Wednesday, 28 December 2016

December - the Most Unhealthy Month of the Year

According to latest research by Holland & Barrett, it’s a blessing that Christmas happens just once a year, especially for our bodies.

If the food, alcohol and sedentary lifestyles we adopt in December were applied all year round, we’d be more than seven stone heavier and spend more than two months nursing a hangover.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Top 40 High Sugar Breakfast Cereals

Kellogg's Coco PopsCereal is a quick and convenient snack to eat at any time of the day, not just for breakfast. Whether it's after school, work, activities, or just sitting watching TV, breakfast cereal is the snack of choice for many.

Unfortunately, too many cereals are way over the threshold of 22.5g of sugar per 100g. As might be expected, children’s cereals dominate. But there are plenty of newcomers such as gluten free and granolas aimed at the heathier market with shocking amounts of sugar in them. Sugar is addictive and manufacturers know it.

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Osentia Osteoporosis Screening Kit Review

Osentia osteoporosis screening testThis post is a slight deviation away from my usual foodie reviews, but is still very much connected to health and food.

Quite recently a new testing kit for fracture risk became available for people to use at home. A common cause of easily broken bones or fractures is due to osteoporosis. This is a horrendous disease which usually goes completely unnoticed until someone breaks a bone. As such it is called the silent disease and the only way to tell whether you have thinning bones is to have a Dexa scan.

I’m someone who loves to know as much as possible about my health and what’s going on inside my body so I was intrigued to see how it worked and what the results would be.

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Bounce and Protein Ball Co. Mini Protein Balls Review

Bounce protein energy bites cacao orangeI recently reviewed protein balls by Bounce and Deliciously Ella. However, if like me you decided they were just too high in calories (and price), you may be interested in these mini versions.

Bounce now make Protein Energy Bites which are sold in 90g packs and contain 16 bites per bag.

And just new on the scene are these little packs of whey protein balls made by The Protein Ball Co.

I purchased a pack of Bounce Protein Energy Bites – Cacao Orange and a pack of The Protein Ball Co. Coconut & Macadamia to see how they compared.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Koko Dairy Free Original Coconut Yogurt Review

Koko Dairy Free Coconut Yogurt Plain OriginalKoko have greatly expanded their range of dairy free coconut alternatives. In addition to their original coconut milk, they now sell a range of flavoured coconut milks, coconut based dairy free spread, virgin coconut oil and coconut yogurts.

I use Koko’s dairy free light and original coconut milk for recipes and making matcha tea so I was interested to find out what their new coconut yogurt would taste like. It’s described as ‘A dairy free, soya free alternative to yogurt made with coconut milk and yogurt cultures'.

The first thing I do when checking nutrition labels is look for the calories. For this yogurt it's 79 calories per 100g, which is similar to regular full fat natural yogurt.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Quaker Oats Super Goodness Grains Porridge Review

Quaker Oats Super Goodness Super Grains Original PorridgeJust in time for the cold winter months when many of us like to start the day with a hot breakfast, here’s yet another new offering from Quaker Oats.

This quick and easy to make porridge is called ‘Super Goodness’ and is available in a box of 10 sachets. The porridge contains a mix of wholegrain oats, red quinoa, flaxseed and barley. There’s absolutely no added sugar, and each sachet made with water contains just 114 calories.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Hippeas Organic Chickpea Puffs Snack Review

Hippeas Sweet n Smokin Chickpea snackThe first I learnt about this new snack was an eye catching advert in the ‘Healthy’ magazine by Holland & Barrett. Such a cute name – Hippeas!

This snack is described as ‘Organic chickpea snacks which are high in fibre, low in calories, organic, gluten free, and a source of protein'. Plus they have just 91 calories per serving.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Battle of the Energy Balls! Bounce vs Deliciously Ella

Take a stroll around any health food store and you’re bound to have noticed the presence of Bounce energy balls. Until very recently, Bounce were unique, deviating from the usual rectangular shaped snack bar by going spherical.

But now Bounce has competition – a rival from blogger, Deliciously Ella.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Quaker Oats Squeezy Oat & Fruit to go Review

According to a report last week by The Grocer Magazine, breakfast cereal sales are going down. In particular it’s the ‘traditional’ type of cereal such as Cornflakes, Rice Krispies, Special K and the like which are losing out.

