It’s Here! Hallo top has finally crossed the Atlantic bring a low calorie, high protein and low sugar alternative to regular ice creams.
Halo top creamery – they certainly got that balance right there is always a risk of losing the characteristic flavour, texture and mouthfeel of low-calorie alternative but Halo Top has that tongue coating, indulgent mouthfeel.
As an introductory range, they offer a wide variety of flavours including Vanilla Bean, Chocolate, Sea Salted Caramel, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Mint Chip, Cinnamon Roll, Peanut Butter Cup.
Currently stocked at Tesco £5 (£2.50 sale price) and Ocado £5.49
Don’t hate me but I am not usually a chocolate ice cream kinda girl but I was, however, pleasantly surprised with the creaminess and rich chocolate flavour. A nice full tube of smooth soft scoop chocolate ice cream, which melted perfectly as you dive into the tube.
I was concerned about it being icy with it being a low-calorie ice cream but this was not the case, a very nice smooth palate clinging ice cream. The texture was smooth and silky like regular ice cream, a sweetness that was just right and a nice Belgium chocolate taste.
On opening, you get a very pleasant caramel aroma with a neutral coloured ice cream, again a full tube tops to Halo top for filling the tubes. This flavour was a little airier than the others but still very soft scoop but it had a little mousse sound on scooping. The salted caramel was balanced with the sweetness of the caramel streaks although there was not too much streaking the overall flavour was well balanced. The ice cream melts in the mouth and as you dived deeper into the tube there were lots of steaks of caramel throughout.
I was excited for this one, personally, I have never tried cinnamon ice cream but after this, I am pleasantly surprised on opening you get a sweet cinnamon aroma, and are met with a beige creamy ice cream. The sweetener gave a slightly unusual taste similar to the quest cinnamon roll bar but the flavour was there.
This one again had a really soft scoop and easy to eat, the ice cream melts in the mouth. The cinnamon dances on the tongue giving a highly pleasant sensory experience, and a bonus there is little chunks of cinnamon roll within the ice cream giving a different flavour and texture.
Overall these are really nice ice creams however I am yet to try the full range as although they are good, I am not quite willing to spend £5 on an ice cream!
Fingers crossed they will go on offer again soon…and I’ll review the others in the range!
Have a lovely Sunday!
After the AMAZING response to the recipe collection, I thought I would add an extra pancake recipe!
Just in case you didn’t have enough recipes to choose from! I have been making a lot of pancakes lately ready for this special day, this recipe is super simple and has only FOUR ingredients to make a yummy fluffy pancake stack!
15G GoNutrition Whey
50ml Ufit Chocolate Shake
pinch of baking powder
Combine all the ingredients in a blender until smooth, on a heated frying pancake cook about 2/3 mins each side. Then stack!
I decorated mine with my protein Cookie Dough, Pip & Nut drizzle and a lotus biscuit
Let me know if you give it a try… Happy Flipping!
21.1c ( 3.1f 2.8s)
With Pancake day just around the corner ( TWO days and counting) I would be rude not to indulge in a stack or two! I thought what better way to give you all a selection of delicious recipes than asking a few fellow bloggers for their favourite recipes!
-50g Almond Flour (I use Sukrin)
-2 Egg Whites
-Splash of Coconut milk (I used full fat for extra creaminess!)
-1/2 TSP Baking powder
-Coconut oil (I use The Good Stuff)
1.Combine your whey, almond flour, baking powder then add your applesauce and a splash of coconut milk. It should be a little too thick, but that’s okay!
2.Whisk your egg whites separately then stir them through the pancake mixture (this is the trick to getting them fluffy)
3.Fry on a very high heat in coconut oil. Then smother in whatever you fancy!
