Reader To Reader: Weight Loss Meals

Are ready meals really a good way to lose weight? Here's what you said...


Posted: 19 November 2006
by Jane Hoskyn


This week, one young runner wants to lose weight – and thinks that microwave ready meals may be the answer. Is he right? Or can you offer him a healthier alternative?

"I am trying to lose weight before I join the Army in July. I am still at school. I was thinking I'd lose weight if I eat microwave meals for lunch and dinner, because they only have about 8g of fat and 300 calories. I'm running about four miles every day, I'm male, 5'6", 195lb."
Cliff Rosa

Your best answers...

  • I used to be the Convenience Food Queen but I’ve been converted to Fresh Food Heaven. Yes it takes longer, but I cook massive batches of food then freeze them. Frozen veg is OK; you can even get good microwaveable frozen veg. As I’ve learnt over time, don’t get hung up about your weight. Eat healthy, exercise regularly, and an occasional treat is fine in moderation. Stick to this basic rule and you’ll have no problems dealing with army life. – AsFastAsASnail
  • As someone who used to buy and merchandise ready meals for a retailer (saying no more than that!), I'd say: don't bother. What the packet says in terms of nutrition often bears little resemblance to what's actually in the product. Besides that, they've been through the mill in terms of processing and additives etc. I won't touch them now. Get used to making things yourself, and the quicker and easier it will be, especially if you have your fridge well stocked. – H
  • For a soldier, weight isn't the issue. Body fat is. You need to reduce fat, increase muscle mass and not worry too much about how much you weigh. If the ready meals are low fat, high protein, high carb meals – fine. As long as you're burning more calories than you consume, eventually you'll lose weight. Seeing that your goal is eight months away, a pound a week is all you need to lose. You shouldn't try to lose more than that anyway, as you'll also be losing muscle as well. Personally, I dont eat ready meals. This is what's working for me: breakfast of porridge or muesli, with skimmed milk; lunch of lots of fruit; main meal of protein and carbohydrate with as little "bad fat" as possible; snacks of hummous, wholemeal bread, fruit, unsalted nuts, occasional jaffa cake. Just don't forget to run, and definitely don't forget to rest. – Runner88
  • I think ready meals are OK in an emergency if you really don't have time to cook. But I would add a jacket potato and stick on a pan of frozen mixed veg (just as good as fresh) to add some decent carbs and vitamins. – Night Nurse
  • I used to eat a lot of ready meals, but they really are truly rubbish and are nothing but convenient. There are loads of other meals you can throw together in advance and just reheat. Or why don't you try a big bowl of porridge for lunch? It's filling, low-GI, slow release energy – perfect all rounder. If you have access to a microwave, zap some porridge in the microwave, add a handful of raisins and maybe a few seeds for protein, and you've got a yummy lunch. If you'd told me two years ago that I'd be ditching my chocolate bars and crisps, I'd never have believed it. But I wouldn't go back to eating rubbish for anything. – Patient Pixie
  • Ready meals are conveniently calorie counted, but you will get much larger portions for the same calories making the food yourself. If I were you I'd go for say 1,800 calories a day, and add around 700 calories per hour for running. It is the calories in versus the calories out that will make you lose weight. If you ate less than your daily calorie needs purely as chocolate, you would still lose but you wouldn't be very healthy. To be healthy you should avoid processed, heavily-salted ready meals and go for lean protein, some complex carbs and lots of fruit and veg. Good luck! – Firestar
  • Leave the ready meals alone. Learn to cook proper food – untampered-with stuff. A new skill, a thinner and healthier you – what more do you want? – The Hoose-Goer
  • I don't eat many ready meals, but do like Weight Watchers beef hotpot as a very quick lunch in the week. Another idea for quick lunch is pasta with tuna. – Cinders
  • Is you entry to the army assured? If so, relax. You have eight months. You shouldn't be trying to lose weight as quickly as you can, you should be trying to lose it slowly but surely. A couple of pounds a month is fine. If you still have some surplus when you join up, the square-bashing will soon shift it. Trouble is, Army catering isn't particularly well geared up to those who are into healthy food. Kate Adie, in her autobiography, describes the UK armed forces as "performing remarkly well for an outfit fuelled by beer and chips". – Muttley
