Saturday, 31 March 2012

McVitie's Mini Hobnobs - Milk Choc

As many dieters are probably aware, McVities Milk Chocolate Hobnobs are at the higher end of the biscuit calorie scale (if there is such a thing). At 93 calories each, eating just two or three a day can be enough to stop any weight loss in its tracks.

But if you don’t want to give up your favourite milk choc Hobnobs, there is another option.


Friday, 30 March 2012

Graze Box Review - Jaffa Cake

Graze Box Delivery Date: 16 March 2012

My Graze box arrived just at that time of the morning when energy levels are running low and the need to munch on something was growing stronger by the minute. What a welcome sound it was to hear that thud on the floor, knowing this week’s nibble box had just arrived. Opening it up right away and peering inside, I couldn’t help but exclaim ‘Yum!’.

Two of my favourites were in there – delicious ‘Hickory Smoked Nuts and Seeds’ and the indulgent ‘Apple and Cinnamon Flapjack’. You can read those reviews in week 1.

Green Olives with Basil and Garlic were back again, reviewed in weeks 12-14. These olives seem to turn up quite frequently. Olives are probably my least favourite item, but I'll keep ordering them for other family members.

And my one new Graze nibble this week was called ‘inspired by Jaffa Cake’. Mmmm another tasty looking combination of ingredients that I would never have thought of myself.


Thursday, 29 March 2012

Frootz Buttons - Snacks for Kids (and adults)

Packing school lunches can be a thankless and tiresome task, especially when you have a tribe of finicky kids with different taste preferences. We all want our children to be healthy but it’s not always easy packing a healthy and well balanced lunch.
Frootz Varieties (lemon not shown)

Children like to have some sort of treat in their lunch boxes but that doesn’t have to mean it’s an unhealthy one.

Frootz have lovely selection of 8 different high fruit flavoured buttons with each button containing more than 75 percent fruit.

They have no artificial flavours, colours, sweeteners or preservatives and all varieties have 75 calories or less. This of course is great news for those looking to keep the calories down. 
Orange Yogurt Frootz

In fact, these buttons are so deliciously chewy and fruity tasting, why restrict them to the kids? Pop one into your bag or jacket when you go out and you’ve got a handy snack when you need it.

Flavours are: Strawberry Yogurt and Orange Yogurt (75 calories each), Apple, Strawberry, Raspberry, blackcurrant, Orange, Lemon (all 70 calories each).
Raspberry Frootz

You can find Frootz in the dried fruit and children's snacks area in larger supermarkets.


Nutrition Information per 18g pack Orange Frootz: 70 calories, trace protein, 16.0g carbohydrate, 0.1g fat.

Here are the ingredients for the Orange flavour Frootz: Reconstituted Fruit Juice from Concentrate (76%) (Apple, Orange), Sugar, Rice Dextrin, Dried Apple (1%), Apple Pectin, Apple Fibre, Malic Acid, Citric Acid, Natural Flavouring, Ascorbic Acid.


Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Nairn's Oat Biscuits - All Under 45 Calories

Nairn’s have been making oatcakes since 1988, so if anyone knows how to make a tasty oatcake, it’s them. With people becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of eating oats, Nairn’s have been extending their range to include not just savoury oatcakes, but Oaty bakes (see post) and four different delicious varieties of oat biscuits which all have less than 45 calories.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Powerade Zero Red Fruits and Berry & Tropical Fruits

Powerade is a fitness drink designed (by scientists) to provide optimum hydration for energetic sports enthusiasts who are on the go for more than 60 minutes at a time.

Powerade Zero is the NO calorie option to the range of Powerade drinks. Well, that’s not strictly true. There are in fact, 6 calories per bottle! But, according to the label, if it has less than 4 calories per 100g, it's considered to be calorie free. This is great for those who need to quench their thirst but don't want the calories they've just used up.

Monday, 26 March 2012

Parents' Weight Loss Helps Children Slim Too

What’s the best way to get your children to lose weight? Bribery, bootcamp or perhaps even a diet! The answer may be as 'simple' as joining them with their dieting efforts, for according to US researchers, children stand a greater chance of slimming down if their parents lose weight too.

