June 2017 favourites: What have I been loving this month?

One Sweet World – Ben and Jerry’s

ben and jerry's one sweet world review
I called into Asda on the way home from somewhere in the hope of picking up the new tub of Mars bar ice-cream that my sister had been raving about. No such luck. Instead of leaving empty handed I saw this flavour of Ben and Jerry’s which I haven’t been able to get hold of before. Coffee, salted caramel, marshmallow and chocolate pieces. YUM. I had relegated Ben and Jerry’s to second spot after Haagen Dazs recently, but I think this may have just reignited my love for the stuff. Definitely my new favourite Ben and Jerry’s flavour, and probably a good thing that I haven’t been able to find it in any of the supermarkets near me. I justified the purchase as research for my 30 ice cream flavours before I am 30 task!

Caramel Pecan ice cream – Perfect World

caramel pecan perfect world review
This is a more macro friendly ice cream alternative. Found in Tesco, this ice cream is gluten free, dairy free and no added sugar. I didn’t have much hope for it, as usually when the first ingredient on a tub of ice cream is water the texture and flavour isn’t all that good. This surprised me though and the flavour of caramel is really strong. Obviously not as creamy and luxurious as ‘real’ ice creams, but if you are wanted a lower calorie alternative then I think this is a good option. I found it in Tesco and it was on offer for £2 a tub I believe, I think you can get it in Holland and Barretts also.

Aldi filled peppers and spinach and cauliflower burgers.

Aldi vegetarian burgers
A past client had posted a photo of these on Instagram so I had to go and search them out for myself. I have found myself eating slightly less meat recently, not on purpose, it has just happened for some reason. I will usually have at least one day a week now when I don’t have any. These peppers are great. I found that I had to add a little extra feta cheese on top, as it was only a bit of a measly sprinkling when I opened the packet. Great as something different to have for dinner. You could replicate them easy enough and it is a recipe which I am going to have a go at doing myself soon. About 100 calories and I think I paid no more than £1.50.

The burgers were lovely as well. They had some indian spices in them so weren’t super boring or dry which I have found with other vegetarian burgers. Great if you are heading to a BBQ this ‘summer.’ I think these were about 150 calories each and a similar price to the filled peppers.

Shoe Dog – Phil Knight

shoe dog phil knight review
My sister gave me this book to read as she had really enjoyed it. It is the story of the development and growth of the company Nike. From the idea of Phil Knight to multi-billion dollar worldwide company. It is amazing. I honestly had no idea where Nike had come from or how fast it grew as a company to become the biggest sports brand in the world. It was so interesting to read about how they overcame adversity after adversity. Banks kicked them out for having no cashflow and being a risk, they were scammed by suppliers, a huge fight with the US government over millions of dollars of unpaid taxes. It almost seemed like it was one problem after another and a lot of companies would have just given up. But instead it was Phil Knight’s dream and he persisted, and it was certainly worth it. Such an inspiring read and I would highly recommend it to anybody, even if you are not interested in sport, the story is incredible. Another book to tick off my list! Do you have any recommendations?

Love Island
I have said on numerous occasions before that I simply don’t watch tv. I prefer to watch videos on youtube instead if I decide to watch something. However, I was told by quite a few friends that I had to watch Love Island this year, having never seen it before it has definitely become my guilty pleasure these past few weeks! I catch up with it the following day (9pm is past my bedtime!) usually when I am having my breakfast and lunch! Gabby and Marcel are my favourites to win, I used to love Blazin Squad! Yes i know it is rubbish, but it is just entertainment and gives me something to talk about with clients!haha!

What have you been loving in June 2017? Anything which you think I need to get my hands on? If so please let me know!

Love Abi xxxx

 

March favourites coming at you, a few days late but hope you don’t mind!

Morrisons Moroccan Style Cauliflower Cous Cous
Carrot spaghetti, butternut squaffles, courgette sheets, there is no shortage of new low carb vegetable alternatives in the supermarkets at the moment. I am a big fan of them, they are great for bulking out meals and getting your daily vegetable intake up! Morrisons have just come out with a new Moroccan style cauliflower cous cous which I have been loving this month. I find normal cauliflower rice can be a bit beige and boring without any seasonings or additions, so was pleased when I saw that Morrisons had taken this hassle away for us! It contains Pepper, Onion, Sweet Potato, Spring Greens, Chickpeas and Dried Apricot, as well as Moroccan seasonings. For 100g it is only 43 calories. I have been enjoying warmed up with salads or as a side dish with chicken tagine!

Morrisons moroccan style cauliflower cous cous review

Morrisons Eat Smart Pesto

A little bit of pesto can transform any meal as the flavour is so strong! However some of the standard jars can be very high in calories due to the nuts and oil which they contain. This jar from Morrisons is great at only 20 calories for 10g, and 10g is all you need per portion. I have been enjoying stirred through courgetti with sundried tomatoes and chicken for a quick and tasty meal after work.

Morrisons Eat smart pesto

Aldi Hike Protein Bars
You do not need protein bars, however they do come in handy from time to time when you are on the go and just need a little something to keep you going. Unfortunately, they can still be quite expensive to purchase as opposed to a regular chocolate bar, and some of them actually contain a lot more calories. I spotted these ones in Aldi at the beginning of the month and decided to give them a try as they were only about 60p per bar. No they are not as nice tasting as my usual favourites Grenade or Oh Yeh Bars!, however they are convenient and cheaper. They remind me a bit of the naked bars in texture but about twice the size. There is a chocolate, banana and berry flavour in the range and they are about 170 calories per bar.

Aldi Hike Protein Bar Review

Kiwis
This is my random item of the month! But I have been loving Kiwis recently. They contains five times more vitamin C than an Orange! I have been loving having them just chopped up in my yoghurt bowl at the end of the night in addition to berries.

kiwis

Chimp Paradox – Prof Steve Peters
On my quest to read 30 books this year, one of my good friends Chris surprised me with this book in the post. ‘This book will change your life if you let it,’ were the words on an attached note. I would highly recommend this book to anybody, whether you struggle with anxiety or damaging thoughts or not. This book has enabled me to try and be clear with my thoughts and realise when ‘my chimp is taking over.’ When problems have arisen I have been trying to think of the solution (using my human brain) rather than focusing on the feelings it has given me (my chimp). With all self help and development books, you do not change over night however I do believe that I have started to implement some of the teachings within this one. It is now full of highlighted passages which I will go back and read over to really solidify what I have read. The mind is a curious, crazy and interesting thing and I don’t think we will ever completely understand how it works. Get it here.

The Chimp Paradox - march favourites

Morrisons Apple and Elderflower sparkling water
This has been my fizzy drink of choice in the fridge to kill any sweet cravings which I might have been having from time to time. I love elderflower flavoured things and this one is lovely and summery.

Apple and elderflower sparkling water - morrisons

Favourite Exercise – bottoms up KB Press
I saw this exercise on a recent Youtube video by Amanda Bucci where she was having a training session with coach PJ Nestler. He explained how you don’t need a heavy weight and it will set your core on fire. I tried it out first and then have had a couple of clients do the same with great results!

So those are my March Favourites for 2017, hope you enjoyed reading them and maybe picked up on a few ideas to try! As always if there is anything which you have been loving and think that I need to try let me know!

Love Abi xxxx