Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Two Day Diet More Effective than Long Term Dieting

If long term dieting isn’t working for you, how does the idea of calorie counting for just two days a week sound? Researchers at Genesis Prevention Centre, University Hospital South Manchester, found that 
following strict calorie-controlled regime for two days a week helps dieters lose more weight than those following a daily dieting regime.

The study, funded by the Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention Appeal and led by research dietician Dr Michelle Harvie, involved monitoring 115 women with an increased risk of breast cancer for a period of four months.

The women were randomly assigned one of three diets:

1. A low-carbohydrate, 650 calorie-restricted diet for two days a week;
2. A low-carbohydrate diet with no calorie restrictions for two days a week;
3. A standard 1,500 calorie-a-day Mediterranean diet.

The women on diets 1 and 2 could eat as they liked for the other five days, including unlimited protein and healthy fats. The third group on the Mediterranean diet avoided high fat foods and alcohol while following the diet every day.

After four months, Dr Harvie and her fellow colleagues compared the results of the three diets. They found that those following the low carbohydrate diets, 1 and 2, lost the most weight with an average nine pounds. This applied to those on the 650 calorie diet and the second diet with no calorie restrictions. Those on the 1,500 calorie-a-day Mediterranean diet lost five pounds on average.

Dr Harvie said “It is interesting that the diet that only restricts carbohydrates but allows protein and fats is as effective as the calorie-restricted, low-carbohydrate diet.”

They also found the Mediterranean diet had a higher drop-out rate, with the two day a week diet having the lowest drop-out rate. This could indicate that following a two day a week diet is easier than following a regular diet every day.

Source: sabcs

Monday, 30 January 2012

KX Sugar Free Energy Drink

Tesco’s answer to Red Bull is KX, a carbonated energy stimulation drink which uses the slogan ‘Fire up your body. Focus your mind.’ This fruit flavour drink contains taurine, caffeine, guarana and B vitamins with sweeteners.

KX energy drink is available in a sugar free version which cuts down on the calories but not the caffeine. It’s sold in two sizes: 250ml cans and 1 litre bottles. One 250ml can has 8 calories compared with 110 calories for the KX variety with sugar.

Because it has a high caffeine content, there are warnings on the label that this drink is ‘not suitable for children or persons sensitive to caffeine due its high caffeine content.

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Twix Fino - NEW

If you’re looking for chocolate snacks under 100 calories, there aren’t too many of them around. But this new snack from Mars called Twix Fino can partially solve that problem. If you're familiar with Twix bars, you’ll see the Twix Fino is very similar but has fewer calories.

There are still two bars and they have the same shape. However, the shortcake biscuit base has been replaced with a crispy wafer. The layer of caramel is slightly thinner as well, though the calorie reduction is really due to the omission of the shortcake. The surrounding chocolate is the same as a regular Twix.

Eating one bar of Twix Fino provides 94 calories. This compares with the original Twix which has 143 calories per bar, so this is quite a calorie saving. However, if you eat both bars, of course you'll have to double the calories.

Watch out when you're eating a Twix Fino, especially if you’re sitting at a keyboard as the wafer is very flaky.

Nutrition Information: Per 2 bar Twix Fino 38g: 188 calories, 24.6g carbohydrate, 8.8g fat. Suitable for vegetarians.

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Shapers Triangles Under 100 Calorie Snacks

Shapers Sweet Chilli & Coriander
If you enjoy munching on Shapers under 100 calorie packet snacks, you can now find two new varieties to choose from their growing range. The latest shapes joining the spirals, discs and rings in the savoury snack pack varieties are Shapers Triangles.

Flavours available include Tomato & Herb flavour and Sweet Chilli & Coriander. Both packs have 95 calories.

Friday, 27 January 2012

Graze Box Review - Greek Kalamata Olives with Herbs

Graze Box Delivery Date: 13 January 2012

Graze box snack nibble boxIt might have been Friday the 13th, but once again for the 8th week in a row, my Graze box popped through the letterbox on time. This week’s Graze box included three snacks which I’ve previously received and rated either LIKE or LOVE.

