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5 Habits To Change For A Healthier Summer

With summer almost here, it’s all about spending time with family and friends, enjoying the sunshine, going out for trips to the seaside and having as much fun as you can. However, 2019 should be the year you aim to be at your very healtiest, so here are a few tips to help you have a healthy Summer.

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Touch everything once

This means that instead of doing the cooking and leaving the washing up in the sink until later, do it right then, right there, and it’s done, meaning you have more time to do other things, things you really want to do. Use the frying pan – clean the frying pan – touch everything once! By putting things off, you’re cluttering up your mind with things ‘to do’ raising your stress levels and worrying about things that don’t need to be thought about at all. Or perhaps you’ve got clothes to put away, you’ve taken the clean clothes upstairs and left it on the bed to do later….STOP!! Do it now, and then it’s done so you can go and play with the kids, make yourself a lovely home cooked meal or go on a trip out somewhere.

Quit smoking

Something most smokers aim to do at some point but keep putting off to another time. By stopping smoking you will not only be saving yourself money, but you’ll also feel better within yourself, you’ll smell better and reduces the chance of you getting smokers likes – https://www.siobeauty.com/blogs/news/smokers-lines has a few tips to help get rid of any that may already be in place.

Sleep

Although making sure you have 8 hours sleep a night is important, sleeping in until lunchtime at the weekend isn’t healthy and such a waste of life! By getting to sleep at a decent time, it means you get more out of the day – time to go out with friends, see family or have some ‘you’ time. Turn off your phone an hour before you go to bed and don’t watch tv, try reading a book instead to help your brain switch off.

Take-Aways

Ditch the takeaways and junk food. One ‘simple’ and quick way to make yourself so much healthier this Summer. Most of the time, takeaways don’t fill you up for long anyway and won’t taste as great as you think they will.

Hydration

Did you know the average female should be drinking at least 2 litres of water a day to maintain their bodies an in hotter weather, it should be even more than this. However, on average in the UK we aren’t drinking anywhere near what we should be. This will lead to headaches and sun-stroke early on, but more importantly, this could lead to further and more serious problems. So make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day. Also, one thing to note is NEVER to drink water that has been left out in the sunshine in a plastic bottle as the heat from the sun can mean some of the chemicals in the plastic disperse into your water.

 

No Time to Make Meals

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One of my biggest struggles as a mum is trying to find time to cook decent meals for my kids that they will eat and that I feel good about them eating. I know they will always eat all the mac and cheese and chicken nuggets I make for them, but what about their broccoli, fruits and other foods that their little bodies need?

There will be many times where I will work extra hard to make something for my kids that I think they will like and that I feel good about, but then they refuse to eat it. We can sit together at the table and have a battle of wills over who will hold out the longest, but nobody wins there. Honestly, I don’t have time for that kind of struggle. I need to find foods that they will eat without a problem and that I don’t have to feel guilty about.

The Extra Effort

I found that if I make the food fun, then that can help my kids to eat it. I cut the fruits into shapes like stars and dinosaurs, and the kids love them. Some of my kids are so picky about the kids of foods that most kids will eat without a problem. Bananas, strawberries and apples are all tough foods to get my kids to eat, but once I make it fun for them, then they will tend to eat it without an issue. Making the extra time to make food interesting and exciting to them is tough to do sometimes, but it is worth it. I find that if I prepare things the night before, then I have the extra time I need throughout the day to get other stuff done. If we spend an hour and half on lunch, then I feel like my entire afternoon is shot, so I try not to put elaborate meals on my schedule for noontime.

The Sneaky Meal

Another way I manage to get my kids to eat food without spending a lot of time making something is to take foods that they like and add a bit of nutrition to it. So, I make the aforementioned mac and cheese and add just a hint of broccoli to it. Other veggies can go in there as well. I have added cooked carrots to great effect as well, and I know there are some kids that will pick through their food and pick out the pieces they don’t like. If you make the pieces of veggies or whatever else small enough, though, then your kids might be less inclined to take them out. It’s hard for them to complain about something so small, especially if you cover everything in cheese so that they can’t tell what is good for them from what is creamy pasta. This works pretty well, and it doesn’t take a lot of extra time.