Researchers from the University of California monitored the progress of 80 boys and girls who were following various family-based weight loss programmes. Over a period of five months, at least one parent attended weekly classes on healthy eating, exercise and parenting skills.

Parents had their height and weight measured and were quizzed about food purchases, their family eating styles and their parenting style. Children were asked about how close they were to their parents.

After five months, researchers found that the single common factor to have an effect on a child’s weight loss, was whether or not the parent(s) lost weight too.

"We looked at things such as parenting skills and styles, or changing the home food environment, and how they impacted a child's weight," study author, Dr Kerri N Boutelle said.

Researchers aren’t sure, however, whether the weight loss was caused by changes in lifestyle factors, parenting techniques or whether it was due to the slimmer parent setting a positive role model.

Parents are the most significant people in a child's environment, serving as the first and most important teachers," said Dr Boutelle.

It would be interesting to know whether each child in the study also had at least one overweight parent as well, however there doesn’t appear to be any mention of this in the article.

Read more: MailOnline

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Quorn Cumberland Sausages

Cumberland sausages have won a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status. This means that only sausages which have been produced, processed and prepared in Cumbria and have a meat content of at least 80% are allowed to display the PGI mark while calling themselves Cumberland Sausages. All others are imitations.
 
Quorn Cumberland sausages are obviously not the 'real thing' because they're meat free. They're also not sold in a coil as traditional Cumberland sausages are. However, they do provide a tasty alternative to meat sausages with considerably less fat and just 86 calories each.

They're flavoured with thyme, sage, onions with a hint of black pepper, giving them a mildly spicy taste. As a test, I gave my children one Quorn Cumberland sausage and one regular Cumberland sausage and didn’t let on that one wasn’t meat. After happily devouring his meatless Quorn sausage, my teenage son twigged something was up once he started on the real thing. He did admit though, that he had no idea the first sausage was a Quorn one until he'd started eating the meat sausage.

Quorn Cumberland sausages are sold in the freezer section in bags of six. They can be cooked from their frozen state in less than 15 minutes. However, because they don't lose any fat when cooking, you need to either spray or brush them with a little oil first. And if you cook them in a frying pan, it's best to cook them on a lower heat otherwise they burn on the outside quite quickly.

You can find Quorn 6 Cumberland sausages in the freezer section of larger supermarkets.

Nutrition Information: Per sausage: 86 calories, 6.8g protein, 6.0g Carbohydrate, 0.3g sugar, 3.5g fat, 0.3g saturated fat, 1.8g fibre, 0.5g salt. Vegetarian Society Approved.



Saturday, 24 March 2012

“Jammin” No Added Sugar Still Pineapple Juice Drink

While browsing through the bottled water and still drinks section of Tesco recently, I spotted a brand I’d never seen before. I don’t know if it’s new, but the label wasn’t one I recognised. It stood out on the shelf because of its bright yellow bottle and the name of it “Jammin” sounded a bit exotic and different.

I was particularly interested because the flavour on sale was pineapple, one which I haven’t so far found among any of the other brands in the still drinks section. Fully expecting it to be full ‘o’ sugar, on closer inspection I was glad to see there were two versions, one with sugar and one without.

“Jammin” no added sugar Pineapple flavoured juice drink comes in a 250ml sports drink style bottle and is sold as a pack of four. It can’t be compared with pineapple juice, but flavour wise, it’s sweet, and recognisably pineapple.

On further investigation of the “Jammin” range, it seems there are more in the sparkling section with flavours including: Pineapple, Black Grape, Fruit Punch, Tropical and Caribbean Cola. However, these all contain sugar, hence more calories.

Found in Tesco and produced by Princes Ltd.

Nutrition Information: Per 250ml bottle: 13 calories, 0.1g protein, 1.1g carbohydrate, 1.1g sugar, trace fat, trace saturates, trace fibre, trace salt. Suitable for vegetarians.

Friday, 23 March 2012

Why Losing Weight is Hard to Do

Losing weight is twice as hard as thought’, announced scientists at the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s annual conference.

