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).

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Weight Watchers Hot Chocolate Drink in Cups NEW

I spotted these packs of Weight Watchers Hot Chocolate Drinks in a branch of Poundland. I’m not entirely sure they’re meant for home use as they’re sold in vending machine style cups.

Still, as they were being sold alongside the other hot chocolate drinks for £1 I thought I'd give them a try. Of course, the fact that each drink has just 33 calories and 1 ProPoint helped persuade me.

Friday, 2 November 2012

Mini Chive & Onion Twists - ASDA, Sainsbury's

Mini Chive & Onion Twists are deliciously mouth watering, crisp and buttery twists of pastry. ASDA and Sainsbury both sell a very similar product.

ASDA’s Mini Chive & Onion Twists are sold as ‘party nibbles’ and are one of the ‘Chosen by You’ range of products.

Sainsbury's Chive & Onion Mini Twists are a relatively new product to the store and are found along with the crackers and crispbreads.

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Graze Box Review Week 36 - Yaki Soba

Graze Box Delivery Date: 19 October 2012

This week’s Graze nutrition box brought me one new snack called Yaki Soba. I'm not exactly sure what Yaki Soba means, though judging by the contents, I'd hazard a guess it has something to do with noodles.

Also received in this week’s Nibble Box was Marvellous Macaroon reviewed in week 30Poached Pear, reviewed in week 21 and one of my ultimate favourites - Rock the Casbah, reviewed in week 3.


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