I am constantly trying to find ways to give my kids the food they need to have without spending a long time in the kitchen, and this is a doable solution. I do the same thing with pizza, adding some pineapple or whole tomato pieces onto it, but I run into the pickiness problem there sometimes. Kids are likely to pick things off their pizza that they don’t like, so I have to encourage them to eat all their food if they want dessert or something like that to get them to overlook the healthy stuff on their pizza. There are ways to deal with even picky kids when you want to incorporate some healthy food into their regular diet, and every kid is different. There are a few tricks that work for me, but I can’t promise they will work for you.

Make Lots of Food

Probably the biggest time saver I ever use in the kitchen is just mass producing whatever I am cooking. If I am making a casserole, I make two dishes of it. If I’m making a soup, I use my largest pot. That way, there are plenty of leftovers, and I can just heat them up later in the week to feed myself and the kids. If I did a good job on the food and the kids like it the first time, then they have no problem eating it again. They despise eating leftovers that they were not too crazy about in the first place, though.  

I try to only make large portions of those foods that I know my kids will love. Otherwise, I can be stuck eating it all by myself over the next week. Sometimes, when I mass produce the food, I end up neglecting my chores around the house, so I like to hire a cleaning company, for example Diamond Clean Calgary to take care of things for me for that day or just ask my husband to pick up some of the slack. One way or the other, I make some concessions and do things a bit differently so that I have time to make the food I need to make.

There is a chance that when you make foods in large quantities like this that something will go wrong. The more you make at once, the more likely it is to all just burn or fall flat or something. So, I take my time and try not to multitask too much. And when I do that, it usually turns out okay.

I know some kids are really difficult when it comes to finding foods for them to eat. It can also be time consuming to try to cook different things throughout the week to see what your kids will eat. I say just stick to the things they like and spice them up in some different ways or give them something tangentially related to what they like. Hopefully, my methods will work for you, but you may have to come up with some of your own for dealing with your kids.

10 Benefits Associated with Quitting Alcohol

How many times have you told yourself that this is the last time you will have that massive hangover again? That you are taking your very last bottle? The struggle to quit drinking, especially when it has become such a central part of your social life can seem endless and impossible to win. However, if you think about all the positive health benefits that will come with quitting, your resolve to stop will be strengthened. Here are a few of those benefits.

1. You will feel better

Alcohol has a numbing effect on the brain. Alcohol weakens your body and also compromises your reasoning capacity. It actually turns your brain into mush. When you are addicted, you go through life with every function of your body reduced to 60 percent efficiency, which is not good for you at all. Detoxing from beer and wine is not an easy process, but you can be assured that as soon as you begin the process, and manage to handle the withdrawal, you will feel healthier.

2. You will look younger

Did you know that alcohol is a natural diuretic? It dehydrates the skin and reduces its elasticity. When you have been drinking for a long time, collagen levels are depleted making you look much older than your actual age. To make matters worse, if you get cirrhosis, which damages the liver, your skin will turn yellow because of jaundice. When you give up alcohol, your collagen levels start getting replenished slowly, and if you adopt healthier dietary options, your youth and radiance will last longer.

3. You will get Social and emotional stability

People develop serious social problems and become isolated when they develop drinking problems. The main reason people get isolated is that the society does not have a high tolerance for alcoholics. Many friendships, marriages, and even family relationships have been dissolved because of alcohol addiction. When you are not drunk, you will be in a position to have healthy relationships with others and restore the social balance.

4. You will save money

Alcohol, just like any other addiction will cost you a lot. The money problem is even worse because unlike hard drugs that are sold in privacy and mostly abused in secret, alcohol is part of social interactions, which makes it costlier. When you add issues like DWI cases, legal problems, losing licenses and having to get a cab everywhere, you realize alcohol is a costly habit.

5. You will lose weight 

Did you know that alcohol contains almost double the caloric content that protein and carbs have per gram? Your body converts alcohol into fat and stores it under the skin or in the abdomen, which explains beer bellies. When you remove the alcohol calories from your diet, you will experience a dramatic loss in weight.

