Join Me On My 10K Journey | Part 4

Hello Everyone!

Thank you so much for joining me again on my 10k journey. The last couple of weeks have seen a couple of mini milestones. Firstly, I reached my charity place sponsorship target! I’m now over the £100 that I needed to raise. If you sponsored me – thank you from the bottom of my heart. I think about your support and kindness when I’m out training and it really does spur me on.

Screenshot_20170612-192240

My second piece of news is that I’ve begun my 5k to 10k training program. It’s really bloody scary and hard work sometimes, but I can’t believe the leap I’ve made in my fitness levels. Just two months ago, I couldn’t do the 30 seconds of running intervals in the early stages of the 5k training without feeling exhausted. I’m now running solidly for 40 minutes! The one thing I have to contend with now though, is the heat…

It really hit me yesterday, whilst I was out, that this 10k is going to be HOT. It’s in August, in the middle of the city and there will be a lot of other bodies around me. I’ll be honest when I say that this has freaked me out slightly. I’m hoping we get a cool day on race day, but I seriously doubt that will happen.

IMG_20170603_121144_447

I thought I’d also share a recipe for good runner fuel that I’ve been loving this week. I call it a recipe, but really I just dump all of these items onto my plate –

  • A baked sweet potato
  • Chickpeas roasted in chilli powder
  • Poached eggs
  • Rocket salad
  • Sundried ttomatoes
  • Sour cream
  • Green Pesto

Overall, it has been a good couple of weeks. I’ve had to step it up a gear and really challenge myself, but this is what’s needed. I’m still loving it!

Even though I’ve reached my target, your sponsorship is still needed. If you’d like to sponsor me and read my story, visit my Just Giving page here.

Kerry x

The Sugar Free Family Cookbook | Sarah Flower

Delicious, healthy recipes to help you and your children kick the sugar habit

I was sent this fabulous, little cookbook by the publisher – Robinson – and have been enjoying many of the sugar-free recipes inside over the last couple of weeks. Anyone who has tried going sugar-free will know how difficult it can be in a world filled with brightly coloured confectionery and fast food restaurants. This book provides delicious recipes that will make you realise sugar in your home cooking really isn’t needed and really won’t be missed.

 

The book is split into fifteen chapters, which aim to guide you through your sugar free journey with ease. Chapters include –

  • Sugar and its effect on our health
  • Keeping our children healthy
  • The Breakfast Table
  • Main Meals
  • Healthy BBQ
  • Fast Food
  • Jut Desserts
  • The Ice-cream Parlour
  • The Bakery and so many more!

The recipes mostly don’t require hard to acquire ingredients, just things you will find in your local supermarket and maybe even already lurking in your cupboards at home! The recipes are very easy to follow and don’t require crazy equipment. There are hundreds of recipes inside, suitable for all occasions and for everyday ‘sugar hurdles’ such as after-school snacking and birthday parties.

20170529_124525

To buy your own copy of Sarah Flower’s The Sugar Free Family Cookbook, click here. The book is available in both paperback and Kindle formats. I highly recommend it – it will change your life and your eating habits forever! Keep an eye on my Instagram for food pics!

Kerry x

Teakruthi – The Finest Loose Leaf Teas Delivered Plantation Fresh to Your Doorstep

Teakruthi were kind enough to let me choose a selection of their gorgeous teas from Sri Lanka and then shipped them out to me to try. Teakruthi teas have been created to inspire a healthier lifestyle – with many flavours to choose from, their goal is to make you enjoy tea again, as if tasting it for the first time. 

I love a cuppa, especially first thing in the morning and last thing in the evening. It calms me and gets me ready for the day in the morning and in the evening it makes all the stresses of the day just melt away. I really enjoy discovering new teas, particularly fruit and herbal teas with cleansing properties. 

I chose a mix of fruit and black teas from Teakruthi. They are authentic Ceylon teas which are hand plucked and ethically sourced from plantations in Sri Lanka. The teas contain nothing artificial and no GMOs. I was also sent this cute little diffuser to make the perfect cup of tea with. 

I can honestly say that these teas are the nicest I’ve ever tasted. They are fragrant and pure. There is something very special about drinking these teas – there’s no bleached tea bag and nothing artificial lurking inside. You know exactly what you’re putting into your body and they have the lovely relaxing effect that I crave from my cuppa. 

There are many teas to choose from and you can discover them here. I personally recommend Cinnamon Chai and Rainforest Indulgence – gorgeous! You can order samples of the different teas, and these contain enough tea for around 5 cups. To purchase teas, visit the website here

 What’s your favourite flavour? 