Instead it seems people are switching to ‘on the go’ type of meals such as breakfast bars and shakes or even missing out on brekkie altogether. I was surprised however to read that certain cereals such as Kellogg’s Krave and Crunchy Nut Granola are increasing. Surprised because of the high sugar content. Look out for my sugar in cereals post coming up soon!

But onto my review. Fitting in nicely with the ‘on the go’ trend, it’s another new one from Quaker Oats, with their new range of Oat & Fruit Breakfasts.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Tropicana Trop50 New Multi-Vitamins and Red Berries

I last wrote about Trop50 way back in 2013 when Tropicana brought out a new low sugar version of their fruit juices. While the Apple, Orange Original (with bits) and Pomegranate and Blueberry have since disappeared, two new varieties have recently hit the supermarket shelves.

Like the others in the Trop50 range, the new ‘Multi-vitamins’ and ‘Red Berries’ have 50% less sugar than regular fruit juice and are sweetened with Stevia (steviol glycosides). All flavours have only 20 calories per 100ml.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

October Could Be The Lightest You Weigh All Year!

If you haven’t dared set foot on the scales since before summer, now could be the best time to do it. Apparently, the period between May to November is when we weigh the lightest.

According to research recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine, we start gaining weight in the run up to Christmas and New Year, with more gained at Easter.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Making My Own Dehydrated Kale Crisps

Dehydrating kale for kale crispsAbout two years ago I received a dehydrating machine. It sat on top of the kitchen cupboard for around 18 months before I finally took the plunge and ventured into the world of food dehydration.

Dehydrating my own food is not something that ever crossed my mind. Living in London with a supermarket on every street corner, a matchbox sized garden and no home grown veg to speak of, why bother?

But with the popularity of snacks like kale crisps, which are such a tasty and healthy alternative to regular crisps, I wanted to have a go at making them myself while hopefully saving some money. If you've ever bought Kale crisps you'll know how costly they can be.

Since my first batch of home-made kale crisps made in the oven failed miserably, I decided to give the dehydrator a go.

Friday, 30 September 2016

Brits Are Obsessed With Social Media Food Pics

broccoli and radish salad According to results just released from a study by Lurpak, Brits spend a whole lot more time reading, watching, browsing, posting, looking and searching on social media for photos photos of food instead of actually cooking.

Rather than cooking for the enjoyment of it, a fifth of adults admit to regularly making a nice looking meal with the sole purpose of posting it on sites such as Instagram, Facebook or Pinterest.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Alpro Cashew Original Dairy Free Nut Milk

Alpro Cashew Nut Milk cartonExcuse the pun, but I have to say it - I’ve gone nuts for nut milk, in particular, cashew nut milk. After enjoying the taste of PLENISH Cashew Nut Milk, I trawled the online supermarkets looking for other brands. And amazingly, just new in, is another offering from Alpro, who must be aiming to corner every variety in the nut milk market!

Alpro Cashew Original 'nut milk' is available in the chiller fridges and has only 23 calories per 100ml.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Organix PUNK’D Snack Bars Review

organix punkd oaty bars strawberry and vanillaIf you’re not really into the craze of snack bars made with squashed dates, you may be interested in these bars from Organix. They're much more like a flapjack, something you really should avoid if trying to lose weight!

These oaty snacks bars go by the same ‘PUNK’d’, and they come in two varieties: Strawberry & Vanilla or Cocoa & Orange. They’re totally organic and have just 93 calories per bar.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Plenish Organic Cashew Milk Review

I've finally found an alternative to dairy milk which gives my favourite Alpro Soya Light a run for its money. This is a cashew nut milk from Plenish, certified by the Soil Association as Organic.

Since purchasing some of these new age cookery books from the likes of Deliciously Ella and the Hemsley sisters, I’ve been exploring further uses for nuts. One includes making cashew nut crème which is incredibly lovely.

As cashew nut cream is so nice, I thought I’d give this cashew nut milk from Plenish a try. Although expensive, it was on offer this particular day, knocked down from its usual £3.49 (ouch) to a slightly more reasonable £2.89. I was particularly happy to see so few ingredients, just nuts, water and salt. And it has just 34 calories per 100ml.

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Alpro Soya Milk for Professionals Review

alpro professional soya milkWith the increasing interest in alternative milks, Alpro have been expanding their range of dairy free alternatives. Alpro Soya for Professionals is an alternative option to their Soya Original which has been formulated for use in coffee.

