HOW TO CLAIM YOUR FLIGHT DELAY COMPENSATION

Last year my partner and I decided to embark on a last minute holiday to Turkey. Whilst Turkey itself was a beautiful country and we had an incredible time. There were however there were certain issues that arose that I was very unhappy with! If you want to ave a little read of what we went through you can read here. Apart from the fire at the hotel our stay was rather pleasant. I obviously spoke too soon as getting back to our little home was a nightmare. If you are unaware of the story our flight was delayed by around 6-7 hours! There were so many issues whilst we were trapped at the airport (I will post a copy of my email below) it was a very stressful situation and it made returning home once we were in the UK a nightmare. Whilst we were at the airport there were many people complaining and talking about flight delay compensation. Well I thought never!

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When scrolling through my Twitter all I see if advertised posts for flight delay claims. I never trusted these, its the same with the ‘no win no fee’ peeps. They all seem dodgy and untrustworthy. I also thought I haven’t a cats in hell’s chance on getting anything back from the airline company too. However I was wrong. Earlier this week my partner and I received a cheque for over £600 due to the delay we suffered. This was incredible as it was about the entire price of our holiday. Considering they only compensated us with a £50 off voucher for our hotel being on fire, this was a huge achievement. I wondered if anyone else had actually claimed money back like us and how they went about it, as we were told several things. So here are the key things I think you need to know if claiming flight compensation.

Keep A Record Of The Events That Happened At The Airport (Times, Food, Vouchers, Staff)
Go Straight To Your Holiday Operator (On Their Website There Should Be A Special From For Flight Delays. Fill In Straight Away As Ours Took 6 Months!)
Write A Cool, Calm And Detailed Email (No One Likes An Abuser Or Shouter, Be Polite But Express Your Disappointment.
Wait For Your Response.

I would not advise going to an outside company that specialises in flight delay unless your first claim with the holiday operator is not resolved! I would also not worry about details once you are home. We were told that unless we got a certain number from the stewardess we were unable to claim. Well this is false. There are many people who feel embarassed to complain, however if you are not happy with a service you paid for, you ave every right to take the company up on this matter. Below I have decided to post a copy of my letter to First Choice, and their response. SO in the future if your flight is delayed by more than 3 hours dont forget to claim!  Continue reading →

FISH TACOS USING SMOKED BASA

I am a huge lover of fish and try to incorporate it into my diet as much as possible. Whenever I go out for dinner it will always be my dish of choice. However I have always battled with fish, as I discussed with my papa its not an easy ingredient to work with. I have already brought you dishes using hake, sea bass and lemon sole. I thought it was time for a another fish dish. However this time I wanted to spice things up a bit, make the dish a little more playful. Whenever I watch American food programmes its all about fish tacos. I had some smoked basa in the freezer and thought this would make a great fish for the dish. Its smokiness really added that extra depth to the dish. I no idea where to start so I had to do some research and this happens to be an adaptation of a recipe I found on The Food Network.
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FISH TACOS INGREDIENTS: 

TACOS
230g flaky fish (We used smoked Basa)
1/4 cup of virgin Olive Oil
1 lime, juiced
1 tsp of chili powder
1 jalapeano, chopped
1/4 cup of freshly chopped coriander leaves
4 flour tortillas.

GARNISH
Hot sauce
Soured cream
Thinly sliced red onion
Jalapeno
Shredded lettuce
Pureed tomato salsa

PUREED TOMATO SALSA
2 tbsp of coconut oil (We use Vita Coco)
1 small red onion chopped
4 garlic cloves chopped
4 large tomatoes chopped
4 sliced Jalapeano
1 tbsp hot sauce
1 tsp of chili powder
1 tbsp of oregano
1/4 freshly chopped coriander
Salt and pepper

EQUIPMENT NEEDED
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FISH TACOS METHOD

FISH
Whisk together the oil, lime juice, chilli powder, jalapeno, and cilantro and pour over the fish. Let marinate for 15 to 20 minutes.
Remove the fish from the marinade place onto a hot grill, flesh side down. Grill the fish for 4 minutes on the first side and then flip for 30 seconds and remove. Let rest for 5 minutes then flake the fish with a fork.
PUREED SALSA
Heat oil in medium saucepan, add onions and garlic and cook until soft. Add tomatoes and jalapeno and cook until tomatoes are soft, about 15 to 20 minutes.
Puree the mixture with a hand-held immersion blender until smooth and cook for an additional 10 to 15 minutes. Add the hot sauce, oregano, fresh coriander and lime juice and season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Now you just need to put it all together. Warm up your tortillas. Add in your fish. Place a nice line of salsa next to a nice line of soured cream and add your garnish and enjoy!

