The Sugar Free Family Cookbook | Sarah Flower

Delicious, healthy recipes to help you and your children kick the sugar habit

I was sent this fabulous, little cookbook by the publisher – Robinson – and have been enjoying many of the sugar-free recipes inside over the last couple of weeks. Anyone who has tried going sugar-free will know how difficult it can be in a world filled with brightly coloured confectionery and fast food restaurants. This book provides delicious recipes that will make you realise sugar in your home cooking really isn’t needed and really won’t be missed.

 

The book is split into fifteen chapters, which aim to guide you through your sugar free journey with ease. Chapters include –

  • Sugar and its effect on our health
  • Keeping our children healthy
  • The Breakfast Table
  • Main Meals
  • Healthy BBQ
  • Fast Food
  • Jut Desserts
  • The Ice-cream Parlour
  • The Bakery and so many more!

The recipes mostly don’t require hard to acquire ingredients, just things you will find in your local supermarket and maybe even already lurking in your cupboards at home! The recipes are very easy to follow and don’t require crazy equipment. There are hundreds of recipes inside, suitable for all occasions and for everyday ‘sugar hurdles’ such as after-school snacking and birthday parties.

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To buy your own copy of Sarah Flower’s The Sugar Free Family Cookbook, click here. The book is available in both paperback and Kindle formats. I highly recommend it – it will change your life and your eating habits forever! Keep an eye on my Instagram for food pics!

Kerry x

Join Me On My 10K Journey – Part 2

I have literally just got home from my fourth run in seven days and have therefore completed week 8, day 3 of Couch to 5K! Next week is my final week of training, then it’ll be a few 5ks, then onto my 10k training program! 

I am absolutely obsessed with running at the moment. It’s been a struggle keeping it to just every other day to be honest. On the days I’m not going for runs, I stare longingly out of the window wishing I was out of breath and dying along the pavement (well not really dying, but you know what I mean!). I know that my body needs those rest days though. 

With each run, my pace per kilometre has improved. I had a look back over my statistics on Strava from 2015 when I  was training and getting fit for my wedding and I’m actually faster now than I was then! I’m amazed that I’m actually fitter now than I was before having a baby. Thinking about Baby J does make my runs go better though, I love thinking about all the lovely things we’ve done together during the day – it makes the time go faster! She’s my determination to do well. 

In terms of the Run Norwich 10K, I have now raised £40 for the Norwich City Community Sports Foundation. I need to raise £100 by the 19th June, which I know is achievable as I have some lovely, supportive friends and family. It’s a brilliant charity and I’m so proud to be running for them. They have invited me to a meet up at the football ground, with a free ticket to the charity football match, Jamie’s Game. Really excited for this too! 

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Thanks for joining me for another installment of my 10k training journey. I really appreciate the support I’ve received from some of you. 

Until next time! 

Kerry x

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Los Antojitos – Scotch Bonnet Hot Sauce 

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Chilli is my favourite ingredient to add to most of my dishes. I always like to make my meals spicy, whether that be a bolognaise, lasagne, homemade burger or poached eggs on toast! You can imagine my excitement then when I was asked to write about Los Antojitos Scotch Bonnet hot sauce and salts.

PLEASE NOTE – In my highly professional way, I tried the sauce before I took photos of the bottle (I just couldn’t wait!) therefore there is less product in there – it was full!

Los Antojitos are a vegan Mexican food, pop-up catering company based in Manchester. They specialise mostly in Street Tacos and Multi-bean Chili bowls.

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The company make their own hand pressed tortillas which they then load up with their yummy Mexican recipes.  These include BBQ Sweet Potato and Red Cabbage slaw, Seitan de Barbecoa Estilo Yucatan and Refried Pinto beans. Los Antojitos make sure to use organic ingredients wherever possible and also authentic ingredients, importing them from Mexico itself.

 

The sauces and salsas actually have their own cult following and I can see why. This sauce is addictive! I’ve already finished my bottle and I’m waiting for a re-stock so that I can buy myself some more. I was able to try the Scotch Bonnet hot sauce which was very spicy, but deliciously fruity at the same time. I poured it on everything – avocados, sweet potato chips, toast, mushrooms, vegetable patties – everything! The sauces were initially intended just for use in the pop up kitchens, but customers demanded bottles for use at home. Los Antojitos now has a large range of sauces, salsas and salts available for purchase. Find out the different ways to buy here.

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Los Antojitos Market Stall

The chilli sauces have always been made from scratch because the chefs at Los Antojitos wanted make sure that they knew every ingredient that went into them. Their most popular sauce is this one – the Scotch Bonnet – followed by Arbol and Guajillo. 

I will be writing another Los Antojitos post in the next couple of weeks where you will learn more about the company itself and the brilliant staff who work hard to keep it running smoothly. I will also be sharing the flavoured salts I received – one of which is a lime salt – perfect for Margaritas! Keep your eyes peeled.

Kerry x

 

Collagen+ Beauty Milk – Nutritious Beauty Milkshake 

Once a day, for the past two weeks I have been having a 200ml bottle of Collagen+ Beauty Milk. These nutrition and protein packed beauty milkshakes are strawberry flavoured and absolutely yummy!

