Ness Fit Official.. my thoughts!

As I have said before, for me, wearing pretty, quality gym gear is essential and in my view, you can never EVER have enough gym wear; actually, the more, the better!! So, when these beautiful NessFit outfits came through the door, I was more than excited!

So, who are/what is NessFit?

Ness Fit are a new fitness apparel website based in breat Britain; they offer exciting, matching outfits that make you feel and look good!

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My initial thoughts:

  1. The leggings and bras look of great quality; the material is smooth and shiny.
  2. The colours on the chaos leggings and bra are bright but not too bright so look great! And, I LOVE the monochrome leggings.
  3. The packaging was lovely too; they were nicely wrapped in a bag each. A great initial thought that makes you think the product is of great quality.

The wear test:

  1. Can you squat in them? YES! The bottom doesn’t go see through! Big yay!
  2. Can you do a HIIT session in them? yessss; they don’t feel restrictive orrrr sweaty so they are ideal!
  3. They are also great for running on a treadmill as they are not too thick so your calves don’t sweaty (my biggest hate)!
  4. The bras are both supportive too; they kept everything in place as I worked out!

Design Detail:

The leggings and bra both have a lovely, simple design around the waist/chest that says workout on; this helps the outfit coordinate even more!

The seams are just on the inside of the leggings so, they’re not itchy!

The patterns are both really effective; bright and attractive but not in your face!

Value for money:

The leggings are priced at £30 and I think this is incredible value for money; they are so versatile, not just for a workout, so you will 100% get your money’s worth!

The bras will cost you £25; slightly more pricey, but they are supportive, so again, I think they’re worth spending the money on!

Verdict:

BUY THEM!!!

Hannah x

 

Nutty Chocolate Protein Balls (Guest recipe: @bitesbybecs)

Like many of us, I’m definitely not immune to the 3pm munchies. When work is flat out, my stress levels have crept up and, I get HANGRY… This is torturous… but, thankfully, @bitesbybecs sent me a recipe for a great chocolate alternative that can really help curb that desire for a naughty mid-afternoon snack.

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Enter the nutty chocolate protein ball – jam-packed full of hunger-abating good stuff and super easy to whip up.

Makes 6 protein balls.

Ingredients:

* 30g rolled oats

* 25g cashew nuts

* 25g almonds

* 25g hazelnuts

* 1 tbsp. coconut oil, melted

* 30g raisins

* 1 tbsp. cacao powder

* 1 tbsp. honey

* 25g protein powder (either chocolate, vanilla or unflavoured)

* Desiccated coconut for rolling the protein balls in

 

Method:

1. Add dry ingredients to a food processor and mix until well combined.

2. Add the remaining ingredients and mix to form a sticky dough consistency. If the mixture looks on the dry side then add a little more melted coconut oil.

3. Remove from the food processor and carefully roll into balls, approximately 1 inch thick. Roll the protein balls in desiccated coconut.

4. Store in the refrigerator. These protein balls will last for up to a week. Enjoy!!

If you like this recipe, then follow Becs, a BSc Nutrition student, on her instagram or twitter account.

Chocolate Torte (Guest recipe: @cleansupperclub_)

When a friend asks ‘can you bring a dessert?’ it’s always a difficult choice, do we take one of our delicious raw cheesecakes or this divine (no bake) chocolate superfood loaded torte. It’s tricky as they are both a popular choice. They are brilliant because we don’t have to skip dessert and the other guests have no idea how many health benefits there are to these scrumptious desserts! In fact they’ve no idea they are healthy at all – truly satisfying.

Our Guilt free Chocolate torte is filled with super ingredients, sometimes we don’t know whether to eat it or use it as a face mask! The joy of a raw nut pastry base and cacao filled centre is that the torte remains crammed full of fabulous nutrients.

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Equipment

Flan case -depending on the depth of the dish this recipe will fill a 20 to 23cm dish.
Food mixer
Food processor
Whisk by hand, electric or Food mixer
Cling film

Ingredients

No bake base
300g Almonds or nut mix – split equally between Brazil, Almond, Cashew nuts.
80g /one cup Desiccated Coconut
1 cup of Dates stoned (soaked if they are slightly dry)
3 heaped tbsp. of Coconut Oil gently melted

Chocolate Filling
3 Eggs
3 tbsp. of Rice Malt Syrup
3 tbsp. of Coconut Oil gently melted
100g of Raw Cacao Powder
1 tsp. of Raw Vanilla Powder
1 tsp. of Lucuma Powder (optional)

Method
1. Line the flan dish with cling film or coconut oil (we find cling film easier, particularly if its not a loose bottom dish)

2. In the food processor put all the nuts and blitz until they make a crumble like crumb texture. Add desiccated coconut and pulse a few times.

