Saturday, 31 December 2011

Crispbakes by Sainsbury’s

If you like melba toast and are looking for something different from a cracker, you may like Sainsbury’s crispbakes. They have the same crunch and texture as a melba toast but they’re much thicker in diameter and don’t break if you try to spread anything onto them. They’re also low in fat and calories with each crispbread having just 31 calories.

Treat them as you would a regular piece of toast, for example, top with tomatoes and cheese and pop under the grill until the cheese melts. Or simply spread with your favourite topping or low fat butter to appreciate the taste and texture of the crispbake.

Each circular crispbake measures just under 3.5” across or 8.5cm with a depth of just over half an inch or 1.5cm. They can be found in Sainsbury’s stores in the crispbread section.

Nutrition Information: Per crispbake: 38 calories, 1.4g protein, 7.2g carbohydrates,1.1g sugars, 0.3g fat, 0.1g saturated fat, 0.4g fibre, trace salt. Suitable for vegetarians.

Ingredients: Wheat flour, glucose syrup, egg, sugar, yeast, rapeseed oil, emulsifier: soya lecithin; salt, emulsifier: sodium stearoyl-2-lactylate.

Sainsbury's Crispbakes are very similar to a Tesco's Light Choices Dutch Crispbakes as shown in this post.

Sainsbury's Crispbakes

Friday, 30 December 2011

Biscuit Curls – Marks & Spencer

Often the only time you’ll see biscuit curls is when you order ice cream for dessert in a restaurant. However, you don’t need to wait for another dining out experience to be able to enjoy biscuit curls at home. Marks & Spencer sell this type of biscuit curls in their foodhalls. Biscuit curls are light and crispy, with a delicate vanilla flavour and have 40 calories each.

Each box holds four individually sealed packs containing nine biscuit curls, making 36 overall per 250g box. 

To get an idea of their size (not easy to tell from a photo), each curl measures 8.5cm (just under 3.5 inches) in length and is just under 1.5cm (half an inch) wide. 

Inside the box
They're delicious eaten on their own instead of a regular biscuit, or you can slot them into your ice cream or even fill the centre with ice cream instead. Available in Marks & Spencer foodhalls.

Nutrition Information: Per biscuit curl: 40 calories, 0.3g protein, 4.8g carbohydrates, 2.3g sugars, 2.2g fat, 1.7g saturated fat, 0.1g fibre, 0g sodium. Suitable for vegetarians. No artificial colours or flavourings. Not suitable for nut allergy sufferers.

Ingredients: Wheatflour, Sugar, Palm Oil, salt, Dried Free Range Egg White, Salt, Emulsifier: Soya Lecithin, Vanilla Flavouring. 

M&S Biscuit Curls

Thursday, 29 December 2011

Tesco Light Choices Spaghetti & Meatballs

Tesco Light Choices range of foods are lower fat versions of a similar product made by Tesco.

Spaghetti & Meatballs Light Choices is described as ‘pasta with oven roasted meatballs in a rich tomato and herb sauce.’

This is a 400g ready meal with 395 calories and 10.8g of fat, while Tesco’s regular Spaghetti & Meatballs has 445 calories and 19.2g of fat for the same amount.

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Quorn 6 Mini Savoury Eggs

Quorn mini savoury eggs are a meat-free alternative to mini Scotch eggs. Instead of sausage meat, they’re made with mycoprotein, a nutritious member of the fungi family.

As with all Quorn products, they’re generally made to mimic the taste and texture of their meat counterparts. As they're not made from meat, they are suitable for vegetarians who also eat eggs. 

Each pack contains 6 mini savoury eggs which have 50 calories each. This is considerably less calories than a regular Scotch egg which can have more than 270 calories. In comparison with other mini savoury eggs, the calories are broadly similar but the Quorn variety are generally lower in fat. 

The traditional Scotch egg consists of a hard boiled egg (shelled) which is then wrapped in a layer of spiced sausage meat, coated in breadcrumbs and deep fried. They’re usually served cold.

These days there are numerous variations on the Scotch egg, including mini eggs, savoury eggs and picnic eggs As these are too small to fit a regular sized hen’s egg inside, they are most often filled with an egg mayonnaise mixture.  

