As many of my regular readers will know, I’m a big fan of the LighterLife Fast 5:2 diet. I’ve been using the products regularly for around 6 months now, since January this year. And in that time have also taken part in their #ICanDoThat campaign with my Mum for Mother’s Day. As a part of this challenge, Mum also started the LighterLife Fast 5:2 diet and was immediately hooked (especially to the Chocolate Orange Shakes). I thought as we’ve both been using the products for a fair few month’s now it would be nice to answer a few questions about the diet, for any one that is considering trying the products. Please leave a comment if you have any further questions and we’ll be sure to answer them.

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Vegetarian Meal Plan with LighterLife Fast

What are your favourite products?

Ami: I mention these again and again but I love the Strawberry Shakes and the Nut Fudge Bars. I also love the Strawberry and Apple pieces from the Light Bites Snack range.

Mum: My favourite by far is the Chocolate Orange Shake, then the Chocolate Raisin Bar. I love the Lentil Masala Snack Pot too.

How many times do you Fast? Which days?

Ami: It’s a 5:2 diet so you Fast for two days and eat normally for the other five. I tend to fast on a Tuesday and Thursday. I don’t want to limit myself on Friday’s/weekends as these are the days I often eat out.

Mum: I think what I’m doing in the day and pick the ones I’m less likely to indulge on. For example, if someone is making a cake at work, I choose a different day to Fast.

How is LighterLife Fast different to other diets?

Ami: The products are lovely and it’s not just shakes like many other diets. It’s nice to be able to have chocolate and crisps as part of a balanced diet. I really don’t feel like I’m fasting.

Mum: It’s just so easy to fit around normal life whether at home or away. It’s so quick and easy to follow.

Are the meals complicated to make?

Ami: They take no time at all, Shepherds Pie only takes around 2 minutes in the microwave.

Mum: They take maybe 5 minutes, at the most.

How much weight have you lost?

Ami: I’ve lost around 6-7lbs so far but I haven’t been sticking to the diet as religiously lately and my weight has been yoyo-ing a little. I lost 4lbs in one week on LighterLife Fast.

Mum: I’ve not lost any weight but stayed the same whilst being on it. Despite over indulging at times. I didn’t want to lose any weight but I do feel less bloated.

 How much does it cost?

Ami: Products can be bought at Superdrug here and there’s usually some really good offers on, including the current buy one get one half price offer, meaning it costs around £15 per week.

Mum: About £15 per week.

Do you feel hungry on your Fast Days?

Ami: I did initially, I think it may have been a shock to the system but after the first couple of days I really started to enjoy it.

Mum: I don’t feel hungry at all.

Can you exercise on a Fast Day?

Ami: I treat them like a normal day, just make sure you keep well hydrated.

Mum: I do exercise on a Fast Day but unlike other diets I’ve tried I don’t feel lethargic and have as much energy as I usually would.

Is there much to choose from?

Ami: SO much to choose from. I was amazed, there’s soups, pasta, spaghetti, chocolate bars and so much more.

Mum: There’s loads of choice. (You can view the range here).

Can you Fast whilst at work?

Ami: I find Fast Days just as easy at work as I do at home. Some meals require a microwave but you can always stick to the pots, shakes and bars if you don’t have one available.

Mum: The diet is very easy to follow while at work. The Fastpots are the easiest products to have.

Have you had any side effects? 

Ami: Nope, nothing that I can recall.

Mum: No side effects at all.

Do the products actually taste nice?

Ami: Yes I genuinely enjoy them, especially my favourites mentioned above. The bars (especially the Nut Fudge and Crunchy Crispy Peanut) seem like treats to me. I have the shakes on non Fast days as I enjoy them so much.

Mum: Yes, definitely. I didn’t think I’d like the Shepherds Pie but it’s one of my favourites.

What are your tips for someone starting the 5:2 diet?

Ami: Try all of the products, even if you think you probably won’t like them. I was surprised how much I enjoyed some of the products that I wouldn’t usually choose.

Mum: Just think about your life and commitments then choose a day where they are more likely to stick to it.

Have you tried the LighterLife Fast 5:2 diet? Do you have any other questions to ask?