I had no idea there was such a thing until I spotted this in my local Costcutter and couldn’t resist buying it. I may not be a ‘professional’ when it comes to coffee making, but I do appreciate a decent head of foam on my cappuccinos!

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Alvalle Gazpacho Original Review

Alvalle Gazpacho cold tomato vegetable soupThis is an unexpected review for me, mainly because it’s for a product I would never normally buy. The product - a free carton of Alvalle’s Gazpacho which arrived with my grocery shopping.

The idea of gazpacho doesn’t appeal to me. It’s basically cold tomato soup and I don’t even like tomato juice, which is a shame because it’s healthy and low in calories.

But still, here it was, waiting to be unpacked and needing to be refrigerated. I may as well give it a try.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Waitrose Low Alcohol Cider Review

Waitrose low alcohol ciderAs I may have mentioned over the years, I’m not much of a drinker. In fact, it’s fair to say I don’t drink at all (these days). Probably the main reason for me is the calories. I just don’t like alcohol enough to waste calories on booze when I could put those calories to much better use eating healthy food!

The only time I buy alcohol now is for cooking purposes and this is why I purchased a bottle of Waitrose low alcohol cider. I was making a sausage & cider stew from the Hemsely & Hemsely recipe book and wanted to make sure I had all the right ingredients.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Pulsin Fruity Oaty Bars Review review

Browsing around my local health food shop the other day, I noticed some new snack bars. I don’t know if they really are new, but I hadn’t seen them before. The box that caught my attention was the Orange Choc Chip variety.

They’re described as:

 ‘Deliciously wholesome Orange Choc Chip oat bars, made with real fruit and natural ingredients.'

None of that fake stuff in these! There are 3 varieties of Pulsin Oaty bars and they're all gluten free, dairy free, soya free with non GM ingredients.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

New York Bakery Co. Bagel Sandwich Thins Review

New York Bakery Bagel thins pre slicedIf you’re bored with regular sized bagels or are looking for something a bit lighter, there are several alternatives. For example you could choose mini bagels or bagel thins – see previous reviews. And here’s another option from the New York Bakery Co. called Bagel Sandwich Thins.

They’re available in two varieties: plain white or seeded. Both have under 130 calories.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Matcha Green Tea Vivid Review

Despite my best efforts, I've never enjoyed the taste of green tea. I say best efforts because I’d love to include green tea in my daily diet, purely for its health benefits and of course it’s low in calories.

However, there is one type of green tea I can drink and that’s Matcha. I’ve been making matcha from a green powder and mixing it with hot coconut milk (not the proper way, but I like it). You can also drink it cold as I discovered one day last week.

Monday, 18 July 2016

LQ Liquid Health Collagen Supplement review

It's so true when they say 'you don't appreciate what you've got till it's gone'. For me, that was bouncy springy skin. I see it in my daughters now. Jealous? Not much.

As the years go by, our skin invariably degenerates and there’s little that can be done to slow it down. Or is there? Creams can only do so much, but they can't reverse the inevitable loss of collagen which results in saggy skin.

I remember reading a few years ago about collagen supplements and didn’t really believe it could have any benefit for the skin. But after researching various brands, I decided to find out whether there is anything in what they say.

The most recent brand I have been consuming is called LQ Liquid Health marine collagen which was sent to me to try out over a 30 day period.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Provamel Organic Cashew Nut Milk Review

Not so long ago the only nut milk available was almond milk. But now you can find all sorts of nut milks which I’m really enjoying trying out. My latest discovery is Cashew Nut milk made by Provamel who produce organic alternatives to dairy.

On their website, Provamel describe their mission as follows:

“We create delicious, naturally healthy, plant-based organic foods, for the maximum well-being of everyone and the utmost respect for our planet”.

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Mini Ambrosia Rice and Custard Pots

I love custard and rice pudding and those made by Ambrosia are especially delicious. However, I rarely buy these foods any more. Too much sugar, too high in calories etc etc.

But, they do say a little bit of what you fancy is good for you, and there is a way of indulging in these snacks without worrying about the calories.

Ambrosia’s mini pots of rice and custard are just 55g in size and contain a mere 55 calories.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Danone Light & Free Greek Style Yogurts Review

It was while waiting at a bus stop that I first noticed these new Danone Light & Free yogurts. I don’t usually pay much attention to adverts, but the huge poster billboard was hard to miss.

