Saturday, 29 June 2013

Help Me Lose 7lbs in 5 Days!

Today's post is written by guest writer and nutritionist, Rachel Hughes, who has some good advice to help you lose 7 pounds in a hurry.

It’s 5 days before your best friend’s wedding and you look 7lbs heavier than you’d like to be. It’s just weeks before a really important interview and it would make a far better impression if you were just a little less bloated.

Whatever your reason is for wanting to lose those extra pounds fast, it’s probably a good one. Haven’t we all been there?

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almond Milk Sweetened

Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almond Sweetened MilkLast year a new brand of almond milk from the US (Blue Diamond) made its entrance into the UK market. This was quite soon after Alpro introduced their Almond and Hazelnut milks, so it seems these dairy and soy alternatives are in some demand.

I was amazed to discover that their Unsweetened Almond milk contains only 14 calories per 100ml. Always keen to try out new (lower calorie) dairy alternatives, the calorie count alone was enough to persuade me to try it out (see review).

However, despite containing added sugar, Blue Diamond's sweetened Almond milk has just 24 calories 100ml. This is certainly one to consider if you prefer a sweeter milk.

Monday, 24 June 2013

Nestle Milkybar Minis - NEW

Nestle Milkybar minis ice cream boxChocolate bars in ice cream form are becoming a common sight in supermarket freezer cabinets. And this year there are even more. Among the latest onslaught of ice creams and lollies on the shelves are Milkybar minis.

These are definitely for white chocolate lovers. Like the bar, they're creamy, smooth and sweet and they're ideal as a sweet treat on a hot day. If you're watching the calories, you can enjoy a Milkybar mini for 96 calories.

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Graze Box Snack Review - Lemon & Rosemary Olives

Graze have sent me a fair few olive snacks to try over the past year or so. Some of them have since disappeared such as the Greek Kalamata Olives and the green olives with chilli and garlic .

I’m not sure why this is, but Graze have introduced some new olive combinations, one of which arrived in my Graze box this week. It’s called Mixed Olives with Rosemary and Lemon and has 129 calories.

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Sainsbury Torinesi Italian Baked Breadsticks Review

Sainsbury Torinesi breadsticksI was so impressed with the range of Torinesi breadsticks from Kallo, that I thought I'd see how Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Torinesi Breadsticks compared. They caught my attention because the box looks like it contains white chocolate sticks, which somehow looked out of place among the breadsticks.

But I hadn’t seen these before, so perhaps this style of breadstick is becoming more popular. A quick glance at the nutrition label tells me each breadstick has 13 calories, which sounds good to me.

Monday, 17 June 2013

Gullon Cinnamon Crisps Spanish Biscuits

Gullon Cinnamon Crisps Biscuit BoxGullon are Spain’s leading biscuit producers and one of their factories is the largest biscuit factory in Europe. Here in the UK though, it’s rare you’ll find any of the Gullon brand in our main supermarkets.

However, venture into some of the smaller franchises such as Costcutter, and you should be able to find some of their great range of biscuits. They include high fibre, sugar free and cholesterol free biscuits, as well as other delights such as these gorgeous Cinnamon Crisps which have just 30 calories each.

Friday, 14 June 2013

Count Down Crunchy Granola Bars (Poundland)

I've had to resign myself to the fact that whenever I enter the doors of a Poundland store, I'll leave with ten times more stuff than I originally planned. More often than not, this is because I've found a good bargain on Weight Watchers foods. But on my recent visit I noticed a new brand of granola cereal bars called 'Count Down'.

With a name such as 'Count Down' it seemed likely they might be aimed at the calorie conscious market. And they were. Taking a glance at the nutrition label, it turned out each bar has 90 calories. Since that's under my 100 calorie snack limit, I picked up a pack, paid my £1 and took them home… along with all the other 'stuff' I didn't plan on buying.


Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Morrisons - Healthy Eating Labels Guide

Morrisons Logo

Morrisons own brand healthy label, NuMe is easily recognisable by its large square design placed prominently on the front of its products.

Food within the NuMe range includes ready meals, snacks, sweet treats, dairy produce and meat products such as sausages.

Sunday, 9 June 2013

How Waist Height Ratio is Better Health Guide than BMI

Women come in all shapes and sizes. But whatever shape we are, there’s usually something we don’t like about it. Many women are predisposed to gaining weight on the thighs. And unfortunately, it’s one of the most stubborn areas of fat to get rid of.

If you’re a classic ‘Pear’ shape with larger hips and thighs in comparison to the rest of your body, there is some consolation.

Thursday, 6 June 2013

14 Healthy Sausages Nutrition and Calories

Good old British bangers. They're the staple of toad in the hole and sausage& mash. But they don't have a healthy reputation. However, these days where shoppers are looking for healthier choices, it is possible to find sausages which are almost approaching a 'healthy' status.

It has to be said that the tastiest, juiciest sausages are often those with the highest levels of fat. But these aren't waistline or artery friendly, so you may prefer choosing a healthier sausage. This isn't easy as the majority on sale in UK supermarkets are high in fat or saturated fat. The good news is there are some healthier sausages out there, and they taste pretty good too.

After doing some research in several supermarkets, I've produced a list of 14 sausages, none of which has a red traffic light or high (unhealthy) levels of fat, saturates, sugar and salt.

The 14 sausages shown below includes vegetarian varieties, a chicken sausage and the more common pork sausages.

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Graze Box Snack Review - Veggie Sushi Plate

Graze Veggie sushi plate snackVeggie Sushi Plate is a Japanese style snack. It’s not, however, sushi in the usual sense as there’s no rice involved. The main ingredients are ginger and nori peanuts, Japanese seaweed rice crackers and wasabi coated peas.



Key health benefits outlined by Graze for this snack are its fibre content plus the whole punnet has just 104 calories, meaning it's a 'Graze light' snack

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Zico Coconut Water All Natural Healthy Drink

If you're looking to quench your thirst during or after a sporting activity, there's really no better drink than pure, natural water. But these days many of us want more from our drinks, which is why there's now a plethora of functional drinks offering all sorts of health benefits.

Some are fortified with extra vitamins and minerals which is good, but many also contain a lot of added sugar. This isn't good for health and it adds unnecessary calories which won't help with weight loss.

However, there is a more natural, health giving drink which has seen a boom in sales recently. Coconut water contains potassium, calcium and magnesium and is ideal to take along to a work out session.

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