You can find Quorn mini savoury eggs in the chiller cabinets of larger supermarkets.

Nutrition Information: Per 20g mini savoury egg: 50 calories, 3.0g protein, 4.2g carbohydrates, 0.2g sugars, 2.3g fat, 0.2g saturated fat, 0.9g fibre, 0.4g salt. Vegetarian Society approved.

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Graze Box Review - Very Nor'ish, Fruit & Seed Flapjacks, Fruit Sangria, Rock the Casbah

Graze Box Delivery Date: 9 December 2011 

This week’s Graze box arrived on the allotted day. And what a festive box it was. I didn’t take a sneak online preview this week, so had no idea what to expect.

Carefully placed on top of my Graze snack box was a festive greeting card containing the nutritional lowdown on the contents of the snacks, plus some instructions on how to piece together a cardboard snowman -  something for the kids to do later. There were also a couple of smart, festive looking envelopes with vouchers for free Graze boxes.

Graze Christmas box

So, it's onto the contents of the Graze box. I think this is going to be my favourite so far.

Monday, 26 December 2011

All Butter Belgian Waffles – Marks & Spencer

A waffle smothered in chocolate sauce or drizzled with syrup can clock up 200 calories or more. But, if you want a small taste of a delicious Belgian Waffle, you could check out Marks & Spencer’s delicious, crisp, All Butter Belgian Waffles.

Each 150g box of Belgian Waffles holds a tray of 22 waffles, sealed inside a silver foil wrapper. As soon as you open the wrapping, you can’t help but notice the buttery aroma escaping from within. They have a slightly crunchy outer with a soft centre and they taste wonderful. Must have something to do with all that butter – it makes up 24% of each waffle.

Unfortunately, but to be expected, such a treat is high in fat, salt and sugar. However, on a brighter note, each waffle has just 30 calories and yes, they really are made in Belgium.

These waffles are more of an alternative to biscuits rather than a replacement for dessert style waffles. They are so moreish that it might be wise to take one or two then hide them away out of site.

You can find All Butter Belgian Waffles in Marks & Spencer Foodhalls and they have a shelf life of around 6 months.

Nutrition Information: Per waffle: 30 calories, 0.4g protein, 4.3g carbohydrates,2.3g sugars, 1.4g fat, 1.0g saturated fat, 0.1g fibre, trace salt. Vegetarian, not suitable for nut allergy sufferers.

Ingredients: Wheatflour, Sugar, Unsalted Butter (24%), Pasteurised free range whole egg, salt, raising agent: E503, Vanilla flavouring, Colour: Mixed Carotenes.

Sunday, 25 December 2011

High Bran Wholemeal Bread – M&S (Update)

High Bran bread from Marks & Spencer has been noticeably absent from the store shelves over the last couple of months. However, it’s back again in some stores, having had a packaging revamp and a very slight change to its nutritional information.

High Bran bread is a full flavoured, sliced loaf with wheatgerm, bran and toasted wheat, making it one of the highest fibre breads around. It has a chewy texture with a nutty flavour and is particularly filling, thanks to its high fibre content.

Apart from the packaging, the only noticeable change to High Bran seems to be the number of calories per slice. The new version now has 60 calories per slice rather than 55. All the other nutritional information appears to be identical and the bread tastes the same too. Maybe the slices are a tad thicker, but it’s hard to say. It’s just nice to see it back on the shelves again!

High Bran (400g) is available in some larger branches of Marks & Spencer Foodhalls.

Here’s the earlier post for High Bran bread.

HIgh Bran Bread Slices

Nutrition Information: Per slice: 60 calories, 3.6g protein, 9.1g carbohydrates, 0.9g sugars, 0.8g fat, 0.2g saturated fat, 2.0g fibre, 0.27g salt. Suitable for vegetarians.

Nutrition Information: Per 100g: 230 calories, 13.4g protein, 34.2g carbohydrates, 3.3g Sugars, 3.0g fat, 0.8g saturates, 7.4g fibre, 1.0g salt.

