Sweet Freedom (Review)

Do you ever find a staple product and always have to have it? Well thats how I feel with Sweet Freedom products. If you have been following my blog you know I am following Slimming World and being a chocolate and honey lover well that makes it difficult, until I found Sweet Freedom. For each of their products it is only 1/2 syn per level teaspoon!! Yes you read that right!

Sweet Freedom has 5 different products;

I use the syrup (which tastes like honey/maple syrup) in my over night oats, pancakes, baked oats, over fruit and nuts. The choc shot I use over ice cream, fruit, pancakes, baked oats, to bake with and a hot chocolate! The hot chocolate is so good when it’s made with Choc shot and Almond unsweetened milk!

I was so surprised by the taste of the syrup, it is a beautiful and thick syrup. I was worried that it wouldn’t be thick because it is so low calorie and vegan friendly, but it is! Heavenly! The same applies for the Choc shot, it is thick and has a gorgeous taste. I have raved about it that much in my Slimming World group around 50 members have bought it in the last few weeks, as we have our own group page and I always share my baked breakfast which all have Sweet Freedom products used in them.

Each product for me serves a different purpose depending what I am in the mood for. Recently I was inspired by the Slimming World HiFi macaroon bars and made Chocolate macaroon baked oats, where I used the Choc shot coconut which worked a dream.

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Chocolate Macaroon Baked Oats (5 syns)

When I fancy a Terry’s chocolate orange the Choc shot orange spice hits the spot! I bake with it then add some over the top, delicious!!

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Chocolate orange weetabix (5 syns)

The syrups are perfect for pancakes and waffles, yum! I am getting hungry just thinking about those. Waffles are my new obsession and the syrups are like the icing on the cake.

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Chocolate weetabix waffles (1 syns)

The things you can make with Sweet Freedom products are amazing. If you check out their Instagram and website you’ll be blown away by the range of recipes and how other people are using the products ever day. The fact it’s low calorie and a vegan product, makes it top marks! It is a staple that I could not be without, I use it almost everyday and replace it every few weeks!

You can purchase Sweet Freedom products from Asda, Tesco, Morrisons, Boots and many other stores, which you can find here.

COMPETITION to Win the set of Freedom Freedom product ends 30th September 2016.

A little stop motion I created:

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Spiralized Courgette Stirfry | using Oxo Spiralizer


The perfect dish for a light but filling lunch. Lightly spiced with cayenne pepper, did you know that cayenne pepper can help boost metabolism? Every little helps right?

I am always looking for ways to have a filling lunch with protein and nutritious vegetables.

I love the Oxo spiralizer, it makes it so easy to turn your normal courgette into courgettie, easing your craving for noodles and knowing you’re replacing it with something really good for you. It is so easy to use and quite fun! A separate review will be up soon but for now let’s talk food.


A few items that are cupboard and fridge staples will make this dish, remember you can add or exchange foods you would prefer and you can’t really go wrong. 

Spiralized courgettie stirfry

Prep time 5 mins – Total time 10-15 mins

Serves 1


Ingredients

  • 1 medium courgette
  • 1/4 red onion
  • 5 mushrooms
  • 2 bacon medallions chopped

Seasoning

  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne pepper
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of mixed herbs
  • 1 garlic clove

Directions

Start by heating up your pan on a low heat, spray with sunflower frylight or use a butter/oil of your choice. 

Fry of the red onion, once it starts to slightly soften add in your mushrooms, garlic and then your chopped up bacon medallions.

Spiralise your courgette using the spaghetti blade. Once this is done add it straight to the pan. 

Add in the cayenne pepper, herbs and salt. Cook until ready. Times vary depending on how you like your bacon. 

Enjoy! 

Notes:

To spice it up more add in some chilli flakes. You can add more veg like bean sprouts and peppers. As you see I added some beetroot and gherkins on the side with a nice refreshing drink. 

Transformation Tuesday

Hey guys!

Transformation Tuesday is upon us and it’s an interesting day, I scroll through some old pictures and if I have a new one I will compare them and share it on Instagram.

