Renna's Discoveries: 2019

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Simple Biscuits with BuyWholeFoodsOnline

We seem to always be running out of biscuits in my house. I'll open a pack and put it in the biscuit tin, and then next time I look, it's empty. I have no idea where they go or when they go....does anyone else have the invisible biscuit eater in their house. When I ask everyone "Where have all the biscuits gone???" Everyone has the same response ....."I don't know". 
Biscuits are a great little snack and a treat to make too. So as we had none in the house, and I fancied some biscuits, I thought I'll have to just make some. Thankfully, there are some really quick and easy simple recipes out there. 
My recipe, which I've been using for years is really simple and, of course can be tweaked to suit you. I decided to make Cinnamon biscuits and Chocolate biscuits. 

So, here are my recipes from today:

Carob Biscuits
100g Butter
50g Sugar
130g Self Raising Flour

Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees
Melt the butter
Add the sugar
Mix Well
Add the Flour & Carob Powder
Mix really well, it will turn thick and doughy.
Then divide the mixture into 10 to 12 balls
Put the balls on a greased baking tray and flatten. 

You can use a fork to add lines to make them look pretty, or any kind of kitchen utensil.

Bake in the oven for 10 minutes. 

They will be soft when you take them out of the oven, so just be patient and leave them to harden before you remove them from the baking tray. 

How Easy Hey ????!!!!




Cinnamon Biscuits
100g Butter
60g Sugar
140g Self Raising Flour

Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees
Melt the butter
Add the sugar
Mix Well
Add the Flour & Cinnamon Powder
Mix really well, it will turn thick and doughy.
Then divide the mixture into 10 to 12 balls
Put the balls on a greased baking tray and flatten. 

For these I used the end of a whisk to make the star shape.

Bake in the oven for 10 minutes. 

Again, they will be soft when you take them out of the oven, so just be patient and leave them to harden before you remove them from the baking tray. 



So there we go, super easy and super quick. I'm going to make some more for Fathers Day, but I'm not sure what flavour to do next .... 

If you prefer plain biscuits, then the simple recipe is : 

Butter Biscuits
100g Butter
50g Sugar
150g Self Raising Flour

Then you can add chocolate chips, raisins, cranberries, spices, it's completely up to you. 

Happy Baking !!

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Easy Beetroot Hummus Recipe with BuyWholeFoodsOnline

Summer is here and plenty of cold salads and dipping food is on the menu. I thought I'd try and make my own easy beetroot hummus. I have made plain hummus before, which is easy, so I made a few tweaks and made a beetroot version, using BuyWholefoodsOnline beetroot powder. Hummus, is an incredibly healthy dip for you. Chickpeas are full of protein and fibre and all the super healthy micro-nutrients that our bodies need.

This is so quick to make and easy, all you need is a blender or food processor and of course these wonderful ingredients.

1 drained can of chickpeas
2 gloves of garlic
1 large lemon (or 2 small lemons) juiced
3 tablespoons Tahini
4 tablespoons Olive Oil
Pinch of Salt
Pinch of Pepper
1 tablespoon Beetroot Powder from BuyWholeFoodsOnline

Because I am using beetroot powder instead of a fresh beetroot, we needed more liquids, hence why the tahini and olive oil amount is higher than normal.

Another ingredient that you could use is Yoghurt to make it lovely and creamy, but only put a tablespoon in, otherwise it becomes too yoghurty.



 


 Put all the ingredients in a blender and simply whizz until you have the consistency that you like. You can add water or more olive oil if you require. It's just a recipe which is a guide, you can always tweak recipes to suit you.

Serve with pitta bread, crunchy bread, fresh bread, bread sticks, carrot and cucumber sticks. This can also be added to sandwiches as a healthy option spread. Hummus and Halloumi sandwiches are really good !! You can basically add this to anything you like.

My recipe lasted a freshly baked ciabatta, and was eaten in minutes. It was really good.
Have you ever made your own hummus? What's your favourite recipe ?

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Nutribuddy Shake Complete - Meal Replacement Drinks

So Nutribuddy have done again .... they have now produced a delicious alternative to food for when you are super super busy.  They have now introduced Meal Replacement Shakes in their healthy range of drinks, so it's all very exciting.
I found out about Nutribuddy in January 2016 when I tried out their original Weight Loss Starter Kit which is now called the Summer Body Kit. This consisted of protein shakes and vitamins and an healthy eating plan. It helped me loose weight and get back into looking after myself more. I started exercising a lot more thanks to the Body Coach Joe Wicks, and I actually felt great. After blogging about Nutribuddy, I actually purchased a lot of their protein sculpting whey, as it was so delicious and it really helped me maintain all my hard work and kept me motivated.
I didn't snack throughout the day and just stuck with 3 healthy meals and a protein shake a day.
Nutribuddy then produced their Breakfast Bundle which included a delicious coconut drink, porridge and seeds. I loved the Breakfast Shake, it tasted great and was so easy to make. The extra bonus is with Nutribuddy drinks, you can add fruit and blend it up to make it different every day. They also have Hot Slim, which is another option to an unhealthy snack. This is a hot drink that makes you feel nice and full so you don't reach for any nasty snack items. I personally haven't tried Hot Slim, but many people have and say how lovely it is, especially before bed in the winter instead of a hot chocolate.

