All Bran Chocolate Wheats Review

Kellogg’s have added a new product to their All Bran range, All Bran Chocolate Wheats. I must admit that when I think of All Bran I think of long shreds of bran that are good for you but are rather cardboard like in taste. The Kellogg’s All Bran Chocolate Wheats promised to be delicious as well as containing wheat bran fibre to help to ease symptoms of digestive discomfort and improve overall well being. I was interested to find out what they tasted like.

All Bran Chocolate WheatsWhen poured into a bowl the All Bran Chocolate Wheats resembled small shredded wheat but with a chocolate colour. The cereal has a chocolate taste but it is not too sweet. The bran works well with the chocolate to give them more of a cereal taste. Inside the bran outside lurks a chocolate inside, which was a pleasant surprise and gives the cereal a touch of decadence.

All Bran chocolate wheatsI do not normally eat chocolate cereal in the morning, I prefer fruit filled ones. This makes a nice change as it tastes nice and it has a good helping of fibre in it. My son loved the All Bran Chocolate Wheats though and I would be quite happy for him to eat these as it gives him a good start for the day. A 45g serving with 125ml of semi-skimmed milk contains 238 calories, 6g of protein, 38.4g of carbohydrates and 5.4g of fat. 

All Bran chocolate wheatsThe box mentions that this cereal can be eaten as part of the 5 day challenge, the idea being that incorporating more fibre into your diet will help you feel more energised and revitalised without feeling bloated. I have definitely noticed a difference over a few days and will be buying this again.

You can obtain All-Bran Chocolate Wheats in most supermarkets, RRP £2.69 for a 340g box. You can find more information at www.allbran.co.uk.

Disclosure: I was sent some All Bran Chocolate Wheats in return for an honest review.

Alphabet Photography Project: K is for …

Kielder Water

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We are lucky living in Newcastle, it is so easy to get out into the countryside. If we drive one direction we hit the coast and the drive along the Northumberland coastal route is stunning. There are unspoilt beaches, amazing castles and views across to the Farne Islands and Holy Island. Driving inland there is the beautiful Northumberland countryside and Roman wall country where you can stop and visit sections of the wall and Roman forts like Housesteads. If you want to get lost in a forest then it is an hours drive to Kielder Water and Forest Park. There are 250 miles of forest and water to explore and every time we go we discover something different.

Last time we went we found a vintage car rally and spent ages looking at the old cars against the stunning forest backdrop. Even the sudden rain storm didn’t dampen our spirits and it was fascinating seeing cars from the sixties and seventies. We took our sandwiches to the lake side and ate overlooking the water, watching the boats sail by. There is an osprey observation post near the lake so you can view the ospreys nesting. They started to recolonise the area in 2009 and have come back every year since.

If you want to get lost in the forest it is easy to do, there are many forest trails to wander along. If you feel brave you can also take the forest drive which takes you over the hills overlooking the lake. We did this last year and were glad to have four wheel drive as it is rough going in places. I am glad we did it though as the views are spectacular.

Kielder Water is also a dark skies park, you can view the skies at night with no interference from street lighting. We are planning to take our tent and camp there for a night this Summer and experience this for ourselves. It has been a long time since we have been camping so this will be a great adventure.

I am linking up with the Alphabet Photography Project over on PODcast, why not pop over and see what everyone else has taken photos of.

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Regener8 Skin Regenerator Capsules

Now I am getting older I am starting to see the signs of age appearing in my skin. Laugh lines add character to a face but I want to keep looking youthful as long as I can. Nothing can turn back the hands of time but I am always happy to try things to see if they work. Recently Chemist Direct sent me some Regener8 Skin Regenerator capsules to try out. You take these along with food and they are designed to reduce the signs of ageing and reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks.

Regener8The capsules contain Peptan which is a beef collagen based ingredient along with minerals, vitamins and different plants known for their healing properties.  Collagen is used to maintain the elasticity and smoothness  of the skin. As you get older the amount of collagen in the body depletes and taking a supplement counteracts this. The Regener8 capsules also contain Aloe Vera, Lavender, Rosemary and Chamomile which all act to help promote skin healing in different ways.

Regener8The capsules are rather large  but transparent so you can see the contents. The packet recommends one or two a day should be taken with food. I have been trying one a day for a couple of weeks. With any food supplement it does take a while to see a difference but I think my skin is looking more youthful and the fine lines are reduced. I am hoping for a big difference after I have used the whole packet of 60 capsules.

The product is RRP £39.99 for 60 capsules, but at the moment they are available at Chemist Direct for £29.99.

Disclosure: I was sent some Regener8 to try in return for an honest review.

