Forest Feast luxury snack review

After researching dried fruits and their benefits I came across Forest Feast, they are a premium dried fruit, seed and nut snack company from back home in Northern Ireland. The company started out with only mango on their shelves, but now they have over 150 different combinations and flavours in over 36 countries worldwide. How amazing is that?

They were kind enough to send me some samples to try out for myself and the kids. For me, nuts, seeds and dried fruit are an important part of my healthy lifestyle, something I use everyday in yogurt, breakfasts, baked oats or just as a snack. The kids take portioned snack pots to school, as too much of a good thing can be bad for us 😉

I absolutely loved these smaller snack packs, if you portioned it out you could have 20-25g for 5 syns. Just like other brands that have snack packs or shots but Forest Feast have a wider variety in the bag and no processed chocolate in there either! A full bag is around 15 syns so if you wanted a full bag, you could have one. 

If you’ve been following me a while you know I love adding toppings to my breakfast. Here I have Zoats and I topped it with Forest Feast goji berries; which added beautiful flavour of sweetness to my somewhat savoury breakfast. The berries didn’t last to long, between myself and my daughter using it in overnight oats. 

In this breakfast I used the Fruit, Nut and Berry mix; stirred it into my warm breakfast. It was beautiful. Having a crunchy texture mixing with a soft sweet hit of the berries, really made the breakfast. As I’m sure you can tell I am very passionate about breakfast. It is my favourite meal of the day, the biggest, healthiest and the one to set my day on the go.

My favourite snack was the apricots, keeping them in the fridge and dipping in when I fancied something sweet. Dried apricots really are like natures candy; just like mejooled dates.

I am planning to make some high protein energy balls with the rest and a few more recipes so keep your eyes peeled. I have already had some recipes on my YouTube channel and I have chatted about them there so be sure to check that out too.

So let’s talk about price? They’re a premium snack so it can seem a bit more expensive when you intitally see the price but when you compare it to some supermarket brands and depending on the offer, the price is competitive. I like that the snack bags are only £1 you can portion them out so they will last a few days. 

Will I purchase my favourites? Yes I will. You can buy these online;

  • Ocado
  • Amazon

Or in store;

  • Waitrose
  • Asda
  • Tesco
  • Costco
  • Dunnes stores (N.I.)

I can’t wait to get some more apricots and finally try some of Forest Feast Mejooled dates.

You can find out more information on Forest Feast website

All of the products that we tried got a positive reaction so they’re all great to have in the cupboard for a snack and a healthier alternative for school lunchboxes. I also find it a great tool for my children to know about healthier fats, carbs and protein in their diet.

If you’ve any questions leave them below x  

*Disclosure – Forest Feast did send me the products to do an honest review. Not affiliated or sponsored. 

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Tuesday daily food diary (weigh day)

So guys I managed to lose 11.5lbs over the last few weeks and managed a maintain at group; making it my lowest weight in over 14 years! So pleased!

So my diary for the day isn’t perfect as I had a bag of high syn sweets but I really fancied it. I was craving everything and could have eaten so much crap but I was satisfied after the sweets. So I was 15.5 syns over for the day, which means I’ll deduct a couple over the next week each day.

So here is Tuesdays diary;


Any questions please leave them below.

Top left; how many different foods I’ve had

  • P – protein 
  • F – free
  • S – speed

So for example I’ve had more speed but I will only count the different ones.

Bottom left;

  • P – Period
  • • is how frequent the toilet is

Daily food diary | what I eat on a day out. 

So you might be shocked when you see my diary and how many syns I used. I was on a day out and throughly enjoyed it. When I got home yes I indulged again; but I worked this in to my plan. All week I knew I was going to have pizza on Saturday, it was just a frozen one from Asda but I wanted it. I worked out the syns before hand and new I would “keep” some syns. Now I didn’t factor in I would have lunch out with a friend and I did enjoye some gorgeous food and a pud without checking the syns first. My bad but these things never happened often to me. It’s been years since I’ve actually done that so I lived for the moment. When going back over and working out my syns I used a whooping 87 but once I tallied it all up I still have 15 syns to do me to Tuesday! So seeing as this is Sunday now if I keep going on plan it still should work for me.

So here’s my diary and some photos for you. No SAS log today, never thought I would need it because I ate out and recording it once was enough lol





Daily food diary and SAS log

Another fab day guys, Feeling good! 


Alpro go on (1.5 syns) & orange to start the day.

Zoats (courgette oats) for breakfast. Cooked blueberries 2 syns for 100g & 2.5 syns for cocoa powder.

Spinach, Kale, Mango and kiwi smoothie for a snack. 2.5 syns for smoothie mix and 1 cup of almond milk and filled the rest with water and ice. 

Lunch was mince, GF pasta, tomatoes and spinach.

