Totally tropical coconut smoothie | Recipe

Totally tropical coconut smoothie

In one of my recent Degustabox parcels, I received a carton of coconut milk alternative to milk. I don’t normally buy this, so other than using it in coffee, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it. As the boys are a fan of smoothies, it gave me an idea. Add some pineapple and mango, blitz it up in a blender, and make a totally tropical coconut smoothie! The lime juice gives it a little extra kick, and the chia seeds add extra natural goodness.
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Apple, carrot & raspberry juice | Recipe

Apple, carrot and raspberry juice recipe.

I recently posted my thoughts on the Slow Juicer from Panasonic; this recipe is the first juice I have ever made. On first thoughts you may think – apple and raspberry, yes; apple and carrot, maybe; but mix them all together and it seems a bit of an odd combination. Raspberry juice isn’t one that is come across very often.

I can tell you though, it is delicious. The apple gives it a little tartness; the carrot a more savoury flavour; add raspberries, and it adds sweetness and makes it a beautiful colour! I almost didn’t want to drink it. All four of us loved it, and it’s a real thirst quencher. It is super super easy too! Read more

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Musings of a Slimming World target member | #1

Musings of a Slimming World target member #1

It’s been a few months now since I reached target; just over three of them, in fact. It does actually feel like it’s been longer to be honest. I haven’t shared an update since becoming a target member so I thought it was about time I got my thoughts down on paper; well, virtual paper! I was going to say, I can’t remember the last time I went to weigh in dreading getting on the scales, but that wouldn’t be entirely true. The truth is, I’ve been really struggling for most of the year already, and it’s almost March! Read more

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New Year Health on a Budget

New Year Health on a Budget

January; the most popular month of the year for people to decide they want to lose weight, or to get a bit fitter and healthier. I certainly know that was the case for me a couple of years ago when I decided to join Slimming World; but, my main focus at that time was just to lose weight.

During my weight loss journey I haven’t really exercised; with the exception of taking up running for a few weeks and then life got in the way, and I haven’t really done any since. This year though, I want to focus on getting fitter. I pretty much have the healthy eating down to a tee now; most of the time, anyway! We all want need to let go once in a while, right?

New Year Health on a Budget

MyVoucherCodes have produced this rather cute little video; it contains a whole bunch of handy tips for your new year health on a budget!

I’m pretty happy that I actually carry out most of these already; except for cold showers right now, I certainly don’t fancy one of those in the winter – brr! One thing I am planning on getting my (still wobbly) bum into gear and doing soon, is some exercise and toning up. Everybody watches YouTube so much these days, that it’s one of the first places I will be heading to look for some videos. Since losing weight though, my fitness gear no longer fits me (!) so I need to buy some more. I will probably be visiting Sports Direct for this as I have some trainers from there which have lasted me a while, so I know they sell affordable but quality items.

Another vow I have made to myself for this year – which I am yet to start – is to try a new healthy but delicious meal or recipe every week. My friend Zara from Mojo Blogs has recently been posting some gorgeous looking meals from Hello Fresh on her Instagram; I am so tempted to order some for myself! I have actually just ordered a free trial of recipe kits from Simply Cook; so I am looking forward to trying these and sharing them with you.

You can also take a look here for more information from MyVoucherCodes on your new year health on a budget.

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Children’s healthy (and favourite) breakfasts

Children's healthy (and favourite) breakfasts

Anjanette Fraser is a Director of The Natural Alternative Health & Wellbeing Ltd educating companies and their employees on the importance of nutrition in health – both corporate and personal. Since the company inception over 10 years ago its national coverage has been hugely beneficial working with large and small organisations over multiple locations. Anjanette is currently studying a MSc in Nutritional Medicine ensuring the information clients receive is scientific, current, and user friendly. For more information please visit www.natural-alternative.co.uk

Worryingly, children’s breakfasts contain at least half of their recommended daily sugar intake according to Public Health England; that’s before school has even started! Breakfast manufacturers use a combination of sugar and clever marketing to keep enticing children and parents back to their brands, and often under the illusion that their breakfast products are healthy. A survey found that 84% of parents thought they were giving their children a healthy start to the day.

