Ollybars.. My thoughts.

I recently discovered Olly Bars, a London based producer of handmade, healthy snack bars intended to keep you fuller for longer. Olly started the business with the aim of creating the ‘best tasting energy bars’ packed with plenty of healthy fruit and nuts. Many ‘healthy’ breakfast bars are actually anything but that, so I was pretty chuffed to be sent these bars! These bars are SO addictive but guilt free as they don’t contain all the additives.

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There are three different flavours: banana brunch, peanut choc chip and all day breakfast.

‘All day Breakfast’

Made with oats, dates, nuts and cocoa butter this snack bar will keep you full all morning. This bar is a good source of protein, with each bar containing 9g. It is also high in protein, additive-free and suitable for vegans. The bar has a chewy consistency and with every bite, you bite in to something different. It is a sizeable bar, probably double the size of those you would normally buy, so is great, satisfying breakfast option.

‘Peanut Choc Chip’

This bar is brilliant as a sweet but guilt-free dessert (and will satisfy a peanut-lover no end). It has to be my favourite. It is sweet but not too sweet and has an amazing texture. Basically, I love it!!!

‘Banana Brunch’

The superfood snack contains chia, sunflower and flax seeds – and has lowered the amount of natural fruit sugars by 40%, replacing them with protein by using vegan-friendly pea crunchies. Coming in at around 250 calories, it is a great pre/ post workout snack.. it didn’t quite suffice for breakfast.

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Overall, I give the bars an average of 7/10 BUTthe peanut choc chip bar gets 10/10 from me!

 

Hannah x

Turkey Mince.. My favourite recipes.

If you’ve followed for a while, you will probably know by now that I  love turkey mince. I think it is so versatile. So much so, that I prep it for both lunches and dinners.

You can also have it in so many forms:

  • Meatballs,
  • Burgers,
  • Mince- think Chilli con carne, tacos, keemas (this is my absolute favourite), lasagna, as a pizza topping.
  • Basically, if red meat is the mince suggestion in a recipe, just change it to turkey.

Why turkey mince?

In no way am I saying that red meat is bad, in fact my Dad is a beef farmer (check out Hannem Limousin’s). Red meat is a good source of proteins, vitamins and minerals in your diet. Red meat provides us with iron, and meat is also one of the main sources of vitamin B12. However, too much red meat can lead to you eating too much saturated fat.

This is where the turkey mince comes in to action. You can have the same meals, BUT with less fat, calories and more protein. If you are going to swap to turkey then make sure you are using turkey breast mince, not thigh. The thigh is a much fattier cut of meat and can end up the same if not higher in calories and fat than beef mince and undoing all your good intentions!

So, here are a few of my favourite recipes from around the internet that are quick and easy and use mince that I would change to a turkey alternative.

  1. Turkey Mince Cottage Pie with a sweet potato topping. 
  2. The best healthy Turkey Chilli. 
  3. Slowcooker healthy Turkey Keema
  4. Turkey Burgers; here are a few recipes:

5.  Turkey Meatballs; here are a few that I love:

 

I hope you find this helpful!

 

Hannah xxx

 

March favourites…

I find it slightly crazy, and very scary, that we have come to the end of yet another month. March has been a super busy one, full of exciting ventures and some slightly scary, big decisions! However, it has also been filed with many delicious food and recipes and  fun fitness events, so I just had to share them with you!

Pip and Nut and Propercorn popcorn; these two make for the dreamiestttttttt combination.  Pip and Nut is 100% my favourite nut butter (in allll the flavours); it is so creamy and tastes as natural as it is, yet is delicious!  Propercorn is the ideal combination with this; especially the almond butter flavour! It makes a great, low GI and low calorie snack (or flex bowl topper), and tastes really naughty!

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Muscle Mousse protein pancake and muffin mixes; okay, no word of a lie, these are DELICIOUS. As in, I was happily eating the mix without adding anything to it, or even cooking! They are so simple to use; you simply add water and you’re done! They’re also really macro friendly; low carb, low fat and high protein; ideal for rest day treats!

