Renna's Discoveries: October 2015

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Messy Me Tunic for Babies & Toddlers

Kids get messy !! There is no denying it or hiding it. Even when they are wearing the nicest of clothes, and you ask them really nicely to try and be careful with the very expensive white dress or shirt, and not get it dirty.....its impossible.
My kids clothes have never lasted that long due to the amazing red stain that you seem to get from all baby food. So, the bibs got bigger and then tunics were bought. Cotton bibs are beautiful and soft, but, they last, a week, if that. I bought so many of the stupid things, I never learnt. So when they got bigger and they could wear Tunics, I bought loads. They are wipe-able and clean up really easily. The only thing with a lot of the ones I had, was that they couldn't go in the washing machine, due to the plastics used in them. So, I was forever wiping them down with sponges or giving them a quick shower to clean them.
Messy Me have sorted all of those problems, as they produce a tunic that babies up to toddlers can wear.  They are super cute too. 

The Black Farmer Sausages - All Gluten Free!!


Gluten free food is finally getting everywhere. There are so many people that unfortunately can not tolerate gluten. It can cause celiac disease and can be very painful. If eaten it can cause bloating, cramping, skin rashes and can damage your intestinal walls. So for many years anyone with a celiac diet had to just cut out foods. There were no alternatives.
These days however, everyone is joining in on the act, and even if people do not need to cut out gluten, they are doing so anyways, as they believe it is a healthier option for them.
Sausages have been around for centauries. Every country has their own special way of making sausages and are all very proud of their traditional sausages. Now a lot of butchers would add rice, breadcrumbs, oatmeal, and barley to cheaper cuts of meat to bulk them out. So they would make more money, but not necessarily thinking about the consumer themselves.
Now, here comes The Black Farmer - Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones. He was born in Jamaica and moved to live in the UK in the 50's. He worked in TV Food for many years, introducing us to many a famous TV Chef, that we have all grown to love and admire. Then, he finally followed his dreams and bought his own farm. He produced sausages from his farm and whilst visiting farmers markets, he met a lot of people who couldn't eat them due to having a wheat intolerance. So as he is a lover of sausages. He sympathised with people who had to give up The Sausage due to their intolerance, so he thought, he would make sausages that everyone can eat and enjoy. He wanted to make a gluten free sausage that was nearest to 100% meat and British meat at that. So in 2004, Here is born: 


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Chocolate & Hazelnut Spread Test - What's the Best?

Chocolate spread is surely one of the amazing things in life. I don't know anyone who's never had it, however, I grew up in days when nut allergies didn't really exist. So everyone had Chocolate and Hazelnut spread....or in other words.....Nutella!!!
We used to have it in sandwiches, on toast, on bagels, on ryvita, in croissants, in rolls of any kind, on a spoon, it can also go on top of semolina, and now Nutella have a recipe book (Which I have !!!) So now....you can make Nutella cakes, cookies, milkshakes, hot chocolate, cheesecake, mousse, meringues, pinwheels, tarts, souffl├ęs, macaroons.....seriously you could include Nutella in any kind of dessert or pastry. A bakers popular way to have Nutella is inside a cake - because its as yummy as ...
Now as Nutella is so popular (as its literally the King of the spreads), other brands see if they can make a Chocolate and Hazelnut spread better, or at least the same.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Soulthing - Nutrients & Diet Supplements

Soulthing is a UK based company that produce nutritional supplements for a healthy lifestyle. Emphasise on the supplement !! These are here to join in with your food and give you extra goodness, not to take food away.
Some people have that misfortune to never feeling full up, or feeling empty earlier than others. This is where a protein shake could come in useful. I generally have a slump about 11am or 3pm, where I feel tired or really hungry, and lately I've been trying loads of different shakes to stop me from snacking on sweet treats. The shops sell loads of ready made protein shakes. The protein contents are not generally that high, so one that you can make at home have more goodness in them and make you feel fuller for longer.
Protein shakes are extra good for people that want to loose weight and it also helps with the build up of muscle. (But you do have to go to the gym to build muscle....don't think a shake is going to suddenly work miracles, it's just there to help you)

