Renna's Discoveries: 2019

Thursday, September 05, 2019

Nutribuddy Breakfast Shake Ideas

A friend asked myself what I add to my morning smoothies and she didn't like the answer of "whatever I have in my fridge or freezer" she asked for examples, so I thought I'd write down what I did have and share it with you as well. I have a smoothie or breakfast shake of some sort every day, as it helps with my fruit intake and keeps my breakfast fairly clean and healthy. At the moment, I'm drinking Nutribuddy Breakfast Shakes, which is perfectly fine on it's own as it has very healthy and amazing ingredients, like oats, seeds and coconut, so if I add fruit to it, it's even healthier and keeps me full until lunch time.
Nutribuddy Breakfast is a powder form that you add to milk or a milk substitute that you mix together to make an easy on the go breakfast shake. It is gluten-free, vegan friendly, low in calories and of course sugar free. Nutribuddy sell their own shakers which work perfectly with the Breakfast Shake, as it makes the instructions even more simpler. You pour milk up to the letter T in the shaker and add 3 scoops of Breakfast Shake, and ..... shake. That's it. Breakfast is now served. So, you can literally make this whilst running out the door or whilst running around the house trying to get ready. For me, mornings can be hectic, so a shake whilst trying to make sure I get the kids to school on time is perfect. However, for when I do have a bit of extra time, I like to add fruit to my breakfast so I need the blender for that. 

I reviewed it a couple of years ago when it first came out and Nutribuddy have been tweaking the recipe slightly and have a few more flavours to add to the list now, so there is literally something for everyone. They used to only have one mix but with three flavours of Vanilla, Chocolate Brownie and Naked (unflavoured and unsweetened). I used to have vanilla or naked with fruit if I had the time and the chocolate was just divine on its own. So now they have a Smooth mix or the Crunchy mix. The crunchy mix is a bit like a really "watered" down porridge, so it is bitty as so to speak, as you feel the oats and the coconut within the mix, so if you prefer no bits in your drink, then you can have the Smooth mix. However, if you like a bit of variety, you can get both, but if you blend up the Crunchy mix, it turns into the smooth mix. 

Nutribuddy's new flavours are : 
Naked Unsweetened - Crunchy Flaxseeds & Coconut flakes
Chocolate - Crunchy Flaxseeds & Coconut flakes
Vanilla - Super Smooth with Matcha Green Tea
Vanilla - Crunchy Flaxseeds & Coconut flakes
Strawberry - Crunchy Flaxseeds & Coconut flakes
Strawberry -  Super Smooth with Matcha Tea
Banana - Crunchy Flaxseeds & Coconut flakes
Banana - Super Smooth with Matcha Tea

You can also buy a glass jar to store your Nutribuddy Shake in which I absolutely love, and it is a really good price of £2.99 when you buy the Shake mix. I still have the original design from two years ago which was a square design, but now they have a cute rounded design that looks so pretty on your kitchen worktop, you won't want to put it away. 

I would quickly like to say that this is not a protein shake, this is a breakfast shake. It's not for weight loss or helping your gym performance, it's just a delicious shake that you have when you haven't the time to sit down and eat breakfast, but yes, it's also a great way to keep your calories at the correct amount or if you are on a strict calorie counting diet. 
I have many Nutribuddy Blog Posts, so I will list the most recent at the bottom of this post, so you can have a read about all of their other products and my other shake ideas.


Here are a few examples of what I have been including in my smoothies. I generally have a lot of fruit in my house, whether it be fresh or frozen, so I have plenty of different options for my smoothies. Frozen fruit is brilliant when it's a hot day, as you can make it as thin or as thick as you like by adding more fruit, but when it's frozen, it tends stay thicker and obviously cooler for if you are taking it with you. Half a frozen banana is always a favourite of mine.
OK, so in my freezer, I have a variety of frozen fruits whether they be in a pack already done for me, or I mostly have fruit that I have frozen myself as they are leftovers from fresh fruit or they were reduced in the shops because of the date so I just freeze them all. I currently have 5 tupperware boxes of different fruits in the freezer as there is never a need to waste fruit.
I also like to have a variety of milks so it's always different. I like to have normal milk, almond milk, cashew milk, coconut milk and oat milk. So once you have your variety in your fridge, every day is different.


