Sunday, 16 September 2018

Vegan Coffee Protein Shake

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Slowly but surely I have been working my way through lots of vegan protein powders and have some firm favourites now that I will do a separate post on.

I thought I would do a quick post about making a protein coffee shake which is really yummy and sets you up for the day. It's lovely and filling, packed with protein and healthy carbs and is only 216 calories, and best of all takes under 2 minutes to make!

Ingredients

1 medium banana (about 90-100g)
200ml of unsweetened almond milk (I use almond breeze or alpro roasted)
32g of Missfits coffee protein powder

pop it all in a blender and whizz until smooth and frothy.

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You could modify this and just make it an iced protein coffee if you would rather by leaving out the banana and blending the protein with ice, I might even be inclined to add a shot of cooled espresso as well.

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Keep an eye out for my round up of the best (and worst) vegan protein powders, they are expensive so it will hopefully save you from wasting your money on the ones that taste terrible.

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Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Why I drink lemon water in the morning and you should too

The benefits of drinking lemon water daily have been documented lots of times and you've probably seen that it has health benefits, but did you know just how many? 



As much as I am addicted to a cup of tea in the morning I really try and drink a big glass of water, especially with some fresh lemon before I have anything else, here are some of the reasons why. 

Source of vitamin C

Lemons are high in Vitamin C which has quite a few health benefits including helping to lower blood pressure, boosts your immune system and is an antioxidant that helps to protect your cells from free radical damage.

Helps with digestion

Drinking hot water with lemon first thing in the morning is said to help stimulate the digestive system due to the atomic structure of lemon juice being similar to that of your digestive juices, therefore it tricks the liver into producing more bile which keeps food moving through your gastrointestinal tract smoothly. I actually quite like hot water with lemon and ginger so don't find this too much of a chore.

Helps keep your skin more youthful

Vitamin C encourages your body to produce collagen which is an important part of youthful skin helping to keep your skin plump and ward off wrinkles, most of us are in a constant battle to keep wrinkles at bay so what better reason is there to down a glass of lemon water? A study recently published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that people who consumed more vitamin C were at less risk of wrinkles and dry skin.

Boosts energy

Drinking lemon water first thing in the morning is beneficial for your body because after sleeping through the night the tissues in your body are dehydrated, lemon water hydrates and oxygenates your body providing you with an energy boost that is far better for you than coffee. This doesn't mean I am not a fan of coffee, because trust me I am. Just make sure you get the water in first, to re-hydrate and then have some good coffee about an hour after your water, because coffee if you buy decent stuff also has health benefits.

Helps prevent kidney stones

Lemon contains citric acid which may help prevent the build-up of calcium kidney stones, and no one wants to get those!



With all these worthwhile reasons for a simple glass of lemon water, why wouldn't you?

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Tuesday, 30 January 2018

My 5 go to vegan snacks

When you get the munchies that feeling can totally take over the logical side of your brain, we have all been there when you felt a tiny hunger pang and before you knew it you had eaten an entire share bag of crisps and a giant chocolate bar.... or is that just me?

Finding healthy snacks that taste great is tough when all you really want is all the sugar and all the salt! There are new healthy snacks popping up on the market every day, but they are not all nice and certainly not all cheap!

Here are my 5 favourite snacks.

Nakd Bars


These have been around for some time now and frequently have new flavours, they are all natural made just from fruit and nuts but taste amazing. They have a base of dates and cashews which put off one of my date hating friends until I insisted you can't really taste them, she's now a convert and really likes Nakd bars.
They have loads of flavours, my favourites are lemon drizzle, bakewell tart, peanut delight and pecan pie.

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Coconut Bites


I discovered these at Boots a couple of weeks ago and you can also get them from Ocado and I am totally smitten with them. I have eaten so many packs since then because they are totally delicious! I am obsessed with the coconut and sesame flavour, perfect amounts of coconut with a subtle hint coming from the black sesame seeds. The pack is 140 calories and I find they curb my snack craving and are quite filling.

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Hippeas


If you haven't given these a try yet then you really should! Made out of puffed chickpeas rather than potato they are a healthier alternative to wotsits. They come in a variety of flavours and I'm yet to try any I don't like. Ocado have a huge range of flavours of them, Boots stock them as do Holland and Barrett (uber expensive in H&B though!)