You don't say! As anyone who’s ever dieted and failed will know, losing weight ain’t easy. Apparently one reason is because we set our sights too high. We expect to lose too much weight too quickly, while eating too much

According to obesity expert, Boyd Swinburn from the Deakin University in Melbourne, slimmers should aim for no more than half a pound weight loss each week and they should be patient. ‘… This is a marathon, not a sprint’, he said. 

Official guidelines in the US and UK advise us to cut 500 calories a day for a steady one pound per week weight loss. However, scientists say this calculation doesn’t take into account the fact that our metabolism slows down as our weight decreases (unless exercise is increased). This means we need to reduce our calories further, so losing weight is twice as hard.

If you’ve ever dieted and reached the dreaded ‘weight loss plateau’ (where your weight remains the same despite your calorie deficit), it could be time to readjust your calorie intake – downwards. Recalculating your calorie needs should always be done periodically, especially when you’re on a diet.

Once you’ve weighed yourself and figured out how many calories you need to eat to maintain your new weight, you can reduce your calorie intake again. This should help you get your weight loss back on track.

To save you doing all those calculations yourself, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) have created an online calculator which will work out how many calories you need to maintain your current weight and how many you need to lose weight.

All you have to do is enter your height, weight, age, gender and an estimation of your activity levels. Then you enter the weight you're aiming for and when you want to reach your goal. The calculator works outs how many calories you need to eat each day to lose (x) amount of pounds over your time scale. It also displays a graph showing the downward trend of weight loss.

You can adjust the graph as you like by increasing the time scale or shortening it. And if your weight targets are unhealthy, it lets you know with a friendly warning. This is also a useful tool for anyone who is interested in how many calories they need just to maintain their weight.

The NIDDK Body Weight Simulator calculator can be found here: NIDDK. You may need to install Java to run it, but the link to the free installer is provided.


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Thursday, 22 March 2012

Warburtons Square Wraps

Wraps are popular these days, maybe because they’re so versatile. For example, you can use them instead of sliced bread as an alternative to a sandwich, or as a base for a pizza, or to wrap around a fajita.
 

Tortilla style wraps are generally circular, and unless you’ve mastered the technique of wrapping them properly, the contents are liable to end up anywhere but inside the wrap.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Muller Mini Rice - Low Fat Rice Dessert Snacks

Rice pudding seems to be one of those foods people either love or hate. If you’re watching your weight, it’s probably better if you don’t like it. A rich and creamy rice pudding is definitely not waistline friendly.

Fortunately, when it comes to buying ready-made rice desserts, there is a wide assortment to choose from. Many are also low fat, but rarely low in calories.

Muller, who have a wide range of low fat dairy rice pots in the 190g size, also sell Mini Rice pots. Although they're only available in two flavours at the moment - Original and Strawberry, at just 95g each, they have 98 and 101 calories respectively.

Strawberry 101 calories, Original 98 calories
This gives you a saving of around 100 calories if you swap from the larger pots to the mini pots.

They’re packaged as a multi-pack of 6 which includes 3 x Original and 3 x Strawberry.

Muller Mini Rice pots are exactly the same recipe as the 190g pots, so if you're already familiar with Muller rice, you'll know what to expect.

You can eat them hot or cold and they can be heated in the microwave for 30 seconds (minus the foil lid!)

You're more likely to find the mini pots in larger supermarkets.

Nutrition Information per 95g pot Original: 98 calories, 3.4g protein, 15.5g carbohydrates, 9.8g sugars, 2.5g fat, 1.4g saturates, 0.29g fibre, 0.09g sodium.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Graze Box Review - Ancient Forest Nuts, Korean Chilli Rice Crackers

 Graze Box Delivery Date: 9th March 2012

After visiting the Graze website and adding lots more snacks to my TRY list, I received two new Graze punnets this week.

Graze nibble box Although it’s always a welcome sight to open my Graze box to find old favourites in there, it’s still exciting to see some new nibbles to try out.

This week, previous favourites making a reappearance in the Graze box were ‘Lemon Meringue Pie’, reviewed in week 2 - read post and ‘Love Mix’, reviewed in weeks 10 and 11.

New arrivals this week were ‘Ancient Forest Nuts’ and ‘Korean Chilli Rice Crackers’.

