25/09/2017

ARIANA GRANDE SWEET LIKE CANDY FRAGRANCE


The beautiful Ariana Grande has just launched a limited edition rendition of her fragrance, Sweet Like Candy. I've never smelt the original ARI fragrance, but this is new and improved and it really has had a true makeover.

Sweet like Candy is now available in a brand new red-hot design. The iconic multi-faceted gem-like bottle has been slightly redesigned - with a striking, matte red overall design. It includes a sleek, silver cap and Ariana Grande's name engraved just below. The new design finishes with a super cute red pom pom. It really is SO Ariana, but so very Ashleigh too!


Sweet Like Candy really does live up to its name. The original scent has been improved on a whole new level; going from fruity, to floral, to flirty. Its top notes bursts with a mix of delicious fruits, such as red berries and pear. The heart notes are very irresistible; with jasmine and dewy honeysuckle to name a few. It's a very flirty scent; combining its dry down notes of sensual musks; including  that of alluring liquid amber and fluffy marshmallows.

It's a great scent for any occasion and you can't really go wrong with it. I instantly feel happy and ready to start my day productively when I spray this.  For duration, I wouldn't say it lasts all day (how many perfumes do though?). However, it's a great one for date nights or shopping with the girls; or to pop into your handbag for top ups during the day. I mean who wouldn't want to pull this incredibly cute bottle out of their bag?!


I wasn't sure if this would be really sweet and end up reminding me of the Britney Spears scents that I used to wear when I was 13 (cringe). However, it's really surprised me and I definitely recommend smelling a sample if you can. It's a great one for any Ariana fans out there or anyone who likes a sweet and sensual scent.

The Limited Edition Sweet Like Candy is available from Superdrug and is priced at £30.

Disclaimer: PR sample. All words and photographs are my own. 
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24/09/2017

THE 30 DAY CHALLENGE WITH SQUAT MAGIC - MY HALF WAY THOUGHTS SO FAR


At the beginning of August, I introduced you to a magic seat called Squat Magic. This is a squat machine that if used regularly (with a good diet too), can tone and lift your bum.

I started a 30 day squat challenge which was meant to see me squatting a certain number of times, every day for 30 days. I then said I would report back half way through with my thoughts and then do a final post at the end of the challenge. Unfortunately though, I had a slight injury on my knee from the gym a few days after publishing that post, so I had to leave my fitness regime for a while and let my knee recover.

A few weeks ago, I started the challenge from scratch all over again and this is now my mid-challenge update. I am going to save the before and after photos for the finishing post coming soon, but for now I just wanted to report back with my thoughts.

It's worth mentioning that I have stopped going to the gym temporarily as I am in the midst of changing over gyms. Therefore, the only exercise I have been actively doing is a lot of walking and using my squat machine.


I have been using the squat machine every evening before having a shower and going to sleep. I have been following the 30 day challenge poster that comes with the machine. It's taken me a while to get back into a fitness regime due to my break, but it can be difficult to hit 100 squats on your first few days. However, my body is used to going to the gym everyday, so I haven't found it that difficult to reach up to 300 squats in one sitting.

I haven't been using weights - but I intend to try using some resistance bands to increase the resistance between each squat. I use them a lot anyway and find they work great if you feel like you're not getting any results with just a pure stand alone squat.

I will report back next weekend with my overall thoughts and some before and after photos of my Squat Magic butt!  There will also be an EXCLUSIVE giveaway for ONE lucky person to win their very own Squat Magic seat!

Squat Magic is available now and retails at £79.99 exclusively at High Street TV.

Disclaimer: In collaboration with High Street TV, in exchange for an honest review. 
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21/09/2017

THE ELGIN PUB, NOTTING HILL


A few weeks ago, I was invited along to review dinner at The Elgin in Notting Hill. I love reviewing places in new areas, so it was lovely to explore Notting Hill for the first time. Shocking I know!

The Elgin is a British pub with lots of history behind it. Located at 96 Ladbroke Grove, it's about a 5 minute walk from Ladbroke Grove tube station. With an original listed bar, glistening hanging chandeliers, fresh flowers and cosy seating areas inside, you're guaranteed to enjoy some fine British food classics in comfort and style.


