Kebabs Get a Bad Wrap


…and understandably so considering what you’re sometimes met with when you walk into a kebab shop.


How ‘healthy’ your kebab is boils down to two things: your choice of meat and your choice of sauce.

The doner kebab – the preferred option for a lot of post ravers – has a shaky nutrition reputation. According to a BBC report in 2009 ‘Trading Standards officers have found doners with up to 22% fat, and up to 12g of salt – that’s two heaped teaspoons, double the recommended daily intake’.

Shish kebabs are definitely the way to go if you like Mediterranean tucker without the extra fat, sodium and general aggro of trying to figure out what is actually in your meal. If you’re keeping an eye on your fat intake, chicken is the leaner option.

Sauces are where people usually stumble. Chilli sauce and garlic sauce are the typical choices for kebabs, but house sauce, ketchup and burger sauce are alternative options.

If you can handle it, chilli sauce is the way to go. Although recipes vary from shop to shop, chilli sauce is basically a combination of tomatoes, onions, garlic, mint sauce, vinegar and chillies. No fat and all the benefits that come with chillies – vitamin C, vitamin A and capsaicin.

Garlic sauce is a bit more of a wild card –  traditional recipes only list yoghurt, minced garlic and lemon as ingredients. Unless your local kebab shop is prepared to let you read the label on their garlic sauce, it may be best to ask for it on the side or pass on it all together.

Burger sauce, house sauce and ketchup are definite wild cards. Burger and house sauce tend to use salad cream as a base while ketchup is generally loaded with sugar.

Regardless of the meat and/or sauce you choose, you can notch up the healthy factor by piling on the veggies: cabbage, onions, tomato, cucumbers and peppers.

The bottom line – a kebab is only as naughty or nice as you make it.

UberEats LondonNot content with disrupting the UK transport industry, Uber are now making their stamp on the food delivery industry.

The UberEATS app, which launched in London earlier this week, makes getting food as simple as it made getting home after a night out. Available for iOS and Android, the app connects you to dishes from over 150 restaurants in London.

It’s a bit of a win-win for everyone: Restaurants can depend on the Uber delivery network to expand their businesses and reach a new network of potential customers and delivery partners have access to new flexible economic opportunities.

The process is straightforward:

  • Download the app or go to ubereats.com
  • Sign in – you can use your existing Uber account for UberEATS – or create a new one.
  • Enter your delivery address
  • Browse local restaurants
  • Customise your order if needs be
  • Check out with a tap – pay with your card on file
  • Track your order – watch as your order gets picked up and delivered right to your door.
  • Rate each item of food and let others know what you think

The service will initially be available in Central London from 11am to 11pm, seven days a week but the delivery area will hopefully expand in the coming weeks. And there’s no minimum order requirement which is a plus.

For the first month UberEATS is offering free delivery and, if your food isn’t with you within 30 minutes, up to £20 off your next order*

If you are already a convert you can join the conversation and share your UberEATS experience on social media using #UberEATS

*If your order was £20 or less and your courier does not arrive within 30 minutes, you’ll receive up to £20 off your next order. For a limited time only.

Cash is set to be a thing of the past at healthy food chain Tossed. Their two newest branches – Coleman Street and Upper Thames Street – will be cash-free branches, accepting payments via contactless card, chip card, or an NFC mobile payment app such as Apple Pay only. Furthermore, the new branches will also be fitted with self-service kiosks putting the high street salad bar well ahead of the curve.

According to NFC World, the remaining Tossed branches will also be adopting this approach. The rationale appears to be to embrace opportunities that technology enable and to also reduce paper use.

Tossed - WorkTossed have never been averse to technology and utilised screens at tills to provide customers with further information on their products, however, this is a leap even for these forward thinkers.

BBB does wonder if this approach could potentially exclude some potential customers but on the surface it looks like the cash-free approach could be ideal for the super busy.



My Vitamins has just launched their new Bioglan product range with a special 25% off for a limited time.