  • How overweight are you? If you have passed the medical you will be fine, just stay active and eat healthy stuff. Roast veg sounds boring but tastes great. Chuck the crappy junk food and try some of the meals recommended by RW members. Good luck with your army career, hope it goes well. – Dale the Snail
  • You'll love this suggestion, but it works: join Weight Watchers. The thought of standing in the queue to be weighed with all the others (mostly women) is a really good incentive, and it works. I lost two stone in 10 weeks first time round. But be careful, its so easy to put it back on. A change of lifestyle is the key. – Harry Hedgehog
  • Just because Weight Watchers meals are low in fat and calories does not mean they are good for you, in my opinion. They are better for you than eating a take-out pizza, a chinese and a burger once a week, but they can be very high in salts and preservatives. Think for a moment about how this food is produced, in big vats in a factory somewhere... how long ago? How many people have transported this to me? Where did it come from? Personally, I find the answers to these questions make me get the pasta water on the go pretty quick. Our weight should not be our prime concern when planning our food intake, our health should be. – Boomching
  • Whatever your ideal weight, 300 calories for a meal is just silly if you're active. Once you're in basic training your fitness will go through the roof – but you need to be strong to withstand it. Starving yourself on calorie-controlled ready meals is not the way to make yourself strong! – Jj
  • Ready meals are full of salt and unrecognisable ingredients, and highly processed. If you were to make, say, a shepherds pie at home you would need about six ingredients, depending on how many vegetables you like to add. Compare that to a shop-bought ready meal, and that will give you an idea of how many unnecessary ingredients go into processed foods. – Mrs Icarus
  • Make sure you make your own porridge. Those porridge sachets are often packed with sugar etc. Read the packaging first, or just buy a box of Scott's or Quaker oats to be on the safe side. – Scott S
  • Eat sensibly with a balanced approach to carbs/proteins and plenty of veg and fruit. If you are running just for fitness, then mix it up a bit. Go mountain biking, find a squash partner, start doing weights – all these will add different aspects to fitness, which you will need for the army. Enjoy getting fit and eating nice things. – lardass
  • Ready meals won't fill you up and are full of rubbish. If you must, have one add a large salad. I lost two stone with the support of a personal trainer. I worked hard in the gym and ate a sensible healthy diet. It's not rocket science: five fruit/veg a day, low fat, unrefined carbs and protein. Plenty of water to drink, and avoid the beer! I found that keeping a diet diary was useful, too. – Angie Jackson
  • Providing you are fit and healthy I wouldn't worry about too many extra pounds, as they'll soon drop off during basic training. Just make sure you can pass basic fitness tests and put 110% in. Unless you really under-peform, effort counts for more than abiity. (and read Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser if you want to be put off fast food for life.) – Craig Llewellyn
  • Here are some tips: 1. Get down to Holland & Barrett and buy some soya-bran. It's 60% fibre (yes, over twice as high as All-Bran). Add about 10-20g of this to your porridge to thicken it and reduce the GI even further. 2. High fibre keeps you fuller longer, and even reduces the absorption of fat. 3. Scramble some egg whites in the morning. Have one yolk for the taste and the nutrients, then add 3 whites. Eggs are cheap, so don't worry about waste. Lance Armstrong used to start every day of his winter training this way. – Andreas Stradis
  • I am 23 and am also a runner trying to lose weight. There has been a lot of negative press around convenience meals, but I use microwave meals when I need quick meals to fit in around my day as I work full time and go to uni in the evenings. But I've found that microwave meals on their own didn't fill me up, and I can't run hungry. There are many ways of making low calorie, nutritious lunches that require little cookery skills but will deliver better nutrition than the packaged meals. Buy some bagged salad from the supermarket, add tuna, some pumpkin seeds, black pepper and a small wholemeal roll. Voila: a low-fat lunch containing protein and carbohydrate with few calories. – SamToon


