Optimum Nutri Force Extractor Review and Reader Offer

For the past three years, I’ve been using a Froothie Optimum 9400 blender at home. It’s by far the best blender that I’ve owned and since I was so impressed with it, I became a Froothie Ambassador. You can check out my review of the 9400 blender and my special reader offers here.

This Summer, I was contacted by Froothie and asked whether I would like to test their newest blender – the Optimum Nutri Force Extractor. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect. My family was about to embark on a road trip to France for a three-week self-catering vacation. I’d been contemplating taking a blender so that we could make our own daily smoothies, rather than buying them in cafes like we usually do (thus saving us about 15 euros a day!) My 9400 is a bit big and heavy for travel, but the Nutri Force Extractor sounded just perfect. It’s smaller, much lighter (3.4kg), yet has a powerful 1000W motor. It comes with 450ml and 1 litre size cups, so perfect for single and two-person smoothies.

In terms of specification, the Nutri Force Extractor is probably most similar to the Nutribullet 1000, though it has a few additional features. Continue reading

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Lemon Berry Crumble Slice (Dairy-free / Egg-free / Vegan)

In today’s post, I’m sharing a recipe for a delicious baked treat – Lemon Berry Crumble Slices. These slices consist of a fluffy lemon sponge, studded with juicy berries and topped with crumble. They use basic pantry ingredients and are simple to make, yet they’re bound to impress your family and friends!

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Fresh Mint, Rose and Green Tea Popsicles (a.k.a Iced Lollies)

What do you call these iced treats? Popsicles? Lollies? I’ve always called them lollies. Maybe it’s a British thing? I’m pretty sure lollies are something else in Australia. Maybe in America too? Anyway, I hope you don’t mind me referring to them as lollies in this post as I feel a bit weird calling them anything else.  I don’t think I’ve ever said the word ‘popsicle’ out loud. What a funny word!

It might seem a little strange posting a recipe for iced treats now that we’re in September, but after a cloudy, rainy August here in Bath, I’m hoping we’ll get to experience an Indian summer. Now wouldn’t that be nice?

However regardless of the weather, I’m still enjoying *lollies* right now, especially after my hot morning run.  I especially loved home-made lollies as I find the shop-bought ones tend to be too sugary-sweet for me. Plus, when you make your own, you can be creative and experiment with all different kinds of flavour combinations.

Recently I was invited to take part in the Brita Frozen Tea Challenge. The idea was to send the participants some goodies and challenge them to create a recipe for an iced tea lolly. This is a challenge that I was definitely up for!

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Queen B’s Top 5 Tips for Getting FIT while having FUN!

How do you feel about exercise? Do you love it? Loathe it? Begrudgingly do it because you know it’s good for you? Personally, I’m an exercise lover. For me, nothing feels more invigorating and energising that moving my body and getting the heart pumping.

Recently I had the pleasure of meeting personal trainer, Bryony Miles (aka ‘Queen B’). I’d been following her on Instagram for a while, and her photos always bring a big smile to my face. Whether alone or with friends, her workouts are full of smiles, laughter and a touch of craziness. Recently, I joined Bryony for one of her Queen B’s Silent Discos. A totally new experience for me, but it was so much fun! If you live in the Bath area and fancy giving it a try yourself, I’ve popped the details at the end of the post.

Not everyone puts exercise and fun together, but this is something that Bryony most certainly does.

For today’s post, Bryony has kindly agreed to share her top five tips for getting fit while having fun.

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Wagamama-Inspired Yasai Cha Han Donburi (Brown Rice Bowl with Stir-Fried Veggies and Tofu)

In early Summer, my family were eagerly anticipating a trip to Wagamamas. On the way there, we psyched each other up, talking about how much we were looking forward to tucking into our favourite Wagamama dish – the Yasai Cha Han Donburi. Upon arrival, the waiter showed us to our seats and handed us the menu. Our eyes immediately moved to the spot where the dish is usually listed, but it wasn’t there. We scanned both sides of the menu but it was nowhere to be seen. We called over the waiter and he explained that they had a new summer menu. Sadly, the Yasai Cha Han Donburi hadn’t made the cut.

Has that ever happened to you? Where you’re looking forward to tucking into your favourite dish at a restaurant, or you specifically go to that restaurant because you’re craving a dish… only to find that it’s been taken off the menu. It’s happened to my family a few times and it’s always such a bummer.

Well this time, I decided to look on the bright side. I’d been meaning to try my hand at making the Yasai Cha Han Donburi at home for a while, and now was the perfect opportunity. I could still remember what the bowl tasted like and its main components, so I set to work re-creating it.

One of my favourite parts of the bowl is the flavouring added to the rice, so I really wanted to nail this part. I chose to use two of my favourite pantry staples as the basis of the dressing – Clearspring Organic Tamari Sauce and Meridian Organic Toasted Sesame Oil. The tamari provides the ‘umami’ flavour, while the toasted sesame oil add a touch of smokiness. I then added a tablespoon each of maple syrup and rice vinegar for some ‘sweet ’n’ sour’ flavour, and finished it off with a sprinkling of garlic granules. I was extremely happy with the way the dressing turned out. For me, it’s the perfect compliment to a Japanese-inspired rice bowl. Continue reading

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