The Elgin Pub
96 Ladbroke Grove
Notting Hill
W11 1PY

My guest and I went along on a weekday evening and it was an evening where they had live jazz music. Our table was reserved near the front, so we had an excellent view whilst watching the jazz singers perform.


Before I even get into this review, I just want to say that the service we received was outstanding. We was made to feel very welcome from start to finish and had an excellent and friendly delivery from the waitress that served our table. She answered any questions that we had and also recommended us dishes that are either very popular or her personal favourites.


Perusing the drinks menu, both my guest and I ordered an Aperol Spritz. We had never tried this drink before, but was surprised at how nice and refreshing it was. It reminded me a lot of the taste of a sweet rose wine, but with an extra fizz from the added prosecco.

Booked in for 7pm, we got the chance to explore the dinner menu. However, they do also have separate lunch and Sunday menus.


The waiter told us that main meals are quite large and I was already set on what I wanted for my main. Therefore, we decided to share a starter which ended up being more than enough for two people to share.


We ordered a sliced duck salad to share for starters. It came with beautifully cooked slices of duck breast; with hardly any fat on the meat. It arrived on a bed of dressed, fresh salad leaves, cubes of feta cheese, sesame seeds, pine nuts and a drizzle of a honey and mustard sauce over the top. Perfect, but unfortunately not available on their seasonal menu as of right now. Gutted for you. 


For main, I just couldn't resist The Elgin burger (£13.50); with prime beef, melted cheese, ale onions, iceberg lettuce, gherkin, ketchup and mayo - crammed into a giant cream, brioche bun and served with a mountain of delicious and crunchy fries. Probably one of the best cheeseburgers I have tried in a long time. 


It definitely filled me up and I couldn't quite finish it all, so I am so glad I shared a starter! It gave me enough time to take a break from eating and snap some photographs of this pub's beautiful and cosy interiors. 


My guest went for the complete opposite, which was a recommendation from the waiter. The marinated lamb chops (£16.00) come with new baby potatoes and a grilled baby gem lettuce; which is unique to The Elgin and not found anywhere else. Everything is finished off nicely with a green sauce. Utterly delicious and smelt so good! 


Feeling very full up, we had a break and a catch up over watching the live singers performing jazz music. It was nice to kick back and forget about being in the city on a school night. They have different music themed nights, so it's definitely worth checking out their what's on page if you're thinking of visiting. 


You know me and I can never exist a sweet treat; especially when it comes to something that is either a classic favourite of mine or something I have never seen before and entices me to order. 

I ordered the panna cotta (£6.00) with vanilla ice-cream, macerated raspberries and pistachio brittle. Very naughty, but very nice. 


My guest ordered the chocolate fondant (£7.50) with Devon fudge and cream fraiche ice-cream. Even naughtier than the panna cotta and definitely something to be enjoyed when you have room for something so worth the extra calories. 


We definitely left feeling more stuffed than we have ever been before, but it was 100% worth it. The food at The Elgin is delicious and extremely well priced in my opinion. It's a perfect little hideaway in the heart of West London and super cosy for those winter nights that are upon us. Not to mention that a visit comes with an excellent service too. 

Disclaimer: A complimentary meal for 2 was offered in exchange for an honest review on my blog. All words and photographs are my own. 
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18/09/2017

SLUGS, SNAILS AND PUPPY ‘FAILS’ - ACT AGAINST LUNGWORM CAMPAIGN


I want you to close your eyes for 10 seconds and imagine walking into your garden and finding your dog on the floor. He looks asleep, but he isn't responding to his name. You think this is weird because it's not warm outside. It's been raining all week and it finally stopped an hour ago. His favourite treats are not even enticing him to respond to you. Then you notice his chest isn't moving up and down. Your dog isn't breathing and he's died within the last 30 minutes since you was last outside.

You take him straight to the vet and it's confirmed your beloved best friend is on his way to crossing the rainbow bridge. You're told he had lungworm in his system and you can't understand how it happened. However, you then remember a few days ago when he had his nose in the ground in the garden. He was desperately trying to scrape something out of the soil, but you walked away and didn't give it a thought.

It was a snail running alive with the parasite known as Lungworm. You didn't act upon this. A few days later and it's too late. The parasite has killed your best friend. 



If you have experience with Labradors (or just very food orientated dogs), you will know that they eat EVERYTHING. Elsie has been known to munch on the likes of socks, pebbles, walls and even glass. Don't ask.


