Showing posts with label Diet. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Diet. Show all posts

Cooking with Frylight Spray Oils

Oh my goodness I have to tell you what a fantastic day I had last week with the Frylight Team over in the Food at 52 Cookery School in London. Along with a few Bloggers and Instagrammers I was invited along to pick up some top tips and get all educated about healthy eating and nutrition thanks to the lovely Helen Bond, Dietician and Frylight® consultant nutritionist.

As bloggers and food writers we had a brilliant day cooking under the guidance of chef John Benbow who launched Food at 52 Cookery School in 2007.


Seriously, this was a really interesting and fun day. Plus we got to eat a delicious healthy lunch consisting of a starter, main and dessert; and as none of us were vegetarian we had two mains!

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Healthy Diet - Lose Weight - Lets's do this Together

Yes, yes, after the all the festivities pretty much everyone in January announces they're on a diet, joining a gym and are going to get fit and healthy.  Trouble is come February most of us, including myself, kind of forgets about it and go back to our usual eating habits.  But this time I really mean it; I will lose weight and I will eat more healthily - together we can do this!

I'm excited to take part in Jumpstart January and I'll be featuring healthy recipes a review and a rather special giveaway which will all based around healthy eating.

Berries in Blender Lose Weight

As I'm going to be sharing my progress with you, I hope to hear how you're doing too so please leave a comment below.  Of course I appreciate that not everyone needs to lose weight; but even if it's just to get fitter which means you will have more energy, eating healthier can only be a good thing.  For me, I really do need to loose 9lb in order to get back to how I used to be.

Losing weight isn't all about smoothies and hardly eating; if it was I'd fail miserably!
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Hungry Healthy Happy - Book Review

I'm so pleased to have been asked to review this book; Dannii is a fellow blogger friend that I really admire.  She is the award-winning author of Hungry Healthy Happy, a blog about healthy eating, exercise and weight loss.  Her personal journey with weight loss began when, in her mid-twenties, she found herself overweight and suffering with health problems as a direct result.  But Dannii decided to reclaim her health and change the way she related to food.

By cooking home-cooked meals from scratch and combined with regular exercise Dannii lost 98 lb (7 stone) and reached her goal weight in just three years.


Before this Dannii says she had mainly survived on store-bought ready meals and takeaways but now started cooking healthy, home-cooked meals discovering a passion for cooking in the process.  Her new-found love of cooking and increased awareness of what she was putting into her body. She has since been maintaining a healthy lifestyle by developing nutritious versions of her favourite meals and sharing them on her blog.
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Strawberry Blueberry and Apple Vitamin Drink - Sage by Heston Nutri Juicer

Strawberries, Blueberries and Apple are a great combination and make a thirst quenching vitamin packed healthy juice drink.  The Nutri Juicer from Sage by Heston Blumenthal makes juicing easy and I'm so pleased to have been sent one.

Since my mission to loose 9lb in 9 weeks my eating habits have changed and, as an update, I have actually managed to loose 4lb in 4 weeks not too amazing but at least I'm on track!
 

Fresh fruit is packed with nutrients, so my juicer was out of the box, all parts cleaned, instructions read and then after a quick trip to the shop to pick up some fruit I was ready to make juice.
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Judge Calorie Counting Kitchen and Diet Scales - Review

If you're counting calories these very nice looking Kitchen and Diet Scales from Judge cookware are perfect.  Anyone on a diet will know how hard it is to keep track of the calories in home cooking.

Diet Scales

As these scales are so shiny and white it was hard for me to get any decent photos without reflection so please note all photos have been supplied by Judge. 

Once you turn these scales on the word 'Hello' shows up and you can measure ingredients by weight and volume, in grams, ounces and millilitres.  The one-touch measurement conversion and a tare function makes it easy to add other ingredients.  Since they can weigh up to 10kg they are perfect for pretty much any recipe and are easy to wipe clean after use.
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Weight Watchers Feel Good Food Blogger Challenge

I was recently asked to join in the Feel Good Food Blogger Challenge organised by Weight Watchers.  For us to take part in their challenge they sent over a whole bunch of goodies!  Everything needed for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner including a few more treats too.