In 2018 Nutribuddy had realized that most of their drinks and products are actually Vegan, so they changed their Whey Protein Shake to a Rice and Pea Protein Shake, so Nutribuddy is now available for absolutely everyone, no-one gets left behind as so to speak. All of their products are cruelty-free and gluten free as well. Bonus .... No more bloat afterwards.
So here we are just three years later, and Nutribuddy now have Shake Complete. This is a replacement meal drink "fully covered by their happiness guarantee".
This isn't a weightloss product, but it is a drink that has been developed with special nutritionists to make sure it contains everything your body needs in a meal. You know those days !! where you're just running around like a mad woman trying to get everything done. It's a On The Go drink, which you can make up where-ever you are, or make it in the morning and leave it in your bag for later.
It's full of those amazing slow-releasing carbs to keep you feeling full and energetic all day.

I love it because, it's healthy, it's filling, it's easy to make, tastes great and keeps the bloat away. If you are familiar with Nutribuddy products, I would say it's very similar to their Breakfast Shake.

The ingredients are :
Gluten free oats, Coconut nectar sugar, Pea, Rice and Hemp protein, Flaxseeds, Desiccated coconut, Chia seeds, Himalayan Salt and lastly Blueberry powder.

And that's it !! No nasty chemicals, no fake sweeteners, no laxatives, no nasties in the slightest, it's all pure whole foods.
At present Nutribuddy have only produced vanilla flavour, but, give it time and I'm sure there will be other flavors to follow. Hmmm, I think a chocolate flavour will be out by the end of the year. (Well, here's hoping anyways)
So, the way to make a Nutribuddy Shake Complete Shake is .... well, it's so easy, literally anyone can follow these instructions:
Fill your Nutribuddy Shaker - which you can buy in pink or black online - to the letter T with Milk or a Dairy Free Alternative ( like Almond Milk, Oat Milk, Hemp Milk, Soya Milk, Cashew Milk ..... gosh so many to choose from..... or, if you're like me, I like to add half water and half milk of somekind )
Then add 4 Nutribuddy scoops of the mix and add your shaker mixer, screw the lid back on and ....well, Shake !! The more you shake, the nicer it is.
That's it and a meal is done. Hence the perfect On The Go drink. No prepping, no cooking, hardly any washing up, and no rubbish, which makes it super great for the environment.

If you are not familiar with Nutribuddy's Breakfast drink, you will find this drink is actually quite bitty. It's not a smooth drink, like their protein shakes, but, if you're ok with bits, you'll love it. The 'bits' are the coconut and flaxseeds, so, it's not lumpy protein or anything yukky like that, its just foodie bits. Alternatively, you can always use a blender if you have the time. Every now and then I like to blend it up with a banana, or some raspberries, or even some strawberries and then take it out with me, or actually if I'm honest, I'll generally down the drink before I go out.
I just want to show you how it's all packaged, as, we are all concerned with how our products are delivered and how much can be recycled. So, firstly, it all comes in a cardboard box, which is a great start, as this can all go in the recycling bin.
Then inside we have the plastic airpockets, which is a lot less plastic than most companies use. So I'm really pleased with Nutribuddys efforts. Eventually I'm sure they will use the paper protectors so it will all be able to be recycled with ease.
Also, the Nutribuddy shaker is a re-usable bottle which can be washed and washed and washed and is also dishwasher safe. I actually still have my original red ones from when I started my Nutribuddy journey which obviously I use for all sorts of liquids and my kids even use them for water bottles at school. They are brilliant, so I now have 5 Nutribuddy shakers in my house. They've never leaked and a great size for your handbag.
Nutribuddy has gone from strength to strength since they started. They make the changes where they think is necessary and are always thinking of the environment as well as your health. The Breakfast bundle comes with a glass storage pot which is very convenient and sits perfectly on my kitchen worktop. I use it for my protein powders and now the Shake Complete has this gorgeous rose gold storage pillar. So this can also be used again for kitchen storage or .... whatever you fancy storing in it.
I know that food is amazingly important for us and a good healthy balanced diet is all we need. So having shakes when you are too busy to eat s the next best thing, and I personally would highly recommend Nutribuddy for lots of reasons. You've only got to read my other blog posts to find out why I love it. However, for now have a look at Nutribuddy's website to get ordering Nutribuddy Shake Complete.


