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Sweet Substitutes

17 Jan

Continuing with the detox for january theme, another food group that I miss when healthy eating is that of the sugary sweets group. Whether it’s a cheeky packet of haribo starmix, a flump or a refresher bar I am an absolute sugar addict and can think of no nicer treat than some sort of ‘sweetie’. I was sent a product called ‘slim fruits’ to trial. Slim Fruits’ are two calories per sweet and contain the same fibre content as six slices of wholemeal bread – minus the carbohydrates and fat. They claim to be the world’s first product to harness the beneficial properties of soluble fibre.  According to the manufacturer, once eaten, they will combine with water in the stomach and swell which helps to suppress hunger pangs.
I tried out two flavours, the Luscious Peach Melba and Luscious Rhubarb & Strawberry. Both are small, hard gummy pastilles. They remind me of those fruit gums – you know the ones; texture of a fruit pastel that has had all the sugar rubbed off and the water sucked out of it. At first, not all that appealing. However it does mean that the sweet lasts a long time, is harder to chew and if nothing else occupies your mouth. I’m not sure that I felt so much fuller – but perhaps that is just my large appetite. Psychologically I think that you could convince yourself that they do however, plus it did stop me snacking at work. Sitting at my desk somehow little sweets make their way over, so if I’m going to snack it may as well be on one of these! They are available from www.boots.com or www.hollandandbarrett.com at £1.89 per pack.

Verdict: A tasty 7 / 10

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

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