Interesting fact : It would take less than 10 minutes of jogging or less than 11 minutes of swimming to burn the calories in a 100-gram basa fillet.

If you do make any of our creations dont forget to tag us @lolitambonita and hash #lifeslittlepleasures #lolitabonita

SMOKED PAPRIKA HAKE // MEDITERRANEAN LEMON SOLE // CHILI LIME GINGER SALMON

 

TOP NEW FOOD PRODUCTS 2016 – PART TWO

So previously you left us discussing the top new food products 2016. As it s such a long  list we only managed to get through the first half of the year. Well here is the second half.

JULY
LOVE COCOA
We mentioned this in our top 10 back in July. Then we actually got send a load by the lovely Mr Cadbury, and made some delicious desserts with it. I mean who can make chocolate better than great-great-great-grandson of Mr. Cadbury, that is the legend John Cadbury hey.
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www.lovecocoa.com

SOFFLES PITTA CHIPS
– We also mentioned these guys in our July top 10. I mean these reinvent crisps onto a whole nother level. These are the best healthy alternative I have come across. My personal fave was Rosemary & Thyme, watch our for the garlic as they will set you alight. If you aint on the pitta train yet its time to jump aboard.

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BUY HERE

Soffle’s Pitta Chips Mild Chilli and GarlicSoffle’s Pitta Chips Spring onion and Parmesan Chessesoffle’s Pitta Chips Rosemary and Thymewww.soffles.com

AUGUST
ROLLA GRANOLA
– I am not a big cereal eater, and tend to find it quiet boring and repetitive. However when I got to try out some Rolla Granola, they had definitely won it for cereal of the year. Energise was like eating a bowl of apple pie, yet healthier than your normal supermarket shelf cereal.
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www.rollagranola.com

DOISY & DAM MAPLE, TOASTED RICE AND PINK SALT BAR
– This again had to be another one of our faves. Superfood chocolate giants Doisy & Dam. When we got hold of some to try ourselves, we know if deffo made a place in our top food list. You can check out our review here.
www.doisyanddam.com

SEPTEMBER
FAIRFIELDS LENTIL LIGHTS
– In 2016 we were constantly trying to replace bad habits healthier eating. I cant deny that I love a bag of crisps so when these lentil lights hit the shelves they hit my belly. In three delicious flavours, blue cheese had to be mine!

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www.fairfieldsfarmcrisps.co.uk

OCTOBER
COYO TOPPERS
In October dairy free extraordinaires released the Co Yo toppers. A dual split pot format comprising two compartments, one containing Co Yo’s signature dairy-free coconut milk yogurt with the other pot containing the ‘topper’ delicious coconut brownie.  YUM!
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www.coyo.com

BAY TREE
– So The Bay Tree blew my mind back in October creating their very own Marmajam. I mean if that doesn’t sound delicious I dont know what else does. Plus they use incredible ingredients such as blueberry and lemon and as strawberry and orange marmajam.

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www.thebaytree.co.uk

NOVEMBER
QUOATS PORRIDGE
– People are finally taking the porridge oat seriously and they should as its by far one of the best ways to start your day. Quoats have upped the game in easy prep porridge. Not to mention owning some delicious flavour combinations that you wouldn’t find elsewhere. 

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www.quoats.co.uk

DECEMBER
CAMPBELL’S WELL YES SOUP
The soup giants arent giving up without a fight after a slow decline they came back in the game. Well Yes, a line cooked up by employees that features ingredients such as farro, kale, quinoa and sweet potatoes. Although they are not organic the focus on unusual fresh ingredients are there.
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www.campbells.com

I hope you enjoyed our quick recap on 2016 best new food releases. If you missed part one you can read it here.

Have you tried any of these new food releases?