An added bonus is Nutribuddy have a point system, so the more you buy, the more points you make and every now and then you'll get an order for free with all your points. Woohoo !!! 

Nutribuddy also has an amazing back story to how it started and why, which makes me love it even more. Read all bout the Founder Ella here ..... Ella's Story


*A massive thank you to Nutribuddy for selecting myself to review the Shake Complete, it's now yet another product I love !!

Monday, April 01, 2019

Procoal London - Charcoal Facial Scrub Review

Procoal London have an amazing deal on at the moment with their Activated Charcoal at half price !! It is normally £19.99 and now it is £8.99 so get ordering before the price goes back to normal.
This is a wonderful face scrub, as well as being completely cruelty free and gentle on the skin. Great for everyone then !!
Procoal also sell Shampoo Bars which are going to be in everyones bathrooms in the next few years, as we faze out unnecessary plastics. I'm sure that Procoal can make a lot of of their products plastic free in years to come, so this is why you should start following this brand.
Alongside Shampoo Bars, they also produce Teeth Whitening powder and strips, Face Masks and Natural Vegan Deodorant.
Procoal is a Wife & Husband Team, and they started in just 2016 with the view of using only natural and cruelty free ingredients. Charcoal is obviously incredibly natural and can be produced in the UK.
Charcoal has been widely used for teeth whitening for a few years now, which is quite mind boggling really, considering charcoal is black. However, you make it into a paste and brush your teeth for a few minutes, and then rinse off and brush your teeth with your own toothpaste. Voila, white teeth.... OK, it takes a while, but there is a lot of evidence that it works.
So now we are using charcoal all over our bodies as it's also great for our skin. The grittiness of the charcoal makes it a great natural exfoliator and it also helps draw out impurities from the skin, which will give you fresh clean skin. As this is such a natural product, people of any ages can use it, and it is especially good for people with extra oily skin.
 When I first opened Procoal's Charcoal face Scrub, I thought it was going to be really dark like other products I have used, however, it's actually really light with charcoal crushed into it. So, it doesn't look scary at all and it doesn't leave a dirty sink. You know what I mean....
I like to use a small amount in my hand and add a tiny amount of water and rub it all over my face and use circular motions to get it really cleaning the skin. Then I prefer to use a wet flannel or muslin cloth to clean it off. The results are beautiful soft silky skin.
I would highly recommend this product, I really liked it and as I said before, I think this brand is going to be huge.
Have a look at their website and use my link below for a 20% Discount on your purchases.

Referral Code for 20% Discount HERE

They are really trying to get noticed, so currently ALL of their products are already reduced, so by up to half price, so try it now whilst they are an excellent price and let me know how you get on.

*Gifted Product - Honest Review

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Quick Easy Cranberry Flapjacks with BuyWholefoodsOnline.co.uk

Flapjacks....I love them !!! They are easy to make and so versatile. I like mixing up my recipes with different fruits or nuts and seeds. So this week, as I have a box of healthy yumminess from www.buywholefoodsonline.co.uk, I was experimenting and tried a few different ways with different ingredients. When you add loads of different ingredients to a flapjack it then turns into an energy bar !! But for this post, I'm keeping it more simple.
I always made flapjacks, since school, and when i was pregnant, I had such massive cravings for flapjacks, I was literally making them on a weekly if not daily basis, as I kept eating them all. However, Oats are super healthy for you, as they reduce heart disease, which is my main reason for eating them daily, and they also lower your blood sugar levels and help with weight loss and weight maintenance. They make you feel fuller for longer, so they are a great little snack in the middle of the day or if you have oats for breakfast or in a shake they keep the hunger pangs away. So, this is why we need oats in our lives.
I'm just going to show you a quick and easy recipe and then also tell you how you can change it up.

Basic Recipe :
350g Rolled Oats
200g Butter
140-150g Honey

If I'm adding different ingredients, I like to reduce the honey to 140g as it can make the flapjacks too sweet. Especially if you are adding a lot of dried fruit.

Added extras for this recipe:
1 Mashed Banana
30g Chopped Dried Cranberries (you can add up 50g of Cranberries if you like your flapjacks sweet)
50g Sunflower Seeds

Cook in a reheated oven at 180 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes depending on how crispy you like your flapjacks.


So, very simply, melt the butter and the honey together in a saucepan.

Whilst they are melting together, mash up your banana. Bananas make the flapjacks chewy and add a little bit of extra goodness, as well as natural sugars.


I also added some chopped BuyWholefoodsOnline Dried Cranberries. I only added 30g on this occasion, but you can add as many or as much as you like.
Always remember that you change up any recipe to suit you.

I then added the rolled oats, the cranberries and sunflower seeds to the melted butter and honey and mixed it well.

Then as a massive cheat I used a cake tin liner in an 8 by 8 dish and baked it in the oven at 180 degrees. Done. So easy and so good for you.

