Monthly Archives: June 2012

Natural Yoghurt: Healthy Snack or Fattening Evil?

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I often eat a small serving of natural yoghurt as a healthy snack – an alternative to more delicious treats such as cheese on toast, pizza or things containing bacon (let’s face it, although scrumptious, the more tasty options in life aren’t always the best for us!)Turkish cacık, made with yoghurt and cucumber

After a little research, I discovered that actually, it is more of a healthy option than a fattening one (yay)!

  • Yoghurt generally contains a lot of potassium, calcium, protein and B vitamins – all of which are great for your overall health.
  • It has the capability of stabilising your immune system.
  • It can destroy bad bacteria in our intestines.
  • It has been discovered that women who eat yoghurt four times a week have less vaginal and bladder infections than those who eat no yogurt at all.
  • Natural yoghurt doesn’t contain the processed sugars that are found in other yogurts.
  • Natural yogurt can lower cholesterol.
  • Livestrong.com state that; “Yogurt might enhance fat loss when combined with a reduced-calorie diet, according to a study performed by scientists from theUniversityofTennessee. Obese subjects followed a reduced-calorie diet with or without yogurt for 12 weeks. Researchers found that the yogurt group lost more body fat, especially around the trunk region, compared to the control group.”
  • One 150g pot of natural yogurt contains up to 1/3 of your recommended daily calcium intake!

The only problem with natural yogurt is that it can be fattening if you don’t eat the low-fat kind. So, the best natural yoghurts to eat are definitely low fat (some only contain 2% fat).

Not only is it a great snack on its own, but natural yogurt also goes really well on cereal, with fruit or in more tempting recipes such as this Swordfish dish over at An Eye For Food.

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We Eat Things Blog Of The Month: June 2012

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I’m delighted to announce that the winner of Blog Of The Month for June 2012 is The Tasty Thumb

The recipes, tone and photography on the site are all fun, exciting and simple (in a good way). I’d really recommend checking it out.

One of my favourite recipes on the site is these Personal Potato Quiches which look utterly scrumptious!

Tune in next month to find out who has won the We Eat Things Blog Of The Month in July.

Make Your Own: Baked Vegetable Crisps

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Today I discovered these delicious baked root vegetable crisps at M&S. Here’s how to make your own:

– Take your favourite selection of root vegetables (I used parsnips, carrots and beetroot).
– Pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees centigrade.
– Slice the vegetables into thin slices (as thin as possible).
– Brush the slices of veg with sunflower oil and lay out on baking sheets.
– Bake in the oven for 15 minutes – turning halfway through. 
– Remove from oven and put onto a cooling rack.  The crisps will then crisp up as they cool.
– Sprinkle with salt and eat!

Diamond Jubilee Scones

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Scones with clotted cream and jam are a great part of English heritage. To celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, I made some delicious scones – served with cream, strawberry jam and fresh strawberries. Absolutely delicious!

I used this great recipe over at Delicious Magazine, which is only 161 calories per serving! Perfect!