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The Food Blogger’s Diet and a Giveaway

Uncategorized | March 26, 2012 | By

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  and  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.
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  1. Mike Rose
    March 27, 2012

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

  2. moneysaver87
    March 29, 2012

    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

  3. kayleigh
    March 29, 2012

    3 meals a day and no junk!

  4. stuart
    March 30, 2012

    exercise definitely

  5. feefeegabor
    March 30, 2012

    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!

  6. Jenni
    March 30, 2012

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

  7. Rainie Bish
    March 30, 2012

    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.

  8. Janice
    March 31, 2012

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

  9. Stralisemiai
    March 31, 2012

    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!)

  10. Jo-d13
    April 1, 2012

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

  11. Margaret
    April 1, 2012

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

  12. xhako
    April 1, 2012

    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.

  13. Emma
    April 1, 2012

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

  14. talesofpiglingbland
    April 3, 2012

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

  15. @jamesmum15
    April 4, 2012

    have a glass of water before a meal. x

    April 4, 2012

    Remember – Nothing tastes as good as slim feels!

  17. barum bazaar
    April 5, 2012

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

  18. Michelle @shell03shell
    April 5, 2012

    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…

  19. Paul Cooper
    April 5, 2012

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


  20. Lindsey Jones
    April 6, 2012

    helthy diet and exercise is all you need

  21. Lani Nash
    April 6, 2012

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

  22. Robyn Clarke
    April 6, 2012

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

  23. Anonymous
    April 6, 2012

    Water, and plenty of it.

  24. Alison
    April 6, 2012

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

  25. Claire Trevor
    April 6, 2012

    Eat little and often to keep your metabolism high.

  26. Cathy
    April 6, 2012

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

  27. jaseos81
    April 6, 2012

    Eat less, exercise more. Easier said than done!

  28. caroline Hammond
    April 6, 2012

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

  29. Alison
    April 6, 2012

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

  30. nicj08
    April 6, 2012

    eat less and have plenty of excerise x

  31. Clients
    June 3, 2012

    stop eating and start moving… simples