Another month has literally flown by! Can you believe we are already in March? It feels like yesterday when I was sharing my Christmas recipe specials like After Eight bites and Gingerbread cake. Oh well, at least we have the spring to look forward to! If you have missed my January favourites you can find the post here.
February has been a good month when it comes to new clean products, so let’s take a look at some of them.
My biggest and most favourite discovery are these Butternut squaffles available from Sainsbury’s. There is literally nothing added and they are the perfect low carb alternative to the traditional waffles. I had them for breakfast one day, and as a side dish and with a bit of spice and garlic as a small dinner. Verdict: mega nice!
Did you know my favourite oats brand Flavahans have launched Porridge Oats Sachets? They are available in single-serve sachets and what’s more, the oats are rolled for a more textured bite and have a naturally creamy flavour in every spoonful. Verdict: oatylicious!
Aldi small pot snacks are the best snacks for on the go and are only 99p! If you compare with other small snack pots available at Boots or Pret, they are just as good and much, much cheaper. You will find these in their fridges next to sandwiches. Verdict: Bargain!
I made a fabulous discovery with B Fresh Juices. They are raw, no added sugar and taste really lovely. The Green Warrior is a powerhouse of a green juice packed with vitamins A, B & C. It aids a healthy digestive system and helps the body eliminate toxins. The Golden Glow has the benefits of freshly pressed turmeric to help keep those winter colds at bay. An anti-inflammatory and antioxidant juice with healing powers wrapped up in a delicious flavour. Verdict: Rawlicious!
Roasted and salted chickpeas in Lidl. Just chickpeas and salt. If you fancy making your own, here is my recipe, but in a chocolate flavour! Verdict: Crunch munch!
Coconut Vinegar from Coconut Merchant. I love, love, love this one. Pure coconut, nothing added, no alcohol or sugar. Brilliant alternative to your usual vinegar. Made from coconut sap, it is mildly sweet and can be diluted with water for a naturally detoxifying drink. You can get one here if you fancy. Verdict: Zingy!
Coconut savoury sauce also known as coconut aminos. If you have an allergy to soya listen up! This is an amazing and tasty alternative to the usual salt laden soya sauces. Made from coconuts, this can be used as a seasoning in stir fries or other dishes. You can get yours here. Verdict: Saucy!
If you want to enjoy a proper tea experience, read my Jing Tea review. I have a new tea love called whole rosebud tea, it is so lovely, light and delicate, a must try.
If you are after a treat this weekend, may I suggest my Snickers Bars or Chocolate Molten Lava cake? If those don’t tickle your fancy, how about my Chocolate Orange Cookies topped with some crushed pistachios and drizzled with some melted raw chocolate?
Oh, I nearly forgot to tell you about the Pilates and smoothie event with John Lewis I attended last month. It was at the fancy OXO Tower where we had an hour of Pilates with the lovely Lottie Murphy followed by some smoothie making using these powerful blenders.
I asked them if its ok to share the recipe for the smoothie with you, so here it goes:
- ⅓ can tinned coconut milk (make sure no nasties added)
- 100ml coconut water or plain water
- 1 banana
- 1 scoop protein powder
- ½ cup frozen berries
- 1 handful cos or romaine lettuce leaves (not iceberg as this is the lowest in nutritional value)
- 1-2 tsp Manuka honey
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp turmeric
- Place everything in a blender and process until smooth and creamy.
- Adjust the amount of coconut milk or water to get the desired consistency.
Here are my February favourites and new loves…. what have you been loving?
Much love, Hedi