Friday, 30 September 2011

Lucozade Sport Lite Cherry

Lucozade Sport Lite has introduced a Cherry flavour to their range of lower calorie sports drinks. New Lucozade Sport Lite Cherry has only 50 calories per 500ml bottle compared with 140 calories for a bottle of Lucozade Sport Cherry. Others in the Lite range include Lite Orange and Lite Lemon & Lime.

Lucozade Sport Cherry Lite is a still, cherry flavoured drink with valuable electrolytes for keeping you hydrated during sports and exercise.
It has the same benefits as regular Lucozade Sport, including vitamins B3 and B6 to help maintain energy and vitamins B5 and B12 to help reduce tiredness.

It’s available in a 500ml, flip top sports bottle and can be found in many shops which already stock Lucozade.

Nutritional Information: Per 100ml: 10 calories, trace protein, 2.0g carbohydrate, 1.0g sugar, 0g fat, trace sodium, Niacin - 0.54mg, Vitamin B6 - 0.05mg, Vitamin B12 - 0.09µg, Pantothenic Acid - 0.20mg, Calcium - 37mg.

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Sprinkle Tops Ice Lollies by Sainsbury’s

If you’ve ever eaten a Fab ice lolly, then these strawberry flavoured water ice lollies are remarkably similar. Sprinkle Tops water ice lollies are made with strawberry puree which is the inside part of the lolly. Then there’s a layer of vanilla flavour which covers two thirds of the lolly. This is topped with a chocolate flavour coating and sprinkled with sugar strands.

Sprinkle Tops are very refreshing on a hot day but they are sweet, which is no doubt due to the high sugar content. Despite this, each Sprinkle top has only 49 calories so can easily fit into a diet plan as a cooling treat.

They can be found in the freezer section of Sainsbury's supermarkets.

Nutritional Information: Per sprinkle top: 49 calories, trace protein, 9.4g carbohydrates, 8.3g sugars, 1.2g fat, 0.5g saturates, trace fibre, trace salt.

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Chicken & Broccoli Pie - Tesco Light Choices

Tesco Light Choices ready meals are made to be ‘big on taste and light on calories, sugar or fat.’

Tesco have a growing range of healthier ready meals which includes this Chicken & Broccoli Pie. It’s not a pie with pastry though, since this pie is topped with mashed potato.

The whole 450g pack contains 400 calories.

Weight Watchers Mini Chocolate Sticks (360ml)

If you like Magnum ice creams but not the calories (260 for a regular size), you may be interested in these Mini Chocolate Sticks from Weight Watchers.

They’re shaped in a similar style to Magnums, but in miniature and have 30% less fat than standard mini chocolate sticks.  

Each box contains four white chocolate and four milk chocolate covered vanilla iced dessert sticks. Each stick has 91 calories and is worth 3 ProPoints. 

As a comparison, the mini Magnum Classics have 170 calories and 11g of fat per stick.

Nutritional Information: Per stick: 91 calories, 1.1g protein, 10.3g carbohydrates, 9.0g sugars, 4.9g fat, 3.1g saturates, 0.5g fibre, 0.1g salt. 3 ProPoints. Suitable for vegetarians.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Tesco Fat Free Greek Style Yogurt

Eating a pot of Greek yogurt is an indulgence best left to the naturally slim, or as a once a week treat. This rich, creamy yogurt is often high in fat and calories, so it’s not the ideal choice for those on a diet.

Fortunately, if you’re a fan of Greek yogurt, you do have a few low fat and low calorie choices. For example, Tesco have their own deliciously thick, fat free, Greek Style yogurt which has only 55 calories per 100g.

This compares with Tesco Finest Greek Yogurt and Tesco Organic Greek Yogurt which both have 10g of fat and 135 and 130 calories per 100g respectively.

Just to prove how thick this yogurt is, you can even hold it upside down on a spoon without it falling off, as shown in the photo.

Available in Tesco stores.

