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We love dinner time in our house and eat together as a family as much as possible. Even if Hubby is at work or I’m out, the parent who is at home will take the time to sit and eat with the children. It really is such an important part of our day and time that we all really appreciate.

Making Better Food Choices with Tesco #everylitlehelps

As a busy family we like to find meals that don’t take that long to cook, that can be put in the slow cooker or oven and are ready when you want them. We have some tried and tested meals that we eat regularly – bolognese, chilli, spaghetti and meatballs and pasta bakes, all things that as a family we enjoy and that are relatively easy to make. It’s also important to us to eat a well balanced diet and to teach the children about healthy eating as they grow.

Recently, Tesco got in touch to tell us how they had reformulated many of their grocery products to make them healthier by reducing the salt, sugar or saturated fat content in them. They promised that the products would still have the same great taste and that nothing had been lost in the process – only gaining instantly healthier options.

Making Better Food Choices with Tesco #everylitlehelps

Tesco set us a challenge to create a typical family meal with their products, using ones with the new and improved recipes to see if we could notice the difference. So, I went shopping and bought everything I needed to make a pasta bake, served as we usually would with cheese on the top, bread on the side and a nice big salad. I chose the same products we would usually pick – mature cheese for the pasta bake, a spicy pepperoni pasta bake sauce, salad cheese and Tesco Finest bread rolls. I even picked up Tesco spread for the rolls and salad cream – I was impressed with just how many products had been reformulated purely to help us make healthier choices.

Making Better Food Choices with Tesco #everylitlehelps
Making Better Food Choices with Tesco #everylitlehelps
Making Better Food Choices with Tesco #everylitlehelps
Making Better Food Choices with Tesco #everylitlehelps

This is a typical meal in our house – it’s so simple to make with the pasta bake being purely three ingredients – pasta, pasta bake sauce and cheese. When the table was full of food and I started to dish up Hubby and the children didn’t notice any difference – and they enjoyed the meal as much as they usually would. The plates were empty at the end of the meal and I was even dishing up seconds! LP even commented on how beautiful the meal looked and how tasty the pasta bake was.

Making Better Food Choices with Tesco #everylitlehelps
Making Better Food Choices with Tesco #everylitlehelps
Making Better Food Choices with Tesco #everylitlehelps

We drank still lemonade and summer fruit juice during our meal, typical soft drinks for our family – although LP loves to just drink water. It was nice to know that the soft drinks had a lower sugar content than usual and yet tasted exactly the same to us and they were both such refreshing drinks.

Making Better Food Choices with Tesco #everylitlehelps
Making Better Food Choices with Tesco #everylitlehelps
Making Better Food Choices with Tesco #everylitlehelps

We had sponge puddings and custard for dessert – two more tweaked products that tasted so good and were the perfect way to end our meal – especially as it took just a couple of minutes to make. The children loved the dessert, a real treat after a mid-week family dinner, and I think we’ll be buying both the puddings and the custard again – it had a big thumbs up from us.

Making Better Food Choices with Tesco #everylitlehelps
Making Better Food Choices with Tesco #everylitlehelps

When we had finished our meal I told Hubby that everything was lower in salt, sugar and saturated fat and he said it was nice to know we could enjoy our typical meals whilst making healthier food choices and he said he would happily eat those two courses all over again. With a busy family life it’s nice to know that Tesco have done the hard work so we don’t have to – we can buy products we usually would in the knowledge that they will not only taste great – and the whole family will love them – but they are as healthy as possible too.

Making Better Food Choices with Tesco #everylitlehelps

I’m now looking forward to trying out more of the range of lower sugar, salt and saturated fat products from Tesco and seeing what other family meals we can recreate with some of their healthier options.

Making Better Food Choices with Tesco #everylitlehelps

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13 Comments

  1. May 11, 2017 / 10:06 am

    It’s great that so many of their dishes have been reformulated to be healthier. We only have a Tesco’s in our town so it’s my go to shop. The meal looks tasty too x

  2. May 11, 2017 / 10:39 am

    Wow – I love that they’ve made them healthier and the food still looks so delicious!

  3. May 11, 2017 / 10:48 am

    I love that they are making foods lower in salt and sugar without compromising on taste. As a mum it is sugar and salt that concerns me, not fat so much as the boys are growing do fast.

  4. May 11, 2017 / 10:51 am

    I love that this means we can make healthier choices without even really having to think about it!

  5. May 11, 2017 / 11:00 am

    Pasta bake is one of our favourites too. It’s great to see supermarkets making these changes so we can enjoy gorgeous food, but still being healthy. I love still lemonade too, but hardly have it. I will be looking out for this one x

  6. May 11, 2017 / 6:14 pm

    These look good and I must say that I think it is important that families sit down together at the table for meals rather than eating in front of the television!

  7. May 11, 2017 / 8:25 pm

    I had no idea they were doing this, so it’s great to know that they really care about making things healthier.

  8. May 11, 2017 / 10:24 pm

    Looks like a delicious dinner and it’s very positive that Tesco are making progress in offering healthier foods.

  9. May 12, 2017 / 12:19 pm

    It’s so good that they’ve addressed that isn’t it? The hidden salt and sugar in things is astronomical sometimes β€” you think you’re choosing a healthy option but it’s often worse than something that’s NOT listed as ‘low sugar’ or ‘low fat’. Such a great inventive! That greek salad looks yummy too β€” off to have some for my lunch!!! πŸ™‚ Cxx

  10. May 12, 2017 / 1:12 pm

    Cor, I’m hungry now! I had no idea Tesco were doing this either, which is reassuring because we get our weekly food delivery from them anyway. Great to have more peace of mind that they’re doing everything they can to make things healthier x

  11. May 12, 2017 / 4:03 pm

    Love the fact a huge supermarket has taken the time to reformulate their offering to make it more healthy. And these all look so tasty!

  12. May 13, 2017 / 10:12 am

    What a feast! This looks amazing, well done you for cooking up a mini buffet! I need to come to your house for tea. Think it’s fab that Tesco are being proactive about this now! x

  13. May 14, 2017 / 4:25 pm

    I saw the other day that Tesco has made all the own-brand squash lower in sugar which I thought was great, but I didn’t realise they were reformulating so many of their other products too. Love that your family had no idea you had changed anything when you made them this meal! x

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