Friday, 19 August 2016

The importance of Oral Hygiene when consuming sweet treats.

We all love food who doesn't especially stuff that is supposed to be bad for our teeth such as sweet treats, fizzy drinks, desserts and chocolates.We often refrain from eating such treats and the craving for them gets worse. I strongly believe in eating a balanced diet and that means that you can eat everything as long as it's in moderation and that you ensure you eat it at the correct times. By this I mean that if you fancy a bar of chocolate or a tube of sweets don't buy it and nibble at it through the day, instead eat it all at once after a meal. This is really important as what you don't want to do is have sugar lingering in your mouth through the day. After you have eaten your meal and treat  it's very important to brush your teeth for a minimum of  two minutes using a fluoride toothpaste to remove the plaque and sugar .

It's shocking to read in a survey conducted that it was found that  28 per cent of Britons admitted not brushing their teeth once in every 24 hour period and one in seven people said they sometimes went more than two days without cleaning their teeth!!! A buildup of plaque, causes gum disease and gingivitis.

Majority of people brush their teeth in the morning when they get up and at bedtime, but they totally forget that they should clean their teeth after lunch too. Together with brushing flossing is important too to remove plaque between teeth.

It's not practical to carry toothbrushes around with you however Sonic Chic have come up with a mini travel size sonic power toothbrush that is perfect for travel. The toothbrush is compact, slim in size and runs on one aaa battery, It comes complete with a spare head too. The toothbrush is only 16cm long and the size of a cigar, its perfect to slip into your pocket, handbag or travel bag. The toothbrush comes in 6 designs so there is one to suit everyone. They are available to purchase in all leading healthcare shops.

With this lovely toothbrush, dental hygiene has become so easy that there is no excuse  not to brush your teeth at lunchtime. The dental association do say that if you are unable to brush your teeth after eating lunch or snacks, a good rinse with a mouth wash is strongly advised.

So how often do you brush and floss your teeth??? Has this post reminded you that you should be brushing more often????

I was sent a sample of the Sonic Chic for review purposes I was not asked to write a positive review, all the opinions are of my own judgement of the product.

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Back to school Bag #Bostik Challenge

Its already August and the school summer holidays are in full swing but it won't be long before school opens in September. Shops are already geared up with school uniforms, stationery shops are all packed with back to school stationery and bags. This month the Bostik challenge box has a "back to school" theme.

As always Little M and I always create a craft together from the bostik box, but Little M visiting her grandparents for the summer holiday so she was not able to create the craft with me. This month in the box there were lots of funky foam letters and alphabet, a pencil holder some card , fabric and a tote bag.  I really liked the idea of decorating the tote bag with a back to school theme. The bag is perfect to carry a sandwich and a small drink or alternatively note book and pencils.

To create the back to school tote bag you will need:

I fabric tote bag
An old magazine
Felt Tip pens of choice
Bostik glue
Foam letters.

How to make:

1.First place the old magine inside the tote bag so that when you draw on it the ink will not pass through the fabric to the other side.
2. Arrange the funky foam letters to spell back to school and using the blue stick them on the tote bag.(Although the letters had sticky back peel off,  they were not sticky enough so it is better to add extra glue to make them stick better.)

3. Using your coloured pens Draw any type of school doodling on the bag.
4. Leave to dry with the magazine still in it so that the ink does not transfer to the underside of the bag. Once the ink is dry remove the magazine and your bag is ready to fill with scool goodies or stationery.

Being part of the Bostik 2016 bloggers with Tots100 and Merrily Crafts, I was sent some craft items in a box to create this project.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Cashew nut and Oats Energy Balls

I love cashewnuts, they are one of my favorite nuts, I can eat them raw, roasted, fried  in stirfries and also in for breakfast. They have a lower fat content than most nuts and are high in Magnesium which is vital for healthy bones.

To encourage my family to eat some thing for breakfast , especially the youngsters I make these delicious Cashew nut and Oats energy bars with Mehdool dates. They have no added sugar and taste absolutely divine.

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Cashewnut and Oats Energy Balls
Scrumptious energy balls made with cashew nuts and oats, perfect for a healthy treat.

