Degustabox | July 2017

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We love getting our monthly Degustabox and seeing what treats we get in it. You can get one for yourself here for just £12.99 a month which includes delivery. Considering the contents of the box often exceed over £20 in price, you really are getting a great deal. So what did we get in this month?

OLOVES Healthy Olive Snacks – 99p each

Nobody in the household actually eats olives as we don’t like them. So we will either be giving these to family or friends or popping them into the local food bank.

Merchant Gourmet Simply Cooked Red & White Quinoa – £1.99

I quite like quinoa but Steve has never tried it before so I am looking for the perfect dish to use this with – I am still yet to use it.
Crafted fruit juice – £1.80

We were sent the Mango and Passionfruit flavour and it is absolutely delicious. No added sugar or sweeteners and a serving provides you with 1 of your 5 a day – yum!

Maille Dijon Original – £1.99

I don’t use mustard but Steve does so he will enjoy this very much!

Frylight cooking spray with Avocado Oil – £2.99

With both Steve and I being on Slimming World, Frylight is always going to be a popular addition. I think we possibly have all of the flavours and different varieties now!

Weetabix Additions Coconut & Raisin – £2.99

Another great thing for us on Slimming World as these are HexB. These are delicious and a great alternative to the plain usual Weetabix.

Ryvita Thins Three Cheese – £1.89

These are absolutely delicious! Topped with cheddar, regato and emmental cheese, they taste great and we all fought over them to get the last one!

Rowntree’s Randoms 30% Less Sugar – £1.29

I love Randoms so to get a packet with 30% less sugar is great – a more guilt free treat. They are free from artificial flavours, colours and sweeteners and are absolutely delicious!
Thor Dry Apple Spritz drinks

These were lovely – something a bit different for your tastebuds. We were sent the ginger and mint flavours.

Blossom Hill Spritz Elderflower & Lemon – £4.99

I love Blossom Hill and this is a nice fresh and fruity twist on wine. This tastes absolutely delicious.

We were also sent a full value voucher for a tub of The Collective Kids Bug Tub Yogurt (£2) – I can’t wait to go and pick one up as I am sure Jack will love it!

The total value this month comes to just under £24 which is great value when you pay just £12.99. I can’t wait to see what next month will bring!

Degustabox | June

This month’s Degustabox is BBQ themed. We couldn’t wait to see what was in this box and at £12.99 for the box (including delivery!), it is a veritable bargain! You can buy yours here. So what exactly was in our box?

Haribo Summer Frenzy (Ice Cream Sorbet flavour & Berry flavour) – £1 each

Now we are big Haribo fans in this household so couldn’t wait to see what these tasted like. Obviously being Tangfastics the Ice Cream Sorbet sweets were a little sour but very tasty. As expected, the berry Starmix Haribo is very delicious.

Berrywhite Organic drink – £1.39

These organic drinks are available in four different flavours and are blended with mineral water. We were sent the peach flavour and it was very nice.

ENRJ Energy Juice (Mango & Passionfruit flavour and Apple & Berries flavour) – £1.75

This freshly pressed energy juice has been naturally caffeinated with green unroasted arrabica beans. Neither of us are coffee fans so will be passing these on to family.

Westons Cider (Damson flavour and Rhubarb flavour) – £1.99

Who doesn’t love a cider in the summer? Such interesting flavours and we couldn’t wait to try these!

Eisberg Sauvignon Blanc Alcohol Free Wine – £1.49

I’ve tried the alcohol free wines from Eisberg many times now and am always impressed. Tasty as always.

Light Bites – Mango with Vanilla Yoghurt Fruit Chips – £1.49

These are tasty freeze dried fruit and only 46 calories a bag. This proved a great snack for Jack.

Light Bites Superfood Fruit Bar – £1.25

This sounds super delicious and we cannot wait to give it a try!

Schwartz Authentic American flavour sachets (Spicy Buffalo Wings & BBQ Pulled Chicken) – 85p

We love Schwartz and what they have to offer. They always offer a great taste experience and these were no different. We will definitely be picking some more up.

Capsicana Brazilian Chilli & Coconut Quick Cook Sauce – £1.99

This looks and sounds delicious however I am not a fan of really spicy things so am relinquishing the trying of this to Steve!

