Sunday, 30 December 2012

Cadbury Instant Hot Chocolate Cups

If there are no clean cups available for your hot chocolate, don't worry, Cadbury’s have just the thing – vending machine style cups for your own home.

Cadbury’s Instant Hot Chocolate is available in ready-to-drink plastic cups. All you have to do is open the pack, twist off the bottom cup, boil some water, let it cool a bit, pour it into the cup, stir and drink.

What could be easier? Each cup has 60 calories.

Friday, 28 December 2012

Weight Watchers Ham & Mushroom Tagliatelle

Weight Watchers Ham & Mushroom Tagliatelle is an ambient ready meal consisting of tagliatelle pasta, smoked ham and mushrooms in a rich and creamy cheese and Italian white wine sauce.

Each 400g pack contains 332 calories and is worth 9 Weight Watchers ProPoints.

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Tesco Goodness Roast Chicken Bites

Many of us with children who take a packed lunch to school, are faced with the daily prospect of coming up with nutritious, yet enticing lunch box ideas. Kids love snacking but this doesn't have to mean unhealthy or high calorie.

Instead of a pack of crisps, why not try something like these ready to eat Tesco Goodness Roast Chicken Bites. They're designed especially for kids (with parents in mind) but they make an ideal snack for slimmers too with just 65 calories per bag.

Monday, 24 December 2012

Original Melba Toasts, Van der Meulen

Melba toast is the ideal type of food to include in a calorie controlled diet. Because they’re so thin, they have very few calories, averaging around 12-14 calories per slice.

Melba toast is traditionally made by toasting a piece of bread, then carefully slicing it through the middle to create two thin slices. The other side is then toasted, with the resulting slices becoming very dry and crunchy.

Saturday, 22 December 2012

PomeGreat PurePlus Light Juice Drink

Depending on which articles you read, pomegrantes are frequently cited as having superfood properties. They're full of antioxidants which can help prevent certain cancers for example. However, pomegranates must be one of the most awkward fruits to eat.

If you haven't the patience to pick out all those little seeds, you can still reap some health benefits by drinking pomegranate juice. Pomegranates are naturally quite sweet, but many pomegranate juices have added sugar as well. This increases the calorie content.

PomeGreat have a lovely juice drink called PomeGreat PurePlus Light. This has 30% less calories than the other drinks in their range and is sweetened with the natural sweetener, Stevia.

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Weight Watchers 8 Premium Pork Sausages

The majority of sausages contain anything between 100 to 200 calories each and are high in saturated fat. So if you’re after a lower calorie sausage, it usually means opting for chipolatas or skinny type sausages.

However, these pork sausages from Weight Watchers are a decent size and have just 60 calories each and 1 Weight Watchers ProPoint.

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Options Belgian Choc Instant Cups – 24 calories

Wandering around Poundland last week in search of some cleaning products, I inevitably found myself browsing the food section. There's always a good selection of Weight Watchers products here, but often you’ll find products for sale that don't seem to be sold in regular supermarkets.

One such item is hot chocolate drinks in vending cups. This week I noticed a pack from Options in the Belgian Choc flavour. Each cup has only 24 calories!

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Weight Watchers from Heinz Creamy Chicken & Mushroom Pasta

This is a frozen ready meal from the Weight Watchers from Heinz Signature Range. It contains a delicious combination of marinated chicken mini fillets in a creamy mushroom sauce with penne pasta.

At 330g, this ready meal is ideally suited for serving one person but could stretch to two when accompanied by vegetables or salad. The whole meal is worth 9 ProPoints, 346 calories. and it gets three green traffic lights!

Friday, 14 December 2012

Calorie Guide To Pret’s Christmas Menu 2012

Come December, high street coffee shop chains and food outlets start filling their shelves with delicious Christmas festive fare. But you can be sure that most of it won't be waistline friendly.

Pret a Manger’s Christmas menu includes a tempting range of seasonal sandwiches, cakes, drinks and snacks, but some contain rather more calories than you may think.

