breakfast · No Count

The Cake Watcher’s Top 5 No Count Breakfasts

1. Cherry Bakewell Baked Oats – Taste just like cherry bakewells, easy to make & quick to grab in the morning!  Recipe.




2. No Count Fry-Up – Eggy crumpets, bacon medallions & beans – filling & delicious. To make the eggy crumpets simply soak torn up crumpets in 1 egg whisked with a drop of milk & then fry.18160773_1247575788694541_4344144276402208768_n


3. Overnight Oats – Easy to throw together the night before & quick to enjoy in the morning.  You can put frozen fruit straight in and the juices soak into the oats as they de-frost – Delicious!  The ones here are cherry bakewell (bit of a fave), but you can use lots of different fruit/flavour combinations.




4. Bacon & Egg Muffin – A great breakfast fakeaway of everyone’s favourite fast food breakfasts.




5. Banoffee Baked Oats – Another baked oats variation, the banana in these really bulks them up so they are very filling.  Recipe here.



Let me know if you try any of these, and what you think.

My thoughts on No Count

Fruit & Veg

Is 5 a day past its sell-by date?


We all know the popular NHS slogan ‘5 a day’ referring to the amount of portions of fruit & veg we ought to eat daily, but has the recommendation changed now we have more information about nutrition?

Whilst researching ‘5 a day’ online I found a lot of sites (including the NHS one) which were about sticking with 5.  The BBC GoodFood site had this article, which says you should eat 7.  In this Guardian article from Feb it  states that research shows we should ‘eat 10 portions of fruit and veg to cut risk of early death’.  The good news from this article is that even a few portions of fruit & veg during the day does us some good, but if we want to cheat chronic diseases and death we need to be eating much more.

So in conclusion it seems like the more fruit & veg you can get in your day the better, but at least 5 or 7 and aim for 10 if possible!  This handy article from The Metro explains what a portion is and has ideas for how to get 10 into your day.

Do you manage to pack 10 portions into your day?  What sort of things are you eating?

Diet Mind Tricks

Diet Mind Tricks 101 – Carb Substitutes!

As a massive snacker I am always looking for easy ways to save my WW SmartPoint budget during the day.

Eating vegetables in a ‘carb-like’ form with meals may be the answer to my prayers!

Rice – 6sp
Cauliflower rice (providing it’s the plain one) – 0sp

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Curry & Cauliflower rice
Spaghetti – 6sp
Courgetti/Boodles (Butternut squash noodles) – 0sp

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Spaghetti Bolognese with Boodles
Chips – 6sp (or more!)
Butternut squash chips/chunks/squaffles – 0sp

My lunch today – BNS chips & chicken nuggets – 7sp
Other examples are out there, but you get the picture… I think the great thing is that providing your put enough flavour into your meals then you don’t even notice the carbs are missing.  For example if you have cauliflower rice with curry the curry sauce gives the rice a better flavour (it’s not the best plain).

Have you tried these or any other substitutes – what do you think?


2 Minute Read

2 Minute Read – More than 2 drinks per day increases your cancer risk.

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Scary Facts (Original article)

  • People in the UK drink the 8th most in Europe, less than France & Germany!
  • By drinking more than an average of 2 drinks a day you are increasing your risk of getting bowel cancer, and if you drink 3-4 other types of cancer too.
  • People are largely unaware of the link between drinking and getting cancer.

My Thoughts:
Alcohol has become such a part of our society & culture that we’ve forgotten that it can also increase the risk of cancer, unlike smoking which has been largely demonised over the years.

Why is this?
I think it’s probably to do with the amount of influence that the drinks industry has over the media/government etc.

What can we do?

  • Suggestions are being made for alcohol to have the same scare labelling as cigarettes.
  • Try to be more aware of the fact that alcohol is an addictive drug & carcinogen and use it wisely.