Originating in Australia over 25 years ago, Bioglan is a serious provider of quality vitamins, minerals and supplements and has a strong reputation for unique formulations and first to market innovations.

Superfoods are natural foods which contain a high concentration of nutrients and phytochemicals that are shown to have health benefits beyond those of ‘common’ foods. They are the most raw, natural, complete and pure form of nutrients available and can be conveniently added to your current diet to superpower your mealtimes!

Bioglan Superfoods use the highest quality ingredients in their unique blends and single ingredient products which are better absorbed by your body for the best possible result.

Their product range includes spirulina powder, wheat grass bites, ‘raaw’ juice and raw bites.

Products will be discounted until the 25th March, 2016.


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No one disputes the health benefits of chocolate, however, a lot of the products that can be found on supermarket shelves aren’t ideal for someone with specific dietary requirements. With the Valentine’s season upon us, we thought we would pull together a list of traditional chocolate alternatives that might appeal to a Balanced Busy Body.

Protein Truffles

Protein Truffles BBBThese high protein, chocolate treats will be perfect for a Valentine who has a sweet tooth but wants to keep their carb intake in check.

According to the Protein Works, these treats are made by ‘infusing the protein blend with microencapsulated CLA, acetyl L-carnitine, chromium picolinate and fat-reduced cocoa powder to create a great tasting snack you can consume any time of the day’. For more info visit The Protein Works

Kallo Belgian Dark Chocolate Rice Cake Thins

Kallo BBBAt only 55 calories per rice cake thin, these are likely to appeal to a Calorie Counter. An ideal blend of ‘naughty’ and nice, these chocolate coated rice cakes are also suitable for vegetarians and coeliacs. You can find these treats in Waitrose and Holland and Barratt. Find out more about these lovely rice cake thins here



Choccy Apricot Munchy Seeds

Munchy Seeds BBBA long time favourite of BBB, these chocolate coated sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and dried apricot pieces can only be described as moreish. Suitable for vegetarians and coeliacs, Choccy Apricot Munchy Seeds are also a good source of Calcium, Vitamin E, Fibre, Zinc and Iron.



Bioglan Cacao and Quinoa Raw Bites

Bioglan Cacao & Quinoa BitesThese tasty bites are free from refined sugars, added flavours, colours and preservatives and contain two servings of superfoods. Made from only natural ingredients such as sultanas, cashew nuts, goji berries and cacao nibs (to name a few), these are perfect for Vegans. Find out more on their site




9Bar OriginalLike other quality chocolate alternatives, this mixed seed carob coated bar is high in fibre, vegan-friendly, gluten-free and made with no artificial colours or preservatives. 9BAR’s partnership with Solar Aid, makes this treat twice as nice because every bar sold provides a night’s clean, sustainable light for a child in Africa.



Naked Cocoa Delight

Nakd Cocoa DelightThis lovely bar is made with only 4 ingredients: real cocoa, dates and raisins. Nothing is used to make the ingredients stick – they just get ‘smooshed together into a lovely, handy snack bar’. Dairy, wheat and gluten free these treats are suitable for vegans and vegetarians AND Kosher Approved. Find out more here



The Raw Chocolate Raisins

Raw Chocolate Co BBBThese raw chocolate covered raisins are simple but tasty. Organic, vegan, gluten free and Kosher, treats from the Raw Chocolate Co are another BBB favourite and can be found in Holland and Barratt or their site




What are you favourite alternative chocolate treats? Let us know in the comments below!



The Raw Chocolate Company has given their Raw Chocolate Snacks a bit of a face lift. Far from just a cosmetic upgrade, the new packaging is also more sustainable AND user friendly!

The new the free standing, zip-loc bag maintains the integrity of the product better than previous packaging. More importantly, the fully printed pouch means that the Raw Chocolate Company have been able to eliminate the need for paper stickers which  prevents 1300 kg of paper going to landfill per year. The new packaging also results in a lighter overall weight of the package  which further reduces CO2 emissions from production and transport. The plastic used for the pouch is also recyclable at household recycling centres throughout the UK.

