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?

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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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As many of you already know, I’ve been doing the LighterLife Fast #ICanDoThat challenge over the last couple of months.  Mum and I have been doing the challenge together and we’ve both found it so easy to stick to. As part of our #ICanDoThat challenge we visited Go Ape, when both Mum and I are scared of heights, which you can read all about here. We had such a fun day! LighterLife Fast helped us feel energised and ready to take on the challenge, and really helped us get rid of our bloated tummies which is something we both [used to] suffer with.

Vegetarian Meal Plan with LighterLife Fast

I’ve gone into details about the LighterLife Fast in a few of my previous posts but wanted to use this opportunity to share my Vegetarian Meal Plan and show you how to incorporate the products into a balanced diet. I haven’t always stuck to the plan religiously, which is why I love, and enjoy, the products so much. I’ve been finding the products to easy to incorporate into a healthy lifestyle on the non-fast days too. The shakes are perfect for a nutritional, on the go breakfast. Much better than any ‘breakfast bar’ you’ll pick up at the local supermarket. And I’ve always got an item from the Light Bites Snack range in my handbag.

A quick disclaimer before I start: I am in no way, shape or form a nutritionist (although my best friend is one). This is just a Vegetarian Meal Plan to show how I personally use the products as part of a balanced lifestyle. There will be things that you do differently, or products you don’t like. But that’s the ease of the LighterLife Fast. There are so many products to chose from, you’ll almost certainly find some favourites among their selection. As well as the foods mentioned below, I always make sure I drink at least 2 litres of water daily and usually 3-4 cups Green/Fruit Tea.


Monday: Day 1

Breakfast 7:30am – Tesco Special Flakes with Red Berries, an Apple and a cup of Green Tea.

Lunch 1pm – A Salad consisting of Crispy Salad Mix, Red and Yellow Pepper, Cucumber, Carrot, Feta Cheese, a dollop of Red Pepper Hummus and Chia Seeds.

Afternoon Snack 3pm – A Cherry Muffin and a Blackcurrant and Rhubarb Tea.

Dinner 7pm – Roast Dinner: Roast Potatoes, Parsnips, Yorkshire Pudding, Carrots, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Green Beans, Stuffing and a Quorn ‘Chicken’ Fillet.


Tuesday: Fast Day

Breakfast 9am – LighterLife Fast Strawberry Shake.

Lunch 1pm – LighterLife Fast Tomato and Herb Soup.

Afternoon Snack 4:30pm – Light Bites Strawberry and Apple Fruit Chips.

Dinner 8pm – LighterLife Fast Pasta Carbonara and a LigherLife Fast Nut Fudge Bar


Wednesday: Day 3

Breakfast 8am – Toast with Marmite and a Banana (and a Green Tea).

Morning Snack 11:30am – A handful of Lidl Trail Mix.

Lunch 1pm – Jacket Potato with a small tin of Reduced Salt Beans and Crispy Salad.

Dinner 6:30pm – Vegetarian Lasagne made with Quorn Mince, served with Mixed Vegetables.


Thursday: Day 4

Breakfast 9:30am – Lighterlife Fast Strawberry Shake.

Lunch 1:30pm –  Minestrone Soup with a small Wholemeal Roll.

Afternoon Snack 3pm – Wasabi Coated Chickpeas (homemade).

Dinner 6pm – Tesco Vegetable Chilli Balti with Uncle Bens Wholegrain Rice.

Evening Snack 8:3opm – Frozen Banana.


Friday: Fast Day

Breakfast 8am –  LighterLife Fast Banana Shake.

Morning Snack 11am – Light Bites Goji Berries, Quinoa and Pumpkin Seed Bar.

Lunch 1pm – LighterLife Fast Hearty Vegetable Soup.

Afternoon Snack 5pm – Lighterlife Fast Chocolate Raisin Bar.

Dinner 8pm – Lighterlife Fast Spaghetti Bolognese.


Saturday: Day 6

Breakfast 9:30am – Scrambled Egg on Wholemeal Toast.

Lunch 2pm – M&S Nourish Bowl (Sweet Potato Bites, Chickpeas, Hummus, Butternut Squash).

Afternoon Snack – Light Bites Roasted Shallot and Cider Vinegar Popped Chips.

Dinner 7:30pm – Mexican Bean Wraps: Mexican Bean Burgers cooked and cut into strips. Mixed with Reggae Reggae Sauce. Served with Peppers, Tomatoes and Onion (recipe coming soon).