3. Add dates, pour in coconut oil and then blitz until they are all blended in.

4. Base mix is ready when you can grab a handful, squeeze it in your fist and it stays firmly bound together.

5. Then tip half of the mix into the flan dish, start to firmly press the mix down, to about 0.5cm thick. Do the same with the remaining mix so that it reaches the top edge of the dish.

6. Place the base into the fridge until the filling is ready.

7. For the filling crack all three eggs into a large mixing bowl and whisk until light and creamy colour. We use a food mixer or electric hand held whisk.

8. Melt the coconut oil gently in a medium pan.

9. Once the oil is melted add the rice malt syrup and sieve in the vanilla, lucuma (if using) and cacao powder.

10. Stir together then, tip into bowl with the eggs and whisk until completely blended together.

11. Then remove base from fridge; pour mix into base, using a spatula make sure you remove all the delicious mix from the bowl. The top of the torte should be flat.

12. Carefully place the torte into the fridge. Leave until set.

To serve
We love to serve this torte with fresh mint leaves and berries

bio…

www.cleansupperclub.co.uk

We are two Cheshire based home cooks who love to create healthy and delicious recipes. Our recipes are for easy everyday nourishment, entertaining, fun, energy, delight and temptation but our priority is great family food.

We love sharing our food at friendly home based supper clubs, weekly we can be found testing our recipes on the public at the brilliant Altrincham Market. We are passionate foodie bloggers – currently redeveloping our website whilst busy creating recipes for brands both large and small all from the Clean Supper Club kitchen. Claire & Sarah


CLEAN SUPPER CLUB LLP
Claire Swift & Sarah Biagetti

 

Chai Spiced Sweet Potato Blondies..

Sweet potato is honestly one of THE BEST additions to baking.. It adds moisture, a sweet caramel flavour and counts as one of your five a day. What more could you want? Well, when you combine sweet potato with sweet chai spices you get an AMAZING combination. A sweet but not too sweet flavour combination that leaves you wanting to go back for more!

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So, here is the recipe for you!

Ingredients:

Method:

This couldn’t be easier;

  1. Preheat the oven to 160C and line and grease a small baking tin,
  2. Combine all of the ingredients until well mixed,
  3. Pour the mixture in to the prepared tin and put the tin in the oven for around 40 minutes,
  4. Once springy to touch on the top, take the mixture out of the oven and then out of the tin,
  5. Leave to cool on a cooling rack before slicing and enjoying!

 

Hannah x

 

The Skinny Bakery; my thoughts.

Recently, the lovely people at The Skinny Bakery sent me their new Cherry Bakewell (and other delicious products) to try and, as I loved them so much, I just had to tell you about them.

Who are The Skinny Bakery?

‘The Skinny Bakery was founded in 2013 by passionate home baker Mariella Forte. Inspired by Skinny Latte’s and with a keen interest in the science behind baking, Mariella experimented endlessly to discover delicious baked recipes which contain a fraction of the calories. She began selling her wares around London offices and salons. Feedback on her cakes was so positive that she decided to get her own kitchen and The Skinny Bakery was born. Now available from various outlets across the UK, The Skinny Bakery is going from strength to strength.’

What do I like about The Skinny Bakery?

  1. The flavours of their foods taste as good as they sound.  For instance, the Double Chocolate meringue cookie sounds too good to be true, right? Well, no, it’s not. At only 141 calories for the WHOLE tub and with a gooey, chewy delicious texture these cookies really do taste as they sound like they should.
  2. By taking traditional flavours and putting a healthy twist on them, you really can have your cake and eat it.
  3. The ingredients that are used to make the products healthy don’t have crazily long, foreign sounding names!

Appearance:

  1. The packaging is really handy; it says exactly what you need/want to know… The brand, the flavour and the calories; ideal when quickly choosing a snack on the go.
  2. For the bakewells, they came in a bag. This was great as it fit in my lunchbox with ease.  The flapjacks and meringues came in a tub and this was super to store them (they need storing in the fridge) and travel with them!
  3. The actual bakewells themselves looked really pretty! They have a heart shape made out of pastry on the top!

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The taste test (Cherry Bakewells):

  1. They aren’t too sweet, so I find this ideal.
  2. The filling is delicious; not too overpowering with cherry as I think they can be bitter.
  3. The pastry isn’t chewy, as you expect a ‘healthy’ pastry to be, and Mary Berry would be happy as they don’t have a soggy bottom!

Value for money:

I personally think they are great value for money; for a whole tub/bag you are looking at spending around £2.99 but you can also buy bundles and this saves you a lot of money plus gets you allll the snacks!