Day One:
1/2 Banana
7 Blackberries
200 ml Cashew Milk
150 ml Water
3 Scoops Nutribuddy Breakfast
Blitz in a blender


Day Two:
1/2 Banana
200 ml Cashew Milk
150 ml Water
1 heaped teaspoon Peanut Butter
3 Scoops Nutribuddy Breakfast
Blitz in a blender


Day Three:
1/2 Banana
6 Large Raspberries
Handful of Blueberries
200 ml Almond Milk
100 ml Water
3 Scoops Nutribuddy Breakfast
Blitz in a blender


Day Four:
2 Handfuls of Frozen Tropical Fruit
200 ml Milk
150 ml Water
3 Scoops Nutribuddy Breakfast
Blitz in a blender


Day Five:
1 Banana
1 tablespoon Peanut Butter
200 ml Almond Milk
100 ml Water
3 Scoops Nutribuddy Breakfast
Blitz in a blender


Day Six:
Milk up to the T in the Nutribuddy Shaker
3 Scoops Nutribuddy Breakfast
Shake


Day Seven:
2 Handfuls of Strawberries
1 Handful of Blackberries
1/4 Banana
200 ml Milk
3 Scoops Nutribuddy Breakfast
Blitz in a blender


Day Eight:
1 Banana
1 (very) heaped teaspoon of Lotus Biscoff Spread
300 ml Milk
3 Scoops Nutribuddy Breakfast
Blitz in a blender

Day Nine:
Milk up to the T in the Nutribuddy Shaker
1 level teaspoon of Matcha Green Tea
3 Scoops Nutribuddy Breakfast
Shake


Day Ten:
1 Banana
1 teaspoon Cashew Butter
1 heaped teaspoon Almond Butter
300 ml Almond Milk
3 Scoops Nutribuddy Breakfast
Blitz in a blender

Day Eleven:
2 Handfuls of Frozen Mango & Pineapple
300 ml Almond Milk
3 Scoops Nutribuddy Breakfast
Blitz in a blender


Day Twelve:
Almond Milk up to the T in the Nutribuddy Shaker
3 Scoops Nutribuddy Breakfast
Shake


What do you think ? Would you have any of these options?

Have a quick read of my most recent Nutribuddy posts for more inspiration and then also, Nutribuddy have a few ideas of their own on their blog page here

Nutribuddy Shake Complete
Nutribuddy Bundle
Breakfast Bundle

Nutribuddy also produce Meal Replacement Shakes as you can read about in the first link above, however Nutribuddy also have a blog page and I thought I would share with you their Meal Replacement Shakes guide HERE

I really do recommend Nutribuddy products, I have loved every single one that I have tried, and would very happily continue to use Nutribuddy. It is super fast delivery and super tasty !!



* I was sent this Breakfast Shake bag to review, however, I have bought plenty of Nutribuddy Products previously and will continue to do so. If I didn't like it, I wouldn't recommend it.... And Believe me - I LOVE IT !!!

Monday, July 22, 2019

Human Food - Organic Meal Replacement Bars

Meal replacement bars, are getting everywhere at present. We are all trying new things and trying to see what foods are better for the environment. Human Food is a new company that has launched purely because of the success of a Kickstarter campaign. Which means to means that it must be an already popular product.
Human Food is a sticky bar that has been designed to be completely plant based, so it is suitable for absolutely everyone. The professionals have also certified Human Food as the first complete meal replacement bar. So they say to forget the others that you've heard about as those are designed to keep the hunger pangs away, however Human Food is full of all the good stuff as well as filling you up as each bar contains 100% of your recommended intake of vitamin B12 and at least 50% of RI of all the other essential vitamins and nutrients.

Human Food is delivered straight to your door and because of the success of the Kickstarter, it is now available to Everybody. It has proven popular with sportspeople and medical experts, which says it all really. I like the way it is delivered and it can all be recycled.