6. Your heart health will improve

Drinking alcohol causes problems such as high blood pressure and cardiomyopathy, which increase the chances of heart health conditions such as cardiac arrests and failure. After you quit alcohol, the chances of developing heart problems drop significantly.

7. You get a healthy liver

If you have been drinking for a while, it is possible that you have damaged your liver. If you stop drinking, there is a chance that you can heal the damage which has already occurred because the liver regenerates itself.

8. You will get your life back on track 

After you quit drinking, you make amends with the people who you wronged when you were addicted. You will have more time for friends and family, and you will get back to chasing your goals in life.

9. You will sleep better

Chronic alcohol consumption leads to sleeplessness, nightmares, frequent urination, and an erratic sleep pattern. When you stop drinking, you get to relax for longer hours, and you wake up better rested and ready to face the day.

10. Better thinking capacity

When you quit alcohol, the process of reversing the damage it had done to your brain starts immediately. You free up your mental energy and stop going through life foggily. You focus on what is important and do everything possible to achieve it.

These are the many benefits that you get from quitting alcohol. Whatever your dreams are, whether it is looking healthier, getting a promotion or writing that book, you will only achieve it when you quit alcohol completely.

Why I’m Back on Keto

Back in January 2017, I decided that I needed to take my health a lot more seriously, and I started dieting and exercising in an effort to lose at least 4 stone. Given the fact that I’m a type 2 diabetic, I decided after a lot of research and advice from Husband that a low-carb, or ketogenic, diet would be best for me and I started cutting down drastically on the amount of carbs I was eating. I also started a program of weight lifting and the weight started falling off of me. I noticed a change in my shape in just a few months and I was really enjoying lofting heavier weights each time I went to the gym. For more information on the ketogenic diet, see this.

However, halfway through the year, a few things happened – my birthday was in June and then midway through July I went through some pretty bad stress, and the whole thing knocked me totally off the wagon. I’m an emotional binge-eater and when my willpower reserves are low, it only takes the slightest thing to make me revert to negative behaviours. Husband tried to gently warn me when I was at the beginning of the slide, but it didn’t sink in and 18 months after starting, I’m now back to the weight I was when I started.

Why I'm Back on Keto

We had some friends over a couple of weeks ago to watch the football and they asked how I was going with the gym and diet, and I had to admit that I’d let it all go, but while I was talking to them, I realised how much I’d missed it all. Overeating actually gets really boring after a while and I’d been enjoying lifting weights while I was doing it, so I made a decision. I needed to get back to it.

This time, however, it’s a little trickier. I’ve started eating keto again and I’m definitely felling better for being on a low-carb eating plan but the gym side of it hasn’t fallen into place yet. Maureen can only really be left alone for an hour at a time, and the gym is a 20 minute drive from home, which means I’d have 20 minutes to workout, unless someone is at home to puppy-sit.

However, from next week, Burrito Baby is going to be going to a childminder for one day a week, which means that as well as being able to get some work done without an endless stream of Sam and Cat playing on Netflix int he background, I’ll also have a bit more time to exercise. Husband got my bike out of the shed recently and bought me a new chain, so this weekend we’ll be fixing it up so that I can at least start doing some cardio a few times a week. I’m excited to get back into it, as not only is my physical health better when I exercise, but my my mental health seems improved too.

Have you ever tried a ketogenic diet? I’d love to hear about it, so please leave me a comment below.

Teaching Kids to Bake WITHOUT Making Cakes!

bake with kids - cauliflower cheeseAs you’ll know if you read this blog (or The Keto Life) regularly, 2017 has been a year of lifestyle changes in our house, not just for Husband and I but for the girls, too. The summer was a bit of a lapse for us all, as we ate and drank what we wanted (which included a few too many Krispy Kreme doughnuts!) but now that school has started again we’re all trying to get back to a healthier lifestyle. The problem with this is that the girls and I absolutely love to bake together and we don’t want to give up just because we’re not eating cake, so we’ve been trying to cook together but deviate from the usual biscuit and cake offerings!

