Wicked BBQ Mushroom Sourdough Pizza Review

If you are Vegan and active on Social Media, there is no way you will have missed the release of a new range of Vegan products made by “Wicked” earlier this month!

My timelines were flooded with pictures and excited Vegans rushing to Tesco to find the goodies!

The range includes sandwiches, ready meals and 2 pizzas! You can find more about the products here:

http://wickedhealthyfood.com/2018/01/07/mighty-plant-flavours-unleashed-wicked-top-secret-u-k-project-revealed/

Here is my review on the BBQ Mushroom Sourdough Pizza!

BBQ Mushroom Sourdough Pizza, 300g,

Pulled king oyster mushrooms and spice on wood-fired hand-stretched sourdough.

Taste: The pizza has no kind of vegan cheese on it so I was worried it wouldn’t really taste like a pizza but it sure does!

It definitly has a mild kick to it with the chillies!

I Loved the shredded mushrooms and these went well with the BBQ flavour!

Texture: The base reminds me more of a Foccacia bread rather than a standard pizza but its really nice!

Price: Β£4.00. For a vegan pizza I think this is reasonable. It’s quite a luxurious style pizza so I believe this is a fair price!

Where to buy: Tesco

Recommend?:It is definitely 100 percent worth a try if you like BBQ pizza!

Personally BBQ flavour things aren’t really my thing, so I am not sure if I would buy again but I would defo recommend to other people!

Great for a pizza night in or to share as a starter! Only takes 10 mins to cook! easy peasy lemom squeezy

4/5

Other halfs comments: Tasted like a pizza you get at a restaurant full of flavour simply delicious can’t even tell it’s vegan

Other comments: If you are following a Low Fodmap diet, you may struggle with this pizza! Wheat, chillies, mushroom πŸ™ˆ

Bulk Powders Mince Pie Peanut Butter Review

Shut the front door πŸšͺ It’s National Peanut Butter Day!!! πŸ₯œπŸ₯œπŸ₯œπŸ₯œπŸ₯œπŸ₯œ

In it’s honour I thought I would do a quick review about Bulk Powders Mince Pie Peanut Butter! My bestie @laurenlsj kindly sent me this to try! πŸ’Ÿ (suitable for vegans)

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“Mince Pie Peanut Butter combines roasted peanuts with vine fruits, mixed peel and a variety of spices, along with a bit of coconut oil and a sprinkle of sea salt. It has been produced exclusively in the UK and there’s a strictly limited number of these available. Once they’re gone, they’re gone!”

β€’ Peanuts, fruits and spices

β€’ A source of protein – 13g per 100g

β€’ A source of fibre – 3.6g per 100g

Taste: I am totally impressed, it is totally how you will expect! Not too peanut buttery and not too mince pie-ey. It is a smooth texture but with raisins. It has a Christmassy taste and the mince pie flavour oozes through! 5/5

Price: Β£7.99 for 500g (at time of writing this EXTRA25 will get you 25% off) 5/5

Overall: I love anything Christmassy tasting, you know the orangey mixed spice feel. I also love peanut butter so for me this was a match made in heaven! 5/5

Recommend: Hell Yeah!

Where to buy:https://www.bulkpowders.co.uk/mince-pie-peanut-butter.html

12 weeks progress πŸ¦Š

I have just finished the 12th week of staying consistent with a diet and fitness plan and thought I would update you all!

I am a total addict to Social Media so my 12 week journey has been pretty well documented on Instagram! Thanks to my Fitbit, I have pretty much posted every workout along with a cheeky picture!

So why did I start a 12 week plan?

For the past few years I have always worked out, whether that was down to work teaching fitness classes or down to trying to be bikini ready for my holidays, fitness has always been something I have enjoyed. My body has also always felt better fuelled by healthy food too! Although I had been pretty consistent, I was all about the balance, gymming perhaps three times a week and eating naughty foods on the weekend. The week was kept healthy but no strict portion size at all!

This resulted in me having an ok body but not where I wanted to be and after watching the UKBFF finals in October I thought to myself lets see where I can push myself in 12 weeks!

So 12 weeks, 90 days…. let me fill you in on the highs and the lows and what I have learnt!

The Highs

1. Learning to be Consistent!

Actually shocking myself and staying the most consistent I have been in years! I think out of the whole 12 weeks I have only missed around 4 sessions and this was down to the gym being closed for Christmas. That leaves me feeling I have accomplished something I set out to do and that’s a great feeling!

2. Healthy relationship with Food

Having a good relationship with food is important to me!I was concerned that trying to stick to something so strict would result in my old bing eating behaviour to reappear but it has been the total opposite, luckily I have not had mega cravings and I have managed to include small treats on the weekend and over Christmas.

For those of you who were following my Low Fodmap diet, I have still kept to Low Fodmap foods and it has worked miracles, I would recommend it to anyone!

3. Obviously a better looking body is a high

I never thought I looked bad before ( does that sound big headed πŸ€·πŸ½β€β™€οΈπŸ˜Ή) but I now love my body even more and can’t wait to see how much more I can transform!

The Lows and the Challenges

1. Peoples Opinions (skip this bit if you don’t like negative nancys haha)

It really doesn’t bother me what people think of me (as long as they think I’m a nice person 😹) but over the last 12 weeks I have received a few negative comments and it really shocks me how some people consider fitness such a bad thing.

Comments have included that I shouldn’t post my progress pictures because I make people fatter than me feel bad about themselves and its pretty much body shaming them πŸ™„

My answer to this is I trained to be a personal trainer to help people regain confidence in themselves and I actively promote body positivity. I like to post my progress because it keeps me motivated and also people tell me it inspires them too! I certainly don’t think I am better than anyone else and would never call anyone fat!

