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Posted on December 28, 2016

Degustabox December 2016

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Degustabox December 2016

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

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.

Degustabox December 2016

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.

Degustabox December 2016

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!

Degustabox December 2016

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.

Degustabox December 2016

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!

Degustabox December 2016

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!

Degustabox December 2016

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.

Degustabox December 2016

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.

Degustabox December 2016

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!

Degustabox December 2016

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!

 

Degustabox December 2016

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.

 

 

Degustabox December 2016

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.

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Posted on December 14, 2016

Degustabox November 2016 // The Christmas Box

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Degustabox November 2016

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

Degustabox November 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!

Degustabox November 2016

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.

Degustabox November 2016

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.

Degustabox November 2016

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 🙂

Degustabox November 2016

Butterkist Choc Mallow Popcorn // £1.49

Choc Mallow popcorn? I don’t have any words for this. I bet it’s awesome.

Degustabox November 2016

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!

Degustabox November 2016

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!

Degustabox November 2016

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!

Degustabox November 2016

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.

Degustabox November 2016

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.

Degustabox November 2016

J20 Glitterberry // £2.49

This grape and cherry drink has glitter in it. GLITTER. Would look fab in a Christmas cocktail 🙂

Degustabox November 2016

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!

Degustabox November 2016

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

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Posted on December 12, 2016

Merry Christmas From Graze

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graze box

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 🙂

Thanks Graze!

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Posted on November 23, 2016

Herbalife Nutrition Protein Bars

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Herbalife Nutrition Protein Bars

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?

Herbalife Nutrition Protein Bars

Herbalife Nutrition Protein Bars

Herbalife Nutrition Protein Bars

Herbalife Nutrition Protein Bars

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Posted on November 3, 2016

Halloween Treats from Graze

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Halloween Treats from Graze

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.

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Posted on October 26, 2016

November is World Vegan month, are you up for the challenge?

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November is World Vegan month

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? 

November is 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. 

Protein Power

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.

Cultured Cuisine

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?

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Posted on October 19, 2016

VEGFESTUK 2016

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vegan festival

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.

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Have you ever been to a vegan festival?

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Posted on October 5, 2016

Superfood Pouches from Graze

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Graze superfood pouches

As you all know, I work with Graze on a regular basis. They’ve recently sent me a lovely package of some of their superfood range, that would work great in smoothies and sweet dessert recipes.

They also sent me some amazing baking equipment with my Twitter handle engraved in. Pretty brilliant as I didn’t have any baking things before! It all belonged to my housemate in my old house!

So thanks, Graze!

Check out the superfood pouches here: Graze superfood pouches.

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Posted on September 28, 2016

I love soup. Souper.

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Beverly LeBlack

Soup is brilliant. What I love about it is that you can make it how you want. You can make it as thick or thin as you want. You can make it full of nutrition or a little bit naughty and indulgent. It can be low in calories or packed with enough that it’s like a whole meal.

Also, it’s comforting in the cold weather. Which is now coming. Doom.

I was sent this book to review. FYI.

I love soup by Beverly LeBlack has 100 of the worlds more delicious and nutritious soups. Each one is unique I’ve never even heard of most of them before.

What I like about the book is at the top, it’s clearly indicated what soups are suitable for vegetarians and people with various types of food allergies.

Most of them are meat based, but you can always use a meat substitute or leave it out.

It’s clear, simple and beautifully presented.

Are you a soup fan?

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Posted on September 23, 2016

Degustabox September

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It doesn’t seem like two minutes since I was reviewing the last Degustabox! It’s come around so fast.

For those of you that don’t know, Degustabox is a monthly subscription box that sends you food, snacks, and drinks to try each week. A mixture of classics and new products and brands. I’ve been working with them for the past few years to help spread the word about the boxes and what’s inside.

Let’s take a peek at the September Box!

degustabox September Hartley's No Added Sugar Jelly Pots.

Hartley’s No Added Sugar Jelly Pots.

Jelly is a lot of fun and these are great as a low-calorie sweet snack or in a lunch box. Although the ready to eat ones don’t have gelatin in them, most do contain a colouring called Carmine, which is basically crushed up bugs, so be careful if you’re not a meat eater.

50p each. 

degustabox september Metcalfe's Popcorn Thins

Metcalfe’s Popcorn Thins

These popcorn thins are made from corn so have a unique texture and crunch. I’m kind of excited to try them and love that they’re individually wrapped!

£1 each

september degustabox Mrs Crimble's Fusilli

Mrs Crimble’s Fusilli

When I think of Mrs Crimble, I think of the chocolate coconut macaroons my Mum used to get when she first found out she had IBS. Since then, the gluten-free range in supermarkets has grown loads. Now you can get things like these easy to make pasta meals in sauces. It never would have been this simple to eat gluten free 10 years ago!

£1.99

degustabox september Chia Bia Whole & Milled Chia Seed Sachets

Chia Bia Whole & Milled Chia Seed Sachets 

Chia seeds have become really popular lately and I do have a bag already. They’re expensive but do last for ages, so it’s not such a big deal. They have Omega 3, fibre and protein. They also help to keep you feeling full and they’re a great addition to smoothies or sweet deserts.

I’ve never tried milled ones before though!

£1 each

september degustabox Ciro Borlotti Beans

Ciro Borlotti Beans

Ciro is a brand that regularly features in Degustabox, but usually their tomato based products. These beans are picked, freshly shelled and quickly steam-cooked in the can for freshness.

They’re a good source of fibre, vitamins, proteins and carbs.

£1.89 per pack of 3

degustabox september Teisseire Sirop

Teisseire Sirop

I love these! I used to have them in France all the time when I lived there. Although the directions say it’s to add flavour to still or sparkling water, it can also be used in beers, spirit drinks and cocktails.

£.2.99

Say YES to No Bread Chips

Say YES to No Bread Chips

I don’t get the name of this brand because it says say yes to no bread. But it is bread.

It’s natural as bread and tasty as chips.

I’m confused by their branding but they seem nice.

£1.49

Get Fruity Bars

Get Fruity Bars

These fruit and oat bars come in six flavours. They’re gluten free and have virgin coconut oil – each bar is 100% natural.

£1 each

Miso Tasty Miso Soup

Miso Tasty Miso Soup

I love miso soup. Most of it isn’t vegetarian but this one is, woo.

It’s made from 12 months fermented soybeans and rice with a hint of Japanise shichimi spice. They’re not only vegetarian but vegan, gluten free and only 45 calories each!

£3.65 for 4 servings

degustabox september Cape Drinks

Cape Drinks

Cold tea. I’ve never tried cold tea before I don’t think. They’re Rooibos tea though which I like warm but never tried cold. I’m a little scared.

It has no refined sugar and only has natural ingredients.

That’s the box.

Get your own box from www.degustabox.com and get a massive £7 off your own box with the discount code: BLDEG15

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