Ingredients: Wheatflour, Water, Toasted Wheatgerm (8%), Wheat Bran (7%), Black Treacle, Soya Flour, Salt, Fermented Wheatflour, Vegetable Oils, Yeast, Emulsifier: E427e, Flour Treatment Agent: Ascorbic Acid.

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Outline of the Champagne Diet

Christmas, with its tradition of calorific festive fare and parties awash with alcoholic beverages, makes this one of the most difficult times of the year for dieters. Then along comes New Year and more social pressure to indulge in alcoholic excesses. Alcohol is loaded with calories, but abstaining from it entirely over the festive season may be a step too far for many.

Quorn Crispy Chicken Style Nuggets

Jamie Oliver’s exposure of some of the undesirable ingredients often found in processed foods, e.g. chicken nuggets, probably saw them crossed off many people's shopping lists. But chicken nuggets are still popular, especially with children.

Of course, not all chicken nuggets are made with dubious contents. But, if you’re worried about what’s gone into your chicken nuggets, you might like to give Quorn a try. Quorn foods are made with mycoprotein which seems to adapt very well to all types of food flavours and textures. It’s also low in fat, and a good source of protein and fibre.

Quorn Crispy Chicken Style Nuggets are tasty Quorn Nuggets in a light and crispy batter coating. You’d be hard pressed to tell the difference between real chicken nuggets and these. And even if your kids do cotton on that they’re not the real thing, they’ll still love them. Well, mine do and they didn't tell the difference.

Quorn Crispy Chicken Style Nuggets are available in 300g bags containing 18 nuggets and can be found in the freezer section of the supermarket. You cook them exactly as you would regular chicken nuggets, either in the oven or under the grill. It’s also good to know that each chicken style nugget has just 31 calories.

Nutrition Information: Per Nugget: 31 calories, 2.0g protein, 1.7g carbohydrates,0.5g sugars, 1.8g fat, 0.3g saturated fat, 0.7g fibre, 0.3g salt.
Quorn Crispy Chicken Style Nuggets after cooking

Other Quorn products reviewed on this site can be found here.

Friday, 23 December 2011

Cadbury’s Roses Mini Boxes

Cadbury’s Roses chocolates are often given as a gift at special occasions such as Christmas and birthdays. Mostly they’re packed in large boxes or tins, which is fine if they’re being shared amongst many people. But if you’re partial to the odd Cadbury’s Roses chocolate, why wait for a special occasion when you could always buy some for yourself?
68g mini box

Naturally, if you’re watching your waistline, the temptation of gobbling an entire tin may be hard to resist. In this case, you could always buy the cute little mini box. At just 68g, Cadbury’s Roses mini boxes holds an assortment of 6 different chocolates.

Inside you’ll find one each of: Hazel in Caramel, Caramel, Country Fudge, Dairy Milk, Golden Barrel and Caramel Velvet. Just perfect for those who love Cadbury’s chocolate and caramel centres.

Being chocolate, they’re obviously not low in calories. Although they’re small, each chocolate has around 56 calories. With the 68g box holding just six choccies, the whole box has 337 calories.Even if you can't stop at one or two, devouring the whole box shouldn't cause too much to worry about in the weight department.

 Nutrition Information: Per 100g: 495 calories, 4.5g protein, 62g carbohydrates,53.5g sugars, 25.1g fat, 14.2g saturated fat, 0.6g fibre, 0.45g salt. Cadbury’s Roses chocolates are suitable for vegetarians but not vegans.

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Graze Box Review - Lemon Meringue Pie, Bounty Hunter, The Beach, Tom Yum Yum

Graze Box Delivery Date: 2 December 2011 

My second box from Graze arrived promptly on Friday and looked just as promising as the first. Carefully packed inside were this weeks four selections chosen by the Graze team according to my preferences. I couldn't wait to tuck in.

Graze Box nibble box
Graze box week 2

This week my four surprise selections were:

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

All Butter Shortbread Thins – Marks & Spencer (NEW)

A new biscuit has recently arrived on the shelves of Marks & Spencer called 'All Butter Shortbread Thins'. These  deliciously light and dainty shortbreads are packed in smart, square shaped 250g boxes. 