Nutritional Information: Per 100g: 55 calories, 7.6g protein, 4.8g carbohydrates, 4.2g sugars, 0.2g fat, 0.1g saturates, 0.4g fibre, 0.2g salt. Suitable for vegetarians.

Monday, 26 September 2011

Why Your Kitchen Might Hinder Your Weight Loss

Apparently, the way we organise our kitchen cupboards and the fridge, has a lot to do with what we eat. According to a study led by Brian Wansink, professor of nutritional science at Cornell University in New York, the food we see first when opening the fridge or cupboard door, is what we’re most likely to end up eating.

The study involved taking photos of 100 kitchen cupboards (the inside of course), and their owners were asked to keep a record of what they ate. Then, using a different set of 100 participants, the scientists rearranged the order of the cupboards’ contents. Again, the owners had to keep note of what they ate.

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Cranberry Crispy Slices - Tesco Light Choices

Cranberry Crispy Slices are part of the Tesco’s Light Choices range of snacks.

These deliciously baked, low fat biscuits have a cranberry fruit filling which is encased in a crunchy, sweet biscuit.

They're a good source of fibre and low in saturated fat.Each 218g packet of Cranberry Crispy Slices holds five individually wrapped packs of 3 biscuits with each biscuit worth 55 calories.

Saturday, 24 September 2011

Calories in Popular Chocolate Bars

Wouldn't it be great if you could carry on eating chocolate while you’re on a diet? Sadly, real chocolate is never going to be low calorie. The problem that faces dieters when purchasing a chocolate bar, is that many of them have enough calories to be worthy of an entire meal. And eating them on a daily basis as well as your regular meals, can easily result in weight gain.

Still, chocolate is one of the most popular snacks and when eaten in moderation, it can be good for health. As this post discusses, dark chocolate is already known to have health benefits. Even better, University of Cambridge research showed that milk and white chocolate as well as chocolate drinks and chocolate confectionery can be beneficial for health.

Friday, 23 September 2011

Weight Watchers Quiches

Quiche Lorraine, or bacon and egg pie, is never going to be a low calorie food, mainly due to its pastry content. If you like quiche, but want to keep the calories down, it’s best to either eat smaller portions of regular quiche or look for lower calorie options.

Weight Watchers have a choice of quiches which have a lower fat content than many regular quiches and this brings the calories down a bit.

Traditional style quiches with the filling encased in a pastry crust and base include: Weight Watchers Quiche Lorraine (165g) and Weight Watchers Bacon and Leek quiche (165). (Now discontinued (Note added Oct. 2012)).

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Muller Light Coconut Yogurt

Muller Light have added three new flavours to their range of Light yogurts. One of them is this limited edition Coconut fat free yogurt which is mixed with crunchy sprinklings of dark chocolate. It has a nice light coconut flavour which isn’t overpowered by the chocolate.

They’re not available everywhere yet, but you can find them in some branches of Tesco. Each 165g pot has 91 calories.

Nutritional Information: Per 100g: 55 calories, 4.4g protein, 7.5g carbohydrates, 7.1g sugars, 0.5g fat, 0.3g saturates, 0.1g fibre, .1g sodium, 135mg calcium.

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Potato Waffles Birds Eye

Potato waffles make an interesting change from chips or potatoes with your meal. They’re made from mashed potatoes with a vegetable oil coating which turns crispy and golden when cooked.
Birds Eye Potato Waffles

They’re easy to cook straight from the freezer and only take between 6 and 15 minutes depending on whether you cook them in the oven or under the grill. They’re not particularly high in calories either, with the average potato waffle containing around 100 calories each. They’re also low in saturated fat.

Potato waffles can be found in the freezer section of the supermarket.

Here's a comparison of calories with some supermarket own brands:
  • Birds Eye Potato Waffles: 105 calories each
  • Birds Eye Mini Potato Waffles: 33 calories each
  • Sainsbury’s Potato Waffles: 96 calories each
  • Tesco Potato Waffles: 105 calories each
  • Asda Potato Waffles: 107 calories each.

