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Nuts about protein

7 Jan

Just before Christmas I was given the chance to try Purition. I decided that it wouldn’t be fair to try it at a time when my meals were a little chaotic, so I started trying it this week – my first week back at work. I’m back on track and planned out all of my meals for the week. I usually eat similar things every day, so this would let me know whether Purition would keep me full.


I decided to start my trial with one of the products that I was most interested in – the almond flavoured shake.

Purition almond flavoured

The guidance that came with the shakes was that they should be mixed with some type of milk and that anyone who prefers a smoother shake should use a blender.

I rarely drink cow’s milk, so I thought that almond milk would be the most appropriate milk to use, and I got out my trusty nutribullet as I knew that it would help to produce a smooth drink.

I wasn’t sure what to expect, so was very pleasantly surprised by my first sip. It had a beautiful, natural taste, but it wasn’t overwhelming – I love marzipan, but didn’t want a marzipan drink! It was smooth and creamy. When I mixed the packet with 250ml milk, it almost filled a pint glass… but I could have happily drunk more as it was so delicious.

The big test was going to be whether I found it filling enough to have as my breakfast. I usually eat 3 scrambled eggs or 30g porridge oats with some ground almonds and dried apricots or a scoop of protein shake, followed by an apple with peanut butter at 10:30am  and then lunch at about 1pm. The Purition was fantastic – I wasn’t any more hungry than usual at 10:30am and didn’t feel like I was waiting for my lunch, so that’s a win.

Tuesday morning was going to be a bit of a challenge. My team has a monthly ‘breakfast meeting’. However, it’s not a typical corporate breakfast meeting where some limp croissants and a carton of orange juice are provided as a bleak incentive to make employees arrive at work early for a dull meeting. Our breakfast meetings are held in one of the student restaurants and they are an opportunity for us to catch up with colleagues outside of our team in an informal setting, so they are very popular and great fun. They also take place at 9am, so they don’t require an early start.

I didn’t want to miss the catch up, but wanted to keep trying the protein shakes, so I decided to compromise.

I selected the chocolate flavour and again made it with almond milk. I then popped a lid on the shake and put it in my bag to take it with me to work. Whilst my friends tucked into their full Englishes, I had my shake.

Chocolate purition

So, what did I think of it? I liked it, but I didn’t think it tasted like chocolate. I can’t describe what it tasted like and it was enjoyable, but I think that if you were after a chocolate hit, you might be disappointed. It also didn’t seem as creamy as the almond one.

So far I had played it safe, so I decided to experiment a little on Wednesday. I decided to blend the raw vegan hemp sachet with some frozen raspberries, frozen mango and some almond milk.

raw vegan hemp purition

purition shake

I quickly realised that 250ml milk would not be enough liquid to make a shake, so I added a little more.

I will admit that the finished product didn’t look especially appetising, but it tasted fine. It was nice to have the addition of frozen fruit as it gave it a sweet flavour, but also made it cool. I don’t think that this is a flavour that I would choose to have again, but it did keep me full until lunchtime.

I was really looking forward to trying the other three flavours, but I’ve now come down with a heavy cold (which I attribute to being run down and going back to work – as an international university it’s a melting pot of germs!) I’ve completely lost my appetite and have no sense of taste or smell, so I’m not able to review the remaining three flavours now. I hope that I’m better tomorrow and can restart. So far, the almond flavour is a clear winner and I am likely to purchase it in the future.

Have you tried Purition? What did you think? Which flavour is your favourite?

Back to work and back to training

4 Jan

So who was keen to go back to work today?

My lounge feels so big now that the Christmas decorations have gone, but the horrendous weather here means that I wasn’t looking forward to getting on my bike this morning.

I spent yesterday afternoon out on my slippery flat roof with a broom and a trowel. I had to brush a huge amount of water off the roof so that I was able to unblock the drain. I then had the fun task of removing a lot of dead leaves from the gutter. Luckily, it all seems to be draining now as I’m scared of heights and didn’t really enjoy the experience.

