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Sunsoul Natural Energy Drinks

Sunsoul Natural Energy Drinks
I am a big coffee drinker, I have at least one per day (I am having a gingerbread latte as I'm typing) so I've never reached for energy drinks as the caffeine in coffee is enough for me but I'm always happy to try new products although nothing will ever replace coffee for me. I was very kindly sent the Sunsoul Natural Energy Drinks to test out!

*SunSoul Raspberry & Elderflower Natural Energy Drink
Raspberry and elderflower are two of my favourite flavours within drinks, especially tea so this was the one I wanted to try first and it's definitely my favourite. I love the sweet, sharp raspberry flavour but it's not overly or sugary sweet. It's fizzy and refreshing - perfect as a mid afternoon pick me up when I usually reach for snacks. I really like all three but this one is my favourite!

*SunSoul Kaffir Lime & Lemon Natural Energy Drink 
Lemon and lime are favourites of mine too, I always drink still water with lemon and lime juice as it's refreshing but subtle and this is another fave. I love the sweet zesty, citrusy flavour and as it's carbonated it's a great pick me up when I'm feeling tired or if I have a lot to do but not enough energy.

*SunSoul Spiced Mango & Pineapple Natural Energy Drink
I love mango and pineapple smoothies but I haven't tried them in anything other than smoothies; I tried this one last as the combination of tropical fruit and christmassy spices such as cardamon and cinnamon sounds quite...unusual and I didn't know if I'd like it as it isn't a combination that I haven't seen or tried before. It is surprisingly really good, I actually like the sour tropical fruit and cinnamon mix - unusual but surprisingly pleasant.

Overall, I'm really happy with all three and I can't recommend them enough as an alternative energy drink that contains 100% natural ingredients, no refined sugar and only contains 84 calories. My favourite is the raspberry and elderflower option but they are all great! Also I love the packaging and they're only £2.78. Overall rating: ★★★★★, 5/5.

Do you drink energy drinks? Have you tried these delicious energy drinks? 

Sugavida Palmyra Tree Blossom

Palmyra Tree Blossom Sugar
I don't have a massive sweet tooth but at this time of the year I am drinking more sugary hot drinks and sweet treats as well as baking lots of brownies, gingerbread and cookies which naturally have quite a lot of sugar in them. Sugar in any form isn't going to be super healthy but in comes Sugavida.

I was kindly sent the *Sugavida Organic Palmayra Tree Blossom Sugar (250g) which is a variation of sugar ethically and sustainably derived from the Palmyra Tree. It's 100% organic and it's suitable for vegans and vegetarians. The organic palmyra blossom sugar is low in fructose, it's diabetic friendly and it is rich in vitamin B12 and also includes B1, B2, B6 and iron which is amazing!

The sugar is quite fine, it's finer than regular granulated sugar and it looks like light brown sugar - it smells/tastes like light brown sugar too. It has a delicious treacle-like flavour which I love and I find it a little less sweet compared to white granulated sugar. It can be used for cooking, baking or stirring into hot drinks which is what I've been doing the most with this sugar but I can't wait to use it in baking too. Overall rating: ★★★★★, 5/5.

Have you tried the Sugavida Palmyra Tree Blossom sugar? 

Book Review: Paleo - 12 Week To Change Your Life

Book Review: Paleo - 12 Week To Change Your Life
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Today's post is slightly different as it's about a cookbook/lifestyle book and I haven't posted a book review for a while on my food blog (oops!). It's also about a dietary change that I've heard a lot about but before I received this book I didn't really know what it was about at all!

I received *Paleo: 12 Weeks To Change Your Life and I've been slowly making my way through it. I first have to say that I'm not a fan of the title, it's seems gimmicky and self help book-like which I'm not a fan of personally. The book is a 12 week paleo diet and fitness plan as well as a recipe book.

A paleo diet/lifestyle basically means that your diet should only include ingredients that would have been available to Palaeolithic peoples; the Palaeolithic period is also known as the old stone age - around 2.5 million years ago so obviously they didn't have modern grains, modern cooking tools or modern ingredients that we have now so it's all about raw, fresh and clean ingredients that out ancient ancestors would have consumed.

The book is really well laid out, explaining what you can and can't eat as part of a paleo lifestyle and to me it isn't really a viable option on the whole as baking is such a relaxing and important part of my routine as it really helps me relax, I love baking for other people and I love eating what I've made myself but with the paleo lifestyle you can't eat yeast, flour, sugars, baking powder etc so it isn't for me when it comes to baking. Dairy products are also restricted which is fine with me as I do go through phases of having not just a vegetarian diet but a vegan diet. However the diet does focus on fruits, vegetables, herbs, nuts and seeds and healthier, more natural fats which is a large part of my current lifestyle anyway. It's all about using raw, clean ingredients for a healthier and cleaner diet which I'm all for but I obviously don't eat meat or fish.

As with any dietary changes, especially such a big change like becoming a vegetarian, vegan or changing to a paleo lifestyle, I personally think that it is important to make the change gradually rather than eliminating products immediately. I think the diet could be a fantastic way of reducing and eventually eliminating processed foods from your diet if you do eat meat or a lot of processed foods but for me personally, I don't think it's that much of a change as I've been a vegetarian for about 13 years now and I do restrict my dairy intake occasionally too as it does help me to loose weight. It also encourages the reader to eat seasonally which I think would be great for more people to incorporate into their lifestyle/buying habits.

Overall, I like the way the book is written as it's well laid out, explained well and offers good advice (particularly about planning meals ahead etc) but for me personally it isn't much of a change and it' isn't that appropriate but I think if you do rely on processed foods then it could be a fantastic way of eating cleaner and healthier ingredients! There's only one thing I don't like about the book on the whole and that is that it can feel a little bit preachy at times and I don't think the plan would be 100% easy or viable for most individuals, particularly with a family or a very limited budget, in my opinion. Overall rating: ★★★☆☆, 3/5.

Have your read this book? What do you think of the paleo lifestyle?