Where can I buy them?

You can buy them on The Skinny Bakery website and on their, you can find a list of stockists.

Also, don’t forget to check out The Skinny Bakery on instagram!

 

Hannah x

 

My January favourites…

Food:

For Goodness shakesthese drinks are delicious and are ideal for those of us that consumer our breakfast on the go or need a quick post workout recovery feed.  Not only are they high in protein (around 40g per bottle) but they are fat free, contain around 240 calories per bottle, and only 10g of carbohydrates. I have also used mine as an addition to my healthy bakes; a great high protein substitute to your usual milk choices.

Sukrinbasically, I LOVE SUKRIN products. Not just one of them, but all of them! They are a great addition to sweet and savoury dishes but are also a nutritional powerhouse. The coconut and almond flours are a great substitute for ‘traditional’ flour options as they are naturally high in protein and fibre. I cannot get enough of the cake mix; it is delicious! So light and fluffy which makes it ideal for cakes and pancakes!

Healthy bakes I’ve made using Sukrin

Neat Nutrition; this is a bold statement but I’d go as far to say that this is the best casein protein I have EVER had. It tastes completely natural, makes my cakes go all fluffy and is a brilliant addition to water and flavourings to make a great icing! As stated by Neat Nutrition, Casein is ‘slow releasing to nourish the body over an extended period of time and great to curb hunger between meals. Perfect before bed to help slowly feed muscles while you sleep’, and this I totally agree with! 

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Jim Jams Spreads; the motto for the company, ‘less sugar, great taste’, is definitely true. These spreads are so tasty and you can eat them without feeling any guilt! Once I open a jar, I cannot be stopped! I have used the chocolate spread as a pancake topping, in healthy bakes, in energy balls.. the list is endless!

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Jim Jams as a pancake topping!

Lizi’s Granolathe fact that there are so many options as to which granola variation of this brand you can have, is the first reason this granola is a winner for. The second is that it tastes amazing; the texture is like no other granola as it isn’t too crunchy and in clumps but instead is more like a muesli. My favourite has to be the high protein granola; I have this most evenings in my flex bowl and have also used it to make some festive energy balls! The low sugar granola is a brilliant addition to savoury dishes; I love it sprinkled over salads. fullsizerender-5

Fitness:

Enertor performance insolesI feel so privileged to run in the same insoles as Usain Bolt! Yes, I am a little star-struck by that thought but, I do genuinely love running these insoles! I had ran too many miles in my trainers and my pace was starting to slip, but with the addition of these insoles in my shoes, I genuinely felt like I was bouncing and wearing new trainers. I had a niggle with my knee and this has now gone.. speaks for itself really!

Sweaty Betty, zero gravity run leggingsthese leggings make me feel as if I have nothing on; they are so comfortable and snug yet really breathable when you run! I cannot get enough of Sweaty Betty; I really do feel that you pay for what you get and it is so true with the amazing quality of their leggings! Some leggings, to me anyway, feel too thick and uncomfortable to run in but these are just perfect!

Lifestyle:

BBC Good Foodthe recipes in the magazines, cookbook and online are all amazing! When the magazine arrives, it genuinely is my favourite time of the month; it is like a monthly birthday! The everyday section is my personal favourite; providing healthy, easy to make recipes!

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Thank you for reading; I hope this has been helpful!

Hannah

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Breakfast Apple Pies…

If you don’t like apple pie, then I’m sorry, but I think you’re crazy!!

When I was growing up, Apple pie and crumble (with allllll the custard) were my favourite puddings, so, I just had to recreate them in a healthy way! And, what better way to eat them than for breakfast?

Ingredients:

For the pies:

– 50g of egg whites,

– 1 tablespoon of sweetener,

– 1 scoop of cinnamon, vegan protein,

– 40g of spelt flour (or flour of choice),

– 1 mashed banana,

– 1 tablespoon of oats.

For the filling:

plain yogurt,

– 2 diced apples,

– cinnamon.
Method:

1. Start by preheating the oven to 160C and lining a muffin tray (I made 9),

2. Simply combine all of the pie ingredients until well combined,

3. Using a teaspoon, put 2 teaspoons worth in each case and then press the mixture around the edge of the case,

4. Pop in the oven and cook for 15 minutes or until golden,

5. Once the pies are out of the oven, take them out of the tray and place them on a cooling rack to cool,

6. Meanwhile, dice the apples, mix with cinnamon and then pop in to the microwave for 1 and a half minutes,

7. Finally, spoon a teaspoon of yogurt, followed by a teaspoon of apple in to each case!

8. ENJOY!