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Coconut Chips, Urban Fruit

It’s Monday! A great opportunity for a fresh start. I want to be more planned and organised this week to make sure that I can get better posts on here. I’ve got some other ideas of things I want to start doing in connection to the blog eventually so we’ll see when I can start doing them. I’m excited and feeling a bit more hopeful than I did when I wrote the blog post yesterday. I just need to figure out the best set up for everything I’d like to do so I can do it all as well as possible. It will take work but I’m determined to get there.

I wanted to give a little shout out to these snacks today, Sriracha Chilli Coconut Chips from Urban Fruit. On Saturday when Jamie and I had been out for a while in city centre I was getting a bit peckish when we were grocery shopping for dinner and saw these by the till. I love coconut chips and thought these sounded tasty. They’re baked and only made with natural ingredients, which is always a thumbs up for me. I ripped the packet open as soon as we were outside the shop and they were sooo good. Packed full with flavour and spice but also a hint of coconut of course. Two thumbs up from me! I found them in Tesco so keep a look out for them in there.

By the way, Jamie and I tried out a recipe from Minimalist Baker yesterday and it was delicious. You guys have to try it. It’s a vegan chilli, I think Jamie might’ve put some extra spice and magic into the one the  we made yesterday but great recipe anyway. Find it here. We served it with a salad, brown rice and homemade guacamole. I’ve been told I’m the guacamole master 😉 I could try and get a recipe together if anyone is interested?

Today we’re having a big meeting at voomfit HQ which will be interesting I think. Other than that content and blog are on the agenda.

Speak soon!

M xxx

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SFN goodies

I promise! The SFN blog posts are coming to an end, so if you’re tired of them you’ll be glad to hear this is probably the last one for the time being.

I couldn’t leave SFN without some goodies. There were loads of other amazing stuff I wanted to buy but I stuck to the things I knew I really needed.

MissFits Nutrition Vegan Vanilla Protein Powder: I’ve been using Neat Nutrition’s vegan protein powder for so long but after their courier has lost one order I had and then for some reason all of a sudden couldn’t find my office in the middle of Glasgow, which they have delivered to before I got a bit tired of of all the difficulties and felt like I wanted to try something else. They did send me another pouch (which of course arrived the day after I bought this protein but oh well, now I’ve got loads).

I’ve seen MissFits pop up in different on social media and liked the idea of it being specifically for women. After talking to them at the expo I thought I would give it a try. I liked their simple ingredients list and that they try to keep it as natural as possible. With me eating a more plant-based diet I was very happy to see it had B12 in it, something that is usually recommended to supplement if you don’t eat a lot of meat. I was choosing between them and Free Soul (they were right next to each other) and ended up going for Missfits because I feel vanilla protein powder is more versatile and Free Soul only had chocolate and berry flavour which made the decision quite easy. I did get some chocolate pouches from MissFits too to try so we’ll see if I get converted. I’ll let you know what I think of the powders once I’e tried them properly.

Maple Drink: As I mentioned previously, this lovely company gave me two maple waters to try out and write about. I had a little sip of a sample at the expo but am so excited to give them both a proper try. I’ll be of course sharing what I thought here.

Smart powerbank: You can tell WordPress is a blogging platform because they were giving away the ultimate bloggers dream tool, a portable powerbank so you can charge your phone on the go. This is a godsend for a social media nerd like me. I’ve already tried it once and it’s a game changer for me not having to worry about having charge on my phone. I love it so much!

Wrist straps: I’ve been looking into getting a pair of wrist straps for a while but it’s one of those things I haven’t really been bothered to look into and been a bit too lazy to order. When they were right there in front of us at the expo for five pounds at Strength Shop, Faye and I thought it would be a good idea to get some. I’m excited use them and see hot it feels.

I think that’s everything from the show, I also walked around and tried loads of food and snacks as well of course.

Now it’s time to get ready to go and see Zara Larsson at O2 Academy with Emma. I’m so excited, I think she’ll brilliant live!

Have a lovely evening,

M xxx

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Review: Love, Corn Smoked BBQ

Hi lovelies! I’m back in action with the blog today and I’ve got some more ideas for what I hope to be interesting posts. We shall see what you guys think when I get them up! Feeling better today after a good night’s sleep and am ready for today to be considerably better than yesterday. Yesterday really wasn’t great in so many ways I don’t want to get into. I was meant to go to the gym in the evening but I wasn’t even sure if could deal with a session even though I know it usually makes me feel so much better.

