overnight oats
Health food is not a term many of us find synonymous with pleasure. Chocolate? Sweets? Chips? Sure. Quinoa? Linseed? Guarana? Not so much.

Fortunately, the former can be manipulated by the latter and I take real pleasure finding healthy dupes and food swaps for naughty eats and treats.

Having recently received a titanic Holland and Barrett food haul, I figured it would be the perfect time to share my healthy dupe snacking expertise alongside a few all-time favourite kitchen cupboard essentials:

CocoPro High Protein Coconut Water – This coconut water is thicker, creamier, and more protein-packed than its pure alternative yet offers all the same natural benefits alongside 20g of gold standard of protein and vitamin C (with no added sugar!). A health and hydration hero.

Cashews – Natural, unsalted cashews are the perfect snack for food grazers. They are packed with magnesium, calcium, and monounsaturated fats (which reduce high triglyceride levels associated with heart disease) and are one of very few nuts that will fill you up after a small handful.

Oat-ly Milk – My body is not a huge fan of traditional dairy, so I combine the ‘Milk’ with organic oats, golden linseed and chia seeds each evening for perfect overnight oats (you simply top with fruit/nuts to serve). In y opinion, Oat-ly is the tastiest plant-based ‘milk’ and also contains healthy oat fibre.

RJs Natural Licorice (Raspberry) – I have a horrible love affair with Twizzlers (which are packed with chemicals and are altogether absolutely terrible for you), but find one piece of all-natural RJs kicks the craving. They are addictive but the bag lasts forever.

Grenade Carb Killa & Beyond Dark 70 Dark Chocolate Drops – Chocolate lovers, rejoice. Of these two terrific treats, the ‘drops’ are a purist’s dream while the unprocessed and fibre-heavy Carb Killa protein bar manages to rack up only 1.5 grams of sugar and 214 calories with chocolate and caramel.

Eat Real Quinoa Chips (Sour Cream & Chives) – Healthy crisps and chips are often ruled by veggie varieties, but these quinoa chips are so tasty they could convert the inconvertable. As well as offering quinoa’s natural benefits (protein and all nine essential amino acids), they are also vegan friendly and gluten-free.

Whole Earth Wake Up Coffee – I drink a lot of herbal tea (easy/tasty/healthy) but go weak at the knees for a great cup of coffee. Unfortunately, I have zero barista skills and a strong dislike for all things “instant coffee”. This natural coffee alternative, however, features guarana extract for a natural pick-me-up and tastes like rich Italian espresso.

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optiwell
Last month, I was delighted to attend an adorable event hosted by new healthy yogurt drink brand, Optiwell. Having just launched in the UK (you may have come across their Holly Willoughby-fronted campaigns already), the brand invited a small group of health-conscious bloggers to participate in an evening of Optiwell-doused fun.

After learning more about the products’ highlights (no added sugar and 64 calorie servings were a huge selling point for me!), we took time out for smoothie making, Cowshed massages, and manicures (sat in front of a wall of Sex & The City-screening retro televisions).

As part of their #SmallChanges campaign (visit their website for your chance to win a trip to New York!), we also sat down with dietician and sports nutritionist Laura Clarke to discuss the personal changes we could adopt to contribute to a healthy 2016.

Want to know what changes I’ll be making? Watch the video below!


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I am ever so excited to finally unveil this beautiful collaboration video with Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG). Earlier in the year, we partnered up to film a Destination Guide to London (natch) which followed me through ‘a day in my life’.

This particular day of adventure consisted of meeting Jo Malone at her new fragrance store, Thomas Cubitt, Chelsea Physic Garden, Sipsmith, Biscuiteers, George Northwood, Mr Fogg’s, and Duck & Waffle.

Click the red button to watch it all play out. Enjoy!

lipton morning rave
I am no-ones definition of a party girl but the celebratory stars aligned last week to land me to my first-ever morning rave.

Not just any rave, either. This one – the final event in Lipton‘s Daybreaker campaign – took place in the secret Magic Roundabout bar in the centre of Old Street Station’s roundabout.

Above hoards of bustling Eastenders and city workers, Norman Jay MBE cranked out the playlist of all playlists while my fellow morning ravers and I glugged ice tea upon ice tea, chasing everything down with dirty breakfast treats from Burger Bear.

Indulgent mornings for the win.

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home tour
There is no greater pleasure than making a house a home. Though I have yet to buy my ‘forever home’, I really lucked out in my newest London abode: high ceilings, great light, and a neutral colour palette.

For the items I had collected over the years, it was a perfect canvas but a canvas larger than anticipated. Naturally, I went on a bit of a furniture binge.

One of the most exciting new additions was a gorgeous vintage-inspired sofa. The Moray – from DFS – is curvy, oatmeal-coloured, and acts as a perfect focal point for all the smaller gold and cream accents in the living room.

Though I had quite a few pieces from Made in my arsenal already, the discovery of their social network (Unboxed) increased my wishlist tenfold. A gorgeous sideboard later, the room was complete (I have since uploaded everything to Unboxed, obvs).

Click through to see all the finer details; bar cart, superhero and London-themed gallery wall, et al!

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