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I am trying to lose as much weight as I can before I enter the army in July of 07. I am still in high school. I was thinking if I eat those meals that you just put in the microwave for lumch and dinner. It has like 8 grams of fat and like 300 calories or somthing like that. Im running about 4 miles every day, male, 5'6 195. Anybody have any recomendations.
Posted: 12/11/2006 at 03:54

Why don't you try a big bowl of filling, low GI, slow release energy, perfect all rounder porridge for lunch? If you have access to a microwave then zap some porridge in the microwave, add a handful of raisins, maybe a few seeds (something to do with protein!!) and you've got a yummy lunch. I love it! Skimmed milk of course!
Posted: 12/11/2006 at 06:29

leave the ready meals alone. Learn to cook proper food -untampered with stuff. A new skill, a thinner and healthier you -what more do you want?

porridge is great and so is untamperred food.

good luck.
Posted: 12/11/2006 at 07:40

I seriously agree with the Hoose-Goer. I too used to eat a lot of ready meals but they really are truly rubbish and are nothing but convenient. There are loads of other meals you can throw together in advance and then just reheat (if you get yourself organised) that will be far better for you than ready meals!

The other mid-morning snack I love is a big bowl of fat-free natural yoghurt, with fruit (blueberries, strawberries, grapes) and sprinkled with sunflower and pumpkin seeds. Its really filling and tastes delicious!!

If you'd told me 2 years ago that I'd be swapping my chocolate bars and crisps for a diet like this, I'd never have believed it but I wouldn't go back to eating rubbish for anything!
Posted: 12/11/2006 at 07:50

Don't eat many ready meals but do like Weight Watchers beef hotpot as a very quicky at lunchtime in the week.

Another idea for quick lunch is pasta with tuna.
Posted: 12/11/2006 at 08:44

stir fry is very quick too;O)
Posted: 12/11/2006 at 08:45

"I am trying to lose as much weight as I can before I enter the army in July of 07"

Does this mean your entry to the army is assured? If so relax, you have eight months. You shouldn't be trying to lose weight as quickly as you can, you should be trying to lose it slowly but surely. A couple of pounds a month is fine. If you still have some surplus when you join up, the square-bashing will soon shift it.


Posted: 12/11/2006 at 09:14

How much over weight are you ?
If you have passed the medical you will be fine, just stay active and eat healthy stuff.

Roast veg. sounds boring but tastes great.
Chuck the crappy junk food and try some of the recommended meals here.

Good luck with your army career, hope it goes well.

Posted: 12/11/2006 at 09:35

Cliff, You'll love this suggestion but it works, join Weight Watchers the thought of standing in the queue to be weighed with all the others (mostly women) really good incentive AND works. I lost 2 stone in ten weeks first time round but be careful, its oh to easy to put it back on. A change of lifestyle is the key.

When I started to run I actually put more weight on

If you really want to join up it would be worth starting WW.

Good luck, you CAN do it.
Posted: 12/11/2006 at 17:12

OK - Long missive but I have something to say here..

I have quite a healthy diet, am very slim, but eat all day and am never hungry.

Here is a typical work day:

Breakfast - 4 dessertspoons dried muesli, low fat Greek yoghurt and a handful of fresh raspberries. Try it, just once.

Lunch - 2 small granary rolls with homemade tuna and cucumber (homemade so low fat mayo - tastes no different, doesn't need spread either...

Dinner - bowl pasta and pesto with veg (mushrooms, peppers,courgettes,onions, spring onions, anything in the fridge. steam or fry this off (in olive oil while boiling pasta - not too taxing). Grated cheese on top if you think you are allowed it - I always do.

Or have bowl a veg risotto - cook rice in chicken stock and a splash of wine - throw veg in to steam after 10 minutes. When cooked stir in greek yoghurt, and a bit of butter maybe....

Both of the dinner meals above can be heated up at work the next day for lunch.

Also, make a big bowl of chilli or bolognaese (spelling)on a Sunday and freeze in portions - this can then be eaten with rice, pasta or a jacket potato in the week for dinner, only do this once though as low on veg.. Use low fat mince and drain off fat before adding the rest of the stuff. Then have cheese on top. Easy.

At work my typical snack is a cereal bar - watch the labels though, can be piled high with sugar, I like harvest chewy ones..), but a piece of fruit is better. I hate all fruit and struggle to get fruit down.

In the afternoon, when everyone is reaching for chocolate, have a carton of fruit juice - it will fill you up and is one towards your 5 a-day.

Just because WW meals are low in fat and calories does not mean they are good for you, in my opinion. They are better for you than eating a take-out pizza, a chinese and a burger once a week, but that is how they are marketed. They can be very high in salts and preservatives. And do you think the same care was taken preparing the chicken or washing the veg, as you do at home.

Think for a moment about how this food is produced, in big vats in a factory somewhere...How long ago? How many people have transpoted this too me? Where did it come from? Personally, I find the answers to these questions make me get the pasta water on the go pretty quick. Our weight should not be our prime concern when planning our food intake, our health should be.
Posted: 12/11/2006 at 17:28

So, in short, I totally agree with Patient Pixie above..I an hear tell she is pretty trim....
Posted: 12/11/2006 at 17:30

Are you planning to have these little hermetically-sealed 300-calorie confections before or after your proper meals, or as post-run snacks?