Graze nibble box
From top left: Love Mix, Lemon Meringue Pie,
Ancient Forest Nuts and Korean Chilli Rice Crackers

Monday, 19 March 2012

Kellogg’s Fibre Plus Cereal Bars - NEW

Boosting your fibre intake doesn’t have to mean sprinkling bran onto all your food. There are tastier ways, one of which is the Fibre Plus bar from Kellogg’s.


This is another cereal bar to add the growing selection of cereal type snack bars available these days.

What makes Fibre Plus a bit different from some other Kellogg’s bars is that each bar contains 5g of fibre. This is equivalent to 20% of your daily fibre requirements*.


Sunday, 18 March 2012

The Ketogenic Enterel Nutrition (KEN) Diet

The majority of people would probably opt for a quick weight loss method over a prolonged diet. Unfortunately, fast results means taking drastic measures, often by following some bizarre or even unsafe diet.

The Ketogenic Enterel Nutrition or KEN for short, is one of the most extreme diets to arrive in Britain and requires eating no food at all. Perhaps more surprisingly, the diet was invented by a world renowned specialist in artificial feeding, Italian Professor (Gianfranco Cappello) and introduced to Britain by a highly respected NHS consultant (Dr Ray Shidrawi).

This is a diet in the extreme. In fact, it’s not really a diet in the true sense at all. A diet, according to Oxford Dictionaries  means: (noun) the kinds of food that a person, animal or community habitually eats; or a special course of food to which a person restricts themselves, either to lose weight or for medical reasons; OR (verb) restrict oneself to small amounts of or special kinds of food in order to lose weight.


Saturday, 17 March 2012

Beef in Gravy for a Quick Roast Dinner

Preparing a full roast dinner complete with all the trimmings can take a great deal of time and isn’t usually an option during the busy working week. But if you’re after a quick midweek roast meal, there is always the cheat’s method. Frozen Beef in Gravy.

OK, it might not look like your traditional Sunday Roast (nor taste like it), but it is surprisingly nice. Even better, an entire pack is really low in calories.

Take Sainsbury’s Beef in Gravy. Each 210g pack contains three thin slices of beef in rich gravy and the whole pack has just 115 calories.

It's also low in fat and saturated fat, sugar and calories, though the salt is in the medium category. Admittedly there is a lot of gravy, so if you want to reduce some of the salt, just don’t use all the gravy.

Friday, 16 March 2012

Kallo Organic Belgian Chocolate Rice Cake Thins

Milk Chocolate Thins
Plain rice cakes are a healthy and low calorie snack. However, they can be a little on the bland side without the addition of some kind of topping to liven them up a bit.

The good thing about rice cakes is they go well with sweet or savoury toppings. If you're looking for a different type of sweet rice cake snack, you might like Kallo Organic Rice Cake Thins.

Dark Chocolate Thins
Kallo Organic Rice Cake Thins are square shaped, plain rice cakes covered with a thin coating of Organic Belgian Chocolate. All the ingredients are 100% certified organic and natural.

They give a satisfying snappy crunch with the chocolate quickly melting to combine with the rice cake, giving an intense chocolate hit.
This delicious and light 55 or 57 calorie snack goes perfectly with a cup of tea.

If you want to feel virtuous about eating chocolate, then this is a great way to do it. With their organic and completely natural ingredients and no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives, Kallo Rice Cake Thins can fit well into virtually any diet.


They're coated in real real Belgian chocolate, so if you need a bit of a chocolate fix, then this has to be one of the ‘healthiest’ ways to do it. You can read further information on chocolate and it's health benefits in the post 'Is Dark Chocolate Good for your Health' and 'Study Reveals Health Benefits of Eating Chocolate'.

Packets of Kallo Organic Belgian Chocolate Rice Cake Thins contain eight rice cakes, each measuring 3” or 7.75cm.

Stores likely to stock them include Waitrose, Sainsbury's and Tesco.

Nutrition Information per dark chocolate rice cake: 55.5 calories, (57 calories for the milk chocolate) 0.8g protein, 6.9g carbohydrates, 3.1g sugars, 2.6g fat, 1.6g saturates, 0.6g fibre, trace salt. Suitable for vegetarians

Kallo are a certified Carbon Neutral company.

