So I recently ordered food from a zero waste supermarket where everything is ordered in bulk and when you make a purchase it is distributed into paper bags (depending on the item) and brought to you in a cardboard box, similar to what you get in supermarkets. It’s a fairly new concept as there aren’t many stores like this but I think it’s a very good idea at reducing plastic use and waste. I wasn’t able to do a full shop and purchase a variety of things but I was able to get a good selection.
I think my favourite things so far were the mango strips which I absolutely love, you must try them if you haven’t already. It is definitely something to fill a sugar craving however, because they are sweet be mindful of your teeth. I also really liked the desiccated coconut which I ended up sprinkling on just about everything I ate such as a couscous salad, scones topped with jam, mixing into a chicken curry and baking. So far, none on the paper bags have ripped which was good however you can really notice how much oil is in the desiccated coconut as the bag did become quite dark after it arrived so I put it into a used pasta jar.
Actually as you can see below, I’ve been keeping a few used glass jars so that I can use them as food storage later on. I’m trying to do my bit for the environment and reduce my waste where possible, it’s not anything major but I do believe that we all have our part to play.
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I’ve literally been carrying packed lunches with me for such a long time, back when I was in school as a kid up till now as an adult going to work. I love carrying lunches to work, not only do you save money but you can personalise your meals and really enjoy what you’re eating. There are a lot more options available now but the general cheese and salad or chicken mayo just doesn’t do it for me. Most days I keep my lunches pretty simple because I don’t like feeling super full or bloated at work, so I opt for foods that are fairly filling, nutritious but still tasty. Recently, I’ve been preparing my work lunches before I leave out in the mornings so that I have even more time to myself when I get back in the late afternoon/evening.
I think my current favourite lunch for work has to be a seasoned couscous salad, usually plain couscous sprinkled with salt, chilli flakes, garlic powder and dried herbs. Sometimes I’ll even add some toasted pine nuts for extra flavour which are high in calories, specifically protein helping me to keep fuller for longer.
Quick work lunches ideas:
Peanut butter sandwich
Pasta: sauce, tuna, sweetcorn, carrot, spring onion, cheese, kale
Leftover homemade pizza
Couscous salad: tuna, sweetcorn, carrot, pine nuts, lettuce, cucumber, radish, sliced spring onions
I’m always looking for ways to reduce my unhealthy snacking habits so I’ve created a list of fairly healthy and nutritious snack ideas. They are all very simple and easy to prepare for home, work or even on the go. Snacks are what we go for in between meals when we feel hungry but healthier options are better for the body because they reduce the risk of unnecessary weight gain and other long term health issues caused by excessive snacking habits. I always think everything is best in moderation, so of course on the odd occasion, enjoy that sweet treat but remember to fill your diet with healthy, nutritious foods that will support your body.
Healthy snack ideas listed below:
Plain nuts, cashews
Apple slices topped with peanut butter, dedicated coconut and grated dark chocolate
I feel like I’ve been working out consistently for a while now but definitely since the Pandemic started, and I was spending more time at home, I was able to fully prioritise working out every day and I thoroughly enjoy it. As work got a lot busier this year and I had more responsibilities, naturally I was moving around a lot more at work so I ended up reducing my workout down to 10 minutes on a work week day, this suited me perfectly, especially when I was waking up earlier and doing my workout in the mornings instead. Working out in the morning is such a great way to start the day, you instantly feel energised and awake instead of feeling groggy or listening to that inner voice that tells us to lie down a little longer.
Anyway, I’ve been jogging a lot more often and I actually really enjoy it, I don’t think I ever gave it a chance before but it is another habit I picked up from the Pandemic that has actually stayed with me. I don’t jog every week but when I do, it’s such a good feeling and I feel strong and powerful as my body moves. I’m able to push myself further whilst still being somewhat in control of my breathing.
I’ve recently been finding it difficult to workout in this heat, because it is so hot and I feel like the minute I start moving I’m going to start sweating which isn’t always ideal. But keeping a cup of water nearby and opening up the window to let in air has helped.
If anyone is stuck for fitness ideas, I’d suggest going for walks, then speed walks, then gradually build up to a light jog, stopping and starting as you need! It sounds simple because it is (if your body is able to move this way) sometimes you just need to make a start.
It’s crazy to think that we are almost half way through the year. It seems like it has gone quick but at the same time a lot has happened and we have all been through so much especially with the virus and lockdown restrictions. It seems so normal talking about it now, but this time last year everything was so uncertain and there was a lot of anxiety about the situation. Hopefully we can look forward to a positive new normal.
The virus has been quite a big distraction this year. There is always a news story on the TV and of recent, the new strain. I feel like there is still a lot of things that I would like to achieve this year so I’ve definitely got to stay focused on my goals. It sometimes seems difficult to achieve them but no matter what as long as I keep trying on what I want, it should work out. Setting goals is always fun and easy but ticking them off is the harder part.
We are finally in the Spring season which is so beautiful, waking up early, hearing the birds chirp in the morning, the bright skies and longer days are so appreciated I feel like it goes so well with my mood and I’ve got to make the most of it. However, this week has been so so rainy, literally everyday I’ve needed my rain coat and umbrella because rain has been forecast and its rained every day without fail.
Last week, I had my first meal out since October, can you imagine? Over 6 months since I was at a restaurant. It was only outside dining at the time and although it was a little rainy, we were under shelter and it wasn’t too cold. I had the Naked Katsu, which was brown rice, grated carrot, pickled raddish, lettuce and edamame beans, all very tasty. Along with a cloudy lemonade.
It’s actually been a little while since I have baked/cooked something as I’ve been occupied with other things but I can’t wait to start planning new recipes and creating new things in the kitchen.