;o)
Posted: 12/11/2006 at 17:30

Never eaten a WW ready meal.
Posted: 12/11/2006 at 17:54

Totally agree Boomching, But I'd stick to fruit veg & pulses though. With plenty of water.

I found I was eating a lot more qty wise once I was on the WW thing, more of the things taht are good / better / not so bad for you.

But we all need little treats to look forward too (food wise I mean). Iced gems for me :)
Posted: 12/11/2006 at 18:00

ok thanks for all you messages,


"How much over weight are you ?
If you have passed the medical you will be fine, just stay active and eat healthy stuff.

Roast veg. sounds boring but tastes great.
Chuck the crappy junk food and try some of the recommended meals here."


I dont think im over weight, idk, but I want to be in better shape when I go to the army. I am already in,(warrant officer, gonna be flying helicopters yay!!) I know that when I go to boot camp I am gonna get my butt kicked when running and stuff and I know that if I slim down a bit It would be easier for me. I am 195 five foot six, i dont think I am overwieght, well actually im not sure.

Well anyway im gonna tell my mom to start buying some more veggies for me when she goes food shopping. I love eatiing fruits and vegs. I like the idea of making a big bowl of somthing and then freezing it so I can bring it to school or have for dinner next time.
Posted: 12/11/2006 at 18:04

Agree totally HH, if you eat well 90% of the time, treats are fine, whatever they are.

All things in moderation, nothing to excess.
Posted: 12/11/2006 at 18:07

I'd say 195 lbs at 5'6" was definitely on the chunky side, Cliff - but you might just be very muscular, we don't know!

But whatever your ideal weight, 300 calories for a meal is just silly if you're active.

Once you're in basic training your fitness will go through the roof - but you need to be strong to withstand it; starving yourself is not the way to make yourself strong!
Posted: 12/11/2006 at 18:20

thats the thing about those meals
for 300 cals you get 2 mouthfuls
if you made your own low fat pasta and tuna-youd get a better amount for the same cals
Posted: 12/11/2006 at 18:22

THe thing that is good about ready meals is that they are pre calorie counted but you will get much larger portions for the same calories, or a lower calorie meal for the same portion obviously, making the food yourself.

I am 5'5" and I aim for about 1600 calories a day before exercise for a one pound a week weight loss. You should be eating a little more than that because as a bloke you have more muscle which is more metabolically active than fat.

So, if I were you, I would go for say 1800 calories a day, and then add to that around 700 calories per hour for running.

You can reduce that by up to another 500 calories to give you a defecit for 2 pounds a week but you shouldn't restrict yourself any more than that.

It is the calories in versus the calories out that will make you lose weight. If you ate that purley in chocolate you would still lose but you wouldn't be very healthy.

THat is losing weight, being healthy is a whole other subject. For that you should avoid processed, heavily salted ready meals and go for lean protein, some complex carbs and lots of fruit and veg. Good luck!
Posted: 12/11/2006 at 20:27

Firstly, for a soldier, weight isn't the issue. Body fat is. You need to reduce fat, increase muscles, and not worry too much about how much you weigh.

If the ready meals are low fat, high protein, high carb meals, fine.

As long as your burning more calories than you consume, eventually you'll lose weight.

Seeing that your goal is eight months away, a pound a week is all you need to lose. You shouldn't try to lose more than that anyway as you'll also be losing muscle as well.

Personally, I dont eat ready meals. This is what's working for me.

Breakfast: Porridge or muesli, with skimmed milk

Lunch: Lots of fruit. Most supermarkets do those prepacked fruit chunks in their chiller cabinets, 200g, throw in a couple of bananas.

Main meal: Protein and carbohydrate with as little bad fat as possible. White meat or oily fish (good fat), and half plate of salad, or veg. Pulses and salad, or veg.

Snacks: Hummous, wholemeal bread, fruit, unsalted nuts, occasional Jaffa cake.

Weekly treats: A few pints on the weekend. A piece of cake, a chocolate bar.

Just don't forget to run, and definitely dont forget to rest.
Posted: 12/11/2006 at 20:28

I agree that you should avoid ready meals. They are full of salt and unrecognisable ingredients and highly processed. If you were to make, say, a shepherds pie at home you would need about 6 ingredients (depending on how many vegetables you like to add). Compare that to a shop bought ready meal and that will give you an idea of how many unnecessary ingredients go into processed foods.

They are popular because they are quick and because they tell you exactly how many calories you are eating - which I would guess is why they appeal to you - but I think you need take a different view.

