Beauty Tonic’s Slim tonic review

IMG_5221I decided it was time to start introducing some more supplements into my diet, I have tried the fat burner Nutrex Lipo-6 Hers before, and although I initially noticed a boost in my energy, I’m not convinced it did much in terms of boosting metabolism.

Beauty Tonics Slim Tonic claims to be ‘a powerful blend of natural ingredients that help promote healthy weight loss through suppressing your appetite, speeding up your metabolism and reducing dietary fat and sugar absorption’

All sounds good so far. So  I thought it would be worth a try.

When I received my Slim Tonic I was immediately taken by how lovely the bottle was, a bit of good branding goes a long way with me, and I was impressed with how professional and clean cut it looked.

Day one:

I took two tablets this morning with breakfast, the dose is two a day, and on the website they advise two with breakfast or one with breakfast and one with lunch. As with most fat burners, they contain ingredients which help boost energy levels so its not recommended to take them too late in the day. I find just taking them with breakfast is easiest for me, no worries about forgetting to take them then. I love that the dose is just two tablets. Nutrex Lipo-6 Hers was 6 tablets a day, which when taken alongside Vitamin C, BCAAs etc meant I was tossing a handful of tablets down my mouth twice a day. Two of these doesn’t feel like too much trouble. After today  I am actually left feeling surprisingly full of energy, I wasn’t sure I would feel any change after just one dose but I really do think I do. Energy levels have been great and I definitely haven’t felt any urges to snack, so perhaps the appetite suppressant is doing something too. After just one day  I wouldn’t like to give to much of a verdict, but so far so good.

Day three:

I’ve swapped to decaf coffee and tea today. It used to get to about 2/3pm and I would really be craving a coffee, probably in need of caffeine rather than the coffee itself! But the last few days I haven’t felt that urge at all. I decided today to swap any coffee out for decaf just so I don’t overload, as I have noticed these pills have definitely worked in giving me a wonderful energy boost.

Day 14:

Re-introduced small amounts of caffeine to my diet, just really for convenience and because no decaff coffee tastes as good as the real thing! Feeling fantastic and despite upping my calories I am feeling lean and fit. Definitely haven’t felt the urge to binge and my diet has been on track.

Day 30:

Very sad that the pretty pot of pills has come to an end, but its nice to be able to conclude that my month spent on Slim Tonic has left me feeling lean, slim, fit, and whats more motivated to continue. That extra kick of energy has really helped fuel my workouts, and the boost to my metabolism it claims to give, I really feel has assisted in keeping me lean whilst upping my calories.

To conclude:

If you are looking for a fat burner supplement that wont make you feel all jittery and high on caffeine but will assist in boosting your metabolism and energy levels I would recommend Slim Tonics. Everyone’s bodies will react differently to different things, but for me personally I feel this really worked well as a supplement and did just as advertised.

With an excellent list of ingredients found on the website here, I wasn’t surprised that I enjoyed my month on them.

 

 

Tefal ActiFry Review & Spicy Boodles

IMG_2622 I had never been so excited for a package to arrive. The moment I first clasped eyes on this bad boy I knew we would be so happy together.

The Tefal ActiFry is something I have wanted to have a chance to try out for so long, and I was utterly delighted to get the opportunity to review it.

First impressions:

My model is the ActiFry Express XL and wow it is XL. It looked beautiful on my worktop all shiny and full of promise, and I couldn’t wait to get it going. I started off simple and set about chopping some sweet potato to make some sweet potato fries.

What I liked:

I cannot express enough how simple the machine was to use and start up . A simple on switch and plus and minus buttons to set your timer. You can open the ActiFry with the click of a button during cooking to check your foods progress, meaning if your unsure how long something needs its not an issue.

Another thing I really liked is compared to baking in the oven (I never fry in oil) it was super quick! The sweet potato took 20 minutes to transform itself into crispy, healthy, heavenly fries. Not to mention no pre-heating time, as soon as you press that on switch your fries start cooking.

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What were the fries like?:

In a word…incredible. I have been trying for so long to perfect my sweet potato fries baked in the oven. They call for lashings of olive oil, brown sugar, salt, and corn flour (in an attempt to get them crispy). For these simple fries, I literally chopped up one potato, added around 1/4 of the tbsp the ActiFry comes with, of olive oil, and seasoned them with a little paprika and salt when they were finished. They were crispy, hot and delicious, and tasted all the better knowing how healthy they were. When it came to true test of crispness, the ‘can is hold itself up?’ test, they passed with flying colours.