Spoon Apple & Peanut granola – £3.70

This sounds absolutely delicious but as we aren’t a granola family and Steve’s dad loves granola, we are giving this to him to try.

Original O’s Savoury Cumin and Sesame Nibbles – £2.99

These are the Degustabox product of the month but I’m afraid we are not really fans of cumin or sesame. We will be placing these in the food bank for someone else to enjoy.

Walkers Pure Butter Shortbread Scottie Dogs – £1.95

Probably my most favourite addition to the box as who doesn’t love shortbread? With lovely packaging, a great biscuit design and super tasty as expected, what’s not to love?

What would you like to see in a Degustabox?

Enjoying A Nice Cool Drink This Summer

You may have seen on my Instagram that I recently went on holiday. I went over the Father’s Day weekend with Steve, my children, my Mum and two friends as I just couldn’t handle being in the village for my first Father’s Day without my Dad. I wanted a break away in the sunshine with the people I love, taking a dip in the pool, visiting the beach and enjoying some drinks in the clubhouse and the sunshine with friends.

I don’t necessarily drink that often now I have children but I love nothing more in the summer than spending time in the sunshine with family and friends sipping on an ice cold alcoholic beverage and having a laugh. Whether we be sitting by the pool, at the beach or at a barbecue, nothing beats sitting and enjoying time with friends.

Whether I decide to choose an Absolut & soda, a fruit cider or a cocktail, I will always have fun with friends whilst doing so. My drink of choice last week on holiday was a fruit cider but I am partial to a vodka and soda or maybe even a fruity cocktail.

I find that every summer there are new drinks out on the market for people to sample. Is there anything better than sitting down with friends and giving them all a try? Whilst you should always drink responsibly, a good time with friends in the summer is what it is made for. We sometimes make an evening of it – buying the new products on the market and having a night in all giving them a try.

Whilst I don’t drink very often, summer is my favourite time to have a drink with friends and I will definitely be partaking in a few alcoholic beverages over the next few weeks. I’ve got a few parties and barbecues coming up so will definitely be enjoying my evening with a nice cool drink at those.

What refreshing drinks do you enjoy in the summer? Do you like any particular drink or do you prefer the non alcoholic versions? I’d love to find out

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Degustabox | May

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We were recently sent the May Degustabox – the Picnic Box. We love picnics so were very excited to see what was in the box this month. At just £12 for the box which includes free delivery, Degustabox send a variety of items each month which usually add up to more than £20 collectively. You can order yours here. So what did we receive in our box?

Cadbury Dairy Milk Peanut Caramel Crisp – £3.49

Well what can I say? We love Cadbury chocolate and Steve and Jack are big peanut fans so this didn’t last too long in our house. This is a new bar to the range and is the perfect sharing size.

Portlebay Popcorn Sriracha Crunchy Kracklecorn – 79p

These were quite a unique flavour for popcorn. I’m not a big fan of spicy stuff but Steve is and he said these were quite nice; it was nice to have a unique flavour.

Deli Kitchen Skinny Wrap – £1.25

What better for a picnic than wraps? They have recently released a new range of flatbreads. These wraps are just 91kcal and come in an easy to fold unique shape.

Candy Kittens Sweet Pineapple – £3

These are natural and gluten free and very tasty – full of pineapple flavour. The brand believe that life is too short for boring sweets and hence they were born. We will definitely be trying Candy Kittens again.

Homepride Strong White Bread Flour – £1.50

We love making our own bread but we unfortunately don’t eat white bread so we are passing this along to a blogger friend who does and loves making her own bread.

Millions chocolate covered strawberry (50p each) and sour strawberry (60p)

Well what can make Millions better than they already are? Make them sour or cover them in chocolate. These are very yummy and Jack was very happy to see them included in the box!

Cereal Lovers CrunchTime Nuggets – £1.59

These are a brand new snacking concept. Designed to be super healthy and super tasty, this granola is full of all natural ingredients and tastes great. We received the sunshine pack and were very impressed.

Hippeas In Herbs We Trust – £1.5o

A brand new range of oragnic chickpea puffs, we were very excited to try these. They are very high in fibre, a source of protein and just 91 calories, what’s not to love?

