Full Day of Eating: Product Reviews

I love doing these full day of eating blogposts because it’s a chance for me to spam the post with photography and not have people getting annoyed with me for taking over their news feed on Instagram! Plus, it’s a chance for you all to see what I eat in a day and I know some people love that. I know I do.

Breakfast – 11am

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I eat beans on toast probably about four times a week now I’m not counting macros and I just can’t get enough. It’s so quick and easy to throw together. I always eat my beans with onion of sorts; white, red, spring onion, they’ve all gone into my beans at some point and it’s an easier way to sneak in some more nutrition too.

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I ate breakfast with my sister today and we both added the Dang savoury bacon, coconut flakes to our meals. We were excited to try them because they were coconut flakes that were supposed to taste like bacon, but they were also vegan, dairy free, gluten free and cholesterol free too. However, we were both left very disappointed with the flavour, since they tasted nothing like bacon; just plain old coconut flakes. We tried them both on our food and on their own and the flavour was the same – sweet and coconutty. Although, we both  agreed that they were still nice, just sweet instead of savoury bacon.

Alfie loved them too and he couldn’t get enough.

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Lunch – 2pm

I kept lunch light and had a protein bar along side a Rebel Kitchen coffee mylk and out of the two that I have tried, the coffee is my favourite. You can view my review for the matcha drink here.

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I had also planned to have a crackin egg, but I just couldn’t stomach it in the end. You can read the reviews for the eggs here.

I went for the low carb birthday cake bar by Oh yeah. I’m a huge fan of all of the oh yeah products, although, the big bars will always be my favourite.

The trouble with birthday cake flavours is that they often taste like vanilla and I guess vanilla is one of the main ingredients in standard birthday cakes, but sadly, always a let down in protein bars. I don’t know why they just don’t call birthday cake flavours, vanilla and be done with it.

However, this oh yeah protein bar may be a revelation where the birthday cake flavour is concerned.

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Firstly it was covered in sprinkles and if you cover something in sprinkles then it bloody well better taste like birthday cake! And it did! Well, at the very least it wasn’t vanilla: it had a sweet marzipan taste to it. But, it was so delicious and soft. I think this flavour has now become my favourite from the oh yeah low carb range. It’s a definite must try that’s for sure.

Dinner – 5pm

For dinner I had sweet potato fries which I coated in the gym chef seasoning, along side the red cabbage slaw I made yesterday, plus a huge salad with added Quorn chicken pieces and Quorn mince.

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  • Red Cabbage
  • White Onion
  • Carrot
  • 2 tbsp Alpro Plain Yoghurt
  • 1/2 tsp Chilli Flakes
  • 1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Salt to Season

Shred the cabbage, finely chop the onion and grate the carrot. Mix it with the other ingredients and boom – red cabbage slaw!

I’m becoming a huge fan of these gym chef seasonings, they are full of flavour, but also salt free too. Although, they are £2.99 for a 50g pot, so I’m not sure if they are value for money. That said, a little does go a very long way. I find them especially useful for adding to chickpeas, lentils, tofu, Quorn; basically food that is bland, but can absorb flavour. But, obviously you can coat food in them too.

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After talking to my sister and making her try a sweet potato chip with the gym chef seasoning, we both changed our minds on the price and we actually now believe that £2.99 is great value for money because it is very tasty, it smells amazing and they are also quite spicy and flavourful, without any nasty additives.

If you don’t mind paying £2.99 for a small pot, then I highly recommend them.

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Evening Meal – 9pm

For my last meal I plan to have one of my Welsh cakes with a cup of tea, like the old granny that I am and also some of this propercorn. I’ve reviewed propercorn before, in a previous post. But, since I’ve found a new flavour I thought I’d say a few words about it.

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Fiery Worcester Sauce & Sun Dried Tomato, an unusual flavour of popcorn wouldn’t you agree? Believe it or not the flavours worked really well with the popcorn itself and the flavour’s -Fiery Worcester Sauce & Sun Dried Tomato – were both distinguishable and definitely present. However,  it smelled a lot more spicy and tomato-y than it tasted.

You can buy the oh yeah bars, dang coconut flakes and gym chef seasoning from Cardiff Sports Nutrition and use my code – HAPPY10 – to save yourself 10% at the checkout. The discount code can’t be used on items that have been reduced in price and it’s only limited to one use per person.

The rebel kitchen mylk and propercorn can be bought from Holland & Barett – I bought those myself 😉

Disclaimer: While I was sent the above products by Cardiff Sports Nutrition to review, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I always try to deliver honest, unbiased reviews which are always based off of my own experience with the products.

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Full Day of Eating: Carbs, Carbs, Carbs.

Breakfast-12pm

I ate my first meal of the  day a bit later than usual, but it was so comforting and filling that it kept me satiated for the remainder of the afternoon.