This included Tom Yum Yum (a Thai spicy rice cracker mix), Fruit Sangria (orange infused sultanas, dried physalis and dried strawberries) and Lemon Meringue Pie (mini meringues, yogurt coated peanuts and lemon infused sultanas).

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Kellogg’s Special K Mini Breaks Mellow Caramel NEW

Kellogg’s Special K Mini Breaks have added a new variety to their range. Mellow Caramel flavour now joins the Chocolate, Lemon and Original Mini Breaks 99 calorie bag range. Mini Breaks are perfect for when you feel the urge to nibble something sweet but don't want a snack that's loaded with calories.

Kellogg’s Special K Mini Break snacks are a delicious range of sweet biscuit type crunchy snacks made with oats, wheat and rice. You still get that unique Special K taste in the biscuit and when combined with the caramel and oats, the Caramel Mellow Mini Breaks taste remarkably similar to a flapjack.

They’re available as part of a multi-pack which contains five individual 24g bags and each bag contains an average of 11 biscuit snacks. They're ideal to take with you and keep handy for when a snack attack strikes.

Grabbing a bag of Mini Breaks satisfies a sweet tooth as well as the need to crunch. And because they're portion controlled, you'll only be eating 99 calories each time you finish a bag.

So far these have been seen in Tesco but are sure to become more widely available.

Nutrition Information: Per 24g bag: 99 calories, 7g sugars, 2g fat, 0.8g saturates, 0.23g salt. Suitable for vegetarians.

Special K Mellow Caramel Mini Breaks

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Sharwoods 8 Poppadoms

Poppadoms, along with naan breads, are a popular accompaniment for curries. However, if you’re trying to keep your calorie and fat content down, avoid naan bread at all costs (unless you can get by with tearing off a small section). 
Naan breads can have anything from 200 to 400+ calories. Poppadoms on the other hand, have far fewer calories with Sharwoods having just 37 calories each.

Poppadoms are a flatbread made from special flours, such as lentil, urid or chickpea. They’re like a large, crunchy crisp which are perfect to eat with a curry or for dipping into any other side dishes. But they’re equally as good with many other types of Asian meals, not just Indian curries.

Sharwoods Plain Poppadoms are made to a traditional Indian recipe and sundried in Madras for an authentic flavour. They’ve already been fried so they’re ready to eat straight from the pack. However, they’re especially delicious when warmed up.

Sharwood Poppadoms contain 8 per pack and they're available in supermarkets and convenience stores.

Nutrition Information: Per poppadom: 37 calories, 1.6g protein, 3.7g carbohydrate, trace sugar, 1.8g fat, 0.1g saturates, 0.4g fibre, 0.4g salt. Suitable for vegetarians.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Cadbury’s Caramel Bunnies

Cadbury’s Caramel Bunnies are one of the many animal shaped chocolates brought out specially for Easter. If you’re already a fan of Cadbury Caramel Eggs and Caramel Minis, then you’ll love these.

One pack holds two Caramel Bunnies with each bunny having a thick Dairy Milk chocolate outside and a liquid caramel filling. The whole pack is worth 200 calories, so one individual bunny has 100 calories.

If you’re watching your calorie intake, you could always save the other bunny for the next day or if you’re too tempted to eat it, it shouldn’t be too difficult to give it away.

Cadbury’s Caramel Bunnies are probably only going to be around until Easter. But, since they arrived in the shops in January, we get to enjoy them at least until Easter, so that’s a good third of a year.
Nutrition Information: Per bunny: 100 calories, 1.1g protein, 11.7g carbohydrate, 9.8g sugars, 5.4g fat, 3.2g saturates, 0.1g fibre, 0.08g salt. Suitable for vegetarians.

Monday, 23 January 2012

Mini Ritz Crackers - NEW

Ritz crackers, the buttery, crispy salted crackers are popular at parties where they're often be served to accompany dips. They make great snacks and are delicious when eaten straight out of the box. Since it’s not always convenient to carry the whole box out of the home, Ritz have introduced new Mini Ritz crackers.

