Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Deliciously Ella Yellow Thai Curry Review

As someone who’s always advocated the benefit of eating loads of vegetables as a way of losing weight or maintaining weight, it's been fantastic how many new and exciting vegetable dishes are out there.

This vegetable interest is partly down to the growing popularity in plant-based meals and possibly the many thousands of beautifully photographed veggie dishes on Instagram.

One of the well known vegan recipe creators is Ella Mills, a.k.a. Deliciously Ella. I have most of her recipe books and love the variety of recipes. But, even though it’s great if you have time to cook from scratch, for many of us, that’s not possible every day.

For busy days it’s helpful to have the odd ready meal on standby in the freezer. And its good to know they’re not all unhealthy. So I was really excited to see that Deliciously Ella had brought out a range of frozen ready meals. I couldn’t wait to try them out.

Monday, 3 December 2018

easyJet Menu Choices Review

Not so long ago if you took a flight anywhere, you’d be served free food and drink during your journey, even if it was just a short flight from the UK to Europe. But those days are gone and now your choice is eat nothing or buy from the on-board selection.

I don’t often fly anywhere, but when I do, I like to bring my own snacks just in case there’s nothing healthy to choose from. A few weeks ago I flew on easyJet for the first time and was pleasantly surprised at their menu choice.

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Yeo Valley Bio Light Organic Yogurt Review

Yeo Valley Bio Light Organic Strawberry yogurtYeo Valley, makers of organic yogurts, have brought out a lower calorie version of their flavoured yogurts called Bio Light. They’ve achieved a lower calorie status by removing virtually all the fat and around one third of the sugar.

Bio Light yogurts are available in 100g pot sizes (packs of four) and 450g pots in the following varieties: Strawberry, Blueberry & Blackcurrant, Peach.

All 100g pots contain around 65 calories.

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Waitrose Vegetarian Cottage Pie Review

Waitrose vegetarian cottage pieThere are days when I don’t feel up to cooking a meal from scratch. When it’s been a long day, everyone’s hungry and I need something filling and tasty that we all enjoy.

It was one of those days when I popped into a branch of Waitrose on the way home, searching for inspiration. With the enormous choice of meals available these days, it can be overwhelming and I ended up going back to a trusted favourite, cottage pie.

Sunday, 28 October 2018

Top Vegan City Hotspots in Great Britain

People choosing to eat a more plant based diet or going totally vegan has increased at a phenomenal rate. According to research by The Vegan Society, there are now around 600,000 vegans in Great Britain in 2018 compared to just 276,000 vegans in 2016 – a 117% increase (1).


In time for national Vegan day on 1st November, Mindful Chef, an online company who provide a home delivery recipe box service, have analysed the dietary choices of their 20,000+ customers.

From their results they’ve found which areas in the country have the most vegans.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Snact Fruit Jerky and Banana Bars Review

Snact Banana BarsIf you’re looking for ‘healthier’ type snack bars, it’s not hard to find them these days. From bliss balls to protein bars, there is no shortage of alternatives to chocolate bars.

Many of the latest snack bars are made mainly from dates with other fruit and /or nuts mashed together. For example NAKD bars and Deliciously Ella.

But here is a new type of snack bar, called ‘waste-fighting banana bars’ which can really make you feel good about eating them. And they’re not made from dates!

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Pure Bite 80 Calorie Crispy Snacks Review

Pure Bite popped rice clusters blueberry & cranberryAs someone who has long advocated the principle of snacks under 100 calories, I’m delighted to see that that Pubic Health England, through their Change4Life campaign, is recommending that children eat snacks with fewer than 100 calories. There’s no harm in adults doing the same!

With this in mind I was delighted to receive a sample of a snack by the company Bite UK Ltd called Pure Bites who have snacks with around 80 calories. They won a Great Taste Award in 2017 so I was looking forward to finding out what they’re all about.


Monday, 24 September 2018

Personal Weight Loss Survey

Hello to all my readers,

This post is really aimed at anyone who is overweight or obese or is unhappy with their current weight. I'm working on a new weight loss package and would really appreciate your opinions.

This is a short survey which should take no more than 5 minutes of your time.

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Sunday, 16 September 2018

M&S Twice the Fibre Porridge Review

M&S Twice the fibre porridgePorridge is such a healthy food and it’s so versatile. Whether you like it made the traditional way or as a trendy Bircher muesli, the health benefits of porridge oats are the same. One of these benefits is its fibre content.

