Category Archives: Yummy Food & Drink

Adventures in Chocolate… Cocoa Runners

 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.  

 

 

Candy Japan

I’ve talked about my obession with Japan and my interest in Japanses culture before so i was super excited to find a subscription service called Candy Japan that sends sweets and treats from Japan to all over the world and they were kind enough to send me a review box to share on my blog. They send you two boxes every month for US$25.

The box I received a week ago looked like this:

It was colourful and bright and looked so much fun. And it’s all in Japanese! I love that. I had no idea what was what. You can guess from the images, but there is something about not knowing how they makers describe the products that was slightly unnerving.

You do get sent an email with details about the products, but that arrived a few days after my box arrvies and I couldn’t wait to try, so just went for it!

First up were these things that I later found out are Ramen Bites. I was expecting them to be sweet, but they weren’t. Once I got past that I quite enjoyed them. They were salty chicken flavour  and were weirdly addictive once I had started on the pack. They are basically like dried noodles, but not raw noddles.

Next up was a big pink fish filled with sweet chocolate like strawberry flavour chocolate thing. I foudn out from the email they are called  Strawberry Taiyaki. I’m not a huge fan of strawberry flavoured things, but this was nice. It was very light. I agree with Bemmu (the person behind the boxes) that the sad expression is a little bad. A smiley happy fish wafer should be expected.

Last up and the most interactive snack I have ever seen is this!

I worked this out well from the pictures that you had to put the tubes of chocolate (at least I assumed it was chocolate) into a mug of hot water to melt and then you can build your own trees or mountains on sticks. I later found out that the box says “Let’s Make Mushroom Mountain!”, so I kinda got it right.

So much fun in a snack kit.

I didn’t quite get the balance of biscuit to chocolate right and ended up using all the chocolate in the molds, when I should have held some back for the extra biscuits.

I put them in fridge to speed up the setting process. They were quite hard to get out of the molds.

  

This was super fantastic and I have signed up to continue to receive these boxes. It is something fun and different. I will try to hold out until the email arrives explaining what is what. I can see this also being a good present for people who like weird and wonderful things or who like to travel.

I would like to thank Bemmu at Candy Japan for sending me a box for review. It was so much fun to receive and I hope you have just as much fun finding new products to include. I want to request a Matcha Kitkat!

I’m Lazy…. When it comes to food

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.

MyProtein Products

The lovely Carlos at Myprotein got in touch with me at the end of October to see if I wanted to try some products from My Protein. Seeing as I am on a budget and a weight loss journey I jumped at the chance to try some new products to help with those goals.

Myprotein is a UK based sports nutrition company who have been running for 10 years. They are also Informed-Sport approved, which means that certain products have been tested and approved for competitive athletes.

I have chosen to try two products to replace my snacks over the next couple of weeks (details from the website below).

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I am going to swap my snacks (except fruit) for these over the next few weeks and I will let you know how I get on with a review post. I will start on Monday in hopes my head cold will be fully gone.

Please note – I received these products free in exchange for an honest review.

What is MP MAX Elle Virtue Bar?

MP MAX Elle Virtue Bar is a delicious, yoghurt drenched cereal bar, perfect for those tempting moments in-between meals. The protein and fibre content contain less than 95 calories per bar.

Benefits of MP MAX Elle Virtue Bar

The low GI carbohydrates and protein content contribute to the maintenance of normal brain function and to the growth and maintenance of muscle mass respectively. MP MAX Elle Virtue Bar contains a natural source of calcium used for the maintenance of normal bones and teeth.

Who is MP MAX Elle Virtue Bar suitable for?

Available in a variety of delicious flavours, you can now satisfy your hunger without compromising your daily calorie intake. As a quick and convenient snack, Virtue Bar can help support an active and balanced lifestyle.

Each box contains 12 x 30g bars. At 8.69 per box, that’s only 72p per bar.