Nutritional Information: Per waffle (Birds Eye): 105 calories, 1.5g protein, 13.0g carbohydrates, 0.4g sugars, 5g fat, 0.5g saturates, 1g fibre, 0.5g salt.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Cheddar & Onion Light & Crunchy Snacks

Crisps are always a popular snack but many are full of unhealthy fat and salt as well as being high in calories. Fortunately, for the more calorie conscious among us, there are plenty of lower calorie choices to choose from.

Cheddar & Onion Light & Crunchy Snacks from the Sainsbury’s Be Good To Yourself range are a reduced fat potato based snack with 35% less fat when compared to standard crisps. They are similar to crisps but with a slightly drier texture and a delicate combination of cheese and onion flavouring.

These potato snacks are available in multi-packs of 6 x 21g packs and each packet has 92 calories. Nutritionally, they have a medium fat content, are low in sugar but high in salt.

Nutritional Information: Per 21g pack: 95 calories, 0.9g protein, 13.9g carbohydrates, 0.9g sugars, 4.1g fat, 0.6g saturates, 0.8g fibre, 0.74g salt. Each packet is worth 3 Weight Watchers ProPoints as calculated by Sainsbury's. Suitable for vegetarians.

Monday, 19 September 2011

Whole & White Mini Pittas – Sainsbury’s Kids

Although these mini whole and white pitta breads are targeted at children, there’s no reason why adults shouldn’t enjoy them as well. They tick all the right boxes for dieters. They’re low in calories, fat, salt and sugar and are a good source of fibre.

Whole and white mini pittas are made from a combination of wheat flour and wholemeal wheat flour which gives them the extra fibre content, making them more filling. Furthermore, they taste like white pittas rather than wholemeal, which is probably one reason why they’re aimed at kids.

You can find packs of 7 Whole & White mini pitas in branches of Sainsbury’s in the bread section.

Nutritional Information: Per pitta bread: 88 calories, 3.3g protein, 17.4g carbohydrates, 0.9g sugars, 0.6g fat, 0.1g saturates, 2.9g fibre, 0.09g salt. Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

Mini Whole & White Pittas

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Weight Watchers 6 Coconut Cake Slices (144g)

The problem with buying a large cake, is you have to slice it up yourself. This could be a good thing except left to our own devices, most of us are probably a bit too generous with portion sizes.

It’s much easier, therefore, if someone else has already taken the trouble to cut and calorie count your cake for you. This is where Weight Watchers can help out.

Macaroni Cheese, Be Good to Yourself - Sainsbury’s

Macaroni cheese isn’t usually a meal for dieters. This is mainly due to the creamy cheese sauce which is often loaded with fat and calories. But Sainsbury’s have a reduced fat version of their Italian macaroni cheese which has 60% less fat than the regular variety.

Be Good To Yourself Macaroni in a mature Cheddar cheese sauce has 484 calories per 400g pack and 10g of fat. Sainsbury’s Italian Macaroni Cheese 400g pack has 755 calories and 33.1g fat.

Each pack is big enough to make two decent sized meals (242 calories per portion) when accompanied with plenty of healthy vegetables.

Be Good To Yourself Macaroni Cheese can be cooked in the microwave or oven, from frozen or chilled. Found in Sainsbury's stores in the 'ready meals' section.

Nutritional Information: Per 400g pack: 484 calories, 22.7g protein, 75.8g carbohydrates, 4.6g sugars, 10g fat, (2.6g fat per 100g), 6.2g saturates, 4.2g fibre, 1.93g salt. Each pack is worth 13 Weight Watchers ProPoints as calculated by Sainsbury’s.

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Tesco Butcher’s Choice 8 British Pork Half Fat Sausages

Sausages tend to fall into the high fat and high calorie category. But you can find an increasing range of healthier sausages which don’t compromise on taste.