Chicken and Raspberry Salad

Summer is here, the sun is shining and the schools are off. Summer is a time for long lazy days, rediscovering the garden and having days out. Recently the weather has been really warm. It is lovely to have sunshine but I always find that I am never very hungry when it is warm. On hot days a salad always goes down well. They are light and refreshing and perfect on a sunny day.

Recently I have been trying to think of ideas to use up the raspberries in my garden. The sunny weather has brought an abundance of raspberries, I am picking loads of them every day. I love raspberries and am happy to eat them straight off the cane. I have also been baking with them, I tried Edd Kimber’s Mixed Berry Traybake which was gorgeous. I also came up with Raspberry and Elderflower nests which are a lovely summery dessert. I did wonder if I could add them into a salad to add a burst of flavour and this weekend I tried a Chicken and Raspberry salad.
Chicken and raspberry salad
For the salad leaves I used a pack of Florette Duo Lambs lettuce and ruby chard. I find these bags of salad very handy for adding a variety of leaves to a salad without having loads left. One bag is perfect for two or three people. I mixed the salad leaves with red onion, raspberries and barbecue chicken slices and mixed it up to create a colourful salad. For the dressing I made a mustard and tarragon salad dressing and added it over the top.
Chicken and raspberry saladI have to admit I was really pleased with this colourful salad, the bite of the red onions complemented the sweetness of the raspberries perfectly. The chicken added a little flavour and the salad dressing brought out the flavour of the leaves. The chicken and raspberry salad would also be lovely served as a side dish at a barbecue as well as making an ideal light main dish on a hot day.

Chicken and raspberry salad

Chicken and Raspberry Salad
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Ingredients
  1. 225g barbecue chicken slices
  2. 200g raspberries
  3. 1 red onion
  4. bag of florette lambs lettuce and red chard
  5. For the dressing
  6. 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  7. 3 tablespoons olive oil
  8. 1 tablespoon mustard
  9. 1 teaspoon fresh tarragon, chopped
  10. 1 crushed garlic clove
  11. black pepper
Instructions
  1. Chop the red onion into small pieces.
  2. In a bowl mix together the chicken, salad leaves, raspberries and onion slices.
  3. In a jug mix together the ingredients for the dressing.
  4. Pour over the salad to taste.
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Disclosure: I was sent a recipe book, apron and voucher to buy some Florette in order to try it out.

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Edd Kimber’s Mixed Berry Traybake

You may remember that I recently tried another of Edd Kimber’s recipes, Alpine Strawberry Fool. I enjoyed it so much I decided to try Edd Kimber’s Mixed Berry Traybake. These recipes have been developed in conjunction with Jordan’s cereals to celebrate “The Jordans Wildlife Garden” at RHS Hampton Court Palace to show their commitment to the British countryside. The recipes show what you can create with food foraged from the countryside. At the moment I have a glut of strawberries and raspberries growing in my garden. There is nothing nicer than a berry fresh off the bush and when the cake is done you get a sense of achievement from having grown the ingredients and baked it yourself.

Mixed berry traybake The finished traybake was gorgeous, a lovely light sponge with the Summer taste of strawberries and raspberries coming though to lift it to another level. The addition of Jordans Super Berry granola added a little crunch which made it even more tasty. The original recipe gives you the option of making rosehip syrup to pour over the top. At the moment all the roses I found were in flower, rather than in the process of creating hips so I left this out. I think next time I would mix the berries though the sponge rather than just sprinkling them on top.

Mixed berry traybakeThe sponge was a big success with the family and I have been asked to make it again. I definitely will be doing and experimenting with different berries to see what different flavours they add. I used strawberries and raspberries as I had them available, but you could also use blackberries foraged from a walk in the country. The traybake can be eaten in slices or served with custard for a more filling pudding.

Edd Kimber's Mixed Berry Traybake
Serves 12
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
40 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 225g unsalted butter
  2. 225g caster sugar
  3. 1 tsp vanilla essence
  4. 4 large eggs
  5. 300g self raising flour
  6. ½ tsp baking powder
  7. 4 tbsp milk
  8. 200g mixed berries (raspberries, blackberries, strawberries)
  9. 100g Jordans Super Berry Granola
  10. rapberries
Instructions
  1. Grease a 9x14 rectangular baking tray and line with baking parchment
  2. Preheat the oven to 180C, fan oven 160C, Gas Mark 4
  3. Place the butter and sugar into a bowl and cream together until light and fluffy
  4. Add the vanilla essence and then mix in the eggs one at a time, adding another when the first is fully mixed in.
  5. Mix the flour and baking powder and add gradually to the bowl mixing until combined.
  6. Add the milk and mix.
  7. Add the mixture into the baking tray and spread evenly.
  8. Scatter over the berries and the granola
  9. Place in the oven for 40 minutes until it is golden brown and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  10. Allow to cool
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If you try it do let me know what you think.