Key Benefits

  • Less than 95 calories per bar
  • Contains Trucal® which is a source of calcium
  • Protein and fibre

Ingredients

Oat Blend (Malted Oats [contains Malt, Vegetable Oil], Rolled Oats, Oat Flour), Protein Blend (Soya Protein Crispies [Soya Protein Isolate, Tapioca Starch, Vegetable Oil, Salt, Colour: Calcium Carbonate, Emulsifier: Soya Lecithin.], Milk Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Concentrate*), Inulin Syrup (Oligofructose, Fructose, Glucose, Sugar), Yogurt Coating (8%) (Sugar, Vegetable Oil, Whey Powder*, Skimmed Milk Yogurt Powder, Wheat Flour, Emulsifier: Soya Lecithin)(Maple & Pecan and Fruit Burst varieties only), Milk Chocolate Flavoured Coating (8%) (Sugar, Non-Hydrogenated Palm and Palm Kernel Oil, Whey Powder *, Fat-Reduced Cocoa Powder, Wheat Flour, Emulsifiers: Soya Lecithin, E476; Flavouring)(Chocolate variety only),Polydextrose Syrup, Crisp Rice (Rice Flour, Sugar, Sunflower Oil, Emulsifier: Soya Lecithin)(Chocolate variety only), Maple Syrup (4.5%)(Maple & Pecan variety only), Pecans (4.5%)(Maple & Pecan variety only), Humectant (Glycerine), Wheat Crunchies (Wheat Flour, Rice, Sugar, Whey Powder*, Salt, Vegetable Oil, Emulsifiers [Glycerol Monostearate, Soya Lecithin], Raising Agent [Sodium Bicarbonate]), Freeze Dried Raspberries (2.5%)(Fruit Burst variety only), Freeze Dried Strawberries (2.5%)(Fruit Burst variety only), Stabiliser (Acacia Gum), Partially Inverted Sugar Syrup (Chocolate variety only), Fat-Reduced Cocoa Powder (Chocolate variety only), Vegetable Oil, Flavourings, Salt, Trucal® (Milk Mineral Complex), Antioxidant (Mixed Tocopherols). *From Milk.

What is Impact Diet Whey?

Impact Diet Whey is a great tasting supplement which contains a unique blend of Whey Protein and Milk Protein Concentrate combined with a low carbohydrate content sourced from low GI (Glycaemic Index) carbohydrates. Impact Diet Whey also has a number of added ingredients including Green Tea Extract, Acetyl-L-Carnitine and Essential Fatty Acids.

Impact Diet Whey Benefits

Impact Diet Whey has a high protein content that will contribute to the growth and maintenance of lean mass. The added Instant Oats are a healthy source of low GI (glycemic index) carbohydrates providing a sustained energy release which help to maintain normal blood sugar levels. The beta-glucans from the oats will contribute to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels and to the reduction of the blood glucose rise after it is consumed.

Who is Impact Diet Whey Suitable for?

Impact Diet Whey is ideal for anyone taking part in intense, physical exercise looking to increase daily protein intake without consuming unnecessary carbohydrates, fat or calories. Impact Diet Whey is recommended for anyone looking to lose weight, reduce body fat levels but maintain or increase lean mass. It is advised to consume Impact Diet Whey throughout the day to increase daily protein intake or before/after a workout as a source of protein.

How to take Impact Diet Whey

Impact diet whey can be taken in a post workout shake or as a handy meal replacement. You may want to try blending impact diet whey to create a smoothie or mixing it into your favourite greek yogurt.

Key Benefits

  • Low carbohydrate, high protein content
  • Contains ALCAR & Green Tea Extract
  • Great tasting & easy to use

Ingredients

Protein Blend (Whey Protein Concentrate*, Milk Protein Concentrate*), Ground Oats, Cocoa Powder (chocolate and cookies & cream flavours only), Whole Psyllium Husks, Flaxseed Powder, Flavouring (flavoured options only), Glutamine, Malt Extract (latte flavour only), Colouring (Beetroot Red [strawberry flavour only], (Curcumin) [Banana flavour only]), Acetyl L Carnitine, Green Tea Extract, Emulsifier (Soy Lecithin), Sweetener (Sucralose®), Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid). *From Milk.

Adventures in Food… Sweet Trees

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.

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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.

 

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