These drinks are perfect at breakfast or as a healthy snack during the day. They are said to nourish you from the inside, out as they contain some pretty amazing ingredients.

What’s inside?

  • 12g essential protein
  • 5000mg skin firming collagen
  • Antioxidant green tea extracts
  • Vitamins & minerals

Collagen is an essential ingredient for the skin in improving elasticity and hydration. Each bottle contains 5000mg of hydrolysed collagen and you will see visible results in your skin, if you drink one of these daily.

Collagen+ Beauty milk also contains 12g of protein – one of the most beneficial nutritional elements. This stuff helps build healthy muscles, bones, skin and hair and is just generally amazing!

Green tea extract is a powerful natural antioxidant which has also been linked to a healthy metabolism. It has been said that green tea can also help with weight loss.

If that wasn’t enough, these milkshakes contain lots of vitamins and minerals to keep your immune system perky.

I have really enjoyed trying out these drinks and have noticed visible results in my skin. It has been much clearer and just feels springy (if that makes sense!) I have found that drinking them has really curbed my hunger and they are lovely to have after exercise or a long walk. I have always had protein drinks after a run, but find these to be a better alternative as they have other beneficial ingredients in them to improve other aspects of my body.

To purchase the Collagen+ Beauty Milks just click here. They are currently better than half price at only £10 for 20 bottles! You can also purchase them from Holland & Barrett, Tesco, Ocado and Superdrug.

Kerry x

Mr Lee’s Gourmet Oriental Noodles in a Cup

I was very lucky to have been sent some gorgeous food goodies last week. Introducing Mr Lee’s Gourmet Oriental Noodles in a Cup! These aren’t your typical pot noodle, these noodles are low in salts, low in sugar, low in saturated fats and low in calories. They are also gluten free. The ingredients are freeze-dried so none of the flavour or goodness is sucked out of them, as is the way with regular pot noodles which are dehydrated.

There are six flavours to choose from –

If you want to find out more about a certain flavour, then just click it and it will take you to the brilliant Mr Lee’s website where you can see nutritional information, ingredients and just generally beautiful photography!

Mr Lee is actually a real person! He has been passionate about delivering healthy food to people since he was diagnosed with cancer. He was a great lover of regular instant noodles, but knew he couldn’t eat them and all their nasties whilst trying to be healthy and battle through chemotherapy. That’s where his idea of Mr Lee’s noodles was born. Once he was given the all-clear, he was able to work on this amazing project.

I gave the Tai Chi Chicken noodles a try first (I love chicken!). The noodles themselves are rice noodles from Vietnam – very authentic! – and taste delicious. They are so much lighter and kinder on your stomach than regular, stodgy noodles. They are also gluten free – words I love! The noodles contained some of my favourite ingredients – sweetcorn, green beans, shallots, ginger, spring onions, chives, lime zest and orange blossom honey. Yum! Yes they’re low in salts and sugars, but could I tell? No! The favour of the other ingredients were able to shine through and really packed a flavoursome punch.

They also look beautiful in the bowl, wouldn’t you agree?

Mr Lee’s noodles aren’t in the supermarkets yet, but they will be soon. However, you can buy them online here. The company wanted to get the noodles out to hotels, airlines, staff events, caterers and staff restaurants first so that people could be served directly with their noodle meal.

You can also order the noodles through Amazon, and there’s a little discount there too!

You may also spot Mr Lee’s Noodle Kiosks in your place of work, or other areas. So you can enjoy noodles wherever you fancy! The machines also mean that you can add other supplements to your dish, such as tamari soy sauce, chilli oil, sesame oil and protein boosts.

Please let me know if you’ve enjoyed these noodles yourself.

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Mr Lee’s Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/mrleesnoodles

Mr Lee’s Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/mrleesnoodles/

Kerry x

Join Me On My Journey

I know I haven’t written one of these for a while, but decided it’s time to bring them back (especially as my friend Natasha requested it!). I stopped writing because I had suffered from back and knee injuries so was struggling to exercise. I overdid it too soon after childbirth so decided to give my body a rest.

I have continued to eat healthily and have discovered some more beautiful recipes. As you may have seen, I have written recipe posts on the blog including and Sausage and Cider Stew and Chocolate and Coconut Chickpea Cookies.

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Chocolate and Coconut Chickpea Cookies

In terms of exercise, I’m still training for a 5k. I’ve started a new training program since my injuries and I prefer it. It’s fun to run this time of year – I especially enjoy it when it’s raining! The roads are clear, and the rain cools me down! I’ve discovered a new course around my estate which keeps me entertained on my journeys. I’m still continuing to go on walks with Baby J everyday which I love. She wears her snowsuit  now in the pram and she looks adorable! I just need one for myself now!

Recipes I have cooked and enjoyed this week include –

Beetroot Cous Cous with Roasted Squash and Feta
Poached Eggs with Cayenne Pepper, Feta, Jalapeños, Pickled Eggs and Rocket

I haven’t deprived myself of treats though. I especially enjoyed my Costa Toasted Marshmallow Hot Chocolate!