Take the dish out of the oven and just let the flapjacks cool. the more you let them cool the easier they are to cut. I'm always impatient, I can't help it, so they go a little crumbly, but that's OK they're mine.
They then get stored in a tupper wear box so the kids can help themselves easily. In less than a day, I only have 5 left, which I'm sure will all go once the kids have returned from school.

Other options that you can add to a flapjack recipe are :

Chopped Dried Apple
Cinnamon
Flaxseeds / Linseeds
Chia Seeds
Peanut Butter
Cashew Nut Butter
Almond Nut Butter
Chocolate Pieces
Chopped Dried Apricot
Pumpkin Seeds
Whole Nuts or Chopped Nuts
Dates
Dried Figs


Literally..... any dried fruit, seeds, nuts and beyond.

Most of these you can get from www.buywholefoodsonline.co.uk at amazing value. So get stocked up and get healthy snacking.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Golden Turmeric Milk Recipe with BuyWholefoodsOnline.co.uk

I recieved an order from www.buywholefoodsonline.co.uk which included a fantastic selection of healthy products: including vibrant beetroot powdernatural ceylon cinnamonchocolate carob powderdelicate raw honey and mild turmeric powder. 
Buywholefoodsonline.co.uk have many healthy food options from all around the world at an amazing price, plus quite a lot of it is organic too.
So I thought as I now have so much turmeric I would make some golden turmeric milk.
Turmeric has so many benefits that we should really be drinking or consuming it daily.
It is a gorgeous bright yellow colour so you can't miss it on the shelves in a shop. Turmeric has been used in Indian foods for thousands of years and gives the curry that lovely yellow colouring, aswell as filling the curries and other foods with very powerful anitioxidants.
The best way to get all the goodness from turmeric whilst cooking it is by also adding black pepper to the dishes. Which sounds weird for a drink, but you literally just need a very small amount, so it is unlikely that you will taste it.
Turmeric contain curcumin which is a huge anti-inflammatory and reduces your fat intake but to get the curcumin to work, you need the piperine that is in black pepper to get it to work it wonders.

I tried out a few different recipes with BuyWholefoodsOnline products for turmeric milk to show how versatile it is as a drink.


Recipe 1 - Delicious Turmeric Milk

1 Cup of Milk, any milk you like
1 Teaspoon BuyWholefoodsOnline Mild Turmeric Powder
Pinch of Black Pepper
1 Teaspoon BuyWholefoodsOnline Honey

Add it all to a saucepan and heat gently whilst whisking



Recipe 2 - Delicious Turmeric & Cinnamon Milk

1 Cup of Milk, any milk you like
1 Teaspoon BuyWholefoodsOnline Mild Turmeric Powder
1 Teaspoon BuyWholefoodsOnline Ceylon Cinnamon
Pinch of Black Pepper
1 Teaspoon BuyWholefoodsOnline Honey

Add it all to a saucepan and heat gently whilst whisking - I found this harder to mix but it tasted really nice. I also thought that you could add so many spices to the drink, like nutmeg, all spice, maybe even a tiny amount of chilli. You could get very creative just with spices alone.


Recipe 3 - Delicious Chocolate Turmeric Milk

1 Cup of Milk, any milk you like
1 Teaspoon BuyWholefoodsOnline Mild Turmeric Powder
1 Teaspoon of BuyWholefoodsOnline Carob Powder
Pinch of Black Pepper
1 Teaspoon BuyWholefoodsOnline Honey

Add it all to a saucepan and heat gently whilst whisking. This was a nice smooth chocolaty flavour, which obviously you can add an extra teaspoon of carob if you would like a stronger flavour or maybe even melt some dark chocolate into the turmeric milk.


Recipe 4 - Delicious Matcha Turmeric Milk

1 Cup of Milk, any milk you like
1 Teaspoon BuyWholefoodsOnline Mild Turmeric Powder
1/2 Teaspoon of Matcha Green Tea
Pinch of Black Pepper
1 Teaspoon BuyWholefoodsOnline Honey

Add it all to a saucepan and heat gently whilst whisking. I like to have matcha daily as its also full of antioxidants and is my natural source of caffeine. I really liked this combination, but I have had loads before.


Lastly, dont be afraid of adding it to smoothies and protein shakes. You have to learn to be extra creative when it comes to being extra healthy. It gives off a beautiful colour, and it has better natural anti-inflammation than medicines. 
This is vanilla protein shake mix with an added teaspoon of turmeric. Absolutely delicious. 

To Buy any of these ingredients from www.buywholefoodsonline.co.uk follow these links to take you straight there :
Organic Turmeric , Organic Ceylon Cinnamon (True) , Various Organic Honey and Carob  It is well worth buying in bulk from them, as it's easy and brilliant value for money.
Have a look and see what recipes you can come up with and let me know !!