TOP NEW FOOD PRODUCTS 2016 – PART ONE

A couple months after I started the blog. I got into writing foodie news, which gave us all insight into the food industry and what products were popping at that time. So each month I brought all my faves together to share with you guys. Now I am going to take a look at the year of 2016 and some of the best new food products that got in our bellies. Here is part one of  the top new food products 2016.

JANUARY
BUKO COCONUT JAM
 – So this was a great way to start the year, the first Soil Association certified organic coconut jam in the UK. Made with no refined sugars great beginnings for a health kick. Its different but very good flavour so if your up for experimenting then this is the one.

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BUY HERE
Organic Buko Coconut Jam with Chocolate 330g
Organic Buko Coconut Jam with Sea Salt 330g
www.bukofoods.com 

ALPRO GO ON
– This is something I have been waiting for, for a long time from Alpro. I adore their yogurts and creamy texture, however as a child was a HUGE corner fan. Therefore its great to have a nice fruit compot at the bottom of a plant based yog.
www.alpro.com/uk

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FEBRUARY
SAF RAW
– These guys are killing it for the Vegan snacks, making nutritious raw nibbles for the health conscious. Their salt & pepper activated walnuts are too die for along with the Nutty Nori. With a big press fan base these are the ones to look out for.

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BUY HERE
Saf Raw Activated Nuts – Salt & Balsamic Vinegar 50g (Pack of 2)
Saf Raw – Raw Crackers – Spinach & Broccoli 44g (Pack of 2)
Saf Raw Cereal Bites – Nutty Apple Granola 60g
Saf Raw Kale Crisps – Miso & Cumin 40g (Pack of 2)
Saf Raw Activated Nuts – Caramelised Pecans 50g (Pack of 3)
www.saf-life.com

A LITTLE BIT
– I am a sucker for a dressing so when they released their ‘A Little Bit On The Top’ range, I had to get the salad tongs out. Made with fresh herbs, there are four delicious flavours to choose from. All made with all natural, wholesome ingredients and with no hidden nasties. Yum
www.alittlebit.co.uk 

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MARCH
NIMS FRUIT CRISPS
– Now these lots have completely reinvented 1 of your 5 a day in a super delicious way. These are air-dried fruit crisps giving you a healthy alternative to that greasy fried bag of walkers. Not only that but they are super pretty, so work wonders for cake, smoothie and porridge toppings. I have a review coming up shortly.

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BUY HERE
Nim’s Air Dried Melon and Orange Crisps 22 g (Pack of 12)
Nim’s Fruit Crisps Great Taste Award Winning Air Dried Apple 20 g (Pack of 12)
Nim’s Air Dried Pear Crisps 22 g (Pack of 12)

Nim’s Air Dried Pineapple Crisps 20 g (Pack of 12)
Nim’s Air Dried Peppers and Courgette Crisps 16 g (Pack of 12)
www.nimsfruitcrisps.com

REALLY HEALTHY PASTA
– I am such a huge fan of pasta, and its nice to find a brand that has a healthy aspect to it. Completely gluten free and made from one sole ingredient they are high in protein, fibre and iron. I still need to get my hands on some.

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BUY HERE
Really Healthy Pasta Organic Chickpea Fusilli 250g
Really Healthy Pasta Organic Red Lentil Penne 250g
Really Healthy Pasta Organic Mungbean Fusilli 250g
Really Healthy Pasta Organic Buckwheat & Golden Flaxseed Penne 250g
Really Healthy Pasta Organic Black Bean Penne 250g
www.reallyhealthypasta.com

APRIL
CHIA CHARGE
– Chia seeds were one of the top trends of 2016, so what better way than to incorporate them into a yummy flapjack bar. To be fair you couldn’t ask for anything better, great for those gym heads.
www.chiacharge.co.uk

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IN THE NOOD
– 
Mid year these guys came along, with their make at home energy ball mix. What a brilliant idea, we always remember buying a Betty Crocker, however even those wanting a healthy path yet not a chef can whip some some nutritious snacks.
www.inthenood.com

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MAY
REBEL KITCHEN YOGURT

– As there was a surge of those opting for a more raw and plant based diet. There became a higher demand to deliver treats to these requirements. Rebel Kitchen took a hold of that demand and created a delicious yogurt selection.
www.rebel-kitchen.com

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TILDA PULSES
– Rice is a huge thing in our household as well as pasta. That meant when Tilda released their pulses and rice range, with exotic flavours and some extra protein, it had to go in for top product for the month.

