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.

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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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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Another month, another Degustabox. This month’s is the Easter Box. I expected it to be filled with sweet treats and chocolate, but that’s just my mind being naughty. Although I am excited for the chocolate festivities to commence, I am going to fill my fridge with chocolate, and not feel guilty about it whatsoever. I should probably be glad that this month’s Degustabox was filled with some healthier treats to balance that out a little, like the Super Cacao Raw bar and the Weetabix On The Go Protein Drinks. I was looking forward to trying the Mylk too.

Easter Degustabox feat. Mylk, Dairy Milk Oreo and Pipers Crisps

Easter Degustabox feat. Mylk, Dairy Milk Oreo and Pipers Crisps

The Mylk is a Dairy Free version of Milk. I’m not sure on the reason it’s spelt Mylk, hopefully someone can fill me in on that. Maybe one of the ingredients? The one in this month’s Degustabox is from Rebel Kitchen and is a Coconut Milk with Cacao Drink. Lots of Cacao in this month’s box. I’m not too keen on chocolate flavoured things but I’ll give it a go. That sounds like such a lie when I’ve just said I’m going to fill my fridge with chocolate. I love solid chocolate, but can’t stand anything like chocolate ice cream, milkshake, hot chocolate etc etc.

There were quite a few drinks in this month’s box. It also included two Weetabix On The Go drinks, the Vanilla flavour that I’ve tried before. And a NEW Blueberry and Blackberry flavour that I can’t wait to try. Also included were two Weston’s Ciders that Sam quite happily enjoyed. He wasn’t that keen on the Pure Hopped Cider though. A Gusto Organic Lemon Energy Drink that I’m yet to try and a Naturelly Jelly Juice. This is aimed at children but of course I’m going to enjoy it just as much. This is Gelatine Free too.

I think I was looking forward to trying the Cadbury’s Dairy Milk Oreo the most. Well the Mint one definitely, and it didn’t disappoint, yum. Writing this is making me realise that I have the rest in my fridge and I’m trying to stop myself eating the rest. Also included was the Peanut Butter version which I’m yet to open, I think this one will be Sam’s though as I don’t like peanut butter, but I’ll give it a try.

Another sweet treat in the box is The Jelly Bean Factory Gourmet Jelly Beans. Which I have been quite happily eating daily at my desk. Oh and let’s not forget the Chocolate Eclairs. One of Sam’s favourites. Writing this is making me realise just how fussy I am… I don’t like Eclairs because I don’t like chocolate covered in toffee, I like toffee covered in chocolate though. What a weirdo… Anyone else with me?

I mentioned the Super Cacao Raw Bar above, this is filled with almonds, coconut, chia seeds, flax seeds, quinoa and acai.  I really didn’t think I’d like this but it was probably one of the nicest things I’ve tried in a while. This is suitable for vegetarians but I’m not sure if it’s vegan.

The last few items in this month’s Degustabox were the Maldon Smoked Sea Salt Flakes. I haven’t bought salt and pepper grinders yet but these will be going straight in when I do. I’ve been keeping so many things out of the Degustabox ready for when we move into our house. Lastly is the Heinz Seriously Good Creamy Pepper Sauce. This will be another a keep until we move into our house. This is ready to eat which is good considering we’re not going to have a kitchen when we move in.

Oh and I’m forgetting the family size pack of Pipers Salt and Vinegar Crisps that I ate, all by myself, the day this month’s box arrived. How bad is that? They were SO good and once I started eating them, I just couldn’t stop. Tut tut Ami.

Have you tried Mylk, Oreo Dairy Milk or any of the other items from this Degustabox? Don’t forget my code (UFDHB) for £7 off your Degustabox.

Until next time,

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As you would have read in my Countryside Spa Retreat at The Vale Resort post, I couldn’t keep everything in one feature. I’m awful at babbling (see I’m doing it again now) but I’d written 1000 words on my Spa Weekend and hadn’t even gone into depth about the gorgeous food. I just had to write another post on The Vale Grill. The Vale Grill is an award-winning a la carte restaurant within The Vale Resort, Cardiff. They serve simple and classic recipes with fresh and quality ingredients. Included in our Dinner, Bed and Breakfast stay was a 3 course meal at The Vale Grill. We couldn’t wait to dig in.

There was quite a lot to chose from on the menu, four Starters, five Main Courses and five Dessert options. The only thing I would have changed about the menu was the fact that the Vegetarian options for the Starter and Main Course were both based around Butternut Squash. And I didn’t think I liked Butternut Squash. I still eat fish though which gave me a few more options. I went for the Butternut Squash Soup to start and Sam had Five Spiced Pork and Apple Roulade.

Butternut Squash Soup at The Vale Grill, Cardiff

Pork and Apple Roulade at The Vale Grill, Cardiff

Oh my the Butternut Squash was absolutely gorgeous. Coming from someone that wouldn’t touch the stuff prior to my visit. I bet I won’t be able to make it taste anywhere near the same though. Much to my dismay. The Toasted Pumpkin Seeds really added to the flavour and it was nice to have some bread to dip in it too. Sam thoroughly enjoyed his started to, and love the Black Cherries that accompanied it. I forgot we still had two courses after eating this, it was such a generous portion for a starter.

Lightly Spiced Cod Loin at The Vale Grill, Cardiff

8oz Sirloin Steak at The Vale Grill, Cardiff

I chose the Lightly Spiced and Roasted Cod Loin for my Main. The was served with Lemon Spring Onion and Herb Crushed Potatoes, Buttered Asparagus and Pan Fried Chorizo. I obviously asked for it to be served without the Chorizo to make it Pescatarian friendly. I started tucking into it the second it reached the table, then realised I hadn’t taken photos so had to put it back together again. Oops. I ordered a side of chips with it but I really didn’t need them and only managed a few. I loved the Herb Crushed Potatoes, the flavours worked so well together.

Sam went for the 8oz Sirloin Steak. He wouldn’t usually order Steak but he felt like ordering something a little different than he’d usually go for. He finished off every last bit so he must have enjoyed it. This was served with Twice Cooked Chips, Roasted Plum Tomato and Peppercorn Sauce. I dipped one of my chips in his Peppercorn Sauce and it was absolutely divine.

Raspberry and Blueberry Mille Feuille at The Vale Grill, Cardiff

Blackcurrant Cheesecake at The Vale Grill, Cardiff

We both fancied the Raspberry and Blueberry Mille Feuille for dessert but thought we should probably order two different desserts to try. We decided on the Blackcurrant Cheesecake and had half of each dessert. If I had to pick a favourite it would probably be the Cheesecake. But only because Cheesecake is my all time favourite guilty pleasure. Although I could have eaten the Mini Meringues served with the Mille Feuille all day, another guilty pleasure of mine.

We had such a lovely meal and didn’t leave a single crumb on any of the three courses. That has to say something. And The Vale Grill has introduced me to a love of Butternut Squash, or the way The Vale Grill cook Butternut Squash anyway. I’d say my favourite of the three courses was the Lightly Spiced Cod Loin. Sam’s was the Blackcurrant Cheesecake which is surprising considering he’s not really one for sweet things.

Have you eaten at The Vale Grill before? What would you chose out of this selection?

Until next time,

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