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Philadelphia Cadbury Chocolate Cream Cheese - NEW

I don’t know what this obsession is for manufacturers to add chocolate to everything. Is it something people are demanding? I thought we were all supposed to be trying to eat healthier. It's even appearing in cereals that were once a healthy choice. Although I love chocolate, I prefer keeping it separate from my 'healthy' foods and eating it as an occasional (daily) treat.

So when I first heard about the new Philadelphia Cream Cheese which has been blended with Cadbury’s chocolate, I thought, no way, what are they thinking? 
 
But, being a foodie and always wanting to try something at least once, I gave in and bought some. There they were, taking up an entire display area in Tesco, together with a huge promotional ‘BUY ONE GET ONE FREE’ sign, how could I resist?

There are two sizes to choose from: A single 160g pack or a 120g pack split into four 30g mini tubs. I chose the mini tubs so there wasn’t the urgent need to get through the entire contents of an open pack within a week of opening.

I regularly buy cream cheese, usually Philadelphia's Extra Light Cream Cheese Mini tubs which have only 38 calories per tub, or stores own brands such as Tesco’s Soft & Light Cream Cheese. To me, cheese is a savoury food. It goes with things like tomatoes, spring onions and lettuce. But chocolate!

Not quite knowing what to do with this cheese, I decided to try it out on some of my regular savoury crackers. Peeling back the lid reveals a perfectly smooth layer of chocolate cream cheese. Taking a sniff, it’s definitely the chocolate aroma that stands out. I can’t smell any cheese. Spooning some out and tasting it was a revelation. 

It’s like eating cold, rich and creamy, pure melted chocolate. And you can instantly tell it’s Cadbury’s too. It is gorgeous, I have to admit. But I somehow felt its nutrition negated the healthy aspects of my wholesome crackers and oatcakes.

I let the kids try it out. This was met with differing opinions. The eldest loved the chocolate but hated my crackers. The smallest who loves chocolate and hates cheese had a sniff and could only smell cheese so refused point blank to taste it. The middle one loved the it and said it tasted just like chocolate cheesecake. And now all her friends at school are so excited to hear about this chocolate cheese they can’t wait to try it.

Although it’s called Philadelphia Chocolate Light, this isn’t because it’s light in calories! It’s made using medium fat cream cheese which is classed as ‘Light’. However, a serving of chocolate cream cheese has 86 calories compared with 47 calories for the medium fat cream cheese and 74 calories for the Full Fat cream cheese.

As would be expected with chocolate as a large part of the ingredients, it’s also high in sugar with each 30g tub containing roughly two and a half teaspoons of sugar.

Overall Verdict: Delicious, very chocolaty but probably best enjoyed by those who already like chocolate spreads. And thinking about it, Philadelphia Cadbury Chocolate Cream Cheese would be an ideal ingredient for making a chocolate cheesecake.

There are books available on Amazon which specialise in Philadelphia Cheesecake recipes such as this highly recommended Kraft Philadelphia Brand Cream Cheese Cheesecakes. (Not ideal for those on a diet!)

Philadelphia Cadburys Chocolate Light and Mini Tubs are available in larger supermarkets.

Nutrition Information per serving (30g): 86 calories, 1.9g protein, 10.0g carbohydrate, 10.0g sugars, 4.0g fat, 2.5g saturates, 0.5g fibre, 0.17g salt. Suitable for vegetarians.

Per 100g: 286 calories, 6.3g protein, 33.3g carbohydrate, 33.3g sugars, 13.3g fat, 8.3g saturated fat, 1.6g fibre, 0.57g salt.

Ingredients: Medium Fat Soft Cheese 56%, Sugar, Cocoa Mass, Fat-reduced Cocoa Powder, Cocoa Butter, Skimmed Milk Powder, Whey Powder, Vegetable Fat, Milk Fat, Stabilizers (Locust Bean Gum, Carrageenan), Emulsifiers (Soya Lecithin, E 442), Flavourings, Citric Acid.