Porridge oats contain soluble fibre and insoluble fibre, both of which are beneficial to gut health. Regular porridge oats contain around 7-9g of fibre per 100g which is good. But you can do a lot better with a new porridge in Marks & Spencer called ‘Twice the Fibre Porridge’.

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Nush Almond Milk Strawberry Yogurt Tubes Review

Nush Almond Milk strawberry yogurtIf you haven’t heard of Nush before, I’m sure you’ll be seeing their name around the supermarkets quite soon. Nush make a range of dairy free products, which is no doubt growing fast due to the increasing popularity of plant based eating and going dairy free.

One of the latest offerings spotted in the yogurt section of the supermarket were these individual Nush tubes, in Strawberry (34 calories) or Blueberry (42 calories). Each box contains 5 x 40g tubes and they're aimed at the kids market.

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Alpro Plain with Oats Yogurt Review

Alpro Soya yogurt with oatsAlpro have yet another new addition to their range of soya yogurts. This one is their plain yogurt with added oats. As my favourite Onken yogurt is no longer being sold, I’ve been trying various different brands of non-dairy yogurt.

Alpro Plain with Oats is low in sugar, low fat, low saturated fat and low salt and has just 55 calories per 100g.


Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Bai Antioxidant Fusion Coconut Drink Review

bai antioxidant infusion drinksCoconut water was all the range last year and I’ve tried and tested a fair few of them (see post). Coconut water takes a bit of getting used to and the taste isn’t for everyone.

However, I recently discovered a different type of coconut drink by the brand Bai which is a blend of coconut water and sweetened with natural sources and natural flavours.

Before purchasing a bottle, I checked the ingredients to make sure there were no nasties in there, and was pleasantly surprised to see an ingredient which research has recently shown helps support a healthy brain. It also has just 5 calories per 530ml bottle!

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Alpro No Added Sugar Soy Mango Yogurt Review

Alpro More Fruit No Added Sugar Mango YogurtAs much as I love dairy yogurt, I like to take a break from dairy sometimes and try out some of the alternative dairy free yogurts. Alpro have a great selection of soy yogurts and I was happy to discover another 2 new varieties last week.

These are called ‘More Fruit No Added Sugars'. They're available in two flavours: Mango and Cherry. I picked up a pot of the Mango flavour to review.


Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Danone Light & Free Skyr Strawberry Yogurt Review

Danone Light & Free Skyr Strawberry YogurtLight & Free, by Danone, have a range of fat free, sugar free flavoured yogurts. To keep up with the trend for Skyr type yogurts, Danone have now introduced their own Skyr version of Light & Free. It’s available in three flavours: Strawberry, Raspberry and Blueberry.

Having never tried a Skyr yogurt before, I thought this might be a nice one to try, especially as I really like their Light & Free Strawberry yogurt.

Monday, 2 July 2018

Are Alcohol Calories Ruining Your Diet?

If you’re on a weight loss diet, but not shedding the pounds, it could be down to the booze. According to a new survey by finder.com, nearly half of British adults have no idea how many calories their alcoholic drinks contain.

Many Britons are seemingly oblivious to the calorie content in alcohol, with an estimated 2.7m thinking that a pint of lager has less than 40 calories!

So what other calorie misconceptions do Brits have with alcohol and which tipples are best for your waistline?

Monday, 25 June 2018

Emily Fruit Crisps Review

Emily Fruit Crisps red appleWhizzing around a branch of Waitrose recently, I noticed a display stand of Emily crisps in little cardboard boxes, complete with carrying handle. They were so cute I couldn’t resist taking a closer look.

These new multi-pack boxes contain 4 bags of Emily fruit crisps, each less than 100 calories.

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Calorie Guide to Ryvita Crackers and Crispbreads

Many years ago when I embarked on one of my first ever diets, all I knew about losing weight was that I needed to reduce calories. One of my first decisions was to replace bread with crackers and Ryvita were the first ‘diet’ product I ever bought.

Back then the range was very limited. As far as I can remember there was the Original Rye crispbread and the Ryvita Crackerbread – a very low calorie option.

Today however, the Ryvita range takes up an enormous area of the supermarket crispbread and cracker area. Besides their original Rye crispbreads and crackerbreads, they now also sell rye cakes, rye bakes, flatbreads and a higher protein crispbread.

Here is the calorie and nutrition guide to the range of Ryvita available at the time of writing – June 2018.