A few months ago,  I had to rush Elsie to the vet, with the fear and concern she had eaten a snail in the garden. We was given an Advocate medication treatment, which she needed to take for a week, just incase she had picked the parasite up.

We have quite a large garden, so it can be hard to hunt down every single snail and remove them all. Most of them are hidden away in soil too! Whilst so many people would brush this off and not worry about it, there are so many dangers for dogs if they are in contact with snails and slugs... or even within an area of the garden where the slimy creatures have been.


I am joining forces with Bayer: Animal Health, to help spread awareness for their current campaign called #ActAgainstLungworm. In this post, you'll find out all about the disease, how it's caught, what to do if your dog has it and how to prevent your pooch getting it.


As a dog owner, I see Elsie as my fur baby and will do anything to protect her from everything. The day I picked her up, was the day I agreed to be a responsible owner and dog mumma and since then, I have done everything in my control to make sure she lives a happy and fulfilled life.

I know there are so many responsible dog owners out there, which is why I have asked some blogger pals to send me some photos of their pampered pooches. All of these dogs are clearly looked after (and SUPER cute!) and are living very happy lives!

L-R: 8 month old Caspar owned by Jack from no34 / Louie the pug owned by Alicia / Hutch owned by Lindsay / Henry the french bulldog @henrythepig_ / Elsie @Elsiechoclab / Lily and lil sis to Severus, owned by Steph / Baker owned by Danielle / Sisters Milly and Bella owned by Lauren at NakedFashions / xx owned by Loren Green

Elsie wanted to take charge of this campaign, to spread the word to all her fabulous human and furry internet friends. Join her in the video below on a recent dog walk to see what she gets up to and just how hard it can be to watch her every 4 legged move!


Dogs deserve a chance to live happy too. 

Lungworm or Angiostronglylus Vasorum is a parasite that is carried in the larvae and slime on snails and slugs. With wet weather on the rise recently, this will mean that those pesky snails and slugs will be coming out more regularly. After the rain has passed, they nest themselves into moist areas of the garden.

If dogs eat snails or slugs, or even come into contact with an area that a snail has been in; they can get lungworm. Lungworm can also be caught by coming into contact with other infected areas. Simple doggy acts such as eating grass, drinking puddles and even playing with toys that have been left outside and crawled over by snails, can all be infected with the parasite.

Simple measures can be put in place to put your dog at low risk of ever catching lungworm.

1) It's really important to clean out water bowls regularly, especially outdoor bowls. Change the water frequently to ensure your dog is drinking fresh and clean water; untouched by snails.

2) Dog poop that is infected with lungworm actually attracts snails and slugs, so it's a wise idea to regularly pick up and dispose of poop as quickly as possible.

3) Leaving toys in the garden puts your dog at risk if they are left out in the rain or in moist areas. We group together Elsie's toys regularly and clean them too.

4) If you have more than one dog and one gets infected, it's highly advisable to get both (or all) dogs checked out.


Lungworm is a serious health problem and it can be FATAL.


Puppies and younger dogs are more prone to catching lungworm due to their inquisitive nature. As a new dog owner almost two years ago, I admittedly didn't know very much about lungworm. However, when I registered Elsie with her vet, I asked them lots of questions and got myself educated. It's so important to know the facts as it could save your dog's life at any point.

Lungworm is treatable and can cure a dog, however it can also kill a dog if left untreated. Prevention measures should be taken to prevent a dog ever having to be treated in the first place. Worming tablets should be ingested by your dog every 3 months and this does prevent against lungworm. However, it is advisable to get products for prevention and use them once a month. Worming tablets are only used 4 times a year, which is not regular enough for the other 8 months of the year.

It's better to be safe, than sorry. Isn't your best friend worth it?


Over 100 cases were reported in the UK between February and May 2017; and 9 of those resulted in deaths. It's a fact that a young puppy who has lungworm and isn't treated, will only live between 10-14 months. Scary to think that this is a true fact, but this is still something that many new pet owners will ignore or don't even know about. 

A survey was run by Bayer Animal Health and 1000 puppy owners took part. Results were shocking and found that 88% of owners knew what lungworm was, but only 45% of owners took action when their dog had been in contact with a snail or slug. 70% of these owners also admitted they are not treating their dogs to a monthly treatment against worms, lungworm, tapeworm etc. 