Mini Ritz crackers are available in two sizes: 25g and 40g. The 25g bags are sold as part of a multi-pack of six, while the 40g bags can be purchased individually. They’re an ideal size for snacks, packing into lunch boxes or for munching on the go. 

Mini Ritz crackers look and taste exactly the same as Original Ritz crackers but they have slightly more calories. Mini Ritz have 504 calories per 100g compared with 493 per 100g for Original Ritz crackers. 

However, when you buy the mini packs you get far more crackers to eat and each Mini Ritz has just over 6 calories. The 25g mini bags contain an average of 19 mini Ritz crackers and has 126 calories per bag.

The 40g bag holds more crackers and has 202 calories. For 25g of the Original sized Ritz crackers you can eat around eight crackers.

Mini Ritz crackers are available in supermarkets now.

Nutrition Information: Per 25g bag: 126 calories, 2.0g protein, 15.8g carbohydrate, 1.8g sugars, 6.0g fat, 2.8g saturates, 0.5g fibre, 0.6g salt. Suitable for vegetarians.

Sunday, 22 January 2012

MaltEaster Mini Bunnies

If eating one of the new MaltEaster Bunnies is too much of an indulgence at 157 calories, perhaps one of their offspring would be more suitable.

New MaltEaster Mini Bunnies are just like their adult counterparts but in miniature form. They're only two inches (5cm) tall and have 62 calories each.

They are easy to spot on the store shelves as they’re packed in a bright red bag which looks just like a packet of Maltesers. Inside each pack you’ll find five individually wrapped mini bunnies.

As with the MaltEaster Bunny, they’re a variant of a milk chocolate Malteser but moulded into a bunny shape. Inside the milk chocolate outside is a creamy, malty centre with light honeycomb pieces. 

You can find MaltEaster Mini Bunnies in many stores now.

Nutrition Information: Per 11.6g Bunny: 62 calories, 6.2g sugars, 3.5g fat, 2.0g saturates, 0.4g salt. Suitable for vegetarians.

Five wrapped mini MaltEaster Bunnies

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Confusion Over Healthy and High Calorie Foods

A survey undertaken by YouGov on behalf of the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF), found there was a “troubling” lack of understanding about the calories contained in everyday food.

The online survey of 2,128 adults were shown a list of different foods and asked to select those which they considered to be high calorie.

Friday, 20 January 2012

Graze Box Review - Herb Garden, Banoffee Pie

Graze Box Delivery Date: 6 January 2012

This week’s Graze box contained some familiar snacks. If I’ve seen them before, I can be sure I’ve rated them either LOVE or LIKE, so there won’t be any disappointment with the contents. 

The favourites this week includeed: ‘Fruit and Seed Flapjack’ and ‘Hickory Smoked Nuts and Seeds’ plus two new snacks to try.

Thursday, 19 January 2012

MaltEaster – Malteser Milk Chocolate Bunny

If you’ve got through all your Christmas chocolate boxes and are craving for more, you don’t need to wait for Easter. Pretty much as soon as the stores open in the New Year, the shelves are full of chocolate Easter treats, especially the mini animal shapes and mini eggs.

If you’re searching for a little pre-Easter choccie treat, you’re bound to spot MaltEaster with its bright red wrapper. MaltEaster is a variant of a Malteser in a bunny shape.

This bunny has a thick outer covering of milk chocolate while the centre contains a creamy, deliciously malty filling mixed with crisp, light honeycomb pieces.

Each 29g MaltEaster Milk Chocolate Bunny has 157 calories and is suitable for vegetarians.

And a small word of assurance from Mars is written on the wrapper:

No actual Maltesers were hurt during the making of this bunny

Malteser Chocolate Bunny
If you're after a smaller treat, look out for MaltEaster Mini Bunnies which have just 62 calories each.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Kellogg’s Special K - Hazelnut & Almond

Kellogg’s Special K have introduced several varieties to their breakfast cereal range over recent years. The latest to hit the shelves is Special K Hazelnut & Almond, a ‘Special Edition’. The new variety is a combination of Special K flakes with sliced almonds and hazelnut clusters.

