Lifestyle

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Primrose’s Kitchen: Raw Almond & Chai Butter

I have a lot of good things to say about plenty of nut butters. I love nut butters. I believe that they are my weakness (of the spread variety). I’d rather have a good nut butter than Nutella.

My hierarchy always has nut butter at the top of it (where spreads are concerned)… Whole Earth in particular! 😍 I honestly can eat a whole jar in one sitting – but I don’t because that’s just stupid (and very fattening).

Anyway, I’ll talk about Whole Earth another time… This one’s about Primrose’s Kitchen. Firstly, I didn’t even know of this brand of nut butter until today. Upon seeing it, I thought: “how bad can it be?”

If you’ve tried Almond butter, you’ll know it’s absolutely delightful (if, like me, that sort of thing is to your taste). This one had chia seeds in it as well, but I had hoped that the taste of almonds would mellow out the bitterness of the chia seeds.  Oh boy was I wrong!

Packaging: it’s a lovely little jar! I thought it was very posh and brightly-coloured, the floral patterns really caught my eye when it sat amongst others on the shelf. The butter was in a see-through jar (obvs) and you can actually see the Almond butter mixed in with crushed chai seeds which is a good thing ’cause you want to know what you’re buying…

I took it home. Opened it. Found the usual excess oil floating on the top… Now, a little tip: you’re not supposed to drain that excess oil! Apparently, that’s what keeps the “butter” (if you can call THIS one that) moist, making it easier to spread. I spreaded it onto my Ryvita cracker (16 calories and tastes like LUSH cardboard – #OnlyTheFinest).

Taste? Disappointing. I don’t like chai seeds anyway but I genuinely thought I’d give it the benefit of the doubt because it was mixed in with the almond butter.

No. Just no.

It’s ruined my Ryvita and my experience of nut butters. Having said that, it’s extremely healthy and has a lot of nutritional benefits. But then again so do Wasabi and Marmite, I’m sure… I’d actually rather have them spread on my Ryvita than this ’cause at least I’d know what to expect and won’t be disappointed.

The consistency of it and level of spreadableness? Good and easy.

Overall: dissapppointed doesn’t even cover it.

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Pret: Ginger Shot and Hot Shot

Barbie and Ken doll-faces,

It’s the first Saturday of 2017!

How are you all taking to Dry January? … The pun   “like a duck to water” probably isn’t best placed here, is it?

I mean, personally, I can’t say mine has been much a “Dry” one because it’s quite the opposite. I’ve never been this hydrated…

You may remember that I vowed to drink a lot more (wine? I wish!) water this year. Yes, that is my only resolution. You know me, always one to make resolutions I can “stick to”!

I’ve tried the “staying fit” and “cutting out sugar” ones but – taking chewy supplements means I can’t cut sugar out completely. 😕

Instead, I’m treating myself to something sweet every *now* and again… Like, today for example…

I decided to go out and buy everyone (*in my household* before y’all start thinking I make a habit of buying 7+ billion people things!) breakfast and most mentioned they wanted “croissants” so I went out to get some, buying myself boiled eggs and spinach. Exciting!

Now, let’s all be realistic… If there’s a croissant or two on the table, I’m going to have bit. I had the tip of an almond croissant i.e. just a bite. The moral of this story is: for once I knew when to stop. #SelfControl

Anyway, back to ‘Dry January’ (and the reason of writing this post). You’ll notice the title of this post has the word “Shots” in it. I bet your first thought was “Sambuca!” 😂🤣

Wrong.

Besides, I’m not a fan of Sambucas anyway! I tried them once and won’t go near them again unless I have to… Give me a shot of Bailey’s or Malibu, though, and we’re good!

At least you can always count on me to live life in the “fast*” lane, eh?

*”quiet? Not even that! Silent‘s more like it!”

I’m talking about Pret a Manger‘s shots! You know, the ones that don’t aid liver damage?!

There are two that I know of currently. A Ginger & Apple and a Tumeric, Orange and Cayenne. Yes, I know… They sound: 🤢 to most, but to me they’re amazing!

Let’s just clarify here and now that they’re not quite like your average Sambuca. What I mean is there is a 0% chance of getting “hammered” or “mortal” from them. But, they do the trick for me!

I first tried the Ginger Shot a month ago and let me tell you… I have never felt so energised. I wanted to do everything and was bouncing off walls – in a content – rather than hyper-active type of way.

C’mon now, let’s all not be stupid and ask what a Ginger Shot would taste like… Don’t make me prolong this post even more… 😂

If you like ginger, you’ll love this!

The Orange, Tumeric and Cayenne pepper one, on the other hand, is something I’ve only discovered today. It’s slightly spicy. I mean, if we’re comparing it to a Nando’s, I’d give it a Medium heat.