Zeo Soft drink – £1.19

We’ve had Zeo drinks included in our boxes before and these are all natural and low calorie drinks. We have always been impressed by Zeo and this time wasn’t the exception – this tasted just as great.

Crabbie’s Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer – £1.89

We love Crabbie’s ginger beer whether it is the non alcoholic or the alcoholic version. We are saving this as a treat as we know it is super tasty.

MOMA Gluten free Raspberry and Coconut Bircher Muesli – £3.20

We don’t eat much muesli in our household but Steve’s dad does so we passed this along to him. He really enjoyed the muesli and would definitely like to try more from the MOMA range.

We also received these intriguing bean bags – yes coffee bags that are just like tea bags! We don’t drink coffee so gave these to Steve’s brother to try and he really enjoyed them – however said the concept was a little strange to get used to at first!

All in all we were very impressed with our box this month. The contents work out at over £20 which is great when you are paying just £12. What would you most like to try from this months box?

My Healthy Kitchen Meals | Review

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I was recently contacted by the team behind MyHK (or My Healthy Kitchen) to see if I wanted to try their new meals. I’m currently on Slimming World so wavered for a bit as I didn’t know the syn values but figured out  – they’re healthy, so why not?

These nutritionally balanced ready meals are available at Waitrose and Ocado, having recently launched there. When you’re pushed for time, it can be so tempting to pick up something not so healthy but this offers you a different option without having to eat salads all the time. Each meal is under 500 calories and has no artificial flavours, colours or preservatives. Each meal has at least one other nutritional benefit too – whether that is low fat, low salt, being a source of fibre or containing a certain amount of your five a day.

They launched on the 15th of May in Waitrose and there are currently six myhk meals available to purchase. These are Moroccan Prawn, Roasted Vegetable Mediterranean Risotto, Oriental Chicken, Prawn Katsu, Chicken Paella and Pea, Mint and Rocket Risotto. They are all inspired by cuisines from around the world and have tons of healthy and exciting ingredients. So what was I sent?

We were sent the Pea, Mint & Rocket Risotto (made withArborio rice and quinoa crushed pea and fresh mint pesto, pickled red cabbage, rocket, and a creamy onion sauce); the Chicken Paella (cooked with tender roasted chicken breast, beautifully smoky chorizo, sweet Piquillo peppers, peas, Arborio rice and sundried tomato purée) and the Prawn Katsu Made with aromatic star anise, fennel, fenugreek, and coriander seeds, our irresistibly tasty katsu sauce has a spicy kick. It works perfectly with the flavours of the juicy king prawns, pickled carrot, and jasmine rice). A real wide variety of meals and flavours to sample.

I haven’t always been a risotto fan but this one was super delicious – packed full of flavour and colour and very filling – you get so much food in the pot; you don’t quite realise just how much food there is. This was very minty and very tasty.

I have always been a fan of paella so I knew I’d love the chicken paella – ate it so quickly I didn’t even get a picture of it before I scoffed it all! It tasted just as paella is meant to but I had the added benefit of knowing that it was super healthy too. Finally I tried the prawn katsu. I’ve always heard tons about katsu curries but had never actually properly tried one – I wasn’t disappointed though. It was packed full of flavour and oh so filling. That is exactly what you need from a decent ready meal – good taste and it fills your belly. I’m definitely going to be picking some of these up as sometimes I just don’t have the time to make a meal from scratch. They’re so delicious!

I was very impressed with My Healthy Kitchen ready meals but here is what you need to know:

Some of the meals are suitable for vegetarians – if they are marked with a green ‘V’, then you will know they are vegetarian. None of the meals contain nuts but they do sometimes handle nuts in the factory – so it is your personal choice if you choose to eat the meals. The pea risotto, chicken paella and prawn katsu are great if you are gluten intolerant as they don’t contain any ingredients with gluten BUT they haven’t yet been certified as gluten free. The same goes for the roasted veg risotto – it is made to a vegan recipe with vegan friendly ingredients but hasn’t yet been certified vegan. There are also some meals that are dairy free – the oriental chicken, the moroccan prawn, chicken paella and the veg risotto.

Each meal serves one person and because of the fresh ingredients, aren’t recommended for freezing. However I would definitely recommend these meals if you need a healthy option for nights when you just can’t be bothered.