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#RealJuice - Viva Collection Juicer

Sunday, 19 October 2014

I've been taking part in the Philips campaign which promotes #RealJuice for the past week. They want to encourage people to add one juice a day to their diet which is much easier to stick to than one of those juice cleanses. I've had a little help with this challenge in the form of a Philips Viva Collection Juicer to play with and a 7 day juice plan to follow written by celebrity nutritionist Madeleine Shaw. Madeline has created recipes such as pre-workout, energy boosting and a hang over cure so there's a juice to help my body cope with any situation. 

I don't think I would have the time or be able to afford a juice detox, you need to drink the juice fresh so it doesn't lose any nutrients (I'm not going to take my juicer to work) and buying a large variety of fresh fruit and veg can be rather expensive. A one a day approach is perfect for someone like me who is new to juicing at home and who hasn't tried vegetable juices before. 

I've used my mini juicer for over a week now and I'm very pleased with it. I've been using a mini Viva design by Philips which is super compact and takes up hardly any room in my kitchen. 

The Philips juicer has QuickClean technology which means it takes less than a minute to clean, great for someone who is allergic to cleaning like me. With other juicers a lot of pulp fibres usually get stuck in the sieve, which makes it very difficult to clean. Thanks to the innovative QuickClean technology, all surfaces of the sieve of this model are smooth, which helps you wipe away the fibres with are a regular kitchen sponge. The round design and smooth surfaces without nooks and crannies also makes it easier to clean AND all removable parts can be safely cleaned in the dishwasher.
The juicer was very easy to use and the chute that you put your vegetables and fruit in is pretty big so I barely had to prep anything before juicing. The video below is a very useful to look at before you start juicing. Top tip, do not juice bananas and peel lemons and limes thoroughly before juicing because the white peel gets stuck in the juicer (I found this out the hard way and spent 20 mins fishing it out)

I couldn't wait to use my juicer but my fruit and veg delivery hadn't arrived yet so my first juice was made using whatever I had in the house. I opted for orange, carrot, lime and grape which was very tasty and just what I needed after a long day in work.

Keep an eye out for my post next week about the 7 day juice plan I followed, lots of lovely juice recipes and my thoughts on juicing. If you want to take a look at the juices I've been making check out the #RealJuice tag on instagram & twitter.

Are you a fan of juicing? Can you recommend any good flavour combinations?

My All Bran 5 Day Challenge Experience

Monday, 13 October 2014

You may eat a very healthy diet but it doesn't necessarily mean you are getting enough fibre. A lot of diets promote a high protein intake and reducing portions so fibre can be really lacking from your diet which can lead to all sorts of issues. Many people suffer from symptoms of digestive discomfort such as bloating and feelings of sluggishness from time to time. In fact, research estimates around 40% of the population suffer from bloating regularly.Symptoms can often becomes worse when we are irregular and have a slow digestive transit time, which is where eating enough fibre, especially wheat bran fibre may help.

The recommended GDA of fiber is 25g per day and most adults consume only 12g per day which is pretty shocking. You can get half of that 25g allowance in just one bowl of All Bran and if you eat plenty of fresh vegetables you will soon hit the daily target. I eat crumpets for breakfast most days but opt for weetabix or cheerios if I'm in a rush so I was keen to try something new and I had five different flavours of All Bran to try so I knew I wouldn't be bored by the challenge I was going to undertake. 

My 5 Day Challenge experience

I took part in the 5 Day Challenge and I was shocked at the difference it made after only a couple of days.  I had Kellogg's All-Bran every morning for breakfast, topped with skimmed milk and fruit. I noticed that the increase of fibre in my diet made me feel great and far less bloated. If your normal diet lacks fibre, you will notice a massive difference in just a couple of days.

I had lots of flavours to try out and really enjoyed eating something different everyday. It can be so dull having the same old breakfast and this challenge definitely helped me to eat more fruit and mix things up. 

I had to make sure to drink 2L+ of water because for fibre to work effectively, it needs to absorb water. That’s because fluids help to form the soft, bulky mass that is passed through the body and turned into waste. Not enough water can lead to constipation and an uncomfortable, bloated feeling so make sure you drink enough. Water, tea, coffee, fruit juice, squash, soft drinks, vegetables juices and even soups count towards fluid intake.

Will I continue eating All-Bran?

