Thursday, 21 May 2015

Trek Bars!*


I've seen these about in the shops but they never really appealed to me, however I am a lover of Natural Balance Foods Nakd bars! So when I got these through the door, I was excited to give them a go.


Now my exams have just about finished (Wahoo!) and I'm sure many of yours have too, I have been using these as a good boost of energy during my exams and to stop me reaching for the digestives. So if you've still got exams to go (... keep on going!) one of these could be perfect for a little healthier boost to stop your tummy getting rumbly in the silent hall!


At first the taste was a bit different, but I've demolished half the box already because I just wanted to try all the different flavours and now I eat at least one a day and I carry one with me everywhere! They're so good!

Flavours include (in order on photo):

Morning Berry

Cocoa Coconut

Cocoa Oat

Banana Bread

Oat Raisin

Original Oat




Verdict:
My favourites; Morning Berry and Original Oat
No my fave: Cocoa Coconut (though only because I don't like coconut - my housemate and my brother loved it)


These are really good healthy bars so I don't feel at all guilty for munching on them throughout the day!

Facts (I stole from the website):

They're all gluten and wheat free

Dairy free (except for the chocolate ones)

There's 9-10g of protein in each bar

Handmade in Britain

Vegan friendly

GM free

Traces of soya, peanuts and other nuts

Opinion (by me, I promise); they're really tasty and I can't put them down! It helps reduce cravings for other chocolate and treats because it's basically a healthy flapjack. They taste quite cinnamon-y and obviously have they're different flavours but overall I really recommend!

They have more ingredients on the back than they do with the Nakd Bar but they claim (and I've heard good things) that these protein flapjacks are made of 100% natural ingredients and are totally healthy for me to nibble on morning till night!!


Anyone tried these? What do you think of them?



Sunday, 17 May 2015

Blogs I'm loving

So I've been blogging for a few months now and similarly I've been reading a lot of blogs. Now I'm always on the hunt for new blogs to read and follow but I thought I'd share a few of my faves! There are so many that I'm loving at the moment, so this was my attempt to narrow it down to a few.


Career Girl Daily

This is a blog about a whole range of things really. They've got posts on anything from what to wear and how to act at an interview, how to be more productive, be a team player, to posts on fashion must haves and holiday destinations! A whole range of good posts on tips that a quite useful!




Dinosaur Dances

Dinosaur Dances run by Lucy, is a fantastic blog full of beauty, fashion and lifestyle posts. Her blog is a real all-rounder and I always love reading anything she posts. Her pictures are really professional and I love her style - of fashion and writing. She's also a really lovely person and it really shows in her writing.



Hannah-jane

Another fashion based blog. Hannah posts amazing outfit choices and she always looks amazing, very professional and awesome style! 




The Life & Loves of a Nine Grand Student

This is a great blog which I have been loving since I'm now in my first year at uni and there's loads of great tips about money saving and budgeting, student houses, and a few posts about some great discounts! She's also got loads of other great posts like food recipes and beauty products, I always find myself having a snoop round her blog recently.





I am absolutely loving Amy's blog! She mainly posts fashion posts, interspersed with the occasional foodie or product lifestyle posts. I love her fashion sense and she's so beautiful, her pictures are excellent you should definitely go check her out!



What are your favourite blogs to read? Any suggestions?

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Eggie Recipes*

So recently someone got in contact with me to send me a few products and a couple of days a go I got through the letter box (sort of); an egg poacher! Now as odd as it may seem, I was actually pretty chuffed as recently I've been eating a lot of eggs on toast and omelettes etc, because they're so easy, cheap and eggs last ages! Perfect for students!


So I decided to put together a little post on all things egg related for any of you out there in need of egg inspiration!? So here are some egg recipes;

Firstly an easy peasy yummy one to catch your attention;

Banana Pancakes made from just banana and eggs!

I did do a blog post on these a while back which you can see here

(it's basically mixing banana and eggs in a blender and then cooking them like pancakes!)


