Monday, 31 October 2011

Ham & Mushroom Tagliatelle Tesco Light Choices

Tagliatelle smothered in a creamy sauce may be delicious, but it's not the best choice for dieters.

However, Tesco Light Choices have a variety which is lower in calories and fat and more suitable for those watching their weight and fat intake. 



Sunday, 30 October 2011

Skinny Water - Bio-Synergy

Skinny Water with Pomegranate
There’s been a boom in so called functional drinks claiming to provide all sorts of health benefits. Some are targeted at those needing an energy boost, while others state they speed up the metabolism, provide valuable nutrients or help with weight loss.

Whether or not they work is a matter of opinion, but some do have the science to back up their statements. One such example is Skinny Water from Bio-Synergy.

Skinny Water is a still water drink with a hint of pomegranate and it can be used as a slimming aid. Its ingredients, L-Carnitine and Chromium have been scientifically proven to help to reduce sugar cravings as well as improving the body’s ability to burn fat.

It's a low calorie drink with no added sugar and each 500ml bottle has less than 10 calories.

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Robinsons Double Concentrate No Added Sugar

Robinsons have a wide range of thirst quenching ‘No Added Sugar’ concentrated soft drinks. These are sold in 1 litre plastic bottles and are diluted 1 part concentrate to 4 parts water. Now you can also buy them in double concentrated form, in an even larger 1.75 litre bottle, but each made up drink still has around 2 calories.
Orange & Pineapple and Lemon

Instead of diluting one part with four parts, you dilute one part with nine parts of water, so you’re using just under half as much. This means you don’t need to restock as frequently.

However, remembering to pour out half as much concentrate takes a bit of practice, especially if you’re used to the single concentrate. You may end up with a few ‘super’ sweet drinks the first few times you use it.

The large bottles provide enough concentrate to make up 70 servings (250ml) and you can find them in most supermarkets.

Nutritional Information: Per 100ml undiluted lemon: 20 calories, 0.4g protein, 0.7g carbohydrates, 0.7g sugars, 0.1g fat, trace saturates, 1.0g fibre, 0.3g sodium.

Friday, 28 October 2011

Aunt Bessies 16 Home Baked Yorkshires

It’s never been easier to cook a full-on roast dinner with all the trimmings. One such trimming is Yorkshire pudding, without which no roast beef meal would be complete. But all that faffing around making batter then trying to get it (or them) to rise, takes time and effort, without any guarantee of success at the end.

If your yorkshires are a bit of a 'hit and miss' affair, or you find it all too time consuming, you might like to try Aunt Bessie’s Home Baked Yorkshires.

Before cooking
Aunt Bessie’s Home Baked Yorkshire puddings are already prepared for you to bake at home. Unlike some of the other varieties in the Aunt Bessie Yorkshire range, these aren't pre-cooked and ready to heat up. Instead, each of the silver foil cases holds a small amount of frozen batter which is ready for you to pop into the oven and cook for around 20 minutes.

They rise to perfection and taste exactly as they should. However, you do need to make sure your oven is big enough so they don't reach the top as they can burn. Also, don't take them out before they're properly cooked otherwise they'll fall flat. Follow the instructions and it's virtually impossible to go wrong.

Because each yorkshire has just 59 calories, you can enjoy eating one or two of these with your roast dinner without breaking your diet.

Quote from the packet:

"I've selected the finest quality ingredients and blended them into a smooth batter, which I've poured into individual foil trays and quickly frozen. Pop in your oven for 20 minutes, enjoy that delicious home baked smell and watch them rise to perfection."

Nutrition: Per pudding (baked): 59 calories, 2.0g protein, 8.7g carbohydrates, 0.4g sugars, 1.8g fat, 0.2g saturates, 0.4g fibre, 0.1g sodium. Suitable for vegetarians.

After cooking (not all perfect this time!)