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BUY HERE
Tilda Pulses & Rice Split Pea, Chilli & Coriander 140g
Tilda Pulses & Rice Chick Pea, Harissa & Lemon 140g
Tilda Pulses & Rice Pinto Bean, Chilli & Lime 140g
Tilda Pulses & Rice Black Bean, Jerk & Coconut 140g
www.tilda.com/our-range/pulses-and-rice

JUNE
RHTYHM 108 DESSERT BARS
– This was by far one of my fave new products, a healthy dessert bar. I know who would have thought it! These are truly delectable, my one of choice has to be the banana muffin. They are made with pure goodness with 0 nasties. Best dessert ever.
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BUY HERE
Rhythm 108 dessert bar chocolate walnut brownie
www.rhythm108.com

PIP & NUT CRUNCHY MAPLE PEANUT BUTTER
– This was by far one of the most amazing foodie creations of 2016. When the sea of nut butters were out there, Pip & Nut caught the wave with this AMAZING limited edition flavour! Serious next level stuff.

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BUY HERE
Pip & Nut Peanut Butter 250g Maple Peanut
www.pipandnut.com

Have you tried any of these new food releases?

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017 & NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS

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I must start by saying Happy New Year my amazing readers. I hope you thoroughly enjoyed the festive period and your NYE celebrations. I have seen many of my fellow bloggers getting straight back into it posting daily since January 1st – so hats off to you guys. However having only returned home NYE I’ve needed a week to get settled back in.

2016 was a incredible year for me, I finally plucked up the courage to create and start this blog, and the support and love has been so overwhelming. Way more than I would ever have imagined. However you may have noticed that within the last few months of 2016, my blog content deteriorated and became a lot less regular. This is something I am going to kick in the butt for 2017!! The main reason for this was an old injury flaring up. This really knocked me and had a spiralling effect in everything that I did. I couldn’t really work out anymore and still cant. This had a HUGE effect on my state of mind and well state of my body.

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However MRI’s in progress and I am ready to jump back on the horse and deliver you guys some yummy recipes, fab new products and tons of health and fitness advice. I am not one to make New Years resolutions really however I thought it would be great to put some milestones up for my blog :)

  1. Post daily – I think writing daily posts can sometimes be difficult  when blogging is not your main job, however I think its very important for engagement  and keeping people interested.
  2. Attend a bloggers event – I would LOVE this year to make it to a bloggers event. I just wish they werent always in London. However this will help me with goal 3.
  3. Make more blogger friends – I feel so out of the loop. Checking twitter everyone seems to be in a great group and super friendly but I just cant seem to get an in.
  4. Improve my photography skills – This is something I am really keen to do. I mean aesthetics is everything and can really draw people in. So expect my insta feed full of lovely pics.
  5. Up my anti on views – I would love to see a steady increase on my page views. Hopefully by doing some of the steps above this can happen.

What would you like to see more on the blog? Did you make any New Years resolutions?

ALMOND BUTTER BANANA CAKE RECIPE

The one great thing about going away for a few days is that you come back to banana perfect for baking with. Those lovely overripe squidgy bananas, that I get to whisk them into a nice comforting Wintery bake. Recently I was offered to choose a box of products from TheFoodMarket.com. An online marketplace for natural and organic food that is made and sold by small, independent merchants. Within this box I received a lovely tub of Pip and Nut Almond butter. Nut butters are my fave. So what better way to jazz up my cake than adding in some lashings of this creamy almond butter. As well as this I opted for some warming spices and an extra health kick of chai and flax seeds. Oh and you cant forget a lovely luscious dose of crumbled chocolate that melts through the cake. Here is my recipe for an almond butter banana cake. Enjoy!

