Friday, 31 August 2012

Sainsbury's Low Fat Creme Fraiche - 24 Calories

I recently wrote a review about Weight Watchers low fat crème fraiche which has fewer calories than nearly all other creme fraiche brands in the stores.

However, Sainsbury's Be Good To Yourself Crème Fraiche comes a close second with only 24 calories per tablespoon and 0.7g of fat.

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Tesco Meat Free Vegetable Fingers

Tesco Meat Free Vegetable Fingers are a delicious alternative to fish fingers. Inside is a tasty mix of potatoes with carrot (17%), peas (10%) and sweetcorn (10%) all mixed with a variety of spices. The outside is covered breadcrumbs which bake to a golden crunchiness. 


Meat Free Vegetable fingers have just 55 calories each so can easily be included as part of a calorie counted diet.

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Bolognese Pasta Bake, Be Good to Yourself

Sainsbury's Bolognese Pasta Bake is from their Be good to Yourself range. Each 400g bake contains a rich ragu of minced beef & tomato with penne pasta and a white sauce, topped with cheese and breadcrumb.

Nutritionally, this meal meets all the guidelines for healthy levels of fat, saturated fat and sugar. Salt is bordering on medium with 0.03g per 100g. (See nutritional guidelines).

Monday, 27 August 2012

The Food Doctor Spicy Seed & Nut Blend

Since discovering the tasty delights of Graze snacks, many of which contain exotic blends of nuts and seeds, I thought I’d try a an alternative range from The Food Doctor.

The pack is described as a: ‘wholesome spicy boost seed & nut blend’. One serving contains 137 calories.

Included in this mix are sunflower and pumpkin seeds, chopped cashew and Brazil nuts, dried red pepper, toasted sesame seeds, hulled hemp seeds and linseed. This lot is seasoned with a spicy combination of garlic, chilli and cayenne pepper, and wheat free soya sauce. Packs hold 100g where the recommended serving size is 25g or ¼ of the bag.

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Mattessons Roasted Ham Bites Mini Bags

If you like meaty snacks, Mattessons have quite a few interesting, ready to eat treats that are ideal for packing into lunchboxes. If you’ve already tried Mattessons Twisted Tails, you might like Roasted Ham Bites.

These little bites look similar to Twisted Tails, but with a ham flavour. Multipacks contains three 25g bags and each bag has only 37 calories.

Roasted Ham Bites are made from 100% pork leg meat with no artificial flavours. You don’t get many in a bag, hence the low calories, but they’re very tasty and provide a satisfying meaty alternative to savoury crunchy snacks.

 These were found in a branch of ASDA in the chiller cabinets.

Nutrition Information per 25g bag: 37 calories, 5.8g protein, 1.1g carbohydrate, 0.9g fat, 0.4g saturates, 0.4g fibre, 0.4g salt. Low sugar, Medium fat, Medium Salt

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Saturday, 25 August 2012

Varieties of Batchelors Slim a Soup

Batchelors Slim a Soup are the lower calorie alternative to the Cup a Soup range. Soup, of course, is a great way of filling yourself up while you’re on a diet. Drinking a mugful of steaming soup can also help curb the urge to snack on other higher calorie snacks.

Currently, the range of Batchelors Slim a Soups include the following flavours:

Friday, 24 August 2012

SoBe V Water Low Cal 0% Sugar, Stevia Sweetened

Since I don't like the taste of plain water, I generally choose a no added sugar concentrate to add flavour to my cold drinks. However, if I’m out and about and need something thirst quenching, it's not always easy finding something that's sugar free.

I recently came across these flavoured waters called SoBe V Water. SoBe’s range of flavoured waters are also known as ‘functional drinks’. This generally means they’ve been enriched with various vitamins and minerals as well as certain herbal extracts to provide extra health benefits.

Normally I avoid these functional water drinks as they’re often loaded with sugar. However, I was happy to notice that this range of SoBe V Water drinks had 0% sugar and was naturally sweetened with Stevia extract.