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Pudology Skinny Desserts Review

Pudology, makers of gluten free, dairy free and free-from-refined sugars luxurious desserts, have introduced two new varieties that even those watching their weight can enjoy.

The new desserts are called Pudology Skinny and they’re available in two varieties: Lemon & Yuzu Puds and Chocolate & Raspberry Puds.

They’re both gluten and dairy free, but they’re also low in calories with just 60 calories and 59 calories per pot respectively.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Onken Light & Fruity Yogurts Review

Onken Light & Fruity Passionfruit YogurtOnken have brought out two new 0% fat and no added sugar lower calorie yogurts. These are part of a new ‘Light & Fruity’ range which provide a lower calorie yogurt choice for those wanting to reduce calories, fat and sugar.

The two varieties in the Light & Fruity range are Blueberry and Passionfruit. The Blueberry has 49 calories per 100ml and the Passionfruit has 51 calories.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Pip & Nut Almond Drink with Honey & Vanilla Review

Pip & Nut almond milk drinksIn my quest to make the perfect matcha latte, I’ve been trying out various dairy free nut milks. It used to be Alpro dominating the market, but now there are so many more to choose from. Unfortunately they're not cheap and they do vary quite a bit in terms of nut content which affects the calories and taste.

Here’s yet another new name on the block. Pip & Nut is becoming a familiar sight in health food stores with their range of dairy free nut milk drinks, nut butters and squeezy nut butter packets.

Pip & Nut have three different dairy free almond nut milks: Unsweetened (20 calories per 100ml), with Honey & Vanilla (27 calories per 100ml), with Coconut (22 calories per 100ml). I purchased the Honey & Vanilla.

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Kellogg’s NO Added Sugar Granola Review

Kellogg's No added sugar granola coconut cashew almondGranola is taking over the breakfast cereal aisles. If you're into granola, it seems there's no end to the new brands and varieties appearing on the supermarket shelves. And the granolas that already exist are now being produced in low sugar or no added sugar varieties.

One brand that caught my eye a few weeks ago was this new No Added Sugar Granola by Kellogg’s.

There are three varieties to choose from: Coconut, Cashew & Almond; Apricot & Pumpkin Seeds and Super Grains Granola Cranberry, Sultana & Spelt. Since I don’t like dried fruit in cereal, I decided to see what the Coconut, Cashew Almond granola was like.

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Halo Top Low Calorie Ice Creams Review

Halo Top Peanut Butter low calorie ice creamAfter seeing an advert for Halo Top ice creams in a health magazine, I just had to give them a try. Halo Top Ice creams, from the US, are the ultimate treat for dieters, slimmers and weight watchers everywhere. Each 473ml tub contains the number of calories displayed on the front of the label, ranging from 280 calories to 360 calories for a whole tub!

Not only are they lower calorie, they get a green light for every traffic light! They contain no artificial sweeteners, no artificial flavours or colours and are suitable for vegetarians. Most are gluten free.

Tracking them down wasn’t easy as they’re currently only available in Tesco and at Ocado online. But give it time!

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Alpro Plain No Sugar Soya Yogurt Review

Alpro unsweetened no sugar plain soy yogurtHere’s another product from Alpro - a new zero sugar, soy-based plain yogurt. I discovered this quite by chance as my usual favourite Onken set natural yogurt was out of stock. I really wanted a plain yogurt and but also one which was relatively low in calories.

I knew Alpro’s plain yogurt had just 50 cals per 100ml so decided to get a pot of that. However, there was this new variety with absolutely no sugar and only 43 calories per 100ml.

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Teapigs Organic Matcha Latte Turmeric Review

Teapigs Organic Matcha Latte turmeric While quickly scanning the tea and coffee shelves in a branch of Waitrose recently, I was drawn to an eye catching display of organic matcha lattes from Teapigs. What particularly caught my attention were the interesting varieties.

There are four different flavours besides the regular green tea latte. These are: Matcha Latte Turmeric, Matcha Latte Mint, Matcha Latte Cocoa and Matcha Latte Chai. Each box contains 10 sachets each worth just 7 calories.

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Nairn's On The Go Mini Cheese Oatcakes Review

Nairn's on the go mini cheese oatcakesNairns are best known for their delicious range of oatcakes. But they also make oat biscuits and oat crackers.

I recently discovered a new addition to their expanding collection – Nairn’s On The Go Mini Cheese Oatcakes.