© Diets and Calories 2012



Wednesday, 14 March 2012

16 Low Sugar Breakfast Cereals

Breakfast cereals provide a quick, convenient and tasty way to start the day. But people are becoming increasingly concerned about the amount of hidden sugars they're consuming. Often, what appears to be a ‘healthy’ breakfast cereal turns out to have more sugar than a chocolate bar.

This information isn't always obvious from the front of the pack and brands display their nutrition guides differently. Therefore, it’s up to us, the consumers, to examine the nutrition label (usually found on the back) of the packet to see how much sugar it contains.

As a quick guide, any food which has 5g of sugar or less per 100g is a low sugar food. In teaspoon terms, 4.2g is one teaspoon.

Food which has more than 15g of sugar per 100g is ‘high in sugar’. So check the label under the ‘Per 100g’ column. All labels should display this information.

If you’re determined to find a low sugar cereal, they are out there, but they’re few and far between!

Following are 16 Breakfast Cereals which are low in sugar:

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Alpro Almond Milk and Hazelnut Milk Review

Since switching from dairy milk to soya milk a few years ago, and after trying out numerous different brands, it's generally Alpro that's found in my fridge. So it was with great interest to notice Alpro recently introduced two new alternatives to dairy milk which aren’t made from soy beans.

These two new ‘milks’ are both made from nuts with the nuts in question being almonds and hazelnuts.

Like soya milk, these ‘nut’ milks are suitable for vegetarians and vegans since they’re 100% plant based. They’re available as chilled and ambient with the chilled varieties packed in a similar style to Alpro's fresh soya milks.

Although I've noticed other brands of nut milks in the supermarkets, I've been put off by the calorie content or the price. Plus, I didn't have any idea what I'd use them for.

Still on this occasion, temptation got the better of me and I bought both flavours. Why? Well, the packaging was enticing and they were on special offer. Clever marketing has a large part to play. But one other big plus point for me was the calories. The Alpro Almond milk has only 24 calories per 100ml and the Alpro Hazelnut has 29 calories.

UPDATE: January 2013NEW Alpro Unsweetened Almond Milk - 13 calories per 100ml. See post.

Monday, 12 March 2012

Tesco 5 Mini Snacks

If you’re bored with eating crisps, there's a wide choice of savoury snacks available nowadays. Tesco sell these mini bite sized crackers which come as part of a multi-pack. Each 125g multi- pack contains five 25g bags: 2 Plain with Sea Salt, 2 Cheese & Chive and 1 Sweet Thai Chilli flavour.

A 25g bag has 105 calories and contains an average of 26 bite sized crackers. Since they’re baked rather than fried, they have a lower fat content than regular crisps. Overall, Tesco’s 5 Mini Snacks have a medium fat content. See this post for nutrition guidelines.

If you’re a vegetarian and you happen to come across these Mini Snacks in Tesco, there’s no obvious sign on the outside of the multi-pack whether or not they’re suitable for vegetarians. However, once you open up the main pack, the Cheese & Onion and the Slightly Salted do have the vegetarian symbol, but not the Sweet Chilli.

Available in branches of Tesco.

Nutrition Information: Per Cheese & Chive pack: 105 calories, 2.4g protein, 14.2g carbohydrate, 0.3g sugars, 4.3g fat, 2.2g saturates, 0.5g fibre, 0.4g salt. Salt and Cheese & Chive are suitable for vegetarians.

Cheese & Chive Mini Snacks

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Tesco Still Mineral Water Drinks

We’re all encouraged to drink more water and one popular way of doing this is to buy the bottled stuff. But not everyone likes plain water. Although you can find a wide range of flavoured bottled water in the shops, they're often full of sugar, sometimes as much as a teaspoon per 100ml.

Thankfully, there are sugar free versions of flavoured bottled water which are more friendly to your waist as well as your teeth.

One great tasting example comes from Tesco. This drink is a sugar free, Still Mineral Water Drink which is available is two flavours:

'A hint of Orange' or 'A hint of Lemon & Lime'. This is a light and refreshing fruity tasting water which has been sweetened with sucralose and natural flavouring.

Each 250ml sports style bottle has just 2 calories. Naturally, they’re found in Tesco stores where you can buy them in packs of four.