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ALMOND BUTTER BANANA CAKE INGREDIENTS: 

1 tsp of baking soda
50ml of plant based milk (We used Alpro almond)
3/4 cup of olive oil
1 tbsp of honey (We used Rowse’s)
2 eggs
2 tbsp of almond butter (We use Pip & Nut)
3 ripe and mashed bananas
190g of self raising flour
40g dark chocolate (We use Love Cocoa)
1 tbsp of chai seeds (We use My Vitamins)
1 tbsp of flaxseed (We use Linwoods)

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TOPPING:

Sweet Freedom choc shot
Drizzle of almond butter
A sprinkle of pumpkin seeds

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ALMOND BUTTER BANANA CAKE METHOD:

Preheat the oven to 160 degrees and line your tin (you can use a loaf tin or a cake tin whichever you prefer)
Mix the baking soda with the milk and leave aside.
In another bowl mix together the olive oil and honey, then slowly add in the eggs.
Then combine with the mashed bananas.
Sift in the flour in slowly alternating with the milk mixture.
Then once all combined, add in the almond butter, flax and chai seeds.
Finally fold in the chocolate pieces.
Pour the mixture into your prepared tin and bake for around 45 minutes.
Once ready allow to cool and add your toppings.

Interesting fact –  Almond butter is rich in antioxidants that help reduce oxidative stress, which prevents the body from repairing itself.

If you do make any of our creations dont forget to tag us @lolitambonita and hash #lifeslittlepleasures #lolitabonita

PEANUT BUTTER NICE CREAM // BAKED BANANA PEANUT BUTTER OATS

FLO DRINKS – FLO ESSENCE WATER – REVIEW

I think we all know by now that I am consistently on the look out for a healthy drink alternative. FLO DRINKS, FLO WATER, HEALTHY, HEALTHY DRINKS, HEALTHY WATER, FLAVOURED WATER, ESSENCE WATER, With my taste buds rejecting normal tap water, and the desire to stir away from fizzy, sugary drinks I am always on the hunt for something new. I have tried and tested so many different types of water. However when I was sent Flo Drinks to test out, this was a game changer. Flo Drink are a new uber healthy range of essence waters. They are a brand new collection of pure natural mineral waters lightly flavoured with some delicious natural aromas. In the height of the health conscious trend Flo Drinks have recognised this as stated by Flõ Drinks founder Dr Ali Lazem.

“Consumers have become more aware of sugar, sweetener and additive content in drinks which previously they perceived as healthy. They are increasingly looking for soft drinks made of natural ingredients and no hidden nasties, which don’t compromise on taste. Flõ Essence Water offers them a mouth-watering alternative with all the goodness of thirst quenching mineral water with a hint of refreshing natural flavour – nothing else!”

The thing I loved the most about Flo Drinks, is their range of flavours. They are unique, exotic and unusual. Something that really tickles the taste buds, and is rare to find in any other flavoured waters. So lets take a look at what is offer.

Flo Drinks – Cucumber Lemon

This is the light and refreshing one. That one that really quenches your thirst. I am such a huge fan of cucumber water and was delightful with that added lemon tang. Its perfect to go along with a meal or on a super hot day.

Flo Drinks – Watermelon Garden Mint

With the watermelon juice craze raging on, this is right on trend. It has a nice light flavour with a fresh burst of mintyness flowing though. I enjoyed this straight after a work out!

Flo Drinks – Lychee Hibiscus

This was one of my favourites. I love lychee and its so rare to find this as a flavoured water which gave it that extra unique factor. It also felt like that healthiest with a subtle wave of hibiscus running through it.

Flo Drinks – Blueberry Vanilla

By far the best. If you need to tickle your tastebuds with that pop of sweetness this is the one. This flavour is the one to choose is your trying to replace that fizzy drink. I am obsessed with anything vanilla flavoured so its the one that stole my heart. With blueberry tones popping off in every mouth full its super delicious.

This truly is a fab range of healthy waters, with no nasties or additives, and all flavoured with non GMO-plants. The packaging is so ultra cool and chic with it being 100% recyclable. The extra bit of goodness is 10% of profits will be donated to clean water and clean planet projects around the world. We love companies with good morals and ethics.

