Mars Bar Diet from the 70’s
Not quite as crazy as it sounds.
Some of the meals are very dated now but you can make your own up to suit. Each meal should be about 200 calories
This diet is actually quite healthy. The Mars bar is a treat that you can have once a day. Or another type of chocolate bar of your choice. (But must be the same amount of calories – ie. 280)
Basically, the diet adds up to 1500 calories a day, so if you follow it to the letter, you will lose weight.
1. Choose 5 meals per day. Three of which should contain protein e.g. Milk, Fish, Cheese, Eggs, Meat.
2. Extra allowances: 1 Mars Bar, 1/2 pint milk and 1/2 oz. butter or margarine.
3. Free choice of vegetables, except peas and potatoes.
4. Leave at least 2 hours between meals.
Boiled egg, one slice low calorie bread, or one crispbread spread with 1/4 oz. butter
One egg scrambled in a non-stick pan and one slice low calorie bread or one crispbread spread with 1/4 oz. butter
One poached egg on one slice low calorie bread, 1/4 oz. butter
Two boiled eggs.
6 oz. cottage cheese with celery or chives.
1 oz. Edam cheese or (3/4 oz. cheddar) with two crispbreads and one tablespoon sweet pickle.
3 oz. Cottage cheese on 2 crispbreads and one tomato.
2 oz. Cottage cheese on one slice bread from large loaf, topped with sliced banana and lettuce.
6 oz. smoked haddock, poached in a little milk and drained, topped with one poached egg.
2 oz. peeled prawns (or 2 oz. canned pink salmon, drained) mixed with 2 tblspns salad cream and shredded cucumber,
serve on a bed of lettuce and tomato.
Bake 6 oz. cod steak in foil with onions and tomatoes, mushrooms, chopped peppers and seasoning.
Combine 2 oz. peeled prawns with 1/2 carton natural yoghurt, squeeze lemon juice and seasoning. Pile mixture innto two
halves canned pears drained.
Three grilled fish fingers served with grilled tomatoes and any green vegetable except peas.
Chop up one apple, small onion, stick of celery. Mix with 1/2 carton of yoghurt, lemon juice and 2 oz. canned tuna (in
Sauce: 1 tablespoon tomato sauce, 1 tablespoon worcestshire sauce, dash of tabasco, 1 tsp mustard, 1 tblspn
breadcrumbs and seasoning.
Mix the above ingredients together, coat 6 oz. haddock steak with the mixture and bake in foil.
Bake a 6oz. plaice fillet, covered iwth 4 oz. sliced mushrooms and moistened with white wine (or grill 3 oz. kipper fillets
and 4 oz. mushrooms) Serve with any green veg. except peas.
Meat & Poultry Meals
Two lean rashers of bacon grilled and tomatoes
One rasher of bacon fried in non-stick pan, and one egg fried in the fat from the bacon.
6 oz. cooked chicken joint served with mixed salad
2 oz. liver sausage spread on two crispbreadds and cucumber
Two thin slices lean roast pork, beef, lamb or chicken, with 1/4 lb cabbage, one small carrot and a little gravy
2 oz. tongue (or 2 oz. luncheon meat) mixed salad.
Two crispbreads spread with butter from allowance, one lean slice of ham, tomato.
Chicken and Vegetable Curry – Cook one chopped onion in a little water, add 1/4 oz. curry powder, 3 oz/ raw chicken, 1/4
pt water. Simmer gently for 30 mins and add strips of carrot, celery, swede and leek.
3 oz. lambs liver, braised with an 8 oz. tin of tomatoes, small chopped onions, mushrooms and seasoning.
Skewer 2 oz. liver cut into squares, 2 oz. kidney, slices of onion and halved tomatoes. Brush with a little oil and grill, serve
with green beans, broccoli and any green vegetable except peas.
Heat and slice two frankfurters, mix with one dessertspoon mayonnaise, one dessertspoon chutney, dash lemon juice and
worcester sauce. Serve on bed of lettuce.
4 oz. stewed prunes (sweetened with artificial sweeteners) or 1 small glass orange juice or half grapefruit. One egg
poached, boiled or scrambled (without fat)
One carton real fruit yoghurt.
Fresh fruit salad – chop and mix together, one banana, one apple, one orange and squeeze lemon juice.
Souffle omelette – Whisk one large egg white until stiff, fold in beaten yolk. Cook in non-stick pan. Fill with one tsp jam
and one stewed apple.
One flavoured yoghurt. One apple or pear.
4 oz. tinned pears, pineapple, peaches, mandarin oranges or apricots.
1 oz. breakfast cereal or bran plus 1 tsp sugar, plus 1/4 pt. milk (extra to allowance)
5 oz. baked potato filled with 1 oz. Cottage Cheese and chopped chives
One slice of toast from large loaf and 4 oz. baked beans
1/2 pt. cream of chicken soup, oxtail or vegetable. One crispbread
One small packet of peanuts
One small packet of crisps.
Three digestive biscuits
One cup Ovaltine, Horlicks, Drinking chocolate or other malted bedtime drink made with 1/4 pt milk in addition to
allowance. One sweet biscuit.
One small choc. ice or 3 oz. ice cream.
Two slices low-calorie bread with butter from allowance. Filling – 1 oz. Edam cheese (or 3/4 oz cheddar) or 2 oz. cooked
chicken or one hard boiled egg mixed with a little mayonnaise.