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I made food. Healthy food. Yeah, buddy!
I wanted to use this Seamore I sea pasta and wasn’t sure how to attack it. I had recently tried some seaweed snacks in Degustabox and they had a strong taste. I thought it best I make a seafood based dish.
I decided to make a tagliatelle with monkfish.
You will need:
- Monkfish tail
- 20g seaweed pasta
- king prawns
- 200g a tomato based sauce
I first seasoned the monkfish tail with olive oil, garlic and herbs. I wrapped it in foil and put it in the oven on 220c for around 20 minutes.
While that was cooking, I soaked the seaweed pasta in hot water for 15 mins.
I fried the peppers and mushroom. When they were done, I added the sauce, prawns and then drained the sea weed pasta and added that.
After warming for around 10 minutes, I plated it up with monkfish, that had been sat cooling in foil for around 5 minutes.
The dish was perfect. I loved the monkfish and the sea weed pasta was not as fishy as I had feared! It did have a slight taste but took most of the taste of the sauce.
Overall, it was a successful meal!
Organic, gluten free, low carb, low calorie, vegan, seastainable, non gmo. Sounds like the ideal food for health and fitness lovers.
I sea pasta looks like tagliatelle but is 100% wild, handpicked and organic seaweed from Connomara, Ireland. It is a fresh sea vegetable ready to be used as pasta, veggies or anything in between.
Each bag has 100g, which is 5 servings. Sock them in hot water for 10 minutes then they’re ready to be eaten, or to be added to a saucy dish.
Check back on Saturday to see how I made a monkfish and prawn dish with this!
The last box of the year arrived shortly before Christmas. For once, I was home when it came. I usually miss it and after wait a few days. Boo.
Let’s see what’s inside!
Degustabox December 2016
Oh Fudge! // £4.99
These are expensive, but these unique flavoured boxes of fudge make a great gift. They come in three flavours and I got Apple and Cinnamon.
Hoots Snacks // 69p
I loved this and if I saw them in a shop, I’d buy them again. I really enjoyed the salt and pepper one. They’re baked snakes that are suitable for vegetarians and vegans. They’re basically bruschetta and I love them.
Bite+ Multi Grain Flakes // £1.69
I just couldn’t get on with these. It’s a good idea, but they’re basically cornflakes and I couldn’t disassociate the texture with the cereal so it felt wrong for them to be salty rather than sugary!
Newton’s Appl Fizzics // £1.29
This is made with a refreshing blend of apple juice and sparkling waters. It’s all natural with 40% less sugar than apple juice. I used this as a mixer with vodka and it was lovely.
Eisberg Alcoholic Free Wine // £1.39
I’ll be honest and say I won’t be trying this. Alcoholic free wine is not for me! But if you love the taste of wine but want to cut down after Christmas, it might be worth a squirt for you!
Maggie 3 Minute Noodles // 75p
I was really looking forward to trying these noodles, but I was a bit disappointed as I couldn’t taste the flavour that much. More spice, please!
What A Melon // £2
Is watermelon water the new coconut water? I’m not sure but I’m not complaining as I love watermelon and can’t wait to try this hydrating drink.
a2 Milk // £1.39
I’m glad I’ve got this as a backup in case I run out of fresh milk! This is an easy to digest milk that is naturally free from the A1 protein that can trigger lactose intolerance, so it might help if milk makes you feel a bit ill. Make sure you consult your doctor before trying if you have a milk allergy.
Bahlsen Lebkuchen Mischung // £1.99
These are gingerbread pieces glazed with chocolate and are the perfect size for sharing with guests over the festive period!
Bahlsen Akora // £1.99
These traditional heart-shaped lebkuchen sound interesting. They’re filled with a spiced jam filling and have a gingerbread base. I think they’ll be delicious at breakfast time with a cuppa!
Gallo Risotto Box // £2
I really wanted to eat this but it goes in the microwave so I can’t! Although I might take it to work and have on my break. It only takes 1 minute and 30 seconds to cook.
It has no artificial colourings, no hydrogenated fat and no MGSs.
Nutri-Brex // £3.79
I love this brand, they’ve featured in Degustabox before and I’m going to take them to work to stop myself eating crap for breakfast. The only thing is I’m not sure if I’ll like the coconut in them as I’m not a massive coconut fan. The breakfast cereal is naturally gluten-free and fortified with vitamins and high in fibre.
You can get a whopping £7.00 discount, which means the first box will cost £5.99 with the code FAZHX at Degustabox.
I’m a bit late with the November box as the delivery company didn’t leave a note to say it was at my neighbours! Oh dear. But I have it now, and here is what’s inside:
November Degustabox 2016
Christian Potier Sauce // £2.50
These sauces a designed by a French chef and perfect for meat or fish. They’re portioned out ready in servings of one and you just stick them in the microwave for 10 seconds!
