As we hurtle towards party season, many of us will be pulling last year’s frocks out of the wardrobe to see if we can save a few pounds by recycling last year’s.
If you work in a corporate environment, you will know that the number of business lunches, cocktail parties and office parties tends to increase from the end of November onwards and, frankly, who has the time, inclination and budget to buy a new collection of dresses which may only be worn once.
But, having managed to put on 10 lbs this year (hello Welsh Cakes, Peanut Butter, Red Wine, Cheese…), I am looking for ways to lose a few pounds so that everything fits a little better and I can eat a full meal in a social setting without having a fit of the vapours.
Don’t talk to me about control garments because they’re instruments of torture! No, I’m looking for sensible ways to cut back and to help beat the terrible urge to sit on the sofa and trough crisps. Much as we try to avoid the jumbo crisp boxes in Costco, they just seem to fall onto the trolley. Whoops.
I would never espouse faddy diets and losing lots of weight definitely isn’t necessary in order to feel your confident best, but sometimes you just want more sleek and less muffin, don’t you?
Superdrug recently sent me a selection from their new Some Body health and wellness range, designed to encourage everybody to make smart choices when it comes to healthy snacking and sports nutrition.
The range includes protein powder, ready to drink protein shakes, beauty food supplements, flavoured waters and a 14 & 28 day teatox. There’s also a selection of bars and popcorn to choose from.
I’ve been wanting to try protein powder for a while and Charlotte Stirling-Reed, Superdrug’s nutritionist has come up with some great ways to use it, other than the usual shakes and smoothies. Here’s one of her suggested recipes.
Vanilla Protein Flapjack
- 250g rolled oats
- 2-3 tablespoons of vanilla protein powder
- 100g smooth no added sugar peanut butter
- 150g honey (or maple syrup for a vegan recipe)
- 3 tbps sultanas
- Preheat the oven to 190 degrees C
- Add the peanut butter to a pan and gently heat so it’s more runny
- Add all the other ingredients to a bowl and stir
- Once melted, add the peanut butter and mix well
- Press into a baking tray and bake in the oven for around 15 minutes
I was also sent yummy Sweet & Salty Popcorn which, at 116 calories per pack is an ideal substitute for our usual TV crisps, a Cocoa & Orange Natural Bar (121 calories) and a 14 day Teatox Day and Night Formula.
The teas are delicious. The daytime tea is a blend of green tea, Egyptian Lemon Yerba Mate, Lemongrass, Hibiscus, Dandelion Leaves, Dried Ginger, Nettle Leaves and natural Ginseng.
The night-time blend contains Honey Bush, Rose Hip, Linden Flowers, Sumac Berries, Lemon Verbena, Lime Leaves, Spearmint, Sweet Orange Peel and Sunflower Petals.
The trick is, of course, to cut calories without feeling deprived whilst making sure you are not compromising on nutrition and the Superdrug Some Body range aims to do just that whilst helping you to “be more you”.
You’ll also find the prices are quite purse friendly too – with the protein powder at £17.99 for 600g, the Teatox at £15.99, the Natural Bars at £1.49 and the popcorn at £0.79.
A few smart swops and hopefully I’ll lose a couple of pounds so I can get back into my favourite party dress – and jeans!
You can find out more at Superdrug.com where the Some Body range is on offer at buy 1 and get 2nd half price.