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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Full Day of Eating: What Are Your Macros?

I haven’t had as much time to cook or bake this week, which is why my Instagram posts have been quite mundane and chocolate free. Meals have been simple, although, still delicious, balanced and healthy. Today, I decided to roughly track my macros for this specific post; mainly out of curiosity as to whether I am getting enough calories now that I’m not eating any butter, dairy, or as many eggs.  If I have learned one thing today, it is how much I loathe tracking macros. It’s such a tedious chore, so please don’t expect this every week or even once a month because I just don’t have the focus for it anymore.

NB: The macros are a guess as I don’t own a weighing scale, but I think the guesstimating is pretty damn good, if I do say so myself 😆

Breakfast -11am

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Ihad breakfast around the same time as I always do – 11am – straight after my first coffee of the day. Today I decided to try something different, something which I have never made before – a smoothie bowl. If you are a part of the social media community you will know that these smoothie bowls have become very popular over the last few years: smoothie bowls are a thicker version of a smoothie drink which you eat from a bowl and with a spoon; you can then top them with whatever you like. My smoothie bowl was my jungle protein shake recipe that I made a few weeks ago, only with the addition of two frozen bananas and alpro plain yoghurt. This smoothie bowl had all sorts of nutritious ingredients in it from; turmeric, to spinach, and vegan plant based protein powder, and so much more. I topped mine off with  1/3 cup of all natural muesli, blueberries, blackberries, choc shot, sultanas, pumpkin seeds and pecans. It was delicious. I was surprised because essentially it’s just blended fruit and vegetables with almond milk, but I throughly enjoyed it and it filled me up for over three hours which is quite rare. I will definitely be making more of these in the summer because it is just too cold to be eating these in the spring, as I learned today.

Macros

Cals: 706 | Carbs: 88g | Fat: 19g | Protein: 40g | Fibre: 18g|

Lunch – 1.45pm

As I haven’t had time to bake any healthy bakes this week; I have had to resort to snacks that I have in my cupboard. Today’s choice of snack was half a  bakewell flapjack from Holland and Baretts own range (I promise I’m not sponsored by them) these came from the same massive order I made the other week and I will say I was very disappointed. Flapjacks are my absolute favourite thing in the world, I love them. But, this bakewell flapjack was very bland with a white chocolate topping and loaded with unnecessary calories and sugar.I definitely won’t be purchasing these again or eating them. I washed the bland flapjack down with a matcha green tea, rebel kitchen mylk drink which again I got from Holland and Barrett.

The rebel kitchen mylk was different to how I imagined it to be. I’ve never tried matcha before and this was my first time trying anything matcha flavoured too and I’m not sure what I think about it. Firstly, I was expecting a green drink, close t0 the colour green on the packaging. So, I was surprised to be faced with a chocolate colour, that was watery in texture: I’m guessing the colour was from the use of date nectar as there is nothing on the label that indicates the use of cacao. I did shake the bottle before pouring the drink and even then it still separated, so the drink was quite grainy and it left residue on the glass. As for flavour, I can’t really compare it to anything; it wasn’t bitter, but it wasn’t overly sweet either and I guess the flavour which I wasn’t familiar with, was the matcha. However, it was pleasant and I enjoyed it. I probably should have shook the bottle a bit more aggressively, but it was nice and if I see this again on offer I’ll definitely pick it up, as it was a welcome change to drinking water all day, plus it’s extremely nutritious, all natural and vegan too. The only complaint I had with it was that it did have a funny effect on my stomach and made it all gurgly; I’m not sure why either. So, I probably wouldn’t drink this out in public, from fear of embarrassment *insert gritting teeth emoji here*

Macros

Cals: 380 | Carbs: 52g| Fat: 17g | Protein: 4g| Fibre: 2.6g |

Dinner – 5pm

image.jpegI had a Linda McCartney style burger for dinner; in a white roll with salad, and onions; I also made a relish sauce with cherry toms, white onion, maple syrup, cayenne and ACV to top off my burger and I ate it with roasted broccoli and asparagus, plus some baby beets and mustard on the side. I rarely have white bread because it does upset my stomach, but as the matcha drink had already made it feel slightly unsettled I threw caution to the wind and ate the damn bread anyway and I enjoyed it. This was actually one of the best meals I’ve eaten this week.