Appy Kids Co Apple Juice // £1.49
Perfect for road trips or lunch boxes, these are 100% natural drinks with no added sugar, perfect for a healthier option or your kids.
Jules Destrooper Butter Crisps // £1.19
I’ve seen these in the supermarket but never tried them, they have a rich taste of butter and caramelised sugar, making them a great treat to have with tea or coffee, or even with ice cream.
Ryvita Thins and Crackers // £1.89 & £1.29
Ryvita thins are my favourite thing. I love the cheddar and pepper ones – the caramelised onion one is new to me. I’m glad I got the pepper crackers too because pepper pepper pepper is the best! Going to save these for New Years Eve I think 🙂
Butterkist Choc Mallow Popcorn // £1.49
Choc Mallow popcorn? I don’t have any words for this. I bet it’s awesome.
Butterkist Sweet Style Cinema Popcorn // £1.69 per multipack of 6
There are a lot of fancy flavours of popcorn out, but sweet is my favourite. Can’t go wrong with this classic!
Hartley’s Glitter Jelly // 75p
So glad to see this in here! I have had this before but it wasn’t vegetarian, but this is! Hello jelly shots!
Pipers Crisps // £2
I have never heard of this brand before, but these crisps are delicious! Similar to kettle chips, thick and full of flavour!
Michel et Augustin 4 cookie squares // 89p
These healthy treats contain dark chocolate and a pinch of sea salt. I don’t know what makes that healthy but that’s what it says on the leaflet lolz.
Ahmad Tea Ltd // £4
Strawberry velvet cake! How nice does that sound? This tea comes in 6 interesting flavours and it’s perfect for a luxury treat when you want to avoid caffiene but still have a hot drink in the evening.
J20 Glitterberry // £2.49
This grape and cherry drink has glitter in it. GLITTER. Would look fab in a Christmas cocktail 🙂
The Good Cider // £1.50
These ciders are made from the best apple trees in spain. I’m very happy to see a strawberry and lime flavour here as that’s my favourite flavour of cider!
Broderick’s Crunchy Slam Dunk Peanut Chunk // £1.20
Whole roasted peanuts, rice kripsies, Belgian chocolate all topped with chunky peanut butter and a marpled top of Belgian white and milk chocolate. I don’t think I need to say any more!
Get a £7.00 discount from your own Degustabox using this code: FAZHX
There is no fitness update this week. I think I mentioned in last weeks update that I started to struggle with vertigo. Things have been really bad and I’ve had to take time off work and go to the doctors. I’m being referred to a specialist but in the mean time I have to rest and wait for it to pass before I can move about or exercise again. It’s making me feel rubbish about my body because exercise really helps me feel better about myself. I feel frumpy and awful. Do not look at me. I hope I’m better soon so I can get myself back to the gym!
Instead I wanted to share with you this present I got from Graze. They surprised me with a lovely stocking with my name printed on it, mince pie flap jack and some nutty treats 🙂
In the exercise pack I got from Herbalife last week, I was sent a box of protein bars.
The chocolate flavoured bars contain only 139 calories and 10g protein. They’re small in size, too, so ideal for the back of cycling jerseys or for popping in your pocket if you’re going for a run. They’re about the size as a chocolate biscuit, rather than chocolate bar.
I’ve been taking these to work and either having them for breakfast with a piece of fruit or for dinner with fruit after having a bigger breakfast.
They are very chocolatey and sweet. The consistency is similar to a chewy nougat/mars bar type filling. If you’re not a fan of sickly protein bars, then give this a miss, but if you have a sweet tooth then you’ll love them!
Do you have a favourite protein bar or snack?
I was a bit too late to do the pumpkin challenge that was set with this box due to it arriving after Halloween. Oh no. Sorry Graze.
Although I still wanted to share the pumpkin-themed treats in case you are still holding onto Halloween and want to stay in the mood.
I highly recommend the cinnamon, date, and honey bites. They’re addictive.
Being vegan is an idea I’ve toyed with a lot, so something like a challenge throughout World Vegan Month sounds ideal for someone like me.
I stopped smoking during a month challenge and never went back. Stop eating meat during a week challenge and never went back. What’s not to saying doing a months-long challenge can have a similar effect?
Many celebrities including Liam Hemsworth, J Lo, Brad Pitt and even Beyoncé credit their weight loss and healthy complexions to a vegan diet – so it’s something worth looking into if you’re wanting to improve your health.
There are many benefits, both inside and out, that you’ll feel from a vegan diet, so why not give it a go this November for World Vegan Month?
8 Tips to keep you healthy and happy during World Vegan Month:
Let your timeline motivate you!
Keep your motivation up during the month by following social media accounts that will encourage you to keep at your vegan diet. There are loads of Instagram accounts dedicated to vegan diets, as well as videos on YouTube showing you what vegans eat in a day.