Kerry x

 

Los Antojitos – Scotch Bonnet Hot Sauce 

Hot-sauce-and-salsa.jpg

Chilli is my favourite ingredient to add to most of my dishes. I always like to make my meals spicy, whether that be a bolognaise, lasagne, homemade burger or poached eggs on toast! You can imagine my excitement then when I was asked to write about Los Antojitos Scotch Bonnet hot sauce and salts.

PLEASE NOTE – In my highly professional way, I tried the sauce before I took photos of the bottle (I just couldn’t wait!) therefore there is less product in there – it was full!

Los Antojitos are a vegan Mexican food, pop-up catering company based in Manchester. They specialise mostly in Street Tacos and Multi-bean Chili bowls.

more-Makers-market.jpg

The company make their own hand pressed tortillas which they then load up with their yummy Mexican recipes.  These include BBQ Sweet Potato and Red Cabbage slaw, Seitan de Barbecoa Estilo Yucatan and Refried Pinto beans. Los Antojitos make sure to use organic ingredients wherever possible and also authentic ingredients, importing them from Mexico itself.

 

The sauces and salsas actually have their own cult following and I can see why. This sauce is addictive! I’ve already finished my bottle and I’m waiting for a re-stock so that I can buy myself some more. I was able to try the Scotch Bonnet hot sauce which was very spicy, but deliciously fruity at the same time. I poured it on everything – avocados, sweet potato chips, toast, mushrooms, vegetable patties – everything! The sauces were initially intended just for use in the pop up kitchens, but customers demanded bottles for use at home. Los Antojitos now has a large range of sauces, salsas and salts available for purchase. Find out the different ways to buy here.

Our-market-stalls.jpg
Los Antojitos Market Stall

The chilli sauces have always been made from scratch because the chefs at Los Antojitos wanted make sure that they knew every ingredient that went into them. Their most popular sauce is this one – the Scotch Bonnet – followed by Arbol and Guajillo. 

I will be writing another Los Antojitos post in the next couple of weeks where you will learn more about the company itself and the brilliant staff who work hard to keep it running smoothly. I will also be sharing the flavoured salts I received – one of which is a lime salt – perfect for Margaritas! Keep your eyes peeled.

Kerry x

 

Join Me On My Journey featuring Sensilab 10 Days Fast Slim

Welcome to another Join me on my Journey post! This one is featuring a natural weight loss product by Sensilab called 10 Days Fast SlimSensilab are a company specialising in nutraceutical products, vitamin dietary supplements and cosmetics. I was lucky enough to be able to try their 10 day slimming plan and this post will fill you in with how I got on. 

I’ve never tried weight loss supplements before as I’ve not always known what ingredients they contain. The 10 Days Fast Slim contains all natural ingredients which have been carefully chosen to help your body speed up the weight loss process, in a safe way. 

In the pack you get – 

  • 20 capsules A (Drainer), 20 capsules B (Glucose balance),  20 capsules C (Metabolism support)
  • A diet and workout guide
  • A pill box
  • E-mail support

As mentioned previously, there are 3 x 20 capsules each aiding weight loss in different ways. You have to take 2 of each capsule at different times of the day. 

Capsule A – Drainer

These are to be taken after breakfast. They contain extracts of black radish, sarsaparilla, java tea and black pepper. 

These ingredients help to – 

  • Detoxify the whole body
  • Excrete excess water
  • Prepare the body for weight loss

Capsule B – Glucose Balance 

These are to be taken after lunch and contain brown sea algae and cinnamon.

These ingredients help to – 

  • Maintain good blood sugar levels 
  • Break down fats after the meal
  • Decrease the absorption of fat
  • Increase the feeling of fullness

 Capsule C – Metabolism Support 

These are to be taken after dinner. They contain extracts of artichokes, papayas, ginger, cayenne and black pepper and choline. 

These ingredients help to – 

  • Regulate your metabolism during the night and daytime
  • Break down fat stores 
  • Digestion 

To make sure you get the best results, it’s important to eat the right foods, as stated in the guide. You also need to do regular exercise. There is an exercise plan included in the guide too. 

How did I get on? 

Well, I followed my usual eating plan – which consists of a lot of vegan/vegetarian foods, clean foods, very low sugar and gluten, etc. I just find that eating like this works well for me and I love eating foods like sweet potatoes and avocados! I had gone off track recently and was following another diet plan which meant I wasn’t really looking at what I was eating and was just eating foods that fit into my ‘points value’. 

In terms of exercise I have been walking with the pram and running in the evenings. I just love running! It’s my bit of ‘me time’ where I can enjoy the fresh air and listen to my favourite (cringey) music. 

What was my total weight loss on the Sensilab 10 Days Fast Slim plan? 

4lbs! Or 1.84kg

I’m very, very pleased with this weight loss. Not only  did I lose a few pounds, I also just feel less sluggish and bloated. It’s nice to know that natural ingredients have played a part in my weight loss too, with no nasties involved. 