Shocking! Irresponsible! Barbaric!  

1291 cases of lungworm have been reported within 50 miles of my postcode. 

A shocking number, so it worries me how many more unreported cases could increase this number much more. Living in Essex means I am surrounded by many parks and a few forests too; common places for snails and slugs to set up camp in. I thought the number of cases would be high, but I never anticipated it to be over 1000 cases.

Lungworm is widespread and many cases are left unreported. Nobody knows the true extent of the parasite and just how many dogs really are affected. 

You can check how many cases have been reported in your area, by entering your postcode here and it will give you a rough estimation.


I spoke to my local veterinary surgery, Vets4Pets in Chadwell Heath, who kindly answered some burning questions I had about lungworm. 

1. How does Lungworm attack the body? Are certain organs attacked?
Lungworm is a parasite that can cause serious health problems in dogs and could even be fatal if left untreated. Slugs and snails carry the larvae of the lungworm parasite and can infect dogs if ingested. These larvae then penetrate the intestinal wall where they then migrate into the lungs through the bloodstream. They reside in the lungs until they develop into an adult lungworm. The adult lungworm produce eggs that reside in the lungs, which are coughed up and then ingested back into the stomach and finally released into the environment via faeces. Slugs and snails that come into contact with the faeces will become infected and the cycle continues.

2. What are the symptoms of Lungworm that owners should look out for?
Lungworm infections can result in a number of different signs. The most common symptoms to watch out for are coughing, wheezing and weight loss. As the number of worms multiply, the cough may worsen and breathing may become rapid and heavy. You may also notice behavioural changes in your pet. Lungworm can cause dogs to become lethargic and it can sometimes cause seizures. you may also notice nose bleeds, excessive bleeding from minor wounds and bleeding in the eyes.

3. What should dog owners do with snails they find in the garden?
You should remove any snails or slugs in your garden and also de-slug your garden (but take care of slug pellets!). You should not leave any toys, water or food bowls in the garden for slugs and snails to crawl over. 

4. How many cases of Lungworm has Vets4Pets, Chadwell Heath had?
1 case.

5. What should dog owners do when they have found or think their dog has eaten a snail/slug?
We always recommend treating animals monthly with Advocate. This spot-on treatment is licensed for both the treatment and prevention of Lungworm. If you suspect your pet has ingested a slug or snail, you can visit us in practice to start a monthly spot-on treatment. We also offer care plans that help spread the cost of flea and worming treatment, such as Advocate.

6. What is the treatment for Lungworm?
It’s the same as prevention. However, in some extreme cases, your pet may require extra treatment such as blood transfusion to replace lost blood or antibiotics to treat secondary pneumonia.

7. Can a pregnant dog with Lungworm pass it onto her unborn puppies?
Yes. Puppies can become infected by their mother if they ingest faeces from her or if they are licked by her. If you notice any of the lungworm symptoms in your pet or if you are concerned, you should consult your veterinary practice as soon as possible.


Bayer's 2017 campaign called Act Against Lungworm is to raise awareness of the ongoing problem with lungworm and to educate pet owners about the risk. When taking your dog to a new area, it's advisable to check the map to see how many reported cases of lungworm there have been in that area. 

I hope this has post has raised some awareness for you reading and you have learned something new; no matter how big or small. Dogs are for life!

Disclaimer: In collaboration with Bayer Animal Health. All words are my own.  Photography has been provided from various bloggers with dogs; all of which have been credited. 
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16/09/2017

KARINE JACKSON VEGAN HAIR SALON, LONDON


I was recently invited along to review the London hair salon that belongs to Australian hair stylist; Karine Jackson. The hair salon is vegan friendly by using organic hair dyes that are ammonia free. This also means that I am pleased to report back that the products used on your hair at Karine Jackson are cruelty free too!

The salon is situated on Litchfield Street, just off of Shaftesbury Avenue at Leicester Square. I had a consultation a few days before my actual appointment, which was great as I could meet the team beforehand. 