The flakes are crunchy and very sweet so there's no need to add sugar or sweetener. They're even nice to munch on straight out of the box.

The hazelnut clusters are roughly the same size as a hazelnut and are delicious with a light and crispy texture. The almonds too, are fresh and crunchy. That's if you can find them! It wasn't until pouring the third bowl before a slice finally emerged.  Perhaps this pack was a one off.

The box only holds 300g, but according to the label, there should be enough for 10 bowls of 30g servings. One serving with 125ml semi-skimmed milk provides 178 calories. Special K Hazelnut & Almond has slightly more calories per 100g than the other varieties so, if you’re watching your weight, take care to weigh out a 30g portion the first time you pour it out.

Special K Hazelnut & Almond is available in Tesco.

Nutrition Information: Per 100g: 398 calories, 13g protein, 74g carbohydrate, 24g sugars, 5g fat, 0.8g saturates, 2.5g fibre, 1g salt. Suitable for vegetarians.

For other varieties in the Special K range - read post.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Weight Watchers 5 Belgian Chocolate Slices - NEW

Many of the popular dieting regimes are quite tough to follow, especially those that ban whole food groups. With Weight Watchers though, pretty much everything is allowed, as foods are allocated ProPoints Values. This means you can enjoy eating the sort of food which is banned from other diets, for example, chocolate cake.

Monday, 16 January 2012

Bundaberg Diet Ginger Beer

Ginger beer might not receive the level of publicity as other fizzy drinks, but that’s not to say there aren’t a lot of people who enjoy the taste of this refreshing drink. One of the best tasting has to be from Bundaberg.

For those who haven’t heard of Bundaberg, they’re a family-owned, Australian brewery who produce the market leading ginger beer, both in Australia and New Zealand. That’s not without good reason. Bundaberg Ginger Beer is made with real ginger pieces which are visible at the bottom of the bottle. Before drinking it, you have to tip the bottle upside down to release the natural ginger flavour. This produces an authentic, cloudy ginger beer, enjoyed by generations over the decades.

Bundaberg isn't one of those fiery ginger beers that assaults the taste buds. Instead, this is a milder tasting ginger beer, providing a refreshing drink with enough of a ginger zing to stimulate the senses, all with the right amount of bubbles.

For those who are watching the calories, you can also buy Bundaberg Diet Ginger Beer. Each bottle has 27 calories compared to 156 for the non-diet version.

You can buy Bundaberg Diet Ginger Beer in 340ml glass bottles in packs of four. The main store that seems to stock it in the UK right now is Waitrose as well as some Tesco and Costco stores.

Nutrition Information: Per 100ml: 8 calories, 0g protein, 1.7g Carbohydrate, 1.2g sugar, 0g fat, 0g saturated fat, 0g fibre, 11mg sodium. Suitable for vegetarians.

Bundaberg Ginger Beer

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Cadbury Mini Eggs

Christmas is over and the store shelves are making way for Easter goodies. It may be three months until Easter but already you can find chocolate eggs galore. Cadbury Mini Eggs however, can often be found year round.

Cadbury Mini Eggs have a solid milk chocolate centre surrounded by a crunchy outer shell. They can be bought in bags, tubes or even inside a large egg.

This year you can find them packed into a mini box which measures just 8.5cm (3 ¼”) tall by 3cm (1 ½“) wide and holds 14 eggs.

Eating the entire contents of a box on your own means you’d be consuming 220 calories. This is on a par with the calorie content of many chocolate bars. But, if you want to keep track of your calories as you eat each one, a single Cadbury Mini Egg has just 15 calories. 

They’re available in many stores now.

Nutrition Information: Per mini carton. 220 calories, 2.1g protein, 30.6g carbohydrates, 9.8g fat, 6.1g saturates, 0.6g fibre, 0.10g salt.

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Chocolate Crème Oreo - NEW

If you’re a fan of Oreo biscuits, perhaps right now you're munching on one of the 20.5 million Oreos which are eaten every day around the world. But, if you’re getting bored with the vanilla flavoured crème centre, you may be pleased to see Oreo have launched a new flavour - Chocolate Crème Oreos.