Pictured below, left to right - the Weight Watchers Goodies, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.  
   Weight Watchers Meals

The challenge was to share our day with video clips starting with breakfast of course.  Oh my I'm not really a one for making videos but since I've now done a few I'm getting much more used to it - Paul however wasn't too keen on being filmed so we only done a few minutes of him!  

 We were both really pleased to see we could still have our Saturday night Indian Curry with poppadoms too!

Weight Watchers Curry

I'm glad I took part in the challenge as I've actually learnt a few things:
The Weight Watchers ProPoints system looks easy to follow - much better than trying to fathom out the back of packaging to see how many calories you're eating and attempting to add them up.  I just don't have the patience for all that and would soon loose interest.  Okay for me to talk, we're lucky in the fact that we've never had to go on a diet but if I ever did then I think I would honestly choose Weight Watchers.

I love the fact that you can still have pretty much the kind of food you're used to eating - or want to eat.  Biscuits and cakes are still allowed you just have to be sensible - unlike Paul who actually managed to eat 5 cakes in one go - I really don't think he could do a diet if he had to, he is a worry!

Liven up Food with my Top Tips!
There's nothing wrong with Weight Watchers Tikka Masala sauce but like any sauce in a jar it doesn't have to be cooked on the hob just because the instructions on the back say so - it works just as well in a slow cooker, in fact I'd say the chicken will have more taste if done that way. 
I say you can liven up any ready made sauce or other foods without adding very much in the way of calories.  Diet or no diet - food should be enjoyed and I personally think if you get into cooking you can dabble about a bit and liven up any diet without going over the top.

Now for the video of our Feel Good Food Day:
See my Top Tips including a couple of side dishes for Indian curry that wont get you piling on the pounds!


For more information on Weight Watchers pop over to their website or follow on Twitter @WW_UK
#WWFeelGoodFood and #TweetWhatYouEat

Many thanks to Weight Watchers for the goodies - we really did enjoy our day.

Disclaimer:  I was provided with a hamper of goodies and a supermarket voucher for other ingredients used to make the meals complete.  I was compensated to cover time filming, photographing and writing up this post.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.   
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Low Fat - Greek-style Baked Yogurt Tomatoes Peppers Onions and Chilli

National Yogurt Week runs from 19th to the 25th May and is a celebration of all things yogurt!  
Yogurt is a fantastic versatile, convenient and great food staple suitable for the whole family.  Containing a range of nutrients important in a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle yogurt is an amazing food product.

 
Having been asked to come up with a recipe that uses yogurt for National Yogurt Week, the first thought that came to mind was the much loved Greek dish 'Bouyiourdi' which is in my opinion is totally addictive.  Usual ingredients are Feta, Tomatoes, Peppers, Onions and Chilli sprinkled with Oregano. 
But - no feta cheese is used here, my version is far Lower in Calories and Fat - yogurt replaces the feta.  Yes you can bake Greek yogurt! 

Of course, traditionally this dish uses Feta but my version is not only lower in fat and calories but more to the point, it tastes pretty good too.
For further information on all things yogurt please visit Love Yogurt.org.
You can follow LoveYogurt UK on Facebook and Twitter too @LoveYogurtUK

Print Recipe

https://sites.google.com/a/aglugofoil.com/a-glug-of-oil/low-fat---greek-style-baked-peppers-and-onions




To serve 4 you will need:
4 shallow dishes - I used tapas dishes
1 x 500g tub of Greek yogurt
olive oil
sea salt
Dried Chilli flakes
Dried Oregano
2 ripe tomatoes - thinly sliced
2 medium sized red onions - thinly sliced 
3 fat cloves of garlic - peeled and very finely chopped
1 x jar of roasted peppers in oil - drained
1 long green chilli pepper - medium heat, deseeded and thinly sliced

 
How to do it:
Preheat your oven to 200C/400F or Gas 6
Spoon a dollop of Greek yogurt into the bottom of each dish.  Top with a layer of onion, tomato, roasted peppers, garlic and chilli flakes.  Sprinkle with a little salt and a few more chilli flakes along with a little oregano.  Repeat this then drizzle with a little oil.
Pop the dishes into the oven and cook for about 20 minutes - by this time the yogurt should have taken on a firm but springy texture and look quite like feta.
Once cooked, serve immediately with slices of crusty bread for dipping.


