True Company Review

When True Company (a beauty company) approached me to ask whether I’d want to collaborate with them, I initially thought that they’d sent the DM to the wrong Instagram account. My usual collaborations are, of course, with health food and fitness companies/ brands so I was confused as to how we could work together. But, alas, the message was for me and it made me realise the importance and intimate link between skin care/ oral hygiene and nutritional health/ regular exercise. Therefore, I’m really excited to announce that I’ve been asked to review two of their products and highlight to you all that looking after your body is crucial from the outside and inside – there’s too much focus in the social media sphere on clean eating, gym routines, and even fad dieting but not enough on the necessity to combine these efforts with an awareness of, and proactive mindset towards, cosmetic care and beautician routines… It’s time to change that!
MIRAI TOOTHBRUSH: This is the product of a truly revolutionary quality! As the newest innovation in the Dental Industry, you’re sure to get top-of-the-range features and quality oral care. After using the rechargeable Mirai toothbrush for just under a fortnight, I can already say that I’m hooked and never going back to my old electric toothbrush. The innovative silicone bristles DO NOT retain bacteria and so ensures the upmost hygiene that you want (especially after a wholesome breakfast) and so a quick, simple 2-3 minute daily and nightly brush keeps those pearly whites looking (well) white and glossy. It’s incredible that the non-porous silicone also prevents bacteria build up, making the Mirai toothbrush virtually self-Sanitising on its own without a separate sanitation unit!!
Because it’s so hygienic and bacteria-free, you only need to replace the brush head ONCE a year – meaning that you’ve got one less thing to worry about in your day-to-day hectic life and more time to cook those waffles or spread peanut butter on your toast… Brilliant – practicality, convenience, and efficiency at its finest👌 It’s also won me over because, yes I am a young female who likes shiny, new, sleek technological products, and the Mirai Toothbrush has a beautiful smart elegant design which will get you feeling modern, hip, and ultra suave. It feels so soft in your hands (unlike other plastic toothbrushes with a poor handle grip) and the bright red colour looks really cool amongst my other toiletries/ bathroom appliances. Plus, it’s really comfortable when brushing; it even has a gentle gum massage function which is so relaxing, soothing your stresses, and maintains the health of your gums at the same time 😁 Basically what I’m saying is that you can freely go eat that falafel wrap or pancake stack because the new Mirari toothbrush has your back and will prevent any nasty bacteria colonies building up in your mouth, and on the toothbrush itself so you get the best possibile oral care today!img_8526
MIRAI FACE BRUSH: As a stressed-out student-cum-rower-cum-food-blogger-cum-socialite-cum-girlfriend (etc. etc.), I lead a very busy life which has definitely taken its toll already (the bags under my eyes are insane), even at the age of 19; so I was so excited to try out one of the most innovative anti-aging tools on the market. I’d say you’re never too young or too old to start taking care of your skin and treating yourself to a pamper session – not just for the visible effects but also for the mental effects i.e. The pleasurable feeling of taking a few minutes out of your life to de-stress and self-indulge in a nightly beauty regime which will give your skin a healthy and happy glow!
Combined with the Mirai face cleanser, I now enjoy the deepest cleansing facial experience ever – my pores have never felt so unclogged in my life; and generally my skin feels more elastic and healthy! It’s remarkable how quickly I’ve started seeing immediate results… Gently massaging and stimulating the skin, the Mirai Face brush has (even after just a couple of uses) established a firmer, and more smoother, more vibrant and youthful appearance. So with the Mirai Cleanser (which is formulated for maximum results), they really are an advanced anti-aging duo to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles 👍
It’s also designed to suit skin types of all kinds – I naturally have slightly oily skin and have found the Mirai Face brush to be particularly helpful in removing excess oil (as well as make up) but it has silicone bristles compatible for all skin types, so is perfect even if you have dry skin 🙌 It really is the prettiest, softest, most convenient and gorgeous face brush on the market which has rechargeable features so is good for the planet as well – hooray for non batteries! It’s particularly effective when accompanied with ‘superfood smoothies‘ with chlorella or spirulina which also help to promote healthy, happy skin – the Mirai Face brush is the way to go for direct, immediate results if that’s what you’re after!

