The Best Dairy Free Chocolate You Need in Your Life

Going vegan? Or reducing dairy? Or a little sensitive like me with an intolerance? I have news for you … YOU DONT HAVE TO GIVE UP CHOCOALTE. *Cheeeeeeerrrssss* 

I’ve put together my favourite chocolate bars for you guys to enjoy & share with me … if you like obv. Tag me in your posts if you try them for the first time & give them a personal rating too!

Ombar / 8/10

If different flavours are up your street then this brand is for you. Made in the UK & 9 flavours to choose from. My Fave? Mandarin & coco mylk. 

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Raw Halo 8/10

Organic & only a little added sweetness this chocolate is incredibleeee. I love the high end feel to the branding which means it makes a great gift too – it’s a regular from me! My Fave? The salted caramel closely followed by the crispy one too … im salivating thinking about it!

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Doisy & Dam / 7/10

While their chocolate is lush, you haven’t tasted something quite like the snaps. Im feeling like they are very similar to the malteasers you get in Celebrations – get your hands on them and try not to finish the whole bag in one go…. I didn’t manage it

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Hotel Chocolat / 5/10 

The King of the Highstreet in my eyes. If there is one chocolate that im more than happy to risk a dodgy tummy for it will always be these guys. BUT not only that, these guys offer such a wicked vegan range now – just hope you like dark chocolate. 

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Booja Booja / 7/10

On the more ‘high end’ Priceline but so is the flavour soooo? These are such a good little present & rich and full of flavour. The ice cream is the bomb too by the way. 

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Loving Earth / 10/10

ALLLLL HAIL THE LORDS. Honestly, my favourite chocolate in the whole world. I would choose this over cadburys or any other any day of the week. If anyone wants to buy me a present… this’ll do nicely ta x 

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What are is your fave vegan treat?

Chlo xxx 

A Moment with Nutritionist, Fiona Hunt

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An email slid into my dm’s (inbox) sharing how people with really cool careers eat and train their way to success – as someone obsessed with all 3 (eating, training & success) I was a sucker and when I had read it was written by nutritionist Fiona Hunt, I felt like I needed to get a minute with her and for me to share with you guys what I found out… here’s what I did:

What are the latest trends in the food industry that you can see?

One of the biggest trends amongst consumers at the moment is a move towards eating a plant-based diet, vegetarianism and veganism. The number of vegans in the UK has risen by a whopping 350 percent in the past decade and the veganism is the fastest growing lifestyle trend this decade. Avoidance of gluten and dairy is another growing trend. The food industry has responded by making products to suit the needs these consumers – everything from seaweed pasta to diary free milk alternatives.  Last year the ‘free-from market’ showed a 27% rise in sales.  Functional and fortified foods also continue to grow along with foods that support digestive health and boost the growth friendly bacteria in the gut

2) How has the industry changed over the last few years?

One positive change is that consumers seem more aware of the role of diet in not just their long-term health but also how they feel and perform on a day-to-day basis.  There was time, not so very long ago, when if you wanted to buy something ‘healthy’ like brown rice or lentils you would have to go to a health food shop now all supermarkets have an extensive range of healthy ingredients are foods available.

3) Do you have any top tips to increase fertility in women or for someone who has

lost their period? (for my ProjectP if you follow me on insta, @chlohodgkinson

A healthy, balanced and varied diet is a key element in ensuring optimum fertility. What you eat can affect your ability to conceive a child – both positively and negatively and nutritionists are increasingly coming to believe that what you eat in the months prior to conception can have an important and lasting impact on the health of your baby after it is born.

It’s worth remembering that it takes two people to create a new life and to maximise the chances of conception both partners need to think about getting in shape. Ideally you should start to prepare at least 6 months before trying to conceive.

But it not just what you eat that’s important – how much you eat is also important. It’s well documented that being over or under weight can impair fertility. A certain level of body fat is necessary to regulate the hormones that control ovulation and menstruation, when body fat drops below, a certain critical point ovulation and menstruation cease. Obesity can also reduce fertility in women by impairing ovulation and can reduce sperm production in men. So, if you‘re overweight or underweight its worth doing something about it.

4) Do you have any tips for someone wanting to improve their health? 

The best things you can do improve your health is the eat a healthy balanced diet, take regular exercise, minimise stress ( or at least develop strategies to help you cope with stress) and be happy

5) Healthy habits you follow in regards to nutrition

I based my meals around vegetables – I do eat meat and fish and other animal proteins, but they are not the main part of meal. Whatever I’m cooking I like to include as many vegetables as possible. I also try to make sure I eat a variety of different foods, it very easy to get stuck in food rut eating the same few foods week in week out   – variety maybe the spice of life but it’s also the key to healthy balanced diet.

6) As the fitness industry has boomed, what have you seen happen to your industry?

Unfortunately, interest in nutrition means that there are a lot of untrained people giving nutrition and fitness advice, advice which is not always supported by strong science – this can leave people feeling very confused about what they should be eating

7) What things do you think someone who is training hard should bare in mind? 

Sometime people think that if they are training hard – burning calories they can eat what they want, that’s a huge mistake. You need to give your body the right nutrients to fuel your training but also to keep your immune system strong because if you get ill you can’t train.  After training you need a combination of protein and carbs to help repair muscle and restore glycogen stores but It doesn’t have to be a sports drink or energy bar –unless you are an elite athlete  a glass of milk and  banana are  just as good for most of us

8) Any tips for someone just starting out in a fitness journey to lose weight/build muscle?