With zero percent fat and zero percent added sugar, these new Danone Greek-Style fruit yogurts claim they contain over 30% fewer calories than most full fat fruit yogurts’.

Naturally, without the fat and sugar, they're not calorific, with the average pot containing around 58 calories.

So what’s actually in them and, more to the point, what do they taste like?

Friday, 17 June 2016

Bonsoy Original Soy Milk Review

Bonsoy soya milkWhen I switched from dairy milk to soy, I tried many different varieties to find one which tastes best in tea and coffee. I’ve also generally concentrated on those with the lowest calories because I do get through quite a lot in a day!

While I’m still happy with my preferred soy of choice: Alpro Light, I still love trying out other brands, especially when they come highly recommended. Such was the case with Bonsoy. In my opinon, Bonsoy is the ultimate taste experience in soy milk. It’s almost perfection, but not quite.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Organic Bone Broth by Daylesford Farm Review

Daylesford Organic Chicken Bone BrothIn the world of good nutrition, all the talk these days is about bone broth. It’s touted by popular food writers Hemsley and Hemsley and it’s regularly recommended by nutritionists for its immunity and digestive benefits. And best thing of all, it’s easy to make yourself and it’s low in calories.

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Boots Shapers Popcorn Snacks Review

With popcorn proving to be a popular snack for those looking to grab something quick to eat but not full of calories, there are plenty of brands to choose from.

Recently spotted in a Boots store are these new packets of Shapers Popcorn. I spotted three varieties: Coconut & Pineapple flavour popcorn (89 calories), Cheddar & Caramelised Onion Popcorn (82 calories) and Sweet & Salty (89 calories).

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

The Primal Pantry Paleo Bars Review

I first came across The Primal Pantry Raw Paleo snack bars at a health food show in London. Little chunks of them were on offer to taste, and I kept going back for more. They’re truly delicious.

If you love nuts and dates, you’re bound to like The Primal Pantry Paleo bars. There are five varieties available (at the time of writing) and you don’t have to be a Paleo follower to enjoy these little beauties.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Marks and Spencer Eat Well Snacks Review

While browsing around Marks and Spencer recently, I thought it about time I took a look to see what sort of ‘healthier’ type packet snacks they have these days. It turned out there were quite a few.

Under the M&S ‘Eat Well’ logo, there is a new selection of alternative crisp snacks, most with less than 100 calories per packet. I purchased a few for review purposes and made a note of the others on display.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Stevia Sweeteners from Canderel and Morrisons

Artificial sweeteners have had a lot of bad press, with some studies leaving many of us understandably concerned about their safety. For those who are looking for a ‘natural’ alternative to sugar but without the calories, it looks like Stevia may be a healthier good compromise.

The number of Stevia based sweeteners on the supermarket shelves has been steadily increasing as different sweetener brands introduce their own version of Stevia.

Here are a couple of new Stevia sweeteners recently spotted on the shelves of a Morrison’s supermarket.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Koko Dairy Free Spread with Coconut Oil Review

Koko Dairy Free Spread - Made with coconut milkI was recently sent a sample of a new dairy free spread (sort of alternative to butter) from Koko, the people who make coconut milk (see review links below).

While I don’t personally use spreads like butter any more, my family still spread butter on their toast etc. and my elder daughter does lots of baking with butter. So I decided to let them be the judge. Of course, I did try some myself…

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Jim Jams Less Sugar Hazelnut Chocolate Spread

In these days of sugar overload, it’s hard to find a packaged product that doesn’t list it somewhere in the ingredients. Therefore, I was intrigued to hear about a range of spreads and jams that have been specifically produced to contain far less sugar than their counterparts.

JimJams is a new brand which includes an alternative to that high sugar favourite (Nutella), with 83% less sugar.

I purchased a jar of the JimJams Hazelnut Chocolate spread to see how it compared with Nutella.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Cranes Premium Cranberry Cider Review

Cranes cranberry ciderYou may not have heard of Cranes, but I have a feeling their name will become a familiar one in the not too distant future. Cranes is the world’s first premium cranberry cider’ which is made from fermented cranberries. At the time of writing there are three varieties: Original Cranberry; Raspberry & Pomegranate and Strawberry & Kiwi.