Faye was so amazing and said she would meet me after work and see how I was and see if I had change my mind about the gym. Once I saw her I knew I could do it and we walked down to the gym together and it changed my entire mood. I can’t describe how much with words I am grateful to have a friend like Faye and that I’ve found a place in the world which helps my wellbeing so much. Exercising just changes everything. I laughed even though I didn’t think I would be able to and left with a smile on my face. Having a friend like Faye who knows that I needed a good workout more than anything and who made the effort to come and pick me up and encouraged me to still go is absolute gold. Thank you.

Anyway, what I really wanted to write about in this post was the snack above haha but I thought I would just give you a little update and insight into my life.

My quest for finding delicious healthy snacks and treats continues and the other day I came across Love, Corn in Sainsburys. I’d never seen this brand before and was intrigued because I love crunchy corn. Healthy savoury snacks is not something I find as often as sweet so I knew I had to try them after reading the ingredients on the back. They looked quite good and reading about how they’re made on their website (baked in the oven) I thought they would be great for a healthier treat when watching TV and wanting something to munch on. There were three flavours but I went for the Smoked BBQ in the end, it sounded so good. The decision wasn’t easy!

I loved the size of the packet, it felt like you got a good amount of corn bits in it. I thought I could have a couple and then put them away but boy was I wrong, they were incredibly moreish and I ended up eating all of them… Luckily considerably better than eating a full bag of crisps. I absolutely love the crunchy texture and the flavour was delicious. I need to try the other flavours because I feel like this will be a reoccurring nibble when I need a savoury treat .

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Review: Deliciously Ella’s Coconut&Oat Energy Ball

Just a tad mushed from lying in my bag hehe. Sorry about that!

Hello my dears! Happy Friday to all of you. I finally made a proper comeback at G5 after my illness. Touch wood, I’m feeling better. Could it be all the ginger, lemon, wheatgrass and spirulina, other greens and fruit I’ve boosting myself with? I have no idea but I would like to think that it’s had an effect because my cough is almost entirely gone. Almost! I didn’t feel a hundred percent back on track when I did the workout this morning but it’s to be expected after being ill. I was so happy being back in the gym and Faye was there in the morning class too. You just know it’s going to be a good class when you’re paired up with one of your really good friends! I was thinking that this morning, what a great way to start your day, to see your friend and spend time together before heading off to work, or uni in Faye’s case. Love it! I almost feel like it’s too nice of a start for just a work day, hanging out with my friends at the gym.

The rest of the day has gone by at the blink of an eye almost. I was up at Unit4 to chat with them for a bit for work stuff and then I’ve been sorting out the voomfit newsletter. Yes I’m the mastermind behind this now haha. Hopefully everyone will like it. I used to do the newsletter occasionally when I worked at lululemon so it is something I’ve done before. I love that I get to do so many different tasks in my job role. I’m always getting pushed and encouraged to take on new things.

For lunch I had leftovers but I thought I would treat myself to a little sweet thing afterwards, since it’s Friday and all. I’ve been walking around with one of Deliciously Ella’s new energy balls in my bag for a couple of days after I came across it at a random Tesco I was in and knew the moment I saw it I had to try it. I haven’t tried any of her new ones since she launched them. They don’t seem to available in Glasgow really for some reason? I f anyone has seen them and I’m just blind, please correct me. I’d love to know! Anyway, as weird as I am, I didn’t eat it straight away. I know, who does that? I like saving these for having in my bag when I need it, for instance in case of hanger emergency. I’m horrible when I’m really hungry, I can’t cope.

This bar is nut free, which is great for anyone who has nut allergies. It doesn’t claim this on the bar however. I would think it’s because it says it may contain traces of nuts but the ingredients are dates, oats, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, dessicated coconut and date syrup. So if you’ve got a serious nut allergy, then it’s at your own risk eating these due to the potential traces! I’m now feeling slightly paranoid someone is now going to have an allergic reaction after reading this post… You know your body best so please do what you feels best for you.

Anyway, what did I think of the bar you’re probably wondering? Or maybe not but I’ll tell you anyway. I though it was nice. Very lovely and coconutty with a hint of oats. I thought it was tasty and a nice filling snack. The seeds added a delicious crunch. I prefer when a bar has some bite to it, the seeds hit the spot. It tastes a lot like Primal Pantry’s coconutty bar so the flavour is nothing new but it’s good. I would buy it again if I was in need of an energy bar but there are other bars with flavours I like more that I would probably buy first if I came across them as well. What I do love is the simple ingredient list. I think the date syrup is perhaps a bit unnecessary when dates are already very sweet but it’s luckily not too sweet.

Give it a try and let me know what you think!

M xxx