HOW TO AVOID PUTTING ON THAT CHRISTMAS WEIGHT

CHRISTMAS, WEIGHT GAIN, WEIGHT LOSS, INDULGE, CHRISTMAS MARKETS, WINTER BLUES, WINTER WEIGHT. SEASONAL, EXERCISEIts coming around to that time of year again. Where the air is constantly filled with delicious sweet scents of mulled wine and warming spices. The streets are filled with the temptation of vibrant Christmas markets and their delectable offerings. Not too mention all those Christmas ads that we eagerly wait for urging us to indulge and give rein to the Christmas belly. For many of us, we spend the year making a conscious effort to maintain a healthy lifestyle. We put work in at the gym and take caution of what we eat and put into our bodies. We look after ourselves and take on the task of sticking to a regular healthy regime. However when it comes to the Christmas period, you hear of the Christmas weight gain. According to the British Diebetic Society Asscociation the average person will consume 6,000 kcals on Christmas day. Not only that but

‘Over the festive period, which seems to kick off earlier and earlier every year, the average person could consume an extra 500 kcals per day, equating to a weight gain of around 5lb by the time we reach the beginning of the New Year.’

I mean that is insane. On top of this it can take up to three months to shift all the extra weight. I cant deny that I am a bit dubious regrading these statistics. Looking over at Nutrition.org they claim it is more likely to be around 0.5 – 1kg. This seems more believable as we are in the height of a healthy eating culture, where I feel individuals have a lot more control.

Nether the less why do we have become a slave to Christmas eating, leaving the gyms with money dog-1798158_1280bags in their eyes. We spend the entire year caring, why now do we throw it all away? Well the days get darker and colder and 1 in 3 of us Brits become a victim of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) which can affect many things. However mainly your mood, the lack in sunshine equals a lack in vitamin D, which results in a lack of serotonin, which can lead to a lack in motivation. This means that individuals can retreat into themselves, opting for cosy and comfy rather than cardio. So here are some ways that you can beat that Christmas pile on and still enjoy the festive season.

Eat Right and Eat Seasonal :

When it comes to the cold days there are some delicious meals you can rustle up. Lovely creamy soups and voluptuous stews. These are meals that take the least time and preparation. Many being simple one pan dishes, where you can bang all the ingredients together and leave to simmer or stew. Winter also brings us an array of scrumptious fruit to keep that sweet tooth away such as apples, pears, dates and oranges. We also tend to want to fill up on carbies like bread and potatoes. Yet if we switch these around to sweet potatoes and other root vegetables you’ll get your 5 a day in. Also trying opting for things like quinoa  instead of white rice and pastas.

Bring Your Exercise Indoors : 

walking-1283978_1920For those who do not go the gym the thought of a nice jog with the frost nipping your fingers and the light shower from the icy rain, makes us jump straight into our onsie. I mean the windswept look isn’t great all the time. However the best way to beat the Winter blues is to keep your exercise regime. This will create a flow of serotonin bringing your low moods up to a high. Not only that but you normally set that time for a workout so why not do one. There are so many YouTube videos and workouts you can do at home. Go for some aerobics or a cardio HIIT. This will make sure your not getting out of shape and loosing the hard work you’ve put in the rest of the year.

Stick To Your Meal Plan : 

This will help you to avoid all that nibbling and sample tasting. Eating filling nutritiouschristmas-market-579083_1920 meals should cut out that temptation to snack. It also means if you have a nice meal planned, or want to head to the festive markets, you wont feel guilty about that little treat. Life cant be all dull. The plan is not to overindulge!

Cut Down On The Alcohol :

Christmas time tends to be that moment when the party animal comes out. The mulled wine, the dinner and office parties, and meals out. However alcohol can be such a big contribute to weight gain, The saying beer belly does not come from nowhere. Opt for slimline tonics and sodas for mixers, and maybe just that sociable drink instead of getting bladdered.

milk-1769129_1920Sticking to these points will hopefully result in your Christmas weight gain staying at a minimal. There is no reason why you cant have fun this festive season and enjoy the treats it brings, how ever there in no need to binge or crash diet. If you stick to a good workout regime you could keep the weight off all together.

*Disclaimer – I am not a certified nutrition. These are points that I have found work well for me therefore can also work well for others. Enjoy your festive time. 

