These posts seem to be getting later and later :’) Since starting my third year of uni, I feel like my dissertation is taking over, but I know it will be so worth it in the end! Also, how is it Christmas next month?! Crazyy! I was only able to find a few things this month as most of my time was sat in front of my laptop, but here are the goodies!
1) Nature Valley Salted Caramel, Pretzel, and Almond Popcorn Bar
I thought this was quite different compared to your standard cereal bar. The texture is so light, and it tastes delish. Each bar has 89 calories which is so good for how yummy it tastes. Would recommend as a light pre-workout snack.
2) Asda Reduced Sugar Granola
I have been on the hunt for a low sugar granola forever! A lot of people think granola is healthy, and although what it’s composed of is (to some degree), the amount of sugar that gets added counteracts this. There is only 1.1g of sugar per 45g of this which is so good when considering other granolas can be around 10g of sugar! You get exactly what it says with this, a natural tasting, and low sugar, granola perfect for adding to greek yoghurt.
3) Engevita Yeast flakes, B12
Admittedly it does look and smell a bit like fish food, but I’ve been adding it to every dinner and I love it. The only way to describe the flavour is that is taste’s a bit like cheddar! I think it adds depth to any dish without being as calorie dense as cheese. Also, research suggests that it can lower your cholesterol and boost immunity, so it’s a good thing to be adding to your meals.
4) FibreOne Triple Chocolate Cake Bar
You know when Fibre One comes out with something new, it will be a winner. This is so chocolatey and delicious, that it tastes like it should be way more calories than what it actually is. How they managed to make it taste so good for only 89 calories is a mystery! It is like eating a chocolate brownie but with added crunchy bits…yum!
A little bit late with posting this, but better late than never! This shows what a busy month September was for me, but probably the best month of the year so far! I went to Egpyt for a holiday which was incredible, I turned 21, and to top it all off I also started my third year of uni!
But I’m officially back and full of blog ideas! Despite this busy month, I still managed to find some goodies…
1) Whey Box cookies & cream protein sachets
I wanted to include this mainly due to the convenience that this gives. I bought two sachets to take on holiday with me, as you never know where you are going to get your protein from when abroad :’) I rate the protein highly on taste, texture, and it also mixes well, so it’s a good option for if you want a quick protein hit on the go.
2) Fulfil chocolate hazelnut whip
One of the best protein bars I have had! I’m a big fan of the hazelnut and chocolate combo and this really does it justice, I don’t think I’ve ever tasted a more chocolatey protein bar than this. Whenever I see it when I’m out, I just have to buy it :’) Definitely would recommend if you’re a Nutella fan!
3) Minimoos vegan honeycomb chocolate bar
I was craving some chocci, and this somehow managed to find it’s way into my basket! This was my first time trying any vegan or gluten-free chocolate, and I certainly couldn’t taste any differences. I think the honeycomb is a great addition to this bar, it’s a yes from me! Also, I think it’s the perfect size as I realise with myself I can’t open a bar of chocolate and finish it all…so you’ll be safe with this if you’re like me!
4) Fulfil triple chocolate deluxe protein bar
Back at it again with another protein bar (help!). I’ve been looking out for this one for quite a long time, and it didn’t disappoint. I like fulfil bars because of the added vitamins that they include, which other bars often don’t. Very chocolatey, very delish = a chocoholics dream.
5) Candy Kittens Eton mess
Saving the naughtiest until last! Someone actually bought these for me, but when I tried them they just had to feature in the foodie finds! Eton mess is one of my favourite summer desserts and these sweets do it justice, for sure! Also, they are vegetarian and gluten-free.
For me going on holiday involves relaxing, exploring and enjoying all things food. I Have not long returned from a lovely holiday to Gran Canaria, where I most certainly did all of the above! However, often the hardest thing is about finding the balance between staying healthy/maintaining your progress whilst also enjoying and indulging in all things food and culture.
For me, the key to finding this balance is in fact quite simple: take things back to their basics! This applies to many things such as exercise, food, treats, sleep, and relaxation. If this balance is achieved you’ll have one feel-good holiday. For example, I ensured I ate good food, went for lots of strolls (even if that was only to the shop to get some chocci ;)) had a good nights sleep, and importantly allowed some time to chill. I will be sharing with you my tips on how to have a great holiday and feel on top of your game at the same time.
Healthy airport snacks
I love the buzz of the airport. For me, the holiday starts as soon as I’m in the airport. This is the time that I’ll buy my snacks for the plane because who doesn’t love snacking on the plane?! Typically I’ll buy a protein bar, a packet of nuts and a small sweet something, this way you’re less tempted to fall for the sugar-filled plane snacks. To the right are a few of the snacks I purchased.