Human Food was founded by Ky Wright who spent 4 years designing the recipe and getting it just right. He had help from Dan Reid and Dr Hamel Kamil who are experts in their field.

Ky Wright started by designing smoothies but then thought that he needed to design a product that could store well, be used in different recipes, and can also travel well. So, a bar is the perfect option. It is great for taking on hikes, when you only have a small amount of space for food, its also great for keeping in your gym bag or overnight bag. A bar just make sit all the more convenient for people. It doesn't take up much room and there's no cooking or electricity required.  Unless , you wish to make it into a smoothie, which you can. They other benefit is that if it does get squashed or somehow broken up, it really doesn't matter as it will just all stick back together again.

Human Food is only available via a subscription service at present, however I am sure, they'll be in health shops in the near future.

Now, Human Food, is not a cheap option, but a convenient one.

I got myself a taster pack of three bars which costs £12.30 plus postage. A Two week trial taster pack which has 10 bars is £33.00 plus postage and once you are ready to commit, a subscription pack of 20 bars will cost you £66.00 free postage.

The three bars , Red, Green and Yellow all have the same ingredients apart from one difference.
Organic Hulled Hemp Seeds
Organic Dried Banana
Organic Dates
Organic Apple Juice from Concentrate
Organic Hemp Protein
Organic Sunflower Seeds
Organic Pumpkin Seeds
Organic Figs
Organic Dried Apricots
Organic Cacao Powder
Algae Extract
Organic Puffed Quinoa
Organic Mulberries
Organic Maca
Organic Quinoa Sprout Extract
Curry Leaf Extract
Organic Ginseng
Organic Mushroom Extract

Red Bar - Organic Goji Berries
Green Bar - Organic Spirulina
Yellow Bar - Organic Turmeric

So each bar is absolutely crammed with Iron, Omega 3, Calcium, Vitamin D, Magnesium and Vitamin B12.

Pretty impressive hey ??!!

So the ways Human Food advise to consume the Human Bar is on it's own, however, you will need a glass of water and a piece of fruit. Alternatively , you can use a whole bar and make it into a smoothie. Although I do have to say, I think half a bar is perfectly enough in a smoothie, so you can make it last longer. Or you can break it up into pieces and add to your muesli or porridge. It's up to you.

I made a smoothie, and I'm not going to lie, I actually completely forgot about food for hours, as I was so full.

200ml Milk
200ml Water
1/2 Bar of Red Human Food
4 Frozen Strawberries
and Blitz.

I did have to blitz for a lot longer than normal as the bar doesn't break down that easily, but when we finally got there it was lovely and smooth.





I would recommend Human Food for anyone that wants to cuts down on food waste and lead a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is expensive but, it is all organic and natural, plus its suitable for all kind of diets, be it Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo, it has something for everyone.

Taste wise, I found them all very strong, certainly nothing bland here. However the goji berry was my personal favourite as its sweeter than the others.

Have a look at their website and let me know what you think. Are Meal Replacement Bars for you ?



Monday, July 15, 2019

The New Smol Revolution - Delivered to your Door !!

I have just heard about a fantastic new company that distributes laundry tablets and dishwasher tablets on a weekly, or monthly basis for a really good price.
Smol is delivered and the box is so small, it will literally fit through your letterbox. The other bonus is that is is all recyclable. The capsules are packaged into plastic sleeves, as they have yet to find a cardboard version that is as safe as the plastic sleeves. The industry ensure that all companies have child safe packaging which is difficult to get into. But, they are working on it. So in the future, the whole lot can be composted.

Smol has been two years in the making. They have tried out many different combinations and is now happy to inform you that Smol uses less chemicals that many other brands and it will cost you less money. The plus side is that Smol is just as good if not better than other leading brands, so at least you know you are getting an industry tested product that has been approved by quality standards.




I have used both the dishwasher and laundry capsules and they are both really good. Everything comes out clean and sparkling. Stains are gone and I know that I will never run out.

If you want to try a free trial, then have a look at their website and get yourself signed up. I have, which is great, as it means I'll always have a supply at home.

Smol Products Free Trial

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 ?