This one has a kick to it, as far as I could tell you can taste the orange and Cayenne more than the Tumeric.

I tried it as much as an hour ago and I feel extremely light – like a feather. My body feels lighter and I feel like I’ve had a pick me up and a boost to my immune system. Weirdly, I was feeling the chill of being outdoors prior to having this but afterwards I felt a lot hotter in temperature (not just spice and looks 😉). Strange, huh?

I have been taking the Ginger Shot alone almost every day – I usually drink one a day, after work –  but I think I’m going to add the Orange, Cayenne, and Tumeric one to the list too and alternate between whether I take one in morning or evening and visa-versa.

 

Guys and dolls,

Beauty Bae has an extremely exciting and absolutely amazing announcement! I’m proud to reveal that this blog will soon be sponsored by Harmony Life. Get the party-poppers out, lovers!  🎉

That lovely lot over at Harmony Life are sending me products to try in exchange for an honest review! 😍

Harmony Life chose to sponsor Beauty Bae because it’s “interesting” and “has a large following”. They’ll be featuring my blog posts on their Instagram and Facebook pages to over 40,000 followers, whilst keeping me in their Bloggers Circle! 😭☺️👍👏

This is the moment I thank all of you for reading, for commenting, for LIKING and interacting. You’re all LEGENDS! You’re all FAMILY (until we do a DNA test and find out otherwise). 💔 We’ll still be sisters/brothers, regardless!

However, my first post as a sponsoree (if that’s even a word) of Harmony Life will be published in a few months because it’ll focus on ‘Hair Jazz‘ (a lengthening  haircare line). According to the website, we should allow three months of continuous and consistent use before seeing maximum results – so I’m going to do as they say.

I’m so excited to try Hair Jazz because, as you may know, I’ve started 2017 somewhat bald (and broke) after my hairdresser trimmed* 65% of my hair off because it had gotten damaged by bleach.

*CHOPPED OFF

At the moment, my hair is up to my shoulders in length but it was halfway down my back prior to getting it cut after Christmas… So, now is the time we put those party-poppers away and get those violins out, sweethearts… Let’s all play our best renditions of Für Elise as we mourn the loss of my luscious albeit spilt-ended locks! 🎻😭

Love & light,

Miamii xxx

 

It’s a Thursday and we’re five days into the New Year. Therefore, in keeping with my failure to adhere to my own resolutions long enough, I’m now proposing a detox to and for myself.

After purchasing my body weight’s worth of Ovomaltine (if you didn’t know what Ovomaltine was before reading this, I’m sure you’re penning a letter to Her Maj’ now, asking her to OBE or MBE me – after ordering yourself some from Amazon) just before the Christmas period, something’s got to give… I say this a lot but, one of life’s most unanswered questions is: “how have I not got diabetes yet?” The worst part is, I’m not actually joking… I love and rely on sugar to get me through the day. Sugar is to me what water is to you, I assume.

However, you’ll be pleased to know that I’ve gone “cold turkey” (whatever that means)… I am trying this method, even though I do not believe in because I do not believe ridding yourself off something completely (without having a plan of action and steps in place) will work. Alas, I’m trying it and what’s the worse that can happen, right? I am back on Juice Plus+ after taking a little bit of a break – so my body regulates itself.

It’s best to take breaks in-between more than a  3-month dose of supplements just so your body continues to reap the benefits of them.

As I said, I’m back on the Juice Plus+ boosters, taking the capsules (8 capsules per flavour, 3 flavours a day for three days), drinking plenty of water – my idea of “plenty” is somewhere between the amount found in the Sahara Desert and the amount of rainfall measured after a drought.

I sometimes think that I’m a human with camel-like qualities. 🐫  I wouldn’t be surprised if I was reincarnated into a human from a camel or visa-versa. 🐫 > 👧🏻

What I mean is, I don’t need much water to function. I drink a bottle (of wine 🍷 ? I wish!) before bed sometimes and hardly ever drink (wine 🍷? I wish!) during the day…

However, saying that, there are times where I drink too much water to the point where I struggle to stay out of toilets. TMI, much? 🤣

Woohoo! I’ve started a 14-day detox and it consists of fresh fruit and vegetable smoothies (lunch and dinner) and a banana (for breakfast). I’m wanting to keep up with drinking lots of… (wine 🍷? I wish!) water and taking the Juice Plus+ capsules / boosters because I remember doing this last time and losing a little bit of weight. This time though, I’ll be adding regular gym sessions to the programme too. Of course, I’m still keeping up with those treadmill, cross trainer and Zumba sessions.

By summer 2017 I’ll be a new (LOL! Who am I kidding? The same…) woman! 👩🏻