Wednesday, 9 August 2017

What I Ate Wednesday No.91

Welcome back to another What I ate Wednesday!

It has been ages since I posted a What I Ate Wednesday, hope you enjoy this little glimpse at my main meals of the day.

Jamie Oliver Breakfast Doughnuts - The minute I saw Jamie Oliver making Healthy breakfast Doughnuts on a recent episode of Jamie's Superfood I knew I needed to re-create them ASAP!  To my amazement they turned out well and I would definitely make them again.  If you are interested you can find the full recipe here.

I had one doughnut topped with cinnamon and brown sugar and the other topped with greek yogurt and mixed berries.  
Drink = Cup of tea with semi skimmed milk.


PB & Banana on toast - One of my all time favourite lunches!  I used Pip n Nut crunchy peanut butter and 1 sliced banana with a cup of tea.  Simple yet satisfying!


Daal - This was a homemade daal using a Domestic Geek Recipe which can be found here.  I done mine in the slow cooker and it turned out so well I really recommend giving it a try!  Served with brown rice and a big spoonful of sour cream.
Drink = water.

You can find my previous What I Ate Wednesday posts here.

What is your favourite meal of the day?

Thanks for stopping by!

Kads x

Thursday, 3 August 2017

6 Tips for Successful Meal Planning

Hi guys!

I have been successfully meal planning each week for over a year now.  I know some people find it difficult to do and stick to long term, so I thought I would share some of my top tips.

1. Schedule your Shopping Day - Choose a weekly time to go shopping/order online and stick to it.  If your shopping day changes on a weekly basis it make meal planning more difficult so choose a day that suits you best and stick to it.

2. Stock Take - Check what you already have in your cupboard, freezer and fridge.  You may spot things that need using up which you can then make a note of and include in your meal plan for the week.

3. Special Offers - If you have a budget to stick to you may wish to look at the top offers available at the retailer you will be shopping at as it may influence which meals you choose to make that week.  For example the super 6 vegetables on offer at Aldi may decide which vegetables you will serve with each dish for the week.

4. Meal Plan - Devise a meal plan for the week.  Double up meals where you can so you cook once and eat twice to save time and energy (your own and of your appliances).  This works well for things like pasta bake, lasagne, chilli, stew and casseroles.  You may also like to dust of the slow cooker for days when you have less time for cooking come the evening.

5. Flexibility - You don’t have to meal plan every single day of the week and you are free to swap meals around if you don’t fancy what you had planned for that evening. 
I personally shop on a Tuesday after work (before dinner) and plan 4 meals for Tuesday night – Friday night.  I keep the other 3 days flexible to eat what I want or eat out at the weekend.

6. Shopping List – Once your meals are all planned write out a shopping list with everything you will need to make those meals.  Don’t forget to add on your usual staples for breakfast and lunches.  

I literally have to include everything I need – I once did the weekly food shop and forgot the milk!  Also, jot things down as and when you get low or run out of them.  I currently use this A5 shopping list which I picked up from Paperchase.

I hope you find these tips useful.  If you have any tips of your own please feel free to leave them in the comments below.

Happy Meal Planning!

This is my own personal opinion and not sponsored in any way.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Top 5 Tips for packing light for holidays

Hi All!  

Here are my top 5 tips for packing light to stick to your luggage allowance when off on holiday.  I hope you find it useful when packing for your next trip.

1.  Go miniature
Take miniatures of your fave beauty products. This is an obvious one but also remember you can decant your fave face products which don't come in miniature into smaller travel bottles.  You can pick up a little set for £1 in Primark.  You can also top up previously used miniatures from your larger version to save on having to buy them over and over as it works out more expensive.

2.  Go easy on the footwear
Wear your bulky trainers on the plane.  They are super comfy for travelling in and trekking around airports and for any walking you might do whilst away too.  Then pack any lightweight sandals or flip-flops in your luggage.

3.  Hair Heat Appliances 
Firstly, check if where you are staying already has a hairdryer in the room.  Ask yourself if you actually need a hair curler or/or a straightening iron.  You are on holiday remember, let your hair down and go with the flow. Also, don't forget that a straighter can double up as a curling iron (if you have never tried this there are many YouTube vids which show you how).

4.  Visit the Laundrette
Yeah I know, the last thing you want to do on holiday is washing.  However if you are going for 2 weeks and have a limited luggage allowance it may be necessary.  So if where you are staying has a washing machine or laundrette plan to bung a load on mid-way through the holiday so you don't have to take so much.  Also, tubes of travel wash are perfect for hand washing bikinis in between uses.

5. Hand Luggage
Utilise the full weight that your airline allows for hand luggage.  Its surprising what extra you can squeeze into your hand luggage.  It is often around 7 - 10 kg, while some airlines have no weight limit at all o fill your boots...or bags in this instance!

What holidays do you currently have on the horizon?

Kads x