Dinner was Salmon, rice, courgette, pak choi & butternut squash chips.

Dessert was skinny cow lolly for 6 syns.

Ending the day on 14.5 syns!

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Getting back on track – daily food diary 

So guys I’ve been so off plan it’s unreal. Two weeks ago I gained 9lbs shocking! But I went through a lot and my binge eating has been out of control.

Two days ago I managed to get some strength and motivate myself to get back on track properly. I got an SAS log and using my planner from Little Things Planners. So I thought it would be great to share with you my daily meal plan. I am also doing insta stories (videos) going through the food and diary as to how I use it so make sure you follow me on Instagram 😉

Tuesday meal plan


So I’m not doing great having my full hexa. I find it hard because no vegan cheese is hexa and I don’t drink all the almond milk. So something to work on. With the SAS log I’ve realised I’m writing after I eat, like way after so I need to reflect and change that. I must admit I’m super hungry but that’s adjusting to being back on plan and getting used to what I can eat on the fodmap diet within slimming world. 

Also the dots on the page represents toilet habits! I hadn’t poo’d in over a week so this was awesome! So I need to see how many times I go and how long between. IBS is not fun.

Any questions please leave them below. 

Thanks guys and remember!

Never Stop & Stay Strong x 

Calling all Coffee Lovers | Littles Review


A coffee a day keeps the dr away? I’m sure I read that somewhere once! I can’t start my day without a coffee so what better way that a beautifully flavoured coffee that is 2 cals per cup and syn free if you are on slimming world.

Did you know that coffee can help in your diet?

According to this piece on the NHS “coffee can make you live longer” and “Drinking three to five cups of coffee a day could help people live longer, new research has found,” The Independent reports. 

It goes on to say that the study cannot prove cause or effect and that people who drink five cups of coffee a day are no more likely to have died. There are stats and numbers on that article if you like that sort of thing, so go check it out.

I‘m not claiming miracles here but the fact that you CAN enjoy coffee without the worries that are displayed in he media make me a happy bunny. 

Little’s are a small independent company that truly deliver on their products. Being low cal, syn free and no added sugar, they take pride in creating coffee for everyone. Even down to the advertising and product design, compared to large brands they’re stealing the show ❤️ 

These are the flavours I have tried;

  • Island Coconut 
  • Rich hazelnut 
  • Spicy cardamom
  • French Vanilla
  • Swiss chocolate 
  • Maple walnut

With each coffee I got a taste for the time of day I liked it. I prefer different types of coffee throughout the day, maybe that’s the coffee snob in me or I just like varied flavours, you decide 😉 but for me in the morning I loved French Vanilla, it is a light and refreshing coffee and sets me up for the day. In the evening I loved having Maple Walnut or Swiss Chocolate. Maple walnut has an amazing nut aroma whereas Swiss chocolate with almond milk, tasted like chocolate so it gave me my sweet fix without using syns. I found if I didn’t use milk you couldn’t taste the chocolate, it was more like a rich black coffee.

What I love is my diet has changed slightly and I am following the fodmap diet and mixing it with slimming world. The fodmap diet is for IBS and you are basically gluten and dairy free by I’m going to explain it in another post. So there’s a lot of foods limited, including some coffees but what I find is fantastic, Little’s coffee is completely fodmap safe, so I am over the moon with that! I can still enjoy my favourite coffee without worrying.

Now I have finished all my coffee, it feels like I have went through it really quickly but I do love my coffee ☕️💜.

If you would like to order your own pop over to We Are Littles website and use the code JUSTJULIE10 for your own discount 🙌🏻 

**I am a Little’s Ambassador but I have given my honest opinion on the coffee. I will only ever share products with you that I love and have purchased previously. I do not receive anything for sharing the discount code, not sponsored or affiliated, it is purely there for you to receive a wee discount on your order.

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Feeling like a Sunday mornin’

Morning everyone!

Today I made myself a new breakfast from the cook book Gut Feeling. If you follow me on Instagram and YouTube you will know I’ve had to change my diet to a fodmap diet for IBS. So trying to make it work with Slimming world is tough but I’m working on making it work.

So today’s breakfast;

  • 40g oats (HexB)
  • 170mls almond dark chocolate (part hexa)
  • Cinnamon (free)
  • Raspberries (1/2 syn for cooked)
  • 5g flaked almonds (1 syn)
  • 1 tbsp linseed (3 syns)

This was absolutely beautiful! Surprisingly so, but the best thing about it is, I am having no problems with my gut! So hopefully this will be a nice addition.

Yes it is a lot of syns but right now I can’t have chocolate or nice treats. I can’t have any gluten products to diary so it is testing. I’m trying my hardest though.

Let me know your favourite breakfast in the comments below and if you follow another diet along with slimming world I would love to know too.

Until next time guys,

Never Stop & Stay Strong 💪🏻