Until next time,

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This month’s Degustabox was a BBQ theme. What’s not to love about that? And it really is jam packed with food and drink products perfect for that Summer BBQ. Sam bought me a new picnic basket recently, and I bought some melamine plates/bowls so I can’t wait to fill it/them with copious amount of food and head to the park, or beach, for a BBQ. I can just imagine it now. I’m hoping there’s more of a summer to come. You wouldn’t think it with the amount of rain we’ve been having recently!  I can’t wait to dig into this month’s box, and there’s still time to order yours. Remember; use UFDHB for £7 off your Degustabox Monthly Food Subscription Box.

Degustabox Monthly Food Subscription Box BBQ Theme

Kicking off this month’s BBQ themed box are three cook sauces/flavourings. A Capiscana Brazillian Chilli and Coconut Sauce and two Schwartz Spice Mixes (BBQ Pulled Chicken and Spicy Buffalo Wings). The Chilli and Coconut Sauce is Vegan and the Schwartz ‘flavours’ are Vegetarian. The recipe card in the Degustabox suggests using these for Sweet Potato Wedges which I’ll definitely try and I’m sure Sam will enjoy them on his chicken. Likely to be accompanied by one of the two Westons ‘Rosie’s Pig Ciders.

My favourites in this month’s box are the two Haribo Summer Frenzy Starmix/Tangfastics bags. I was going to buy these the other week but managed to resist. But obviously someone wanted me to try them. Berry flavours are my favourite when it comes to anything so I couldn’t wait to open the Starmix Berry Mix. Which of course you can see I did considering the ones in the above photo were the only ones left. And I left them purely for the purpose of the photo. I’m surprised I haven’t opened the cute little Walkers ‘Scottie Dogs’ yet. Eyeing them up as I’m writing this though…

There were lots and lots of drinks in the Summer BBQ Degustabox. But then what’s a BBQ without a few drinks? I don’t drink alcohol so I was pleased to see many different non-alcoholic options alongside the Westons Cider. There was a little bottle of Eisberg Alcohol Free Wine (which was in another Degustabox and I wasn’t too keen on), a Berrywhite Cranberry and Apple drink and two Enrj Energy Juices which look lovely. Although I bet they’re full of sugar.

You won’t be surprised to hear that I was pleased to see two items from the ‘Light Bites’ Snack Range amongst the other products. Especially a Superfood Fruit Bar. I’ve been working with LighterLife Fast for quite a while and have been lucky enough to try all of their products so I was happy to see a couple of my favourites.

I’ve been snacking on the Original O’s Cumin and Sesame Nibbles throughout the day recently and I’m really enjoying them. Especially dipped in my favourite Red Pepper Hommous but they’re lovely on their own too. The last product in this month’s box are the Spoon Apple and Peanut Granola. I’m loving all this cereal in the recent Degustaboxes. This is a ‘heathly’ Granola with none of the nasty, unnatural ingredients. I’m really looking forward to trying this. I’ll be enjoying it with my favourite Alpro Almond Milk.

Do you subscribe to the Degustabox Monthly Food Subscription Box? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Until next time,

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Guess who’s back, back again… Manicure Mondays are back! For good this time. Have I said that before? As you can see, I haven’t been blogging as much as I probably should be. I’ve had a lot going on, we’ve completely renovated a house, and moved into it over the last few months, so blogging has taken a back seat. But this little lull has given me a chance to reflect on my blog. And where I want to take it over the next few months, or should I say, years. One thing I have really missed writing are my Manicure Mondays, so I’m bringing them back – starting with the gorgeous Collection Boo Blue.

Collection Boo Blue 7 Day Wear Nail Polish

Collection Boo Blue 7 Day Wear Nail Polish

Collection Boo Blue 7 Day Wear Nail Polish

I’m going to hold my hands up and admit that I haven’t tried any Collection Nail Polishes before. But my oh my have I been missing out. Collection Boo Blue is from the 7 Day Wear Collection and these little beauties are only £1.99. Yep, less than two pounds. I wasn’t sure what to expect from a £1.99 polish, but this exceeded any expectations I may have had. I find many brushes on the cheaper nail polishes are quite chunky but the brushes on these polishes are perfect for my little nails. The polish seems to glide onto the nail too.

The colour payoff isn’t great after one coat, I was slightly disappointed at first. But the second coat totally transforms the colour, and gave this absolutely gorgeous result. Collection Boo Blue is perfect for the summer months/festival season and it’s one of those ‘goes with anything colours’. I can imagine I’ll be reaching for this colour quite often.

