It’s not everyday I get to review one of my favourites foods from an exciting new brand, so when I was contacted by Mr Lee’s Gourmet Oriental Noodles I jumped at the chance! Having travelled and lived in South East Asia I am a big fan of noodles of all shapes, sizes and flavours!

A bit about Mr Lee’s Noodles

‘..on a mission to help time-poor people eat better food!’ – a quote taken from Mr Lee himself (who is a real person by the way). I am certainly what you would describe as ‘time-poor’ so I really like this vision statement. Mr Lee are a UK producer of high quality, healthy, gluten free, ‘no nasties’ noodles in a cup.

What I thought

Admittedly, I’m not a big fan of other ‘noodles-in-a-cup’ brands on the market. I’ve never been a fan of Super Noodles or Pot Noodles, I find them stodgy and having been lucky enough to taste authentic Asian cuisine for real I just find those brand’s flavours all wrong. I was excited to try Mr Lee’s noodles to see if it was possible to get all the authentic Asian flavours into an instant noodle pot whilst still maintaining the healthy and low-fat elements.

I was pleasantly surprised and I really enjoyed all six flavours of Mr Lee’s range. The range includes Hong Kong Street Beef, Penang Chicken Curry Laksa, Tai Chi Chicken, Warrior Fighting Shrimp, Dragon Fire Mushroom and Shaolin Monk Vegetables. I did like them all – I must admit, the ‘3 chillies’, extra hot shrimp one was a little hot for me! Other than that I was a big fan of all of them. My favourite was the Tai Chi Chicken which is absolutely delicious! I really feel that this brand have managed to harness real Asian flavours into a dish which has all the ease of instant preparation – just add hot water! Something which I’m sure is not easy. I was impressed by the quality of the ingredients in all the variations, the vegetables were real veg and the noodles themselves (the key ingredient) were really tasty and good quality!

Mr Lee’s Gourmet noodles are perfect for a guilt free lunch-on-the-go or a delicious dinner when you can’t be bothered to cook from scratch. The fact that they are so healthy means you can get all the perks of a ‘ready-meal’ without feeling like you’ve fallen off the wagon eating wise! This is a biggie for me; I really do try with my diet but sometimes chopping up peppers is the last thing I want to do after a long day at work! I’m sure many of you feel the same!

I also believe Mr Lee’s noodles to be excellent value for money. They are available to buy in a pack of six for £17.94, which works out at just under £3 per pot. Yes, it puts them at the higher end of the market for this kind of product but I do think the quality is evident. For example, they are packed full of veg and the meat flavours have real meat in them rather than just flavourings. I also found when eating one of the pots for lunch it really filled me up for the rest of the day.

Hong Kong Beef

Chicken Laksa

So where can I get some?

Well, online seems to be the best place to get your hands on some of Mr Lee’s noodles! Click here to visit their shop where, like I said, you can purchase mixed or single flavour packs of six with free UK shipping! Hurrah! Something which I found extremely exciting is that soon, Mr Lee will be branching out into ‘noodle kiosks’ up and down the country – basically vending machines where you can buy their noodle pots! What a brilliant idea.

You can check out their website here.

What are your opinions of instant noodles?

**I was sent this product for reviewing purposes but, as always, the opinions are 100% my own**

I think most of us will agree that lazy Sunday mornings are literally the best thing ever. Now, I love a brunch date and although sometimes it is nice to pop to a café and have someone else make it for me, sometimes I really don’t want to get out of my pyjamas and leave the house! So lately we’ve been whipping up some delicious home-cooked brunches in our own kitchen.

Instagram friendly poached eggs on smoked salmon and smashed avocado

This is super easy and quick and is equally as scrumptious to eat as it is to look at on your insta feed. Simply spread some ripe avocado on some wholemeal toast and pop some smoked salmon on top. Next, poach a perfect runny egg (this part takes some practice and I usually get Paul to do it for me!) either in hot water or using a poacher. Top with black pepper and a sprinkling of chilli flakes to give it an extra kick. A super impressive brunch which takes less than 10 minutes to prepare.