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OMG Tea Matcha Review

As part of Thrive Magazine‘s blogger project, co-hosted with OMG Tea (Organic Matcha Green Tea), I was commissioned to create two matcha recipes accompanied with social media posts, two recipe videos (which was so exciting and new for me!) as well as a review of OMG Tea‘s matcha powder…


For those of you who don’t know much about matcha green tea and are confused about what I am talking about, matcha is a powdered green tea grown in specific regions of Japan. Matcha green tea is absolutely incredible in terms of nutrient content as it contains over 137 times the antioxidants of standard green tea, as well as a ‘feel good’ amino acid derivative called L-Theanine. It is also known to improve mental focus and awareness; boost your metabolism (i.e. you can burn fat faster and easier); detoxify the body as it contains cleansing chlorophylls; help fight diseases; and have anti-aging properties.


Now, as a healthy food blogger, of course I’ve heard the plethora of amazing health benefits of matcha powder, and tried the superfood in a variety of ways – in smoothies, sifted and drunk as a tea, sprinkled over oatmeal etc. However, to be honest with you, I was not particularly taken by the craze of matcha – it is definitely for an acquired palette as the taste of matcha is quite strong; it is the chlorophyll and amino acids that give matcha its unique rich taste. I was also not so convinced that I could notice any significant difference in my concentration levels or metabolism – that was until I tried OMG Tea Matcha.


What makes OMG Tea special is that it is the highest quality matcha powder that you can find on the market – you can even tell by the colour of their matcha which is a lighter, more vibrant green colour than other brands of matcha which have a darker, duller colour! I most certainly felt much more energised and relaxed after starting to incorporate their matcha in my meals – blended in smoothies, sprinkled over my breakfast porridge bowl, at afternoon tea time… It was the increase in concentration levels and reviving feeling that most took me by surprise, and as a student I need to be in a focused and stress-free mood, I will definitely continue drinking OMG Tea daily for an energy boost – it’s much healthier and more effective than coffee! It’s now part of my daily routine and is the perfect way to put that extra spring in your step and feel more motivated 🙂 Taken daily, OMG Tea has helped me (and my parents) to shed a few pounds and keep generally fit and healthy.


All in all, I most certainly recommend you try OMG Tea ASAP!

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Rhythm108 Review


I was very excited to be offered a chance to sample the Rhythm108 Dessert Bar range – of course I wouldn’t decline such an opportunity! And I wasn’t disappointed either; look at that amazing parcel of goodies they sent including some matcha order, coconut chips and dried strawberries to experiment around with in the kitchen 😍


– BANANA MUFFIN: From just tearing open the colourful, vibrant and attractive packaging, my senses were raised by the luscious, dense banana-y smell reminiscent of banana bread. Excited to sample this Rhythm108 bar, I eagerly chopped up a half to try it as it was and oh my was it delicious! I loved the dense texture of the bar and that it wasn’t too chewy but held together nicely.. But the taste was simply perfect: not overly sweet that the treat felt decadent and sickly, but sweet enough to curb those afternoon cravings!
The other half (which I heated up as the instructions on the back recommended) was, of course, naturally softer and chewier but also slightly more crumbly which changed the texture to resemble more of a muffin which I really enjoyed as it felt more like a dessert so satisfied my sweet tooth!
– LEMON CAKE: Mmm this was so scrumptious – zesty, lemony and so light! Loved the spring/ summery feel to this dessert bar; totally getting me into a more positive and energetic mood 🙂 Loved how the texture was dense like the other bars, but not as rich which meant that it felt more like a snack rather than a heavy, decadent dessert so is more suited to the current warmer weather👌

Warmed up, this bar was even more delicious as the texture was softer and more gooey so a gorgeous warm and melty feeling in your mouth ❤️

– COCONUT MACAROON: I liked how this dessert bar had a different texture than the others: slightly more crumbly, although still dense, less fudge-like and more brownie-like! The taste was, as usual, spot on with the right balance between sweet and decadent; however, as a nutter for coconuts, I would’ve liked a stronger coconut taste but for most people it will probably be just right 🙂

When heated up, this bar simply came alive with a warm, pull-apart feel to it to perfectly accompany your afternoon tea ❤ I also think that the coconut flavour came out more strongly so I’d advise coconut lovers like me to heat this baby up 😜 And at only 175 per bar, it’s the perfect guilt-free treat!

– APPLE PIE: Omigosh this flavour was simply gorgeous! I loved the dense yet soft and chewy texture which was so easy to bite into and the melt-in-your-mouth sensation ❤️ The taste was, as ever, absolutely delicious with a strong cinnamon kick and apple flavour which reminded me of Christmas and warm apple pie on cold wintery evenings!