Tesco’s New Recipe British Pork Half Fat sausages have only 7.6g of fat per 100g which just places them into the medium fat range. They’re chunky, decent sized sausages with a mild pork taste which isn’t overwhelmed with spices. Kids love them.

They can be found in Tesco stores in packs of 8 unlinked sausages (454g).

Nutritional Information: Per sausage: 95 calories, 8.7g protein, 4.8g carbohydrate, 0.6g sugar, 4.2g fat, 1.5g saturates, 1.2g fibre, 0.65g salt.

Friday, 16 September 2011

Outline of Sainsbury's Diets Online Meal Plans

NOTE: 2015

Sainsbury's are no longer providing this diet plan.

Sainsbury’s Diets is a flexible, online diet service that provides you with a choice of meal plans to suit your individual needs. In order to take up the service, you have to sign up as a member. Once signed up, you have access to a wide range of online features to help keep you on track towards reaching your weight loss target.

Website Features

The interactive website offers a host of useful tools, such as a BMI and BMR calculator, a heart rate checker, alcohol calorie checker, activity calorie checker and waist to hip calculator. Once you've set your weight goals, you are presented with a range of colourful graphs displaying the number calories you need to eat each day to achieve your aims. You’re also given a target date for reaching your goal which you should expect to achieve when following your personalised Meal Plan.

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Chilli Con Carne, Be Good to Yourself - Sainsbury’s

Sainsbury’s Be Good To Yourself Chilli Con Carne has less than 3% fat. This 400g ready meal is made from minced British beef in a spicy sauce with red kidney beans, red peppers and coriander. Alongside it, in a separate compartment is a serving of white, long grain rice.

This has been given a classification of ‘2 chillis’ which means it’s medium hot on the spiciness scale. It also provides the equivalent of 1 of the recommended ‘5-a-day’.

When served with extra vegetables, there is easily enough to serve two people, making each portion worth 240 calories.

Be Good To Yourself Chilli Con Carne can be cooked from chilled or frozen in either the microwave or the oven.

Nutritional Information: Per 400g pack: 481 calories, 21g protein, 54.6g carbohydrates, 5.5g sugars, 8.7g fat, (2.2g fat per 100g), 3.6g saturates, 11.1g fibre, 1.88g salt. Each pack is worth 10 Weight Watchers ProPoints as calculated by Sainsbury’s.

Cooked Chilli Con Carne

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Corn Thins Crispbreads

Corn Thins by Real Foods are like really big rice cakes except they’re made with maize. In fact, the only other ingredients are sunflower oil and sea salt. Each crunchy, wholegrain crispbread has just 22 calories so they’re ideal for those counting calories or watching their weight.

They taste similar to plain popcorn, which is possibly because they’re made by popping maize grains. Nutritionally, they are 97% fat free and have 10% dietary fibre. They’re also gluten free, and GMO free and Kosher.

Real Foods Corn Thins are Australian made and owned, but you can find them in most larger supermarkets in the UK.

Nutritional Information: Per corn thin: 22 calories, 0.6g protein, 4.1g carbohydrates, 0.02g sugars, 0.2g fat, 0.04g saturates, 0.6g fibre, 15mg sodium.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

5 Tips to Cut the Calories in Your Takeway

Takeaways have been back in the news for all the wrong reasons. It's been said many times before, but we’re being reminded yet again that takeaway food frequently goes hand in hand with ‘unhealthy’.

According to a new report, a typical portion of chicken tikka masala contains 116 percent of a person’s recommended daily limit of saturated fat and 92 percent of salt. A portion of sweet and sour chicken has 119 percent of the recommended daily salt limit and 16 teaspoons of sugar. Just one portion of chicken tikka masala with rice can clock up to 1,400 calories.

Most of us have some kind of awareness that takeaways aren’t usually the healthiest of food. But that’s not stopping us buying it. Research also found that 35 percent of people enjoy a takeaway at least once a week with 25 percent eating them twice a week.