By The Book [Podcast Suggestion]

By The Book

I love discovering new podcasts and I also love a good self-help book, so ‘By the Book’ is a ticks a lot of boxes!

It features two lovely ladies (Jolenta & Kristen) living their lives for 2 weeks following the directions of a popular self-help book.  It also includes input from their husbands on how it is going which is really sweet & funny.

No spoilers as I’ll know you’ll want to listen to past episodes, the books they have covered so far are:
-The Secret by Rhona Byrne
-The Life‑Changing Magic of Tidying Up – Marie Kondo (Everyone seems to be obsessed with this book at the moment!)
-French Women Don’t Get Fat – Mireille Guiliano

They also have a minisode after each book to discuss a summary of their thoughts.

Check it out & let me know what you think!?

2 Minute Read · exercise

2 Minute Read – Exercise

Exercise is important for keeping our minds and bodies healthy. it can help to reduce the risk of a range of diseases such as coronary heart disease, a range of cancers, stroke and type 2 diabetes as well as reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety.


Exercise alone will not help you lose weight.  You can only lose weight from changing your diet. I’ve been fooled by this myth for a long time and am sad to find out it isn’t true, but we can’t ignore the research.

For more info see this article from the guardian.


The Darling Snacks of May [Ideas]

This month I have been mostly snacking on…

  • Propercorn Smooth Peanut And Almond Popcorn – 4sp per 25g
    Very filling & satisfies my peanut butter cravings!



  • Crumpets – Sainsbury’s ones are 1 for 3sp & 2 for 5sp.
    Always a filling snack & you can either use points to top with peanut butter/marmalade etc or top for free with a mashed banana or Marmite



  • Wild West Original Beef Jerky – 3sp for 43g (1/2 pack)
    This meaty treat takes a while to eat as it’s so chewy which makes it a good evening watching tv snack.



  • WW Crispy Vegetable Straws – 2sp per pack.
    Very very moreish, not vegetably in the slightest, taste a bit like Walker’s French Fries.


Can you recommend any great snacks this month?

breakfast · No Count · recipes · snacks

Banoffee Baked Oats

These are a great low point/No Count snack or breakfast! They’re really quick and easy to make and you can bake them the night before and re-heat them in the microwave for a minute.

Yield:  1 portion/4 cake cases
WW SmartPoints:  4
WW No Count:  Free
Preparation time:  10 minutes
Cooking time:  35 minutes

40g porridge oats
1 egg
25ml skimmed milk
25ml sugar-free caramel syrup
1 banana


1.  Pre-heat the oven to 180°C.

2.  Mash the banana (I use a potato masher, but a fork will be fine too)

3.  Mix in the oats, egg, milk & sugar-free caramel syrup.

4.  Spoon the mixture into silicon cake cases in a cupcake/muffin pan or silicon mould.

5.  Bake for 35 minutes until the tops are browned and the bottoms are no longer soggy.

6.  Remove from the cases/mould as soon as they are cool enough to handle to prevent them going soggy. (No one likes a soggy bottom!)


Snack Search! Fibre One 90 Calorie – Salted Caramel Squares

Fibre One 90 Calorie – Salted Caramel Squares

Bought from:  Morrisons
Cost:  £1 for a box of 5!
WW Smartpoints: 4

Looks:  Looked really appetising with a lovely caramel drizzle but was quite a bit smaller than I was hoping (see photo comparison with the size of a pen!)
Smells:  Wasn’t synthetic, had a cakey caramelly smell
Taste/Texture: It was chewy & quite cakey and a little bit synthetic, fairly sweet


I was really impressed to see these on offer in Morrisons – Nice to see something healthier on offer for a change and £1 for 5!  It is good that they are individually wrapped or they could be really dangerous 🙂 These had a much better flavour than some of the other low point snacks I have tried, but I think I’d prefer something bigger for 4SP.  If you want a low point snack that is salted caramel flavour but not too big this could be the snack for you!

Rating:  3/5