While Pret's website supplies all the relevant nutritional information, I’ve calculated the traffic light nutrition guidelines for each product so you can see at a glance just how healthy (or not) each Christmas menu item is.

This may be helpful for those on calorie controlled diets, or who need to keep a check on their fat and salt intake. And of course, for everyone else who's just curious!

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Kingsmill Fruit & Fibre Loaf NEW

If you like your bread fruity, then you’re bound to enjoy Kingsmill’s new Fruit & Fibre Loaf. This is a 400g sliced loaf made with wheat flour and wholemeal wheat flour for extra fibre.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Healthy Tips from the Bupa Advent Calendar

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The first of December is a date much anticipated in my household, for this is the day the kids get to pop open the Number 1 square on their advent calendars. There’s something quite exciting about uncovering that numbered window, even though they know it only houses a tiny chocolate, barely the size of a button.

But advent calendars aren’t just for children. Bupa, the healthcare professionals, have devised their very own advent calendar for grownups. And since Bupa are all about helping us find healthy, this calendar provides 25 health tips for a happy, healthy festive season.

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Weight Watchers 5 Toffee Apple Cake Slices

Toffee, cake and diet are three words not usually connected. But thanks to Weight Watchers, you can now have your cake, and eat it without gaining weight.

Weight Watchers 5 Toffee Apple Cake slices are deliciously moist, toffee flavoured sponge cakes, topped with a layer of toffee flavoured icing. Each slice has 79 calories and is worth 2 ProPoints.

Monday, 10 December 2012

Waitrose Reduced Fat Tortilla Variety Packs

From the Waitrose Love Life you count range are these delicious variety packs of reduced fat, baked tortilla chips. All packs have 95 calories or less, so they can easily be included as part of most calorie counted diet plans.

Varieties include: Cool Sour Cream, Honey BBQ and Black Pepper & Jalapeno.

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Morrisons Instant Light Hot Chocolate Drink

If you’re looking for a lower calorie hot chocolate drink, there are plenty to choose from. Many of us are familiar with the big names such as Options, Galaxy and Cadbury's, but some supermarkets also produce their own brands. These can be surprisingly good and they’re usually quite a bit cheaper too.

This is Morrisons’ own brand called ‘Instant Light Hot Chocolate Drink’. It’s available in a 220g plastic jar and when served up as suggested, has 42 calories per drink.

Saturday, 8 December 2012

How Lobster Can Help You Lose Weight

If you’re planning on indulging in a bit of lobster this Christmas, it’s good to know this is one food the weight conscious amongst us can enjoy without any guilt.

For a bit more on how to do this, the following article written by guest poster Maria Stewart, shows us the healthiest way to indulge in lobster, not just during the festive season, but any time of the year.

Friday, 7 December 2012

McVitie’s Breakfast Porridge Oats Biscuits Review

Unless you’ve been living in obscurity for the past year or so, it’s unlikely you’ve failed to notice the abundance of breakfast biscuits adorning the supermarket shelves.

It all started with Belvita, and one by one, they’ve been joined by a growing range of breakfast biscuits from the competition.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

6 Starbucks Christmas Treats - Nutrition Guide

If you’re popping into Starbucks for a festive latte, you may be tempted by some of their Christmas sweet treats. But if you’re not careful, you could end up consuming 1,000 calories or more!

Of course, it depends on which treat you pick. Choose wisely and you can still come away with a Christmas snack and a festive latte for a little over 300 calories.

Starbucks are pretty good about displaying calorie information on their labels, but if you haven’t got the time to compare this year’s Christmas treats in the shop, here’s a quick rundown of the lowest to highest calorie festive snacks at Starbucks this year.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Frozen Fruits - Healthy, Low calorie, Low Fat

Summer fruit berries are fantastically healthy and very low in calories. One problem with fresh fruit though, is they don’t have a long shelf life, often only one or two days. And as soon as they’re picked, they start losing valuable nutrients.

Frozen fruit as sold in stores, is frozen soon after picking, thereby retaining a greater number of vitamins and minerals.