The lure of the takeaway is too strong. That combination of convenience, taste and the notion that takeaway food is something of a treat, keeps us coming back for more.

Monday, 12 September 2011

Onken Fat Free Vanilla Yogurt

If you’re counting calories and looking for a delicious, fat free and low calorie yogurt, then you won’t go wrong with Onken. Onken’s creamy, mild yogurt biopots are among some of the best tasting yogurts around.

Onken's Vanilla fat free biopot yogurt has a smooth, creamy texture with a light vanilla flavouring and is sweetened using sugar and sweeteners. Onken’s yogurts also contain live probiotic cultures which can help improve the immune system and digestive problems.

Onken’s Vanilla Fat Free yogurt is packed in a 450g pot and can be found in major supermarkets.

Nutritional Information: Per 100ml: 49 calories, 4.8g protein, 7.8g carbohydrate, 6.8g sugar, 0.1g fat, 0.1g saturates, 0.1g fibre, 0.07g sodium, calcium 132mg.

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Horlicks Light Instant Hot Drinks

Horlicks has been enjoyed as a bedtime drink by people around the world for years. Made traditionally, Horlicks malt powder is mixed to a smooth paste then topped up with hot milk. While this is the most luxurious way to enjoy your Horlicks, it’s not the quickest drink to make or particularly low in calories.

As an alternative, you can buy Horlicks Light which is available as individual sachets or in pack sizes 800g, 500g or 300g. Flavours include Malt and Malt Chocolate.

To prepare Horlicks light, you just need to empty the contents of the sachet into a mug and add hot water.

If you are counting calories, beware. Although the product is labelled ‘Light’, this doesn’t mean it’s low in calories. Each Malt sachet has 114 calories and the Chocolate Malt is 120 calories.

Although this is lower in calories than a mug of original Horlicks, which when made with semi skimmed milk, has over 180 calories, it shouldn’t be mistaken as one of the low calorie instant hot drinks on sale. But, if you want to save calories, just use half the sachet and a smaller cup. This works well because there is a fair amount of powder in each pack.

New look pack
Horlicks did at one time produce a low calorie Horlicks, called 'Horlicks Extra Light' which had around 40 calories per sachet. However, they seem to have stopped producing these now. Maybe they were too light for some people’s tastes!

Comparing calories, fat and sugar per 100g of dry powder, Horlicks Original has 369 calories, 3g of fat and 37.7g of sugar. Horlicks Light has 357 calories, 2.6g of fat and 49.9g of sugar. As you can see, Horlicks Light has slightly less fat and calories, but more sugar.

Nutritional Information: Per single pack made with water (malt): 114 calories, 4.5g protein, 22.2g carbohydrates, 16g sugar, 0.8g fat, 0.5g saturates, 1g fibre, 0.2g sodium.

Ingredients: Wheat Flour, Malted Barley (32%), Dried Skimmed Milk, Dried Whey, Sugar, Calcium Carbonate, Vegetable Fat, Salt, Vitamins (C, Niacin, E, Pantothenic Acid, B6, B2, B1, A, Folic Acid, Biotin, D, B12), Ferric Pyrophosphate, Zinc Oxide.

Horlicks Light Malt

Horlicks Light Malt Chocolate

Saturday, 10 September 2011

Weight Watchers on Prescription

Results from a recently published study in The Lancet show that overweight and obese people following the Weight Watchers programme are likely to lose twice as much weight as those relying on standard NHS treatment.

The research, carried out between September 2007 and November 2008, compared two groups of adults in Australia, Germany and the UK whereby participants were randomly allocated either the Weight Watchers programme or referred to their local general practice for a period of 12 months. Out of a total of 772 overweight and obese participants, 377 adults followed Weight Watchers (at no cost) while the other 395 were assigned standard care from their local GP.