One of our favourite things to make (and eat!) is our own low carb take on cauliflower cheese, which is really easy to make, tastes incredible and is simple enough for the girls to get involved with. www.worktop-express.co.uk have asked us to share our recipe with you:

Keto Cauliflower Cheese (vegetarian, gluten free)
 
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A flourless caulflower cheese, perfect for a low carb, high fat diet.
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Recipe type: Keto
Cuisine: Baking
Serves: 5
Ingredients
  • A head of cauliflower
  • 200ml double cream
  • 100g cream cheese
  • 250g mature cheddar cheese
  • 2 tsps garlic powder
  • 20g grated parmesan
Instructions
  1. Cut the cauliflower into florets and par-boil for 10-15 minutes, until it just starts to go soft (there is nothing worse then HARD cauliflower in cauli cheese, if you ask me!)
  2. In a separate bowl, place the double cream, cream cheese, 200g of the cheddar (keeping some back for sprinking on top before baking) and garlic powder and microwave on high for 1 minute, or until melted together. Stir to combine fully.
  3. Drain the cauliflower and allow to cool for a minute (this will allow more moisture to evaporate away and stop you from ending up with a watery sauce at the end)
  4. Place the cauliflower in an even layer in a 9"x9" Pyrex dish and pour the cheese mixture over evenly
  5. Sprinkle the remaining cheddar and the parmesan over the top
  6. Bake at 180° for 25 minutes and the finish under a hot grill for a minute or two to get a really browned-off finish
Nutrition Information
Serving size:  Calories: 432 Fat: 38.2g Saturated fat: 24g Carbohydrates: 5.8g Sugar: 2.5g Sodium: 58mg Fiber: 1.5g Protein: 16.7

This cauliflower cheese contains just 5.8g of carbs and is the perfect accompaniment to any meal, especially if you’re trying to avoid carbs. It feels like a rich, cheesy treat which won’t derail a low-carb diet and making it with the kids is really fun, especially if you’ve got kids of different ages – one can chop cauliflower and one can mix ingredients so they both feel involved and get to do things at their own level.

Do you bake with your kids? Have you got any fab healthy baking recipes to share? I’d love to see them.

4 Steps to a Healthier Life

With spring in full effect, everyone seems to have woken from their winter slumbers. Suddenly everyone is out and about, making plans and brushing the dust off those summer clothes. The breeze is warm, the blossom is bright and it’s a good time of year for a bit of a shake-up. So try these tips for making your life that little bit healthier. It’s not about dieting or weight loss; it’s about feeling good and enjoying yourself!

Cooking from Scratch

I love cooking from scratch — when I get the time, that is! Sometimes I’m surprised at what can be achieved in just an hour (let’s be honest: Jamie’s 30-minute meals always take longer than he claims…). We all tell ourselves we should do this more often. Well, you should!

We all remember the news story about how much sugar there is in off-the-shelf pasta sauce, right? If you make your own, you’re reducing the amount of fat, sugar and salt that you consume. Why not just make a bigger batch and freeze most of it? Or you can keep tomato sauce in the fridge for a couple of weeks if it’s in an airtight container. When heating it back through, maybe throw in some capers, basil, or cheese and you’ve got a quick and easy meal for the kids.

P.S: Cook the onions for your tomato sauce for as long as possible before you add the tins of tomatoes. This makes the sauce sweeter and tastier…

Vitamin D

This next one comes straight from the horse’s mouth. The NHS recommends vitamin D, as it is “needed to keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy”. While you can acquire vitamin D from some foods, it’s most commonly absorbed through sunlight, so get out in the sun as much as possible this summer and keep your bones and bodies healthy. Don’t forget your suncream!

Some people even suggest that vitamin D is “a natural way to make you shine”. If you’re feeling down in the winter months, maybe it’s due to a lack of it. Try and be outdoors as much as possible while it’s still light. You could even get some vitamin D tablets from the pharmacy — some people swear by them.