So yummsky!

Scrambled Eggs with Hummus and Smoked Salmon


Makes for a really nice snack or breakfast with a bit o' toast!


Hearty Omelette with Tomato and onion sauce

Another simple one; with just eggs, a tin of chopped tomatoes, 1 onion (cheese for the top)
The tomato sauce would probably make 2 maybe 3 portions and I usually use 2 eggs per omelette

For the sauce simply chop up your onion, fling it in a sauce pan and cook until soft

Add the chopped tomatoes and leave to simmer until its thickened a bit

Leave the sauce on a low heat when cooking the omelette, by whisking the eggs in a bowl and add some butter into the frying pan to prevent sticking.

Pop the egg mixture into the pan and swirl it round so it covers the pan. (you could fry some onions or peppers before you put the egg in or I chose to add spinach) Leave to cook and keep pulling the sides of the omelette into the middle using a spatula/fish slice (don't know the difference myself). Keep on going until the top isn't so liquid that it would dribble everywhere if you flipped it! 

Leave the bottom to brown a little and you could either flip the omelette to cook the other side or sometimes I stick it under the grill to cook the top a bit more but prevents it drying out too much.

Once cooked, spoon the tomato mixture onto the omelette and top with grated cheese, then fold over onto your plate and voila!


Using my Egg poacher!*

Now I'd never used an egg poacher before so when I received this from British Lion Eggs I did have to fiddle with it a bit to figure out how to use it, but it was really useful, easy and quick!





Simply pop some water in the pan, put the tray with the little egg cups on the top on a low heat and crack the egg into the cup! Simples!

I think I probably cooked it a bit longer that it needed, but it was actually a great egg and came out very easily (when normally I get bits of egg stuck to the metal ring or the bottom of the pan).


What are your favourite recipes recently? Any egg recipes I should try?

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Current Tunage!

Thought I'd write a bit of a different post and share with you the songs I've been loving at the moment;

What I did for love - David Guetta and Emili Sande


The Nights - Avicii

Trouble - Iggy Azaelea


Talking About - Conor Maynard

Stronger - Clean Bandit


Someone New - Hozier

Stitches - Shawn Mendes


Shut Up and Dance - Walk the Moon


Basically the whole of James Bay's new album but to name a few; 

Move Together 

Best Fake Smile



What do you guys think of any of these?

What are your favourite songs at the moment? Any recommendations?


Monday, 4 May 2015

The Most Amazing Cookies!

Happy May Bank Holiday to all,

Now I don't know about you, but this fine bank holiday it was quite beautiful and relatively warm outside (very unusual) so I took my revision out and enjoyed a nice morning in the sun. 

Unfortunately the sun began to diminish as it got into the afternoon, and after my productive('-ish') morning I really fancied baking some cookies! Also I think since the beautiful Tanya Burr posted a blog post of her amazing cookie recipe which you can find here, I had the urge to get my baking on!!

So me and my housemates took it upon ourselves to bake some splendid cookies. .... And splendid they were indeed! They were bloody amazing!




You can find here recipe on her blog post but here are the ingredients and you basically just bung them together and pop in the oven for 11 minutes at 200 degrees. 

200g butter
300g caster sugar
275g self-raising flour
75g cocoa powder
(we didn't have milk cause we wanted to save the last bits for a cuppa) 
1 large egg
a whole lotta chocolate! We only used 1 and a bit of these bars of dairy milk but you can put anything in I guess.


First mix the butter and sugar together then add the other ingredients bit by bit.




Tip: Stick to the 11 minutes in the oven and then wait (I know it took all the willpower we had) about 25-30 minutes for them to harden a bit so that when you pick them up they won't just collapse. This way they're nice and gooey in the middle and the chocolate doesn't burn it just melts in the cookie and oh my god I'm dribbling writing this!




Look at them tasty beauties!

What exciting things have you been up to this bank holiday??