Friday, 24 June 2016

Healthy Drink Options

I have been cutting down on sugar this year - not completely though, just cutting down. So I thought I would share some great drinks that I have at home at present. Some of these I have all the time and some are a special treat.

With my Nutribuddy Protein Shake I like to mix it up a bit and try different milks. I generally have Alpro Almond Milk, but my other options include Coconut Milk, Oat Milk and Hemp Milk. I do still have Cows milk, but these are just dairy free alternatives to consider.
These drinks are all suitable for anyone with an allergen as they are all free from dairy, nuts, gluten, soya and any animal fats so they are also suitable for vegetarians and vegans. So....basically Everyone !!

Hemp Milk is great for the environment as well as your body. Its one of the oldest crops in the world and really healthy for you. Plus it is grown and produced in the UK. So this is a good one to buy. 
Coconut Milk comes from abroad in the tropics and is part of many peoples staple diet. 
Oat Milk is very simply oats and water with a touch of salt. This particular brand is produced in Sweden.

I love all of these milks and would highly recommend for everyone to try them as an alternative to Cows Milk. They are lower in fat too, so they can help to your weight loss goals. They do all taste different, so you'll have to buy them to see which you prefer. 

Other drinks that I have as my treats are coconut waters and aloe vera water. These are lovely and refreshing and great to keep you hydrated. 
If its on offer at the supermarket I will always buy VitaCoco Coconut Water as it seems sweeter than any other brands that I try, plus they have fun kiddie versions too.
Another brand that I really like is fairly new to me, and that's King Coconut Water. Its a different coconut and it tastes even sweeter and is really smooth to drink. Its really good for you , so much so that they call it a Living Pharmacy in Asia. Plus its actually very pretty with its pink colour.

Another of my favourites is Aloe Vera. I'm quite fussy with this particular drink, and I have tasted loads, but I have to say that Simplee Aloe is by far my favourite. I discovered them at a foodie festival and if I see it in the shops I will buy some. This is a treat for me, as it is quite costly. My kids absolutely love this brand too and they now have new flavours to add to its collection.
Refreshing sparkling drinks with No added sugar are becoming huge in the market. Here's a couple that I personally recommend. 
This is Qcumber, a sparkling cucumber drink. I absolutely love cucumber as it really is amazingly good for you, and to be able to have it in all different ways, makes it even more appealing. This brand is delicious and really is a very refreshing drink. It tastes clean (if you know what I mean) and you know that its as pure as it comes. It's as simple as cucumber and sparkling water. I find this really easy to drink and an excellent way to enjoy the bubbles the good way.
Newtons is another brand that I really love. Its just apples blended with sparkling water. You just cant go wrong with this. There is no added nasties, its just a beautiful drink that is very easy to drink.

Healthy drink supplements include Guarana, this is a coffee alternative as it is very high in caffeine. This is a powder from the seeds of Paulinia Cupana. It has high carbohydrates, protein and fibre, so this is great in the morning to keep you going without having to down a load of coffee. ( I actually don't drink coffee, never have, I cant stand the taste). You can add it to your morning smoothie or shakes. Perfect for people loosing weight, athletes, and it enlightens the brain. It certainly has kept my eyes open today !!

Have you tried any of my options or do you have any healthy drink options that I can add to my collection ?

Thursday, 16 June 2016

The Beauty of Prestige Flowers

Who doesn't like flowers ? I love them, always have. My garden is just coming into flower now and it's very exciting. I also like to have flowers in the house too. They brighten up any room and can really make you feel relaxed and happy at home.
Because I love flowers so much Prestige Flowers sent me a Lomond Bouquet to get my opinion on it....and quite frankly, I thought it was Amazing !!

Friday, 10 June 2016

Essential Cuisine Stocks - Lets Get Cooking !!

I love cooking, always have. I'm not an amazing cook, but I do understand flavours. I used to use stock all the time in my cooking as it adds lovely natural flavours.
I was sent a selection of Essential Cuisine stock to try out at home. I asked for stock that could be used in risottos, as that is a recipe that always need stock and with risotto you can get very creative with your flavours. 

Thursday, 9 June 2016

BoyzToys Fitness Products

I've come across a really good website that sells all sorts of wonderful fitness and travel items, as well as home and kids stuff. Its a website full of wonderful goodies and something for everyone.
However, for now, I'm going to tell you about a few fitness items I have at home that are from the website.
I've been trying my hardest to get fit and healthy this year. I've lost the weight I wanted, and now I'm trying to tone up when I have the time. However, I'm not a gym person, so I prefer to exercise at home. I do wish I had a gym partner sometimes, but with having kids my times clash with others. So being at home, is better than nothing !!
The items I have are the Ab Roller, the Light Resistance Tube and a Pedometer so I know how many steps I've done a day, or a walk.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

My Floatworks Experience - London

Life can be hectic and very stressful at times and we all need to just sit back and relax. It's what we call Me Time. It's a time to remember who you are and not let anything get in the way. I was in desperate need of this. Being a stay at home mum, it can be difficult to switch off and just relax, as there is always something to do. My Me Time generally starts about 9pm if I'm lucky and that's just time to catch up on my favourite TV programmes...but in that time, I still might get a wash load in or fill or empty the dishwasher. So when I get to go out with my friends, I love it. So I thought I would double up the experience, with giving them Me Time too.

When I was younger and on a ski-ing trip with School in France, I got to experience a float tank. It was a large bath with a pull down cover that had a really large amount of Salt in it which then lets you float when you enter. Just like the Dead Sea. I remember it being wooden and very long. The idea of a float tank is just to Relax and let all the worries just slip away. At 16 I did it for fun and to experience something new. It was an experience I never forgot and always wanted to do it again.

There was a Floatworks in London, but I just never got around to going, and when I could and had the time, it then shut down. I was so disappointed as I kept seeing it everywhere and kept saying....yep, one day I'll book myself in....well it just never happened.

However....its back !! Under new management, but still with the old owners involved, and in a bright new location. It only reopened in April 2016 so its still very new.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

My Update from New Year New Me - What I've been up to to get fit.

So what have I been up to with my stay fit and be healthy year so far. I'm still working on weight loss, but not hugely anymore, I just need to shift a little bit here and there. However my main aim since reaching my weight goal is toning up. I am proud to say that my abs are coming back, my bum is smaller and my arms are a lot thinner. Woohoo. Progress. I am finally the weight and the size that I wanted to get to, as I wanted my old body back from ten years ago. After sitting on my butt at work and having two kids, I really wanted to get back to the old me.

Winnie's Original - Sweet Chilli Apple Sauce

I need to tell you about some really scrumptious apple sauce. This isn't your run of the mill apple sauce, this is apple sauce with a bite. This is also a very versatile sauce, as it can be used in many ways.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Winnie's Original London - Purveyors of Exquiste Condiments. The Most Luxurious Jam in the World.

I love Jam, I have spent my whole life eating it. I love a variety of flavours however, my favourites are strawberry and apricot. Being as these two are very popular flavours I have tried many many brands. Some brands are full of fruit, others have half and half and some brands just do the jam with no bits. I actually don't mind any. The only problem that I have had in the past, is that some brands can just taste really artificial. Obviously, the best jams are home made. Yes, I have made jams in the past and I have many friends that love making jams. They make great gifts too a friend of mine always gives me Jam or Chutney at Christmas. 
I came across a new brand at a Foodie Event called Winnie's Original and we tasted the Strawberry Velvet Jam and I instantly fell in love with it. It was definitely a Wow moment. 
These jams are pure luxury, I personally have not tasted any jam like it before or after.