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An alternative to cheese

16 Jan

While looking across substitutes for my favourite food groups I came across Quark. It is a naturally fat-free dairy ingredient with low sugar and salt and 1/5 of the calories than cream cheese. lakedistrictquark.co.uk produce various flavours including vanilla and original. I think that this is a product that I could stick to on a diet, and it has the right texture and flavour – very yum! However be wary of shorter expiration dates than typical cream cheese.


A Quark recipe for cheese lovers is a classic twist on the old Mac and Cheese here

200g macaroni or other similar tube pasta

  • 300ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 2 tbsps (30g) cornflour
  • 500g The Lake District Dairy Co. Quark
  • 1 tsp (5ml) Dijon mustard
  • 170g low fat mature cheddar
  • 55g finely grated parmesan
  • 200g cherry tomatoes
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Step 1
  • Lightly butter a 1.125ml shallow ovenproof baking dish
  • Step 2
  • Boil the macaroni in plenty of salted water for about 10-12 mins until just tender but still with some bite.
  • Step 3
  • Preheat the grill
  • Step 4
  • Mix the milk with the cornflour in a large saucepan, then gradually whisk in The Lake District Dairy Co.Quark and mustard
  • Step 5
  • Slowly bring to the boil, stirring or whisking continuously. Boil gently for 1-2 mins then stir in the cheddar cheese. Season to taste
  • Step 6

Drain the pasta then stir into the sauce, pour into the buttered dish and level. Halve the cherry tomatoes and arrange cut-side up over the surface. Scatter the parmesan over the top and place under the grill (not too close or it will burn) for about 5 mins until brown and bubbling.

Verdict: A tasty 8 / 10

New Year Detox – The Drinks Chapter

14 Jan

As much as New Year is often about counting the calories and losing weight, it is also the perfect time for a detox. Winter weather, boozy evenings and late nights working can leave you feeling sluggish and unhealthy. This January I am switching coffee for tea, and have tried out the new range from Twinings.

Twinings Revitalising Lemon and Ginger

A very strong, zingy and refreshing flavour I found this tea to be one that I would prefer a cup of every now and then due to its full on nature. I imagine fans of lemon and ginger would prefer how strong it tastes, but for me it is a little too much. Ginger has traditionally been used to aid digestion, so I will keep this for a cuppa when my tummy needs a little TLC. (Available at Waitrose and Ocado for £1.49)

Verdict: Not one for lemon haters 5 / 10


Twinings Nettle Tea


The flavours in this tea are very subtle – and delicious. The slightly grassy taste is not for everyone, but after a Christmas filled with rich and heavy meals I have welcomed a drink that tastes very healthy and natural. Available at Waitrose and Ocado for £1.49)

Verdict: 8 / 10

Twinings Moroccan Mint and Rose Green Tea


Saving the best for last, my favourite new flavour from Twinings is the Moroccan mint with rose green tea. The rose is very subtle, and the mint a medium strength making it as flavour filled as it is refreshing. I usually tolerate and not love the sour taste of green tea, but in this infusion it takes on a much more delicious form. I could drink this all day! (Available in a bag of loose tea at Waitrose and Ocado at for £3.49)

Verdict: Spot on 10 / 10

Detox for New Year

6 Jan

As I rolled myself back home to London after Christmas my jiggling bum and tight clothes told me one thing – detox time!

Watch this space as I review this years top healthy eating plans, exercises and weight loss products.

Happy New Year :-(

Happy New Year 😦

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