£24 – Look what I got in Lidl & Jackson

So thanks to my friend Sara who invited me on an excursion to Clapham Junction this morning to visit the aisles of Lidl. In my hungover state, we made our way on the 156 bus from Wimbledon! I must say this is well worth the trek, not alone is the quality amazing, it’s also SO MUCH cheaper than any other supermarket so my only regret is that I don’t have a car to bulk buy.

59p for Soya Milk .. eh BARGAIN

Oh and also their 81% dark chocolate (odd number to put on it) is divine! Like I would prefer 85% but sure I’ll take the hit on the 4% this time!




Amazing selection of cheese!!

And here’s a video of Jackson going 90 in Dad’s garden! I think he’s really excited because Dad just told him that he got him a Cadbury Cream egg for Easter Sunday!


Why you need to read the labels?!

I was previously a fan of this Moroccan Spiced Butternut & Couscous Salad from M&S. I thought I was being so healthy but turns out it’s not that healthy at all. There’s 21.3g sugar in this pack. Now don’t get me wrong, it’s not the worst of them but it is bad when you think you’re being healthy but actually 21.3g sugar means there’s more than 5 teaspoons of sugar. That’s almost your whole daily intake! So the moral is that sugar is not just in obvious foods, it’s in salads too!


There are other salads that have about 1-2g of sugar in them. So it just takes a simple change and reading the labels to know what you’re actually putting into your body.


Alternative ways to spice up your daily water intake!!

They advise to drink 2 litres of water a day. And I do try but sometimes it gets boring so I ty to add random things to my water to make it a little more interesting and also get healthy things into your body at the same time. So today I’ve decided to put a peppermint tea bag into my cold 2 litre bottle of water. It dosen’t look great but two other girls in the office are now testing it out and we like it! The taste isn’t too strong! it’s actually quite refreshing!


Apple Cider Vinegar is also a good one. Sounds odd I know but the benefits are meant to be immense. Just put a few drops into your water. Don’t put too much as it’s really strong!

Apple Cider

Green Tea is probably another good one to add to your water but I actually can’t stand the taste. I’ve tried but I just don’t like it. Lemon or cucumber and mint leaves are also good ideas!

Spice up your water, Spiceup your life!


Pret A Manger – Hear our Cry!

So usually I bring my lunch to work everyday but today I didn’t have time. I did grab an avocado on the way out the door but anyways so I went into Pret A Manger today and bought the below. It’s two hard boiled eggs on a bed of spinach and it’s £1.50 which is a reasonable snack as it’s quite filling too.

Two peas in a pod!
Two peas in a pod!
£1.50 in Pret
£1.50 in Pret

The only one thing that my work colleague Sam noticed, she likes to get the white Pret breadroll to have with her soup but as these are really nice and crusty, the plastic knives provided don’t tend to do the job so we think that you could pre slice the bread and that would make life so much more less crumby!! What do you think?!!?


Frozen Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Coconut Creams


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Coconut Cream I saw this interesting idea to create a frozen treat using coconut cream on this awesome blog and was quite intrigued. I decided to put my spin on it and give it a try! Check out the original inspirational post for Coconut Cream Dark Chocolate Ice Cubes ! I followed the exact same idea, but substituted dark chocolate for dark chocolate with a salted caramel cream filling (my new addiction). The result was creamy and delicious, but very, very sweet! I don’t have much of a sweet tooth anymore, so these were a little decadent for me. However, the flavors complement each other so well that, in small quantities, this makes for a delightful treat! I also used a mini muffin pan since I didn’t have a spare ice cube tray, which worked out great because that quantity was slightly smaller. What do you think? Is it delicious, or too sweet? Let…

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Coconut Cream Dark Chocolate Ice Cubes

So this is one that I made up after my discovery of coconut cream last week!. It’s the best treat ever! And as I love 85% dark chocolate, this is the ultimate tasty guilt free treat! Perfect for after dinner or anytime if you want something creamy and tasty! I think next time, I’d break up the chocolate into chunks but it tasted really nice all the same!!!

077All you have to do is scoop the coconut cream into an ice cube tray. Put some chocolate on top and then freeze it. I am sure you could get creative with the toppings but I love dark chocolate so went for that! Nice summer treats!




No sugar – home-made spelt crackers & hummus!

So last night I made spelt crackers and hummus! These were inspired by my friend Aisling, thanks Ash! We also have daily whatsapp competitions of the food that we make…because we are cool people!

shake your seeds!
shake your seeds!

So I started with the spelt crackers. So you basically lob 1.5 cups of spelt flour into a bowl.  It’s like less than £3 for a bag. Fill the same cup up half way with cold water and dissolve a pinch of salt in it. Then mix this all up. I add some seeds and chia seeds to everything so throw some of those in.


I bought a rolling pin for £2 a the weekend. I think it’s changed my life. Before that I was using a glass which is also quite effective. Make sure to roll the spelt mixture flat as otherwise you’ll end up with more of a pita bread! flat = thin and crispy!

Keep rollin rollin rollin

Then for the hummus. You’ll need
– 1 Can of chickpeas
– 1 clove of garlic
-2 tablespoons ofTahini
-a decent dollop of Cummin
-Half a lemon (optional)
-Olive oil (optional)


So just place all the ingredients into a hand blender and blend. I don’t do measuring stuff, I just guess so it tastes a little different every time, that makes it more exciting!! Squeeze half the lemon in at the end! You can add salt and pepper and any other spices but Aisling recommended I used all those ones!


Have a go! I must stop writing about food but I can’t!!


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