Cranes Cranberry ciders are 4% alcohol and sold in 275ml bottles. Each bottle has just 99 calories, around half the calories of wine!

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Koko Dairy Free Light Review

Having tried out several brands of dairy free coconut milk, Koko’s Dairy free alternative is my favourite (see review). Besides tasting nice, it's low in fat, saturates, salt and calories. If, like me, you like the taste of Koko Dairy free, you might be interested in their Light version.

I must admit that when I was kindly sent a sample to try out, I couldn’t see the point of it. I mean, the original is already low fat etc. so why make one that’s even lower? Even more so since we’re all being told that low fat isn’t the way to go now!

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Inspiral Organic Kale Chips Review

Inspiral sweet chilli and mint Kale ChipsGood old potato crisps may still be one of the country’s favourite snacks. But these days they have plenty of competition from other vegetables. Like kale for example. Kale is one of the latest healthy food trends and with good reason. Kale is rich in antioxidants, calcium and vitamin A. But to be honest, it’s not all that tasty in its pure unadulterated form.

One of the tastiest ways of preparing kale is turning it into crisp form. While there are many brands offering their own version of kale crisps (see review pret), my favourites so far are made by Inspiral. They make a range of different flavour varieties and they come in different sized packs. Great news is they are all low in calories.

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Weetabix Protein Wheat Biscuits Review

Weetabix Protein breakfast cerealLast September I reviewed a new high protein Weetabix cereal called Weetabix Protein Crunch. This is a different sort of breakfast cereal to the regular wheat biscuits as it’s made from wheat and oats and shaped like tubes.

Now Weetabix have brought out another new Weetabix Protein cereal in the familiar wheat biscuit form. So what are they like?

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Marks and Spencer Alternative Milk Drinks

marks and spencer oat milk drinkIn line with many other supermarkets, Marks and Spencer now have their own range of alternative milk drinks. They're all included as part of the M&S 'Made Without' range of products. So these are in the made without dairy group.

This includes: Coconut Drink, Rice Drink, Almond Drink, Oat DrinkSoya Drink, and the newest in the range Multigrain Drink.

Friday, 18 March 2016

Different Types of Sugar on Food Labels

Sugar is headline news again. The UK budget announcement of a sugar tax on drinks may be welcome news to some. But, whatever your thoughts on sugar, there is no escaping the fact that if you buy processed food, the chances are pretty high it’ll contain sugar in one form or another.

Dr Sally Norton, founder of has put together a handy list of the names you might find on a nutrition label which are really just another form of sugar.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Organic Nut-Free Apple Cinnamon Granola Minis

planet organic apple cinnamon granola minisI love wandering around health food stores such as Planet Organic or The Whole Foods Market. There are so many new discoveries to be made with all sort of items you don't see in mainstream supermarkets.

I plan to go in for one or two items and come out loaded down with all sorts. It's not cheap either, so I have to curtail my visits to save my bank balance!

So it was in Planet Organic that I was searching in the snacks area for something that would be suitable for school lunchboxes. Here I found a sweet snack called Made Good Apple Cinnamon Organic Granola Minis which sounded so delicious AND it contained vegetables.

Monday, 7 March 2016

Portion Distortion - Big Plates Blamed for Obesity

Research shows that our portion size is 50% bigger than it was just 20 years ago! A scary statistic in its own right. Scarier when you think about the size of an average plateful in 2036.   But be honest, which one of these is you? Do you pile your plate high – or go for modest helpings? Clear your plate clean afterwards – or leave just a little to show you’ve had your fill?

Chances are it’s less to do with your actual hunger – and more about your habits. Dr Sally Norton, NHS Weight Loss Surgeon and founder of, writes about why portion sizes and plate sizes are affecting our waistlines.

Friday, 4 March 2016

Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Vanilla Milk Review

blue diamond almond breeze vanilla milkBack in 2012 I wrote about Alpro’s Soya Vanilla Light. Sometime between then and now, it’s disappeared from supermarket shelves. For reasons unknown to me, Alpro seem to have discontinued this product. It’s such a shame because it had a lovely taste.

However, I recently discovered a vanilla flavour almond milk from Blue Diamond. Since it’s not overloaded with calories (34 per 100ml), I decided to try it out.

(Updated packaging and ingredients 2017): They've removed carrageenan and added vitamins.