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Laid bare skincare; I loved the results I saw in my skin after just a few weeks of using this skin care and making it a part of my daily routine! The mask is exfoliating but gentle at the same time so is perfect for my sensitive skin! I use the DIY cleanser and toner in the evening to remove make up and the 9-5 moisturiser every morning and evening to moisturise my face!  The other thing I love is that it is really good value; some skincare is so expensive which I really don’t think is necessary.

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My Skillet; I LOVE my skillet; for both sweet and savoury dishes! But, I mainly use it to make my weekend breakfasts seem so much more luxurious! I love a skillet cookie, brownie, pancake, crumble, cobbler; you name it, you can make it in a skillet! Head to my blog now to find more recipe ideas!

Hannah xxx

The HollyBush, Witney… my thoughts.

Last week, I felt very lucky when heading to The HollyBush to try their food (and drinks). After talking to my friends who live in the area, I was promised great things, and the meal didn’t disappoint.

Firstly, when we arrived at the pub, it was really easy to park on the road outside, we had a 2 minute walk to the door (if that) and Witney has many places available in which you can park for free! We strolled in, were greeted with lovely smiling faces and seated at a lovely table near a fireplace!

The atmosphere in the pub was brilliant; background music that wasn’t overpowering and many other customers happily chatting (and drinking) away!

The drinks menu was the first thing I looked at and the cocktail options, as well as beers, wines and soft drinks, were amazing! So much so, that I didn’t know which cocktail to go for. In the end, I chose Passionella (because it contained Limencello, my favourite) and it was delicious! A great way to start the evening!

The Menus (the normal one and specials) had so many tasty options; I was stuck for choice! Normally, I am really fussy and don’t like many things on the menu, so being stuck for choice, says a lot (in a positive way)! In the end, we chose smoked salmon with sourdough bread and scallops with a cauliflower puree for starters, follwed by a chicken and stuffing wellington and a prawn Vietnamese noodle soup for mains!

When our starters arrived, they looked amazing and they tasted just that! They were really nicely laid out on the plate, of a great temperature to eat immediately and both tasted great! The scallops tasted SO GOOD; I would definitely order them again!

The mains were of the same level of taste and appearance as the starters; I’d never had the soup before, so was excited to give it a try! I loved it and it is definitely something I will have a try at making myself!

Overall, I feel that the price, taste and atmosphere was all brilliant and, due to this, I would definitely return!

Hannah x

 

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

 

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

 

Jilla Active.. my thoughts. 

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!! However, I don’t know about you, but I am a creature of habit and stick to wearing the same brands all the time. So when my Jilla Active seamless active wear arrived, I was more than excited!

So, who are/what is Jilla Active?

‘Jilla is London based seamless activewear brand characterised by back to basic approach, it has been created from a passion for movement and simplicity, founded on the premise of excellent design and high functionality.’ The activewear is designed with the new trend of gym to brunch and then on to lunch in mind; providing activewear that can see you through it all without constant clothes changes!

My initial thoughts:

  1. The leggings look of great quality; they are a deep black with a contrasting bright waistband.
  2. The lack of seams make them feel really smooth.
  3. The packaging was lovely too; they were nicely wrapped in tissue paper. A great initial thought that makes you think the product is of great quality.

The wear test:

  1. The material (92% Polyamide) is thick enough that you can squat without your bottom going see through but not too thick that they feel sweaty!
  2. They were great for work too; as a teacher, practical PE gym wear is essential and these fit the role perfectly.
  3. No seams was AMAZING; the back of my knees felt free and it stopped them rising up whilst wearing them.
  4. I’ve worn them for spin, running and weight training; they were brilliant for all. For running my legs could still breathe which is essential for me as I CANNOT run with hot legs.


Design Details:

  1. As the leggings were seamless, this really did make them so much more comfortable.
  2. The mesh behind the knees isn’t itchy, instead it allows for your legs to move freely without sweating.
  3. The wide elastic waistband kept my leggings up and in place; in all three of the types of exercise, not once did I have to pull them up!
  4. The moisture wicking material is just that; not once did I end up feeling like I was wearing my sweat in an uncomfortable way (sweat is good though; it means you’re working hard)!

Value for money:

The leggings were priced originally at £40 and I would happily pay more than that; they were of the same quality as both my Sweaty Betty and Lulu Lemon leggings. I would certainly buy more!

Verdict?

Well worth the money and definitely worth checking out!

Hannah x