Perfect for the nostalgic sentiments of colder days – so is even more special when baked in the oven for a couple of minutes to get that soft and melty texture accompanied with a lovely cinnamon smell wafting around the kitchen👌

– CHOCO-WALNUT BROWNIE: Yummy is all I can say! I was actually pleasantly surprised when I bit into this bar as the texture and taste was not what I was expecting 😱 I thought the bar would be dense, rich and guilt-trippingly decadent but I was, instead, met by a light, crumbly, cake-like texture and a dark cacao taste that wasn’t overly sweet or sickening! It was love at first bite, I’m telling you ❤️ And the chopped up pieces of crunchy walnuts were a treat to complement the cake-like texture of the bar👌

For extra ooziness and cacao love, I’d definitely recommend heating this bar up as it really intensifies the cacao taste and creates a melt-in-the-mouth feeling of chocolately heaven.. Mmmm 😍

Mindfully, Moni x

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The Healthy Body Kit Review

 
With the winter months come cold, dark nights and so we tend to slip into bad habits – both in terms of dietary and fitness choices; so it only seemed the perfect time to try out and review The Healthy Body Kit! I love the fact that, at the HBK, they celebrate all things healthy and include some fantastic products in their boxes for you to try, helping you to feel a little healthier during a season where one naturally feels slightly sluggish and eat/ drink a little extra 🙂

Our aim is to help you become the best version of yourself that there is – fitter, healthier and happier! – The Healthy Body Kit

The Healthy Body Kit is a monthly subscription, especially designed for women who – like me – have a keen interest in Health, Fitness and Organic Skin Care; a fully body approach to health and wellbeing. Each month you can receive a selection of amazing products delivered directly to your door – so no need to make that trip to WholeFoods or Planet Organic! They pride themselves in only selecting the very best products for their kits and aim to provide you with a selection of fitness, health and organic skin care products to sample. 

 

What’s included in a Healthy Body Kit?

  • Fitness Supplements
  • Organic skin care
  • Health Supplements
  • Health foods and clean eats

Although that sounds (and is) incredible in itself, The Healthy Body Kit is much more than just a subscription box! Each month you will also have access to their online resource, called ‘A Healthier You’ which enables you to access a 30 day fitness plan, healthy recipes and meal plans, informative blogs to help support your steps towards a healthier lifestyle and amazing discounts for some of your favourite healthy products and brands. It’s an absolutely brilliant way to keep motivated and achieve all your fitness/ health goals so that you don’t feel like you have to do it all by yourself, making it less daunting and more manageable to accomplish your aims!

 I received the December Healthy Body Kit which had these fabulous products, carefully selected for their nutrition, health benefits and/ or organic sources:

  1. Terre Verdi FranChouliPom Facial Serum: With organic argan and pomegranate oils, which bring vitamins and antioxidants to your skin naturally, the FranChouliPom facial serum also brings frankincense and patchouli essential oils to the fight against the effects of stress and ageing. Like the rest of the Terre Verdi range, this facial serum is designed to keep your skin look fabulous: supple, nourished and taut. Use daily on your face to help prevent dryness and lines. It can also be used as massage oil. FranChouliPom facial serum is 99% organic and COSMOS certified organic.
  2. Love Your Blender’s ‘Super Berry’: A single serving sachet of superfoods, whole nuts and seeds, to boost your at-home smoothie with nutrition and flavour. Just add in your blender with fresh ingredients. Recipe suggestions are inside the label – follow the Intense suggestion for a decadently dark, intensely fruity drink; follow the Creamy suggestion for a comforting, velvety, sweet cinnamon treat. Both are packed with antioxidants, thanks to a trio of Brazilian berries – goji, camucamu and acai – and bursting with good fats, fibre and whole protein. No blender? Try stirred into porridge for a tasty superfood boost.
  3. Buff Bake Protein Nut Butter: Buff Bake offers a variety of flavours – I received the Snickerdoodle Protein Almond Butter, which was simply luscious ❤ Each 340g jar of this delicious nut butter is fortified with all natural whey protein so you’re guaranteed 11g of protein per 2 tablespoons, plus: 6g of Fibre,7g of Carbohydrates, just 1g of Sat Fats. It also has added chia, hemp and flax seeds – ideal for keeping your Omega-3 and antioxidant levels topped up. Handmade using the finest, freshest almonds, this fantastic almond butter has no added sugar (contains naturally occurring sugar) or salt and is even gluten free.
  4. The Chia Co 8g Chia Seed Sachet: A great way to get a nutritional boost on the go, two shots of chia a day will provide you with 3g of Omega 3 ALA, 6g of dietary fibre and more than 3g of complete protein. These nutritious little seeds can be eaten raw – sprinkle onto your porridge or granola or add to salads and smoothies.
  5. Healthspan Elite: Performance Greens has been developed by Healthspan Elite’s nutrition experts alongside their Official Partners, Team Sky, to provide a convenient means of topping up the fruit and vegetables you get naturally in your diet.Containing a high potency blend of 14 vegetables, fruits, herbs and botanicals, Performance Greens is a nutrient dense formulation packed full of vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and fibre. Ingredients include algae superfoods, spirulina and chlorella, dark leafy green vegetables such as spinach and kale plus highly concentrated matcha tea.
    As well as being rich in phytochemicals and polyphenols, these specific ingredients have been chosen as they are alkaline-forming. Effective cell metabolism is of critical importance for recovery and overall performance. Cells and tissues require a slightly alkaline environment to function effectively. One of the simplest ways of achieving and maintaining the perfect PH balance in the digestive system is through a diet that is rich in alkaline-forming foods.
    Created to be highly palatable, Performance Greens has a delicious natural lime flavour and is gently sweetened with stevia. Stevia is an organically formed product made from the crystallisation of plant leaf and has the added benefit of being virtually calorie free.