Sunday: Day 7

Breakfast 9am –  Tesco Special Flakes with Red Berries.

Lunch 1pm – Tomato Pasta with Feta Cheese and Sundried Tomatoes.

Afternoon Snack 3pm – Half a Cadbury’s Easter Egg (oops).

Dinner 7:30pm – Chinese Vegetable Chow Mein and Prawn Crackers.


I like to think I have a varied, balanced diet. I will usually have one takeaway a week, or every couple of weeks. If I’m feeling naughty it’ll be a Vegetarian Pizza, if not, I will have a Vegetable Chow Mein like this week. And I can’t resist a little bit of chocolate. I always drink 3-4 cups of Green/Fruit Tea a day and at least 2 litres of water. Snacks tend to be nuts or unrefined carbohydrates which fill me up, instead of leaving me craving for more. I’ve been making my own roasted chickpeas recently so I have a recipe for those coming soon, as well as the recipe for my Mexican Bean Wraps.

On the Fast Days I tend to start the day with a Strawberry/Banana Shake, I love these so much that I even start some of my non fast days with them too. I adore almost all of the LighterLife Fast Bars, especially the Nut Fudge Bars – they make me look forward to my Fast Days. And as I mentioned above, I always have a product from the Light Bites range with me. My favourites are the Strawberry and Apple Fruit Chips and the Superfood Fruit/Seed Bars.

I hope this Vegetarian Meal Plan has given you some ideas. I’d love to hear how you get on if you try the LighterLife Fast 5:2 yourself.

Until next time,

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People often ask me, ‘How are you always so motivated?’, ‘How do you find time to do x, y and z?’, ‘Where do you get your energy from?’ and the answer always comes down to a good night’s sleep. I know I’m turning into your Mother now, and you’ve probably heard this a million times already, but I cannot stress the importance of a good night’s sleep enough. I wouldn’t be where I am today without it! At one point I was working four jobs, doing a full time degree and trying to start my now successful (if I do say so myself) company, Moore’s Campers. I couldn’t have done any of it without a good night’s sleep.

Tips For A Good Night's Sleep

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Now that’s easy to say, but how do you actually do it? Here are my top tips for getting a good night’s sleep:

1. First and foremost, a good mattress. This is one of the most important aspects of a good night’s sleep. My fiancé and I opted for a Leesa* mattress; with three layers of high quality foam, these provide cooling bounce, contouring pressure release and core support to ensure a good night’s sleep, night after night. There’s lots more information on the Leesa mattress below.

2. Tidy room, tidy mind. I always dedicate time to sort my bedroom out before I settle for the evening. You don’t have to make this a time consuming task, just 10 minutes is all it takes. Put your dirty washing in the laundry, file lose bits of paperwork, wash up empty glasses. Each thing you do on an evening is one less thing you have to do the next day. Which always makes my mind much clearer.

3. No evening snacks/drinks. As nice as a tub of ice cream in bed at 11pm sounds, it’s not doing your sleep any favours. We’re all guilty, Sam and I have been known to have cheese and crackers in bed at gone midnight, on more than one occasion. But don’t make it a habit. Eating late at night can also contribute to weight gain as your body doesn’t have a chance to burn the energy in the food/s. Make sure you have your last meal/snack at least 3 hours before you go to bed.

4. Create the perfect environment. I can’t sleep with any amount of light and the slightest bit of noise will disturb my sleep. My ResMed Sleep Tracker helped me discover and eliminate some of the environmental factors that were interrupting my sleep. I invested in a good pair of blackout curtains as I was waking up at the crack of dawn each morning. I also discovered that my TV was turning on at 3am each morning so I put a stop to that too. I’d suggest trying a Sleep Tracker if you’ve been suffering with sleepless nights for a while.

5. Routine. Whether you go to bed at 9pm every night or 1am every morning, or 3am if you’re my Mother, try and stick to a routine. Let your body clock adapt, stick to a routine for just a week and I can almost guarantee that you’ll see a difference immediately. Try not to change that routine too much on the weekend either. As much as you think you’re catching up on sleep by snoozing until 11am on a Sunday, you’ll probably end up more tired. And you’ll struggle getting up at 6am on Monday.

6. No TVs, phones, laptops, tablets, games consoles, or anything else bright or electronic. Give your body at least 20 minutes free from electronics before your head hits the pillow. And do something to tire you mind instead. Call us old but Sam and I often enjoy a game of cards, or a chat about our day’s. I also use this time to read. I’m currently reading Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee.