Nutrition Information: Per 250ml bottle: 2 calories, trace sugar, trace fat, trace saturates, trace salt. Suitable for vegetarians.


Saturday, 10 March 2012

All Butter Onion and Chive Twists - Waitrose

Always on the look-out for different things to snack on, I came across these 'All Butter Onion and Chive Twists' from Waitrose.

Twists are like crunchy, twisted strips of buttery puff pastry which can be eaten with a dip, or on their own as a snack straight from the box. Alternatively, you can warm them up in the oven for 3-4 minutes and enjoy them as if you'd baked them yourself. You’ll also be rewarded with a mouth watering, freshly baked aroma to fill your kitchen.

All Butter Onion and Chive Twists are packed into a plastic tray and sealed inside a silver foil wrapper. Each 125g box holds an average of 14 twists and they have 37 calories each.

Available in branches of Waitrose and from Ocado. Other varieties include 'All Butter Savoury Gruyere Cheese' flavour and 'Gruyere Cheese & Poppy Seed' flavour.

Nutrition Information: Per twist: 37 calories, 0.9g protein, 4.0g carbohydrates,0.2g sugars, 1.9g fat, 1.4g saturated fat, 0.2g fibre, 0.06 sodium. Suitable for vegetarians.

Ingredients: Wheatflour, Butter, dried skimmed milk, salt, yeast, sugar, barley malt flour, onion (0.4%), chives (0.2%).


Friday, 9 March 2012

Mad, Bad or Fad? The KEN Starvation Diet

If you dread going on a diet because of food restrictions, then the Ketogenic Enteral Nutrition diet or KEN for short, is probably not for you. In fact, it’s unlikely that anyone in their right mind would want to follow this particular diet, for the KEN Diet involves eating no food whatsoever.

Yes, the latest and possibly most extreme diet to arrive in Britain, lasts for 10 days with an intake of just 1,300 calories for the entire period. Yet this number of calories is what a dieter might expect to consume per day on an average weight loss diet.

So how do dieters get their 130 calories a day if they’re not eating or drinking them? Why, intravenously of course! Those on the KEN diet are fed a liquid nutritional formula via a tube which goes through the nose, down the throat and into the stomach. At the other end of the tube is a pump and the liquid which is drip fed into them throughout the day and night. Dieters can only remove the tube for one hour each day.

This unpleasant form of feeding helps dieters lose up to 10 percent of their body weight over the period they’re attached to the tube. They may consume drinks such as tea or coffee without milk, sugar or sweeteners while the tube is attached. Dieters can eat normally if they want. But those following the diet say they don’t feel hungry after a couple of days and they have, of course, chosen this method of weight loss.

Going on an extreme diet such as this may produce results. But how practical is it? There can’t be many people who could go about their everyday life while attached to a drip. However, if the level of obesity is great enough that they have difficulty in walking or leaving the house, then perhaps this could be something to consider.

The KEN diet, invented by Gianfranco Cappello, an associate professor of general surgery in Italy, is a specialist in artificial feeding, having treated 40,000 patients using the Ketogenic Enteral Nutrition method. The diet has been introduced to Britain by Dr Ray Shidrawi, a well respected consultant at the NHS Homerton University Hospital in London.


Read more: Daily Mail Online

Chocolate Bars in Calorie Order

Here's a quick rundown of the calories found in chocolate bars and chocolate packs. They're in calorie order so you can see at a glance which have the highest and lowest number of calories.

All calories are stated for the regular size pack or bar that you'd typically find in local stores or newsagents. This doesn't include king sized bars or family packs.




Thursday, 8 March 2012

Weight Watchers Cranberry & Sunflower Seeds Oaty Biscuits

If you’re following the Weight Watchers plan, you can eat pretty much anything you want as long as it’s within your points allowance. To help make calculating your points a little easier, Weight Watchers have a large range of branded products which have their ProPoints value already worked out.

Among the Weight Watchers biscuit range are these delicious Cranberry & Sunflower Seed Oaty Biscuits. Each biscuit has a lovely fruity taste with a generous amount of sweet, dried cranberries and sunflower seeds throughout. 