Shona Wilkinson, nutritionist at Superfooduk.com explains that there are many more nutritious protein packed alternative to meats:
“Don’t rely on ‘fake meat’ soy- and gluten-based products; keep them for an occasional treat. Consume pulses every day! These include lentils, peas and all kinds of beans. These are packed with protein and complex carbohydrates”.
If you are worried about getting enough protein you can always add a vegan protein powder to your morning shake.
Going vegan can be the change you need to try out some new foods around the world. Thai and Middle Eastern restaurants will have plenty of vegan options to keep you satisfied.
When I became vegetarian, it motivated me to try loads of foods I hadn’t before!
Top up on Vitamin D
Cutting out protein can mean that you are missing out key nutrients that are vital for your general health and wellbeing.
Dr Marilyn Glenville, the UK’s leading nutritionist and author of ‘Natural Alternatives to Sugar’ says:
“Natural food sources of vitamin D are few. It is found in oily fish and eggs, and other sources would include fortified foods such as margarines and breakfast cereals. The advice now from the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition recommends that adults and children take vitamin D every day especially over the winter. When selecting a supplement containing vitamin D, choose one where the form of vitamin D is D3. I would suggest trying NHP’s Vitamin D3 Support in a convenient, spray from (£10.97, www.naturalhealthpractice.com).”
Don’t overload on unhealthy carbs
Going vegan is not an excuse to eat loads of bowls of pasta! Make sure you fill out your meals with some healthy carbs, Shona says:
“Don’t eat lots of refined carbohydrates. Focus on varied wholefoods like quinoa, millet, rye, basmati rice, oats, and buckwheat.”
Get your Omegas
Cutting out meat and fish means you are also cutting out a great source of omegas, as Shona explains, you can get them from vegan-friendly foods:
“Our skin needs fat. It’s an essential element in retaining both the moisture and barrier function of the skin. Certain fats such as omega 3, 6 and 9 are of particular importance. Omega 6 (linoleic acid) fats are readily available in most nuts and seeds such as flax, hemp and evening primrose, while omega 9 (oleic acid) is best found in olive oil, avocados and almonds. Omega 3 (alpha-linolenic acid) can be found in flaxseed, chia and avocado.”
Stock up on your vitamins!
Many people who stick to a plant-based diet are lacking in Vitamin B, in particular B12, which is great for keeping your energy up!
Shona says: “In general, if you eat dark green leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds, lentils and brown rice you will be getting B vitamins but the following foods are good sources for the individual B vitamins.”
“It is usually best to take B vitamins in a complex. This is because the B vitamins work in synergy with each other. If you take too much of one particular B vitamin it may put the others out of balance.”
Lily Soutter, nutritionist and weight loss expert at www.lilysoutternutrition.com, adds:
“With a zero meat policy, vegans and vegetarians are at risk of iron deficiency. Our richest and most bioavailable source of iron come from meat and fish. Whilst plant sources such as beans and green leafy veg do contain iron, the abundance and bioavailability is much lower. However if vegans and vegetarians supplement with vitamin C at each meal, this can help with absorption rate of iron from their food.”
Check your cupboards
If you decide to make your new found veganism more of a lifestyle rather than just a diet, make sure you check you bathroom cupboards!
It’s also important to educate yourself on what you can and cannot eat as there are loads of animal products hidden in foods that you wouldn’t expect!
Choose beauty products that don’t test on animals and use all natural products.
Using completely organic products might even improve your skin, as Sonja Dymalovski, skincare expert at What Skin Needs explains:
“Hydration is the key to young looking skin, and adding a serum to your night time routine is a great way to wake up with youthful glow. I would go for a serum with natural oils that have anti-inflammatory and soothing properties like Jojoba oil and Plantolin. Try Hydrating Facial Serum by What Skin Needs (www.whatskinneeds.co.uk, £17.99)”
Hope these tips help. Will you be joining in on World Vegan Month?
Since going to the Leeds Vegan Festival in summer, I’ve been interested in attending more. Although I’m not a vegan, I find it enjoyable to go along and see all the different food they have to offer. Festivals like this can really show you that there’s more to being vegan than just eating boring vegetables.
VEGFESTUK London takes place at Kensington Olympia on October 22nd – 23rd 2016 and attracts more than 12,000 visitors a year. It’s great for vegans and those who are interested in the vegan lifestyle.
Caterers at this year’s show includes:
- Freshly-made juice experts Damage Limitation
- Organic burger and smoothie wonders Hempen
- Italian street food legends Just Fab T
- he always moreish Ms Cupcake.
Visitors have the opportunity to enjoy activities such as:
- The Vegan Athletes Summit
- Live cookery demos
- the Vegan bodybuilding contest
- Kids cookery classes
- a Pro-Intersectional Vegan Conference, which looks at entangling social justice issues from a vegan perspective.
- Animal rights workshops
- live music.
As well as loads of stalls of vegan food and lifestyle products.