7. Pamper. Wind down activities often involve a good ol’ pamper. I’ll regularly make an entire evening of it. I’ll run myself a warm bath, fill it with LUSH goodies, put a face mask on and either read or listen to relaxing music. Whatever time I do this, I always feel like I could sleep for a week afterwards.

The Leesa Mattress, the key to a good night’s sleep

The Leesa Mattress is expertly crafted to create a luxury feel and appearance to appeal to each and every person. With individual needs in mind. The Leesa Mattress, manufactured with three layers of high quality foam, provides optimum support and comfort to help your body rest and recover to ensure a good, and pain free night’s sleep.

No-one can know how a mattress is going to work for them after a 2 minute lie down in store. Leesa understand this and offer a 100 Night Trial Period. If you don’t feel the Leesa Mattress is right for you, they will arrange for the mattress to be collected and donated through a charitable organisation.

One of the many reasons to choose Leesa is that you’re also helping others. As well as providing yourself with a good night’s sleep. Along with the fact that they donate all returned mattresses, they also donate one mattress for every ten sold to organisations that support homeless and at-risk men, women and children. And if that wasn’t enough, they partner with the Arbor Day Foundation to plant one tree for every mattress sold and donate time and resources to help support local and national organisations.

I can give you a massive £50 off your Leesa Mattress if you buy through this link. I’d love to hear what you think if you do chose Leesa.

What are your top tips for a good night’s sleep?

Until next time,

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As always, I was eager to receive this month’s Degustabox. I’m not sure why I get so excited, I think it’s due to the element of surprise. But I almost run out to Laurence our DPD man every time he arrives with it… he must think I’m crazy [I am]. I was over the moon with this month’s box. I was so pleased to see so many healthy[ish] goodies for me to try. Especially the Quinoa Chocolate –  have you ever heard of such thing? And the Vanilla Maca-roons. A lot of the products are snacky things to, which is where I struggle when healthy eating.

Before I get into the contents, remember – you can get £7 off your Degustabox with my discount code UFDHB. Let me know what you think if you do sign up.

Quinoa Chocolate - Degustabox

Quinoa Chocolate - Degustabox

The first thing I noticed when I opened this month’s Degustabox was a big box of Dorset Cereals Machu Picchu Muesli. I’m going to try this with a dash of Almond Milk at the weekend. Although I’m not too keen on coffee flavours so I’m hoping this isn’t too strong. These are usually £4.89 alone so I was impressed to see a full size box.

The next thing I pulled out (and almost opened right away) was the Seabrook Lattice Crisps. I cannot resist crisps, they are definitely my downfall. But instead of opening them there and then, I’ve put them away in ‘safe keeping’ until my house is finished. I’m now looking forward to enjoying these with a Friday night film, when we can finally put our feet up. I’ve also hidden the VIP Hot Chilli Nuts away for the same reason.

The POLO Sugar Free Pot will come in really handy to keep in the car. I try and refrain from having food in the car, one because it’s messy, and two because once I start snacking, I can’t stop. I think I can make an exception for mints though.

There was one drink item in this month’s box. The alcohol-free box contained Fentimans Pink Grapefruit Lemonade which I was pleased to see (the Fentimans Pink Lemonade is one of my favourite drinks). The alcohol box contained a CELIA Organic Larger which Sam has just drank at my desk whilst I’ve been writing this. He’s just wondered off so I can’t let you know what he thinks, but he drank the lot so it can’t be bad.

The two products I mentioned in my introduction are definitely my favourites this month. The Doisy and Dam Quinoa Chocolate was intriguing. I wasn’t too sure at first but the more I ate, the more I liked it. Then the Whitworth’s Full Of Super Maca-roons were lovely too. And very filling! The last snacky item is from the Nothing But range. My box contained the Pineapple and Grape Snack and the Strawberry and Banana Snack. Both products that I’ve tried previously and really enjoyed. They’re perfect, guilt-free, on the go snacks.

Only two products left to mention, one is the Good Hemp Hemp Seed Hearts and the other Garofalo’s Whole Wheat Penne Pasta. I’ve heard of Hemp as a protein source before but never seen it in this form. I think I’m going to try and incorporate this into a Baking Post soon so watch this space. The pasta is made with unprocessed, organic durum wheat meaning it’s natural vitamins and minerals remain intact. And apparently it cooks in just 11 minutes too – what’s not to love?

Do you get the Degustabox? What was your favourite product in this month’s box. Mine was the Quinoa Chocolate?

Until next time,

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