Tesco sell packs of frozen Summer Fruits which contain a selection of blackberries, raspberries, blackcurrants and redcurrants. One 80g serving is equal to one of your five a day and has just 21 calories. Or, you can eat the whole 500g pack for 135 calories!

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Graze Box Review - Keen Bean

Graze Box Delivery Date: 16 November 2012

Another interesting selection of nibbles arrived in my fortnightly Graze box this week, with just the one new snack to report on.

This one is called ‘Keen Bean’. It's new to me but not to Graze, although the lid is displaying an ‘improved recipe’ symbol on it.

To make up the four snacks, the other Graze nibbles received were: White Chocolate and Raspberry Cheesecake, reviewed in week 19, Bounty Hunter (coconut flakes, cranberries and milk chocolate drops) first reviewed in week 2, and a fairly new addition to the Graze selection - Crunchini Basilico (basil and olive breadsticks with basil flavoured olive oil dip) reviewed in week 22.

Monday, 3 December 2012

Cadbury’s Chocolate Bars new shape, less calories

Cadbury’s are changing the shape of their Dairy Milk bars. Gone are the familiar rectangular shaped blocks we’re used to. Now they’ve updated their look to provide a more aesthetically pleasing curvy look.

While some of them remain the same weight and therefore calories, others have shrunk a bit and now provide fewer calories. That, in my opinion, is a very good thing.

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Jordans Breakfast Multigrain Bars Review

The choice of breakfast bars and biscuits may soon equal the number of traditional cereals available. Last week I discovered yet another new offering, this time from Jordans.

Jordans, of course, are already a prominent name in the cereal and snack bars area, so it comes as no surprise to see a breakfast bar included in their repertoire.

There are currently three varieties to choose from: Maple Syrup & Tasty Pecans (154 calories), Cranberry & Raspberry (143 calories) and Fruit & Nut (157 calories).

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Tesco Fluffy Mashed Potato (Frozen) - Review

Since discovering the wonders of frozen mashed potato, thanks to Aunt Bessie's Homestyle Mash, I’ve since found that some other supermarkets are making their own versions. This is Tesco’s contribution called ‘Fluffy Mashed Potato’ and it has 105 calories for 100g.

Friday, 30 November 2012

Starbucks Festive Coffees – Calories and Fat

You know Christmas is on the horizon when Starbucks bring out the Red Cups. And naturally, to go with the festive cups, are the Christmas themed, espresso based coffees. In common with so much Christmas fare, they’re not light on calories.
The weightiest Starbucks Christmas Festive coffee clocks in at 579 calories with 22g of fat, (more than two Mars Bars), while the lightest has only 157 calories and 5g of fat.

If you can’t resist your favourite Starbucks Christmas coffee but don’t want to ruin your dieting plans, here’s a short guide to the calories and fat you’ll find in this year’s offerings.

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Lindt Chocolate Christmas Bears and Bells

With four weeks to go until Christmas, chocolate bar manufacturers are guaranteed to bring out the old favourites, but there are usually a few new entrants as well.

Last week in a branch of Superdrug I spied two new arrivals from chocolate manufacturers, Lindt, well known for their gold bunnies.

One is a 20g chocolate bell wrapped in a red foil, and the other is a tiny 10g Chocolate Bear wrapped in gold foil.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Tesco Light Choices Cassava Crackers NEW

Tesco Light Choices are one of my favourite slimming brands. They have a great selection of ready meals which meet healthy nutritional guidelines, plus they provide  a wide range of lower calorie alternatives for the weight conscious amongst us.

Recently arrived on Tesco’s shelves are these Casava Crackers. They’re available in an assortment bag containing 2 x Tangy Salsa, 2 x Thai Green Curry and 2 x BBQ flavour. All varieties have 80 calories or less per pack.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Walkers Wotsits Wafflers - 74 calories

Walkers range of '99 calorie or less' potato and corn snacks are great for those trying to lose weight or just want something savoury to munch on without worrying about calories.