Soulthing's Shake Time is Vanilla flavour - so it goes with everything and can be mixed easily with fruit. Its suitable for vegetarians and vegans, and its also wheat, gluten and dairy free, So, its pretty much suitable for everyone. Plus is actually really delicious !!!
It is sold in 300g pots and you should get a minimum of 12 servings from a pot. This is £14.95, so its really good value and costs no-more than the shakes you can buy from the shops pre-done. 
It is a great powder that can be mixed easily with water, soya or almond milk or fruit juice. I tried it with water, but I preferred it with normal milk. (I'm not on a dairy free diet, so this is fine for me, however, I really must try the other versions of milk). It can be mixed in a shake mixer like SmartShake , have a look at a previous blog post HERE, very easily. No lumps and tastes fantastic. Its just two scoops (scoop provided) and roughly a pint of liquid, or less, its up to you. This is great for a quick shake if you just want it plain.


Of course, I like to experiment a little, so I tried it in our breakfast smoothies. I love my Kitchen Aid, its just brilliant !! Most mornings we will have a smoothie of some kind. Our favourite is banana. Just add two bananas, pint of milk and whizz...so simple. So this time, I added the Shake Time.

Its beautifully smooth and tastes fab, and I just filled my body with loads of extra goodness.

Then, of course you can add your favourite berries, and give them a blitz.



Dadah !!! Another delicious drink for another day.


Alternatively, you can just use strawberries for less of a bitty drink. I always find that blueberries never disappear completely in a drink. So, basically, you can add any fruit to them that blitz up nicely.
I've heard adding dates and almond milk is really good - from a friend, however, I love to eat my dates too much to blitz them up yet.
I've really enjoyed using Shake Time and would definitely recommend it. I have felt really good throughout the day using this and really wanted to share it with you. It contains all those great things that your body needs on the inside to keep it in good working order, so if you ever have digestion problems, this is also a good way to sort out any of those problems.

Soulthing also have Hemp Pro protein powder and Pea Protein powder, these are both at £16.45. Hemp is like a super super food, so I'd like to try this one next. (although, I went for the vanilla one first as I have a very sweet tooth unfortunately).

Soulthing generally sell supplements. They are all in cute little bottles and range from 60 capsules to 120 capsules, prices range from £7.95 all the way to £19.95 depending on which one you choose.
They have Acai Berry, Fibre Plus, Krill Oil, Omega 3-6-9, Stay Flexi and the good old Vitamin C along with a few others.
I chose the Cherry Beet at £14.95 for 60 capsules. I chose this because its coming onto winter and I need extra antioxidants so I don't become unwell. Having kids, they like to bring germs home with them and then I generally end up with a cold. I can handle the cold, its the flu I want to stay away from and chest infections, as these last for what seems like forever. So I keep my immunity up higher during the colder months. They also contain Folic Acid and Iron, which I need as I have tired spells throughout the day and because of the nitrate content they give me a burst of energy. I can definitely feel the different when I have them to when I don't. You can have one to three capsules a day, its up to you. Most supplements that Soulthing sell, apart from three, are suitable for vegans, vegetarians, and people on a wheat and gluten free diet. So there is something for everyone. 


Soulthing also sell energy bundles where you can save money and stay healthy. Have a look at their website for further details and have a look at their wonderful products.
It's winter and we all need a bit of help to stay fit and healthy, plus life can be manic sometimes. I'm a mum, and sometimes, I forget to look after myself as I am too pre-occupied in making sure the kids are sorted and healthy. Which is why I turn to supplements to make sure I'm getting what I need. Plus if you're a gym goer or do lots of heavy exercise, try these and let us know what you think.

Remember....supplements are to supplement your diet not to have instead of food !!!

*UPDATE - THIS COMPANY HAS CEASED TRADING

Monday, October 12, 2015

DotComGiftShop - Monday Motto!!