This is fantastic news for The Raw Chocolate Company, its customers and the environment. Kris McGowan, Marketing Manager says: “This initial launch shows the direction we are going in this year and how we attack every problem – a multi-faceted win-win-win solution. Our Raw Chocolate Bars and Make Your Own range will also get the same treatment in coming months – a smarter look and feel coupled with lower environmental impact and better preservation of the product. We couldn’t be more proud and happy, we’ve been working on this for a long time.”

The new packaging can currently be seen on 125g bags of:


Find out more about the Raw Chocolate Company here:

Tortilla BurritoTortilla, the largest fast-casual Burrito restaurant group in the UK, recently announced that following independent research with a professional nutritional analysis firm, Tortilla burritos are higher in protein and lower in fat and calories than most high-street sandwiches.

That’s great news for those of you who have passed the popular burrito chain without giving it a second look because you assumed it would throw your diet of kilter.

In order to ensure their research was thorough, Tortilla provided samples and recipes for every single topping and filling to an accredited nutritional analysis firm. Thanks to this research, Tortilla was able to confirm that a regular chicken burrito has just 12.2g of fat and only 4.1g of saturated fat. This is a favourable and filling alternative to the typical lunchtime sandwich. Compare this to 24.8g of fat for a typical packaged chicken and avocado sandwich and it’s no wonder that more and more people are turning to the Californian burrito restaurant for their lunchtime choice.

BBB has suspected for a while that Tortilla burritos were suitable for most busy bodies, but the provision of research means that we can now share facts with you and not hunches.  If you prefer to see for yourself, check out their burrito calculator on www.tortillatogo.co.uk  to totty up the stats on your favourite burrito. 

The menu offers a range of authentic fillings and toppings such as chargrilled grilled chicken, carnitas – outdoor reared pork, slow cooked for hours until fall-apart tender and barbacoa, Scottish farm-assured beef, seared and braised in mellow adobo then shredded.  Furthermore, all of their beans are vegetarian.

The first restaurant opened in London, October 2007 and since then Tortilla has become the UK’s biggest burrito restaurant group with 13 locations around London, the South East and in Leeds

With a Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) two star rating, Tortilla also focus on their sustainability and provenance.

In Zagat’s 2013 awards Tortilla won Best Mexican Restaurant and was named a Best Buy. Not bad for a burrito joint, eh?

Valentines Day is upon us again! While you’ll no doubt be bombarded with adverts promoting mainstream sweets, we’re pleased to inform you that there are more nutritionally responsible treats available for balanced busybodies than ever before.

Two brands that have really grabbed our interest this year are The Raw Chocolate Company and Pudology which both happen to be vegan.

The Raw Chocolate CompanyThe Raw Chocolate Company has been established since 2006 and produce a wide range of raw chocolate.

They may not come in heart shapes, but when you open up a one of their 44g bars of  chocolates, you’ll find a message of love on the inside of the wrapper. Furthermore, they show a lot of love and respect to the environment by choosing ethically sourced ingredients and using renewable energy source for their production process.

You can buy their products directly from their website, or pick them up at a retailer near you

PudologyThe next brand we’re keen to introduce you to is Pudology. Gluten free, dairy free, egg free but delectable nonetheless. The Pudology philosophy is that you shouldn’t ‘miss out on indulgence because you can’t eat dairy’ – and we fully agree!

Whether you go for Banoffee, Chocolate, Strawberry, Lemon or all four, your Valentine’s Day won’t be short on decadence. These treats can be purchased at Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason and Waitrose and during Valentine’s week, you can get 1/3 off of these gluten free treats at Waitrose.

For more info head to http://www.pudology.com/

Happy Valentines!

Travel KitWhichever your mode of transport to your holiday destination, accessing everything you need for your dietary requirements can sometimes be tricky.