To purchase the 10 Days Fast Slim for yourself, click here

Kerry x

A Happy, Healthy Pancake Day featuring DYLON 

Do you like my apron? I fancied doing a bit of tie dye this weekend and produced this beauty! As Pancake Day is quickly approaching, I also thought I’d share a tasty and alternative pancake recipe with you. 

To create this apron I used fabulous DYLON dye in the colour Intense Violet. It was so much fun and easy to do. Baby J sat and watched me do it and was very excited to see the results! I may have also tie dyed some of her vests too… 

I followed a very easy tie dye tutorial which you can find here, it shows you how to achieve the different patterns too. 

And now for the cooking part! 

Squeaky Clean Blueberry Pancakes 

Ingredients – 

  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Banana
  • 25g Rolled Oats
  • 1Tbsp Coconut Oil
  • Handful of Blueberries 
  • Sprinkle of Cinnamon 
  1. Place the eggs, banana, oats and cinnamon in a blender and blend until smooth. You can also do this step with just a bowl and fork – just mush it all together. 
  2. Melt the coconut oil in a frying pan
  3. Make little pools of pancake mixture in the pan for mini pancakes, or just make one big one! 
  4. Let the pancakes cook for about 30 seconds over a medium-high heat and then plop some blueberries onto the pancakes. 
  5. Flip the pancakes when they’re ready to cook the other side. 
  6. Serve with Greek yogurt or creme fraiche 

Easy isn’t it? These taste amazing, even if you’re not a banana fan like me, they don’t taste overly of banana. 

I will be doing another tie dye post soon using DYLON dyes again – it’ll be a pair of canvas pumps! Keep your eyes peeled for that one! 

To purchase DYLON dyes, click here

Kerry x

Henny & Joe’s Chocolate Chai

Last week, I received this cute bottle of Henny and Joe’s chocolate chai. This is a naturally formed syrup which can be used to make chai lattes or chai tea. However, it’s very versatile in that you can also add it to milkshakes, porridge, coffee, tea loaf, cupcakes, crumbles… the list goes on! 

Henny & Joe’s was established by Ash Bailey in Bath. He had worked in the hospitality industry for a while before launching his own perfected chai recipe. He decided to name the company after ‘his two favourite things in the world’ – his sons Henry and Joseph. 

Henny & Joe’s won numerous awards for their original chai masala blend and so launched the chocolate chai blend last year. This is now also very popular and has won the award for ‘Best non-alcoholic hot drink in the South-West’ in the Taste of the West Awards. 

I mixed my chocolate chai with almond milk and heated it up until comfortably warm. I used two tablespoons of the syrup which was perfect (I did use a massive mug!). 

The syrup contains the naturally occurring ingredients of – cardamom, ginger, star anise, nutmeg, cloves, all spice, mixed spice, fennel seed, cinnamon and chocolate. This syrup is also naturally caffeine free. 

It has a lovely, warming flavour perfect for cold evenings like these ones. I love its versatility and can’t wait to try it in some baking. It’ll go really nicely in the Madeline Shaw banana bread recipe I regularly cook up! 

To purchase a bottle of the chocolate chai, click here or for the original chai masala blend, click here. You can also look for local stockists using this link

Kerry x

Mr Lee’s Gourmet Oriental Noodles in a Cup

I was very lucky to have been sent some gorgeous food goodies last week. Introducing Mr Lee’s Gourmet Oriental Noodles in a Cup! These aren’t your typical pot noodle, these noodles are low in salts, low in sugar, low in saturated fats and low in calories. They are also gluten free. The ingredients are freeze-dried so none of the flavour or goodness is sucked out of them, as is the way with regular pot noodles which are dehydrated.

There are six flavours to choose from –

If you want to find out more about a certain flavour, then just click it and it will take you to the brilliant Mr Lee’s website where you can see nutritional information, ingredients and just generally beautiful photography!

Mr Lee is actually a real person! He has been passionate about delivering healthy food to people since he was diagnosed with cancer. He was a great lover of regular instant noodles, but knew he couldn’t eat them and all their nasties whilst trying to be healthy and battle through chemotherapy. That’s where his idea of Mr Lee’s noodles was born. Once he was given the all-clear, he was able to work on this amazing project.

I gave the Tai Chi Chicken noodles a try first (I love chicken!). The noodles themselves are rice noodles from Vietnam – very authentic! – and taste delicious. They are so much lighter and kinder on your stomach than regular, stodgy noodles. They are also gluten free – words I love! The noodles contained some of my favourite ingredients – sweetcorn, green beans, shallots, ginger, spring onions, chives, lime zest and orange blossom honey. Yum! Yes they’re low in salts and sugars, but could I tell? No! The favour of the other ingredients were able to shine through and really packed a flavoursome punch.

