Tuesday, 30 April 2013

The Co-operative Food - Healthy Eating Labels Guide

In 2010, the Co-Operative supermarket re branded their 'Healthy Living' range with the 'Healthier Choice' label. However, come Spring 2013, The Co-op are once again in the process of a label changeover. The new healthy label to look out for is called good life…’.

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Mars Mini Ice Cream Bars - Review

Here's another mini ice cream bar which I couldn't resist buying. Mars Mini Ice Cream Bars are miniature ice cream versions of the Mars Bar.

You can already buy Mars Ice Cream Bars in a larger size (51ml), but these new Mini Mars are only half the size with, of course, fewer calories.

Friday, 26 April 2013

M&S Count on Us Prawns & Crunchy Citrus Salad

If you’re looking for a satisfying lunch that's not loaded down with carbs, you could try one of the fantastic range of fresh salads from Marks & Spencer's Count on Us… range.

If you ever thought salads were boring, you may change your mind when you see the imaginative selection of ready to eat salad bowls in M&S.

This bowl, called ‘King Prawns & Crunchy Citrus salad’ is low in fat and has only 135 calories per pack.

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Marks & Spencer - Healthy Eating Labels Guide

Latest research suggests consumers are becoming disillusioned with so called ‘diet’ and 'low calorie' foods. However, this doesn’t mean they’re any less interested in losing weight or becoming more healthy.

With many of us relying on supermarkets for quick fix meals, it can be a challenge finding the healthiest options. Fortunately, many of the larger food stores have their own brand healthy labels to make choosing a healthy meal that much easier.

Marks & Spencer, well known for their Count on us… label, have created ranges of food and drink under different labels which can help you make healthier choices. These include Fuller Longer, Eat Well, Guilt Free Snacking and the latest addition Delicious & Nutritious.

But what do they all mean? The following outline should help you out.

Monday, 22 April 2013

Cadbury Crispello Minis – 55 calories each

Cadbury’s Crispello bar was launched last year, mainly aimed at weight conscious women who might be looking for a lighter, lower calorie chocolate bar.

The Crispello is described as: Thin crispy shells with a creamy chocolate filling, covered in Cadbury milk chocolate. The chocolate bar has three individual milk chocolate pieces which you can break off to eat separately. The whole bar has 165 calories.

But if 165 calories is too many to fit into your snack allowance, Cadbury have just the solution. Crispello Individually wrapped mini bars – just 55 calories each.

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Guide to Supermarket Own Brand Healthy Labels

There seems to be no letting up in the obesity epidemic which is so prevalent in the Western world. But that’s not to say that many of us aren’t at least trying to do something about our expanding waistlines.

According to research by market analysts, Mintel, 63 percent of women have tried to lose weight during the past year. However, rather than heading for specialist diet products, many people are instead opting for a more natural and healthy way to lose weight.

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Alpen Light Cereal Bars - Lemon Drizzle Review

Alpen have been making tasty cereal bars for many years now and part of their range includes the 'Light' selection. The ‘Light’ range have around half the calories and fat of their regular bars so are ideal for slimmers.

Varieties which have been available for some time include Alpen Light Double Chocolate, Sultana & Apple, Summer Fruits and Chocolate & Fudge bars.

Now there are two new two new additions: Cherry Bakewell and Lemon Drizzle with Yogurt. Like the others, they all have 70 calories or less.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

How Many Calories in Weetabix?

Weetabix have long been seen as a healthy breakfast cereal to start the day. Made from whole grains, they're high in fibre with low sugar, fat and salt levels.

But over the past few years, the Weetabix family has been growing. The Original Weetabix were joined by an Organic version with similar nutrition.

Then along came the juniors in the form of Crispy Minis. These have added ingredients such as fruit and nuts. They're much sweeter which means they have more calories than the original version. But next, horror of horrors, Weetabix started putting chocolate in its ingredients.

So what’s happened to the health value of your Weetabix. Are they all as healthy as each other? What about that chocolate? Has Weetabix now become a unhealthy, high calorie breakfast cereal? You may be surprised at the results!