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You just can’t beat beans on toast. I love it and lately, I’ve been eating it often. People always look at me weird when I add onions to my beans, but seriously it is the only way to eat them in my opinion. Plus, it sneaks in some more veggies and it tastes awesome.

I used the Burgen, soya and linseed bread which I spread with a generous amount of chargrilled pepper hummus and topped with reduced sugar and salt baked beans and combined them with Quorn sausages and sprinkled with some Vegusto no-moo classic vegan cheese.

You just can’t beat it.

Lunch – 3pm

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By 2pm I still wasn’t hungry so I had a matcha latte with Alpro single ‘cream’ using the matcha powder from pure chimp that I purchased yesterday. I bought the matcha green tea to bake with, but I thought I’d give it a go as a drink.

It is definitely different. I never liked green tea, so I don’t know why I was expecting to like matcha. But, I bought it to make raw chocolate and that’s exactly what I plan to do with it next.I’ll have a full review up of the matcha powder over the weekend.

Dinner – 4pm

imageMy first Buddha bowl. I’ve seen them a lot over Instagram and I wasn’t sure what they were, but they always looked so delicious. I assumed a Buddha bowl was just a bowl full of food that would make you feel like a Buddha after you’d eaten it all. I feel that’s a good assumption to make based off the title.

However, I later discovered that it’s called a Buddha bowl because the bowl is supposed to be piled so high, that it forms a round shape that emulates a Buddha’s belly. I know. The things people come up with these days.

Although, I’m not sure I achieved the Buddha bowl look.

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I filled mine with whatever I could get my hands on and it was delicious. I thoroughly enjoyed it and savoured every mouthful. I can see why these Buddha bowls are so popular, they are plant based and packed with so much variety and flavour, that every bite is just a party in your mouth and by the end of this food experience, I wanted to join a yogi party and sing kumbyah around a campfire, it was life changing.

Evening Snack – 9pm

If you are an avid reader of my weekly full day of eating posts and I’m sure you all are 😉 you’d know that I’m very new to using soya products and still very nervous, and sceptical of them too. Even so, I am really enjoying the Alpro plant based products at the minute.

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I managed to pick up some of these chocolate puddings for £1, as well as the vanilla flavour puddings too.

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If you remember those really chocolatey, decadent, rich desserts that were around back in the 90s (the one’s with whipped cream on top) then you will be close to imagining how these vegan desserts taste. They are incredible. I was surprised because I always expect vegan products to suck, but they are proving me wrong, time and time again.

I’ll be having one as my evening snack tonight, as well as a banana. I’ve absolutely loved my food today, it’s been packed with nutrition, flavour and it’s all been so easy and simple to cook.

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What Does Social Media Mean to you?

A lot of people join social media for many different reasons; to interact and stay in contact with friends and family, for business purposes, blogging and fitness, etc. And it can be a very powerful tool when utilised correctly, especially from a business point of view; it just opens up so many doors and there are so many different types of social media networks to choose from.When I first signed up for Instagram about three years ago, it was a personal account. I didn’t fully understand the concept and it was far different to Facebook. I was confused. But, after a few weeks I slowly started getting in to it and eventually started adding the odd food post. image.jpeg

I can’t pinpoint a time when it fully became a food account, but I enjoyed Instagram far more when I first joined. I would post whatever I wanted; food, photos of my dog, my gardening skills, random objects; I loved it.image

 But, for the last year or so, I’ve noticed a huge change in the way people operate on Instagram and I’m tired of it. It’s just become filled with bullshit, people liking and spamming with their comments; just to get likes, comments and follows on their own account. It’s tiring. Personally, I only tend to comment on other posts if I have something to say, but even I notice that sometimes I have too much to say and then I worry that people will lose respect for me, the way I have with many on there. I feel people like that have just taken the fun out of Instagram for me and have turned it into some sort of competition on who can get the most followers and likes, yada, yada, yada. Because of that, I took the weekend off from blogging and Instagram, to try and recollect my thought process and what I wanted to achieve from it. I still have no idea. I think it’s become more of a habit in my life, but it is also a great way to direct traffic to my blog: just one popular post from Friday has attracted over 600 followers to my blog since; so Instagram has become a huge part of my blog too. It’s also a place where I can write quick reviews for products that I know people will see.

What does social media mean to me?

For me Instagram has always been my support network and a mere comment like – this looks incredible – from a respected follower can put a cheesy smile on my face and make me feel all sorts of different feelings. I don’t often have people around me trying to uplift or make me feel good about myself and when it does happen, it makes me physically uncomfortable. So, it’s always a surprise when people I’ve never met are supportive to me every day. I think I love Instagram so much because as sad as it may sound, it is something that I have for myself; it may not be a house or a posh car, but just talking to people every day has given me confidence in my own life and has made accepting rare compliments from people easier. Granted, I’m still socially awkward and shy in person, but I’m nowhere near as uncomfortable in public as I once was and I do believe that is down to the support from Instagram. The same goes for my blog; they are both steady and stable things that I have in my life and at the minute the only good things that I have which I can call my own. They are both platforms where I can express myself to a point and have people acknowledge me and I appreciate all of that immensely: every like, comment and follow is always an unexpected comfort to me.