I've already briefly reviewed French FriesWalkers Squares, and Walkers Quavers. There are also Cheese flavour Wotsits.

Recently spotted in a branch of Poundland are these Bacon flavour Wotsits Wafflers at just 74 calories per pack.

Monday, 26 November 2012

Special K Cracker Crisps – Single Packs

If you've already discovered the new’ish Kellogg’s Special K Cracker Crisps in their 100g boxes, you may be interested to know that you can now buy them in individual single packs.

This makes it easier to keep track of  your calories as there's no temptation to keep on munching your way through the contents of an open box.

Each 23g pack has 95 calories, as per the recommended serving size on the big box.

So far I’ve only seen the Sea Salt & Balsamic Vinegar flavour and the Sour Cream & Onion in the single packs in a branch of Boots.

For more on Kellogg’s Special K Cracker Crisps, see this post.

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Weight Watchers from Heinz Mexican Chilli

I bought this Weight Watchers Mexican Chilli ready meal online thinking it was their Chilli Beef & Potato Wedges. (Reviewed here). However, they are not the same, as this meal is actually a Weight Watchers from Heinz version from their Classic Range.

This Mexican Chilli is described as: 'Minced beef with red kidney beans in mild chilli sauce served with crunchy potato wedges.'

Each 320g pack is suitable for serving one person and is worth 6 ProPoints and 245 calories.

Saturday, 24 November 2012

The Fruit Factory Fruit Strings - 65 calories

Parents should have no trouble convincing their children to eat fruit strings and slimmers might enjoy them too. These fun, fruit flavoured jelly strings are made with natural flavourings from concentrate, including a blend of strawberry, apple & orange juices.

Fruit Strings are sold in boxes of 5 individual packs or they may be sold separately. Two varieties are available: Strawberry Fruit Strings with 65 calories each and Strawberry, Apple & Orange Fruit Strings with 64 calories each.

Friday, 23 November 2012

Ryvita Pumpkin Seeds & Oats Crispbreads review

Ryvita Crispbreads seem to have been around forever. In fact, they were first developed back in 1925. They’ve long been associated with slimming and dieting and have remained popular over the years. They must be good as they have the Royal Warrant ‘By Appointment to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’.

Until the 1980’s, Ryvita had only two varieties. However, these days you can find a much wider range among Ryvita products including crispbreads, crackerbreads, minis and Thins.

And here’s one of the crispbread range which caters for those who like seeds – Ryvita Pumpkin Seeds & Oats with 44 calories per slice.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Tesco Light Choices Fat Free Natural Yogurt

Tesco have a few of their own brand natural yogurts, one of which is a ‘Light choices…’ Natural Yogurt.

Light choices are 'Big on taste and light on calories, sugar or fat.' This particular yogurt is a mild and creamy tasting, fat free natural yogurt with 49 calories per serving. It’s also worth 1 Weight Watchers ProPoint (as calculated by Tesco).

Monday, 19 November 2012

Cadbury Milk Chocolate Mallow Teacakes

If you're a fan of The Great British Bakeoff, you may remember the contestants' attempts at making chocolate marshmallow teacakes. It was a tricky challenge but they sure looked delicious.

If the idea of making your own doesn't appeal, then you could always buy the ready-made varieties. These chocolate Mallows from Cadbury have just 55 calories each.

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Tesco Free From Digestive Biscuits

Tesco’s range of ‘Free From’ foods are made for people who can’t tolerate certain ingredients, for example, wheat, gluten or milk. I came across Tesco’s Free From Digestive Biscuits while searching for something else. Since each biscuit has 45 calories I decided to try them out.

Although I don’t have any food intolerances (that I’m aware of), I was interested to see what they tasted like. The ingredients state they’re made with gluten free oat flour, cornflour, soya flour with the usual raising agents as well as golden syrup.

Saturday, 17 November 2012

ASDA Mini Moo Cows Malted Biscuits - 15 calories

Mini Moo Cows are miniature malted milk biscuits shaped like a cow's head. They’re part of the ASDA 'Chosen by you' range and once you’ve tasted them, it’s easy to see why.