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Tesco Goodness Slurpers


Tesco’s Goodness Fruit Slurpers are really aimed at kids, but if you like fruit smoothie type snacks, you might appreciate these.

Apple & Banana Slurpers
A 90g pouch contains pure fruit puree with no added sugar, flavours or colours. Each pouch also counts as one of the recommended ‘5 a day’ and contains just 70 calories.

The range of flavours to choose from include: Apple & Banana, Apple, Strawberry, Apple & Blackcurrant,Tropical and Apple & Strawberry.

Since they don’t need to be stored in the fridge, you can carry them around with you as a handy snack. They’re also perfect for lunchboxes or eating out of the home as they don’t need a spoon.

Boxes of Fruit Slurpers contain four individual pouches and they’re available in larger branches of Tesco stores.

Nutritional Information: Per 90g pouch: 70 calories, 0.3g protein, 15.8g carbohydrates, 14.5g sugars, 0.3g fat, trace saturates, 1.4g fibre, trace salt. Suitable for vegetarians.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Weight Watchers Caramel Mallows

Whether or not you’re following the Weight Watchers programme, if you're trying to lose weight or keep an eye on your calorie and fat intake, you can find their products widely available on the supermarket shelves.

Among the Weight Watchers snacks range are these packs of low fat, 4 Caramel Mallows. They look just like an ice cream sandwiched between a couple of wafers. But instead of ice cream, they’re filled with soft white mallow and have a caramel strip running through the centre.

Each caramel mallow has 55 calories and is worth 1 new ProPoint.

These were found in Poundland.

(Update May 2012)
New style packs contain 6 x 16g mallows with the same calories and ProPoints.

Nutritional Information: Per caramel mallow (16.7g): 55 calories, 0.9g protein, 10.7g carbohydrates, 6.5g sugars, 0.4g fat, 0.2g saturates, 3.0g fibre, <0.1g salt. 1 ProPoint

Weight Watchers Caramel Mallows

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Mexican Discovery Taco Trays

If you’ve ever tried making tacos at home only to have the filling fall out everywhere, then you might find things a bit easier with Taco trays by Mexican Discovery. They're made with a flat base and sloping sides so they sit flat on the plate. This way they’re easy to fill and they don’t fall over. Taco trays are low in calories too, with each one worth just 41.6 calories.

Taco trays are made from corn flour and turned into crispy taco trays ready to be stuffed with your choice of savoury filling. If you’re feeling adventurous, the cook book ‘Amor Y Tacos: Modern Mexican Tacos, Margaritas, and Antojitos’ has plenty of alternative recipes for making modern tacos as well as tempting cocktails to go with them. And you can find Mexican Discovery Taco Trays in supermarkets as well as Amazon (see below).

Nutritional information: Per taco tray: 42 calories, 0.5g protein, 4.8g carbohydrate, 0.1g sugars, 2.3g fat, 1.0g saturates, 0.4g fibre, 0.1g salt.








Monday, 24 October 2011

Which are the Healthiest Cooking Oils?

A healthy cooking oil might seem to be a contradiction in terms. Whichever way you look at them, there’s no getting away from the fact that oil is 100% fat. And fat means calories, lots of them. Weight for weight, fat has over twice as many calories as protein or carbohydrate and most cooking oils have around 125 calories per 15ml tablespoon or 825 calories per 100ml.

However, all fats are not unhealthy. In fact, some are essential for our health and well being. The key to choosing the healthiest cooking oil is to look for those which have the greatest amount of healthy fats in the ingredients.

You’ll find a bewildering array of different types of cooking oils on the supermarket shelves these days. From the more popular vegetable oils, sunflower oils, Canola oils (US/Canada) and olive oils to exotic, specialist or infused oils including sesame oils, walnut oils, peanut oils, rice bran oils or almond oils.