The best way to overcome this challenge is to travel with your own nosh! Here are some suggestions that are kind to your carry-on luggage:

We think that the SmartShake has to be hands down the ultimate travelling companion. You don’t need to be a protein shake drinker to gain the benefits of this brilliant piece of kit. The bottom two compartments are great for storing nibbles or vitamins and once you have cleared security, you can fill it up at a water fountain and avoid paying through the nose for bottled water.

The Starbucks Card is really useful for coffee lovers. Simply upload it with some cash before you head out and when you get to your destination you can still get your coffee fix without fumbling around for foreign currency or worrying about the transaction fees that come with using your debit card. Furthermore, drinks you purchase abroad will count towards your rewards.

Vegetarians may want to keep a few Bounce Balls to hand when preparing for travel. These nutrient dense balls are gluten free, a great source of protein, perfectly sized for long and short haul journeys and made using only the best ingredients.

Carb Conscious Busy Bodies will be pleased to know that many of the reputable protein brands provide protein in individual sized sachets, so you can still keep your protein intake up on those long haul flights. However, if you prefer whole foods for your source of protein, Pro Beef protein snack is a brilliant travel companion – it’s lean, clean and doesn’t come with the pungent aroma of traditional beef jerky.

Baby Food may sound like an unlikely option, but babies often times eat better than adults. Brands like Organix make baby crisps that rival supermarket ‘low cal’ crisps. The Organix Organic Sweetcorn Rings, for instance, are suitable for coeliacs and vegetarians and only contain around 96 calories per bag.

Munchy Seeds are an all-rounder where travel snacks are concerned. All of their products (except the Honey and Choccy varieties) are suitable for vegans.

This is just a round up of products that we have tried, but we know that there are more out there!

If you have a favourite product or brand that helps to get you safely from one terminal to another, let us know and you could win a travel kit! Click here for more details.

Summer Treats


Forecasting the weather in this country is like flipping a coin. One day it’s sweltering and the next is drizzling.

Regardless of the weather, we are on the tail end of a fairly decent summer so before the summer is officially over celebrate the good weather with one (or more) of these cool summer treats.

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This is definitely a treat for the carb-conscious and calorie counting busy body.

Wheyhey ice cream is the world’s first protein ice cream! Available in three classic ice cream flavours – vanilla, chocolate and strawberry, this treat contains 15g of protein and only 125 calories per pot. These revolutionary ice creams are sweetened with Xylitol as opposed to sugar meaning that they can be enjoyed as part of a low carb or calorie controlled diet.

You can find Wheyhey Ice Cream at Holland & Barratt, GNC, As Nature Intended and Urban Kitchen

Find out more: www.wheyhey.co.uk

COYO Ice Cream

CO YO Ice Cream Natural LSCOYO ice cream is 100% free of dairy, lactose, gluten and egg, contain no preservatives or additives, and only 160 calories per 100g serving! These luxurious ice creams are currently available in four flavours: Vanilla and Nutmeg, Raw Chocolate, Natural, and Sticky Date and Tamarind.

Apart from the Sticky Date and Tamarind, COYO ice cream is made without any added sugar and sweetened with natural fruit extracts from apples and grapes (Sticky Date and Tamarind is sweetened with date syrup alone).

CO YO ice cream is available in 500ml pots at Wholefoods Market, Planet Organic stores, and independent health stores and delis around the UK.

Find out more: www.coyo.co.uk

1 of 5_packIt’s Only Natural

As the name suggests, these frozen treats are only made from fruit. No sugar, no extras. Just fruit. The only thing more natural is, errrr, fruit. A great choice for vegans

The brand was inspired when the company’s owner, Dan Brown, went on the hunt for a healthy, wholesome dessert for his son. After his search proved to be in vain, he decided that he would put his head down and create it himself.

The Its Only Natural range is made up of sorbets, fruit freezies, ice cream and ice lollies. We love that the ice lollies make up 1 of your 5-a-day!

You can find the range at goodnessdirect.co.uk or via the Its Only Natural Website

Find out more: www.itsonlynatural.eu