Friday, 9 September 2011

Cottage Pie, Be Good to Yourself - Sainsbury’s

Be Good To Yourself Cottage Pie is a reduced fat ready meal with 30% less fat than Sainsbury’s British Classic Cottage Pie. This traditional family favourite is made from British beef cooked with vegetables and stock and topped with seasoned Maris Piper mashed potato.

Each 450g pack contains 334 calories and 8.8g of fat whereas the Classic Cottage Pie has 409 calories with 15.2g of fat.

Since each 450g pack provides enough to serve two people, this gives both portions just 167 calories. Add lots of fresh vegetables or salad for a tasty, filling and low calorie meal.

Sainsbury’s Be Good to Yourself Cottage Pie can be cooked in the microwave or oven, from frozen or chilled.

Nutritional Information: Per 450g pack: 334 calories, 21.5g protein, 42.1g carbohydrates, 3.8g sugars, 8.8g fat, (2.1g fat per 100g), 4.2g saturates, 7.6g fibre, 1.69g salt. Each pack is worth 9 Weight Watchers ProPoints as calculated by Sainsbury’s.
Cooked Cottage Pie

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Shapers Range of Low Calorie Diet Drinks

When it comes to low calorie drinks, if you don't like cola, orange or lemon flavours, there's not much else to choose from. However, Boots Shapers have a wide range of refreshingly different flavours among their diet sparkling and still drinks.

Some of the range of Shapers drinks
Currently some of the flavours you can find include:
  • Sparkling Cream Soda - 3 calories, 
  • Still Raspberry & Mango - 4 calories,
  • Sparkling Ginger Beer - 4 calories, 
  • Sparkling Pink Grapefruit - 14 calories, 
  • Sparkling Cherry & Apple - 18 calories, 
  • Sparkling Tropical - 20 calories, 
  • Still Cranberry & Apple - 34 calories, 
  • Sparkling Cloudy Lemonade - 17 calories.
You can find these drinks in Boots outlets, though not all shops will stock all brands.

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Weight Watchers Range of Cookies

Weight Watchers have a variety of delicious, crunchy cookies which have all been allocated the new ProPoints values. Among the selection are Oat & Choc Chip Cookies, Choc Chip & Raisin Cookies, Sultana & Cinnamon Cookies and Lemon & Currant Cookies.

The flavours are wonderful, especially the cinnamon. If you're following the Weight Watchers ProPoints plan, these are a good snacking choice as these cookies already have their ProPoints allocated.

Study Reveals Health Benefits of Eating Chocolate

Dieting or trying to lose weight often means giving up chocolate for a while. But for those of us who love eating chocolate, there is a good reason to keep on eating it.

University of Cambridge research published in the British Medical Journal in August 2011, found that chocolate may be associated with significant health benefits. Studies have already shown that dark chocolate has high levels of antioxidants which can help lower the chances of developing cancer or heart disease. But researchers have found that other types of chocolate including dark and milk chocolate, as well as chocolate drinks and chocolate confectionery, may also have beneficial effects on our health.

Researchers reviewed seven separate studies involving 114,000 patients and found that people who ate the most chocolate had a 37 percent lower risk of developing heart disease and 29 percent lower risk of suffering from a stroke than people who ate less chocolate.

However, this doesn’t mean the more chocolate we eat the healthier we’ll be. Unfortunately, the majority of chocolate is also high in fat, sugar and calories.

Dr Oscar Franco, the lead author of the study from the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, said: “Chocolate may be beneficial, but it should be eaten in a moderate way, not in large quantities and not in binges.”  If it is consumed in large quantities, any beneficial effect is going to disappear.”

So there’s no need to feel guilty eating chocolate if you’re on a diet. However, to avoid gaining weight from overdosing on fat and calories, try to keep your chocolate consumption within your recommended daily calorie guidelines. To find out what yours is, this post can help.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Innocent Fruit Tubes

Innocent are well known for their range of fruit juices, snacks and smoothies made from nothing but fruit. One of their popular snacks which is actually aimed at children, are Innocent Fruit Tubes. These tasty, fruity tubes make a refreshing, low calorie, low fat and healthy snack for adults and children.