You need calories quite simply because they are your fuel. But you need to eat the right food at the right time. Porridge has already been suggested - as a low GI, low fat food. The energy you get is released slowly. Have loads of it for breakfast. With fruit.

For lunch have rice, pasta or potatoes. Or homemade soup with bread.

Then for your evening meal cut out the carbohydrates and have something like chicken or fish with as many steamed vegetables (not potatoes) as you like.

I found that by avoiding carbohydrates in the evening I lost the rest of my baby weight. I was still eating loads, just at different times of the day.

If I am doing a race the next day though, I will still have pasta or a carbohydrate based meal the evening before.

By the way, that also means no beer or crisps in the evening...! But you did ask.

Good luck.


Posted: 12/11/2006 at 20:53

OK Great

Those ideas for breakfeast lunch and dinner sounds good. Should I stay away from carbs at night? I run at night because Getting up in the morning discourages me from running. People are saying eat rice pasta or potatoes for lunch and then other people are saying to eat fruit, whats the best idea. Oh and whats in porridge, do I make it or buy it?
Posted: 12/11/2006 at 23:54

Oh oh, can I answer this one about porridge? I buy a big bag of porridge oats (don't buy Ready Brek, its just not the same!). I put half a cup of porridge together with a cup and a half of skimmed milk in a big bowl and microwave it for about 4 minutes. I have either prunes or raisins on mine, and have just started putting sunflower seeds on as well (because I'm still learning about all this healthy food malarky!). Its honestly my favourite meal of the day (if that makes me sad, I don't care!). Its a good all rounder. For convenience, you could buy those OatsoSimple type sachets - I'm guessing they're probably the same sort of thing.
Posted: 13/11/2006 at 06:39

The major problem with these low fat microwave meals seems to be the amount of added salt and sugar. I've seen some that provide at least 50-70% of you daily salt requirements. How good or bad going over the daily limits are I'm not entirely sure of, although you will lose some salt during running anyway.

I think these are good in moderation as it does take a lot of the hassle out of preparing a meal especially if time is short. I personally like a combination whereby I make my own stir fry on one day for example knowing there shouldn't be excess amounts of anything or chemicals I've never heard of in it.

As for those porridge sachets, some of them are packed with sugar etc and therefore make sure you read the packaging first, or just buy a box of Scott's or quaker oats to be on the safe side.

Posted: 13/11/2006 at 07:23

Why aren't you eating in the mess? The chef will make you porridge.

Run more with the squaddies, that'll get you into shape.
Posted: 13/11/2006 at 08:09

flwayay-hes still at schoool at the moment
Posted: 13/11/2006 at 08:10

Oh, sorry. I misunderstood, I thought he said he was already enlisted as a WO. That makes more sense then!! Stupid me! :)
Posted: 13/11/2006 at 09:04

Don't eat too many carbs after 8pm. As for porridge, the oats so simple sachets are more refined than jumbo or thick milled oats so will not keep you full as long.

I use the oats so simple ones cold mixed up with a yoghurt as a pudding type snack (more substantial than yoghurt). You can chuck in some extra dried fruit / seeds if you want.

Fruit vs carbs at lunch - it's personal preference. Too many high GI carbs at lunch can make you sleepy in the afternoon, so I'd avoid a baked spud. Too much fruit will give you the trots. Try omlettes with some salad.
Posted: 13/11/2006 at 09:40

I havent read all replies so excuse me if I repeat anyone, I think ready meals are ok in an emergency if you really dont have time to cook, but would add a jacket potato and stick on a pan of frozen mixed veg (just as good as fresh)to add some decent carbs and vitamins etc
Posted: 13/11/2006 at 09:44

I'm not an expert but I personally think the 'no carbs after x o'clock' advice is a bit misleading. Surely it depends on your daily routine? Midweek, I do all my exercise in the evening after work (typically 4x down the gym and an evening run) which means I get home feeling rather peckish, and eat a proper meal around 9pm - containing all the protein and carbs my body needs to recover from the exercise.

I honestly can't remember the last time I ate a ready-meal. The microwave is there for heating up porridge, and for re-heating my fantastic home-made stir-fries, pasta sauces and vegetable soups. :)
Posted: 13/11/2006 at 10:33

Forget the ready meals. Although they can be 'calorie controlled' they often contain far too much salt and other evil entities. Eat sensibly with a balanced approach to carbs/proteins and plenty of veg and fruit. If you are running just for fitness and not to run (you know what I mean) then mix it up a bit. Go mountain biking, find a squash partner, start doing weights - all these will add different aspects to fitness, which you will need for the army. When I joined the RAF back in the day, it was all round fitness that was needed. You had to be able to run (often in full combat gear), walk miles, do gym tests - pull ups, chin ups, press ups etc) and play team sports.

