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Clean and Easy PZ – Guilt Free Snacks Review!

April 18, 2016

So since I’ve been going to the gym a lot more this year (yay!), I’ve been looking for quick but also super healthy snacks, as I’m an absolute snackaholic. I can be the healthiest person ever with breakfast, lunch and dinner but if I get peckish in between, chances are I’m heading straight for the KitKats…. So when Clean & easy PZ tweeted back to me expressing my hate for burpees, I knew I had to try their guilt free treats!

Clean and Easy PZ Review

On the Clean and Easy PZ website, you can get a variety of handmade, homemade snacks with no artifical ingredients!

I tried ‘Phil’s Fruit and Nut Bars’ and the ‘P-Nut Bars’ and I was pleasantly surprised at how delicious they were! If you’ve ever tried any snack bars that are actually healthy with no refined sugar or artificial ingredients, then you’ll probably agree that they’re pretty gross. I occasionally eat the ‘Nak’d’ bars but I only do when I really, really don’t want to be unhealthy but I want something kind of like chocolate… I definitely don’t love them though! The Clean and Easy PZ bars are like a breath of fresh air in comparison. They taste like you’re being naughty but really all that’s in them is organic ingredients including nuts, fruit, almond butter and not much more!

The Fruit and Nut Bars are described as ‘An organic fruit and nut bar containing a mix of superfoods, dried fruits and a mix of nuts plus a little bit of organic dark chocolate.’ and I must say, these were my favourites out of the two! They’re filled with goji berries, nuts, dark chocolate and are all combined with almond butter!

The P-Nut Bars are also organic and similar to the Fruit and Nut Bars but have chunkier, crunchier peanuts in them! Also V YUM!!


The Clean and Easy PZ blog is also well worth checking out as they have some amazing recipes you can try out at home! I’m planning on trying to make the gluten free brownies so I will let you know how those go!

If you’re looking for genuinely healthy but quick and tasty AF snacks then I can’t recommend Clean and Easy PZ enough, let me know if you try them!

Note: While Clean and Easy PZ were kind enough to send me these bars to try, this is not a sponsored post and all thoughts are my own!



Weekday lunch inspiration

September 10, 2015

The amount of times I’ve Googled ‘healthy exciting work lunches’ or ‘yummy healthy quick weekday lunch inspiration’ is actually silly. I’m always after ideas on what to make for my lunch as if I’m not organised, I end up spending almost£10 a day on costa/salads/snacks and it just gets ridiculous (plus if you work in London I bet you end up spending more than that).

Of course, buying your lunch on impulse on the day, when your tummy has probably been rumbling since 10am, will mean you’re more likely to go for something unhealthy which will then leave you falling asleep at your desk by 3pm. Nightmare.

So, since I couldn’t find much inspiration on Google for my lunches, I decided to create my own post with some weekday lunch inspiration which should hopefully give you the tips on creating cheap, yummy lunches!

weekday lunch inspiration

Invest in some cool Tupperware
If you don’t love Tupperware, umm, what do you do with your time? I got a super little pot which is kind of jar shaped from TIGER (not on the website but I urge you to visit a store!!) and it is just ideal for layering up your favourite salad.

You get a little pot for the dressing and you get a fork which means no having to double wash a manky old fork from work. My favourite salad variations are – lots of leaves, spinach, lettuce, whatever you like, tomatoes, cucumber, some prawns or flaked salmon (M&S do a dream honey smoked salmon), some nuts/seeds and maybe a toasted brown pita bread on the side. For the dressing opt for some balsamic vinegar or some kind of lemon and ginger concoction – simple and YUM.

Preparation is KEY
Like I said, if I’m not organised with my lunches I just end up buying the wholeee of Tesco on my break. Plan your lunches for the week, go to the supermarket and cook what needs to be cooked on a Sunday so you have a bulk of supplies to last you. Cook up some quinoa, brown rice or brown pasta and keep it in the fridge for when you want to put your lunches together. Cook some sweet potatoes, carrots,  broccoli the night before, so you can make a tabbouleh type dish which is filled with nutrients (you can also heat this up for a warm hearty dish as we reach the colder months.)