So how do you know which cooking oils are the healthiest? Generally, oils, which are liquid at room temperature, rather than solid fats, such as lard, dripping or solid vegetable fat, have much lower levels of saturated fat, the unhealthy type of fat. But whichever you choose, all cooking oils are made from a combination of three types of fat – saturated fat, polyunsaturated fat and monounsaturated fat.

Saturated Fat: Bad fat

Solid Fats
Without a doubt, the most important aspect of your cooking oil from a health point of view, is how much saturated fat it contains. Saturated fat comes mainly from animal sources and some plant sources e.g. coconut oil or palm oil. It has no health benefits and eating large quantities is known to increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.

All cooking oils contain varying amounts of saturated fat, but those with the lowest amounts of saturated fats are vegetable oils (usually rapeseed oil), Canola oil, almond oil and walnut oil. Highest levels of saturated fats can be found in solid white fats such as lard, dripping and some vegetable fats.


Monounsaturated Fat: Good fat

Olive Oils
This is the healthiest type of fat. Studies show that eating a diet which is high in monounsaturates can help to reduce the risk of heart disease, as long as it’s included within moderation as part of a healthy diet. 

Monounsaturated fat is healthiest oil to cook with because it produces fewer free radicals (responsible for ageing and tissue damage) when heated. Oils which are high in monounsaturates include olive oil , sunflower oil, vegetable oils and Canola oil.


Polyunsaturated Fat: Good fat

Corn Oil
Polyunsaturated fat is also a healthy fat as it includes the essential fats - omega 3 and omega 6. We have to obtain these fats through our diet because we can’t manufacture them ourselves. They’re necessary for maintenance of a healthy immune system, brain functioning and growth. Oils with omega 3s include soybean, Canola, vegetable, walnut or flaxseed oil. Those with omega 6 include soybean oil, corn oil and safflower oil. Hemp seed oil is also very high in polyunsaturated fat.

Generally, the healthiest oils to cook with are vegetable oils (rapeseed) or Canola oil, sunflower oil and groundnut oil. Olive oil is the healthiest oil for using in other forms of cooking such as drizzled over food, dipping bread in or mixing into dips or dressings.

When choosing your cooking oil, check the nutrition label to compare the amounts of the three types of fat. Choose one which has the lowest amount of saturated fat compared with the monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fat.

Here is an example of the label on a bottle of groundnut oil which has 15.5g saturates, 48.7g monounsaturates and 23.4g polyunsaturates.

Typical Nutrition Label


Trans fats / Hydrogenated fats: Worst Fat

These are the most unhealthy fats and should be avoided as far as possible. While cooking oils generally don’t contain this fat, repeated re-use of oils can end up creating small amounts of trans fat. In the US, Canola oil may contain small amounts of trans fats but this may not appear on the nutrition label. You can read more about trans fats in cooking oils here.

In the chart below, you can see at a glance which oils have the highest and lowest amounts of the different fats.

Percentage of Fats in Oils


Remember, although some cooking oils are healthier than others, they all have roughly the same number of calories. So if you’re trying to cut down on your calorie and fat intake, use your cooking oil sparingly!



 © Diets and Calories 2011


 



Heinz Salad Cream Light

Salad cream can transform a boring salad or sandwich into a much tastier meal, but this usually comes at the expense of extra fat and calories. Heinz Salad Cream, a favourite for nearly 100 years can still be enjoyed by switching to one of their reduced fat versions.

Heinz Salad Cream have two reduced fat versions: Heinz Salad Cream Light 70% Less Fat or Heinz Salad Cream Light 30% Less Fat. This relates to the reduction in fat compared with Original Heinz Salad Cream.

The Light 70% Less Fat version has 144 calories and 7.3g of fat per 100g. This compares with 236 calories and 18.5g of fat for the 30% Less Fat salad cream and 336 calories and 27g of fat for Heinz Original salad cream.

Heinz Salad Cream Light 70% Less Fat is available in a 460g top down squeezy plastic bottle in larger supermarkets.