Chocolate Crème Oreo Packet

These are just the same as the Oreos you are familiar with, but instead of a vanilla crème filling, it’s chocolate.

For a cream filled biscuit, Oreos really aren’t too bad in the calorie stakes. Each Oreo chocolate flavoured sandwich biscuit has 50 calories. This gives them a slightly lower calorie value than the Vanilla Crème Oreos which have 52 calories or the Double Stuff Cookies have 71 calories. The Mini bite-sized Oreos, are of course much lower and have just 16 calories each.

You can find new Chocolate Crème Oreos in larger supermarkets now.

Chocolate Crème Oreos
Nutrition Information: Per 11g Oreo Chocolate biscuit: 50 calories, 0.61g protein, 7.2g carbohydrate, 4.1g sugar, 2.2g fat, 1.1g saturates, 0.5g fibre, 0.06g sodium.

Friday, 13 January 2012

Graze Box Review - Week 6

Graze Box Delivery Date: 30 December 2011 

Once again, for the sixth week in a row, my Graze nibble box was delivered right on time. I could get used to this. It’s certainly been an impressive service, from both Graze.com and the Post Office.

Looking into the latest Graze box, at first glance, I can see the contents of this week’s selection won’t last out the day.

So what did I get?

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Nairns Oaty Bakes Review

Nairns, the Scottish bakery based in Edinburgh, are well known for their range of oatcakes and oat biscuits. They also make Oaty Bakes, individual packets of crispy, bite sized oat-based snacks.

Nairns Oaty Bakes are ideal for those who like snacking or who are looking for something a little different to crisps. Because they’re made from oats, they are chewier so take longer to eat. Also, each pack holds around 20 Oaty Bakes, so a packet takes longer to get through than a regular bag of crisps. Oh, they taste delicious too.

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Kallo Organic Soya Milk

Kallo have introduced a range of five natural and healthy soya milks to their range of organic products.

New Kallo Organic Soya milks are dairy-free, lactose-free, cholesterol-free, low in saturated fat and have added calcium. These tasty soya drinks are naturally kind on tummies and made with organic soya beans for the best taste.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Nestlé Aero Mint Chocolate Lamb

Here is an Aero Mint chocolate in the shape of a lamb. These, along with several other ‘Easter’ chocolates, started making their appearance in the stores as soon as the New Year rolled in. As if dieters aren't faced with enough of a challenge after the Christmas celebrations!

Each Aero Mint Chocolate lamb has 146 calories which seems like a lot as they’re quite small. Still, this is fewer calories than a full Aero Mint bar which has 233 calories.

At first glance this chocolate mint lamb looks quite cute, but there’s something a little unsettling about it. We might be used to eating chocolate chicks and bunnies, but eating a lamb may take some getting used to.

Lambs are a symbol of springtime so the thought of eating one doesn’t translate easily to a chocolate treat. Or perhaps they’re meant to signify Easter, being reborn or something? Then again, is it just clever marketing, making a play on words with the classic meat dish combination of ‘lamb with mint sauce’?

Getting down to the business of opening the packet, the lamb inside is endearingly cute, with a smiley face surrounded by lots of chunky chocolate bubbly bits representing his wool. You don’t need to bite his head off right away. You can start sheering his ‘wool’ by nibbling the chocolate bubbles around the outside. 

Once that’s done, you’re well into enjoying the delicious chocolate mint inside and you’ve all but forgotten it’s a lamb at all!

Nestlé Aero Mint Chocolate lamb is available in stores now.

Monday, 9 January 2012

Marks & Spencer Eat Well Snacks

Many of us get by on snacks during the day, but grabbing a bag of crisps or a bar of chocolate too often, can quickly lead to weight gain. It’s not always easy finding lower calorie snacks when you’re in a rush, but if you’re popping out in your lunch break and find yourself in M&S, you might like to try some of their ‘Eat Well’ packs of mini snacks.

Salted Mini Pretzels and Cheese & Onion Triangles are handy snack-sized packs of savoury nibbles. Each pack holds plenty of mini pretzels or triangles to munch on, so snacking lasts longer.

