Fruity Water – My taste buds need excitement

So everyone pretty much knows that drinking water is great for your mind, body and skin. If you have forgotten the benefits, here is a refresher:

  • The body is composed of 60% water so drinking water helps to maintain the natural balance of body fluids.
  • Water is a natural weight loss aid.
  • Dehydrated skin tends to look tired so drinking a lot of water can reduce the appearance of dry and wrinkled skin.
  • Water helps to flush away waste and toxins from the body.
  • 75% of brain tissue is water.

The list of benefits is endless so it’s a given that water should be an important factor in your diet.

I am terrible with my water intake; I very rarely drink it unless I feel extremely dehydrated. As much as I should be lucky to have such easy access to clean water, I don’t like the “taste” of water. I know I know, water doesn’t have a taste per-se but for as long as I can remember, I’ve never liked the taste or lack of one shall I say.It is such a plain beverage and my taste buds need some excitement!

Quite a few of my friends who are gym fanatics have fruit infused water bottles and they have been going on about how good they are, so I decided to try it for myself.

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Strawberries & red grapes

I found this water infuser bottle on Amazon and loved it!¬†I loved the colour of the bottle, it is a nice vibrant purple which is quite eye-catching and strangely enough, made me feel positive about drinking water. ¬†The bottle is a really nice size as it holds 800ml of water and isn’t too big or bulky.¬†The fruit holder inside the bottle is also a good size as you can fit blocks of fruit in it without having to cut them down into small chunks.

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Lemon & Lime

After a few variations of fruit flavours, I can confidently say that I really enjoy drinking water now….shock shock horror! My fruit infused water bottle allows me to reap the benefits of drinking water whilst savouring the subtle and refreshing fruit flavours.

It is really easy to make  fruit infused water. You simply cut up some fresh fruit of your choice and put it into a bottle with some water then leave it to infuse for around 4 hours in the fridge. To get a stronger flavour, you should leave the water to infuse overnight. However, I have found that with citrus fruits like lemons, the flavour is naturally strong so you can taste it in your water almost instantly.

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Lemons!

I am a bit of a plain Jane as my favourite infused water flavour is lemon (yes, I’ve realised that I was complaining about plain water not too long ago, lol). It is really refreshing and flavoursome. Additionally, lemons have their own benefits such as cleansing the liver, improving digestion and they nourish brain and nerve cells due to their¬†potassium content.

If you hate drinking water or you just need to drink more, I definitely recommend getting a fruit infuser water bottle. I now drink a minimum of 2 bottles a day which is 1.6 litres. A stark difference to going months without any water at all!

 

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VonShef 1.8 Litre Rice Cooker

I had somehow managed to dent my rice cooker bowl over Christmas which at first I didn’t think it would cause a problem but it now makes my rice either really hard or really soggy. So dinner has been really hit and miss lately, much to my family’s despair. ¬†I have been looking for a more robust rice cooker and I decided on giving the VonShef rice cooker a try. The unique shape and the 2 year warranty really sold it to me!

The rice cooker arrived really quickly in a box in a box so it was definitely packaged well! The rice cooker came with a plastic serving spoon, a steam tray which you can insert into the rice cooker, a small measuring cup and a detailed instruction leaflet.

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This rice cooker, as you will see from the pictures, is not your usual rice cooker. The typical rice cooker just looks like a pot with a removable lid whereas this one has a new and improved sleek design. It is quite compact with a press to lift lid.

You are able to cook up to 8 cups of rice which serves roughly 4 people, which is perfect for the average family. Using a rice cooker is pretty simple. If you wanted to make 2 cups of rice, you simply fill the measuring cup twice and empty the measured rice into a bowl. Wash the rice with cold water and keeping rinsing it until the water is practically clear. Pour the clean rice into the rice cooker and fill the rice cooker with water up to the indicated line. Switch the rice cooker to “cook” and leave it to work it’s magic.
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The rice cooks perfectly and I truly believe this is because of the design of the lid. As the lid doesn’t come off at all, the rice cooker is perfectly insulated so the rice is able to cook completely. Additionally, when you leave the rice cooker on the warm function, the rice remains fresh. It doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot get dried out. With previous rice cookers, I have had to continuously mix my rice whilst it is on warm to ensure that it doesn’t get dry and stuck to the bottom of the pot.

An added bonus of this rice cooker is that it can be used as a steamer. Thanks to the steam tray, you can easily steam cook your veg so it is a two in one. It also mentions that you can cook soup in it. I haven’t tried this yet but I am looking forward to giving it a go. In terms of cleaning, as the pot is non-stick, it is super easy to clean.

It is a bit expensive at £69.99 compared to other rice cookers but I think it is definitely worth every penny. Considering it does more than cook rice perfectly, it is essentially two kitchen appliances in one!

Overall, I really like this rice cooker. It looks great on my kitchen counter, cooks rice perfectly and is so easy to clean. I have faith it will continue to impress me and the 2 year warranty is definitely a plus!

If you want to add this gem to your kitchen counter, click here

UPDATE РThis rice cooker has now gone down to £19.99 (+£4.99 delivery) get it while you can!

Jacob’s Cracker Crisps…..Full Of Flavour!

As a member of BzzAgent, I was given the opportunity to test the latest cracker crisp sensation – Jacob’s Cracker Crisp. Jacob‚Äôs Cracker Crisps are irresistibly tasty and perfect for sharing with friends!

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“Is it a cracker? Is it a crisp? Why, it‚Äôs a little bit of both! With three unbelievably moreish flavours, Sour Cream & Chive, Sea Salt & Balsamic Vinegar, and Thai Sweet Chilli, brand new Jacob‚Äôs Cracker Crisps 150g bags are perfect for sharing with friends and family!” – BzzAgent

Upon opening my deliver from BzzAgent, I was excited to see three 150g bags of Jacob’s Cracker Crisps (one of each flavour) Thai Sweet Chilli, Sour Cream & Chive and Sea Salt & Balsamic Vinegar, as well as 50p off coupons to pass along to my friends and family.

I immediately grabbed the Thai Sweet Chilli packet and shared it with my boyfriend and daughter.¬†I wasn’t expecting much but I was pleasantly surprised. The flavouring was generous but not overpowering. The texture is somewhere between a crisp and a cracker. I opened up the bag, ate the first one and couldn’t stop. I kept trying to stop but would go in for another then another. My boyfriend had to take the packet away from me so I wouldn’t spoil my appetite for dinner!

I decided to take the remainder of the pack as well as the other two to work so that my colleagues could get a chance to experience the taste sensation! My colleagues were happy to say the least, I have never felt so popular before. Once a few people had a few crackers of each flavour, the word spread and more and more people were coming over to my desk to have a taste!

Unfortunately, BzzAgent didn’t send enough vouchers for me to be able to give out as many as I wanted to. However BzzAgent did rectify this and kindly sent me some e-vouchers which I distributed.

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Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this campaign.This is a very tasty snack that made me happy and is something that I will most likely buy regularly. I will definitely end up buying all 3 flavours as my favourite is the Sweet Chilli, my daughter’s is the Sour Cream & Chive and my boyfriend loves the Salt & Balsamic Vinegar. So Jacob’s have made my household a big fan!

This product is innovative, I would definitely recommend it to you all to buy!

I am a member of BzzAgent, and get products to try and give feedback on – all opinions expressed are solely my own.