I love seeing how I’ve changed my life but one thing I have learnt is to not be ashamed of how I used to look or were I came from. I see a lot of negativity surrounding this, men and women use the tag and it’s amazing to see but I just wish we all were that little bit kinder to ourselves. If we don’t, then who will? 

We need to love ourselves now along the way. At the start I didn’t, I hated how I looked and couldn’t even look in a mirror. Now it is taking  my mind a while to catch up to the change and I’m slowly learning to love the change and dare I say myself? But that’s another story for another day.

So all I ask if you post your own photo, don’t be ashamed of your journey as it inspires so many people. 

So without further ado here is mine, still the same face just smaller and I’m a lot healthier.

6st 9lbs lost


Julie x

Get Date Night (Review)

Hey Guys!

So I have something a little different to share with you and I am excited to do so. On Instagram the company Get Date Night had a post asking for reviewers and after researching them I decided to send them a message and I am so glad I did.

They sent me a date night box so that my husband Thomas and I could enjoy. We haven’t had a proper date in almost 4 years!! Yes that long! We have had date/movie nights, but to me it lacks focus, maybe it’s my age and I just want a little more. Life can be hectic and sometimes I find a movie boring! When you go out for a date it can be romantic, the focus is on you both as a couple and to make time for each other.

So I had high hopes for the date night box and I didn’t know what to expect.

We didn’t open the box until Saturday night. We both agreed that we would get dressed up, set up the living room and get the kids off to bed a little earlier.

We set the mood with candles and a little music.

Then Thomas had to follow the directions on the card, which he had candles to light and a link to Spotify playlist, which was on point may I add!

Right away it took us away from the “typical” date night and I got butterflies in my tummy, it was a nice feeling.

We followed the steps and it created a date where we had to spend time with each other, no distractions and we had to get imitate.

I don’t want to give away to much of the box because it will take away the excitement if you want to order one for yourself but for example it had massage oil, face masks, rose petals, chocolate etc…

There were 7 cards in the box with a gift with each card, it made it exciting. Unfortunately I was allergic to one of the scents but Get Date Night have confirmed they have an allergy section when signing up so you won’t receive anything you are allergic too. We didn’t use the face masks because I had put make up on and got dressed up, if I knew it would have been more a pampering type of box I wouldn’t have done so, our next date we shall be using it though. Also one card recommended you get a bath or shower together using the soap and rose petals, unfortunately we don’t have the space for us both in our bath but we made it a little more intimate by using a bowl with a face cloth to spend time caressing our bodies, bringing a little Greek to the mix!

Overall thoughts

I think a date night box is a fantastic idea, I can’t believe I never thought about it myself! It isn’t just what is in the date box, it is the fact that you both choose to plan a night, spend it together, turn off the tech and really focus on each other.

The box is ordered so there is no running around planning anything, having to pick things up from different stores or trying to agree on a movie! Getting it in the post takes the pressure off and because you both don’t know what will be in the box it is an experience for you both.

When I am writing this and thinking about the date night we had, it makes me happy, it was memorable, we laughed, cuddled and spent a few hours on it. It didn’t revolve around food or any other of our usuals date night activities. It did bring us closer together and it made me remember why I love this man so much, nearly 9 years together and I got butterflies, I was nervous, excited and felt love. Now I know this may not be the case for everyone but this is how it made me feel.

The wheel hasn’t been reinvented with this box but an understanding of what couples need when you are not able to have proper date nights couldn’t be more spot on, I have been so impressed with this company!

Could I have planned a date night like this? Maybe! But I have never done so.

Would my husband be as keen if he knew I planned something like this? No, because he always believed he wasn’t in to this type of thing but he really enjoyed having the date night experience and he even said he would do it again, result!!

Would I purchase another box? Yes, depending on the price. Currently the price is TBC so I can’t really comment on the worth of the box. The products are artisan, so they’re not something you come across every day.

I loved the experience! I am excited to see how the company develops and if I do purchase a box I would totally go for the wine tasting, totally up our street!

Thank you Get Date Night for letting me review your Date Night box.

*Disclaimer* I was sent the Date Night box for review but I have given my full honest opinion.