How to Boost Your Energy Without Coffee

If coffee is your go-to drink when you need a boost, you may want to consider getting that much- needed burst of energy from elsewhere. Why? Well, caffeine can actually have harmful effects on the body. If you’re drinking it in large quantities, you may be familiar with the dizziness, headaches and fatigue that occurs after consumption.

While caffeine initially provides a burst of energy, the crash that follows leaves us feeling hungover. Here you can discover healthy alternatives to coffee. Curb that caffeine habit and feel energised with these healthy drinks:

Hot Water with Lemon

I know what you’re thinking: this has nothing on your freshly brewed coffee. However, once you get used to drinking hot water with lemon, it’s actually quite pleasant. I can honestly say that a cup of this stuff each morning works wonders – and that’s coming from someone with three boys!

Lemons are rich in vitamin C which, as you probably already know, boosts your immune system. But did you know that it plays a role in energy production too? Try ditching your morning coffee for hot water with lemon and you’ll soon feel a difference.

Coconut Water

Coconut water has been a fad for some time, but it’s much more than just a trend-leading beverage. The refreshing drink is full of goodness – antioxidants, amino acids, vitamin C and lots of minerals too – so if you swap it for your daily cup of Joe, you’ll soon see a difference in your energy levels.

Coconut water can be enjoyed as it is, but I like to blend it with bananas and strawberries to make a delicious smoothie; it’s a truly tasty way of getting that desired burst of energy.

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Green Tea

Green tea really does have an acquired taste. However, once you get used to it, it’s like comfort in a cup. While green tea does contain caffeine, it has significantly less than coffee so it’s the perfect drink if you want to slowly wean yourself off it. You’ll get an energy hit, without the caffeine comedown! Win-win.

My personal tip would be to add a teaspoon of honey to take the edge off or, try a range of green teas until you find one you like!

Chai

I love chai. It’s soothing and, best of all, it’s just as satisfying as coffee. How? I’m a latte lady and chai is made with hot milk, so I almost feel like I’m drinking a smooth and creamy cup of coffee – but with exotic spices. Each spice has health benefits, so it’s almost like drinking a tasty medicine!

If you tend to drink your coffee with milk, chai is the way forward. You’ll naturally cut your caffeine intake by swapping coffee for chai, plus it’s the perfect pick-me-up, particular on colder days.

So, whether you choose to trade in your cup of java for a cold drink or a hot beverage that contains little to no caffeine, you’ll be on track to a healthier lifestyle; you’ll sleep better and wake up with more energy.

About the Author

Joy Richards is the sleep and wellness expert Happy Beds, the UK’s leading bed and mattress store. Joy runs The Comfort Zone – the company’s news hub that’s dedicated to helping customers find the comfiest bed, be it a divan bed for the guest room or a cabin bed for the kid’s room. You can get in touch with Joy by tweeting @HappyBedsUK.  

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Storage solutions that could transform your kitchen

Aside from making sure your kitchen looks the part, it’s important to ensure it includes enough storage space. For some savvy tips and tricks that could help transform your entire cooking area, keep reading.

Full height cabinets

While many traditional style kitchens have separated lower and wall mounted cupboards, this might not be the best option for you, especially if you’re keen to include as much storage space as possible. Instead, you could go for full height cabinets. These cupboards normally extend from the floor all the way up to the ceiling, offering you lots of extra room to store just about anything, from your pots and pans to plates and bowls.

To make sure these cupboards offer you the storage you need, you can often choose how they are assembled. For example, kitchen specialist website www.solidwoodkitchencabinets.co.uk offers a selection of different arrangements, including full height cupboards with a space for an integrated appliance, such as a microwave, as well as designs featuring long shelved cupboards on top with smaller drawer sections in the lower half.

Kitchen islands

If you’ve got the spare square footage, you could go for a kitchen island. Aside from giving you an additional surface area to prepare and eat meals, this design feature offers you extra storage. A typical island features a combination of drawers and cupboards. However, kitchen islands are available in a variety of different shapes, sizes and styles, so it’s possible to find designs with inbuilt wine racks, baskets and pull-out trays too.

Shelving, racking and hanging hooks

If you have any wall space going spare, why not utilise it? There are a number of simple yet effective ways you can create a convenient place to keep things you use on a regular basis. For example, you could put up shelving to proudly display your best crockery, or you could attach racking to the wall for a quirky way to store your spices. You could even attach hooks to hang up your tea towels and apron.

