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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So finally, many of the lockdown restrictions have lifted but travelling abroad it not quite on my list just yet. There’s still many cities to explore in the UK, so I’ll stick with that for now. We decided to go to Liverpool for a few days, for me I mostly wanted to relax and have a break from from my usual routine, which is exactly what I did.
Day 1 We arrived a little earlier than expected so that was good. We then only had a 30 minute wait until our check in time, so we just waited in the town centre outside on some steps with our suitcases taking in the new scenery. I can’t lie, when I stepped off the coach I felt a chilly breeze, and the temperature was much cooler than where we’d come from. Our hotel was a short walking distance from the town centre and close to the pier so you can imagine the wonderful views we had even though there were road works everywhere. After dropping off our bags and changing, we went out to explore the city and get something to eat.
I had a cloudy apple juice with a side of rosemary, salted fries and spaghetti Bolognese. The spaghetti was okay, a little less flavour than what I would have liked but still tasty.
Day 2 On the second day we actually planned to do more. We started the day with breakfast at Costa, funny story, I had a £20 voucher that I intended to use for our breakfast at Costa but when I went to scan it, the code didn’t work (how embarrassing). I had even printed it out and the guy behind the counter entered the numbers but it still didn’t work. We ended up not paying and got a free breakfast. I had a hot chocolate with oat milk and a sausage roll.
There was a cute store called kenji that sold Japanese inspired items from teddy bears, to snacks and stationery. I definitely had to pick up a few things. We also went to the museum, particularly the slavery museum on the 3rd floor. Honestly it was quite intense walking through there and seeing/reading everything. A lot of the information I knew already but it’s always good to be informed? We walked near the pier and I saw the biggest cruise ship, we then got the bus to the arcade, had some lunch and played a few games. Honestly, I’m such a big kid I could play on the 2p machines for hours and not get bored.
Shortly after we came back to the hotel and got ready for dinner, Liverpool actually have so many amazing restaurants, the regular ones that you seen in most places and then lots of other unique types a little bit away from the city centre. Anyway, we chose wagamamas and I tried a few different things this time. Cauliflower, chicken skewers and bao buns, honestly I was most excited for the bao buns because I’d been seeing them all over the TV and social media. I can’t lie there was a little kick of spice to it but it didn’t last long, the filling was so delicious and the actual bun was so light and fluffy. After that we walked back to the hotel, got a few snacks and had a movie night.
Day 3 The final day, we had to check out at 11am and then had a few hours before our coach would arrive. There’s not much you can do when your pulling a trolley around because it kind of gets in the way but we managed to visit another museum and get lunch before our coach was due to arrive.
And just like that, the little trip away was over, its been a while since I’ve left my home town mainly because of Corona but also because I didn’t make it a priority. Overall, I had a great time and was able to just relax and chill out, which was the main thing!!
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I recently went vegetarian for the first time in my life for 30 days and it was…. different! It was something that I had wanted to do from a few years ago and I was occasionally eating vegetarian meals and reducing my meat consumption and I just decided to go for it. In this post I’ll share with you how I successfully ate vegetarian meals for 30 days.
Top 5 steps for going vegetarian or changing your diet:
1. Plan, plan, plan. By this I mean to plan everything you will need in order for it to be successful. I did my research and looked through magazine recipes, recipe books and online for inspiration. I also made a list of all of the vegetables that I liked eating so that I could create my own recipes.
2. Write recipes and weekly meals. Get a notebook and plan 30+ recipes including all the ingredients needed and a step by step method so you know what to do.
3. Shopping list. At the start of each week, plan which 7 meals you are going to eat and do a shop for those items.
4. Get others involved. I live at home with my family so I was able to get my sister involved in helping me make the meals and actually taste it too, which made the whole process more fun.
5. Enjoy it. This step is all about embracing the change and sticking to your goal. Although I didn’t enjoy every meal I didn’t give up because it was something that I set out to do and it was all a part of the experience.
I would like to say that I my background is based on food, I decided to take a more practical route once I left secondary school and I studied Professional Cookery because at that time my dream was to become a cook and at a younger age, have my own food show on TV. Some time after that I decided to study Nutrition and I got my degree not long ago, my current job is in a different field but my passion for food, nutrition and good health throughout the body still remains.
Please comment below your favourite vegetarian meal so that I can try them out or any tips you have for changing your diet.
Thank you for reading, see you in the next post xx