However, like previous answers you have 8 months - enjoy getting fit and eating nice things.
Posted: 13/11/2006 at 11:19

I used to be the Convenience Food Queen!!

But I’ve been converted, to Fresh Food Heaven. Yes it takes longer, but I cook massive batches of food then freeze them.

I still have some ‘student’ type food like: Tuna, pasta, sweet corn, and low fat salad cream for sauce, that’s a good packed lunch, perhaps with some salad.

Or buy a cooked chicken from any of the big supermarkets and have some pasta, veg or salad with it. Frozen veg is ok you can even get good microwaveable frozen veg. These are quick and easy ideas.

But as I’ve learnt over time, don’t get hung up about your weight, in fact DITCH THE SCALES! You should eat healthy, exercise regularly and if you ‘treat’ yourself now and then well that’s ok as long as its in moderation. Stick to this basic rule and you’ll have no problems dealing with army life.

Good luck

Posted: 13/11/2006 at 13:46


H.
As someone who used to buy and merchandise ready meals for a retailer (saying no more than that!), don't bother. More often that not what the packet says in terms of nutrition bears little resemblance to what's actually in the product. Besides that they've been through the mill in terms of processing and additives etc etc. I won't touch them now.

Some of the above suggestions are great. Plus the more you get used to making things yourself the quicker and easier it is. Esp. if you have your fridge well stocked.
Posted: 13/11/2006 at 14:04

I would avoid those ready meals, they won't really fill you up and are full of rubbish. If you must have one add a large salad.

I lost two stone with the support of a personal trainer, I worked hard in the gym and ate a sensible healthy diet. Its not rocket science, 5 fruit/veg a day, low fat, unrefined carbs and protein. Plenty of water to drink and avoid the beer!!!

I found that keeping a diet diary was useful, buy writing down what you eat and drink for a couple of weeks it is easy to see where changes can be made.

BUT don't get too worried about it, once you start training you will lose weight and get fitter.

The occasional treat is important though, I love a few squares of green and blacks chocolate (organic so its OK!!), and the occasional glass of 15% red goes dwon nicely!!!
Posted: 13/11/2006 at 14:23

Stay away from from ready meals, they are rubbish and are fillied with all sorts of junk to make them tast nice.

I find a high protein diet with two portions of starchy carbs (potatoes, rice ,pasta, bread)per day allows me to stay virtually at the same weight. I tend to vary which meal to eat the carbs at then life doesn't become too boring !!


Posted: 13/11/2006 at 14:59

H., that's really interesting about ready-meals often not containing what they say they contain nutritionally. Can you give me more information about that? (Not on here, obviously!)

I am trying to reduce my 15-year-old daughter's consumption of low-calorie vegetarian ready-meals, mainly because I think it's time the little rascal learned to cook (she's not a fussy eater, though she's vaguely health-conscious) and I'd love some information to present to her that she won't assume I've just made up!
Posted: 13/11/2006 at 16:41


Get normal porridge oats with nothing added. You can make it up the night before and leave it in a flask. If you do that, the oats have broken down more and are easier to digest - plus you don't have to faff around in the morning.

Make it with water - then add a bit of milk once it's in the bowl. A bit of brown sugar or syrup on it makes it more palatable in my view.


Posted: 13/11/2006 at 16:44


H.
Without incriminating myself Velociraptor some places are better than others at declaring what's in a product. In terms of nutritional labelling you're allowed I think it's a 10% leeway, but I know from having tested products myself that many fall well outside that. It's the same in terms of declaring what's in a product and the terminology used. So much can be hidden or declared in a misleading way. I can mail if you need specifics, although it's a year or two since I worked in the industry so I wouldn't take everything as a given.

If you really wanted to put her off take her to a factory. Seeing the filling for shepherds pie plopping out of a rancid pipe is enough to turn anyones stomach. That and the butchery!
Posted: 13/11/2006 at 17:51


H.
I feel like I'm being a bit harsh now. There's room for these products every now and again if you're pushed for time or something. Definitely not every day though. Like anything, moderation is key.

I'm probably a bit biased...I've seen too much!
Posted: 13/11/2006 at 17:53

Mrs. I

Add a handful of raisons to your porridge, tastes great and counts as part of your 5 a-day.

Posted: 13/11/2006 at 19:11

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