Nutritional information: Per serving (15g) 70% less fat: 22 calories, 0.3g protein, 2.4g carbohydrate, 1.2g sugars, 1.1gg fat, 0.1g saturates, 0.1g fibre, 0.3g salt. Suitable for vegetarians. NO artificial colours or flavours.

Ingredients: Water, spirit vinegar, sugar, vegetable oil (5%), pasteurized egg yolks (4%), mustard, maltodextrin, modified cornflour, salt, stabilizers – guar gum and Xanthan Gum, preservatives – potassium sorbate and sulphur dioxide, sweetener – sucralose, colour – riboflavin.

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Weight Watchers Caramel Cake Bars

Weight Watchers Caramel Cake Bars are light chocolate sponge cakes, topped with a layer of sticky caramel and coated in real milk chocolate. They taste as good as they look.

If you’re following the Weight Watchers programme, or a calorie counted diet, it’s good to know each caramel cake bar has just 89 calories and a ProPoints value of 2.

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Birds Eye Omega 3 Fish Fingers

Fish fingers are a particular favourite among children and a useful way of getting them to eat fish. Of course, there’s no reason why adults can’t enjoy eating them too, especially since they’re reasonably low in calories.

Birds Eye Fish Fingers are a good source of protein as well as providing some of the essential fatty acid, omega 3. One Birds Eye fish finger has 62 calories, with the recommended portion size being three fish fingers, giving a total of 185 calories.

Cooking fish fingers is quick and easy. Take them straight out of the freezer and place them under a pre-heated grill for 12-15 minutes. Alternatively, cook them in the oven for the same amount of time, turning once or twice until they're golden and crispy.

Birds Eye fish fingers are made with 100% fish fillet (Alaska Pollock fillet) which makes up 58% of the fish finger. They’re available in the freezer section of most supermarkets.

Nutritional Information: Per fish finger (28g): 62 calories, 3.3g protein, 6.0g carbohydrates, 0.1g sugars, 2.6g fat, 0.3g saturates, 56mg Omega 3, 0.3g fibre, 0.2g salt.

Friday, 21 October 2011

Weight Watchers Thick Sliced Wholemeal Bread 400g

Weight Watchers Thick Sliced Wholemeal is a high fibre, low fat bread with a deliciously soft texture. Although it’s wholemeal, it has a lighter colour than regular wholemeal bread and doesn’t have an overwhelmingly strong wholemeal flavour. This could make it a good choice for those who don’t like the stronger flavour of wholemeal bread.

Weight Watchers Thick Sliced Wholemeal bread makes exceptionally good toast but it’s equally as good as a sandwich base, making a really satisfying snack. 

 It’s quite hard to find, though supermarkets which seem to regularly stock it are ASDA and Morrisons.

Nutritional Information: Per slice: 71 calories, 2 ProPoints, 2.6g protein, 12.5g carbohydrates, 0.9g sugars, 0.8g fat, 0.1g saturates, 1.9g fibre, 0.3g salt. Suitable for vegetarians.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Which Day of the Week Should You Start a Diet?

Tell me why, I don’t like Mondays? Those famous lyrics penned by Bob Geldof, gave the Boomtown Rats a number 1 single during the summer of 1979. But what's so bad about Mondays? Could it be because it’s the start of the working week for millions of people? Or perhaps because it’s the day most favoured by dieters embarking on a new diet.

To many of us, dieting means deprivation, cutting back on, or going without the food we like. Not the best motivational reasons to get up on a Monday morning if you’re starting a diet. But according to a poll by Tesco Diets, those who begin their diet on a Sunday or Monday are likely to lose more weight than those who begin on any other day of the week.

It’s all down to the psychological factor. Somehow, putting off the start of a diet until Monday, can give us a psychological boost. As well as delaying the start day, allowing us a few precious days to eat what we want, Mondays can signal a new beginning. It’s a bit like New Year’s Eve where we get to wipe the slate clean and begin anew with fresh ambitions, goals, hopes and aspirations.