There are two varieties to choose from: All Butter Plain Shortbread Thins and All Butter Lemon Shortbread Thins (infused with lemon zest).

Unfortunately, shortbread is invariably high in calories - something to do with all that butter in the ingredients! However, Shortbread Thins, as the name implies, are baked in a thin style rather than the usual chunky varieties. This helps to reduce the calories per biscuit, with each All Butter Shortbread Thin worth 50 calories.

The boxes hold 12 biscuits and each biscuit is inscribed with a teapot. They’re ‘wrapped in fours for your convenience.’

This benefits of wrapping them this way include: 

1. Transportability - Easy to take to work or wherever as a handy snack;
2. It keeps the rest of the biscuits nice and fresh;
3. It provides a small barrier to absentmindedly munching through the entire pack.

Wrapped in packs of 4
If you like shortbread, then Shortbread Thins tick all the right boxes. They're pure, melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness and one is never enough.

They are high in salt, fat and sugar, but, on a brighter note, they have no artificial colours or flavourings. If you can stick to one or two a day, this'll be no more than 100 calories, which isn’t too bad for for a small treat.

You can find All Butter Shortbread Thins in Marks and Spencer foodhalls.

Shortbread Thins - Plain on the left, Lemon on the right
Nutrition Information: Per plain shortbread thin: 50 calories, 0.6g protein, 6.0g carbohydrates,2.0g sugars, 2.8g fat, 1.9g saturated fat, 0.2g fibre, 0.1g salt. Vegetarian, not suitable for nut allergy sufferers.

Ingredients: Plain shortbread thin: Wheatflour, Butter (34%), Sugar, Sea Salt, Baking Powder (Raising agent: E503).

Nutrition Information: Per lemon shortbread thin: 50 calories, 0.5g protein, 6.3g carbohydrates,2.4g sugars, 2.5g fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 0.2g fibre, 0.1g salt. Vegetarian, not suitable for nut allergy sufferers.

Ingredients: Lemon shortbread thin: Wheatflour, Butter (30%), Sugar, Crystallised Lemon Shred (6%), Lemon Oil, Sea Salt, Baking Powder (Raising agent: Sodium Bicarbonate). Crystallised Lemon Shred contains: Lemon Peel, Glucose Fructose Syrup, Sugar, Concentrated Lemon Juice.

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Cadbury BiscBits Four Varieties

If you like biscuits and Cadbury’s chocolate, then you’re bound to love a new variety of mini biscuit from Cadbury, called BiscBits. These miniature, chocolate covered biscuits are available in four tempting flavours: Chocolate Crisp, Caramel Crisp, Orange Crunch and Honeycomb Crunch.

The Chocolate Crisp and Caramel Crisp – ‘the crispy snappy square’, are square shaped biscuit bites while the Orange Crunch and Honeycomb Crunch - ‘the crunchy all rounder’, are round ‘O’ shaped biscuit bites.

Monday, 19 December 2011

Mince Pies at Christmas - Beware of the Calories

In the run up to Christmas, all the usual festive snacks start making their reappearance on the store shelves. One of the most popular Christmas treats are mince pies.

If you've been sampling the delights of this year's mince pies, don't be surprised if you gain weight. 

Although mince pies are quite small, they do contain a large amount of calories.

Graze Box Review - Lost Army, Flapjacks, Nuts & seeds, Bakewell Tart

Graze Box Delivery Date: 25 November 2011 

After signing up with Graze the previous week, I was eagerly awaiting the first delivery. I’d selected Friday as my Graze box delivery day and sure enough, come Friday, there it was sitting on the doormat waiting for me when I came home. Thankfully, it’s just the right size to fit through a regular sized letter box.
The Graze box

Graze had sent an email letting me know that my Gaze box was in the post and should reach me by Friday. There was also a link inviting me to have a sneak preview to see what’s in my box. That'd spoil the surprise so I declined.

Nutrition leaflet
Inside the box were four different graze snacks, all sealed with a clear film and packed into a recyclable cardboard box. Also included was a handy leaflet with a complete nutritional breakdown of the contents of each snack, plus lots more information. Everything is written in a chatty and engaging style.