 Macros

Cals: 622 | Carbs: 58g | Fat: 20g | Protein: 45g | Fibre: 17g |

I have also had 2 pieces of dark chocolate, a few M&S, a cup of tea and around four coffees, macros aren’t included for the burger ‘relish’ or beets either because I have better things to do than track vegetables 😉

And that concludes another full day of eating for this week.I would usually eat something around nine, but I don’t have any snacks left and cooking is out of the question. But, I  do have some weird vegetable crisps and propercorn on order from – you guessed it – Holland and Barrett, which hopefully will be here by the weekend.

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A Full Day of Eating

Here I am staying true to my word with the Full Day of Eating post I promised you all last week. Although, if this had been yesterday then I’d still be writing the post today because I ate a lot of food and I enjoyed every morsel; which is the whole point I guess. I’ve noticed since I’ve been eating more carbs that I haven’t been craving sugary foods as much as I usually would and I hadn’t actually eaten any white or milk chocolate for three weeks before Pancake Day, even then I didn’t feel like it; I just ate it for the sake of eating it. These days I tend to crave natural sugars such as: stewed berries, bananas, natural syrups, sultanas, white rice and anything with oat flour. I think people think that I don’t eat very healthy because of the stuff I post to Instagram, but the majority of what I do post is made from healthier whole ingredients and when I’m not posting to Instagram, I’m chowing down on foods like I’ve posted below; which the folks of Instagram don’t really appreciate as much, as the chocolate and peanut butter. Even I go through my Instagram feed sometimes and question the food, but then I realise that I have finally found balance and a better relationship with food, so who cares!

I did my monthly food shop on the weekend and It always shocks me when I get around to it because even though I keep certain foods stocked up throughout the weeks, you can bet when it’s time to do my monthly shop I need more than I thought I did. Although this food shop was different to all of my previous food shopping lists because this time I didn’t buy any of my usual staples: eggs, butter, cheese and milk. It was a first for me, as I’ve never gone a day without dairy or eggs before, so not buying them is a first. While I haven’t cut them out completely from my diet, I haven’t been eating them as much either, so I felt it wasn’t necessary to buy them. I’d like to think that saved me a pretty penny, but I doubt it. I did however, buy some items that I swore I would never buy: soy yoghurt and tofu. I think I have started to fear these foods more than anything else because soy does have a lot of stigma surrounding the effects it has on the thyroid gland, which is why I have always tried to stay away from it. However, I decided that I already have a messed up thyroid anyway and as the soy content in the products isn’t very high, I would eat these in moderation. Plus, they were on offer so that swung it for me too.

Breakfast – 11pm

I never really ate muesli until recently. I’ve always been a savoury breakfast kind of girl and eggs, cheese and Quorn sausages have always played a huge part in that. So when I wake up fancying something sweet, it’s always a surprise to me. This muesli concoction, while delicious is more of a summer-time breakfast, which it most certainly isn’t. But, as the muesli had plenty of different elements to it, it wasn’t boring and I enjoyed it. I topped the muesli with stewed berries, sultanas, pumpkin seeds, coconut syrup and Alpro, vanilla dairy free yoghurt. image.jpeg

I did also make a vegan mocha protein shake from the gardenia plantbased protein too and I also added Sukrin brown sugar alternative to it with half a cup of Almond Breeze, reduced sugar almond milk as well; but the protein powder ruined it for me. So I didn’t end up adding it to my breakfast because it was VILE!

As for the Alpro vanilla yoghurt, it was so good. Although, I don’t know what I was expecting, maybe tofu blended into a yoghurt. But it tasted like the real deal: nicely sweetened, creamy and I noticed it had loads of tiny flecks of vanilla through it too. I also bought the plain Alpro to use as ‘mayonnaise’ in sandwiches.

