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Digestive anyone?

For the dunkers amongst us... here's a swap you will love... 
Eat 'em slowly & let the chocolate get all melty... the thins have the same yummy chocolate on top so there's no difference between them only you'll get 3 thins for one normal biccie! 

McVitie's Digestive thins per 6.2g biccie...

1 thin - 1 SP
2 thins - 3SP
3 thins - 4SP
4 thins - 5SP

McVitie's Digestive biscuits per 16.7 biccie...

1 biscuit - 4SP
2 biscuits - 7SP
3 biscuits - 11SP
4 biscuits - 14Sp

Why 'Zero Heros' are actually Heros!

The sun is out again and ALL the salad goodness is out in the shops now to enjoy! I LOVE it! Homemade coleslaw, beetroot, gherkins all satisfy my savoury teeth! It is SO easy to fill up your plate with 0SP salads and veggies... I get a lot of queries about Zero heroes and 'WHY do I need to fill up on them?'  This little graphic explains it perfectly...

We eat with our eyes and a full plate equals a full stomach in our minds, which means we are full, content and less likely to binge or snack on rubbish after meals! The low saturated fat, low calories and the natural sugars in these foods mean we can fill up on them and still be healthy! You can see that 400 calories of oil isn't going to get you through the night without a trip to the fridge!

As much as you might HATE veggies and CAN'T STAND lettuce, it's really worth sticking with them and working out what works best for you... Add dressings and herbs, spices and roast veggies to give  loads of flavour... experiment with flavours, mint, thyme, chives, lemon zest, lime juice, balsamic vinegar, orange juice, try all the spices in the shops! Please note some of these experiments will go horribly wrong and end up in the bin but that's no excuse to give up trying! You will find the perfect dressing for you and LOVE it!

Eating half a plate full of freshly chopped tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, sugar snap peas, scallions, peppers, roasted shallots, asparagus, green beans, radishes, celery, slices of orange, baby tomatoes, I mean the list goes on... it's just good for us and if you're doing the Count plan they're all 0SP! It's natural unprocessed food, grown in the ground and most of it goes no where near chemicals... and it's what we're designed to eat... So get adventurous now the sun has come out and fill up on the good stuff! Don't forget your sunscreen!


Gluten free goodies from Gosh Naturally Free From range... Dairy, nut and Soya free these are burgers and bakes for those readers who are vegetarian or vegan too! Something nice to try at lunchtime too even for the carnivores amongst us! Paced with flavour! You'll find them in the chilled part of the supermarket... 

Available in Tesco & Dunnes.


GOSH - Sweetcorn & Quinoa Bites
per 20g 'bite' - 1 SP
per 5 'bites' - 6SP

GOSH - Mushroom, Puy lentil & Butter bean burgers
per 125g burger - 6SP

GOSH - Mixed seed, quinoa, carrot & coriander bakes
per 125g bake - 4SP

GOSH - Chickpea, courgette & moroccan spiced bakes
per 125g bake - 7SP

GOSH - Beetroot, kale & quinoa burgers
per 125g burger - 6SP


You either love it or hate it! I put it on EVERYTHING... Also in Ireland you were either a 'Chef' or 'Heinz' family... we're Chef through and through and we're very judgey of places that only serve Heinz... But that's just our nutty clan... The hidden sugars in savoury food is incredible... my fav tinned soup is loaded with sugar... so these alternatives are so much better for your health because you're not loading your system with hidden sugars...

So the swaps... 

Chef Tomato Ketchup, 50% less sugar & 25% less salt
per 15g - 1SP
per 30g - 1SP
per 45g - 2SP

Chef Tomato Ketchup
per 15g - 1Sp
per 30g - 2SP

Heinz Tomato Ketchup 50% less sugar and salt
15g - 0SP
30g - 1SP

Heinz Tomato Ketchup
per 15g - 1 SP
per 30g - 2SP

Other great low sugar alternatives out there ... 

Real Good Tomato Ketchup - 70% less sugar
per 15g - 0SP
per 30g - 1SP
per 45g - 1SP
per 60g - 2SP

Dunnes Stores own brand Tomato Ketchup 50% less sugar
per 15g - 0 SP
per 30g - 1 SP

Hellman's Tomato Ketchup sweetened with honey
per 15g - 1SP
per 30g - 1SP
per 45g - 2SP

Philadelphia Whipped!

*raises right hand* 
My names Doll and I'm a cheesaholic... 
You can keep your lindt bunnies, I'd sell my family for a melty cheese toasty! I've pointed these ages ago when they were PP but I'm still a huge fan of the herby garlic one... and 140g goes a long way! 

Anyone else given them a try?

Philadelphia Sensations Deliciously Whipped, 
per 30g - 4 SP
per 140g pot - 17SP

Philadelphia Sensations Deliciously Whipped, 
Black & Green Olives
per 30g - 4 SP
per 140g pot - 17SP

Philadelphia Sensations Deliciously Whipped, 
Fine Herbs & a Hint of Garlic
per 30g - 4 SP
per 140g pot - 17SP


We all have those little voices... the evils ones who whisper that 

'one bag of crisps never killed anyone GO ON... have em!'... 
'sure you've ruined the week anyway you might as well just give in and start again after class....' 
'You're never going to do it anyway so why are you even bothering?!'

We all have these voices and we can torment ourselves by listening to them and worse giving into them... we listen, we act on them, we feel guilty and the vicious circle starts again... But there's always that one little voice that get drowned out by the noise... The voice that says 'of course you can do it! I belive in you!'

'You look fab today' ...  'Wear the red lippy' ... 'We're another step closer to goal...'

but we fear it... We doubt ourselves and we refuse to believe that maybe that voice might just be right... Surely that voice can't be telling the truth... We're scared we'll look foolish, that we'll look like we have 'notions' ... 

'Would you look at her wearing fancy red lippy on a Monday, who does she think she is?' ... 

But in our heads it sounds more like this...
'Who do you think you are wearing red lipstick... 
For gods sake take it off you look like a clown! A fat clown too!'

We're afraid that people will think that we're smug because we've had a really good day and we just want to share it with others... 'Oh it's all right for you!' 

But this week, let's all listen to THAT voice... Let's believe THAT voice... 

We can all do this, we are all worth it and we ARE good enough! 
In fact we're more than good enough! 

Wear the lippy today... you'll look FABULOUS! 


Feeling fraiche!

Another Saturday, another swap... 

I buy a tub of creme fraiche nearly every week... I use it in curries, I stir a tablespoon into soups, it makes a great marie rose sauce for fish dishes and I love it with fruit... it's very versatile and much lower in SmartPoints than cream! Plus it lasts much longer than cream in the fridge!

But... a couple of tablespoons in a curry can cost you 2SP or 5SP!
 Just buy choosing a lighter version, in this case the Tesco own brand version... That's 3SP from your weeklies that can be spent on a glass of wine! Just sayin' ...


Tesco Half fat Creme Fraiche
15g - 1 SP
30g - 2SP

Note the only difference in the packaging is the green swirl around the top... I've been caught out a few times not paying attention only to realise I've bought the wrong one! 

Tesco Creme Fraiche - 
15g - 2SP
30g - 5SP

Irish Yoghurts Creme Fraiche - Half fat
15g - 1SP
30g - 2SP

Yoplait Creme Fraiche 
15g - 2SP
30g - 4SP

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