Adventures in Coffee… Rave Recap

Fudge Blend

 
This is my new favourite coffee. It is strong, but smooth. It works well in both espresso and filter form and I enjoyed the whole bag so much that within the same month I bought another, bigger bag and am enjoying that too.

Brazil Fazenda Irmas Pereira Single Orgin  

This was an interesting one. I wanted to try a different nuts blend, but they didn’t have it available so went for this one instead on the recommendation of the staff. It was nutty, but I also found it has an acidic after taste, especially in the espresso form. Pour-over was better as I also added milk to those drinks and that mellowed it out quite a bit.

Mocha Java Blend

 
On my second trip of the month to Rave  along with the large bag of Fudge Blend I decided to try the Mocha Java Blend as it was on offer the weekend I visited.  This is nice, a little bitterer than the Fudge, but a nice strong blend. Leaving my espresso to cool slightly before drinking makes it smoother I have found, but could just be me.

I have found out Rave do some coffee workshops and I intend to book on the next time they become available. I really want to learn about the proportions of water to coffee and how to make café coffee at home. I will be so excited when I get booked on so I hope it’s not too long to wait.

Simply Cook

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
  • Bibimbap
  • 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!

 

VITL

This month I have found a few things where I was able to sign up for things for delivery only and the first up is a monthly vitamin box from VITL. Bluebird Tea sent an email to their customers advertising a box for £2.95 delivery and I jumped at the chance. Usual cost is £35.95 for 28 day supply.

Vitamins and supplements have always gone over my head. I have taken zinc for years as it helped with a foot problem I had through my teenage years. Other than that I have tried fish oils, multivitamins and other supplements without knowing why I was doing it if I’m totally honest. Most of the time I heard it on a podcast or read it in a fitness book and thought I would give it a go.

This box is supposed to contain everything we need to help keep you healthy on top of a good diet and exercise routine. It contains four tablets for each day to:

  • Fortify – multivitamin
  • Focus – Krill oil
  • Protect – COQ10
  • Replenish – supergreens

There is enough for 28 days in each box. The packaging is great and discrete. It is also convenient as you pull of the strip for the day you need and it keeps all the other fresh and organised.

I am a sucker for knowing if things are more or less expensive than doing it yourself so I looked into buying all separately at several well know shops I tend to shop in. ,Overall I found they are more expensive and not as convenient.

  • Holland & Barrett £3.50 + £17 + £19 + £7 = £46.50
  • Boots £2 + £13 + £16 + £18 = £49
  • Predator Nutrition – £4 + £15 + £10 + £8 = £37

I found this really interesting. Even buying in bulk dividing out did not work out economically. Now I know I may not have chosen the same quality and so could be looking at completely different things, but I went for the cheapest I could find at each shop with the same dosage. It was an interesting desktop experiment.

I’ve taken almost a week’s worth now and haven’t noticed a difference yet, but I am hopeful I will see something as things replenish in my system. I leave the box in the kitchen to make sure I have them with my breakfast for ease. I haven’t decided if I am going to continue beyond the trial box yet as will have to think about the finances and what differences I see, but so far I love it and the idea of it!

 

Predator Nutrition Follow Up

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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.

What makes me, me?

  1. I like being alone. I like people, but they drain me, so I always need time to recharge.
  2. I prefer spending a Saturday reading at home, rather than going out.
  3. I love coffee and tea. I also love good wine and gin.
  4. My favourite shows are still Buffy and Angel. I also love Bones.
  5. My favourite books are The Liveship Traders, Lord of the Rings, and Harry Potter.
  6. I love BBC history and nature documentaries, But Time Team will always be my favourite.
  7. I love helping other people learn to swim.
  8. I love planning anything and am a spreadsheet geek.
  9. I love Instagram and Twitter, but am not a fan of Facebook.
  10. I hate spiders and clowns!
  11. I plan duvet days in advance, but there is nothing better than a spontaneous one.
  12. Japan is at the top of my travel list, closing followed by a walking trip around Mt Blanc.
  13. I’ve always wanted cats as pets. I would love to get a dog too in the future.
  14. I love sleep and will prioritise it – if I’ve planned an afternoon nap, it comes first!
  15. I said never to both sky diving and bungy jumping, then did both while in New Zealand.
  16. I love food, but am rubbish as cooking without a recipe.
  17. I love spending time in coffee shops people watching.
  18. I want to train my cats to walk on the lead, but am rubbish at consistency.
  19. My favourite chocolate bar has and will always be the Cadburys Boost.
  20. I always ask my friend Ingrid to bring me back Peanut Butter M&Ms from Canada (hint!).
  21. I only listen to music in the car nowadays. I used to hold my own concerts in the living room!
  22. I could eat sushi at every meal. I would probably say the sae about pizza too.
  23. If I could afford it, I would totally get a cleaner for my home.
  24. I love candles and the atmosphere they give a room makes me feel peaceful.
  25. QI is my favourite comedy quiz show.
  26. I love Stephen Fry as the narrator of the Harry Potter audiobooks.
  27. I also love James Masters (Spike from Buffy) as the narrator of the Dresden Files.
  28. I’ve never been in a long term relationship.
  29. I hate talking about myself – one of the reasons I started this blog was to help me open up.
  30. I love fig roll biscuits.
  31. I could binge watch a TV show in a weekend.
  32. I’ve realised money is not the most important thing in life and work
  33. I Live in trainers. Even at work! 
  34. If I’m not doing anything of an evening I put my pjs on as so as I get home from work.
  35. I become overly attached I fictional characters.
  36. The Lion King is my favourite movie.
  37. My favourite colour is purple.
  38. I want to travel the world and see as many different places as I can.
  39. I think book tokens are the best presents (or coffee!).
  40. I’m quite precious about my space and m not one for having guest very often.
  41. I hate clothes shopping, but wish I liked it.
  42. Vancouver is my favourite city.
  43. I want to live in a city one day.
  44. I love a good list.
  45. 45 is my favourite number!
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