Another thing you can do on a Sunday is cook some soup! A lot of shop bought soups are high in salt and sugar which is just not ideal so chuck all your favourite ingredients in a blender and store in the fridge (could even freeze these so they last even longer) then just pour it into a pot and heat at work. How cosy.

Keep some healthy snacks at your desk
If you’re trying to be more healthy, then definitely don’t keep anything remotely tempting at your desk. Fill your draw with yummy, healthy snacks so you won’t feel bad about picking if you get peckish mid-morning/afternoon. I love propercorn’s tomato and Worcester sauce popcorn as it feels like a treat but it’s actually not bad for you at all.

Subscribing to Graze box is a concrete way to make sure you don’t snack on junk. You can tailor your boxes to suit you, whether you want sweet/savoury or even breakfast boxes, they have it all and you can also give feedback on the snacks you liked and the ones you don’t want to receive again. Personalised snacks right to your desk – perfection.

Stick to recipes from super healthy (but fun) cookbooks
If you plan all your lunches around your favourite healthy recipe book then you can’t go wrong. My personal favourites, which I’m sure you’ve heard me harp on about before, are Deliciously Ella, Madeleine Shaw and Hemsley + Hemsley. They all swear by natural, whole foods that are actually tasty and filling and they’re ideal for when you’re lacking inspiration.

weekday lunch inspiration

Cook this
This sweet potato, courgette and quinoa pie is a pure, veggie delight. It’s warming, nutty and delicious and you can make it for dinner then eat the leftovers for lunch (I would recommend re-heating it the next day, it tastes better warm!)

I hope these little tips have got you thinking about how you can steer away from your every day ham sandwich or your Tesco meal deal! Let me know what you thought and if you try my veggie pie!


Meat Free Week – Why and what it’s all about

March 24, 2015

If you didn’t already know, this week (23rd-29th March) is meat free week. If you eat meat a lot and you’re wondering what this is all about then it might interest you to read the many benefits of cutting down your meat consumption.

I cut down on eating meat a lot a few months ago when I saw an article which exposed a few things about meat production that most people are unaware of from the impacts the volume of it has on the environment, to the treatment of the animals and what too much processed meat does to our health. I then did a bit more research, and found some things which shocked me. One of the things that really made me vom was that a lot of the chickens we get from supermarkets are injected with FAT and water to make them grow more quickly to create a higher volume of cheap ‘product’ to be sold. This means they grow sooo fast their legs are unable to support them so they collapse and die at six weeks old. By the time they’re on our shelves they have been so modified that it’s not the most ethical or appetising way to eat.
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Sweet Potato, Courgette and Quinoa Pie

January 7, 2015

There is absolutely nothing unhealthy about this pie and it tastes so good! You know when you want something yummy and warming but you’re trying to be healthy? Well this is the perfect dish for those times!

– Half a large sweet potato, grated.
– 2 medium carrots, grated.
– 1 large courgette, grated.
– 1 large onion, diced.
– 180g of pre cooked quinoa.
– 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped.
– 4 eggs, whisked.
– 1tsp coconut oil.

1. Start by pre heating the oven to 180oc.
2. Dice the onion and fry it in a pan using the coconut oil until golden brown.
3. Grate the carrots, sweet potato and courgette and add to a bowl.
4. Whisk the eggs and slice the garlic then add everything to the bowl including the quinoa and mix together with your hands (make sure they’re clean obv!)
5. Grease a medium to large baking dish, lay the mixture in the dish and flatten down with the back of a spoon.
6. Bake for 35mins then garnish with a bit of something green to make it look pretty. (I used kale)

Before baking…


After baking… Voila!!!


Let me know if you try the recipe and what you think of it in the comments below! Enjoy! X

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6 Secrets On How To Beat The Post Christmas Chub!

January 5, 2015

Let’s be honest, when things start feeling Christmassy (hmm around about the 1st December then…) we tend to allow ourselves to indulge a little more than usual. The quality street and reindeer shaped shortbread appear in the office and all of a sudden you aren’t as fussed as you were a month ago about getting that VS model body…

Now January is here and it’s the time to jump back on the healthy eating horse! Here are 6 secrets on how to beat that post xmas chubbba!!

