Degustabox | September 2017

We were sent a Degustabox for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

We recently received our monthly Degustabox – what was in it this month?

Mentos Mint Mix Sharing Pouch – £1.19

We love Mentos so were happy to see these included in our box. A mix of peppermint and spearmint flavours, they come in a resealable pouch. These were very delicious.
Green & Black’s Velvet Edition – £1.99

I am not always a fan of dark chocolate but you can’t beat some Green & Black’s. This was absolutely delicious and I will definitely be buying some more.
Nestle Cheerios Oat Crisp – £2.49

Jack was very excited to see these in the box. These are high in fibre and low in saturated fat so they are a breakfast cereal I am happy to give Jack.
San Miguel Gluten Free – £2

We aren’t really big drinkers in our household so this hasn’t been drunk yet but will remain in our fridge for when we are entertaining. This is 5.4% ABV.We received this Ramen Kit too – a tasty lunch for me!Latin American Kitchen Coconut and Chilli Rice – £1.85

A great combination of flavours. This made for a tasty lunch. We love coconuts and chillis so the combination of this in the rice is absolutely lovely.
Virtue Energy water – berries and lemon & lime – £1.35 each

These energy waters are sugar free. These are zero sugar, zero calories and contain no sweeteners. They contain the same amount of natural caffeine as a cup of coffee. For every can sold, they donate 500l of clean drinking water.
Dream Ancient Grains – £1.60

This is made with a blend of oat spelt, buckwheat and linseed. These are plant based milk alternatives. We don’t use this in our house so we donated this to the food bank for people in need.
Knorr Concentrated Stock – £2.20

This is made with real beef extract and is gluten free. This is perfect for adding to bologneses which is what we have been doing – super tasty!Latin American Kitchen Brazilian Xinxim Peanut Sauce – £1.85

We are yet to use this but it sounds absolutely delicious! We will definitely be using this in one of our meals.Green’s Egg Custard Mix – 69p

Perfect for helping to make egg custard, we donated this to the food bank too as we wouldn’t use it.
Wild Planet Albacore Wild Tuna Steaks – £3.49

We love tuna in this house so this was a welcome addition in our box. 100% pole and line caught, these are ranked #1 in the US by Greenpeace for sustainability and are very tasty.

We also received a full value voucher for some Seriously Spreadable Squares which we will be picking up soon!

All in all this was quite an impressive box – a mix of sweet and savoury and perfect for lunches and dinners.

Reducing Cancer Risk How to Plan a Carcinogen-Free Diet for Your Family

Cancer is widespread. For women, it’s breast cancer and for men it’s prostate cancer. Take prostate cancer as an example. In the United States alone it’s estimated that around 161,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. But what if we could change that?

There’s growing evidence that eating the right diet can reduce the chances of experiencing many types of cancer, including cancers like mesothelioma. It’s quite simple when you look at it.

It’s well-known that your risk of 13 different types of cancers can increase just by being overweight. So how do you go about planning a carcinogen-free diet for your family?

Boost Your Antioxidant Levels

Antioxidants are what reinforce our immune systems. This has the effect of protecting against the growth of cancer cells. Fruits and vegetables provide our bodies with lots of antioxidants. For example, trying the nergi berry fruit can have a range of beneficial effects on the human body.

These guidelines should help improve your antioxidant levels:

  • Eat vegetables like carrots and sprouts. They contain carotenoids that may help to reduce the risk of lung cancer.
  • Choose non-starchy vegetables like beans and spinach for protection against stomach cancer.
  • Select foods high in vitamin C to make it less likely you’ll get esophageal cancer.

Through diversifying your fruit and vegetable intake, you’re cutting the chances of experiencing lots of different cancers.

Focus on Fibre

Fibre may also be referred to as bulk or roughage in some parts of the world. This is found in fruit, vegetables, and whole grains.

The role of fibre is in forcing carcinogens through your digestive system faster. The damage occurs when carcinogens stay in the digestive system for longer. Leafy greens are a good way to get more fibre into your system.

Choose Healthy Fats

It’s easy to think that all fat is bad for us. That’s not true in the slightest. We need fat to keep the body healthy. But you need to make sure you’re opting for healthy fats.

Trans fats, for example, is found in fried foods and things like cakes and cookies. These should be avoided as much as possible. Limited saturated fat is necessary and is found in dairy and red meat, but it should be an extremely small portion of your diet.

Unsaturated fats, on the other hand, your body can’t get enough of. They come from fish, nuts, and oils. They can enhance brain and heart health.

Create a Plan to Keep Your Family’s Diet in Check

You already know that you need to cut down on sugar and all those other delicious treats. But managing everything can be difficult. Unless you’re a diet guru, you’re just not going to remember everything.

The best option is to create a plan to keep your family’s diet in check. Write down a meal plan and stick to it. Make multiple plans so your family doesn’t get bored of the same foods all the time.

Remember this isn’t an exact science and you don’t need to begin counting grams or worrying about calories. If you’re on the right track you should have few problems.

What about Exercise?

Exercise is also important for making the most of a healthy diet. Just remember that diet makes up 80% of your health and exercise just 20% of it. Exercising every day isn’t going to matter if you aren’t eating a healthy diet.

It’s essential to focus on exercise, but your diet is the most important thing.

Last Word – Making the Most of Your Diet

Making the most of your diet means proper planning. Get some input from your family and ensure that everyone can have their favourite foods from time to time.