I met with Alasdair; the style director at the salon. I explained to him that I wanted to keep my dark roots, as the upkeep is much better for me and means I don't have to re-do my roots every 6 weeks like I used to. I explained how I wasn't very happy with how warm the regrowth of my roots were starting to go and that to me, they looked very obvious next to the artificial darker colour next to the regrowth. I also explained that I felt the blonde was starting to go very warm toned and I prefer ashier blondes on my hair. He got a colour chart out and we spoke about different shades of grey; eventually deciding on one that would be great for my hair. 

A few days later, I returned for my appointment. I had the luxury of having the salon to myself for the first part of my appointment. It was great chatting to Alasdair and finding out more about him as he is from New Zealand, so trained in colour and styling out there before moving over to London for a permanent job with Karine Jackson a few years ago. 


We went through my consultation again to double check I hadn't changed my mind about what I wanted. I also took my hair extensions from ClipHair along as Alasdair said he could dye these to match my new hair. He started by mixing up my colours and then toned my hair extensions to a grey-er shade that would blend in perfectly with the finished result.

The actual process he used on my hair when dying it is called Root Stretching; something I had never had before or had even heard of. The process is similar to that of Balayage but means the roots are slightly darker and fade out naturally into blonde gradually.


My grey toner for the blonde was also applied and then it was the waiting game as everything cooked nicely! A bag was applied to the top of my hair to keep the warmth in. It was so nice being able to chill reading some magazines without breathing in the horrid stench of ammonia that are in the majority of salon dyes.


Alasdair used their special Powerbuild shampoo and conditioner to rinse the dye out of my hair and then finished with a much needed head massage.  

After combing through my hair with a tangle teezer, it was time for a trim. I am trying to grow my hair in the hope I can eventually ditch the hair extensions, so Alasdair took about half an inch off my hair and kept it all at one length. He also cut some shape into the front of my face and trimmed a few inches off my extensions too as I wanted them to look more natural. 


After blowdrying my hair, I was really pleased to see the colour result once my hair was dry. It was the perfect shade of grey! The rest of the team spent the afternoon blowdrying my hair extensions and then Alasdair clipped them in for me; heat styling them with a beach wave look as the finished result. I honestly felt like such a princess and a slight diva walking down the streets of London afterwards!


I am very pleased with my new hair and would definitely return to be transformed by Alasdair again. he completely understood what I wanted as the final result and achieved this amazingly well. Huge thank you to the team for having me down and making me feel like a million dollars!

Disclaimer: I was invited along to review a complimentary colour and cut at Karine Jackson - in return for an honest review on my blog. All words and photographs are my own. 
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12/09/2017

THE BEST PROTEIN PRODUCTS, HEALTHY SNACKS AND DRINKS

Over the last few months, I have been trying out an overwhelming amount of healthy snacks and protein packed products for a roundup post of the very best. In this guide, you'll find some drinks, snacks and foods for gym go-ers, people on the go; most of which are vegetarian friendly and gluten free too.

Let's get started!

Boostball
These are brand new protein balls which are relatively new to the market. Packed full with whey protein and 7 other natural ingredients, there's currently 4 flavours to choose from and each pack has 3 protein balls inside and each varies with its protein intake. Coconut Fudge Cakes is high up there with 26% protein, whilst new flavour Lemon Drizzle Cake has 19% protein. Other flavours include: Peanut Butter Cookie Dough (my favourite!) and Maple and Cinnamon Roll. 

12 packs are priced at £17.99 and can be purchased from Boostball.


These are designed to help keep you on-the-go, whenever and wherever you need a boost. Each bar is made using organic rolled oats and organic dates. They are a source of protein and fibre and also contain 11 vitamins; including B6 and B12 which help to release the energy in the body. 

Available in seven different flavours, CLIF bars are available from Boots, Tesco and ASDA for £1.60 per bar.


From the makers of CLIF Bar, they now have the Builder's protein bars available. Packed tight with a mighty 20g of protein, these bars are the best to have when growing and maintaining muscle. With added vitamin b6, this helps to contribute to normal protein and glycogen metabolism. Free from hydrogenated oils and sugar alcohols.

Suitable for vegans, these bars come in three delicious flavours; Chocolate, Chocolate Mint and Chocolate Peanut Butter. Priced at £2.35 per bar, these can be purchased at Ocado and all good health food and sports nutrition stores.


Bioglan Superfoods
I have been loving using the organic cacao powder from Bioglan. It's a great organic chocolate flavoured powder which can be added into smoothies, porridges and baking... particularly great if you're going to make your own protein balls! Cacao contains antioxidants which can prevent you from some diseases and it's also a natural mood enhancer! 100g £3.99 from Holland & Barrett.