Any food that has a ‘mini’ version gets my attention as it usually means mini calories too! Nairns On The Go Mini Cheese Oatcakes can be found in a box with 5 bags of mini oatcakes. Each bag is worth 110 calories.

Monday, 12 March 2018

Weetabix Range, Nutrition, Calories and Ingredients

Weetabix have such a wide range of breakfast cereals, I have decided to update my earlier Weetabix post (How healthy are your Weetabix) to reflect what's available in the supermarkets today.

Original Weetabix breakfast biscuits are still at the top in the 'healthy' ratings with a green traffic light symbol for low sugar, fat, saturated fat and salt. But there's a newer addition called Weetabix Protein which also scores a full house for green traffic lights - (you can see the nutritional information further in this post) and it has nearly double the amount of protein of regular Weetabix.

For this post I've included nutritional details for the whole range of Weetabix including Ready Brek and Oatibix. To date, there are 24 varieties!

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Public Health England Calorie Awareness Campaign

Public Health England (PHE) have recently released a new strategy and campaign designed to slow down the obesity epidemic in this country. Their main focus is on calories.

They have launched the One You Campaign, targeting adults to become aware of the calories they consume each day. They’ve come up with the mantra 400, 600, 600. This relates to allowing ourselves a maximum of 400 calories for breakfast, 600 calories for lunch and 600 calories for dinner.

While I’m all for counting calories, as far as I’m concerned, these numbers are as meaningless as the old mantra ‘2,000 calories a day for women and 2,500 calories a day for men’.


Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Ryvita Beetroot Crackers Review

Ryvita Beetroot quinoa crackersWhile browsing for oatcakes last week, my attention was diverted by the enormous range of crackers and crispbreads from Ryvita. It’s been a while since I purchased anything by Ryvita and the range has grown massively.

One pack that particularly caught my eye was this box of Ryvita Beetroot crackers which appear to be one of the newest arrivals to the Rivita brand. A quick calorie check revealed that one cracker has 25 calories.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Squirrel Sisters Raw Energy Snack Bars Review

Squirrel Sisters coconut and cashew nut raw energy barI’ve been weaning myself of sweet snacks as much as possible to reduce the amount of sugar in my diet. But I still keep the odd sweet snack in my desk drawer as a little treat, usually a Nakd bar.

But Nakd have many rivals, one of which are these  raw energy snack bars made by Squirrel Sisters. I’ve been reading about them for a while but it’s only recently I’ve actually been able to find them in a branch of Holland & Barrett.

There are four varieties: Cacao Orange, Cacao Brownie, Coconut Cashew and Raspberry Ripple. I purchased one Cacao Orange and one Coconut Cashew.

Monday, 5 February 2018

Chocologic No Added Sugar Milk Chocolate Review

Chocologic no added sugar dark chocolateI was interested to see this No Added Sugar chocolate bar called Chocologic. It's available in three varieties: Milk chocolate, Belgian Dark Chocolate and Milk Chocolate with Hazelnut.

All bars are 80g in size. The milk chocolate and hazelnut chocolate bars have 60% less sugar’, compared to other similar chocolate bars in the UK market, while the dark chocolate contains '90% less sugar'.

I picked up a bar of the milk chocolate to try it out.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Danone Light & Free Coconut Yogurt Review

Danone Light & Free Coconut YogurtSince I wrote about the new Danone Light & Free yogurts last year, Danone have brought out two new flavours: Coconut Craze and Lavish Lemon.

Like the others in the range, these yogurts come packed as 4 x 115g pots and have 63 calories and 56 calories per pot respectively.

I’m not that keen on lemon flavoured yogurt, but I adore coconut, so decided to see what the Coconut Craze variety was like.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Califia Farms Almond Unsweetened Vanilla Review

Califia Farms unsweetened vanilla almond milkSince learning about the incredible health benefits of Matcha green tea, I’ve been making it my mission to find a way of including it my daily diet. Unfortunately, I’ve never enjoyed drinking green tea, or any tea without milk, so I figured that turning my green matcha powder into a matcha latte would be the way to go.

I’ve read some lovely recipes for vanilla or almond milk matcha lattes so I started searching for alternative almond milks that I haven’t yet tried.

There has been an explosion in the range of non dairy milks lately, so it wasn’t difficult finding alternatives to dairy. One of the latest to hit the supermarket shelves is made by Califia Farms. They have two different almond-based drinks: Unsweetened Almond (16 calories per 100ml) and Unsweetened Almond Vanilla (17 calories per 100ml).

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