Reducing your risk of cancer doesn’t have to mean a boring diet. It can be fun to eat healthy!

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Trying The Nergi Berry Fruit – A Tasty Fruity Treat For All The Family

Nergi berry fruit

We were sent some Nergi Berry Fruit for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

We are on Slimming World so as you can imagine, we eat a lot of fruit and vegetables and like to mix it up as much as we possibly can – you don’t want to be eating the same fruit and veg day in, day out. When we were contacted and asked if we would like to try some Nergi Berry Fruit, we were very intrigued and couldn’t wait to see what they were like. These are really great for if you are on the Slimming World plan – I am unsure if they are free or speed food but either way you can indulge in them as much as you like and still remain on plan – something I can totally get on board with.

The Nergi berry fruit is also known as the kiwi berry and has an edible outer skin and is vivid and fresh green in colour. The skin can probably be described a grape like and the fruit is full of antioxidants Vitamins C and E and fibre so is super nutritious. A handful contains 52kcal per 100g (e.g. 21kcal for approximately 5 berries). Would you believe this berry has existed in the wild for centuries and finally is now being grown in the orchards of small farms in France and southern Europe with the help of careful cultivation and natural pollination.

Nergi berry fruit

Our Nergi berry fruit came packed in a lovely gift box with information about the fruit – originally from Asia, no need to peel and deliciously sweet and sour. The season is short for the Nergi berry fruit – between the 20th of August and 15th of November 2017 – so if you want to grab some, get in there quick.

What did we think of it? Well I am a big fan of berries, kiwis and grapes so with these described as they are, I always knew that I would be a fan. Jack liked them but perhaps their biggest fan had to be Steve. Every other minute I caught him eating another one, he loved them that much.

Nergi berry fruitThese are super tasty, very fresh and so handy for a handbag ready snack. These are perfect for after exercise or when you need that mid morning snack. A punnet didn’t last long in our house and we are already heading out to buy some more whilst they are still in season.

The recommended retail price for a 125g punnet is £2.50 – this is roughly 15 of the berries. They are available at most supermarkets whilst in season – check M&S, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons for sure as they carried them in 2016.

Nergi is the brand name fro the fruit – it originates from the Siberian kiwi and is not genetically modified – you can find out more about the Nergi berry fruit on their website. Have you ever tried the Nergi berry fruit?

Degustabox | August 2017

Box was sent for the purpose of review – all thoughts and opinions are my own.

We love when we receive our Degustabox boxes – we love seeing what treats we receive each month. This month was no difference – so full of treats that we all could enjoy.

What items did we receive though?

Bahlsen PiCK UP! Black ‘N White – £1.69 – We have always loved PiCK UP! bars so were very happy to see these in there. A white chocolate bar sandwiched between two crisp chocolate flavour biscuits, these are absolutely delicious.

Refreshers Softies – £1 – Steve and I grew up loving Refreshers and these Softies looked to be a real treat. Making the treat of our childhoods soft, fruity and chewy, they were quite strange at first as we got used to the Refreshers flavour having a different texture but they didn’t last long.

Cadbury Curlywurly Squirlies – £1.99 – Bitesize pieces of Curlywurly, these were lovely and a real treat. It took a lot of willpower not to finish the bag off myself!

Cadbury Dairy Milk Big Taste Toffee Whole Nut – 65p – This was also very yummy and is now in this convenient on the go size but a few bites and it’s gone – could do with some more bites!

Jelly Squeeze (Apple & Blackcurrant and Orange flavour) – 69p – These are fun, squeezy jellys in pouches – great for lunchboxes and when you are on the go. These are gluten and lactose free and are also suitable for vegans and vegetarians unlike most other jelly products. Jack was very impressed.Seabrook crisps – £1 – Crinkle cut crisps that taste great. We normally have Walkers or Pom Bears in the house but these provided a nice alternative and had some great flavours.

Light Bites Popped Chips (Pesto & Sundried Tomato and Sweet & Smoky Chipotle) – 99p each – Under 100 calories, gluten free and veggie friendly, these are great for everyone and come in some exciting flavours.
Maggi Fusion noodles (Fiery Sweet Chilli and Sticky Hoisin Duck) – £1.39 each – These are great for a quick lunch when you don’t quite know what to make for yourself. Taking only four minutes, these are quick, easy and tasty.

Tabasco Green Pepper Sauces – £1.89 – Now I am not a big fan of green jalapeno peppers but Steve is so I’m leaving the judgement up to him on this one. He is yet to try it but I bet you he will be a massive fan.

Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise – £1.69 – We know how much we love Hellmann’s mayonnaise, we always have a bottle in the house although we usually opt for the Lighter Than Light version – however this will always be used in our house

Orangina Limited Edition Summer bottles (Light & Original) – £1.20 each – Who doesn’t love Orangina? These are super tasty and you can feel a little less naughty by opting for the Light version if you so wish.

Twisted Halo Coconut Water with ginger and vodka- £1.50 – With natural flavours, no added sugar or sweeteners, this is a taste sensation. Mixing three of my favourite things together and coming in at just 90 calories, this is a refreshing summer drink with a little kick. Lovely.

Overall we have been very impressed with the box this month – whilst the value of the whole box works out to a little less than some of the other recent boxes, we have been satisfied with each item this month which is great!

Degustabox | July 2017

Item sent for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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!