Each large pack contains six small bags of munchy, crunchy malted milk biscuits.

Friday, 16 November 2012

Graze Box Review - Toffee Apple, Tomato Dipinetti

Graze Box Delivery Date: 2 November 2012

Graze Box Nibble SnacksGraze never cease to amaze. Their weekly snack boxes are always such a treat, especially when you don't know which nibbles you're going to receive.

This week they really outdid themselves with two NEW nibbles: Toffee Apple and Tomato Dipinetti. They were outstandingly delicious.

Besides my two new snacks I also received the ‘Fruit and Seed Flapjacks’, reviewed in week 3, and ‘Green Olives with Chilli & Garlic’ reviewed in week 10.

And here’s the review for this week’s brand new Graze nibbles.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Weight Watchers Fruit Layered Fromage Frais

If you’re looking for a light and creamy, fruity dessert with no more than 50 calories, then Weight Watchers have just the thing.

Fruit Layered Fromage Frais are delicious, fat-free desserts which come in two varieties: Summer Fruit Layered and Berry Fruit Layered.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Which Milk is Best for Lowering Cholesterol?

Choosing lower fat milk is a useful way of reducing the amount of saturated fat in your diet, especially if you consume a lot of it. Less fat means fewer calories, so is a good option for slimmers.
Photo: Stephan Kuhn

But what if you’re choosing your milk for a different health reason – to lower your cholesterol for example. Some types of milk can be beneficial in helping to lower cholesterol levels, while others should be avoided.

In the UK, milk nutrition labels don’t always provide cholesterol information so it can be difficult knowing which milk is best. Also, there are many different types of milk to choose from apart from dairy milk.

This helpful article from provides information about the types of fat found in 11 types of milk. As well as this, you’ll find out how much cholesterol each type of milk contains and whether it’s a "do" or a "don’t" buy when it comes to lowering cholesterol levels.

Related articles:

9 Types of Non-dairy Milk Substitutes - Read post
Kallo Organic Soya Milk - Read post
Alpro Almond and Hazelnut Milk Review - Read post
Almon Breeze Almond Milk Review - Read post

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Low Fat Mini Pretzels, Bagels and Breadsticks

Bagels, breadsticks and pretzels are popular alternatives to bread rolls or sandwiches. And now, courtesy of Waitrose, you can buy them in snack form as another option to potato crisps.

Mini Bagels, Mini Sea Salt & Cracked Black Pepper breadsticks and Mini Sea Salt Pretzels are part of the Waitrose LOVE Life You Count… range. They're low in fat and all packs have 99 calories or less.

Monday, 12 November 2012

Making Healthy Houmous at Home

Houmous or hummus, that popular Middle Eastern concoction of chick peas, tahini and garlic, swept into the supermarkets a few years ago and shows no signs of disappearing any time soon. In fact, there are numerous brands and flavours available now, so we never need become bored.

Houmous, though extremely healthy, does have the drawback of being high in calories. Not great if you’re dieting. You can buy reduced fat houmous pots (see post) which can shave off anything up to 30 percent of the fat content and reduce calories. But you can save even more calories by making your own.


Sunday, 11 November 2012

Weight Watchers Fruit Crumble Biscuits

Sticking to a diet is so much easier these days. The choice of lower calorie snacks is enormous, and with brands like Weight Watchers continually expanding their range, you need never be bored while losing weight.

If you like jam tarts then you'll probably enjoy these Fruit Crumble Biscuits from Weight Watchers. There are two varieties: Apple, Blueberry & Raspberry and Apple, Apricot & Peach. Each has 2 ProPoints and 89 or 90 calories respectively.

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Fish in Sauce Morrisons Savers

I’m always trying to get more fish into my family’s diet, and one fishy meal they always enjoy is fish in sauce. I like these because they’re low in calories (188 per pack) and the sauce also goes well with vegetables. Plus, being ‘boil in the bag’ meals, they’re quick and easy to prepare.
Browsing around the freezer section of Morrisons I noticed their own brand fish in sauce and a Morrison savers version. In these times of austerity, I decided to try out the savers variety. Each 300g box contains two pouches of fish in sauce. 