  • 6 Medjool dates (pitted)
  • 1/2 cup Cashew nuts
  • 1/2 cup Organic oats
  • 1 tablespoon Agave Nectar
  • 1 tablespoon Organic Cacao powder

1. In a frying pan add the cashew nuts and oats and dry roast them on medium heat for 3-4 minutes. 2. Transfer the toasted oats and cashew nuts to a food blender.3. Add dates, cacao powder and golden syrup to the blender and blend the mixture until it just stars to come together. I like my mixture left coarse.4. Transfer the mixture from the blender on to a plate and roll small walnut sized balls . Dust with cocoa powder if desired.
Prep time: Cook time: None Total time: Yield: 18 balls

These delicious Cashew nut and Oat energy balls will keep for up to 10 days in an air tight container. I always make a double  batch of them  but they get eaten within a few days. They also make the perfect gift as they are vegan, no added sugar and totally healthy to nibble on.

You may want to check out some other delicious recipes of Energy Balls below:
Sticky Toffee Pudding Raw Energy Bars  from Tinned Tomatoes
Chocolate Cardamom Tahini Truffles from Nadia's Healthy Kitchen
Chilli Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Energy Balls from Tin and Thyme

The World of the Happy Pear Book review and giveaway

Being a vegetarian I am always looking for cook books that have vegetarian recipes in them as I feel I get my monies worth from purchasing the book and also that the author actually understands the vegetarians diet. The world of the Happy Pear is an amazing book. I recently attended the launch for it by Penguin .The authors of the book are David and Stephen Flynn, The twin brothers are based in Ireland where they run  a  The Happy Pear Cafe and shop. They have a fantastic jovial personality that comes through each and every recipe in the book. The twins turned vegetarian  in their late 20's and this is their second book.

The book has a range of recipes ; breakfast, soups,salads, mains. snacks and dips and of course the sweet stuff. The book is beautifully laid out with fantastic photos.The best bit of the book is that both the authors share their personal family photos and show the whole family interacting with the food and cooking and creating recipes. It makes the recipe book more of a journal and gives it a real personal touch.

From the book I have tried various recipes, I particularly liked the super fudgy almond brownies, spring green and cashew pesto and the parsley,cashew and sundried tomato pesto.
My most favorite recipe in the book which I have now made several times is the aubergine rolls. I love aubergines nad this recipe is absolutely a winner.

I would highly recommend the book as it's so useful, the recipes are simple to follow and most can be created without any specialist ingredients.


Total 15/15

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Monday, 1 August 2016

Lychee and Berry Cooler

Summer time is perfect to dine outdoors, I adore the smell of the barbecue in the summer heat, the sound of the crackling coals as they burn and the breeze from the trees makes it an idyllic evening. I relish sitting in the garden in the evenings with a cooling mocktail just enjoying the evening as the sun goes down.

I particularly like tropical flavours in my mocktails and pairing them with seasonal berries is a trick I learnt many years ago. The Sweetness from the lychee and the tang from the blueberries makes Lychee and Berry Cooler a really refreshing mocktail.

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Lychee Berry Cooler
A refreshing summer mocktail with tropical flavours and berry burst.
  • 150ml Lychee Juice
  • 150ml Soda water
  • 10 Mint Leaves
  • 1 cupful Ice
  • 60g Sugar
  • 1 Lime cut into slices
  • 200g Blueberries
  • 60 ml Water

1. In a saucepan add 150 g of blueberries (reserve rest for garnish) together with water and sugar and simmer the mixture until the sugar is melted and the berries soften. Mash the berries with the back of the spoon. Remove the pan from the heat and strain the mixture to make blueberry syrup.Keep aside to use as needed.2.Take two tall glasses Add three tablespoons of Blueberry syrup to each glass and half fill the glasses with ice cubes.3.Add slices of lime, few blueberries and a couple of mint leaves into the glasses. Pour over the ice about 50 ml of Lychee Juice and 50 ml of soda water. 4. Garnish with blueberries and mint leaves and serve immediately.
Prep time: Cook time: None Total time: Serves: 4

This post is in collaboration with thebar who asked me to create my favorite summer mocktail