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Waitrose Milk Chocolate Drink - 38 Calories

Although I’m a lifelong fan of Options low calorie hot chocolate drinks, I still can’t resist the temptation to try out any rivals appearing on the supermarket shelves. Quite recently I discovered a Sainsbury’s own brand low calorie hot chocolate which was so good I’m now buying it on a regular basis.

Then last week I noticed this hot chocolate drink from Waitrose. I don’t know whether it's new, it doesn't say so on the label. But I’m sure I couldn't have failed to miss the ‘38 CALORIES’ in large, bright pink text on the front of the label. And this is what caught my eye. So into the basket it went.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

9 Dairy Milk Substitutes

Of all the milk drunk in the UK, dairy milk is by far the most popular. Milk is an excellent source of protein, vitamins, minerals and calcium, all of which are essential for healthy bones and teeth.

But not everyone can drink dairy milk. For example, those who suffer from dairy intolerance, allergies or with special dietary requirements. Because milk is so versatile, many people choose to switch to a dairy milk substitute.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

More Guilt Free Snacks from Marks & Spencer

Earlier this month in a previous post, I mentioned the NEW Marks and Spencer range of snacks called Guilt-Free Snacking.

These snacks aren't particularly low calorie foods. Instead, M&S have packed their treats into smaller portions. This way, if you're watching your weight or counting calories, you get to enjoy some of your favourite treats without having to worry about the calories ruining your diet.

There's a selection of savoury and sweet snacks. Some are new and some are mini portions of popular Marks & Spencer favourites. So far, all the snacks I've found have less than 150 calories each.

Here are a few more available in Marks and Spencer Foodhalls now.

Monday, 20 August 2012

Soreen 5 Lunchbox Loaves - Malt or Banana

Before discovering the dreaded calorie, I used to enjoy eating something called Soreen malt loaf.

These dark brown, sweet fruit loaves were packed in a yellow wrapper and had to be sliced. They were soft and squashy and tasted gorgeous when spread with butter.

It's been years since I've eaten malt loaf. But recently I had the pleasure of becoming re-acquainted with them when I found it in a more manageable form (calorie-wise).

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Henna Natural Very Low Fat Set Yogurt

400g Henna Yogurt
While searching through the natural yogurts in ASDA, this yogurt caught my attention. First I had to check it was actually yogurt as the name ‘Henna’ seemed a bit out of place in the dairy section.

I’d never seen or heard of this brand before and was intrigued, even more so when I noticed the price tag of just £0.45 for the 400g pot! What a bargain.

Further along I found the same yogurt but in large,1 kilogram bucket like pots with an even more tempting price of £1.00.

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Greek Stuffed Green Olives - Marks & Spencer


Olives are one of those snacks people seem to either love or hate. Even those that do like them often only like one colour – black or green.

My hubby is partial to the green ones and often arrives home with a new jar or tub of olives. (I don’t buy them).

Last week he brought home a 170g tub of stuffed olives from Marks and Spencer called ‘Plump Greek olives stuffed with slices of pimento pepper’. They actually looked quite appetising.

Friday, 17 August 2012

Mini Chocolate Indulgence Ice Creams, Sainsbury's

Every Summer guarantees an influx of new ice creams and lollies adorning the supermarket shelves. Normally I turn a blind eye to the pots of luxurious and decadent ice creams. But when I spot new arrivals in mini form, I’m irresistibly drawn to opening that cabinet door.

So it was when I came across these new Sainsbury’s Mini Chocolate Indulgence with Bourbon vanilla dairy ice cream. They’re miniature versions of Sainsbury’s Chocolate Indulgence ice cream sticks which of course means less calories. In fact, you’ll save over 100 calories by choosing the mini versions - great for those of us watching our weight.

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Weight Watchers Macaroni Cheese

Macaroni cheese is an old childhood favourite often enjoyed well into adulthood. However, it’s not a meal that’s normally associated with dieting or losing weight. With cheese, butter, flour and pasta as principle ingredients, this is a meal slimmers should forgo.