According to the poll, Tuesday is the worst day to start a diet. Apparently, if you start your diet on a Tuesday, you are more likely to give up by the end of the week and end up heavier to boot! Of the poll of 2,000 women, those who started their diet on a Sunday lost an average of 8lb over three weeks and 88 percent kept the weight off.

Possibly the best day to start your diet is a Saturday. It seems that if you have the will power and dieting commitment to start on a Saturday, you’re more likely to reach your weight loss target. The Tesco study found that the Saturday starters had a clear goal in mind and were committed enough to see the diet through to the end. And the most popular day to ditch the diet is Friday, after a stressful week at work.

A spokeswoman for Tesco Diets, said: ‘Changing your eating habits can be a hard challenge whatever day of the week.

‘With women struggling with their busy work-life balance, mental and physical preparation has never been more important.

‘Time should be taken to draw up shopping lists and peruse the supermarket shelves carefully to make sensible, informed choices without grabbing the nearest tin.’

Of course, Mondays aren’t the start of the working week for everyone. When it comes down to it, personal motivation and determination are what’s needed to keep you going, whatever diet you choose and whatever day of the week you decide to start.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Fridge Raiders – Mattessons

Southern Fried
For those times when you feel like eating a quick, low calorie savoury snack, but don’t have time to prepare something, you might find Mattessons Fridge Raiders fit the bill.

Fridge Raiders are made with 100% chicken breast and flavoured with various seasonings, then shaped into bite sized chunky pieces.They're ready to eat straight out of the pack.

They’re available in a variety of flavours including: Southern Fried, Tikka, BBQ, Roast Chicken, Chinese Spare Rib and Sweet Chilli. There is also a limited edition Vindaloo (at the time of writing).

Fruitini by Del Monte

If you’re looking for a refreshing ice lolly on a hot day but can’t make up your mind what flavour you want, Del Monte’s Fruitini Ice lollies might fit the bill. These fruit ices on a stick have three different layered flavours: pineapple + orange + strawberry fruit juice.

They’re made with 100% natural ingredients and 63% fruit juice (from concentrate). Although high in sugar, each lolly contains only 44 calories and 0.1g of fat plus they’re rich in vitamin C.

You can find Del Monte Fruitini ice lollies in the freezer section of larger supermarkets.

Nutritional Information: Per ice lolly: 44 calories, 0.1g protein, 10.9g carbohydrates, 9.5g sugars, trace fat, trace saturates. Vitamin C 36mg (60% RDA). Suitable for vegetarians. Contains no artificial colours, flavours, preservatives or sweeteners.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Ryvita Sunflower & Oats Crispbread

Ryvita’s Sunflower & Oat Crispbreads are made with wholegrain rye flour and have a generous sprinkling of sunflower seeds and oats on top. They’re low in saturated fat, high in fibre and have no artificial colours or preservatives.

As with all the Ryvita crispbreads, there is one dimpled side and one smooth. Use the dimpled side for filling with spreads like cream cheese for example, or use the smooth side for a lighter scraping of spread.

Monday, 17 October 2011

Fry Light Extra Virgin Olive Oil Cooking Spray

When you’re trying to lose weight or cut down on your fat intake, throwing out the cooking oil seems a good way to start. Whichever type of cooking oil you use, there’s no getting away from the fact that oil is pure fat and every tablespoon has 99 calories.

But when you’re cooking at home, whether frying, baking or grilling, sometimes you just have to use some oil. You can save yourself hundreds of calories by swapping to something like Fry Light which is perfect for low calorie and low-fat cooking.

Each spray has just one calorie and replaces one teaspoon (15ml) of regular cooking oil. You have to use it in a slightly different way to normal oil. For example, when shallow frying you must spray the oil onto a cold pan, then heat it up before adding the food. If you don’t do this you can end with a major food sticking problem.

