A South African Tries Sourced Box

By Wednesday, August 23, 2017 0 Permalink 1

It’s time I started putting an effort into getting healthy. If you know me, you know that sweet treats and snacking are my absolute weakness. If I see a doughnut or lemon cheesecake, best believe I will be devouring it in the near future. So to ease the guilt of these moments of weakness, I decided to try out Sourced Box.

I have a video going up later this week of me unboxing and tasting a few snacks. I’ll link it here when it’s up!

July Sourced Box

To bring you up to speed, Sourced Box is a subscription service for healthy snacks. Unfortunately, this service is only available in the UK and a few other European countries – such a bummer! Hopefully they branch out internationally soon.

There are two payment plans to go for – month to month, or annually. Obviously, annually works out cheaper, but as I was only in the UK for 3 months I went for the monthly option. That worked out to 18,95 GBP per month.

All snacks are selected for you as this is about convenience, and all snacks are completely organic and appropriate for a vegan diet. All boxes get delivered in the first week of every month, and you are notified via email when it is on its way.

Now onto the snacks:

iRaw Raw Crackers – a sundried tomato cracker, slightly chewy, perfect for dipping or on their own, so yummy

Ape Crunchy Coconut Bites – slightly sweet, coconutty taste, small disc treats with a light and crunchy texture

Bio Style Goody Sunny Lucuma Bites – small disc treats, sweet and lemony flavour, but a more chewy texture

Wyldsson Low Carb Chilli Picante – a plastic tube filled with a combination of nuts, seeds, dried coconut, with quite a strong chilli taste, great for spice lovers!

Gregory’s Tree Double Fruit Twists – for that sweet tooth, deliciously sweet dried fruit twists, you’d never guess these were organic

The Food Doctor Beetroot & Walnut Goodness Bar

Water Works Watermelon Water – definitely a more natural taste, no added sugar, refreshing taste of watermelon

Chewsy All-Natural Chewing Gum – love the lemon flavour, taste doesn’t last too long, but great for gum lovers – these are much healthier for you!

Hoogly Apple Strudel Green Tea – distinct cinnamon taste, very yummy and comforting tea

The Protein Ball Co. Lemon + Pistachio – perfect snack on-the-go, subtle flavour, packed with goodness

Mighty Bee Coconut Jerky – chewy texture, just like biltong (jerky), subtle coconut and biltong flavour

I hope you guys found this post informative. Even if you can’t subscribe to this service, just knowing that products like this exist is enough. Just do your research!

Coconut Oil Hair Mask – Does It Work?

By Wednesday, July 12, 2017 0 Permalink 3

I for one have heard many things about the benefits of coconut oil, and not just for your hair; for cooking, as a moisturiser, and many more. Since being in London, I noticed that the water was drying out my hair and skin and decided to give coconut oil a try.

As a hair mask, I am absolutely obsessed. I apply this from roots to ends and leave it for as long as I can, preferably overnight, then wash it out with my normal shampoo and conditioner. I say overnight because this will make your hair look very greasy once applied, so be warned! I have not had an issue with rinsing this out but do a double cleanse at your roots if it’s stubborn. I have noticed a big difference in the texture of my hair in that after a few uses my hair feels softer, looks less frizzy, and the biggest difference is that it has dramatically reduced signs of dandruff. That might be TMI but I have had phases of dandruff since school and using this has really helped.

In cooking this is great to use as a healthy substitute for any oil or butter. For skincare, this works as a rich body moisturiser, light spf or lip balm. I still use a body butter because I found that this doesn’t sink in to my skin as quickly as I would like it to, but in an emergency it’s good to know that all I need is one product. And guys, it is SO cheap. Why spend loads on expensive hair masks when this multi-purpose product can do the trick?

Just make sure you’re buying completely organic and raw! As a whole, highly recommend this natural and beautiful product.

Review: Wild Olive African Artisans

By Friday, February 10, 2017 0 Permalink 1

Another Africanย gem to fawn over. I was lucky enough to receive a few products from Wild Olive for Christmas (shoutoutย to bae ๐Ÿ™‚ ), and once I’d used them for a decent amount of time, thought I’d share this beautiful brand with you all.

Wild Olive is an African Artisan company located in Pepper street in Cape Town. They make a range of spoil-yourself products, ranging from bath salts to parfum creations to rich body butters; and every single one of them is made entirely of natural products. They are also cruelty-free (yusss!).

The three products that I received are a candle, a bar of soap, and a hand cream. The packaging of all the products is understated and simple, with the products themselves feeling very luxurious and high in quality.

For starters, all three smell incredible. The best in the scent category is undoubtedly the orange aurantium et aromata candle. The scent really fills a living space without being sickly, and it burns slowly enough to be enjoyed for a good amount of time. The hand cream is very rich and thick, also has a great scent, and the packaging is convenient because as the product gets used up, you can roll the top down and really squeeze every bit out. The soap is the simplest of the three, but leaves my body feeling clean, moisturised and again, smelling fantastic.

Check these guys out – they make great gifts and they will even package it specially upon request (red ribbon and all!) ๐Ÿ™‚

Vegan Banana & Chocolate Oats

By Wednesday, February 8, 2017 0 Permalink 2

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tsp.ย cacao powder
  • 1 handful berries
  • maple syrup (optional)

Method

  • Combine oats, water and almond milk in a small pot and place on the stove on a high heat
  • Slice 2/3 of the banana and add to oats mixture (this will add some sweetness, depending on how ripe the banana is)
  • Stir the mixture until it starts to boil, then turn down to a simmer
  • Once the banana has mostly dissolved, add the cacao powder and stir to combine
  • Remove from the stove and serve in a bowl
  • This is where you can add the maple syrup if you need more sweetness
  • Chop up the remaining banana and add on top, along with the berries

And there you have it – a super quick, healthy, and oh-so yummy breakfast. This never takes me more than 10 minutes to prepare from start to finish. You can also add cinnamon to the pot if you like the taste. Let me know if you try this and let me know if this food/health segment is something you’d like to see more of ๐Ÿ™‚