I came across Dr Zak's quite recently and have to admit I really do love their products! They have a few different protein cookies which are perfect for any gym bunnies out there. Not only are they vegan friendly, but they are packed with 15g of protein, with low sugar and low impact carbs; aswell as being palm oil free. I've tried both the chocolate and white chocolate chip protein cookies and both are equally as delicious! Protein Cookies are priced at £1.75 from MuscleFood

They also have a brand new product that launched earlier this month; Protein Clusters. These have 10 to 12g of protein per pack and only 135 calories. They can be enjoyed on their own or added to porridges or mixed with milk to make a cereal. I really enjoyed the chocolate ones and the pea protein yoghurt coated ones are really nice too. Protein Clusters are priced at £1.49 from MuscleFood.


The Protein Ball Co
These are some of my favourite protein balls that I have tried. Not only are they absolutely delicious and available in 6 unique flavours, but they also have many benefits. They're all natural, gluten-free, wheat-free, vegetarian, soy-free and have no GMO's. Each flavour also uses different protein; from whey, egg white and vegan. An utter winner in my opinion.

You can choose from Cacao & Orange (which tastes pretty much like chocolate orange!), Coconut & Macadamia, Lemon & Pistachio, Cherry & Almond (which tastes like cherry bakewells!) and Peanut Butter. Obviously, the peanut butter ones were my favourite and I thoroughly recommend these. Available from Holland & Barrett for £1.99 per pack.


Robinsons REFRESH'D Drinks
These brand new launched drinks from Robinsons are something I absolutely love and will definitely be picking up again. These drinks are a mix of spring water and real fruit - currently available in three different flavours; Apple & Kiwi, Raspberry & Apple and Orange & Lime. With no added sugar, artificial sweeteners, colours, flavourings and preservatives; it's to no surprise that each 500ml bottle has just 55 calories. Available in all major supermarkets for £1.29 per 500ml bottle.


Linwoods Hemp Protein+
Protein powder is great for adding into porridge and smoothies to guarantee you're getting your daily intake of protein - essential for building those muscles!

The Hemp Protein+ powder from Lindwoods is a plant based protein - best enjoyed when added into smoothies or sprinkled onto yoghurt. It's near enough flavourless which is perfect so you get the best tasting smoothie. It's dairy free, organic and vegan friendly and also provides you with 15-16g of protein in a 30g serving. With three different versions available, they are priced at £16.99 from the website and Holland & Barrett for a 360g pack.


Naked PRESSED Juices
I had never actually tried cold pressed juices before trying these, so was really excited to try them out. This new range uses selected fruit and vegetables which are cold pressed to create a fresh and vibrant tasting drink; bursting with flavour and benefits.

Choose from Bright Greens, Lively Carrot and Bold Beet, which all have a number of different ingredients pressed down into a drink. They are light in texture and not thick like a smoothie and are great breakfast or lunch alternatives for people who are in a rush or on the go. These can be picked up from Sainsbury's and Ocado - £3.79 (600ml) or £2.29 (250ml).


Abakus Dried Fruits
Incase you didn't know, a jujube fruit is actually a dried red date and they are reknowned for health and wellbeing. Packed with lots of antioxidants and phytonutrients, they help to calm the mind, improve sleep and boost the immune system. Vegan friendly, dairy and gluten free - not to mention they are also sugar free; they are the perfect superfood snack to add into porridge and cereals. Available in a dried fruit version or a jujube crisp for £1.99 per pack.


Mr Lee's Noodles
I was really excited to try these noodle pots from Mr Lee's Noodles as a healthy lunch alternative to a sandwich. There are 6 different flavours in the range and a pack of 6 can be purchased as a bundle for £17.94. Choose from; Hong Kong Street Beef, Fighting Shrimp, Dragon Fire Mushroom (very hot!), Shaolin Monk Vegetables and Penang Chicken Curry Laksa (my favourite!).

Depending on the flavour, each pot only contains between 202-237 calories and are gluten free. My biggest tip is to make sure you stir everything together when eating these. The flavours sit at the bottom and the noodles are on top!