Mindfully, Moni x

Wild Thing Paleo Review


When Wild Thing contacted me looking to collaborate, I couldn’t say no to their exciting and vibrant Paleo bars. I knew that this was a company who I’d love working with as their ethos complements mine – bio, vegan, organic, Paleo and generally wholesome food without comprising the delicious factor!

I’m a big advocator for eating Organic foods because organic paleo food is grown without pesticides and in a way that helps bio-diversity thrive. It also guarantees that there are no additives, chemicals or unacceptable processing added during production. That’s why I love that Wild Thing organic paleo bars are made exclusively with raw ingredients.

BERRIES AND SEEDS: On an initial impression, I loved the look of this Wild Thing bar – the deep, vibrant purple colour and funky design gives the whole company and snacking experience a fun and carnival-like feel to it. And that’s exactly the sensation you experience when biting into the bar – a burst of wholesome nutty and berryilicious yumminess (sunflower seeds, cranberries, pumpkin seeds, blueberries, goji berries) 👍 I also loved the texture, the chewiness of the bar is perfectly complemented by the crunch of some of the bigger nuts such as the pumpkin seeds to give an all-round delicious tasting experience👌


COCONUT & CHIA: Loved the crunchy, flapjack-like texture to this bar. I’d say that it was actually my favourite one as it was sweet (I have a major sweet tooth) due to the main ingredients being dates, coconut and cashews. But it had truly divine taste – similar to that of golden syrup – which perfectly complemented the slightly more bitter taste of the chia seeds.

CACAO & ALMOND: Heightened by the luscious smell of cacao, I was particularly excited to try out this flavour – and I definitely wasn’t disappointed! Biting into the bar, my tastebuds were awakened by the strong taste of cacao – in all its raw, natural, bitter and earthly glory ❤️ Think it is the perfect bar as a not too indulgent, guilt-free treat as its’ not overly sweet or decadent – so is absolutely the right snack to curb any hunger pangs or chocolate cravings without the feeling of guilt/ failed self control afterwards. Also loved how the chewy texture was broken up by small chunks of almonds to provide a crunch every now and again 🙂


NUTS & SEEDS: I’m simply in love with all things nutty so this bar was delicious in my opinion! It had a slightly different texture to the others due to its composition of various nuts and seeds (sunflower seeds, cashews, almonds, pumpkin seeds) and is crunchier, more grainy and has small pieces of nuts/ seeds distributed throughout the bar which I quite enjoyed as each bite has a slightly different taste and crunch to it 🙂 I was happy to find that there wasn’t simply one nut/ seed which overpowered the others in terms of flavour, each nut/ seed was definitely present in an equal and complementary way 👌 Absolutely divine!

Mindfully, Moni x

VitaLife: Matcha Review

I was particularly excited when VitaLife contacted me, asking whether I had tried out matcha green tea before. Of course I’ve seen matcha take over the health world and take over the fitness foodies’ newsfeed on Instagram, but I had never before ventured out to jump on the matcha bandwagon. That was, until I sampled VitaLife’s matcha tea.    I was even more thrilled at the invite to be part of the VitaLife affiliate programme, enabling me to offer my readers, followers and fellow healthnuts an exclusive discount off all online purchases from VitaLife. As featured on my discount codes page, you can use the code MINDFUL16 at the VitaLife checkout for 5% off all orders – the best news is that it’s unlimited use and has no expiry date so you can go absolutely wild with it 🙂 Maybe after reading my review, you’ll be inspired to try out their matcha green tea!?