So, here’s a look at what arrived this week.

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Tesco Ice Cream Mini Bites - NEW

Finding higher calorie foods in mini form are guaranteed to get my attention. By eating these instead of the regular sized version, you get to enjoy a tiny taste of more indulgent treats without having to worry about consuming an excessive amount calories or the ensuing weight gain.

Fortunately, mini sized treats seem to be catching on and it’s now possible to find mini versions of all sorts of different food items.

In the frozen desserts cabinets of Tesco you can now find New Ice Cream Mini Bites. Ice Cream Mini Bites are miniature versions of choc ices and have just 70 calories each compared with an average of 135 calories for a regular sized choc ice.

Their main difference is their size, however you also get a choice of three tempting ice cream flavours: Cookies & Cream, Toffee Fudge and Chocolate Brownie.

The Toffee Fudge Mini Bites have a toffee flavoured ice cream centre with sweet fudge pieces in a milk chocolate flavoured coating. The Cookies & Cream Mini Bites have a cream flavoured ice cream centre with cookie crumble in a milk chocolate flavoured coating. Finally, the Chocolate Brownie Mini Bites are chocolate ice cream with brownie pieces in a milk chocolate flavoured coating.

Each box holds 10 x 18g (25ml) individually wrapped mini bites and they’re suitable for vegetarians. Available in Tesco stores.

Nutrition Information: Per Cookies & Cream Mini Bite: 70 calories, 0.7g protein, 7.5g carbohydrates,6.3g sugars, 4.2g fat, 2.6g saturated fat, 0.4g fibre, trace salt.

Nutrition Information: Per Toffee Fudge Mini Bite: 70 calories, 0.6g protein, 7.5g carbohydrates,6.9g sugars, 4.0g fat, 2.6g saturated fat, 0.3g fibre, trace salt.

Nutrition Information: Per Chocolate Brownie Mini Bite: 70 calories, 0.7g protein, 7.3g carbohydrates,6.3g sugars, 3.7g fat, 2.5g saturated fat, 0.2g fibre, trace salt.

Comparison between a regular choc ice and a Tesco Mini Bite

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Graze - Snacks Delivered To Your Door

Graze is an online snack delivery service. It’s designed for people who love to snack and graze away at food during the day, but crave something different than the usual crisps, biscuits and general unhealthy fare on offer.
Inside a typical Graze box

The company was started in 2008 by seven friends who discovered they shared a similar sense of frustration at the lack of convenient, snack sized treats which might also provide some health benefits.

To fill this apparent gap in the market, Graze sources a wide range of quality produce to make up their nutritionally balanced and portion controlled snack packs. These are ideal for those who love grazing.

Friday, 16 December 2011

After Eight Mint Chocolate Thins Mini Pack

After Eights, as the name suggests, were designed to be served as an after dinner treat. These wafer thin, square shaped dark chocolates have a peppermint flavoured fondant cream centre and are often served by restaurants as an accompaniment with coffee at the end of a meal.
After Eight Mini Box

Originally made by Rowntree in West Yorkshire, After Eights are now made by Nestlé after their takeover of Rowntree in 1988 and are currently sold in Europe and North America.

Their overall appearance including the smart green packaging, gives After Eight mints a superior aura. Each mint is individually slotted into an elegant paper sleeve, ready to slide out at a moment’s notice. Biting into an After Eight mint requires a delicate touch and as such, are best nibbled in tiny bites. Eating one whole somehow seems uncouth.

After Eights are available in different sized boxes including a 38g mini box which holds five mints. And for those who are watching their waistlines, eating one After Eight won’t do much damage since each mint has just 35 calories.

Available in supermarkets and other convenience stores who sell chocolate.

Nutrition Information: Per mint: 35 calories, 0.2g protein, 6.2g carbohydrates, 1.1g fat.

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Weight Watchers Individual Yogurts 150g

New from Weight Watchers are four individual fat-free yogurts which are packed into a 150g sized pot. This makes them slightly bigger than the 125g multi-packs which they currently sell. However, the calorie count is still very low for a flavoured yogurt with none of them having more than 65 calories per pot.