Friday, 9 November 2012

Weight Watchers Classic Cottage Pie Ready Meal

Weight Watchers Classic Cottage Pie is another member of the growing range of Weight Watchers ready meals.

This low fat cottage pie is described as ‘minced beef and lightly sauteed onions cooked in a hearty gravy with tender pieces of carrot, topped with fluffy mashed potato.'

Each 400g pack has 342 calories and is worth 9 Weight Watchers ProPoints.

Healthier Indulgence Hot Chocolate Drinks

Drinking a mug of warming hot chocolate is one of life’s little luxuries. It’s easy to make, doesn’t cost much and can be enjoyed by most people. However, they wouldn't normally be classed as a healthy drink. Until now.

The Healthier Drinks Company have introduced a range of delicious hot chocolate powder mixes which have no added sugar, artificial sweeteners or trans fats, plus they have added health benefits.

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Weight Watchers Instant Custard Powder

Weight Watchers are now selling their own instant custard. It’s packed into an individual sachet (similar style to the jelly packs) and is suitable for serving one person.

All you do is add boiling water to the contents, whisk thoroughly for 2 minutes then stand for a minute before serving. This makes 150mls or quarter of a pint of custard and has 93 calories and 3 ProPoints.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

ASDA Fat Free Flavoured Yogurts - Lower Calorie

Finding lower calorie flavoured yogurts isn’t that easy. You may think that choosing a fat free yogurt means it will have fewer calories. Sadly, this isn’t always the case. In fact, many fat free flavoured yogurts simply replace the lost fat with sugar. This of course, does little to lower the calories.

There are a few ‘diet’ type yogurts around which use other sweeteners instead of sugar and this helps to lower the calories. One of them is ASDA who have introduced two new fat free varieties of flavoured yogurt.  Each flavour has just over 50 calories per 100g.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Yoplait Calin+ Calcium + Vitamin D Yogurts Review

Yoplait Calin D yogurt potsThose of us who live in northern climes, such as the UK, are more likely to be running low on Vitamin D, especially during the winter months. Since we make around 90 percent of our Vitamin D from the sun's rays on our skin, we need to make up for the shortfall through the food we eat.

Vitamin D is needed essentially to help our body absorb and use Calcium, which is vital for healthy bones and teeth. Just eating plenty of calcium isn't enough.

If you’re not eating foods naturally rich in Vitamin D such as egg yolks, salmon, cod and tuna, you can include foods which are fortified with Vitamin D, such as milk.

But one easy way to get your entire recommended daily allowance for Vitamin D and 50 percent of Calcium is to eat a pot of Calin+. This is a new yogurt made in France for Yoplait.

Monday, 5 November 2012

A Low Calorie Banana! M&S Baby Bananas

Most of us who have been on the dieting treadmill, soon learn that there are some foods, even healthy ones, which should be eaten in moderation. 

One of these is the banana.  Although bananas are full of useful vitamins and minerals and even come neatly packed in their own wrapper, one large banana can contain over 120 calories.

So, although it’s healthy to eat plenty of fruit, pigging out on bananas isn't the way to a speedy weight loss. Even eating half a banana isn't an ideal option because the other half goes brown, unless you share it with someone.

But now Marks & Spencer have found the ideal banana for dieters – ripe and sweetBaby Bananas’ which have less than half the calories of a regular small banana.

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Marks & Spencer Redcurrant and Blueberry Puffs

Marks & Spencer Redcurrant and Blueberry Puffs are light, golden, crispy puff pastries with a fruity filling.

They could be described as a combination biscuit/pastry as they're the size of an average biscuit, but are made with flaky pastry.

The tops have a sprinkling of golden crunchy sugar and in the middle of each is a blob of either redcurrant or blueberry filling (made with real juice).


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