They also look beautiful in the bowl, wouldn’t you agree?

Mr Lee’s noodles aren’t in the supermarkets yet, but they will be soon. However, you can buy them online here. The company wanted to get the noodles out to hotels, airlines, staff events, caterers and staff restaurants first so that people could be served directly with their noodle meal.

You can also order the noodles through Amazon, and there’s a little discount there too!

You may also spot Mr Lee’s Noodle Kiosks in your place of work, or other areas. So you can enjoy noodles wherever you fancy! The machines also mean that you can add other supplements to your dish, such as tamari soy sauce, chilli oil, sesame oil and protein boosts.

Please let me know if you’ve enjoyed these noodles yourself.

Mr Lee’s Twitter – https://twitter.com/mrleesnoodles

Mr Lee’s Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/mrleesnoodles

Mr Lee’s Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/mrleesnoodles/

Kerry x

Sausage and Cider Stew with #Funky Flexitarian Sausages

I am always looking for foods which are both healthy and satisfying. There’s nothing more disappointing than eating a meal which is full of goodness, but has no substance to enjoy. When I stumbled across #Funky Flexitarian Sausages I was impressed with the ingredients – meat and veg in one gorgeous sausage, gluten free, low in sugar, reduced fat and high in protein – win!

There are four sausage combinations to choose from – Smokey pork n’Bombay Beet bangers, Beef Tomato n’ Basil bangers, Cauli’nation Chicken Chipolatas and Lamb’alafal Chipolatas. I decided I wanted to put together a filling Autumnal meal using the Beef, Tomato and Basil sausages – a Sausage and Cider Stew. I really hope you make it and love it!

Ingredients 

Serves 2

  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • A pack of #Funky Flexitarian Beef, Basil n’Tomato sausages
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Leek
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 250ml of Strong Cider
  • 1 tbsp Tomato Puree 
  • 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 2 pinches Dried Mixed Herbs
  • 1 pinch Chilli Flakes
  • 300ml Beef or Vegetable Stock 
  • 200g Sweet Potato (I use the frozen chunks)
  • 2 Carrots
  • Salt and P Pepper


  1. Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a large saucepan and brown the sausages for 30 seconds on each side. Put them to one side
  2. In the same pan, heat the rest of the olive oil over a medium heat and add the leek, onion and garlic. Cook until they go soft

3. Pour in the cider, turn up the heat and leave it to reduce

4. Add the herbs, tomato puree, and mustard and give it a good stir

5. Add the stock and bring to the boil. Add the carrots, sweet potato and chilli flakes

6. Cover the pan and reduce the stew to a simmer for 15 minutes

7. Slice the sausages into quarters and add to the pan after the 15 minutes, along with salt and pepper. Stir, cover and leave for another 15 minutes

Serve this meal with mash or just have a big yummy bowl to curl up on the sofa with like I did!

The #Funky Flexitarian sausages in this dish work beautifully with the other ingredients. You can currently purchase them from Waitrose.

Look out for more #Funky Flexitarian sausage recipes using the other flavours!

Find #Funky Flexitarian on Facebook here.

Kerry x

Coconut and Chocolate Chickpea Cookies

I know what you’re thinking – cookies made from chickpeas? No way! Well I have to say, these will blow your mind. They’re tasty, gluten free and full of some gorgeous ingredients!

This week I was sent some gorgeous Coconut Curls by Ape Snacks. I wanted to use them to jazz up one of my favourite treat time recipes. I decided to use the lightly salted flavour, because salt really brings out the sweetness in chocolate. I love a mixture of sweet and salty!

To make these cookies, you will need –

  • 240g (one drained can) of chickpeas, rinsed thoroughly and patted dry
  • 175g of peanut butter – I use the pure nut kind with no nasties like palm oil
  • 75g honey or maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp bicarbonate soda
  • 50g chocolate chips – I crushed up half a bar of 70% dark chocolate
  • 1/2 pack of Ape Snacks Coconut Curls

To make the cookies –

  1. Preheat the oven to 180c and line a baking tray with parchment
  2. Place the chickpeas, peanut butter, honey, vanilla extract and baking powder in a food processor and blitz it until the mixture is a smooth as possible
  3. Put the mixture into a bowl and add the chocolate chunks and the Coconut Curls. Give it a good stir
  4. With your hands divide the mixture into 6 equal dough balls and shape into a rough cookie shape.
  5. Place the cookies onto the baking tray.
  6. Bake in the oven for approximately 20 minutes.
  7. Leave to cool and if you have any left store in an air tight container for 3-4 days

Enjoy! If you make these, please let me know what you think!

If you’d like to know where to get some Ape Snacks Coconut Curls from then visit this link. You can also follow them on Twitter – @apesnacks

Kerry x