Healthy Snacks: Rice Cakes

Rice cakes may not sound all that exciting to you, but give them a try, so many people swear by them. They are surprisingly tasty and light in calories.

You can get many different flavours if you don’t find the plain rice cakes all that tasty. However we are going to go through the nutritional values of “Kallo” slightly salted rice cakes.

So “Kallo” is a well known rice cake brand and most peoples favourite because of the taste. One rice cake consists of only 27kcal, and only slight tracers across the board in everything else on the nutritional label.

Different flavours will change the overall kcal and nutritional values but not by much, just make sure you check the label just to be sure.

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Other brands are just as good too, especially home brands such as Tesco, ASDA etc. And you can pick them up for under a £1!

Let us know if you give these a try and what flavour you try!

Healthy Snacks: Soreen Mini Loaves

Halloween is coming up and I found a themed snack just for you, to enjoy over the season, as well as after the season too.

Soreen have a new mini loaf flavour just for halloween called, “Chocolate & blood orange”. I know the name sounds little odd but don’t knock it till you try it.

So these Soreen mini loaves contain 105kcal/ 2.5g fat/ 6.7g sugars.

Its a pretty good guilt free snack you can pop in your lunch box, your pocket, draw, wherever. Easy to have on the go if you live a busy lifestyle.

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Once the Halloween period is over and there are no longer any of the themed flavour, do not fret. The original malt lunchbox loaves have even less calories, 91kcal to be exact, so even more guilt free.

Grab a packet over the weekend to have during your lunch through the week, and let us know what you think of the Halloween flavour!

 

Healthy Swaps: FibreOne

We are back with some healthy swaps this month. If you don’t know what that is, its basically a great tasting snack, but a healthier option you can substitute into your diet if you are having a bit of a sweet tooth and don’t want to feel guilty about it.

Todays snack is about FibreOne bars, and these really do taste great!

Now FibreOne do cake bars, square bars and even popcorn bars.

They all consist of no more than 90kcal per bar, some bars depending on the flavour have even less.

So they are a great snack to have in your draw at work or at home, and when on the go.

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There really isn’t much more I need to say, other than my favourite is the lemon drizzle flavour, I’m mad for anything lemon!

Go out grab a box and let us know which one you find the tastiest. Just remember don’t get carried away, that one bar of 90kcal can soon turn into 5 bars of 450kcl.

 

 

Family Meals: Inside out Chicken Kiev

Here is one of my favourites, and soon to be one of yours! A simple and easy recipe with just three ingredients.

What I would recommend is combining these with some sweet potato fries, they are my go too side every time! Or if you aren’t a fan, then a simple side of salad will do too.

Nutritional Information (per breast)

  • Kcal 218
  • Fat 7g
  • Carbs 5g
  • Saturates 4g
  • Sugars 0g
  • Fibre 0g
  • Protein 34g
  • Salt 0.37g

Ingredients

  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 25g garlic, butter, softened
  • 25g crispy breadcrumbs

Method

  1. Place the chicken on a baking tray, rub with a little of the butter, season and cook under the grill for 15 mins, turning once until cooked through.
  2. Mix together the remaining garlic butter and breadcrumbs. Remove the chicken from the grill and top each breast with a smear of the breadcrumbed butter. Return to the grill and cook 3-5 mins until the breadcrumbs are golden and the butter melted. Serve any buttery juices, alongside new potatoes and peas or broad beans.

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Serves 4

Ready In: 30 mins

Let us know what you thought of this recipe, and if you combined with the sweet potato chips or not.

Family Meals: low Cal Lasagne

Another Family Meal this week, but this time is if you have a little extra time on your hands. A packed to the brim Lasagne, that no one can turn their face up too.

As I said above, this one takes a little longer to prepare but well worth the wait and effort. And I’m sure your family will be thanking you too!

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Kcal 394
  • Fat 13.4g
  • Carbs 32.7g
  • Saturates 6.3g
  • Sugars 11.9g
  • Fibre 3.4g
  • Protein 34g
  • Salt 0.7g

Ingredients

  • tbsp olive oil
  • onion, finely chopped
  • carrot, diced
  • celery stick, diced
  • 500g pack 5% fat beef mince
  • tbsp tomato purée
  • x 390g cartons chopped tomatoes
  • 350ml skimmed milk
  • tbsp cornflour
  • 250g lighter soft cheese
  • 75g lighter mature Cheddar, grated
  • fresh egg lasagne sheets

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a large pan and fry the onion, carrot and celery for 8-10 minutes, until golden and tender. Season, add the mince and cook for a further 5-6 minutes until browned all over.
  2. Stir in the tomato purée and chopped tomatoes. Rinse the tomato cartons out with a good splash of water and add this to the pan. Bring to the boil then simmer for 10-12 minutes until the sauce has thickened slightly. 
  3. Meanwhile, mix 2 tbsp of the milk with the cornflour into a paste. Pour the remaining milk into a pan, season and bring to a gentle simmer. Stir in the cornflour paste and soft cheese. Cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently, until thickened, then stir in the cheese – reserving a little for the top of the lasagne.
  4. To assemble, spread a third of the meat sauce over the base of an 18cm baking dish. Top with 3 of the lasagne sheets, then a third of the white sauce. Continue with the rest of the ingredients, before sprinkling over the reserved cheese.
  5. Bake in a preheated oven at 200°C/gas mark 6 for 35-40 minutes, until golden and bubbling.

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Serves 6

Ready in: 1 hour 20 mins

No one said you can’t enjoy food while trying to loose weight! Treat you and your family to this dish and let us know what you all think.