pineapple and is mixed with delicious fruit pieces (pineapple and mango) to give it a nice bumpy texture. The vanilla centre is swirled through with mango puree. Each Solero has 90 calories and they’re available in boxes of three.

Nutritional Information: Per 225g ice lolly: 90 calories, 1g protein, 19g carbohydrate, 17g sugar, 1.5g fat, 1g saturates, 0.5g fibre, 0.02g sodium.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Weight Watchers from Heinz Baked Beans

If you’re following the Weight Watchers ProPoints programme, buying special Weight Watchers products makes it easier when it comes to calculating your ProPoints since their products clearly state the number of points they contain.

A 200g can of Weight Watchers from Heinz Baked Beans has 4 ProPoints and 146 calories. They also count towards one of your ‘five a day’. However, there isn’t a great deal of difference in nutritional make up between Weight Watchers Baked Beans and regular Heinz Baked Beans.

Baked beans in tomato sauce are generally healthy, low in fat and a good source of protein, with the main distinctions between most brands coming down to the flavourings used and the amount of sugar or salt in the ingredients.

Weight Watchers from Heinz baked beans have slightly fewer calories and less sugar than regular Heinz baked beans, with 73 calories and 3.5g of sugar compared with 79 calories and 5g of sugar per 100g respectively. Fibre, protein, fat and salt content are the same.

Weight Watchers baked beans contain 52% beans and 26% tomatoes whereas regular Heinz beans have 51% beans and 34% tomatoes.

The Weight Watchers baked beans sauce is a little thinner and paler in colour and perhaps a bit sweeter than regular baked beans and this may be because they also contain the sweetener acesulfame potassium as well as sugar.

Weight Watchers from Heinz Baked Beans are available in 200g or 415g sized cans.

Nutritional Information: Per 100g: (Weight Watchers baked beans) 73 calories, 4.7g protein, 11.3g carbohydrate, 3.5g sugar, 0.2g fat, trace saturates, 3.7g fibre, 0.7g salt. (146 calories and 4 ProPoints per 200g can.)

Nutritional Information: Per 100g: (Regular Heinz baked beans) 79 calories, 4.7g protein, 12.9g carbohydrate, 5g sugar, 0.2g fat, trace saturates, 3.7g fibre, 0.7g salt.

Weight Watchers from Heinz Baked Beans
Heinz Regular Baked Beans

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Diet Pepsi and Pepsi Max

Diet Pepsi and Pepsi Max are both favourites among cola drinkers and they’re almost as popular as the Coca Cola brand. Both Diet Pepsi and Pepsi Max are the sugar free versions of Pepsi so are often the choice for those who are watching their sugar and calorie intake. Those who like drinking Pepsi often have a definite preference for one or the other whereby Pepsi Max is considered to be the sweeter of the two.

Nutrition wise, there is little to choose between them. Both have negligible calories or any other nutrients. Pepsi is found in most outlets which sell fizzy drinks and can be bought in cans, and various sized bottles.

Nutritional Information: Per 330ml can Diet Pepsi: 0.4 calories, protein nil, carbohydrate nil, sugar nil, fat nil, saturates nil, fibre nil, trace salt.

Nutritional Information: Per 330ml can Pepsi Max: 0.3 calories, 0.1g protein, carbohydrate nil, sugar nil, fat nil, saturates nil, fibre nil, trace salt.

Monday, 8 August 2011

Is Popcorn a Healthy Food Choice for a Diet?

Popcorn is a popular snack which is often recommended as a healthy choice for dieters. It’s filling, high in fibre, low in fat and takes ages to eat.

But not all popcorn can be classed as healthy. In fact, according to research undertaken by consumer group, Which?, a typical tub of popcorn sold at the cinema contains 1,260 calories and has 79.6g of fat. This alone is more than the recommended daily maximum fat allowance for women. So how can you tell which popcorn is healthy and which is a health hazard?

Sunday, 7 August 2011

Chocolate Brownie Mini Bites - M&S

If you’re counting calories or just watching what you eat, it can be hard saying no to treats being passed around the office. However, if Marks & Spencer’s rich, indulgent, fudgy, chocolate brownie bites are on offer, there’s no need to refuse one since each bite has just 45 calories.

There is a catch of course. Each brownie bite measures 3.5cm x 2.5cm (1.5 inches x 1inch). But if you take tiny bites you can make it last longer and you’ll get to enjoy an indulgent treat for a fraction of the calories of the regular portion size. It’s also much easier saying yes to one of these than turning down a large version or breaking off a smaller section.

