Ten foods to avoid & National Baking Week

Below is a list of foods that nutritionists suggest you stay away from (source), I have to agree:
  1. White bread
  2. Soft drinks
  3. Banana bread (homemade may be much better)
  4. Cheese-flavoured snacks (I would also include chips)
  5. Lollies
  6. Chocolate nut spreads
  7. Fruit bars
  8. Doughnuts
  9. Rice snacks
  10. Margarine
I can think of a few more to add:
  • any processed food than contains artificial colours, flavourings or other questionable ingredients (if you can say or spell them, then avoid them!!).
  • shop bought cakes and bisuuits - make your own, at least you know what is in each bit. 
  • cheap chocolate - if you are going to eat chocolate, spend more for quality
What else would you add to the "no" list?

I am finding more and more of my friends are skipping these processed foods and cooking from scratch. As my friend said to me the other day "if granny didn't eat it, then we shouldn't". I have to agree with her - however I don't think my granny ate feta cheese or goats cheese or chorizo sausage like we do, so there are a few exceptions to the rule with this quote!!!

In Britain this week (14th to the 20th October) is National Baking Week to encourage people to cook from scratch. Here is the website, it has many great recipes.  I found one recipe that I plan to bake: Spiced pumpkin tea bread, it contains freshly cooked pumpkin (avoid the canned version), coconut milk and coconut - looks yum and is healthy too.

Photography by Joluise: fruit bowl on my desk at work - even at work one can eat healthy and avoid all that rubbish.


  1. I agree that we should avoid those foods - and more, as you suggested!! Those foods might be filling and taste good, but at what cost?!? Our bodies need nutrition, not just something to make us feel full.

    I wonder why they put banana bread on that list???

    I would add fast food to the list.

    1. Commercial banana bread is very high in fat and sugar , homemade would be fine but considering most people don't bake, banana bread isn't a healthy choice.

  2. I so agree about the chocolate part:)
    Making some homemade chicken noodle soup right now! I may add some Matzo Balls in it and skip the noodles.
    My Hubby is going to be home for 6 days straight!
    Hope to get a new project going...
    Like re-painting bathroom cabinets!
    Blessings, Roxy
    Hope your having a great week!

    1. I remember buying cheap Easter eggs one year and deciding after it wasn't worth it as the chocolate was just so sweet and horrible.

      I use matzo in my potato pancakes, but I haven't made added matzo balls to a soup, must give it a go.


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