Eliminate Vices — Cigarettes and Alcohol

I know, I know: it’s the same story as always here. We all know these vices are bad for your health and, in excess, could be life-threatening, but they really do have a negative impact on your body. While drinking alcohol responsibly can help you live a little longer (my dentist even suggested drinking ale to keep my teeth healthy), the sugary drinks you mix it with add to its high-calorie content. This can cause all kinds of damage to your teeth and body.

Cigarettes are a given; I won’t lecture you on them. However, unlike alcohol, cigarettes have a healthier alternative. You’ll have no doubt heard of the electronic cigarette: the NHS  actually recommends electronic cigarettes for people trying to quit smoking. There are plenty of studies that show how electronic cigarettes are healthier than traditional cigarettes. Here’s a list of some of the best e-liquids of 2017 to get you started.

Smiling

Perhaps the simplest piece of health advice ever given: just smile! While it might sound like an old wives tale, there are many reasons why smiling is good for you. You know what endorphins are, right? Not only do they reduce stress levels, but they are what’s responsible for making you feel happy. Well, movements in your facial muscles help release them.

Not only this, but it is thought that smiling can help develop your brain to think more positively and allow it to remain positive for longer periods of time. It can even affect the way your cells work, making them less rigid, helping us to relax. After all, I’ve never met someone who thinks being happy is unhealthy. So, keep smiling and embrace your healthier life!

Little Emergency Guide for When Mums Need Help

With mother’s day approaching, there are plenty of cards in the shops that are dedicated to the perfect mommy. Mom knows best, the best mother ever, wonder mommy, you name it, there’s a fair bet that the shops have it already! Or if they haven’t, you can probably make you own on an online card provider, so that’s you sorted in a matter of clicks. But to come back to the main topic, mothers, it does happen that sometimes even mommies need a little help to get by. So if you are a mom and you are going through a lot of stress to sort things out, here are the top 6 cases where you can ask for professional help without feeling guilty at all.

Even Mommy needs help

#1. Picking The Perfect Home

If you are looking to move house, you have probably already experienced the difficulty to find the perfect house at the perfect price for your family. For some families, finding their ideal nest can take several months up to a year, and sometimes even longer! It is often a hard task that requires a lot of research and a lot of visits and appointments. More importantly, there’s also the problem of getting a mortgage, preparing for the move and decorating the new place. It’s no wonder that moving house is the third most stressful event after bereavement and divorce. While you can work with a professional estate agency to get on top of the latest properties on the market, you can also set up notification alerts on real estate websites. This will keep you updated with the new houses available in your preferred locations, and it will also help you when you are preparing your application for a mortgage.

#2. Managing Money Effectively

Managing the household budget can be a tricky task, especially when you are facing sudden and unexpected expenses. Financial matters have become a lot more complex nowadays, with the introduction of credit cards, different interest options and dangerous loan scams that promise easy money and drain your budget in repayment. As if things were not complicated enough, the cost of energy and education are rising dangerously too! In short, moms have difficult tasks to keep the budget under control. If you find yourself struggling with repayment to multiple creditors, it may be time to ask for debt management support. This will put you in touch with financial experts who work out a repayment plan that is fully tailored to your personal case. Expenses are easier to manage when you can plan ahead for the end of your worries.

#3. Staying Healthy Every Day

Health is no matter to take lightly. Whether you are looking after your eyesight, your teeth, your skin or even your bones, there are very little elements that you can control about your health. In truth, what you can do is make sure that you have an active lifestyle and a healthy diet so that your body receives all the nutrients and energy that it needs. But you still need to book a regular medical appointment to check your health and the one of your family. Think of the big ETC: Eyes, teeth, and cardio. Additionally, if there is any known issue in your family, such as diabetes or allergies, it’s always a good idea to get it tested regularly for those who are likely to develop similar problems too.  

#4. Recharging Your Batteries

Sometimes everyday pressure gets you. Whether it’s stress at work or family problems, it is difficult to keep a cool head when too much is going on. You need to plan every week a few hours that are entirely dedicated to your mental health. This will help you cool down and relax. What you do during this time is entirely up to you, but it’s best to leave the house and let someone else look after your nerves. A visit to your local spa centre can be just the thing you need. If you’re not one for a massage, have a look at your local gym for yoga classes. Not only this will keep you fit and active, but yoga is great to soothe the soul and the mind during hard times. So make time for yourself and let someone help you relax.  