The four flavours on offer at the moment are: Lemon, Strawberry, Apricot and Vanilla. The Strawberry yogurt has 2 ProPoints and 61 calories; the Lemon yogurt has 2 ProPoints and 63 calories, the Apricot yogurt has 1 ProPoint and 57 calories while the Vanilla yogurt has 2 ProPoints and 63 calories.

If you enjoy Weight Watchers yogurts, these are a good choice if you find the 125g pots too small. They’re also convenient if you don’t want to buy a multi-pack containing flavours you don’t particularly like.

Weight Watchers yogurts are made by Yoplait and have so far been seen in Tesco stores, but no doubt will be appearing in other stores soon.

Nutrition Information: Per 150g pot Apricot yogurt: 57 calories, 6.2g protein, 7.5g carbohydrates,7.1g sugars, 0.2g fat, <0.1g saturated fat, 0.3g fibre, 0.3g salt

Ingredients: Apricot yogurt: Yogurt, Apricot (10.5%),Water, Gelatine, Modified Maize Starch, Acidity Regulator: Potassium Citrate, Stabilisers: Pectin, Guar Gum, Flavouring, Sweeteners: Aspartame, Acesulfame K, Colours: Paprika Extract, Curcumin.
Weight Watchers Apricot Yogurt (under the lid)

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Prunes - not a laxative but still good for your diet

Prunes have long been regarded as something to eat to help keep bowel movements regular. But, according to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), there is "insufficient" evidence of a link between dried plums and normal bowel function. After looking at three studies of prune consumption they have ruled that prunes do not have a laxative effect and producers cannot say that they do.

Whatever you choose to believe, prunes still provide a valuable contribution to our diet. They’re a good source of dietary fibre, virtually fat free, with vitamins A, B2, B6, Niacin and K and minerals copper, magnesium and potassium.

Whether eaten in dried form or soaked in juice, prunes make a healthy and nutritious snack. Prunes are also helpful when you’re on a diet because they’re filling. However, as with all dried fruit, they do contain a fair amount of sugar which translates to more calories.

One of the tastiest ways to enjoy eating prunes is by adding them to porridge or just enjoying them topped with some natural yogurt and a sprinkling of high fibre cereal. If you’re buying prunes canned in liquid, go for those in fruit juice rather than syrup as the syrup only adds more sugar and calories.

One way of buying ready-soaked prunes is in individual pots such as these from Tesco. Each pot holds 120g of prunes in juice and has 100 calories. However, if you drain the juice out, this brings the calorie count down to around 60. Each pot also counts for 1 portion of your 5-a-day.

Furthermore, buying individual pots means you don’t have to eat them all at once. Many prunes are sold in large 410g cans which means, unless you are serving them up for more than one person, they have to be eaten in around 2 days.

Tesco’s Prunes in fruit juice can be found in the dried and canned fruit section of Tesco stores.

Nutrition Information: Per 120g pot: 100 calories, 0.8g protein, 23.6g carbohydrates, 23.6g sugars, 0.2g fat, 0g saturated fat, 2.9g fibre, trace salt

You can read the rest of the article on the EU prune ruling as reported in the Telegraph.

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Shapers Complete Meal Pots

The Boots Shapers range of calorie counted foods are great for those who are trying to eat a healthier diet, follow a weight loss programme or just want to maintain their weight. Shapers have been steadily increasing their range of food over the years with new and tempting ideas regularly appearing on the shelves.
Chilli Beef & Rice
Meals in a pot are among some of Shapers latest ideas to be included as part of the meal deals. So far I’ve come across three flavours: Vegetable and Curry Rice Pot, Thai Style Prawn Noodle Soup and the Chilli Beef and Rice Pot.

All of them provide a complete meal in a pot for under 250 calories. As they’re also part of the Shapers Meal Deal offer, you can buy the pot, plus a snack and a drink for a set price.

Vegetable Curry & Rice
The Vegetable Curry & Rice Pot (300g) has 238 calories. Included in the ingredients are carrots, cauliflower, cabbage, spring onions and rice in a mild sweet curry sauce.

