Nutrition

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Facebook is good for one thing and one thing only – friends sharing tasty recipes direct from food websites. Yesterday, I came across a pretty delicious recipe of pan-fried bananas with cinnamon sugar! The moment it blessed my newsfeed was a moment I’ll never forget… I instantly got up and made my way to the kitchen to check if I had the ingredients to make it. Luckily for me, I did!

 

I followed the video recipe to a T and I’m sharing it with you now. But, it’s pretty darn easy, to the point where it got me wondering why I hadn’t thought of it before. What will you need? A pan, a cooker, some ripe bananas, butter/oil, ground cinnamon and granulated sugar.

 

Start by placing your clean pan on the hob and switching it on to a medium heat.. While you wait until it warms up, peel and chop as many bananas as you want to use. Once the pan is hot enough, add oil or butter to the base to stop it from sticking. Then, transfer your chopped bananas into the pan.

 

Now, here is where it gets interesting because there are two ways of doing this next bit… Either sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar into the pan with bananas OR wait until the bananas are golden brown, remove them from the heat, leave to cool, and then sprinkle the cinnamon sugar when ready to serve.

 

I couldn’t wait to try them so I added the cinnamon and sugar in with the bananas so that the flavours could “immerse” – nothing to do with impatience, okay?! Next time, I’ll try it the other way by leaving the bananas to cool before adding the cinnamon sugar. Either way, it’s delicious!

 

So, what are you waiting for? If you’ve got the ingredients, and you love sweet but healthy fruit desserts, get making!

 

Again, everyone does it differently – some even add honey. You can add anything from honey to Nutella, do it in whichever way you like because every tastebud is different.

 

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Photo Credit: Bootea

I’ll perform a much needed, intensive cleanse of your digestive system to help achieve the results you want. I’ll leave you feeling energised and motivated to reach your goals.

Last year, I wanted to lose weight desperately in time for my holiday. I tried everything from eating healthy, weight loss tablets and the gym but nothing helped – so I tried Bootea as a last resort.

Although teatoxes generally get a lot of bad press, that doesn’t stop the big names in showbiz from endorsing them. Yes, they can be damaging to our bodies in the long run… But, if you stick to the guidelines and don’t overdo it – they can be really helpful!

One thing to note about teatoxes is that there are plenty out there, all of which claim to do the same thing i.e. shift the weight. Each teatox has its fair share of pros and cons, today I’m focusing on Bootea’s.

Let’s begin with a bit of background into the brand… Bootea is a British health supplements company that strives to promote an active, healthy and balanced lifestyle. It’s one of the very few firms that discourages its customers from going on a diet, as it believes that the best way to lose weight is to lead an active and healthy lifestyle.

According to the website, Bootea uses only the most natural of ingredients for our bodies. All of its ingredients are pure, natural and preservative free.

As with even the most herbal of products, there are always going to be some side-effects. Bootea’s side-effects include nausea, vomiting or prolonged diarrhoea.

The aim of Bootea is to give you the boost you need to get back on track with your healthy eating and active lifestyle. The ingredients used in our teas have been used for centuries for health and wellbeing purposes but it is only now we have finally brought all these unique ingredients into one perfect, rounded product. Teatox is a fancy word we use to describe the way the body goes through a natural process of elimination, by removing unwanted ‘toxins’ & built up waste matter, from your body via the lungs, kidneys, bowels and skin.

Okay, so each box includes two types of tea – a Daytime Detox to be drunk in the morning, and Bedtime Cleanse to be drunk at night.  The pyramid-shaped teabags seemed to be of high-quality and included first class ingredients.

Daytime Detox includes: Chinese Oolong tea, mate leaves, ginger root, fennel seeds, lemongrass, dandelion leaf, ginseng root, gotu kola leaves, nettle leaves. Bedtime Cleanse on the other hand includes: Senna leaves, peppermint leaves, fenugreek seeds, liquorice root, burdock root, hawthorn leaves, valerian root, psyllium seeds.

REMEMBER: the Daytime Detox has ingredients which assist you to reach your fitness goals [including caffeine] while Bedtime Cleanse acts as a laxative, cleansing your colon from the inside [excluding caffeine].

The way it works is, you should drink a Daytime Detox every morning and a Bedtime Cleanse every second night (starting on Day One). Pour a cup of nearly boiling water over the teabag/s and let it infuse for 3-5 minutes before drinking – this’ll also help it to cool down too, of course!

In terms of taste, Daytime Detox is no different to your bog-standard green tea while Bedtime Cleanse reminds me of pure peppermint tea. However, if green or peppermint tea aren’t sweet enough for you, Bootea recommends adding some natural sweeteners.

Okay, let’s talk effects! Although, being honest, I didn’t get much of an energy boost [as stated on the website] from Daytime Detox, I did feel lighter and less hungry after drinking it. As far as the Bedtime Cleanse is concerned, I spent a lot of time in the toilet the morning after – so I guess the laxative part is true to its word.

Did it work? Yes, I can actually say that together with a healthy lifestyle, I managed to lose 10kg in 14 days. Would I do it again? Probably, but not straight afterwards as that isn’t recommended.

If you want to try it for yourself, you can purchase it from Holland & Barrett or online costing £19.99.

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My result with Bootea