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Monday, 26 March 2012

The Food Blogger's Diet and a Giveaway

When you love food, love to cook and also love to eat, it's easy to put on a few pounds. It's even harder for Food Bloggers we love to share what we cook with others and we are also tempted by all those challenges we take part in.  

As Spring is definitely here, I have decided that it is time to do something about those extra inches so I will be bringing you recipes and food ideas that are lower in calories, lower in fat and suitable to eat when trying to reduce your weight.  This won't be 'a diet' and I won't be boring you with details of how I'm getting on, but I will be sharing the recipes.

I was lucky enough to be offered the chance to try Popchips and to offer a hamper containing a selection of 24 packs as a Giveaway to one lucky winner. These snacks are 'popped' using heat and pressure rather than fried or baked, which means that they have less than half the fat and fewer calories than the usual type of crisps. There are less than 100 calories for more than 17 crisps in each 23g bag which sells for 69p.  There are five different flavours: original; barbeque; sour cream and chives; salt and pepper; sea salt and vinegar.

So what are they like?  As you can see in the photo at the top, they look pretty much like the usual puffed potato snacks, however they are not greasy and there are no artifical flavours.  You can buy Popchips at Waitrose and online from ocado.com  and amazon.co.uk  I do think they are quite expensive for what they are, but I did enjoy the Popchips, particularly the Original flavour and compared to some other low calorie snacks they definitely have a more natural taste.  Enter my giveaway to try them for yourself.

This Giveaway is open to UK residents only

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35 Comments:

At 26 March 2012 at 23:27 , Blogger amy beth marantino said...

moderation.

 
At 27 March 2012 at 22:32 , Blogger Mike Rose said...

Can't wait to see your healthy recipes and these chips sound nice!

 
At 29 March 2012 at 16:07 , Blogger moneysaver87 said...

I'd have to say exercise, any way, as long as you sweat. I've tried loads of strikt diets and I've realised that there's lots of ways to lose weight fast but only one way to lose weight and KEEP it off for good and that's eating a balanced diet (including treats) and exercise at least 3 times a week. xxx

 
At 29 March 2012 at 20:42 , Blogger kayleigh said...

3 meals a day and no junk!

 
At 30 March 2012 at 06:36 , Anonymous stuart said...

exercise definitely

 
At 30 March 2012 at 11:38 , Blogger jenniwren12 said...

don't eat between meals

 
At 30 March 2012 at 18:21 , Blogger feefeegabor said...

Drink at least 5-6 glasses of water a day. Not only will you feel fuller (and more unlikely to pig out) but your skin will thank you for it too!

 
At 30 March 2012 at 20:35 , Blogger Jenni said...

Eat little and often and always at least 1200 calories to keep your metabolism revved up!

 
At 30 March 2012 at 20:47 , Anonymous Rainie Bish said...

Try to get everybody in the house eating the same or at least buddy up with a friend to offer encouragement and help keep you eating healthy and avoiding whatever acts as a trigger for you.

 
At 31 March 2012 at 08:53 , Blogger Janice said...

Lots of great comments, keep 'em coming. Thanks.

 
At 31 March 2012 at 19:26 , Blogger Stralisemiai said...

My tip is to cut out all fizzy, and sugary drinks as a rule of thumb. Drink Iced water, with chunks of fruit in for a tang - such as lemon, lime or orange. You will be suprised just how much of a difference it makes. (add ice and a straw, makes it feel that more special too!)

 
At 1 April 2012 at 04:00 , Blogger Jo-d13 said...

Take a drink of water in between each mouthful, u will no when you are full then rather than rushing

 
At 1 April 2012 at 12:51 , Anonymous Margaret said...

Everything in moderation and drink water through out the day to keep yourself hydrated.

 
At 1 April 2012 at 13:04 , Blogger xhako said...

Take it one day at a time, I've lost seven stone. When I started it was extremely overwhealming knowing I had so much to lose. Dealing with each day as it comes has really taken the stress away.

 
At 1 April 2012 at 21:27 , Blogger Emma said...

I lost weight by religiously walking everywhere it was physically possible to. Good luck and I look forward to seeing the recipes :)

 
At 3 April 2012 at 23:34 , Blogger talesofpiglingbland said...

Sign up to run a race..with someone that you're a bit over competitive against!

 
At 4 April 2012 at 14:38 , Anonymous @jamesmum15 said...

have a glass of water before a meal. x

 
At 4 April 2012 at 16:23 , Blogger Catherine Miller said...

Avoiding too much bread!

 
At 4 April 2012 at 17:40 , OpenID PAULA BURNSIDE said...

Remember - Nothing tastes as good as slim feels!

 
At 5 April 2012 at 08:49 , Blogger barum bazaar said...

Get the family on board and only hvae healthy food in the house so there is no junk temptation.

 
At 5 April 2012 at 11:20 , Anonymous Michelle @shell03shell said...

Having a black coffee, no sugar every time I feel like eating biscuits or chocolate. By the time I've finished my coffee, if I still want the junk, I have it but I generally find that after drinking the coffee, the craving has passed. Wish it worked for smoking...

 
At 5 April 2012 at 19:05 , Anonymous Paul Cooper said...

Just don't go eating loads of chocolate like I do

@mrcoops1984

 
At 6 April 2012 at 12:38 , Anonymous Lindsey Jones said...

helthy diet and exercise is all you need

 
At 6 April 2012 at 15:07 , Anonymous Lani Nash said...

Agreed, exercise is the way to go and just steering clear of 'bad' foods.

 
At 6 April 2012 at 16:08 , Blogger Robyn Clarke said...

Make a healthy salad or soup as a starter, you'll feel fuller and mpre satisfied for longer.

 
At 6 April 2012 at 16:19 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Water, and plenty of it.

 
At 6 April 2012 at 18:21 , Blogger Alison said...

Exercise and don't shop when hungry or you end up with junk

 
At 6 April 2012 at 18:33 , Blogger Claire Trevor said...

Eat little and often to keep your metabolism high.

 
At 6 April 2012 at 20:05 , Anonymous Cathy said...

If you don't buy it you won't eat it, so just buy fresh healthy food.

 
At 6 April 2012 at 21:07 , Blogger lastkisstoo said...

Don't eat after 6pm

 
At 6 April 2012 at 21:38 , Blogger jaseos81 said...

Eat less, exercise more. Easier said than done!

 
At 6 April 2012 at 21:45 , Blogger caroline Hammond said...

Watch your portion sizes and if you start to feel full up, stop.

 
At 6 April 2012 at 21:52 , Blogger Alison said...

Calorie count, drink plenty of water and allow yourself to have a treat as long as its in moderation. Take exercise where you can

 
At 6 April 2012 at 22:33 , Blogger nicj08 said...

eat less and have plenty of excerise x

 
At 3 June 2012 at 11:59 , Anonymous Clients said...

stop eating and start movingā€¦ simples

 

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