- Teapigs Winter Spiced Red Tea.
This truly has been a luxurious cup of Christmas while the cold weather still lingers on but without any guilty feelings. The Tea Temples teabag design are like little organza bags and give a great tea infusion.
- OXO BBQ Shake & Flavour
I love this little bottle of BBQ flavouring – it’s so versatile for chicken dishes, but have also been using it while I experiment with my fake Pot Noodle range. I’ve also sprinkled it in tomato sauces I’ve made for pizzas.
- Starbucks Cups, & Travel Mug
As I said in my video, I am a sucker for coffee. Can’t live without it and I hate to say it, but sometimes it’s a must to get through the day and make conversation in a morning. However, as I feel very independent on it in the morning, yes, I have one, but after that, I have been using these coffee cups to drink caffeine free teas in my office as part of achieving one of the things on my Personal Health Goals blog, so having a special mug is making this tea-drinking-time much more fun!
- Tea Infuser Teapot
I love loose teas, but find tea infusers generally fiddly and they tend to go missing. And so any loose tea I have have been going straight in to the teapot.
- Sistema Soup Container
These have been my perfect buddies alongside my adored Soup Maker and every time I’ve made a soup, I’ve stored the rest in my new mugs. I’ve not used them in a dishwasher, but they are definitely freezer and microwavable safe which they claim to be. They have clip lids on top and a vent so I don’t need to worry about any overspills. They are also convenient to travel with and know some people in my I LOVE SW Soup Facebook Support Group have taken them to work.
- Yoga with Adriene – Free 30 Day Yoga Challenge
Not strictly food, but this free Yoga Challenge is awesome and I don’t use that term often. It has helped me relax, take some me-time every morning and can feel my core and arms being toned. Adriene is not patronising; in fact, she has a slight cheeky sense of humour that peeks through from time to time (some innuendos I daren’t say myself on camera). They are around 35 minutes long as opposed to my Erin Motz 10 minutes micro-yoga. Adriene’s voice is calming, she is not hyped up on camera – she’s clearly brilliant at what she does and doesn’t need to be. And she knows exactly what to say during the moves. Her sessions are uplifting, preparing yourself for the day. All you need is a yoga mat, a yoga block if needed and set some time for yourself.
- Ryvita Pumpkin & Oats Crisp Breads
These have been a great accompaniment with my soups and are 42 calories per serving (2 Syns in SW talk). I love munching on seeds as they’re full of vitamins and they’ve been great with a little margarine and marmite and dunk them straight into a soup. I’ve normally eaten 2 per serving.
- Morissons Country Soup Mix
This also goes for any type of syn free dried pulse that needs soaking overnight. I have made bean mashes and my Farmhouse Country Veg Soup recipe. I’ve found they’ve kept me fuller for longer and generally felt more satisfied.
- Udi’s Gluten Free Jalapeno & Cheddar Crisps
These were dangerously moreish and tasted so natural and delicious. I bought two reduced now-discontinued bags from Tesco. I am not wheat intolerant – I just did not want to miss a tasty bargain and don’t regret it at all. I am unaware of the syns, so I accounted for them on my MyFitnessPal app. There’s only one thing – I think they should divide the bag in to portions as it takes someone with a lot of willpower to weigh them out and be disciplined.
- Alpro Almond Unsweetened Milk
I am always reading other blogger’s food recipes and posts and am constantly surrounding by talk of how cow’s milk is not as easy to digest and that plant-based milks are more nutritious with added calcium. I’ve been making smoothies, adding this to my teas and coffees. I loved the roasted tones of this milk and is currently £1 in Tesco. It truly does beat the taste of soya milk from my Vegan days at Uni. I also love how you can stock up and not worry about the shelf life until you open it. Camping product springs to mind!
- Monin’s Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup
This is the closest thing I’ll ever come to a syn-free vanilla latté in a morning (my go-to coffee in Starbucks). It took a little getting used to and realised to only use 1 pump and no more per coffee. It has a higher sweetness note than their sugared version. We will definitely be ordering this every month from Amazon and had to buy the pump separately to give the same amount of syrup each time we make a coffee.
- Whole Wheat Pasta
I have enjoyed embracing this small easy swap for my regular white dried pasta. Although they are twice the price, they are still much less than £1 a pack and means I am focusing on eating more nutrients – fibre being key here. I have also been eating whole wheat rice more this month as it is far less calories for the weight in comparison to pasta and to me, is the same type of essential to fill me with a dish of veg. I personally don’t think I will be using white anymore. I can’t see the point of eating something that is stripped of most of its benefits.