Be as active as possible
By this, I don’t mean spending hours in the hotel gym (because let’s face hotel gyms can be seriously hit or miss 😂) or even going for a 5 mile jog. I’m talking about making smaller changes such as taking the stairs instead of the lift, walking to the nearest beach or having a stroll around the local area. It just so happens that there was a massive hill (called Lomo de Tabaibales) near my hotel which of course I had to walk up, and I’m so glad I did as the views were stunning…even if it was in unpractical pretty sandals. I love going for a morning or evening walk as I find it really relaxing, and it encourages mindfulness – something we could all focus on more.
If you look closely, you’ll see the cross!
Plenty of good foods
Firstly I’ll visit the local supermarket to buy my essentials and to see what foods are available. Then I’ll do a rough plan of dinners that are full of micronutrients, protein, carbs etc. I don’t plan lunches or breakfast as I like to eat what I fancy on holiday, but I find planning dinner helps me to reach my macros. For example, some meals that I cooked this holiday include tuna and wholemeal spaghetti with olives, noodles with sardines, tomatoes and chickpeas, and a chickpea and egg Buddha bowl.
An example of some of the foods I purchased once I had completed my meal plan.
For an all-inclusive holiday, the temptation can be a lot harder when it comes to meal times what with the never-ending buffet full of yummy desserts…so tempting! For breakfast I’ll go for foods high in good fats and protein, and also carbs e.g scrambled eggs on toast with an avocado or oats with some fruit. For lunch and dinner I will always put my side salad on my plate first, then find a healthy protein source and some carbs, and of course, if there is a dessert I like, I’ll have it (in moderation!)
Below are some of the dinners I had whilst on my holiday:
potatoes with mackerel in tomato sauce, with olives and tomato slices.
An egg and chickpea salad.
Sardines with noodles, chickpeas, tomatoes and olives.
Pack a few things from home
As I know my protein intake tends to be lower on holiday, I pack some of my favourite protein bars from Grenade and Fulfill, which you can also buy from the airport. Also, instant oat pots such as those from ‘Oomf’ are great for a protein boost. Another thing I’ll pack are mini bags of salt, pepper, and other spices/ herbs to really add flavour to any food that I cook.
Oomf protein porridge pots are the perfect size to pack in your suitcase.
A selection of protein bars that I also packed.
Eat healthily, try to be active, and make time for you to unwind. Ultimately you’re on holiday, so of course, you have to indulge in a few drinks and nice food, but the key is to balance this out by making healthier choices elsewhere. Your progress and hard work will not be ruined over the duration of your holiday, in fact, you’ll probably return feeling full of energy and ready to smash some more personal bests!
I hope this blog post has proved that you can have your cake and eat it…quite literally 😉
What with the next academic year approaching, now is the time to get my savvy-shopper game on… so what better than taking a lidl trip down to Lidl? 😉
Getting your weekly essentials for a cheap price takes practice, but once you figure out what you like and where you can get it cheapest from, you’re practically set! Because I snack on whole foods such as nuts and seeds, which are quite pricey, I’ve found the best places to buy these are from Grape Tree, Tesco and now Lidl.
Normally I’m a Tesco kinda girl, but having been into Lidl for the first time I was pleasantly surprised! My total shop came to roughly £8.00, compared to other supermarkets where it would be at least over £10.00. However, this wasn’t a full shop, more like an impulse-buying healthy snack sesh :’)
Conveniently, my uni house is located near an Aldi which offers pretty similar foods to Lidl, so expect more student foodie hacks to come! Even if there isn’t a Lidl near you, you could still use this haul for inspo as to how to spice up your weekly food shop.
1.Weetabix Protein Crunch
I’ve been so desperate to try these ever since I saw them on Instagram! I think this was just what the cereal isle needed. Although there is 6g of sugar per 30g, they do fit into my macros nicely what with the added protein…and they’re chocolate, so I’m one happy foodie! (£1.99)
2. Cashew nuts & Almonds
I absolutely love cashew nuts, they make the perfect light snack and are packed full of good fats and protein. For this 200g bag, it was only £1.72. The almonds were £1.39 and are great sprinkled on porridge.
Feta is so tasty when sprinkled onto salads, omelettes or in a baked sweet potato. This cost only £0.99. I also picked up Quark for £0.75 which is another great protein source.
4. Passion Fruit
I don’t often get exotic fruit like this, but this was such a good price at £1.20 and will taste fab in a smoothie bowl.
5. Dark Chocolate
I love putting dark chocolate in my porridge, it’s the best when it melts and you’ve got a puddle of chocolatey goodness! This bar was only £0.89 which is great considering its 74% cocoa.
6. Lemon Juice
I don’t normally buy lemon juice, but this was only £0.32 and there is so much you can do with it…watch this space 😉