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 www.vavistalife.com 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 www.vavistalife.com, 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.

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