They’re available in two flavours: Strawberries & Raspberries or Mangoes & Pineapples. Each individual tube contains 100% pure crushed fruit and juice. You can also freeze them to make a refreshing ice lolly. Each 40g mango tube has just 24 calories and the raspberry tube has 22 calories.

The Raspberries & Strawberries ingredients are apple, strawberry, banana, raspberry and red grape juice. The Mangoes & Pineapples contain apple, mango, pineapple juice and banana.

They’re smooth with no lumps, mainly because they’re marketed towards children, have no added sugar or sweeteners and no additives or preservatives.

To open them, you simply tear open at the top (which incidentally is very easy to do), then eat them straight out of the tube.

Packed in boxes of ten, they can be found in branches of Tesco, Sainsbury’s, selected Waitrose stores, ASDA as well as Ocado.

Nutritional Information: Per 100ml (mangoes): 61 calories, 0.5g protein, 13.9g carbohydrate, 0.2g fat.

Nutritional Information: Per 100ml (raspberries): 55 calories, 0.69g protein, 12.2g carbohydrate, 0.2g fat.

Monday, 5 September 2011

Calories to be Shown on Fast Food Menus

Calories are coming out. No more hiding away in secret places where only the most determined calorie counters can find them. From Wednesday 7th September, McDonalds will start displaying the calorie count of all their food items on the menu boards.

No more kidding ourselves that a quarter pounder with cheese isn’t really that many calories. From now on, the calories will all be clearly on display so customers can make an informed choice.

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Ryvita Crackerbread

Ryvita Crackerbreads are one of the original low calorie alternatives to sliced bread. If you’re looking for something a bit lighter than a crispbread, you might like crackerbreads.

They’re light and crispy and are perfect for adding tasty toppings such as cheese, ham or salad. They’re ideal if you’re watching your weight because they're so low in calories.

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Weight Watchers Thick Sliced Grained Bread

A new addition to the variety of Weight Watchers sliced breads is Thick Sliced Grained which is baked by Warburtons. Granary style breads are extremely popular these days but they often contain more calories than other types of bread. Although seeds and grains are beneficial for health, they are quite calorific which is why granary style and seeded breads may be deceptively high in calories per slice.

Weight Watchers have produced a 400g thick sliced, granary style loaf which is a combination of white bread with the addition of malted wheat flakes and wheat bran. It’s deliciously soft, low in fat and a good source of fibre. Each slice has 75 calories and is worth 2 Weight Watchers ProPoints. You can find this bread in larger supermarkets.

Nutritional Information: Per slice: 75 calories, 2.6g protein, 14.1g carbohydrate, 0.7g sugar, 0.6g fat, 0.1g saturates, 1.5g fibre, 0.3g salt.
Weight Watchers Grained Bread

Friday, 2 September 2011

How Many Calories do I Need to Maintain My Weight?

The number of calories needed to maintain weight is unique for each of us. Although general calorie guidelines advise the average female needs 2,000 calories a day and the average man needs 2,500, this is a broad generalisation. No two people need exactly the same amount of calories and it can vary enormously from person to person.

If you’re not eating the right number of calories, you’ll either gain weight or lose it. And judging by the growing obesity problems facing westernised societies, it seems many of us have got it wrong somewhere along the line. So how can you work out how many calories you need to maintain your weight?

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Tesco Light Choices Pineapple Cottage Cheese

Cottage cheese is a good choice for dieters. It’s much lower in fat and calories than the majority of other cheeses and it’s a good source of protein.

However, Tesco’s Light Choices Pineapple Cottage Cheese is even lower in fat with 70% less fat than their regular variety.

 It has a nice, creamy texture with tiny pineapple pieces throughout. It is available from Tesco stores and comes packed in a 300g tub.


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