I prepared for today LIKE A BOSS. Like all good health and fitness bloggers, I did a lot food prep and planning at the weekend, so I think I’ve got that aspect of life under control. I also sorted out my laundry and put everything ready in my work bag… but 6:30am rolled around far too quickly 😦


Chilli tofu, rice and beans with avocado – Sunday evening’s meal

I had considered getting up at 6am, but then figured that I ought to be able to shower, dress, eat breakfast and cycle to work in 90 minutes… as long as I wasn’t side-tracked by social media.


Today’s breakfast: Almond purition with almond milk

The plan started off well. I enjoyed a delicious purition shake (that I’ll be blogging about in more detail later this week) and I managed not to spend any time more than five minutes reading Facebook whilst blow drying my hair.

The fly in the ointment was that the chain came off my bike on the very first hill on my way to work. I’ve never dropped the chain on this bike before and really don’t know what happened. It didn’t take long to resolve, but no-one wants to start the day with oil on their gloves!

I want to get back to eating healthily, but I don’t intend to be obsessive about it, so although I enjoyed my protein shake, apple and PB, cheese salad and tofu chilli with rice and avocado, I also had a couple of Lindor and a slice of Christmas cake today.

Before heading out for my swimming session, I spent a few minutes on Instagram. How did I miss this?

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Sneak preview of a new SOAS 2016 kit

I’m so excited to see the new designs… although I probably don’t need any more tri kit.

That reminds me of a great overheard conversation between my brother and his 7 year old:

Bro: The trouble with you is that you don’t know the difference between want and need!

Son: Yes, I do! Need is fruit and want is pancakes!!!

I laughed so much when I heard that.

Another thing I’ve just heard is that there may be another ‘Tour de Y‘ (YMCA fundraising cycle) in spring, which is very exciting. I really loved being part of the team for the last one, so I hope the dates work out.

Tonight, I had my first STC swim session of 2016. I went feeling lacklustre, but came back feeling totally motivated. I think it was my best swim for a long time and I’m sure I’m getting faster. I am so determined to move up into lane 2 by the end of the year!

How’s your training going? Are you ready to smash it in 2016?


Finally, it’s another plea for you to vote for me. I seem to have been very fortunate in the last few months and have been in the running for a number of awards. I don’t want you to get voting fatigue, but it would be lovely if you could vote for me in the UK Blog Awards (my blog has been shortlisted and put to the public vote in two categories: ‘Health and Social Care’ and ‘Lifestyle’)

Vote for me now in the UK Blog Awards #UKBA16

Thank you x

Fuelled by nature

27 Dec

I was recently given the opportunity to try:


which is described as “real food nutrition for exercise, recovery, health and weight loss”.

The suggested times to drink this ‘meal in a glass’ are:

  • Breakfast – it’s fast and filling
  • Lunch – as a natural alternative to meal replacement products
  • Pre exercise – fuel your workout two hours before with natural nutrition
  • Post exercise – provides easily digestible protein and replaces lost nutrients naturally

I don’t want to replace my lunch, so I think I’ll try it as my breakfast for a week and see how I go. I usually eat porridge (often with protein powder), or scrambled eggs, so it should be easy to see whether I stay full for as long as I usually do.

Six flavours of purition

Six flavours of purition

I’ve been sent six flavours to try:

  • coconut
  • chocolate
  • pistachio
  • macadamia nut and vanilla
  • almond
  • raw vegan hemp

I’m particularly interested in the pistachio one, but as a nut-lover the macadamia and almond ones also appeal to me.

I’m going to try one a day and will sharing my thoughts here 🙂


Purition run a monthly instagram competition that you can enter:

  • Follow @fuelled_by_nature
  • Upload a picture of you with Purition with the hashtag #winpurition

The team choose their favourite picture to win 3 x 500g bags of Purition.