1. There is NO SECRET.
Everyone thinks there is this big secret for losing weight with meal replacements, strange ‘skinny’ teas, etc but these things could potentially be doing more harm than good. The first secret is that there is no secret! If you’ve over indulged over the festive period the only way, and the healthiest way for you to budge a few pounds is to 1. Eat more healthily and 2. Move more. It really is as simple as that, it just depends how motivated you are and how you go about it.

2. Balance
Instead of being really hard on yourself and becoming obsessive about it, ease yourself into it and allow yourself treats when you’ve done well. By treats I don’t mean a whole box of maltesers, try and think of healthy alternatives e.g. a few squares of dark chocolate, home made frozen yoghurt (I will post the recipe for this!) or treat yourself in another way with those new shoes you’ve been eyeing up. If you’ve had someone’s birthday weekend and you’ve overdone it with alcohol and hangover food then know that on Monday you need to go to the gym after work, eat well all week and maybe take it easy next weekend. You can still do the things you love as long as you keep it balanced.

3. Make healthy changes
By making small changes here and there, healthy eating will become much easier and you might find yourself enjoying it! You can start anywhere, begin drinking peppermint or green tea instead of your normal sugar filled cuppa, or even just cut the sugar out of your normal cup! Basically, it doesn’t have to be torture. If you really fancy a curry, make a homemade one with brown rice, if you’re craving a pizza use wholewheat tortilla wraps as the base or make your own cauliflower crust base. If you can’t live without your hot chocolate use cacao and almond milk with added vanilla! There are so many recipe alternatives out there meaning you can still eat the things you love.

4. Eat FOOD not things that aren’t actually food (If that makes sense)
In Cameron Diaz’s ‘Body Book’ she talks a lot about how, what we eat today isn’t actually food, and by that she means that it isn’t ‘whole’, it has been so modified that it isn’t really food anymore. (I highly recommend you read the book btw!) And I guess she’s right. We don’t really know what’s in our takeaways, our ready meals or any other pre-packed foods. So many unnecessary products have been added by the time it reaches our plates that the ingredients list is about 300 things long! Not good. Try to eat foods that are whole, if you can tell that it’s fresh from the ground or the ingredients list is short and you’ve heard of everything on it then it will be way better for you. Also watch out for things which appear to be healthy with LOADS of added sugar. Most of the time if it’s ‘low fat’ they’ve had to make up for the taste of it with sugar so be aware!

5. Find inspiration
Instagram is full of healthy eating and fitness accounts that are the best thing to motivate you, whether it’s with quotes, recipes or videos, if you follow them they will come up on your feed daily and you won’t be able to avoid all things health. There are so many that post healthy recipes and workouts there really is no excuse! A few of my favourites are: simplegreensmoothies, deliciouslyella, madeleine_shaw_, soniatlevfitness, resultswithlucy and coconuts.and.cardio. If you don’t use instagram there are also a lot of online blogs, Deliciously Ella and Madeleine Shaw are my absolute faves for nutritious recipes.

6. Move more
You don’t have to do a whole Victoria’s Secret model workout to move more, you also don’t have to join a gym! Sounds less scary now doesn’t it? If you want to start running but hate it, start by walking, take the dog out more and walk a little quicker then build up into a slow run. It will take you a while to get better but as long as you stick at it there’s no reason why you can’t.
If you hate gyms, a lot of gyms have an excellent range of classes which are done out of the gym in a studio and are more fun and motivating. If you don’t even want to step foot in a gym the nike training app is free and lets you challenge yourself from the comfort of your own home. It has daily workouts which include anything you choose, from circuits, to running, to yoga. If you need more motivation, Results With Lucy gives you the whole package. With different training programmes each one is a different price but there really is a bit of everything. You can also purchase meal plans to save you the stress of writing your own shopping list, and who doesn’t want a body like Lucy Meck…!

See, It’s not as hard as you think. Don’t give in to the money making fads, stick to real, whole foods and get moving and you can have the bod of your dreams as long as you live a healthy balanced life!
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