The Chilli Beef & Rice Pot (300g) has 250 calories. This meal in a pot is minced beef in a spicy tomato sauce with rice, beans, sweet potato and vegetables.
Thai Style Prawn Noodle Soup
The Thai Style Prawn Noodle Soup has just 122 calories per pot. This tasty soup includes vegetables, egg noodles and prawns in a Thai style sauce.

The Chilli Beef and Vegetable Curry should be heated for two minutes in a microwave while the Thai Style Noodle Soup should be filled with boiling water and left to stand.

You can find Shapers vegetable pots in larger Boots stores in the chiller cabinets.

Monday, 12 December 2011

Batchelor's Pasta and Noodle Pot Shots (NEW)

Noodles and pasta made up in pots are often the staple food for university students and those who can’t cook or won’t cook. They’re not something I ever considered buying, not least because of the high calorie count and fat content some of them have.
Chicken, Sweet & Sour, Tomato & Herb

Since my family seem to like these sort of things I checked out some of the brands in store and came across Bachelor's Pasta and Noodle Pot Shots. These are a new product for Bachelor's and the flavours to be found are: Chicken flavour Pasta Pot Shot, Creamy Cheese Pasta Pot Shot, Tomato & Herb Pasta Pot Shot, Roast Vegetable Pasta Shot, Mild Curry Flavour Noodle Pot Shot and Sweet & Sour Noodle Pot Shot.

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Kingsmill 50/50 Pockets – Pre-sliced Pittas

Pitta breads make a great alternative to sandwiches. You simply cut them open and stuff them with your favourite fillings. However, they’re not always the easiest of things to open. Often, they stick together and when you try and split them apart, they end up tearing.

To make life easier, Kingsmill have come up with a solution to this problem with their new 50/50 Pockets.The 50/50 part relates to the fact that they’re made with 50% wholemeal flour, giving them a higher fibre content than many other pitta breads.

The pockets are regular pitta breads pre-sliced in half. They pop open completely without sticking together at all. Each pocket is half a complete pitta so two pockets are equal to one whole pitta bread.

Each 50/50 Pocket has 110 calories and provides 25% of your daily wholegrain needs (based on 2010 US dietary guidelines of 48g a day).

You can find Kingsmill 50/50 Pockets in the bread section of many major supermarkets.

Nutrition Information: Per pocket: 110 calories, 3.6g protein, 19.4g carbohydrates, 0.5g sugars, 1.6g fat, 0.3g saturated fat, 2.0g fibre, 0.25g salt.

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Nestlé Aero Bubbleball

More and more chocolate brands are appearing in ice cream form, with Mars, Cadbury and Nestlé all in on the act. Early last year, Nestlé launched Mint Aero Bubbleball, a chocolate and mint flavoured frozen mousse. Now, to add to the collection, recently spotted in the freezer section of Tesco, are these New Choc Aero Bubbleballs.

Described as:Double the taste with vanilla and chocolate mousse, milk chocolate pieces and a whole Aero bubbles chocolate’.

Each Aero Bubbleball has just under 100 calories so can be enjoyed as a treat which won't break your diet. The frozen mousses come in a cone shaped plastic pot which you hold onto while eating the contents with a spoon (the smaller the spoon, the longer it lasts)! Once you reach the bottom of the pot, there's a single Aero Bubble which perfectly finishes off this tasty dessert.

Although they can be eaten straight from the freezer, it is recommended to leave them out at room temperature for around 30 minutes so they can return to their mousse like state. We however, didn't realise this and ate them completely frozen. It certainly didn't detract from their taste. In fact, they are very similar to ice cream.

Each box of Aero Bubbleballs holds 4 x 100ml cones and they can be found in the ice cream section of larger supermarkets.

Nutrition Information: Per choc bubbleball: 96 calories, 2.3g protein, 11.9g carbohydrates, 11.5g sugars, 4.3g fat, 2.4g saturated fat, 0.4g fibre, 0.08g salt.

Nutrition Information: Per mint choc bubbleball: 99 calories, 2.3g protein, 12.4g carbohydrates, 12g sugars, 4.3g fat, 2.6g saturated fat, 0.4g fibre, 0.1g salt.

Choc Aero Bubbleball Mousse


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