Guilt free oat and cinnamon pancakes

And they seriously are guilt free! These pancakes contain no sugar, no butter and no milk.  Throw 25 grams of porridge oats in a blender (or Nutri Bullet) with an egg, a banana and a tea spoon of cinnamon. Then accessorise as you please! Blueberries, strawberries, yogurt, banana and honey are all delicious toppings – but we were really naughty once and put apple, bacon and maple syrup on them!

Spicy vegetarian omelette

This delicious and healthy omelette is perfect for even the most discerning of healthy eaters! It’s meat free, dairy free, gluten free – not quite vegan though, sorry! Roughly chop peppers, radishes, spring onions, chills or any of your chosen veg you’ve got at the back of the fridge along with some tofu. Whisk three eggs in a bowl and season with salt, pepper and smoked paprika for a kick. Lightly fry your filling until the tofu is turning brown, add the eggs and cook, flip, fold and make your omelette! Serve with mashed avocado on the side.

 

Greek inspired bruschetta 

These are a tasty savoury brunch idea which were inspired by our time in Greece last year and we absolutely love them. They are so easy to prepare too! Serve roughly chopped ripe plum tomatoes with basil leaves and feta cheese pieces on slices of toasted ciabatta bread. Also, while the ciabatta is still warm rub a cut garlic clove over it for that extra yummy kick. Drizzle olive oil over the whole lot before serving.


The Full Monty

You cannot beat a full English fry up and sometimes – it’s just what you need on a Sunday. Particularly if you’ve had a few wines the night before I find! Anyway, I love cooking up the full monty for us occasionally but we all know it’s not that great for you. There are a few small changes I make to keep it as healthy as humanly possible (but still not healthy!). Firstly, I always use a very, very small amount of coconut oil to cook the eggs and mushrooms, and I tend to scramble or poach the eggs rather than fry them. I also cook the sausages and bacon in the oven rather than in the pan. This reduces the oil and grease content slightly. The key to a good full English is timing and preparation! The final ‘flourish’ of cooking everything only takes about 5 minutes so you have to make sure everything is out, ready and raring to go before it all goes cold! I’ve got it down now even if I do say so myself!

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Wow, my mouth is seriously watering now! I think I better go and get me some brunch! I hope this might give you some ideas for some super easy but seriously delicious brunch ideas to cook in the comfort of your own kitchen. For more recipes and food ideas visit my Instagram page.

Have a wonderful Sunday.

Good morning! And happy Saturday! I’m happy because I’m having a seriously lazy and chilled weekend; the first in ages!

If, like us, your weekday breakfasts can get a little repetitive (porridge is my go to everyday) then you may wake up on a Saturday morning after a nice lie in craving something a bit more yummy.

I love pancakes. I don’t love how much butter is in them! Also, since I went dairy free I can’t realistically eat an original recipe pancake. But that doesn’t mean I don’t still want them!  We’ve been experimenting with alternative ingredients and I think we’ve totally nailed it with this one. This recipe is dairy free, healthy & free of refined sugars and other nasties. And it’s so easy!

Recipe for these dairy free pancakes

Serves 1

Note: you will need some kind of blender to combine the mixture. We use a Nutri Bullet.

25 grams of porridge oats

1 large egg

1 banana

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

~Blend until smooth. Use coconut oil to fry in small circles (these work better than crepe style pancakes)~

Serve with fresh seasonal fruits, a tablespoon of soya yoghurt & a drizzle of raw honey.

Yum!

How easy is that??

Let me know if you try them or if you have any other pancake recipes you’d like to share!


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My personal fitness, health and wellbeing journey is ongoing and I am by no means perfect. It’s impossible to change a lifetime of habits in one go and some small changes can make a big difference to how you feel. These are five changes I have made which I do each and everyday which have made a real difference to my wellness.

