Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Pret a Manger Kale Crisps Review

Pret a Manger Kale CrispsUntil a couple of years ago, I hadn't heard of kale. Now it’s one of my favourite snacks. No, I’m not munching on raw kale leaves, that would be weird! (For those who do like munching on raw kale leaves, I salute you, I wish I could). Kale is a supremely healthy vegetable, but the leaves are somewhat on the bitter side.

One way of improving the taste of kale is by turning them into kale crisps. You can do this easily using a dehydrator or in a slow oven. I haven’t had any success with making my own, so I buy them ready made when I can.

My favourite Kale snack is made by Pret a Manger.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Low Sugar Cheerios Breakfast Cereal Review

I did a double take when I saw this box of Cheerios in Asda last week. Words tumbling round my head included ‘yeah right’, and ‘marketing ploy’ and ‘seriously, Cheerios, low sugar’. No way.
I had to inspect further.

Scouring the nutritional information I homed in on the sugar per 100g. Here we go I thought, this is where I catch them out. But no. There it was, plain as day. Just 4.7g of sugar per 100g (a little over 1 teaspoon). Anything lower than 5g per 100g is low in sugar!

This is the same as around one quarter of a teaspoon per 30g serving.

Cheerios Low Sugar oat cereal will now make its entrance onto my 10 Low Sugar Breakfast Cereals post.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Nairn’s Astro Bites 40% Less Sugar Review

Nairns astro bites biscuitsAstro Bites are the latest arrival from Oat Biscuit makers, Nairn’s. Aimed at the children’s market, Astro Bites are mini biscuits made from wholegrain oats and flavoured with cranberries and raisins. Their main selling point is that they contain 40% less sugar than the average children’s biscuit.

Although they’re aimed at the kids market, I think they’re perfectly suited for adults too, especially since each biscuit has only 10 calories!

Friday, 13 March 2015

Alpro Coconut Milk Review

I've recently got into the habit of making porridge using half water and half coconut milk. Besides giving the porridge a lovely flavour, it makes the porridge especially creamy, something which water alone doesn't do.

My coconut milk of choice is generally Koko Dairy free coconut milk. However, as I regularly use Alpro’s Soya Light, I decided to try out the new Alpro Coconut Milk which has 20 calories per 100ml.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Doves Farm Organic Gluten Free Cocoa Rice Review

My kids would be in heaven if I bought them Coco Pops. However, I just can’t compute the idea of eating chocolate at breakfast. My sister, married to a Frenchman, has fully embraced the whole French custom of dunking a baguette into a bowl of hot chocolate for breakfast.

This means that when she and her tribe come to stay (3 kids under 13), they invariably bring along a box of Coco Pops. And I'm branded mean and unfair by my lot. So, after their last visit, I  had a change of heart.

Friday, 6 March 2015

Working Out - The best times to eat certain foods

Imagine your body is like a car. You need to fill it up with the right kind of fuel in order for it to run efficiently. Similarly, to get the best out of your performance in the gym you need to fuel your body with the right kinds of food before and after your workout.

We all know that eating junk food is going to hinder your ability in the gym, but did you also know that the time that you consume certain foods can have almost as big an impact on your performance as the kind of foods you are putting into your body?

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Oppo Lower Calorie Ice Cream Salted Caramel Review

Over the years I’ve reviewed a fair few lower calorie ‘ice creams’ but this new ice cream from Oppo is by far the best. And since I wrote this review I'm happy to say they've won a healthy food and drink award for 2015.

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