Full Recipe Link: Fluffy Vanilla Protein Pancakes
– 8g pea protein isolate
– 10g buckwheat flour
– 12g fat-reduced peanut flour (I used Sukrin)
– 10g reduced fat almond flour (I used Sukrin, can sub for extra flour)
– 1/2 tsp flax seed powder
– 100ml almond milk
– 1/2 tsp baking powder
– 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
– peanut butter/flavour of choice flavdrops (can sub for coconut sugar or Sukrin gold)
– 10g pea protein isolate
– 8g cocoa powder
– 8g buckwheat flour
– 8g reduced fat almond flour (can sub for extra flour)
– 3g (1 tsp) coconut flour
– 40g alpro yoghurt (or greek for a non-vegan option)
– 75ml almond milk
– 1/4 tsp baking powder
– flavdrops/sweetener to taste
Macros (Peanut Vanilla): 178 calories; 12.g carbs; 19.g protein; 5.5g fat; 3.2g fibre
Macros (Chocolate): 170 calories; 11.9g carbs; 17.3g protein; 5.8g fat; 4.7g fibre
Full Recipe link: Vegan Protein Pancakes
– 1 sliced banana
– 30g buckwheat flour
– 20g WHEY unflavoured protein powder (unflavoured or vanilla – if using vanilla then skip the extract)
– 2 eggs
– OPTIONAL: 1/2 drops Women’s Best vanilla drops (or 1/2 tsp vanilla extract)
– OPTIONAL TOPPINGS: 1 cup blueberries, 1/4 cup crushed walnuts and a few banana coins.
In a bowl whisk together your eggs until foamy. Add the sliced banana and mix the egg and banana together until you have almost no banana lumps.
Add the flour and protein powder and whisk everything together once again. If using drops or extract then add this in now.
Heat a frying pan with a tsp of coconut oil and make sure that the entire pan is well greased with a tissue. Using a tbsp, add a dollop of pancake mixture to the pan and then add a few blueberries on top of the pancake (I use 2/3) and cook on medium heat until bubbles start to appear and then quickly flip. Cook for another minute or two on the other side and then repeat this process until you’ve used up all your pancake mixture.
I keep my pancakes in the oven on a warm plate whilst cooking the rest of my pancakes. Once done, stack your pancakes high and top with banana, crushed walnuts and a little syrup.
Full Recipe Link: 4 Ingredient Protein Pancakes – Buckwheat, Banana and Blueberry
-4 tbsp egg whites
-1 scoop of vanilla whey
-Coconut Oil for frying
-1 scoop of vanilla protein
-1 scoop of oats
-1/2 tsp baking powder
-pinch of salt
-20 mls unsweetened almond milk
-a handful of chopped blueberries
Full Recipe Link: Blueberry Protein Pancakes
-100ml Ufit chocolate shake
-5g Go Nutrition Chai seeds
-10g Sukrin Peanut Flour
-20ml egg white
-1/2 tsp baking powder
Popcorn shed chocolate popcorn
Sweet freedom choc shot
Pip & Nut peanut butter
Macros: Pancakes w/o toppings – 279kcals 22p 6.7f 30c (7.4f 4.9s)
Hope you have enjoyed this recipe collection
Can you believe it’s the end of January! How time flies, whilst January maybe all about the diet industry and fad there are also some great new food items cropping up on the market. A little snapshot of a few favourites over the past month! Being on the go a lot means lots of portable snacks and a few tasty treats.
The hype is real, I am sure you have seen them all over Instagram and actually quite impressed with the creaminess despite being a low-calorie alternative. Ice cream is a science in itself so good job to Halo top! I was worried that it would be very icy but it has a nice soft scoop and sweet taste, some of the flavours are better than other (sneaky peak I’ll be posting a full review of all flavours very soon)
The flavour range is quite impressive for an introductory range including chocolate, vanilla bean, cinnamon roll, mint chocolate, chocolate chip cookie dough & peanut butter!
Macros are very good for ice cream, price wise at £5 regular price a little bit expensive but the sale price of £2.5 saw a lot of people part-taking in a tube or two!
Whilst I am a little late to the party digestive nibbles have grown on me this month firstly trying the limited edition white chocolate version (which I believe is still available in Asda). These little bits are so handy for an on the go nibble, a great oat topper and personally, I like to make them into a little trail mix.
They have just introduced a new flavour chocolate hazelnut but I am so excited about… the chocolate the biscuit ratio is just right giving a nice crunchy biscuit core and a indulgent chocolate. The downside though you won’t quite be able to dunk these in your tea!