Weight Watchers however, have a version which is low in fat and has just 88 calories per 100g.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Quaker Oats 'Oat So Simple' Morning Bars - NEW

Sales of breakfast cereals are plummeting according to The Grocer (see article). At the same time, the range of cereal bars is expanding at an ever increasing rate.

If you’ve joined the cereal bar brigade you may be interested in a new offering from those well known oat people – Quaker Oats. Their new bars are called Oat So Simple Morning Bars. They’re available in three flavours: Golden Syrup, Fruit Muesli and Raspberry & Pomegranate.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Mini Oat Biscuits - Marks and Spencer

If you’ve ever stopped for a snack in a Marks & Spencer café, you may have come across these Mini Oat Biscuits. Now they're available to buy in the M&S Foodhalls along with your other food purchases.

Each 100g bag contains 21 mini oat biscuits and each has just 20 calories.

If you haven’t tried these yet, you are in for a treat. These tiny, but perfect biscuits have a delicate crumbly oaty texture with a mouth watering, buttery, golden syrupy taste. It’s heaven in a biscuit!

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Doves Farm Organic Wholewheat Digestive Biscuits

Biscuits, by the very nature of their ingredients, are generally not a healthy snack. But that’s not to say all biscuits are equal. Some are ‘healthier’ than others.

Many have reduced fat but extra sugar, while others have no sugar but are high in saturated fats or worse, hydrogenated fat. But biscuits such as these organic Wholewheat Digestives from Doves Farm, project a healthier image that can 'almost' make you feel virtuous when eating them.

Friday, 10 August 2012

How Traffic Lights Help with Healthy Food Choices

What do you think if you see a red traffic light? Stop, danger? Whatever first springs to mind, it’s probably not ‘Go’. And this is why the Traffic Light food labelling system, developed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA), can be such an effective tool in helping us make healthier food choices.

Although a number of major manufacturers and retailers have taken up this scheme, many others haven’t. Instead they use other criteria, which don’t apply to everyone and aren’t as easy to understand.

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Strawberry & Cream Layered Wafer Cubes - NEW

Marks & Spencer introduced their light and crispy Chocolate & Vanilla Layered Wafer Cubes last year (see post). If you're on a diet or calorie counting, you can eat 5 of these for less than 100 calories.

If you've already sampled and enjoyed the Chocolate & Vanilla variety, you might be interested in trying the new Strawberry & Cream Layered Wafer Cubes.


Marks & Spencer Strawberry & Cream Layered Wafer Cubes measure around 2.5cm (1”) square (yes they are tiny).

Monday, 6 August 2012

Belvita Breakfast Duo Crunch - NEW

The Belvita Breakfast range has given many of us the perfect excuse to munch on delicious, sweet biscuits first thing in the morning.

They've obviously proved so popular that Nabisco (who make Belvita) are regularly updating their selection with new varieties.

If you’re a Belvita fan you may be pleased to know there is a new variety currently making its appearance on supermarket shelves. This new Belvita breakfast biscuit is called ‘Duo Crunch’.

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Cadbury's Milk Chocolate Gold Medals

Have you ever wondered why Olympic champions bite their medals while standing on the podium? Perhaps it’s because they’re checking whether or not they’re made from chocolate. Well, now the rest of us mere mortals can do the same thing.

Cadbury’s have produced these cute, lifelike gold medals made from their delicious milk chocolate. Each gold medal has 120 calories, so not too bad a choice calorie wise if you’re after a chocolate fix.

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Guilt Free Snacking Marks & Spencer Treats

Marks & Spencer have brought out a range of specially designed tasty treats under a new label called ‘Guilt Free Snacking’. These treats include savoury snacks such as potato chips, and sweet treats like popcorn.

They’re easy to spot as they all have the Guilt free snacking’ white cloud symbol on the front of the packs.

These snacks are helpful for those who want to grab a tasty treat without worrying about the calories.

The calories per pack varies depending on which you choose, but they’re all around the 100 calorie mark.

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