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SUPERFOODIO NOVEMBER BOX

11/21/2016
Hello, I’m Jasmin and I am a snackaholic (hahahaha, help me). I’m also a sucker for a subscription box, so I’m basically Superfoodio’s ideal customer!

Getting food boxes delivered to your door has become the latest trend in healthy snacking; it’s easy, convenient and offers you a selection of things you probably haven’t tried before.

Superfoodio is one of these snack subscription boxes with a unique twist. Not only do you receive 7 superfood-infused treats, but each month you get a feature ingredient to play with, plus two recipe cards for inspiration on how to use it.


This month’s feature ingredient is Lingonberry Powder. To be completely honest the only time I’ve ever seen any Lingonberry products in the UK are on my frequent trips to Ikea (if you know, you know), so I was really excited to try it in a different context. The two recipes included this month are Lingonberry Chia Jam and Zingy Beetroot and Ginger Soup, both of which I can’t wait to try!

Here’s what I received in this month’s box…



I’ve already munched my way through the Superfood chocolate and the Raw Gorilla Munchies – if you haven’t tried them, trust me, you need to! I have no doubt that all the other snacks will be equally delicious. 

If you’d like to try a box for yourself, you can use the code "SUPERHEALTHYTWENTIES" and get 10% OFF anything on the Superfoodio website! (You can thank me later.)

What’s your favourite food subscription box?

CHOCOLATE TASTING AT BOM BOM PATISSERIE

11/03/2016
Last night, what would have potentially been a dull Tuesday evening, came to be a night filled with laughter, wine and most importantly, chocolate.


 Despite living in Loughborough for the past 5 years, I rarely venture outside of the Starbucks on campus for a coffee break. When my flatmate and I won tickets to a Chocolate Tasting Event held at the recently opened Bom Bom Patisserie, I was excited to see what it had to offer, (plus there was chocolate involved so I couldn’t say no).


We arrived at the Cafe around 6pm where we were greeted by Marta and Dan. I was immediately impressed by the interior of the cafĂ© (design nerd alert) and so I hope my photos do it justice! There were 9 of us in total and each attendee was given a sheet for taking notes and a Divine Chocolate Tasting Set. After a little introduction we were encouraged to study each bars appearance, take note of the aromas, melt and textures before experiencing the flavours. This was an altogether new experience for me but it was definitely a positive one. After sampling each of the six delicious flavours we scored them out of ten…70% Dark Chocolate with Raspberries was a clear winner in my opinion.


Most people love chocolate but few really know where or how it’s grown and what processes are involved to produce the bars we all know and love. One of my favourite parts of the evening was learning more about the company itself. Divine Chocolate is driven by a social mission. It is the only chocolate company which is 44% owned by the cocoa farmers. The ongoing sales of Divine also support women’s training programmes, challenging the conception that cocoa farming is “men’s work” and giving women more access to the income.


Each individual Divine chocolate wrapper tells a story of a person involved in the process. Here’s the first one I opened…

Ester Ephraim Mintah. Kuapa Kokoo farmer from Agyedum Society 
“Farmers in my society now enjoy free medical care, and I use the Fairtrade premium I receive to sponsor my siblings education and cater for my parents in their old age.” 

I could go on and on about the newfound respect I have for this company. As for Bom Bom Patisserie? Well they’ll be seeing a lot more of me over the next year. If you’re ever in Loughborough I would definitely recommend paying them a visit!


A huge thank you to Marta and Dan for hosting the event!

GREEN LEAF MATCHA

9/02/2016


I’ve been enjoying Matcha for a while now and if I’ve learnt anything, it’s that not all Matcha’s are created equal. Just a quick search on Amazon proves that the simple task of ordering a good quality Matcha for a reasonable price is difficult. Yes, there are cheaper alternatives available, but you really do get what you pay for and if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

When I was approached to review a sample of Green Leaf Ceremonial Matcha Powder (£21 per 30g) I was interested to see whether it was worth the price tag.


The Matcha arrives in a neat little tin which comes with a ring pull to seal in the freshness. Inside there’s a foil bag containing 30g of Organic Ceremonial Matcha Powder*. Straight away I could see that it was of premium quality because of its colour; a vibrant colour not only means a better flavour of Matcha but also more antioxidant powers. The taste did not let me down either! It’s extremely pure, so a little goes a long way. I found that ½ teaspoon was enough for one cup of tea. The powder is very fine so it’s really quick to dissolve and it doesn’t clump.

Once opened the Matcha should be kept away from direct sunlight and used within three months which definitely isn’t going to be a problem for me. I’m sipping on a Matcha latte as we speak!


Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and is my own impartial and honest opinion based on my personal usage of this product. As always, if I don’t like it, I will tell you! This blog only recommends products or services I use personally and believe will be beneficial to my readers. I hope you found my review useful and I’d love to hear your feedback! 


*There are three different grades of Matcha; Culinary, Latte and Ceremonial. Culinary is typically used in cooking and is low in quality. Latte grade is slightly better quality but best blended with milk. Ceremonial is the superior quality and is delicious simply mixed with water!

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