Fry Light is also ideally used to spray onto food which has little of its own fat, for example vegetarian or Quorn sausages. You can spray it onto the skins of baked potatoes to make them crispy, or over home-made chips before cooking them in the oven. And when baking, spray the baking sheet with Fry Light instead of using butter.

Regular cooking oil has around 825 calories per 100ml whereas Fry Light Extra Virgin Olive Oil Spray has 521 calories per 100ml. This is because Fry Light has other ingredients, including water and lecithin.
Fry Light Olive, Sunflower, Balsamic, Caesar

Other Fry Light Sprays in the range include: Sunflower Oil Spray, Stir Fry Spray, Better than Butter Oil Spray, Balsamic Dressing and Caesar Dressing. All have 1 calorie per spray.

Fry Light can be found in most larger supermarkets.



Nutritional Information: Per 4 sprays Fry Llght Olive (10” pan): 4 calories, trace protein, trace carbohydrates, trace sugars, 0.4g fat, trace saturates, 0.3g monounsaturates, nil cholesterol, trace fibre, trace sodium.

If you can't find them in the supermarket, there's always Amazon!

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Extra Lean Pork Sausages - Be Good To Yourself

Sausages are a British favourite, but many of them should come with a health warning. With large amounts of fat, they’re certainly not the lowest calorie of food choices. If you’re trying to lower your fat intake or keep the calories down, you can find a few good reduced fat choices which don’t compromise on taste.

Sainsbury’s Be Good To Yourself reduced fat Extra Lean Pork Sausages have just 74 calories each and 2.7g of fat. These are thick sausages and not just low in calories because they're half the size of regular sausages.

They can be found in the freezer section and come in bags of 20. Frozen sausages are often overlooked but they can work out significantly cheaper than buying them in smaller packets.

You can cook them straight from frozen, either in the oven, grill or frying pan. You don’t need any oil to fry them, but due to the lack of fat in the sausages, it can take a bit longer to cook as you should cook them on a lower heat to keep them from sticking or burning.

They’re made from British pork which makes up (63%) of the sausage.
 
Nutritional Information: Per sausage: 74 calories, 7.1g protein, 5.4g carbohydrates, 0g sugars, 2.7g fat (5.8g per 100g), 1.0g saturates, 0.9g fibre, 0.68g salt. 2 ProPoints per sausage as calculated by Sainsbury’s for informational purposes only.
After cooking

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Warburtons Wholemeal Bread (400g)

Warburtons, family bakers since 1876, have an extensive range of bread and other bakery goods. Their healthy wholemeal bread range includes this 400g loaf. Swapping from 800g loaves of bread to the 400g size can save you a considerable number of calories. 

For example, each slice of Warburtons Wholemeal from the 400g loaf has just 55 calories, whereas a slice from the 800g loaf has 93 calories, giving you a saving of 38 calories per slice.

Warburtons Wholemeal bread is widely available in most supermarkets and many outlets which sell bread products.

Nutritional Information: Per slice: 55 calories, 2.5g protein, 9.7g carbohydrates, 0.7g sugars, 0.6g fat, 0.2g saturates, 1.5g fibre, 0.26g salt. Suitable for vegetarians. Contains Gluten, wheat and soya/soybeans.

Friday, 14 October 2011

Silver Spoon Light Granulated Sugar

Going on a diet means cutting down on calories. But, if you like sugar in your drinks and on your cereal, this can add up to lots of extra and unwanted calories throughout the day. Although there are all manner of sugar substitutes on the supermarket shelves, it’s not always easy finding the right one for you.

Silver Spoon Light is a granulated sugar which looks and tastes just like sugar only it has less calories per teaspoon. This is ideal for those who like the texture of real sugar but would prefer fewer calories. You use it in exactly the same way as you do regular sugar except each teaspoon has 11 calories instead of the 16 calories of white granulated sugar.

