HEALTHY SWAPS: Yogurt

So this is the last ‘Healthy Swaps’ of this month as next week is a new month where we will be bringing you something new… And so for this last healthy swaps I am bringing you yogurt.

In the final spotlight of the month is ‘SKYR yogurt’.

Again let’s compare SKYR honey vs other honey yogurts. So SKYR has low or in some cases no sugar as well as no fat. And also provides you with 14g of protein per 150g which is double your usual honey greek yogurts.

Now if thats not going to win you over, what will?

SKYR yogurt is a perfect snack at work or at home, and goes amazing with cereals such as granola and muesli. Give it a try and let us know what you think!

HEALTHY SWAPS: Chocolate

Following on from last weeks healthy swap, this week I’m bringing one for everyone with a sweet tooth for chocolate. Which lets face it, is everyone!

Todays spotlight product is ‘Barebells’ protein bars

So let’s talk facts and figures.

A Barebells Protein Bar not only has 197kCal and only 7g of fat but also gives you 20g of muscle building protein, as well as tasting amazing!

Now let’s compare these to a Snickers, which is in the top two of the nations favourite chocolate bars. A snickers has 319kCal and 17.8g of fat, more than double the fat of a Barebells, and it certainly isn’t going to be giving you anywhere near the same protein.

My favourite flavour would definitely have to be coconut choco. Go give them a try and let us know what your favourite flavour is!

HEALTHY SWAPS: Ice Cream

For the rest of this month, instead of bringing you recipes, I’m bringing you healthier swaps you can buy to replace your favourite guilty pleasures… This week its Ice Cream, no need to feel guilty with this anymore.

In the spotlight today it’s ‘Halo Top’ ice cream.

A whole tub of Halo Top can contain as little as 280 calories. Just to put that into perspective, a tub of Ben and Jerrys contains over 1000 calories, thats three meals!!

Now I know what you might be thinking, “its low calorie, it’s not going to taste very nice”. I can guarantee if you try it you’ll be eating them words as well as the full tub.

My favourite flavour is Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, go get a tub and let us know what your favourite flavour is!

RECIPE: Lasagne

This has to be my absolute favourite dish! And I wanted everyone else to enjoy it, even if you’re on a weight loss programme.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcal 317
  • Fat 5.7g
  • Carbs 32.1g
  • Saturates 2.4g
  • Fibre 5.6g
  • Protein 31.6g
  • Salt 0.6g

Ingredients

  • olive oil
  • carrots 4, peeled and finely diced
  • onions 2, finely diced
  • celery 2 stalks, finely diced
  • lean turkey mince 500g
  • tomato purée 2 tbsp
  • chopped tomatoes 400g tin
  • bay leaf 1
  • plain flour 2 tbsp
  • skimmed milk 250ml, warmed
  • spinach 200g, chopped
  • lasagne sheets 8-10
  • parmesan 50g, grated

Directions

1 – Heat 1 tsp oil in a large pan, and fry the carrot, onion and celery for 15 minutes until it is very soft and starting to caramelize. Add the mince and fry until brown all over. Add the purée and stir into the mince, then add the tomatoes with half a tin of water and the bay leaf. Simmer for 30 minutes until the sauce is thick.

2 – Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Heat 1 tsp oil in another pan. Add the flour and cook until the oil is absorbed and the flour starts to expand. Stirring continually, add the warmed milk, a splash at a time, until completely incorporated and there are no lumps. Cook on a low heat until you have a thick white sauce, and season. Stir the spinach though the sauce, and simmer until it wilts.

3 – Put one third of the tomato sauce in a large baking dish, and cover with a few lasagne sheets. Keep layering up until the sauce has been used, finishing with a layer of pasta. Pour over the white sauce, and scatter with the parmesan. Bake for 1 hour or until the sauce is bubbling and the top is golden. Cover with foil if it’s getting too dark. Serve with a salad.


Serves 6

Preparation time approx 2 hours

RECIPE: Mango & banana smoothie

With all the hot weather at the moment, I thought you would appreciate this tasty, fruity smoothy to help you cool down. So simple it only takes 5 minutes to make!

Nutritional Information

  • Kcal 107
  • Fat 1g
  • Carbs 26g
  • Saturates 0g
  • Sugars 26g
  • Fibre 2g
  • Protein 1g
  • Salt 0.04g

Ingredients

  • 1 medium mango
  • 1 banana
  • 500ml orange juice
  • 4 ice cubes

Directions

1 – Cut the mango down either side of the flat stone, then peel and cut the flesh into chunks.

2 – Peel and chop the banana

3 – Put all the ingredients into a food processor or blender, then process until smooth and thick. Keep in the fridge and use the day you make it.

Makes 1 litre

Preparation 5 mins