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Nestle Fab Minis - 50 calories

It’s great that so many food products are now downsizing rather than supersizing. Whether this is in response to the obesity epidemic or not I really don’t know.

One area that’s seen many food items mini-sizing themselves recently are ice creams and lollies. Fab ice lollies by Nestle are already reasonably low in calories, with the Strawberry flavour having 90 calories and the Apple & Blackcurrant flavour with 82 calories. But now you can treat yourself to an even lower calorie Fab with new Fab Minis.

Friday, 12 April 2013

M&S Apple Clusters Guilt Free Snacking - NEW

Here’s another exciting snack from the Marks & Spencer's 'Guilt Free Snacking' range. M&S Apple Clusters are deliciously crispy little clusters of dried apple. They’re sold in multipacks containing 5 individual bags each worth 80 calories.

Inside each bag you’ll find 15 (sometimes 16 if you’re lucky) little apple clusters which have just 5 calories each. These Apple Clusters are a bit different. Not only do they look unique, they’re healthy too.

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Nobbly Bobbly Minis Review – NEW

With summer 2013 looming on the horizon … somewhere, we hope, stores are starting to bring out their new collections of ice creams and ice lollies. Something I’m very glad to see is the wider introduction of mini versions of popular ice lollies, which means fewer calories.

This week I purchased a box of Mini Nobbly Bobbly Ice Lollies. While the regular sized Nobbly Bobbly Ice Lollies are available in Strawberry & Chocolate flavour with 219 calories each, boxes of mini Nobbly Bobbly’s contain 5 Strawberry & Chocolate with 123 calories and a new flavour - Vanilla & Chocolate which has 121 calories.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Maltesers Teasers Chocolate Bar Review - NEW

There can't be many who aren't familiar with Maltesers (the chocolates). These unique spherical chocolate balls filled with a malty honeycomb centre are a staple on chocolate counters everywhere.

They're always easy to spot with their distinctive red and white wrappers too. But recently Maltesers have been appearing in new and different formats. Last year there was the arrival of the MaltEaster Chocolate Bunny and the MaltEaster Mini Bunny. Now there’s a new addition to the range – Malteser Teasers.

Sunday, 7 April 2013

21 Instant Slimming Tricks - No Diets Necessary

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Plus size online clothing retailer, Marisota, recently announced their findings from a study into the tricks that women use to disguise their weight.

The survey of 2,000 women found that two thirds felt they needed to lose weight, but either lacked the time or the inclination to getting around to dieting.

Instead, nearly 90 percent of the women questioned admitted to using various methods of disguise to give the illusion of a slimmer body.

Friday, 5 April 2013

Tesco Free From Coconut Milk Review

Tesco have introduced a lovely new, dairy free milk to their range of ‘Free From’ foods. This one’s called Free From Coconut Milk and it's made from pressed coconut with added calcium.

This is an alternative to dairy milk as a drink, rather than a replacement for the kind of coconut milk you use for cooking. If, like me, you love coconut milk but are scared off by the calories, Tesco’s Coconut Milk has only 25 calories per 100ml.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Truvia and Hermesetas Sweetener Tablets - NEW

Two new sweetener tablets have arrived on the supermarket shelves recently. There's one from Hermesetas called ‘Stevia Blend’ and another from Truvia which is a welcome addition to their range of natural calorie free sweeteners.

Both sweeteners are completely free from calories and can help with weight loss as part of a calorie controlled diet.

Monday, 1 April 2013

Philadelphia Lightest Cream Cheese - Even Less Calories

Philadelphia have recently introduced their new soft cream cheese mini tubs called ‘Philadelphia Lightest’. They come in four x 35g individual tubs each worth just 34 calories and 1g of fat.

If you thought you’d already seen these before, then you’d be right. Well nearly. I did write about them in this post as I often buy these mini tubs.

However, over the past couple of months they'd simply vanished from the supermarket shelves. But here they are again, same packs and with less fat and fewer calories.


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