You can find Chocolate Brownie Mini Bites in branches of Marks and Spencer food halls. Each 215g tub holds an average of 20 brownie bites.

Nutritional Information: Per brownie bite: 45 calories, 0.5g protein, 4.6g carbohydrate, 3.9g sugar, 2.8g fat, 1.8g saturates, 0.4g fibre, trace salt. Per 100g: 460 calories, 28.1g fat, 17.8g sat fat, 38.9g sugar. Suitable for vegetarians. Not suitable for nut allergy sufferers.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Le Forking Diet - The Fork It! Method

Hardly a week passes by without a new diet craze doing the rounds of celebrities and followers alike. The latest on the scene seems to be Le Forking Diet. Launched in France, like the famous Dukan Diet, Le Forking Diet centres around food you can eat with a fork.

This may seem strange to those of us who normally dine with a fork. But, the ideas behind the diet do make sense. Le Forking diet or The Fork It! Method, was brought to life by entrepreneur Ivan Gavriloff, who discovered this way of eating helped him lose weight and thereafter keep it stable.

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Chocolate Cornflake Mini Bites from M&S

Marks and Spencer have a wide range of bite sized treats. These are great for those who just want a small treat but don’t want to feel guilty about all the calories they’ve consumed. Marks and Spencer’s mini crunchy cornflake bites are covered in delicious milk chocolate and have only 40 calories each.

Each bite measures approximately 5.5cm x 2cm (2.5 inches x 1 inch), so they really are larger than one bite, more like three or four. They are packaged in a 190g plastic tub which holds an average of 20 bites, ideal for sharing with your colleagues or friends.

Marks and Spencer Chocolate Cornflake Mini Bites are available in the food departments of Marks and Spencer.

Nutritional Information: Per cornflake bite: 40 calories, 0.6g protein, 6g carbohydrate, 3.9g sugar, 1.8g fat, 1.1g saturates, 0.3g fibre, trace salt. Per 100g: 470 calories, 20.1g fat, 12.4g sat fat, 42.9g sugar. Not suitable for nut allergy sufferers.

Mini cornflake bites

Weetabix Oaty Bars

Strawberry Crusher
Since the launch of Weetabix’s Oaty bars back in 2009, they’ve proved extremely popular. Although they are targeted at children, they're also a convenient snack for dieters because each bar has under 100 calories, much less than many other cereal bars on the market.

Recently, Weetabix have revamped and renamed their Oaty bars, plus they’ve added a delicious new toffee flavour. 

The four flavours to choose from are Strawberry Crusher, Toffee Dazzler, White Chocolate Shooter and Milk Chocolate smasher.
White Chocolate Shooter

Nutritionally, they are high in fibre and low in salt. Also, as stated on the box, they have less than half the sugar of the average kids cereal or fruit bar. This is good. 

Toffee Dazzler
However, they are still a high sugar product with 19.6g of sugar per 100g with each 23g bar containing 4.6g of sugar.

Nutritional Information: Per Strawberry Crusher bar: 79 calories, 1.4g protein, 12.7g carbohydrate, 4.6g sugar, 1.8g fat, 0.6g saturates, 5.1g fibre, 0.04g salt.

Milk Chocolate Smasher

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Lose Weight By Chewing Your Food More

A study has found that chewing our food for longer could help us lose weight and may be a significant factor in combating obesity. Researchers discovered that chewing each mouthful of food 40 times instead of the average 15 times, can result in us consuming around 12 percent fewer calories overall.

Monday, 1 August 2011

Tesco Light Choices Chocolate Mousse

Chilled mousses seem to be a growing phenomenon. Probably one of the most popular to be found on supermarket shelves is chocolate mousse, with several manufacturers all producing their own take on this popular dessert.

However, with key ingredients including chocolate, eggs, double cream and sugar, dieters can consider mousse to be a no go area.

Baxters Crinkle Cut Beetroot

Beetroot is a low calorie food which makes a colourful addition to a salad. Pickled beetroot in jars is usually available in baby beet form, or as whole beetroot, sliced or crinkle cut. Unsweetened pickled beetroot can have quite a sharp tang, which sweetened varieties help to subdue. Although sweetened beetroot does have sugar as an ingredient, it doesn't make a great difference to the overall calorie count.

Baxters Crinkle Cut Beetroot in sweet vinegar has only 26 calories per 100g and is available in a 567g jar.

Nutritional Information: Per 100g drained: 26 calories, 1.2g protein, 5.1g carbohydrate, 0.1g fat, 1.3g saturated fat, 0.4g salt.


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