Thank you for joining me once again. Next week’s post will be much more interesting – promise!

Kerry x

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Sixth Scents Beauty

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Welcome to another Supporting Independent Businesses post! Today I am going to introduce you to Sixth Scents Beauty run by the wonderful Ann and Heather. Sixth Scents Beauty sell Dermalogica products of which I am a huge fan. Heather is a therapist and has been loyal to the brand since the 90s and uses the products in her salon. Dermalogica are not only high quality products, they also have some pretty amazing standards that they strictly abide by –

  •  Use of the highest quality professional strength active ingredients
  • Biodegradable packaging
  • No animal testing
  • Contamination free packaging
  • The exclusion of lanolins, parabens, mineral oils, colours and fragrances
  • Free training is also available to therapists, so they always have up-to-date product knowledge

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Ann and Heather offer fantastic customer service. They are always available for help and advice in choosing products. They also scan the market regularly, making sure their prices are competitive and that the customer is always getting a good deal. They also offer free delivery!

As I said in my previous Supporting Independent Businesses post, Christmas is on its way and now is a good time to be supporting small and independent businesses by buying your presents from them. Above the post are some of the gift sets available from Sixth Scents Beauty now. To purchase, click here.

I was lucky enough to try out some Dermalogica samples myself and here are a few of my favourites!

DERMALOGICA HYDRABLUR PRIMER (22ML) – £34.15hydrablur-hero-solo-tube-fnlThis is the best primer I’ve ever used. It made my skin so silky smooth that I actually didn’t feel like I needed any foundation over the top of it! It is very lightweight and can be applied with a beauty blender or foundation brush. It leaves skin non-greasy and minimises pores, lines and wrinkles – a perfect base!

DERMALOGICA RENEWAL LIP COMPLEX (1.75ML) – £19.30

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This is a very intense and effective lip renewal balm. I used this each night before bed and my lips felt wonderful in  the morning. I even still had the product on my lips when I woke up, which I don’t normally get with usual lip balms. This is an anti-ageing lip complex, which helps minimise contour lines. This is a must have during the cold months.

DERMALOGICA PRECLEANSE (150ML) – £24.85

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As you may have read in my Skincare Routine post a couple of months back, I take cleansing my skin and removing make-up very seriously! This little beauty can dissolve oil-based make-up and any dirt before cleansing. It has a light-weight oil texture using olive oil and rice bran. Team this with the Dermalogica Cleanser and you’re away!

DERMALOGICA SPECIAL CLEANSING GEL (250ML) – £21.85

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I used this product each night after the Precleanse. Together they removed my make-up beautifully. Even my very stubborn waterproof mascara and matte lipsticks! This product activates with water into a foam. It contains lavender and balm mint which helps remove impurities and excess oils.

DERMALOGICA SKIN SMOOTHING CREAM (50ML) – £26.35

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This is a medium weight moisturiser which uses antioxidants and Vitamins A, C and E to smooth lines and promote elasticity. It’s a very good cream, which made my skin feel wonderfully soft in he evening and before applying primer during the day.

Well there we have it! I think you can see why I love this business so much! I really believe in Dermalogica products, and I think Ann and Heather are the perfect people to purchase them from. They really care about the brand and doing the right thing by the customer.

You can find them on Twitter – @BeautySixth

And you can find there website here.

Links to each product featured can be found in their headings. Just click the names of the products to be taken there directly!

Kerry x

Join me on my Journey

Hi again everyone, 

Tomorrow I am beginning my journey to ‘a rocking fit body, mind and spirit’. I bought myself a Daily Greatness Training Journal which claims it will help me better myself in all these areas in twelve weeks. I’m so excited to begin my journey and will be taking the time today to read my journal and fill out the beautiful pages in the front of the book. 

I purchased this journal because I have felt seriously unfit since having baby Jessica and really needed some motivation. I haven’t just felt unfit physically, but also mentally. It’s easy to get into some naughty little habits when you’re at home with bubs all day and I’ve really been getting comfortable! 

Before pregnancy I was a 5k runner and enjoyed eating healthily. I had very bad sickness all throughout my pregnancy so went off a lot of foods.  To be honest all I could cope with were wonderful carbs like bread and potatoes! 

This was taken about a year ago when running was really paying off!

As part of my mission to get fit and healthy I will be taking up running again and using a Couch to 5k app to help me. This is what I did before and I really enjoyed using one. I love the use of technology to help keep me motivated. The various apps I have on my phone along with my FitBit, Garmin watch and training journal should definitely be enough to keep me happy! 

I will be posting weekly about my journey, using this blog as a kind of open diary. I’d love for you to share any tips, advice and questions you may have about your own positive lifestyle changes and my own. I will also be sharing healthy recipes, which I’m really excited about! Trust me, I’m not a great cook, but if I can put together these recipes, then anyone can! 

Thanks again for dropping by, please let me hear any motivational comments you can provide – I’ll need them! If you also wish to purchase one of these lovely journals (there are other types available, including a yoga one!) then you can do so here
Kerry x