I told you this month I found a few things on offer to try out. This one is a box of spices for four different meals a month from Simply Cook. I managed to get the first box for £3 by using a code from Nic’s Nutrition. All future boxes will be £8.99 per month. I have purchased this of my own accord as I wanted a way to cook different meals and re-ignite my enjoyment of cooking and food.
In my first box I have recipes for:
- Beef Redndang
- Chinese Spiced Duck Salad
- Ca Kho To
I’m going to make one a week and make enough for 4 meals. This will give me four night where I don’t have to cook, but I also won’t have to repeat the same recipe again ever if I don’t want to. I’m hoping this will also help me be more economical as I will only by food for what I need, rather than try and guess what I want and end up wasting stuff. I hate it when I find forgotten things in the fridge and end up having throw out the lot. I’ll keep you updated on how I get on.
If you would like to try Simply Cook you can use my 50% off link here: https://www.simplycook.com/?KW_REF=319650 please note this does give me a free box for each person who signs up – just want to be open and honest with you all!
After an unintended blog break for the last couple of weeks I’ve finally gotten round to putting my thoughts together on the greatly received pack from Predator Nutrition.
Just to note I received these products for free, but my opinions are and will always be my own and honest.
First up were the Pre-Workout Gold Standard drinks in Fruit Punch flavour. I have to admit I didn’t really like this one. I found it very sweet and often grainy as it required a lot of shaking to get the powder to dissolve fully. However I did notice that it gave me an energy boost! I wasn’t great with drinking it consistently and ended up only using it when I was tired and not wanting to go out to Body Combat or swimming, so I still have a few packets left to use. I have noticed there is also a watermelon flavour and I wonder if that is nicer than the fruit punch. Each packet contains two servings, which was a little annoying as I ended up weighing out each time, rather than it be a convenient thing to grab and go. At £2.99 for a packet I don’t think it’s a bad price and probably cheaper than other energy drinks around. I have overall mixed feelings about this one – I didn’t like the flavour, but did not the energy uplift – so I am still debating whether to get some more.
Secondly were a mixed bunch of Quest Bars, which I absolutely loved. They were tasty and convenient to grab and eat after a workout, which held me over until I could get home and cook a proper dinner. I didn’t notice any difference in how my body felt from the increased protein, but overall I felt better as I was eating better, rather than going for whatever is quickest. AT £2.79 each to 12 bars for £24.99 they feel expensive. I was consistent with these and ate one after every workout until they had gone. For me this this seems an expensive luxury right now when I am trying to stick to a tight budget so I can go on some big trips. I wonder what I could use instead as something protein based and easy to reach – something for me to think about!
I would like to thank the team over at Predator Nutrition for being kind enough to send this pack over to me for review. It definitely helped get me back into routine, although it has wavered in the last week with my big Solent Swim coming up on the 19th September! I have a few things to think about for getting back into routine after that and keeping it going through the winter. These products showed me that sometimes it can be very useful to add things to your diet to get specific benefits.
Cocoa Runners is a subscription box service. I found them a while ago and followed them on Twitter and Instagram before deciding to sign up. They were them on a weekend kitchen show, which made me happy. I really want to make good chocolate a part of my life and want to cut out the crap that is more sugar than real chocolate, so paying a. Bit extra each month to try some new and different chocolates I wouldn’t be able to find at home is the first step in making this change.
The first box contained these four bars and also came with tasting notes and an brief explanation of where they came from and about the company that produces them.
My favourite was the Original Beans bar as it was smooth and the flavour was nice. The one I had liked least was the Pacari bar as the flavour was very intense.
I have also received another two boxes I have yet to start, but they look absolutely fantastic.
I admit it. I am totally lazy when it comes to food.
I hate preparing meals. I much prefer to heat something up or chuck it all on a baking tray and let it cook. I like things easy. I buy ready prepared salad, and even then struggle to open a can of tuna to put on top of in the morning for lunch. I bulk cook things so I ready meals for during the week.
The only thing I seem to take time to prepare is porridge, eggs, and coffee!
I have been thinking hard about this and how it affects my weight. Currently I buy food to eat when I want it, like sandwiches or pizza, which is a total waste of money! Also this means I am eating more calories than I need, so I’ve put on weight.
So I need to make it work for me.
I’m not going to change, because I don’t want to. I could say I don’t have the time or the skills, but really deep down I know I am not bothered by cooking and would much prefer someone else to cook for me. If I could afford it I would totally give one of those meal delivery services a go!
So I need to accept this and what comes with it.
- I only have so much freezer space and therefore can only have so many homemade ready meals. This then limits the types of meals and I need to accept that I have to repeat meals quite often.
- I also have to accept than pre-prepared vegetables are more expensive and I have to pay for the ease of it.
- Eggs are a girl’s best friend – quick, easy, and can be done in a variety of ways
- Cook from frozen foods are not quick, but are handy for putting on timer when going out for a work out – if I’m organised!
- Don’t turn down a dinner invitation to you parents – unless you absolutely can’t go, like my swimming gala on Saturday night, so they put me up a meal to take home J
- Repetition may be boring, but it’s easy and means I stick to my calorie need
This was a bit of a get it out of my head and written down so I can understand it myself better. My relationship with food is always one I struggle with and therefore making it work is something very important to me.
A couple of weeks ago me and my friend Sian went on a day course for making sweet trees. They are basically centre pieces for tables or fantastic gifts to be able to give people. We made a chocolate one and a flying saucer one and it was great fun.
I don’t want to tell you exactly how we made each as it is someone’s business but they are easy to make and you could use pretty much any type of sweets on it.
I still have the chocolate one as I gave up chocolate for lent, so am waiting to enjoy it after. I was going to give it as a gift, but couldn’t think of anyone who loves chocolate as much as I do, who also had a birthday or event coming up (such a shame). It was also fairly expensive and my friend has since been making some at home and has said getting set up to be able to make them all is not cheap. So overall a fun day and something great to learn how to do as it would be a fun and different gift to give someone.