They’re made using oat flakes and oat flour, which gives them a satisfying crunchy, grainy texture. The biscuits are individually wrapped, which is a good thing because each one has 87 calories and is worth 2 ProPoints.
Inside the box

They’re so tasty it’d be easy to get through a few of these in one sitting. Fortunately, that wrapper provides a small deterrent to that happening, as well as keeping them nice and fresh.


Weight Watchers Cranberry & Sunflower Oaty Biscuits can be found in Poundland and other stores which stock Weight Watchers snacks.

Nutrition Information: Per biscuit: 87 calories, 1.5g protein, 11.0g carbohydrate, 3.4g sugars, 3.7g fat, 0.7g saturates, 1.9g fibre, <0.1g salt. 2 ProPoints. Suitable for vegetarians.


Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Mini Highland Oatcakes - NEW

Mini Oatcakes Sainsbury'sIf you’re looking for a savoury snack to much on, but aren’t in the mood for a packet of crisps, you might like to try oatcakes.


These Mini Highland Oatcakes from Sainsbury’s have a crunchy, grainy texture which is quite different to wheat-based crispbreads or crackers. And if you're watching your weight, each oatcake has just 22 calories

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Shapers Meal Deal - Snacks, Meals and Drinks

The sheer volume of takeaway outlets lining most high streets can test the willpower of even the most determined dieter. But if you can steel yourself to march past the freshly baked smells from the bakeries or fast food outlets and make your way into Boots, you’ll find a wide selection of lunchtime meals and snacks which are part of the Shapers Meal Deal.

Monday, 5 March 2012

Truvia Calorie-Free Sweetener

Truvia® calorie-free sweetener is one of the latest sugar substitutes using Stevia to hit the supermarket shelves. It made its grand entrance into the UK market in January 2012, but is already a leading global brand.

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Graze Snack Review - Green Olives and Little Figgy

Graze Box Delivery Dates: 10 Feb - 2 Mar 2012

Over the last few weeks my weekly Graze boxes have mostly been filled with favourites. This means we’ve had them before and either liked or loved them so we know we’re going to enjoy what’s in the box.
Graze snack box
Since I’ve only received two new Graze nibbles over the past three weeks, I’ve saved them up to review together in one post.

In week 12, my Graze Nibble Box contained Lemon Meringue Pie, Savoury Roasted Seeds, Bounty Hunter and the new one to try: ‘Green Olives with Basil and Garlic’.

Then in week 13 the contents were Lost Army, Green Olives with Chilli and Garlic, Banoffee Pie and new variety ‘Little Figgy Went to Market’.

Graze snack green olives with basil and garlic
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Saturday, 3 March 2012

Compal Essential Fruit Shots: PLUM - NEW

Compal Essential Fruit Shots come from Portugal. They’re similar to a small pot of fruit puree only a bit thinner in consistency, like a smoothie so you can drink them. The range includes – mango, strawberry, peach, pear, pineapple, apple, kiwi and plum.

Up until now I’ve only been able to find the Apple, Pear, Mango and Strawberry in the UK. However, just last week I noticed a new variety – Plum (uma ameixa). Like the others, it’s packed in a trio of 110ml pots with each Plum shot equivalent to one plum. 

If you want all the goodness and taste of a plum (rich in vitamins, potassium and fibre) without dealing with dribbling plum juice or a bitter skin, drinking a Plum Shot is a convenient alternative. They're especially good for children who don't like eating fruit.

They have to be stored in the fridge. However, they’re ideal for putting into lunchboxes or taking out with you as they won’t get bruised or squashed like fruit can. They’re also a good choice for those who can’t easily bite into hard fruits, for example if you have braces on your teeth.

The ingredients for the Plum shot are: Plum pulp (52%), Apple pulp (17%), water, fruit extracts and natural flavours. All fruit pots contribute to one of your 5-a-day.

You can find Compal Essential Fruit Shots in Waitrose supermarkets.

Nutrition Information: Per 100ml: 62 calories, 0.5g protein, 0.2g fat, 0.007g saturates, 14.4g carbohydrates, 12.6g sugars, 1.3g fibre, 0.002g sodium.

Produced by Compal in Portugal Distributed in UK by: Fayrefield Foods Ltd.

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