Lunch – 1pm

imageDid you see those huge  protein oat pancakes that I posted to my Instagram yesterday? They were delcious and topped with about 10 different toppings. I’m sure of it. I loved them and I came so close to making them again today for lunch. But as I ate sweet for breakfast I needed something savoury for lunch. I decided to try and make a protein spinach wrap out of oat flour; which I wasn’t sure was going to work and it didn’t – they sucked! Although, my dog ate them and seemed to enjoy them. Instead I made a quick minestrone soup with whatever root vegetables I could find in my fridge and tossed in some Rizopia pasta shapes for a touch of nostalgia. It reminded me of the kid soup that I used to eat  when I was younger, but with chunky veg, a little kick and a lot of nutrition. Obviously there was a slice of buttered crusty white bread on the side too, which I spread with vegan spread – don’t say the M word please *eye roll* 😉 I will be posting the recipe for the minestrone soup next week and you can check out the Rizopia Fantasia pasta shapes here.

Afternoon Snack – 3pm

imageI’ve been craving nutri-grain bars for months, but from experience I know that high sugar foods never taste as good as I remember and they always leave me dissatisfied. So I made my own cereal bars this morning. They are vegan and the batter/dough was so bloody good. I guess I rolled them out too much before I baked them though, because the filling was sparse in the finished product. I still enjoyed far too many: they weren’t overly sweet and had a nice grainy texture to them. I also fed one to my sister and she enjoyed them; even went as far, as to say that they tasted like the real thing. I’m not so sure about that, but I did enjoy them. I filled my ‘nutri-grain bars with the date jam  that I made a few weeks ago and coated the bars in extra oats too – they were good: packed with nutrition and naturally sweetened. My dog definitely didn’t get to eat these.

Dinner – 6pm

imageThe weather this morning was lovely, but extremely cold. Although, I do I enjoy the cold, Spring, icy mornings. But come the afternoon it changed: the heavens opened and down came the rain. I would sell my right arm to go somewhere warm right now and FYI that is my most dominant arm, so you can see how desperate I am 😉 Comfort food was definitely on tonight’s agenda and a hot steak and gravy pie by Quorn was exactly what I needed. I served it with some roasted baby parsnips, carrots and hassleback potatoes with a homemade gravy that could have a killed a man. I’m just so glad I didn’t add it all to my food because I would have probably been in A&E from dehydration and liver failure – so salty! I ended up making a small amount of Bisto vegetable gravy and thoroughly enjoying this whole meal, plus those baby parsnips were to die for. Quorn have always done very nice vegetarian pies and they are packed with flavour, in my humble opinion. I just hope they get a move on with their vegan range and start adding more products to it.

Evening Snack  – 9pm

image.jpegI picked up these bags of chips the same time I made my Holland and Barrett order the other week. The propercorn has all gone now, but I did get a few bags of these weird chips that seem to be all the rage at the moment; over social media. I did plan to save them for nine, but around a certain time of the month I become uncontrollably ravenous, so I opened them not long after I ate my dinner and boy are they good. They remind me of the Square crisps, but with a lot more flavour and a huge kick from the chilli; plus a nice crunch. I couldn’t taste the lemon as the chilli was very overpowering. The best thing is that there is approximately 130cals in a 28g serving – just over half of the bag – and they are much lower in fat than potato crisps: healthier and tastier too. I would definitely recommend these. I can’t wait to try the Quinoa chips and also the Hummus chips I bought too.

And that’s it. Another full day of eating which was mostly vegan. I did have three or four cups of coffee too and I had a rare can of diet pepsi, which I never have, but I fancied and it tasted awesome.

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Full Day Of Eating – My Healthy Not Yours

A while ago I wrote a post similar to this and never got around to actually completing it, it’s just so tedious photographing everything you eat in a day. Sometimes, I want to just throw it on a plate, without presentation and any thought of what it looks like. However, today I got inspired by someone off Instagram and I made the effort. But, mainly because of his post, I had a lot to say. It stirred some anger in me that I just needed to get out!

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