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.
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
25g Rolled Oats
1Tbsp Coconut Oil
Handful of Blueberries
Sprinkle of Cinnamon
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.
Melt the coconut oil in a frying pan
Make little pools of pancake mixture in the pan for mini pancakes, or just make one big one!
Let the pancakes cook for about 30 seconds over a medium-high heat and then plop some blueberries onto the pancakes.
Flip the pancakes when they’re ready to cook the other side.
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!
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.
Well this week hasn’t been anything to shout about! I debated whether to write and share this post – but what good would it do me if I buried my head in the sand?
Things went off track in all aspects this week. I was doing my HIIT training on Monday and managed to twist my knee. I had an operation on my knee a few years ago, as I had a torn cartilage, so it’s never been quite right since. It was very painful which then meant I couldn’t go running. Luckily the Body Coach has made some HIIT videos which are easy on the knees, so I was able to do this.
So unfortunately, when something goes wrong in my exercise, I then let it go wrong in my food choices! It was my husband’s birthday on Tuesday and I told myself I wanted to enjoy the day with him and eat what I really fancied when we went out to lunch. This was fine, but I then let it effect the rest of my week! I really did lose control – not something I want to go into too much detail over. However, I did mange to make a few Lean in 15 recipes and here are some new ones –
As you can see, I use a lot of Quorn instead of meat. I’m not a vegetarian, I just prefer Quorn! I also add chillies wherever I can too. I love spicy things and they’re excellent at speeding up your metabolism.
I’m writing this on the Monday of week 5. I’m in the right frame of mind again. I’m ready to run again and treat my body like it deserves to be treated. I have many lovely recipes planned, so will take many photos again! Remember you can find me on Twitter at – @sparkle_kerry or Instagram on – @sparkle.with.kerry Make sure you give me a follow! I also really appreciate your encouragement.
Tomorrow I am beginning my journey to ‘a rocking fit body, mind and spirit’. I bought myself a Daily Greatness Training Journal which claims it will help me better myself in all these areas in twelve weeks. I’m so excited to begin my journey and will be taking the time today to read my journal and fill out the beautiful pages in the front of the book.
I purchased this journal because I have felt seriously unfit since having baby Jessica and really needed some motivation. I haven’t just felt unfit physically, but also mentally. It’s easy to get into some naughty little habits when you’re at home with bubs all day and I’ve really been getting comfortable!
Before pregnancy I was a 5k runner and enjoyed eating healthily. I had very bad sickness all throughout my pregnancy so went off a lot of foods. To be honest all I could cope with were wonderful carbs like bread and potatoes!
As part of my mission to get fit and healthy I will be taking up running again and using a Couch to 5k app to help me. This is what I did before and I really enjoyed using one. I love the use of technology to help keep me motivated. The various apps I have on my phone along with my FitBit, Garmin watch and training journal should definitely be enough to keep me happy!
I will be posting weekly about my journey, using this blog as a kind of open diary. I’d love for you to share any tips, advice and questions you may have about your own positive lifestyle changes and my own. I will also be sharing healthy recipes, which I’m really excited about! Trust me, I’m not a great cook, but if I can put together these recipes, then anyone can!
Thanks again for dropping by, please let me hear any motivational comments you can provide – I’ll need them! If you also wish to purchase one of these lovely journals (there are other types available, including a yoga one!) then you can do so here.