Comments that I waste too much time in the gym and there are better things to be doing.

My answer to life is too short and I spend too much time in the gym…. I agree life is too short and thats why it should be spent doing the things you love and enjoy, no matter what that is. People always tell me they would love my life as I travel to lots of places, fill my weekends with fun activities and live my life to the max! Gym just fits around eveything else! Yes i make it a priority and I may get up whilst other people are still in bed or I might give up watching the soaps so I can fit in my evening session but thats what I enjoy! I would never tell anyone that what they have a passion for is a waste of time!

Comments such as my diet is too restrictive and I will get ill.

Mostly the people saying this to me live off a diet of cereal, subways for lunch and 55 biscuits a day , so maybe my diet is slightly more restricted and not a free for all but at least it is healthy! No one who has said to me has even asked what my diet consists of and I have lots of variation thankyou πŸ™‚

Comments people saying I looked better before.

Maybe in your opinion I did but surely how I want my body to look is what matters! There’s not a huge difference in how I look but a huge difference in confidence! I would never dream of putting someone down and purposely trying to make them feel bad!

2. Staying on plan over weekends away and Christmas

I won’t lie getting into a routine is easy but managing to stick to a plan otherwise is a challenge!

During the 12 weeks I spent a long weekend away in London, a weekend in Geneva and obviously there was Christmas to contend with too!

The trick is to plan ahead, I took my gym gear with me, drank more water and walked loads! I went for healthier options but made the most of new food experiences too (sampling new vegan foods in Geneva especially!)

So overall it has been a great 12 weeks and I cannot wait for another!

Chequers at Crowle Review

I went on a works night out last night to the Chequers at Crowle and I was blown away. I had asked before arrival if they would be able to cater for Vegans and received a prompt response that they would be able to.

On arrival we had bread and olives on the table. For starter I had hummus and pitta breas, mains Vegan Risotto and dessert Fruit Salad. All courses were presented beautifully and tasted amazing. The hummus was amazing, when the ridotto turned up I thought there is no way I can eat all that but it tasted so good I did! And the fruit salad was gorgeous too, followed by a peppermint tea.

Nothing was too much trouble for the waiters and waitresses and we never had to wait long for a drink! special thanks to Harry πŸ™‚

The armosphere was lovely and was busy and full of people having a great time.

I will definitely return thankyou

Vegan Goodies from Switzerland πŸ’–

I was lucky enough to celebrate New Years Eve in Geneva and kept my eyes peeled in their local supermarkets for Vegan Goodies!

There seemed to be a good range and clearly labelled too! The Co-op City also have their equivalent of a free from section which made it easy too πŸ™‚

Veganz Bliss Ball Cacao

Reminded me a bit of Deliciously Ellas balls but with a more chocolate truffely taste! So nice! I adored this scrumptious little ball of goodness! 5/5

Coop Ginger Surprise

Pretty standard dark choc coated ginger but the ginger tasted super strong! Perfect for me! 5/5

Veganz Protein Bars

There was a few in the range but these are the two I tried! Remind me of DS no cow bars in texture. I mean most vegan protein bars are not the tastiest things ever but for convenience they suited me well. I prefferred the peanut flavour and I wish these were available in the UK! 4/5

Mango Soyog

Loved how much variety there was of soya yoghurts. There was similar desserts to Alpro Vanilla and chocolate puddings and then flavours such as raspberry and even muesli flavour! I tried the Mango and it was great! 5/5

Coop Dark Chocolate Soya Yoghurt

I think I expected this to taste like Alpro Dark Choc Pudding however it was defo more yoghurty! This one wasn’t for me and I wasn’t going to waste 180 calories finishing it! 2/5

Coop Fruity Kiss

I wasn’t expecting anything special from these but O M G, shut the front door they are a strawberry rhubarby explosion of healthy goodness in your mouth! Honestly I would pick these over chocolate any day of the week! If anyone knows if these are available in the UK you will make my dreams come true! I tried to save some for @laurenlsj (my vegan bestie) to try but unfortunatly you have ended up with 1 haha sory Loz. 1 billion/5

Apricot Croissant at Geneva Airport

Clearly labelled Vegan and not overpriced I was amazed to find this at the airport and O M G it was delish!!! 5/5

Unfortunatly with us spending New Year in Geneva a lot of the restaurants were closed so I cannot really comment on the Vegan options for eating out in restaurants. From what I noticed there were only a few salad options, and with Geneva being pricy you are looking at paying between Β£20-40 in a middle of the road restaurant.

Coffee shops we visited only offered Lactose Free milk but no dairy free option but I tended to opt for Peppermint Tea (around Β£5-6)

I know there are dedicated Vegan restaurants and I would have loved to of tried them!

Vegan Protein Powders

The question I have been asked the most since Veganuary started this year, is which Vegan Protein powder is the best?

When it comes down to Protein Powder, it will always be a case of personal preference in terms of taste and texture.

Obviously when looking at ingredients, some will definitely trump the others!

And then comes the price tag, some will defo appeal more than others.

It is always worth asking companies if they sell sample sizes before you shell out the full amount or even go halves with a friend so that you can try a range of proteins.

I have put together this table of the protein powders I have tried and I have ranked them from top to bottom of my faves.

In terms of what I personally like: sweet and exciting flavours (but not over sweet, a thinner texture, good ingredients.

In terms of what I don’t like: scratchy feeling, nasty sweeteners, chemical tasting, thick texture.

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If you would like any more info on the powders I have tried or where is best to buy them then feel free to send me a message πŸ˜€