Thursday, 30 January 2014

How to Eat Healthily While On a Budget

[Guest Post] Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to enjoy healthy, nutritious meals on the cheap. By making a few small changes to your shopping and cooking habits, you can eat well, while reducing your food bills and limiting your food waste.



Monday, 27 January 2014

Calories and Sugar in Instant Porridge Pots

Have you jumped onto the porridge bandwagon, believing you’re giving yourself the healthiest start to the day? If so, you’re not alone. According to Mintel a quarter of Britons eat porridge very day, with sales of hot cereals nearly doubling between 2008 and 2013.

You only have to look at the hot cereals section in the supermarkets to see the shelves heaving with all manner of porridge oats. You’ll still find a good selection of traditional porridge oats. But these days many of us are more likely to head for the instant varieties. They’re quick to make, transportable and offer a variety of choices for those who want more than plain porridge oats.

Extra ingredients include added fruits, nuts and that big baddie SUGAR! Too much sugar is highly detrimental to good health. So how much sugar are you getting in your morning porridge oats?

Monday, 20 January 2014

Rude Health Oaty Thins Review

I love the name Rude Health. Their packaging is so eye catching it’s guaranteed to get noticed on the store shelves, especially by those of us looking for healthier food products.

Since I’ve been following a low GL diet, I’ve been including more oat-based products.  My cupboard is now stocked with many varieties of oat cakes and my newly discovered Nairn’s Oat Cracker Thins. But here’s another new one to me – Oaty Thins by Rude Health are made with 50% oats and 50% spelt. Each thin has 24 calories.

Monday, 13 January 2014

Outline of the Low GL (Glycemic Index) Diet

Sugar is now officially a demon food. Anyone with an interest in health is advocating the benefits of cutting down on sugar consumption. The diet that's most in tune with helping you do exactly that is the Low GL diet. The low GL way of eating can help your sugar cravings completely disappear along with your excess weight.

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Calories and Fat in 30 Types of Cheese

For some people, the idea of giving up cheese when starting a diet is incomprehensible. It's one of those addictive foods that can make going without seem an impossible task.

Of course, simply reducing portion sizes should mean you can carry on enjoying your favourite cheese. However, cheese is generally high in fat and calories. And because it's so calorie dense, a portion size is very small, about the size of half an egg.

Not all cheeses are equal though. Cheese with a higher water content is usually lower in fat and calories. So, the harder the cheese, the higher the fat and calories.

To give you an idea of how they compare, I've prepared a chart showing 30 types of cheese commonly found in UK supermarkets. These are standard cheeses – not reduced fat types, and calories and fat are averages for each cheese. Any cheese with 20g or more of fat per 100g is classed as HIGH Fat!

Friday, 3 January 2014

Del Monte Naturally Light Super Fruits Drink Review

My husband recently came home with a carton of this – Del Monte Naturally Light Super Fruits drink. It’s got 50% less sugar than Del Monte’s standard Super Fruit drink. And the reason for this is… the man from Del Monte said YES – to Stevia.

Hooray. It’s great to see more companies using stevia in their products rather than adding sugar or artificial sweeteners. It’s also low in calories with just 20 calories per 100ml or 50 calories for a large 250ml glass.

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