This month has been quite a tough one in terms of being introduced to new products.
Sometimes when I’m cooking from scratch, it can be difficult to come across new brands, but new regular vegetables have certainly found a place.
Before I start filming it for my YouTube channel, I wanted to share them with you all first in list form.
Although I have been posting regularly on here, I haven’t posted near enough as much as I have liked – my Easter blog was late and this just-gone bank holiday break will be due possibly a week later than anticipated. I have had more fun taking photos of my weekend happenings and writing about it as opposed to filming them and editing them for YouTube. However, I did manage to catch some things on film and and soon to do a grow-your-own-vegetables gardening update as it’s coming on quite nicely.
Getting back to the last month, I have been continuing to embrace new healthy changes which I keep blogging about – complex carbs, caffeine free teas, fitness challenges etc while I focus on gradually bringing in new lines for my eBay shop, so I can phase out time consuming vintage pieces and hopefully have more time to type away on here until my heart is content.
1. Sweet Potatoes chips
I have been loving sweet potatoes every week in some form. Baked sweet potato or spiced sweet potato chips. I generally find white potatoes quite boring and aren’t quite as rich as its complex carb friends. Its sweetness adds extra depth and have been chipping them with paprika or chilli. I have noticed a difference in my sweet cravings too, where I’m confident they have been stabilising my blood sugar levels which I tend to crave at night.
2. Couch to 5k NHS running program
This has played a key role in my life in April. I finally completed the challenge, although I had many breaks in between sessions (my addiction to creating YouTube videos got the better of me) and I finally completed it and can confirm that I am now a runner! Once finished, I moved on to the 5k to 10k program and am two sessions in.
3. My Mini Greenhouse
This little cheapie (£19.99) from B&M was one of my most favourite finds of the month to encourage a life-long of healthy eating. It is still standing proud (I am currently peeking at it while I type from my conservatory). It is currently sheltering a vast amount of veggies – mostly cabbages, cucumbers, spinach and courgettes.
4. My Tesco Basics Smoothie maker
I have had an expensive smoothie maker on my list as a treat for quite some time, but I honestly see nothing wrong with the cheaper ones on the market that are available. As this purchase wasn’t high up on my priority list, the moment I got a Tesco voucher through my letter box, I headed out and bought their cheapest machine which resulted in a £6 bargain! It blends perfectly for my needs and easy to clean. I cannot wait to share with you the recipes I have been making to nip any sweet cravings in the bud most naturally.
5. Aldi Camomile tea
Most evenings, I have been drinking an Aldi 39p box of Camomile tea at times I’ve had to wind down after a long day in my office. With a dash of honey and almond milk, it’s been really comforting and a total bargain too!
6. Maggi Less Salt Chicken Stock Pots
As my local town opened its first B&M store, I have been in it regularly for thrifty gardening and food products. Although perhaps not very exciting, I have been constantly using these stockpots every week and ditched my value stockcubes. As the weather has warmed, I have focused on more refreshing soups, such as chicken noodle soup, Italian egg drop soup etc where stock is the key flavour. This is the best stock for £1, which gives you 6 pots and has 26% less salt.
7. A Girl Called Jack & Other Library Cookbooks.
Although I have been short of time to cook recipes from other’s cookbooks, it hasn’t stopped me going to my requesting books from my local library for inspiration amongst many others. However, Jack Monroe from A Girl Called Jack has stood out the most. Her recipes feel down to earth (at least to me), inspire me for quickness yet uniqueness and uses cheap store cupboard ingredients – eg, chickpeas, beans – a lot of her recipes look delicious and filling too. She does say she still uses value pasta and I totally see her point – I always have and most likely will – afterall, it’s not the pasta that’s the flavour, it’s what you put with it. And her whole story is inspiring. Jack was in a poor position herself being a single mum and started her blog and luckily now no longer lives on tight food budget. I can’t wait to adapt some of her recipes inspired by this book. I also got out her copy of her 2nd book, A Year in 120 Recipes at the same time. I can only dream about creating my own cookbook at this stage . One day…. I hope…
8. Fitbit Charge HR
This is probably the most obvious favourite of the month. I wear my activity tracker every day, it talks to MyFitnessPal and it is a real motivator to keep me moving. It tells me my heart rate, my running/walking distances throughout the day and how many calories I’ve burnt. On my best days, I have reached 50,000+ steps (22 mile walks). And finally, since telling my I LOVE SW Soup Facebook group about my latest purchase,another Firtbit-er came forward and suggested I join Fitbit Support And Chat For Slimmers where I have gained my first Fitbit friends and have been invited to weekly or daily challenges.
So I hope you liked my April favourites which I hope to film for this Friday’s 6pm video on my YouTube Channel. I hope you enjoyed it.
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