This gives you a saving of 5 calories per teaspoon. So, for example, if you like two teaspoons of sugar in your tea and coffee and two on your cereal and you drink five hot drinks each day, you’d be saving 60 calories a day or 300 calories per week.
 
Silver Spoon Light granulated sugar is available in pack sizes 750g and 375g from Asda, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and The Coop.

Nutritional information: Per teaspoon (2.8g): 11 calories, trace protein, 2.7g carbohydrate, 2.7g sugars, 0g fat, 0g saturates, 0g fibre, 0g sodium.

Ingredients: Sugar, Maltodextrin, Sweeteners (*Aspartame, Acesulfame-K). *Contains a source of phenylalanine.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Outline of the Slim Fast® Diet Plan

Slim Fast® first made its appearance onto the diet market in 1990. Back then, dieters could choose from a limited range of milk and soy-based milkshake powder mixes, which were used as meal replacements.

Fast forward two decades and Slim Fast® is still going strong but with a greatly increased range of products. Slim Fast® has been proved to be effective at helping people lose weight and has been affirmed by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Mini Wholemeal Submarine Rolls – M&S

Marks and Spencer have a wonderful selection of tasty, unique bread and rolls. While some, such as those full of seeds and grains can be quite high in calories, others, such as these cute Mini Wholemeal Submarine Rolls are perfect for including in a calorie counted meal plan as they have just 70 calories each. They're the perfect size for children's lunches or those looking for something a bit smaller than the traditional bread roll and which has fewer calories.

Wholemeal Mini Submarine rolls are light, soft rolls which are topped with a sprinkling of semolina. They’re perfect for making open sandwiches and light snacks and lunches or even a mini hot dog.

Each pack contains 6 mini submarine rolls and they’re available as wholemeal or white. You can find them in M&S foodhalls.

Nutritional Information: Per mini roll: 70 calories, 3.9g protein, 11.8g carbohydrates, 0.8g sugars, 0.7g fat, 0.2g saturates, 1.8g fibre, 0.25g salt. Suitable for vegetarians.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Weight Watchers Mango & Pineapple Yogurts (Limited Edition)

Weight Watchers yogurts, made by Yoplait, have brought out a Limited Edition, fat free selection pack which includes two new flavours: Mango and Pineapple. Within each pack you’ll find two x 120g mango yogurts and two x 120g pineapple yogurts.

They’re exceptionally low in calories with both the Mango and the Pineapple pots worth just 44 calories and 1 Weight Watchers ProPoint.

Since they’re a limited edition, they may not be around too long. I found them on sale in Morrisons but they’re bound to arrive in other stores soon.

Nutritional Information: Per pot (Mango): 44 calories, 4.8g protein, 5.5g carbohydrates, 5.3g sugars, 0.1g fat, <0.1g saturates, 0.2g fibre, 0.2g salt.

Monday, 10 October 2011

Walkers French Fries Worcester Sauce

Walkers French Fries look just like real French fries but with far fewer calories. They’re also much crunchier. These crispy potato snacks are part of the ’99 calories or less’ range of crunchy snacks from Walkers - the others are Quavers, Squares and Wotsits.

The Worcester Sauce flavour joins the other flavours mentioned in this previous post which are: Salt & Vinegar, Cheese & Onion or Ready Salted.

As detailed on the pack, they are ‘slim and slender, long & twisted. Snap them in half, take a nibble. Start at one end and crunch your way through, there’s plenty of delicious crispiness to munch through before you’ve got to reach for the next one. Go on – pick one out and munch away.

Each pack holds just enough to make a satisfying snack for those days when you just need something to crunch on, but won't pile on the pounds. They're available in multi packs in supermarkets and other stores selling multi-pack snacks.

Here they are on a plate
Nutritional Information: Per packet: 83 calories, 1g protein, 12.4g carbohydrates, 0.3g sugar, 3g fat, 0.3g saturates, 1g fibre, 0.58g salt. Suitable for vegetarians.