For those of you who have never heard of matcha green tea and are wondering what on earth I am talking about, matcha is a powdered green tea grown in exclusive regions of Japan. Matcha green tea is absolutely amazing in terms of nutrient content as it has been found to contain over 137x antioxidants of standard green tea, as well as a ‘feel good’ amino acid derivative called L-Theanine. It is also known to improve mental focus and awareness; boost your metabolism (i.e. you can burn fat faster and easier); detoxify the body; and have anti-aging properties. With a plethora of health benefits, Vitalife offer the most extensive range of matcha green tea in the UK.


In terms of the taste, it is definitely for an acquired palette as the taste of matcha is quite strong – it is the chlorophyll and amino acids that give matcha its unique rich taste. Although matcha has an initial vegetal, astringent taste, it is then followed by a lasting sweetness which makes the overall drinking experience pleasurable and relaxing. I liked drinking my matcha in the traditional Japanese style: sifted (to remove the lumps) and then whisked with hot water to produce a full-bodied green tea as I enjoyed the intensity of the taste (I do love strong flavours such as dark chocolate). However, matcha is very versatile and can be added as an ingredient (to oatmeal, for example, smoothies or banana ice cream) since the taste of becomes much subtler – and turns the food a lovely shade of green.

Mindfully, Moni x

 

InSpiral Cakes Review

I was so excited to be approached by InSpiral who were looking to collaborate in the lead up to Christmas as a way to promote their Limited Edition Raw Christmas Cake! Of course I said yes immediately – I simply love InSpiral; my favourite hangout in Camden and of course everything on their online website is just lush ❤ So to receive a box of four abolsutely delicious and wholesome raw cakes actually made my week – ask anyone, the grin could not be wiped off my face XD Anyways, I’ve written a review of the four flavours which I was so kindly sent to taste and sample…  

RAW VANILLA BERRY TART: I absolutely loved this gorgeously smooth, melt-in-your-mouth tart. From the word go, I fell for the cute-as-buttons packaging that although is simple, perfectly correlates to the InSpiral ethos of plant-based, wholesome food with no nasties! But I was even more blown away but the delicious flavours and textures of each layer which completed one another beautifully: the sweet, thick blueberry jam; creamy, smooth cashew and coconut oil ‘cheesecake’; and dense, sticky walnut and almond base. I kid you not that in my long, experienced history of raw vegan desserts, this was most definitely one of the top ones because it was seriously so scrumptious and smooth – a seriously pleasurable, heavenly eating experience of pure bliss. It genuinely is the perfect treat as the portion is designed for a light, single serving which is nonetheless very satisfyingly filling due to the rich texture and dense ingredients!  RAW PASSIONFRUIT TART: As, of course, passionfruit is naturally more bitter and has more of a tang than most fruits, this tart was very zingy. The sharpness of the passionfruit layer complemented the creamy and dense cashew nut ‘cheesecake’ in a gorgeous manner, really tickling your tastebuds with the various flavours and sensations! I liked this tart in contrast to the others as it was much less decadent and not as rich so much more pleasurable if looking for a light, fruity and not so sweet dessert👌Even my non-health conscious uni neighbour loved it and wouldn’t have known that it was raw, vegan or gluten free – he’s officially converted and the no.1 fan of InSpiral!

RAW CHOCOLATE BLACKOUT TART: If you’re one for sweet treats and devilish decadence, then this is the perfect dessert for you! The rich, smooth, creamy texture simply melts in your mouth within seconds and is so luscious due to the avocado base. You really can’t taste the avocado but it most certainly contributed to the gorgeous texture. The taste as well is absolutely divine – think rich, dark and chocolately heaven. Accompanied with this velvety mousse-like pudding is a chocolately walnut and almond base which complements the main layer perfectly. It might be far too indulgent for some and I would definitely advise eating in two sittings but an all-round guilt-tripping yet totally wholesome, natural treat.


 – RAW CHRISTMAS CAKE: As InSpiral’s limited edition cake, I was most excited to taste this one! I’ve been feeling more and more Christmassy as the countdown gets closer and closer to 25th December so this plant-based goodness has just heightened my festive spirt. Delving into the luscious coconut vanilla cream frosting and then the raw marzipan layer and dense, spiced raw fruit and nut base was a whirlwind of all things Christmassy. Perfect treat for the festive season and deliciously wholesome as usual of course. Compulsory to serve with a Christmas playlist in the background and whilst wearing your favourite Xmas jumper 🎅🏼🎄🎁