This is just a quick post, as I bought this from DotComGiftShop and I wanted to share with you all such an amazing Online Shop. This is somewhere where you could get completely carried away and buy loads, but as Christmas is coming up, this is actually a perfect website to use to get the small .... well actually......and some big presents.


Friday, October 09, 2015

SmartShake - The World's Smartest Shaker

Shakes are everywhere at the moment, well they have been for years, but I've seen a sudden urge in social media about protein shakes and their shakers.
I've always associated protein shakes with body builders or for people that have problems gaining weight. Protein shakes also keep you feeling fuller for longer, just like a high protein diet, therefore you eat less unnecessary foods. I did a high protein diet to help me loose weight a few years ago, but the diet didn't include any shakes. Wish it did, as it may have been easier to complete. Some people have to have protein & vitamin shakes, like Complan shakes to keep them healthy, as their bodies need extra supplements. Everyone is different, but a good protein shake is generally full of the necessary nutrients and more, so effectively, everyone could benefit from at least one a day.

I've tried diet shakes in the past and generally used a hand blender or a twizzle to mix it up. I have seen the shake bottles to mix them with, but never needed to purchase one, as I wasn't doing it religiously. There are loads of shakers out there, but something about this one caught my eye.
When I saw the SmartShake on social media, I have to say that I was very impressed, and thought that this is one that everyone could use....us mums included.
Why you ask ? Because it has storage and.....its easy to clean !!!! I don't think I've seen a shaker with storage, so this one is amazing !
The SmartShake comes in nearly all the colours of the rainbow, and because it comes apart, its also interchangeable, so you can literally mix and match and have it to compliment your outfit. You could literally have one part blue, one part pink, and one part black. Whatever colour you want ..... they have it !! They also have some very stylish colours. I'm loving the Gold Edition !!
Let me show you how easy it is to make a shake - as that is what its predominately for.
As you can see the lid has an attachment that aerates the shake and mixes it well. So No Lumps !!! Woohoo!!
A couple of scoops of Protein Powder add water or fruit juice, or soya milk - I chose Milk, as I prefer the texture with Milk shakes - screw the lid on (securely!! you don't want shake everywhere) and ....... Shake!!! Easy, and as you can see, it mixes really well, and you have a nice smooth shake to drink when you need it. You can add ice cubes to keep it cool for a while or if you have chocolate flavour you can even warm it up in the microwave.

So, we have a shake in the cup part. We can also have a shake later, by adding more powder to the bottom part of the shaker and screwing that back on to secure the mix, and then if you need extra supplements, you can add your pills to the third compartment.

Alternatively, you can have one for your shake, and then use the compartment for locker keys, small snacks, like nuts and dried fruit. So, its also great for taking on picnics or just out and about. Its so secure that nothing will leak - Bonus !!
If you are more into protein mousses like Muscle Moose then the extra compartment can hold a travel spoon, so you can still have your sweet treat on the go.
For parents on the go, you can also use this to mix up baby or toddler formula. This way, you are not fiddling around in your huge parent bags trying to find all the bits you need to make up a bottle. You can put it all in one. If they are toddlers, then all you need to take is a straw, or they can use the sipper.
The SmartShake comes in 800ml, 600ml and 500ml, in slim or normal designs. Amazon have loads for sale , have a look HERE. The Neon colours are fab, and are perfect when out running or clipped into your bike in the dark. I have the Neon Orange. Bright isn't it?! you definitely couldn't loose this bad boy in your bag.
Its BPA free, so its safe to use in the dishwasher, microwave, and the freezer. So there's no excuse. However, it is stupidly easy to clean it too.
Have a look at their website to find out more details and check out all the fabulous colours !!

These can bought anything from £4.24 depending on which website you buy them from. They are great value and I like the fact that this one has two compartments as then you can take more powder if you need to.

Have you tried a shaker before? What did you think?

*I was sent this product to review. All opinions are my own.