Nearly 20% of children are obese by the time they leave primary school, and 25% of five year olds have tooth decay. A lot of this is due to sugar. A survey of 200 parents with children aged between four and 10 years old found kids were eating more than 11g sugar (3 sugar cubes) for breakfast. It’s not just cereals (some contain up to equivalent of two sugar cubes); chocolate spread (three sugar cubes) and fruit juices (five sugar cubes) are also culprits. Read more

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Slimming World weigh in – the first post target one…

weekly weigh in

I think last week’s weigh in had to be my favourite one ever; I reached target! It took a few days for it to sink in, but I didn’t really go overboard in celebration like I might have expected to… In actual fact, I was still on plan for most of the week. I did have a Subway for lunch on the day of weigh in, but it was the first thing I’d really had off plan.

I don’t usually eat heavily on a weigh in day, but I decided that I had my target range to ‘play’ with, so it didn’t matter so much. Of course, it doesn’t mean I should do it all of the time, which I won’t; I just won’t restrict myself so much on a weigh day any more!
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Slimming World weigh in – the one where I reach target…

weekly weigh in

Last week I had fairly mixed emotions after my weigh in. On the one hand. I was happy because I had another good loss of 2lb; on the other hand, I was a little frustrated because I only had that half a pound left to reach my target. I didn’t let it put me off though; if anything, it made me just that little bit more determined! I’ve had plenty of half pound losses before, so surely I could do it this week?

I was on plan for most of the week. In fact, I guess I was on it all week. With it being Children in Need last Friday, we usually have some nibbles to watch it with but I did plan ahead and made some low syn sausage rolls, some syn free hummus to have with veg sticks, some low syn mince pies, and some of those mini cheese squares that are half a syn each.
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Slimming World weigh in – the one where I’m almost there…

weekly weigh in

Last week I was pretty happy with my loss of 2lb; it meant I only had 2.5lb to go until target, and I was hoping to get it this week. My head has been really in it and I was so determined to stay on plan. Honestly, some days all I wanted to do was eat chocolate and cake, and I almost caved… But I stayed strong and didn’t! I went for fruit and yogurt or fromage frais instead, maybe some Choc Shot for that chocolate hit.

I haven’t done any EESP days again this week, but I have eaten a lot more speed food than usual. Berries with my breakfast, speedy soups for lunches, and crispy kale or butternut squash chips with dinners. My syns have stayed around 10 every day, which also gives that little bit of room for anything I may have forgotten (though I’m getting pretty good at keeping a mental food and syn diary now!).

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Refreshing coconut and mango smoothie | Recipe

Coconut and mango smoothie

I know it’s kind of not exactly the weather for smoothies any more, but that doesn’t stop Jacob asking for them! So I thought a smoothie would be the perfect first recipe to try in the High Power Blender that I have been sent from the Panasonic Kitchen. The great thing about this coconut and mango smoothie recipe in this blender is that you can just chuck all the ingredients in, press the smoothie programme, and off you go. No need to pulse or anything to break ingredients up, as it does it all for you.

Coconut milk is a perfect addition to a smoothie, and I went even more tropical by adding mango as well. I also chucked some oats and chia seeds in for a bit more goodness, and voila; a tasty coconut and mango smoothie that is wonderful as part of breakfast or for a quick snack during the day. This is one of those lovely thick smoothies where the straw actually stays stood up –  love those!
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Slimming World weigh in – the one with the lowest, again…

weekly weigh in

I was a bit disappointed after last week’s weigh in when I only lost half a pound. I was determined to have a loss this week so I had my game head on and vowed to plan for the week ahead. It kind of happened, as I did start writing a meal plan; but I only managed to put 3 things on it and it’s still sat on my kitchen counter. Oops.

Anyway, I did manage to stay on plan all week, even at the weekend for Bonfire Night. We went to a display but we ate before we left, so I had low syn hot dogs using my HEB, and jacket potatoes. Even a little bit of planning does help. I even managed chocolate apples by cutting an apple into thick slices then coating them in a little chocolate spread from my last Degustabox!

It’s been the first time in a few weeks that I haven’t had any EESP days before weigh in either, so I wasn’t expecting to do so good this week. Even though it’s not really made much difference previously, to be honest.

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