SWEET FREEDOM CHOC SHOT – REVIEW

I am a massive sweet tooth and the hardest part about adopting a new healthier SWEET FREEDOM, SWEET FREEDOM CHOC SHOT, CHOC SHOT, LIQUID CHOCOLATE, WEIGHT WATCHERS, SLIMMING WORLD, SW, CHOCOLATE SYRUP, NATURAL, ORANGE SPICE, COCONUT, #LIFESLITTLEPLEASURESlifestyle has been avoiding chocolate. Of course I will have a nibble every now and then, but its about eating the right chocolate. My dad coming from France has always told me off for eating crap chocolate, that means anything like Cabdurys or Nestle etc. He would always prefer I eat real chocolate. Of course we do not have them amazing chocolate shops like in France. Not like I listened anyway I still used to devour bar after bar. Yet that totally is not good for my health, skin, body or teeth. So for someone who used to consume that much and has a super sweet tooth egging me on, avoiding these habits are hard. That is until I was introduced to the Sweet Freedom syrups. I mean these are life savers and have become my daily guilt pleasure in some way. I was sent the three flavours of choc shot to try out so heres what I thought…

SWEET FREEDOM – CHOC SHOT

Normally anything that represents a healthy low calorie chocolate tastes waaaaay off the real thing. However this one really is the real deal. Obviously you cant eat it like a bar, but it is so versatile you can add it to everything and anything. Place it into you baking, porridge, over ice cream or yogurt even as hot chocolate. My partner loves this as a hot chocolate with a plant based milk! This went really well with my poached pears.

SWEET FREEDOM – CHOC SHOT ORANGE SPICE

Now this one was my absolute fave. I have always been a fan of chocolate Orange and love tucking into a Terry’s, yet this is the next best thing. It is also great for this time of year as it has a lovely Autumnal tone to it being spiced Orange. I love this as a hot chocolate its the best, but it also went amazing on top of my carrot cake nice cream.

SWEET FREEDOM – CHOC SHOT COCONUT

As a health freak I am obsessed with anything coconut. Its great for everything and the flavour is amazing. Its a personal transporter to the exotics. It makes everything taste like a bounty which is incredible. Its great to be able to add a different flavour to my creations rather than just plain chocolate. It went great on top of my warm banana proats.

CARROT CAKE NICE CREAM, CARROT CAKE, NICE CREAM, ICE CREAM, BANANAS, SPICE BLEND, AUTUMN, NUTMEG, CINNAMON, GINGER, DATES, HEALTHY EATING, #LIFESLITTLEPLEASURESI seriously cant recommend this enough, I mean I am now completely hooked. This is such an incredibly versatile product. You can bake with it, make with it, drizzle, spread and glaze. With 25% less calories than sugar 95% fat free this is perfect to incorporate into a healthy diet. Its also half the calories of leading brands of solid chocolate and 85% less fat. So you may think about it next time your about to pick up that mars bar. Not only that but Sweet Freedom has no nasties what so ever. It is 100% natural with no chemical processing, no additives and no preservatives. The other plus points is that its totally allergy friendly having no gluten, dairy, soya, eggs or nuts. This is a serious new addition to my kitchen cupboards.

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EASY SIMPLE BREAKFAST FRITTATA

Its a Sunday. One of those days where there is not much left in the cupboards, BREAKFAST FRITTATA, FRITTATA, EGGS, OMELETTE, PROTEIN, HEALTHY BREAKFAST, HEALTHY EATING, BABY SPINACH, SUPERFOODSand a big shop is due. Its funny that I always end up making better meals when I just have to bang some stuff together. I admit a frittata is not hard. However when I have a fridge full of food, something this simple is never thought of! Thats probably why I enjoyed it more as it has literally been months since I ate a good frittata. As I said I didnt have much left. I popped in the leftover cherry toms which added a nice burst of sweetness. Then I added in some baby spinach just for extra goodness. Oh and garlic and onion for flavour.

BREAKFAST FRITTATA INGREDIENTS: 
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 onion (chopped finely)
  • 10 cherry tomatoes (halved)
  • A handful of baby spinach
  • 1 glove of garlic (chopped finely)
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1 tsp of cumin
BREAKFAST FRITTATA METHOD:
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
  2. Crack the eggs into a bowl and whisk them up.
  3. Add all the other ingredients and give them a good mix up.
  4. Place into an oven proof dish.
  5. Bake for around 20 mins.
  6. Serve up with some salad.
Interesting fact – Egg protein has just the right mix of essential amino acids needed by humans to build tissues. It is second only to mother’s milk for human nutrition.

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