Organic Banana Chips
I love adding dried fruits into granola and yoghurt; either as a breakfast or snack. These organic banana chips from realfoods are extremely yummy and add that extra bonus to what you're eating. They are perfect for snacking on and also using in home baking. As they are low in cholesterol and sodium; they have many health benefits too. You can buy different size packs but a 500g bag is £4.34.


Get More Vitamins Drinks
Vitamins are vital for our bodies, but it can be difficult to know what food and drinks to find them in. Luckily, Get More have brought out some drinks that are packed full with vitamins. These use natural, spring water with a low calorie and sugar free recipe. In fact, there's less then 10 calories per drink! They are perfect for anyone who struggles to drink enough water and needs a little flavour without the guilty feeling.

Each flavour contains a different vitamin which is a wonderful idea if you need a certain intake of vitamin. There's also a kid's version which are perfect for lunch boxes! These drinks are available in Sainsbury's and Tesco supermarkets and rices may vary. Shoutout to their multi-vitamin, handbag-friendly gum too!


Pulsin Protein Powder 
I loved trying out the Whey protein powder from Pulsin so much, that I think it's my favourite protein powder I've tried so far. It's an everyday protein powder that is vegetarian friendly, but not dairy free. It's packed full of calcium which is great for someone like me who rarely has milk. It's also flavourless and gluten free! I really enjoyed adding this to my cereals in the morning as it gave me that daily intake of protein that everyone needs. Depending on size, prices range from £16.20-£50.70.


Pulsin Protein Bars
There's also a great selection of protein bars and raw chocolate brownies; packed full of protein and antioxidants. I found these really yummy too! Prices range here. 


Vita Coco Coconut Milk
A great dairy alternative is that of coconut milk. I am gradually trying to wean myself off dairy products completely, but will need to start very slowly. I can't drink soya milk as I am allergic, so it's a bit of an interesting journey in trying different plant based milks. I can tolerate the coconut milk from Vita Coco and find it easily usable in smoothies and cereals. A bottle this size will only set you back £2.99, available from most supermarkets.



MELLO Watermelon Seeds
How many of you discard the seeds in fruit without thinking about whether they have any benefits? Watermelon is incredibly good for us and so are its seeds. MELLO have tubs of dried and roasted watermelon seeds. Whilst being really high in protein, they are also contain a boost of iron, magnesium and potassium too. It's said that a 100g serving of these seeds contains 33.8g of protein. Whack these into a salad or in your morning granola and you're almost at your daily protein intake. Available from Holland & Barrett for £3.49.


Wellaby's Simply Bakes
These savoury wholegrain snacks are perfect for people who are looking for gluten friendly lunch snacks. Not only are they wholegrain and packed full of protein; but they're also 70% lower in fat than regular crisps and vegan too! Each 120g sharing bag is priced at £1.79 and can be purchased at Amazon, Waitrose and Ocado.


Light Bites Range
This is a range of healthier snack alternatives hat I have been recently introduced to and look forward to exploring some more. Light Bites are all less than 100 calories and make the perfect alternatives to full-fat snacks for those who are on the lookout for a healthier snacking option. High in protein and fibre, while still being low in calories, the range includes gluten-free popped chips, 100% fruit snacks and is enriched with a selection of tasty super foods like chia seeds and goji berries. Ideal for eating day-to-day for a quick and easy treat, they can also be consumed on a Fast day for those following the 5:2 with LighterLife Fast. 


Nairn's Astro Bites & Snackers
These chocolate chip astro bites and snackers packs are designed to look like a kid's lunchbox snack, but I'd say they can definitely be enjoyed by adults too! These gluten-free snacks are made using simple and natural ingredients; with no artificial preservatives, colours or flavourings. These also have 50% less sugar than your common lunchbox snack! A pack of 5 is £1.85, available at Morrisons.


Superdrug Vitamins
The final thing that I thought would be worth mentioning are the range of different vitamins from Superdrug. Iron is essential for the rebuild of red blood cells and Vitamin C is great at helping iron to absorb (£1.75 30 tablets). These are two products that really benefit women. I have also used Superdrug Hair, Nails and Skin daily vitamins for years and swear by them for making my hair really strong! £7.99 for 60 tablets.


There we have it! Some fab healthy snacks and protein packed products that I have been trying over the last few months. I have chosen to feature only the very best, all of which I recommend for purchase.

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