Both my blog and Instagram have given me opportunities that I never thought someone like myself would ever be handed and while I don’t get paid to write blogposts or product reviews for companies, I still enjoy it. I mean don’t get me wrong. It’s not easy writing and thinking of blogposts twice a week and it is very time consuming at the least: this blogpost has taken me over 2 hours already; so I’d be lying if I said that it wouldn’t be nice to benefit and earn some income from my blog. Especially as I don’t have a steady income from elsewhere at the moment and I don’t have the money to put into bettering my blog and making it more aesthetically pleasing with a logo. However, none of those things are as important to me or as gratifying, than when I see people have viewed my post and I realise my hard work hasn’t gone to waste after all. I get even more elated when I receive comments off people who have read it and can relate to whatever experience I have gone through and decided to share. It always warms my ice cold heart when I learn that people actually read what I write. Although, it surprises me more than anything, because my written skills aren’t the best and my grammar and punctuation are a work in progress too. But, none of the support goes unnoticed by me. To say I take a lot from social media would be an understatement. I learn from peoples photography, social skills and a lot more. It’s definitely taught me a lot about myself too and the way I communicate with people – which I haven’t always done well.

There aren’t always positive things that can come from social media though and it can be a dangerous territory if you aren’t careful, especially for the vulnerable and naïve. The more attention I pay to Instagram, the more I realise how toxic it can be. But, I do think that it all comes down to what you can take away and benefit from it and whether it makes you a better person in the long run. I feel when you have that mind-set, it can be a pleasant place to hang out and learn from.

What does social media mean to you? It would be awesome to hear. Do you benefit from the support or is it just an outlet for you? 

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Photo cred: Maizermedia.com

Gift Ideas for the Home Cook, Foodie & Meat-Head

I’m not one to steal ideas usually, I take pride in coming up with my own recipes and ideas, but when I saw cooking with a wallflowers post, I just had to steal it and write my own version. I’ve seen loads of baking accessories and ideas over the internet that I would love and I think they would make incredible gifts, but being a home cook and foodie myself, I guess that’s obvious. Even so, it never crossed my mind to share these gift ideas with, well all of you. So thank you Cooking with a Wallflower for the idea. You can check her Christmas gift guide out here.

I don’t often struggle to buy gifts for people, I’m actually a very good gift giver in my humble opinion and I enjoy it, but I know for most people ideas don’t come as naturally and I frequently see people stressing over what to buy. I think over the years gift giving has become more of a competition and the tradition has become lost among the masses; I feel if you aren’t given diamonds, cars or other expensive gifts on a special occasion, then it’s simply not good enough. So I can see and understand why it can be stressful. For me, I like a gift to be thoughtful and something that I or the person I’m giving the gift to, will appreciate or use for years to come. I think it says a lot about a person when they put thought into a gift rather than just splurge on material things that the other person probably wont appreciate as much. With that in mind I have compiled a top 5 gift idea list for the home baker, foodie and meat-head.

 

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What’s In My Camera Bag?

I often get messaged on Instagram and asked what I use to take photos of my food for Instagram and my blog, so I thought I’d share with you, what’s in my camera bag . Up until 2 months ago it was my Ipad, which produced some nice results, when edited with a few of the best editing apps I have found. My favourite apps to edit photos are:

  • Snapseed
  • VSCO
  • Photoshop Touch

imageSnapseed is my favourite, I think it’s free and it’s the best app I have used. It allows you to edit photos as you would with the Photoshop software. However, I don’t get along with Photoshop on my computer, so I use snapseed to edit all my photos. I sharpen and adjust contrast, shadows and sometimes the brightness with snapseed and depending on whether I have tried to be creative with my photos, I use the brush tool to darken the background of my photos and vignette too. Then I head on over to VSCO imageand crop, sharpen a bit more and sometimes add a filter or two. Photoshop touch was my second favourite, up until they changed the app, the new version I am not fussed on, as it’s inferior to it’s predecessor.

Another tip when using a smartphone, is to use reflectors and natural lighting. These two can achieve you some great results, but never use a flash. Unless you know how to use flash then don’t, it achieves horrid results, which can wash out the photo and make the food look greasy and vile. Placing your food near a window and using a white reflector to bounce shadows is best and it creates more of a natural look. It wasn’t until I started using a DSLR that I started bouncing shadows and paying more attention to composition and styling. However, my photos are still nowhere near as good as some food bloggers I’ve seen and envied, but I learn more and more everyday. Continue reading “What’s In My Camera Bag?”

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