Other Yummy Yogurt Recipes by Food Bloggers for National Yogurt Week can be found here:
Rich Chocolate Cake by Michelle
       
Disclosure:  I was compensated for my time creating this recipe for National Yogurt Week    
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Marks and Spencer Count On Us and Fuller Longer Meals - Review

I was recently asked to review a selection of Marks and Spencer ready meals from their Count On Us and Fuller Longer ranges.  The Count On Us range of meals are all under 400 calories which means you can still enjoy curries, puff pastry pies and risottos without feeling guilty. 

Chicken and Slow Roasted Mushrooms and Baby Onions in a Rich Red Wine Sauce with a side of Vegetables:
I think you'll agree this colourful and tasty looking dish doesn't look like it's only 252 calories does it?
I must admit I really wasn't expecting either of the Count On Us meals to be big enough or taste too amazing (purely because they're healthy if you know what I mean) but I was wrong.
The red wine sauce was really rich and tasty, the chicken pieces were a good size and were extremely tender.  The vegetables - carrots, swede, parsnip and cabbage, were cooked perfectly too.




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Weight Watchers Biscuits - ProPoints Plan Treats

Weight Watchers have a great range of products to help you to loose weight and they also have some lovely treats, which of course are all low low in calories. 
Anyone following the their famous ProPoints plan will be pleased to hear each pack is marked with the points so you can easily keep track of how many you've used.

ProPoints Plan Treats

Our favorite ones from this lovely assortment sent to us were the Caramel Wafers, Jaffa Cake Bars.  Oh and the Chocolate biscuits.  That said the Oat Digestives were rather nice too!

You can find out more about Weight Watchers and how to start loosing weight with their ProPoints Plan over at the Weight Watchers website. 

Many thanks to Truely for sending us the biscuits to try. 
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Quesadillas from Weight Watchers

Weight Watchers have launched a really good Supper Club app on FaceBook.  There's a great range of recipes that are easy to make and don't cost much either but more importantly they are healthy and look delicious too.

The easy to follow Weight Watchers ProPoints plan means that being on a diet doesn't have to mean eating boring food. 



After having a look through Weight Watchers Recipes it was hard to pick one as everything looked so good.  In the end I chose to make Quesadillas they work out at 9 ProPoints per serving and the recipes makes 2 servings.
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Weight Watchers Breakfast Biscuits - Review

As we all know eating breakfast really does help to set us up for the day.  Unfortunately, due to our busy lifestyles which are becoming increasingly busier, it can sometimes be hard to find the time to eat! 

Weight Watchers Breakfast

But clearly this isn't a good thing for our health!  These Weight Watchers Breakfast Biscuits made using wheat and oats, with a combination of B vitamins and iron and designed specifically to be enjoyed for breakfast on-the-go.
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Weight Watchers Milk Chocolate Digestive Biscuits - Review

New from Weight Watchers  - Milk Chocolate Digestive Biscuits at just 1 ProPoint® per biscuit.

Weight Watchers Milk Chocolate Digestive Biscuits

Readers of this blog will know I'm not much of a chocolate person.  However, when your talking biscuits that's a different matter - I do like a nice chocolate digestive with my cuppa!
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Weight Watchers Cinnamon and Cider Baked Apples

With the Weight Watchers ProPoints system you can have this delicious Cinnamon and Cider Baked Apple dessert and even have a scoop of light vanilla ice cream with it too.  


The new Weight Watchers book 'Complete Kitchen' is easy to follow and there are no tricky cooking instructions or strange ingredients.  Just a book packed full of seriously nice looking dishes and is the ultimate guide to cooking food the Weight Watchers way.  

With 145 simple-to-follow recipes within nine chapters - ranging from basic stocks & dressings to Sunday roasts, leftovers & sides, to the more budget conscious ‘Everyday Value.’  
Recipes include roast fillet of beef with red wine sauce, garlic mushroom and rustic bean bruschetta and chocolate cherry cupcakes and these lovely cinnamon and cider baked apples.



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