As a healthy eater and someone following a diet plan, I usually include enough fibre in my diet, but I will definitely repurchase All Bran Original and Bran Flakes. As much as I loved the ones with added dried fruit they came in at around 9 ProPoints a bowl so adding fresh fruit rather than eating ones with dried fruit fits in better with my Weight Watchers plan.

If you want to take part in the 5 Day Challenge like me take a look at the All-Bran challenge page.

All-Bran 5 Day Challenge & competition

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Start feeling All-Bran new in just 5 Days! I'm going to be taking part in the All-Bran Challenge which aims to prove that
it's easy to set tummy niggles aside and increase your fibre intake.

Why do we need to eat more fibre?  

Many people suffer from symptoms of digestive discomfort such as bloating and feelings of sluggishness from time to time. In fact, research estimates around 40% of the population suffer from bloating regularly.

Symptoms can often becomes worse when we are irregular and have a slow digestive transit time, which is where eating enough fibre, especially wheat bran fibre may help.

Kellogg Report, 2010, Taylor Nelson & Sofres (TNS) Research International; London; UK, 2010.

You can increase the amount of fibre in your diet by making some simple changes:
  • Start your day with a cereal high in natural wheat bran fibre, such as Kellogg's All-Bran.
  • Go for brown rice or whole wheat pasta instead of the white varieties – or try a 50:50 mix.
  • Opt for a handful of nuts or fruit instead of crisps, snack bars or biscuits.
  • Switch from white bread to wholemeal, seeded or another high-fibre variety.
  • Make sure you’re eating at least five servings of fruit and vegetables every day.
  • Add peas, beans or lentils to stews and casseroles.
  • Add extra vegetables when making meat sauce for lasagne, curries, chilli etc., or why not go veggie and make a meat free version for a change?
  • Choose wholemeal, oat or rye crackers instead of your usual variety.
The Kellogg's All-Bran range provides between 2.7g and 10.8g fibre per serving, which is up to 43% of your recommended fibre intake (the Guideline Daily Amount of fibre is 25g per day). In addition to the benefits of natural wheat bran fibre, Kellogg's All-Bran cereals provide an important source of folic acid, 5 B-vitamins and iron.

If you want to take part in the All-Bran 5 Day challenge like me head to this site and register. It's easy and there are lots of benefits. 

1 Sign Up for Free - It’s fast, free and you could be feeling great in no time.
Email Reminders - Get daily tips and delicious recipes tailored to your digestive health.
Track Your Progress -Use our Tummy Tracker to watch your digestive health improve.
Feel All-Bran New - In five days you could be feeling energised and revitalise.

All-Bran are making it easy for you to take part by offering you a chance to win 5 boxes of their cereal, that's enough for the whole family to join in with the challenge! All you need to do is fill in the form below.

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Make sure you check back next week to see how I'm getting on with the challenge.

WIN - Tefal Infiny Press Juicer

Friday, 8 August 2014

We've got a great giveaway for you today, Tefal are giving you the chance to win one of their  new juicers worth £199!

Do you juice or like to have a juice detox? It’s something I’ve wanted to try for a long time and I'm always envious of those morning juice photos on Instagram when I'm munching on my boring Weetabix. It’s super healthy, and it’s a way of sneaking fruit and veg into your diet (great to encourage kids to have more) and it would save me loads of money from buying shop-bought juice.

The Infiny Press juicer offers a great way of preparing fresh juice at home. The Infinity Press works by slowly rotating a a screw mechanism which presses fruits, vegetables and even herbs very delicately to get the best out of them, to preserve as much flavour and vitamin goodness as possible. This gentle pressing process preserves as much flavour and vitamin goodness as possible by making full use of all the resources the fruit or vegetable has to offer. This helps you to produce fresh juice that is full of nutrients and tastes delicious.

  • 35% more juice 
  • 30% more vitamin C 
  • 75% more antioxidants 

With a choice of two stainless steel filters you can have your juices smooth or with pulp, and with the compact size of the juicer it makes it easy to store. All of the removable parts are dishwasher safe, meaning less washing up too, bonus!

Compared with standard juicers, Infiny Press Revolution’s press technology can obtain up to:
 It's not your standard juicer as the Infiny Press features two removable filters which provide two functions – juice and coulis. So whether you want to make a revitalising breakfast juice or add the finishing touches to a dessert, the Infiny Press will help you achieve your juicing needs.
If you want some inspiration and ideas of what to make with a juicer head to the Tefal page here. The possibilities are endless.
All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is fill in the widget below. 

Good Luck!