Review- Marks and Spencer Coconut Pot 

Yes it’s another coconut product, and yes they are popping up everywhere, but I am fond of a bit of coconut and it is another dairy free option, so I thought I’d give this a try.  Marks and Spencer, like so many of the supermarkets have been expanding their free from ranges and this is part of the new range. 

  

  I like the design, it’s simple and easy to recognise. I also like the fact that, unlike a lot of M&S products, the sugar content is much lower and it isn’t soya based ( I don’t like it, and too much make me queazy). 

   

 

So the taste test, I like it. Now it’s not going to suit everyone’s palette, there is no sweetness to it at all, however you do get a delicate hint of coconut And no bitter aftertaste to it like some other brands. It’s creamy texture it lovely, and topped with honey and granola it makes a great breakfast. It’s also suitable for both vegetarian and vegan diets. 

The down side for me is the nut allergy warming, I can see my soap box waving to me but fear not I won’t get on it. And the cost £3.49 is fairly expensive, but are 2 servings per pot so roughly £1.25 a portion. 

  
Have you tried this, or any of the other new products? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. 

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Easy Vegetable Soup

Having battened down the hatches while storm Imogen does her worst ( for my transatlantic readers We now name our storms but are nothing like your hurricanes) I decided that a healthy, warming soup would be great for lunch. That and it’s a cunning way to get vegetables into my toddler and use up my veg from the weekend. 

It’s very easy, and adaptable to most vegetables you have in your stock piles. I like to blend my soups smooth, but if you prefer a chunkier version the, only give it a quick blitz or leave the veg chopped into tiny chunks- it’s up to you. 

  
Ingredients 

  • 1 onion sliced thinly
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 leek chopped
  • 1-2 celery sticks 
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 potatoes chopped into small pieces 
  • A good handful of kale ( I love this stuff at the moment) 
  • 750 mls of stock (I used vegetable) 
  • Salt/ pepper to season. 

Method 

  • Heat some oil (coconut or olive) in a pan
  • Gently cook the onions and crushed garlic for about 5 minutes 
  • Add the other chopped vegetables 
  • Add the stock and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer the veg for about 15-20 minutes (until your potatoes and carrots are soft) 
  • Add salt and pepper to taste. 
  • Once cooked, blitz with your hand blender
  • Serve up and enjoy. 

There you have it, a healthy hearty soup that is suitable and adaptable for so many diets. What’s your favourite soup ? Let me know in the comments below. 

My super smoothie

Silly title I know, but it really is super and full of antioxidants and a great choice for National Breakfast Week.  This is a quick post today as I’m in the midst of funeral organising sadly, but never the less I still wanted to share this with you all. 

  
Ingredients 

140mls water or milk of your choice

Handful of spinach 

Handful of blueberries

1 Apple cored

1 good handful of beetroot in natural juice 

1tbs chia seeds (optional) 

Honey or agave to sweeten. 


Blitz for 45 seconds and serve. I should add you can use ice cubes as well if you like your drinks that bit cooler in the mornings. 

Easy Overnight Oats

Now I know there’s a fair few Bircher breakfast recipes out there, and overnight oats are a bit of a buzz word, but bear with me this can give you a few more precious minutes in a morning (bonus), they are healthy and can also be adapted to be vegan, dairy free, gluten free, paleo and nut free so win win all round. The best thing is there’s no cooking involved, it’s super easy and tastes delicious.


Ingredients 

  • 40 g rolled oats- don’t use quick oats it doesn’t work. Jumbo rolled oats work best, but it makes no difference if they are gluten free or not, it’s whichever suits your diet.
  • 1 tbs chia seeds
  • 125ml milk of your choice I use coconut but any works. If you omit the chia seeds use less liquid (100ml)
  • Sweetner of choice this can be Apple juice( 4-5tbs) Agave nectar, honey, maple syrup (1-2tbs or a to suit your own taste)
  • Fruit of  your choice
  • Yogurt of your choice

Method 

  • Place the oats, seeds, milk, and sweetener in a bowl or jar, mix, cover and leave for at least 2 hours but overnight works best ( hence the name)
  • The oats absorb the liquid, the seeds make them lovely and creamy and are so so good for you.
  • Put a layer of fruit on top
  • Put a layer of yogurt I used Coyo
  • Top with your favourite fruit again.
  • Have as a breakfast to go or with your well earned morning coffee.