The Salted Mini Pretzels come in a 25g pack and have 95 calories, while the Cheese & Onion Triangles are in a 30g packs with 130 calories.

Both snacks are suitable for vegetarians and you can find them at the checkout area of Marks and Spencer Foodhalls.

Nutrition Information: Per 25g Mini Pretzels pack: 95 calories, 2.5g protein, 20g Carbohydrate, 0.5g sugar, 0.5g fat, 0.1g saturated fat, 1.1g fibre, 2.0 salt. Vegetarian.

Nutrition Information: Per 30g Triangles pack: 130 calories, 2.9g protein, 20.1g Carbohydrate, 1.6g sugar, 4.3g fat, 0.3g saturated fat, 1.4g fibre, 0.1g salt. Vegetarian.

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Morrisons Sucralose based Sweeteners NEW

Many stores seems to be producing their own versions of sweetener using sucralose. This is the same ingredient used in the Splenda sweeteners. Following suit are Morrisons with their granulated and tablet sweeteners.
The Granulated Sweetener is a sucralose based sweetener which is ideal for cooking, baking or sprinkling on cereal. It’s available in a 75g plastic jar. Also available are packs of 300 tablet sweeteners which are best used in hot drinks. 

The ingredients are slightly different for each. Like Splenda, the granulated is suitable for vegetarians while the tablets are not. This is due to the presence of lactose in the tablets which may be of animal origin. 

This sweetener tastes very similar to Splenda and it's cheaper! Found in Morrisons stores only.

Nutrition information: Per granulated teaspoon: 2 calories, 0g protein, 0.5g carbohydrates, trace sugars, 0g fat, 0g fibre, 0g salt.

Ingredients: Maltodextrin, sweetener (sucralose).

Nutrition information: Per tablet: 0 calories, trace protein, trace carbohydrates, trace sugars, 0g fat, 0g fibre, 0g salt.

Ingredients: Lactose, sweetener (sucralose), leucine, stabiliser (sodium carboxymethylcellulose.

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Graze Box Review - Banana Split, Berry Detox

Graze Box Delivery Date: 23 December 2011 

Thanks to the combined efforts of Graze.com and the Post Office, my Graze nibble box was delivered once again on the allotted day. And this was just two days before Christmas.
Taking a quick peek inside I can see I have three new selections and the Apple & Cinnamon Flapjacks. I received these in my first ever Graze box. As they were devoured before everything else I gave them a ‘LOVE’ rating on my online account. This means ‘please send regularly’.

Here’s a look at what else was inside this week’s Graze box:

Friday, 6 January 2012

Top 20 Food and Drink Lies (told by women)

According to a survey commissioned by Timex, British women tell 474 lies each year about the food they eat. That’s at least one lie a day.

The most common lie told is ‘It was only a small portion’ followed by ‘I’ll have a big lunch so I won’t eat much after this.’ Sound familiar?

Apparently chocolate is the food that’s most likely to compel women to fib. After this it’s crisps and cake. But what other ‘white’ lies are women most likely tell when it comes to the food they eat?

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Cadbury Mallows Teacakes - 60 calories each

New Cadbury’s Mallow Teacakes are a combination of a soft, crumbly biscuit base topped with marshmallow and filled with either soft caramel or Turkish delight. This is all covered with a delicious coating of Cadbury’s milk chocolate.

Eating one of these teacakes somehow feels like a special treat in a way that the humble biscuit can't match. The good thing is, each teacake has only 60 calories, which is a similar number of calories as the average biscuit. Plus, with the chocolate, marshmallow and soft centre filling, you get so much more than just a biscuit!
Cadbury Mallows

Each teacake, both the caramel and Turkish delight variety has 60 calories. This isn’t too bad as long as you’re able to stop after one or two!

Cadbury Mallows are available now in supermarkets and Poundland.

Nutrition Information: Per caramel mallow: 60 calories, 0.7g protein, 9.9g Carbohydrate, 6.8g sugar, lactose 0g, 2.2g fat, 1.2g saturated fat, 0.1g fibre, 0.06g salt.
Cadbury Caramel Mallows


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