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Graze boxes


They have a huge range of lovely snacks. Not the cheapest and not all flavours are vegan so watch out, but they are really yummy. I love any of the smoked or BBQ ones, the one pictured is a combination of pumpkin seeds, almonds and dried broad beans and they were really good. Unless you live under a rock you'll know you can order them online and have them sent to your workplace which is pretty handy, who doesn't love a snack drawer at work?

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Vego Bar


This one isn't so much of a snack as it is a treat. But hey, we can't be good all the time right? These are an indulgent treat, its a vegan milk chocolate and hazelnut bar. It melts really easily so be careful of you might end up covered in chocolate, it's really rich and smooth and totally not for sharing ;)
I pop into my local Holland and Barrett for these, you can get them online from various places now but watch out for the price. They should be around the £1.99 mark, anymore and you're being ripped off.

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What are your favourite vegan snacks? I'm always happy to eat new things, and don't like to miss out on something good. Let me know in the comments if there's something I should try. If you fancy reading about when I first went vegan, here's the post I wrote.

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Wednesday, 24 January 2018

The easiest way to save £39 from your coffee

Small changes make a big difference. I am by no means perfect, there is so much more I could do to help the environment but the society we live in makes it very hard for the average consumer to do the right thing, and most people are blissfully unaware of the damage that is caused by something like their weekly shop. The abundance of plastic that the western world use to package their food is crazy and then we absent mindedly throw it away without a thought to where it goes.
To solve the issue would take a worldwide contribution, which I don’t see happening any time soon, however if we were all to make some small changes to our everyday habits then collectively it would have a huge impact. Sometimes I struggle with the realisation that I am just one person in this big world so anything I do can’t change all the bad that is happening and I feel overwhelmed; then I think that for everything I am doing to help is all part of the bigger picture if there are more people like me doing it as well. The more I mention things to my friends and family the more I see them making small changes as well, so I may be just one person but my actions and efforts are making a difference.

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Half a million takeaway cups litter Britain's streets every day



A few months ago I bought myself a reusable takeaway cup after learning that the paper cups we get from coffee shops aren’t recyclable due to the waterproof coating. There are some shocking statistics of how many cups are used per year in the UK alone, and most of them make their way to landfill. Our love of takeaway coffee means that we waste an average of 2.5 billion paper cups per year, that’s a number that I struggle to comprehend. Because of the waterproof layer inside the cup that stops your latte ending up in your lap, only 1 in every 400 cups is actually recycled and half a million of those cups end up on the streets of Britain every day!

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The truth of the matter is that this issue is relatively easy to solve or at the very least reduce dramatically, and that comes in the form of reusable cups. You can pick them up on every highstreet, they aren’t hard to get hold of, nor are they expensive. I have a starbucks plastic cup that cost £1, yeah that’s right £1! It won’t last forever because it isn’t the toughest plastic out there but it looks just like a standard starbucks cup and the cardboard sleeves fit them just fine. They don’t leak and you can fit a small or medium sized coffee in them and best of all, all the big coffee chains offer a 25p discount on your coffee if you use your own cup. So invest in a £1 cup and in 4 coffee’s time it’s paid for itself, win win! 

Pret have recently doubled their discount from 25p to 50p which is great news and they offer some other great incentives in their stores too, like plenty of tasty vegan food options and their veggie pret stores have filtered water fountains so you can refill your bottle for free. https://www.pret.co.uk/en-gb/what-if-pret-stopped-selling-plastic-water-bottles

The government have been discussing bringing in a 25p levy on takeaway coffee which means if you don’t hurry up and invest in your own takeaway cup then a cup of coffee could soon cost you an extra 25p per time. If that’s not a big enough incentive then I don’t know what it. In fact if you buy around 3 coffee's per week then that's a saving of £39 per year just for using your own cup!


There are some really cute travel cups out there so there really isn’t a reason not to invest in one, my favourite one at the moment is my flamingo cup by Sara Millen, how insanely adorable is it? There's a whole flamingo range but that's for a different time so be still my beating heart. 

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In case you were wondering, the lovely black midi dress I'm wearing is from Pretty Little Thing and was a total steal for only a tenner! If you're interested you can find it here.

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