Losing That Lockdown ‘Load’ – I don’t know about you, but we resorted to rather a lot of comfort eating at the beginning of lockdown and I am only just getting back to the weight I was before. I’m keen to keep going, while there aren’t so many temptations around, like press events and invitations to dinners and drinks parties.
I’ve been researching some excellent products that will assist if you, too, are trying to shed that excess weight. But to be honest they all taste so damned good and are healthy so it will be a good idea to include them in your diet anyway!
The Ultimate Nibble
As well as excess weight, I find that it is also difficult to shed that age-old habit of enjoying something sweet with my mug of tea in the afternoon. The perfect solution is to invest in a good supply of Nibble Brownie Bites – these are seriously delicious, low sugar, protein-packed, vegan treats at less than 100 calories per pack! Not surprisingly the company has won umpteen awards – much deserved. Not cheap (around £1.50 a bag from Waitrose, Ocado etc) but they’re so rich I can make a pack last for a couple of ‘snacking sessions’ and they’re worth it!
When I just want to add a bit of ‘oomph’ to a healthy salad or a vegetable dish (or in fact any other recipe), I reach for a tube of Miso Tasty. The Sweet & Savoury Miso is made with naturally fermented rice miso from Japan, sweetened with Japanese mirin for a delicate balance of flavours. Teriyaki is full of deep umami flavour from naturally fermented soy sauce and mirin. The Rich and Tangy Yuzu carries sweet notes of lemon and mandarin with deeper umami flavours of Japanese miso. Low calorie and widely available at around £2 a tube, they’re a great store cupboard standby
Boosh Bone Broth
If you want a super-light lunch, or just want to add some flavour to a casserole or soup, then try Boosh. These really are the essence of well made ‘beef tea’ and they are very tasty as well as ultra low in calories. Three flavours are available from Ocado at £4.99. It’s organic, and well worth the outlay, especially at around 50 calories for a whole jar!
Another way to enhance your everyday and low-calorie food is to sprinkle some spicy magic on anything – from simple poached eggs to healthy curries. The Mr Wolf range of really unusual mixes is proving invaluable to me at the moment – add to yogurt or low cal mayo for dips, add to hummus, salad dressings or anything savoury to liven it up. Available from mrwolfspices.com £3 for a 20g sample jar but I advise ordering a selection – you will be hooked!