Friday, 26 February 2016

The Laughing Cow Cheese Mini Cravings Review

laughing cow mini cravings cheeseCheese is often one of the first foods to go when starting a weight loss diet. The majority of cheese is high in fat and calories so won’t do the waistline any favours. But sticking to the recommended matchbox sized portions of cheese is so hard if you’re a cheese addict. For this reason it can be really helpful buying individually portioned cheeses so you don’t inadvertently cut off too much!

The cheese people, Laughing Cow, have developed Mini Cravings, tiny cubes of individually wrapped soft cheese. Each square has just 14 calories.

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Saitaku Japanese Nori Snack Review

Since discovering just how low in calories nori seaweed is, I’ve been on the lookout for any nori-based snacks. Fortunately, with the growing popularity of sushi, it’s not too hard finding them.

I’ve already reviewed the seaweed snack from Itsu and another from Selwyn’s. This time I’ve found a Nori snack by Saitaku, producers of authentic Japanese ingredients. They’re 100% all natural, seasoned with olive oil and salt and the whole pack has only 28 calories.

Friday, 12 February 2016

Marks & Spencer Gluten Free Rice Porridge Review

marks and spencer gluten free  rice porridge Like many of the major supermarkets, Marks & Spencer now have their own range of products aimed at those with particular intolerances, such as gluten free. Whether this trend for gluten free foods is here to stay remains to be seen. But for now, we're spoilt for choice.

One product in the M&S ‘Made Without’ Wheat range is Gluten Free Rice Porridge. It's described as ‘a blend of brown rice flakes and ground maize’. Boxes contain 8 sachets, each worth 137 calories.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Gluten Free Buckwheat Spirals Pasta Review

Orgran gluten free buckwheat pastaMy youngest daughter is addicted to pasta. She'd eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner given half a chance. But, I'm concerned she's eating way too much wheat and gluten overall, so I’ve decided to try out some alternative grain pastas.

The first alternative pasta I purchased was the Gluten Free Buckwheat Spirals made by Orgran Health & Nutrition. They state they are dairy free (I should hope so!), wheat free, egg free, gluten free, soy free and vegan. So what's actually in them and what do they taste like?

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Koko Dairy Free Flavoured Coconut Milk Review

Koko Dairy free coconut milk is my favourite out of the many coconut milk drink brands out there. I like it because it has a mild, fresh coconut taste and is low in calories. Koko also make a dairy free Coconut Strawberry flavoured drink and dairy free Coconut Chocolate flavoured milk.

I was recently sent some samples of each flavour as well as the original Koko Dairy Free milk (see review) and a newer Koko Dairy Free Light – low fat version (another review). The coconut milks are available in packs of three 250ml cartons (not the light version) or large 1 litre long life cartons. Here’s what I thought.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Sukrin Gold Stevia Brown Sugar Review

Sukrin Gold stevia brown sugarFor those who are unwilling or unable to give up the sweetness of sugar, there are plenty of alternative options available. Of course there are countless artificial sweeteners providing an ultra sweet taste for zero calories. However, their safety poses questionable doubts for many.

These days Stevia is the basis for lots of new sweeteners on the market, including Sukrin. Sukrin Gold is an alternative to soft brown sugar, the type that you use in baking and sprinkling on porridge. Sukrin looks like, smells and tastes pretty much the same as regular soft brown sugar but has only 8 calories per 100g (less than half a calorie per teaspoon).

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Waitrose Love Life Low Calorie Dips Review

I first discovered these dips while returning from a trip to the Isle of Wight. We’d stopped at a motorway service area where we were looking for something light to eat. The family headed off to KFC (groan) while I happily browsed the mini Waitrose.
Waitrose love life dips low calorie

These mini supermarkets are fantastic for those of us who don’t want to refuel on supersized muffins and burgers. I found a nice salad bowl (no dressing) and tried to find something to go with it, such as houmous. Instead, I spotted these calorie controlled Waitrose Love Life dips. There are 3 to choose from: Beetroot Dip (34 calories), Red Pepper Dip (36 calories) or Tzatziki Dip (35 calories).


© 2011-2020 Diets and Calories. All Rights Reserved

Creative Commons Licence
Food photos are licensed (unless otherwise stated) under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.


Email: caroline(at)


Total Pageviews

Back to TOP