  1. GREEN TEA TABLET. I know that everyone loves green tea and it’s so hipster right now but shhhhh I hate it. But it does have amazing health benefits – so I take it in a tablet form! Same benefits, less gross taste. I’ve noticed a decrease in bloating and an increase in energy since I’ve been taking it.
  2. GET MOVING. No I don’t go to the gym everyday. But on the days I don’t go I’m so careful to do some sort of gentle exercise even if it’s a 30 min walk in the park – which doesn’t feel like exercise at all. It’s a leisure activity! I love walking and it’s a great way to get moving on a rest day. I find if I don’t do anything at all I feel tired all day and then can’t sleep when it’s bed time (you can see my tips for a good nights sleep here).
  3. GET OUTSIDE. This kind of ties in with number 2, if I’ve been for a walk I’ve already been outside! But I like to spend as much time outside as possible. On my lunch break I sit outside, after work I go for a short walk or a run or just sit in the garden. It’s so important to me to have fresh air and be around nature. It makes me happy and feel at peace.
  4. PUT THE SCREENS DOWN. I feel like most people’s lives (including my own) in the 21st century goes a little something like this: wake up to phone alarm clock, go to work listening to music or looking at phone, work on a computer, get home put tv on, watch tv with intermittent phone checks, bedtime. Dinner is a good time to put it all down, turn the TV off and actually have a conversation. I love hearing about funny things that happened to my other half that day that I would never know about otherwise.
  5. REMEMBER YOUR GRATS. This is a big one for me because I’m a very forward thinking person and at risk of spending my entire life looking forward to the next thing. I have so many goals in my head; where I want to travel next, what I’ll buy when I get paid, where I want to live in the future, that I sometimes forget how much I have to Be grateful for right now. Sometimes just reminding yourself how lucky you are with what you’ve got can be the key to happiness for the whole day.

xox

So the last time I posted I was 4 months into my ‘get fit for the wedding’ mission and had lost 2 stone and a dress size. Although I was happy with my progress, I still wanted to tighten up and improve my strength and fitness. I can now happily say that just in time for the wedding I achieved my target of shedding 2 1/2 stone and am now a size 8/10 UK. We had our beautiful wedding and I can look back on the pictures with confidence and pride dammit because I am so proud of myself!

How I did it.

TEAMWORK. I could not have done it without my now husband Paul getting me up in the morning and forcing me to go for runs! Whether it’s a partner, family or a friend, having someone to support you and achieve results with you is so helpful.

NUTRITION. It’s 80% of results blah blah I used to shudder when I heard things like that because I LOVE FOOD and I cannot survive on celery. But me and Paul but real effort into cooking meals that were balanced, healthy and tasted good. I’m lucky because he’s an excellent cook but to give you an idea, there is such thing as healthy; pancakes, pizza base and even bread. It’s about balance. We cut out refined sugar completely and focused on whole gain carbs, upped our vegetables and ate more protein than anything else. The rest was easy.

CROCKFIT PLAN. This was the biggie. This is what I can put down to me achieving my results this time when I failed so many times before. Alex Crockford is a personal trainer and fitness model (we both worked with him back in the day) and he has recently released his own ‘Crockfit Fitness Plans’ for Men & Women.  The plans are 12 weeks long, but can be continued after, and aim to shock the body and get the results that everyone wants. It takes commitment, but we followed the workouts religiously 4 times a week and the rest is history really. You can check out his plans here.

BECOMING AN EARLY BIRD. I cannot workout after a full days work and I never have been able to, that’s where I have always fallen down. I just can’t bring myself to go when I’m tired. So, we started going at 6.30am 4 days per week. At the beginning, it was hard, but now I love it and the feeling of going into work at 9am having already bossed a gym session is super addictive.

CUT OUT DAIRY. I know I said we eat a balance but that is one thing we have cut out completely, firstly because of it’s fat content and secondly because of some of the negative effects of lactose. We have swapped to almond milk and plant based products and have got on really well with that.

COFFEE. Black coffee is allowed so we swapped tea, juice, squash, pretty much everything we cut out for a bad boy black coffee. It gets easier the more you drink it.

Results.

STRONGER.

SLEEPING BETTER.

FEELING HAPPIER AND MORE ALERT.

CONFIDENCE & WELLBEING.

LOVING EXERCISE AND FITNESS.

HOWEVER.

Now comes the tricky part. The wedding is done. I’m back to full time work. It’s summer, there are parties and gatherings and dinners everywhere I look. Temptation is everywhere and maintenance is so key to fitness! I am always growing, trying to improve and get better. So my journey has only just begun!

xox