I can’t wait to try some of the other colours from the Collection 7 Day Wear range now. Especially True Coral, Lemon Meringue and Ice – I think all of these would be perfect summer colours. You can shop the range online here or at most Boots, Superdrug and larger Tesco stores.

What do you think of Collection Boo Blue? Are you pleased to see my Manicure Mondays back? I’d love to hear from you if you have any particular colours/ranges you’d like me to feature.

Until next time,

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Today I’m going to share with you one of the easiest recipes I know, my All In One Banana Loaf. This Banana Loaf Recipe is perfect for using up those ripe, brown, bananas that would otherwise end up in the bin. The riper the better with a Banana Loaf as the riper the bananas, the sweeter it’ll be. And all the other ingredients are ones that most people keep in the cupboard. I use an all-in-one method, by weighing all of the ingredients into one bowl. It couldn’t get any simpler, 10 minutes and it’s in the oven.

Easy, All In One, Banana Loaf Recipe

Ingredients:

110g butter

170g caster sugar

2 medium eggs

225g self raising flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

2 tablespoons milk

2 ripe bananas

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 180°c/160°c fan. Grease and line a loaf tin.

2. Measure all of the ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Stir well until combined. I usually use a wooden spoon but you can also use an electric whisk.

3. Pour the mixture in to your prepared loaf tin and gently level off the top. Place in the oven for 1 hour 15 minutes, checking at regular intervals after 50 minutes. Bake until golden brown and a skewer/knife comes out clean. Leave to cool.

Enjoy…

I’d love to see your photos if you have a go at this Banana Loaf Recipe. Do you have a favourite go-to easy recipe?

Until next time,

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Another recipe for using up ripe bananas are my Banana Muffins. Another quick, easy recipe to try.

Portugal is one of my happy places. And that’s not just because my fiancé proposed there. Seconds after the plane landed, I felt immediately relaxed. I’m really not sure what is was about Portugal that I loved so much. The beaches were beautiful, the weather was perfect, such a calming atmosphere.  I felt strangely at home. It’s safe to say, all we did was explore and eat. What more could you want from a holiday? I wanted to put this post together to share a few of my favourite Things To Do in Algarve, Portugal as well as some of my favourite places to eat/drink. Something to refer to if you’re considering a holiday to Portugal.

Portugal, The Algarve Coast - Things To Do In Algarve

The first thing to mention is the gorgeous beaches. Especially on the Algarve coast. We stayed close the Peneco Beach which is the one pictured above. There’s so much to do on/around this beach, other than just sitting an enjoying the sea breeze. There’s a couple of little walks/viewpoints if you’re feeling a little more energetic too. Including views of Albuferia Old Town which we spent a lot of time in. Other beautiful beaches are Praia de Marinha, Lagoa and Praia de Cacela Velha but there’s over 150 beaches to chose from.

‘The Burger Bar’ was one of our favourite places to eat. They don’t have a website so I’ve linked their Trip Adviser here which has their address, along with some lovely reviews. They do a ‘Build Your Own Burger’ which Sam was pleased to see – a Burger, Chips, Onion Rings and Coleslaw was around 8-9 euros. Vegetarian options were also available and they did a mean Cheesy Chips which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Sam and I find it hard to go away without finding a water park of some sort. There’s quite a few in Portugal; we went to the Aqua Show Park Hotel. There’s also Aqualand but this is only open June to September. There’s various transfer busses from hotels/Albuferia town to the Aqua Show Park Hotel and most of these are included in the ticket price of around $25-30 which makes it really accessible.

‘BANK’ is another lovely place to eat. We spent a little time in here on our last day of our holiday whilst we were waiting for our airport transfers. Sam had yet another burger and I had a pizza. There’s indoor and outdoor seating, obviously we took the opportunity to sit outside and enjoy the sun. BANK was a little more expensive than The Burger Bar but still only around 10-12 euros per person. They do some delicious desserts too.

I mentioned the Albuferia Old Town above. This is a must see. Full of everything I associate with a holiday. Miles of market stalls with cultural, handmade gifts, street performers, gelato bars and restaurants. Sam and I bought some little tapas bowls at the market, 4 for 10 euros, all handmade and handpainted then watched a puppet display, eating copious amounts of ice cream. As well as Albuferia there’s many other towns worth visiting such as Faro, Tavira, Lagos and Silves.

I hope these Things To Do in Algarve help you when planning your trip to Portugal. I’d love to hear if you have anything to add?

Until next time,

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