How much sugar is in your ‘healthy’ breakfast….?

Could your mid-morning cravings and snack habit be caused by secret sugar hiding in your so-called ‘healthy’ breakfast’?

By Dr Neil Shaw

For many years I believed I was making a healthy choice by having a breakfast consisting of “high- quality” muesli (the one I preferred even had a Queen’s Award no less!).

Every morning I had a good bowl full of muesli, and although it wasn’t cheap, I considered this to be a worthwhile investment in my health.

I added a good dollop of an expensive low-fat, organic bio-culture yoghurt and a little skimmed or semi-skimmed milk.  For good measure, I would also take a well-known, expensive, orange juice drink, with or without “bits”.

Feeling exhausted and hungry half-way through the morning was a frequent occurrence and I would snack on some biscuits, a chocolate bar, or whatever came to hand! I attributed this to be simply the “way my metabolism worked”. Surely it could not possibly be the fault of the “wholesome” breakfast I had taken?

I now know this was, possibly, the worst way that I could start my day! Let me explain what I now know…….Read More

Glyn’s Favourite Heart-Healthy Low Carb Ratatouille Recipe!

Our European neighbours have been sharing their sizzling summer weather with us in the UK just recently, so here at Low Carb Leeds we’re sharing with you a taste of the Mediterranean with this delicious and quick ratatouille recipe.

Tomatoes, especially concentrated tomato puree and sauces are an excellent source of lycopene, an antioxidant from the carotenoid family, which has been shown in various studies to possess cardiovascular protective properties. And, since lycopene is a fat-soluble nutrient, the addition of butter in this recipe boosts its absorption by your body. …Read More

Hero Recipe – The Fool-Proof Omelette + how-to video

You can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs…

Here at Low Carb Leeds we are huge fans of the humble egg. Superbly nutritious and versatile, the egg can be boiled, scrambled, poached or fried to make a perfect, no-fuss low carb meal or snack in minutes.

With the addition of just a few basic store cupboard ingredients you can also knock up a great tasting omelette, which can be eaten hot immediately or stored, wrapped and taken with you for an on-the-go breakfast or lunch.

If you’ve never made an omelette before it might appear tricky to master. Or perhaps you’ve tried already but the results didn’t turn out ‘eggs-actly’ as intended! Certainly my first omelette attempts tended to remain solidly in the pan!

As with most things – it’s easier when you know how……Read More

Let’s Start with Breakfast

At Low Carb Leeds we like to start by looking at what our members have for breakfast. If you can get your low carb brekkie sorted, chances are you’ll control your hunger and eat right for the remainder of the day.

Breakfast (break-fast) literally means the first meal taken after rising from sleep. Where once this was a warm cooked meal and we ‘went to work on an egg’, the great British breakfast has since been completely transformed by that American invention – cereal. Ready-to-eat breakfast cereal is the original fast food, but is it healthy? …….Read More