#5. Maintaining The Home

Whether you are a stay-at-home mom or a working mom, there are certain areas of your home maintenance activities that you can’t do by yourself. Checking the roof, the quality of the insulation and the plumbing and heating systems are some of the elements that need to be trusted to professionals. You will find the exact list of home maintenance and renovation works that you need to rely on professionals within your home insurance contract. Indeed, certain types of work can invalidate your home insurance if they are not performed by a certified expert. Additionally, if you are a working mom, there’s no reason not to hire someone to keep the house clean when you are at work. After all, you surely want to spend more time with your family when you are at home.

#6. Going On Family Holiday Together

There’s no such thing as easy family holidays. Indeed, when you are planning holidays for the whole family, it’s never easy to find the best deal and the best package for your situation. This is why you need to trust travel agencies to help you organise the best vacation at the best price for your family. Whether you only need children-friendly places, or whether you are also looking at specific travel insurances to cover for medical needs too, travel agents have direct access to hundreds of options and travel packages in a matter of a few seconds. They can find the best solution for you while you wait on the phone. This can save a lot of your holiday stress!

In short, whether you are looking after yourself, your budget, your health, your home, your holiday or your family, there’s nothing that says that a super mom can’t use a little help from the experts from time to time. In the end, you want to save as much time as possible to be with your family, so cut the stress and get in touch with qualified advisors.

Date Night at Home – Healthy Snack Ideas

Now that we live in the middle of nowhere, a full-on night out with Husband has become something of a rarity. We’ve had to be a lot more inventive when it comes to spending quality time together  and one of our current favourite things to do is to stick some music on, cook together, prepare some healthy snacks and play some online casino games. There’s nothing like a few spins of a roulette wheel to get the adrenaline going and obviously winning makes it even better! We also love the fruit machines – it’s like being in a pub without having to leave the comfort of our living room! Eating healthily at the moment means we have to think outside the box when it comes to finding fun snacks which are also good for us, but we’ve come across a few lately which have become firm favourites.

Topped Rice Cakes

Topped Rice Cakes

When we think of rice cakes, we often think of a dry, uninspiring cracker with little flavour and even less pleasure. However, if you change the way you view rice crackers, you can start seeing them in a whole new light and a great way to do this is to add toppings! Peanut butter with desiccated coconut and dried cherries will take your boring crackers from gross to gourmet with very little effort!

Chocolate

Dark Chocolate

It may seem a little odd to suggest chocolate as a healthy snack, but you’re free to indulge if you make the RIGHT choices. For instance, a slab of Dairy Milk isn’t going to be a great choice as there’s a ton of added fat and sugar. However, something of the dark chocolate variety, preferable 70% cocoa solids or higher and you’re on to a winner.

Popcorn

popcorn

Okay, so popcorn which is slathered in butter or toffee obviously isn’t the way to go if you’re trying to keep things healthy. However, if you buy plain kernels which you then pop and season yourself, you’ll massively reduce your fat intake and take this snack to a new level. Sea salt is tasty, as is a little smoked paprika if you like a hit of spice. We’d also recommend sprinkling cinnamon and a little granulated sweetener for a low-cal sweet alternative.

Wasabi Peas

Wasabi Peas

Wasabi Peas are an excellent snacking option because not only are they low calorie, but they’re also packed with protein, which means you’re potentially helping to build muscle while you play! The spice isn’t to everyone’s taste, but there’s also research to show that spicy food releases endorphins, so you’re actively making yourself happier on a chemical level by indulging in this green delicacy!

Guacamole

Guacamole

We’re huge fans of guacamole here, and we’d happily eat it with just about every meal, but it’s also great as a dip and contains a whole load of the good fats that our bodies need to function well. Opt for a wholemeal cracker or wholemeal pitta slices as a guacamole-delivery-system rather than high-cal corn chips and you’ll also be getting a much needed hit of wholegrain in your diet, too. If you were interested in finding some lovely healthy snacks check out matcha powder from Clearspring.