Pull-out pantry cupboards

Pull-out pantry cupboards are a useful storage solution, especially if you have an awkwardly shaped nook or cranny in your kitchen that’s going to waste. Unlike a regular cabinet with hinged doors, this style of cupboard can be pulled outwards by a handle, meaning that you don’t have to worry about factoring in extra space when it’s opened. Pull-out pantry cupboards are usually fitted with internal shelving or racking, providing you with the perfect place to organise all of your cooking essentials.

Regardless of whether your kitchen is large and spacious or a little on the smaller side, there are a variety of ways you can up your storage game.

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Summer Fun With Silly Spaghetti from Paul Lamond Games & Giveaway!

The summer holidays can be long and boring for a five year old so we are trying to ensure that we have plenty to do over the next few weeks. As well as days out, we love staying in and playing games as a family so when we were given the opportunity to review Silly Spaghetti from Paul Lamond Games, we were very happy. Jack loves games that require something a little different from the norm and this is certainly the game for this.

Silly Spaghetti is designed for 2-4 players and the main aim of the game is to be the first to untangle your spaghetti from the pins by wrapping around your fork, as you would do spaghetti you are eating. You receive a plastic play board, a cardboard ‘topping’ with holes cut out, a select amount of pegs and stickers to use on those and the die and four different coloured strings. The stickers are the peppers, tomatoes, meatballs, mushrooms and spaghetti. The spaghetti gets dropped onto the board and the pegs are then pushed in – and then the game begins!

You each choose a fork and make sure your spaghetti is wound as tight as possible around your fork and then every player takes turns to roll the dice. The youngest player goes first. Whatever you land on, you take a peg corresponding to that ingredient out. If you land on a star, that is a free play and you get to choose which ingredient peg you take out. You want to remove the toppings that are blocking your spaghetti so you can free it more easily and so you can win the game.

With Jack being 5, he didn’t always understand how to make the best move – sometimes he would remove the peg that made it easier for the rest of us so we had to teach him to seek out the ones which would help him more than they would help us. Hopefully he will get better at making these decisions for himself in the next few games we play.

The game is great for children aged 4+ – although those of a younger age may not quite understand trying to choose the best peg for themselves rather than everyone elses – they may end up picking randomly instead of thinking about it.

However Jack had great fun playing this with us – it is a great game for all the family, all the pieces are incredibly sturdy. I can’t wait to play this again as a family and I am sure this will be brought out time and time again when his friends come over to play.

Now you’ve heard all about our thoughts, how would you like to win the game for yourself? Well, you’re in luck! This giveaway is UK only and ends at 23.59pm on 13th August 2017. Good luck!

 

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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!

Win A Cuddle Buddy Teddy Bear From GiftPup

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Everyone loves a teddy bear, don’t they? Everyone has their favourite too – I know Jack has and Olivia has already developed an affinity with one of her age safe soft toys. With this in mind and me running some awesome summer giveaways, I thought that a Cuddle Buddy Teddy Bear from the lovely people over at GiftPup would be a lovely prize for one lucky reader.

GiftPup provide a range of personalised gifts for all the family. They are very passionate about the design and quality of their gifts and want everybody who receives something from them to be delighted with their experience. Their parent company is called The Print & Packaging People which was founded by two old school friends in 2004, Richard Tyler and Paul Wright.

Having had years of experience in printing products for large companies, both founders wanted to see what it would be like to design and print their own products. The personalised gift market seemed a perfect fit. The fact that both founders have young families also meant that many of the gifts and toys could be tested at home by several enthusiastic children.

Today GiftPup works with a wide range of suppliers both in the UK and US. Some of the products are supplied by large ceramic manufacturers who can handle considerable volumes during peak trading periods but they also work with several quality niche suppliers who are often incredibly talented and work from home or have small businesses. As well as the clever onscreen proofing, Giftpup sends these suppliers orders and customer’s artwork around the clock. This streamlines the process and keeps costs low for our customers. It also means that both small and large suppliers can benefit from GiftPup’s growth and success.

The Cuddle Buddy Teddy Bear is 25cm and is personalised. You can choose from a black or white t-shirt and even add a name to personalise your gift to whoever you are buying it for. ‘Fluffy Fudge’ the bear is very soft to the touch and comes with a beautiful gold ribbon. Personalised and dispatched within 24 hours, this is definitely a great last minute personalised gift for someone – I’m definitely considering picking up one or two for some friends children.

If you would like the chance to win a Cuddle Buddy Teddy Bear for yourself, all you need to do is fill in the Rafflecopter below. This giveaway is UK only and ends at 23.59pm on the 12th of August 2017. Good luck!

 

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