Renna's Discoveries: 2019

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 ?

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.