Walkers Mighty Lights Review

When I opened the door to the postman this morning and he was standing there with a rather large box, I had no idea what might be inside. Little did I know, the contents would change my day.

As you may or may not know, I’m diabetic, and I’m being closely monitored at the moment to see how I’m processing sugar, which means following a low GI diet and testing my blood 5-6 times a day. As a person who is, shall we say, a bit of a carb addict, low GI basically means cutting everything I enjoy out of my diet, which includes crisps.

So, when I opened the mystery box and saw three multipacks of Walkers Mighty Lights inside, I was unsure of how to proceed. I decided that the best thing to do was check the sugar content, try a bag and then test my blood sugar an hour later to see if my sugars had spiked. If they were still high an hour later, I’d have to put them firmly on the ‘Do Not Eat’ list.

Walkers Mighty Lights

Sausage sampled a bag of the Cheese and Onion and I had Chicken and the flavours of both were exactly as you’d expect from regular Walkers Crisps of these flavours and the texture of the crisps was great too, giving plenty of crunch without shredding the inside of your mouth!

Sausage and I both really enjoyed the Mighty Lights, and one of the things we liked was that although they’re a healthier alternative to crisps, they don’t feel like a compromise. They don’t have the dry, flavourless aspect that a lot of low-fat snacks suffer from and one bag was satisfying to the snacking urge.

But, the real acid test was what they’d done to my blood sugar levels – would the Mighty Lights have made my blood sugar levels spike, or were they low GI enough to be okay for me to enjoy?

Well, I’m thrilled to say that my test showed 4.6mmols of sugar an hour after eating – anything below 7.8mmols is fine, so to be at 4.6 is absolutely brilliant! In fact, the plain version of the Mighty Lights only contain 0.2g of sugar per bag, a negligible amount, making these a brilliant snack option for anyone concerned about their blood sugar, or following a low carb diet.

There’s more too, as the folks at Walkers told us – “With 30% less fat than standard crisps, Mighty Lights are perfect for kids’ lunchboxes. They are tasty, ridged crisps that come in three flavours – roast chicken, cheese and onion and lightly salted. All the flavours are suitable for vegetarians, and are available in shops nationwide. They’re made from real potatoes with no artificial colours of preservatives-  and they’re a source of fibre.”

All in all, I’m really pleased that we had the opportunity to try these snacks. Whilst I won’t be making a habit of snacking while I’m being monitored, it’s really nice to know that there are things I can enjoy which won’t affect my health, and that I can feel confident about giving to Sausage too.

 

Cinco de Mayo with a Healthy Twist!

Last week, I got an email from the delightful ladies at BritMums, who had partnered up with Discovery Foods to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, asking if we’d like to try some of their range. For those who aren’t familiar, Cinco de Mayo literally means ‘5th of May’ and is, according to Wikipedia (oh, font of all knowledge…) ” a way to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War, and today the date is observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride”

We’re huge fans of Mexican food in the Mum’s the Word household and we make fajitas quite regularly, but we’re on a health kick lately so I thought we’d try them with turkey. Lean turkey can contain less than 3% fat, which makes it healthier than chicken. We also added a couple of handfuls of chopped mushrooms which gives extra nutrition and bulks the mixture out, which means you effectively need less meat. We used a yellow and an orange pepper as they’re our favorites and they add an element of sweetness to the flavour combination.

Accompanying our fajitas was Discovery’s Soured Cream topping which really helped to cool things down for Sausage, who’s pretty good but not able to take a whole lotta heat, and some shredded lettuce. The perfect fajita!

The Discovery Fajita seasoning gave a lovely smokey flavour with a hint of heat and actually worked really well with turkey. We’re thrilled with the result of our experiment and happy to know that we can continue to enjoy a favourite meal but with a healthy twist. We’ve also been sent the Cajun Season and Sauce to try and I’m really looking forward to giving this a go. We may even use turkey again, so that we can enjoy it without diet guilt!