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Kingsmill Love to Toast 6 Pancakes

Everyone likes pancakes don’t they? Whether you enjoy them with a blob of vanilla ice cream and drizzled with maple syrup, or with a liberal sprinkling of sugar and a squeeze of lemon juice, they’re always something to look forward to - except when you’re on a diet. But Kingsmill Love To Toast Pancakes can easily be included in a diet plan since each pancake has just 74 calories.

Each pack has 6 soft and fluffy American style pancakes which can be eaten cold straight out of the packet. Alternatively, you can pop them into a toaster or under a grill to heat them up. Best enjoyed with a scraping of low fat butter to keep the calories down. Or top with fresh fruit and some light aerosol cream.

Kingsmill Love to Toast Pancakes can be stored in the freezer and are widely available in stores and supermarkets.

Nutritional Information: Per pancake: 74 calories, 1.5g protein, 14.3g carbohydrates, 6.3g sugars, 1.2g fat, 0.2g saturates, 0.4g fibre, 0.35g salt. Suitable for vegetarians.

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Kellogg's Special K Products - Cereals and Bars

Kellogg’s Special K has been around for more than 50 years, providing dieters with a delicious breakfast of crunchy rice and wheat flakes. And to this day, the name Special K is synonymous with diets and weight loss and is still mainly targeted at those looking to lose weight or keep their figure trim.

However, Kellogg's Special K is far too tasty to be eaten just by dieters. Children and adults of all ages have also discovered the unique taste of Special K which can be eaten as a snack at any time of day, not only breakfast.

There's even more to enjoy now because there are so many varieties to choose from. This is also great news for those following the Special K Challenge or the Special K Cereal Diet.

Special K is quite similar in calories when compared with other wheat or rice based cereals. However, it is fortified with a wide range of important vitamins and iron, so the dieter isn’t losing out on valuable nutrients while cutting calories.

Here’s a look at some of the family of Special K cereals and snack bars available in the UK right now:


Special K Cereals








Special K
Original Special K
Special K
Oats & Honey
Special K
Fruit & Nut
379 calories per 100g


379 calories per 100g


380 calories per 100g



Special K
 Chocolate & Strawberry
Special K
 Strawberry Clusters
Special K
 Honey Clusters
385 calories per 100g


389 calories per 100g



389 calories per 100g

Special K
 Creamy Berry Crunch
Special K
 Red Berries 
Special K
 Yogurty

388 calories per 100g

380 calories per 100g

388 calories per 100g
Special K Peach & Apricot
383 calories per 100g

Special K Hazelnut & Almond
398 calories per 100g


Special K Bars






Special K  
Double Milk Chocolate
Special K  
Chocolate Chip
80 calories

83 calories

Special K  
Peach & Apricot
Special K  
Chocolate & Orange
88 calories

89 calories

Special K  
Chocolate & Raspberry
Special K 
Chocolate & Mint
89 calories

89 calories

Special K  
Red Berry
Special K  
Mini Breaks Original
88 calories
99 calories

Special K  
Mini Breaks Chocolate
Special K  
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99 calories
98 calories



Nutritional Information: (Special K Original)

Eating a 30g serving of Kellogg’s Special K provides at least 50% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of the vitamins thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6, riboflavin, vitamin B12, folic acid, vitamin C and vitamin D; and 25% RDA of the mineral iron. A 500g box of original Special K provides 16 x 30g servings.

Per 100g: 379 calories, 14g protein, 76g carbohydrate, 17g sugar, 1.5g fat, 0.5g saturates, 2.5g fibre, 1.15g salt.

Per 30g serving with 125ml semi skimmed milk: 173 calories, 9g protein, 29g carbohydrates, 11g sugar, 2.5g fat, 1.5g saturates, 0.8g fibre, 0.5g salt.

For information on the Special K personal plan, read this post.

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