Barebell a Swedish company which took off at BodyPower last year, bring something different to the market these bars give a nice authentic looking bar with chopped peanuts under a smooth chocolate layer giving a nice bitter/ salty taste. The core is soft and melts in the mouth with a good peanut aroma and darker crispy pieces embedded throughout. Personally, the salty peanut is my favourite with a sweet caramel layer and the perfect balance of sweet and salty with peanuts rippling under a milk chocolate coating at £2.00, not a bad price and very good macros 200kcal, 20p, 8.5f, 15c.
While Easter on the way and a new “crème egg” on the menu, Reeses as you can probably guess from my feed peanut butter is a huge passion of mine, so it’s no surprise that I had to get my hands on one of these eggs. At 50p very reasonable price, a nice thick outer layer of chocolate, with a peanut core a strong peanut butter aroma, literally like a dollop of peanut butter encased in chocolate. Very indulgent the perfect peanut butter treat.
I know Perk!er bars have been out for ages but personally, I have never tried them… a nice soft chewy bar filled with goodness 100% vegan, nutritious energy bar packed with nuts and seeds and either quinoa or sprouted quinoa and buckwheat. A nice chewy energy filled snack bar perfect for a quick pre-workout. This range includes cranberry & cashew, peanut, goji & cranberry, coconut & chai, cashew, chai & pumpkin and cocoa.
My personal favourite is the coconut & chai and peanut, naturally sweetened with date paste, giving a nice sweet chunky taste
Happy Veganary…sorry for the lack of recipes lately but I thought I would make A plant-based recipes for you all to enjoy!
Why not add a little boost to your hummus and veggie dips this year with this super simple supercharge dip? Supermarket hummus is great for convenience but often has a few extra ingredients for preservation.
What makes it super….its only hummus?
A little goodie I received from the HBCXmeet back in November, One Earth powder combining Acai berry, Baobab, Goji berry, Moringa and Matcha. Providing lots of vitamins and minerals including antioxidants C and E preventing oxidative stress in the cells. Aiding your immune system keep in tip-top condition. We always talk about Macronutrients but Micronutrients are so important for health so adding an extra boost in sneaky ways can really help get those extra veggies in!
I also added Meridian Peanut seed butter for a boost of protein and also because it just mixes it up a bit from Tahini but you can easily swop it =)
8g Meridian peanut butter with pumpkin, sunflower and black sesame seeds
4g One Earth powder (can use any greens powder available)
30.5c (8.9f 1.7s)
What is Healthy?
Healthy is very individual dependent, but I often get asked about how can I be “healthy” posting lots of fun foods!
Do you have the right to define my diet based one picture you see on a highlight reel? The issue with IIFYM and the Insta world is that not everything is how it first appears. While it may seem like all we eat is fun foods, cereal and what other people would call junk food!
I have been there though and had that thought that it was ok to have a diet that mainly focused on these foods and not a lot of much else…that was the extreme case. I certainly wasn’t taking good care of my health then, at the time I was recovering from restrictive eating patterns and began to gorge on all these foods!
I am not going to try and sugar coat it but that stage taught me how not to do things then after a while of clean eating. Yeah, I went clean, but that also taught me that life is better without restriction. Clean eating lead to me feeling guilty about having a snack-a-jack…that’s when I knew I could not carry on this way!
In January 2017, I made a list…of things, I wanted to achieve…foods I wanted to have no fear over and experiences I wanted to live. These included going out for pizza which if you saw I did it on 28th Dec 2017…left it a bit last minute but last year was the year of mental growth and breaking down barriers.
I like to think that looking back I have achieved a lot more than I anticipated on New year’s last year! However, I am going off on a complete tangent as per usual so let’s get back to the topic.
Truth is a don’t; I eat a variety of different foods to allow me to progress in the gym, keep my sanity and will enable me to live a healthy lifestyle. I follow Macros, not a meal plan foods should never be put into sections of “good” and “bad” this never ends well. I love food what can I say…I want to try new things and be flexible to eat out/ experience life and no offence to anyone, but clean eating did not do that for me!
That is crucial …it did not work for ME…everyone is different people respond differently to different ways of eating. People have different preferences and enjoy eating different types of foods. No one should be told their way is wrong (unless it is affecting their health).
Find your way…every food is processed to a greater or lesser extent, it just that some are less micronutrient dense than others. Food is not only fuel, but it is also enjoyment, experience and it should compliment your life not rule it!
This blog post makes the first of a new series all about making it a LIFESTYLE!