The Best bits: 

  • Easy to clean, virtually no mess at all.
  • Quick cooking time.
  • Easy to use and change the timer.
  • Requires such a little amount of oil.

What I didn’t like so much:

So if you read me blog you of course will understand that my first thought on what to make in the ActiFry would be protein donuts…I know I can hear you all screaming out for them, but due to the paddle in the centre of the fryer that pushes the food around, I came across a fair few technical difficulties. I Still haven’t given up on the dream so watch this space. But the paddle is what moves the food around, so anything easily broken, like freshly battered fish (I later discovered) is still workable but a little more tricky.

Overall:

I’m in love with the thing. Its already made poor George (Foreman) rather redundant, as I have found cooking my chicken in it so easy and tasty. Sausages can be just chucked in and are cooked in 10 minutes without the need for any oil at all, and I have even created some more exciting things…See boodles below 😉

10/10, 5*, Big thumbs up from me

….and OMG the fries.



IMG_2943Spicy Boodles in the Actify 

Recipe serves 2

Cooking time is approx 25 minutes from chopping board to dinner plate.

Ingredients: 

  • 130g Baby new potatoes
  • 60g Red onion
  • 1 Aubergine (approx 250g)
  • 80g Red bell pepper
  • 1tsp Thai 7 Spice (you could use another mix of spices)
  • 200g Chicken breast meat
  • 1 Tin/Carton chopped tomatoes (approx 390g)
  • 1 Large garlic clove
  • 1 Small green chilli (mine was 17g)
  • 60g Spinach
  • 300g Boodles (butternut squash noodles)

Method:

  1. Chop up your baby new potatoes into small cubes and chop your red onion pop them into the actifry with 1/4 tbsp olive oil.
  2. Set your timer for 5 minutes and leave to cook.
  3. Meanwhile slice your Aubergine into thick slices (approx 1.5cm thick) and then cut the slices into quarters. Chop up the red pepper, and chicken breast.
  4. After the 5 minutes add the prepared aubergine, red pepper, chicken and thai 7 spice, drizzle with 1/4 tbsp olive oil and set your timer for 20 minutes.
  5. Set about finely chopping your chilli and garlic clove.
  6. When the timer shows 10 minutes left open the ActiFry, and add the chopped tomatoes, chilli and garlic, and give it all a little stir.
  7. When the timer shows 5 minutes left of cooking time add the boodles and spinach, stir to incorporate the boodles, and allow to finish cooking.
  8. The timer will go off and you have two generous portions of deliciously chilli boodles to enjoy!

MACROS(per portion) : 387Kcal/ 8.8g Fat/ 34g Carbs/38.6g Protein/ 8g Fibre

 

Body bands in the gym and at home

IMG_2505Quads, quads, quads, glutes, glutes, glutes. That’s what I’m all about right now. I’m currently reverse dieting, and I will be eventually increasing my calories to above maintenance in order to build myself the dream booty. After months in a calorie deficit it feels amazing, and with it I feel its definitely time to kick my training up a gear.

I weight train with splits of push, pull, legs, and abs, and recently I’ve been finding ways of making my leg days (2 a week) more productive.

I bought these fantastic body bands from Dream Fitness for at home workouts. They are a KILLER, and if your working out at home doing body weight exercises or free squats these are a must buy, and will dramatically increase the effectiveness of your workout.

A few weeks ago I decided to take them to the gym with me, on a whim really, I enjoy using them for hip thrusts, as sometimes I find a barbell on my hips so uncomfortable, but using no weight at all doesn’t quite feel hard enough.

I have now begun adding them into one leg day a week and can really feel that happy burn, burns that little hotter.

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Goblet squats – I do 5 sets using the green (medium) resistance band and 5 sets using the red (heavy)  band just above my knees while holding a kettle-bell or medicine ball.

 

 

 

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Hip thrusts – With the band just above my knees for added resistance, you can also try a variation on this I have started including, raising one leg at a time straight in front of you, while hooking the band around one knee and the other foot.
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Side steps and squats– step apart, squat, together, apart squat and repeat. These are great to add onto your at home workout, or in the gym after traditional squats to create a superset.

 

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Overhead squats–  These are great for focusing on your squat form.  I use the heaviest band (red) and concentrate on going low into the movement.

If you’re looking to step up your in gym workout, or your at home workout I have really found adding in body bands is a great way to do it.

They are reasonably priced, convenient, and can completely transform your workout.