Choose a sensible diet – there are lots of faddy diets around which promise rapid weight loss in short period of time, but they really don’t work – at least not in the long term – in my experience people who lose a lot of weight very quickly with fad or crash diet usually end up regaining the weight the lost because extreme diets are difficult to sustain. The best way to lose is to make small changes to your diet and lifestyle which are design to help you reduce your energy (calorie) intake and increase the energy expenditure.

And there you have it… a moment with Fiona – Check out the article I loved here.

Speak soon treacs

Chlo xxxx

How to transform your Tupperware lunches…

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Thanks my little love nuggets… ew cringe lol xxx

 

Supplements / What I take & Why

 

I haven’t always been a huge supplement taker as I often forget to take them but recently i’ve been on it and along with increasing my fat and calorie intake while limiting my dairy and grains… touch wood… i’m feeling fab! So I thought i’d share with you guys what i’m taking supplement wise….

Probiotics /

These are to keep my gut happy. If you’ve been with me for a while then it’s not secret that my gut is so unpredictable so to keep things happy and full of good bacteria I pop a probiotic every day – i’m currently using Biokult -buy yours here.

Digestive Enzymes / 

I take this to literally assist my digestion… every little helps!

Vitamin D / 



I’ve started taking this in the Winter as it is really thought to not only help with mood but also help support my immune system – I use this one.



Vitamin C /

Ahhhh this little delight I believe saves me when working in a gym full of germs. Being around clients who are often ill or around others that are ill this time of year taking vitamin C I believe has really helped my immune system and to fight off any nasties. – I pop a vitamin c and magnesium in a drink in the mornings

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Evening Primrose /

After a visit to my naturopath because i’m on the pill, evening primrose was recommended to help with PMS symptoms but also skin problems – I’ve changed a lot of things recently in my diet so I can’t say if this stuff is exactly making big changes but hey! I’m feeling bloody good, so that’s a start right?

Lactase enzymes / 

If i’m going to be put in a situation where my food choices and flexibility is limited I pop a lactase enzyme in case I have too much lactose. These babies are incredible if you have an intolerance to lactose as they assist your gut in the digestion of it! It gives me peace of mind that my gut isn’t going to go on a crazy flare up if I eat too much dairy that will irritate it! – I use these ones.

*I buy all my supplements from Holland & Barrett.

What do you guys take? Or do you take any at all?
Love Chlo xx

5 Tips on Getting Your Micronutrients

/ Eat the Rainbow



Please don’t go chasing the rainbow when it next rains as I don’t mean literally. What I do mean is eat a variety of coloured veg and fruit because eat colour will provide you with a different micronutrient for your body!






/ Compliment fruit with a fat

Fat helps absorb the nutrients in food but will also help keep sugar levels normal. (See Fat Blog) e.g Apple with Nut Butter

/ Stay Hydrated

Hydration is key for our bodies to be working at optimum try drinking 2-3L of water a day. Top Tip – carry a big bottle around with you… the more you drink, the lighter it gets!

/ Supplements

If you’re worried about not getting all your micronutrients you can buy supplements like multivitamins to help your body – I use the ones from Holland & Barrett (full blog coming soon)


/ Keep a Varied Diet



  Keep your diet varied so your body doesn’t get used to what it’s eating. Our guts need a variety of bacteria which we will get from having a variety of foods so try not to eat things like yoghurt every single day as this could lead to an intolerance – i once heard a saying (sorry can’t remember who said it) of something like – ‘we aren’t what we eat, we are what our body can absorb’.

What are your favourite fruit and veg?

Love Chlo xxx

5 Tips On Eating Carbs

Low carb, carb free, don’t eat carbs bla bla bla… what a load of rubbish! Carb’s are vital and used for energy in our bodies. We are however, a nation of over eaters when it comes to carbs – we need to watch the amount we eat and opt for high fibre carbs rather than simple sugars… here are my tips!

/ Go High Fibre

High fibre foods are amazing to keep things flowing, these help control your blood sugar levels that could be spiked while eating carbs – think wholegrain, fruit or veggies.

/ Bulk up your Veg

Veg is an amazing source of carbohydrate, with added micronutrients for vitamins and minerals and also added fibre these are essential in your diet. Plus you can eat LOADSSS with very very little calories unlike things like rice or pasta.

 





/ Watch your Sugar

Sugar is actually a carb, it’s a very simple carb and therefore should be monitored. It is released into the blood stream really quickly and if not used up can be stored as fat. Too much can lead to things like obesity, sugar crashes and diabetes – top tip – have any form of sugar including fruit with some form of fat or protein e.g apple and nut butter. The fat/protein will help slow down the sugar absorption helping keep hormones and sugar levels stable. (See protein blog & fat blog)

/ Go wholegrain

Wholegrain’s are the foods that tend to have not been played with as must as it’s mate the white stuff. Wholegrain’s have other benefits like fibre which will help keep you full and stable blood sugar.

/ Think as Fuel

Carb’s are mainly used for energy and therefore when eating we need to think of them as fuel. Do you need loads of fuel from this chocolate bar full of sugar at 9pm at night before bed? Probably not but you may need some sugar before running a marathon for example. I tend to keep my carbs around my workouts or first thing in the morning as that’s where I desperately need fuel.

 

How do you get your energy?
Love Chlo xx

5 Ways To Increase Your Fat in Your Diet

 

 

Ahhhh Fats my absolute fave! Whether it’s a massive steak or i’m spooning nut butter out the jar fats really do make me happy. For some, they have to be monitored because at 9cals per 1g of fat they are easily overeaten without realising – but fat definitely has a place in our diet and should 100000% not be scared of! Fat is a great source of energy and plays a big role is absorbing nutrients… Here are 5 ways you could get fat into your diet…

/ Nuts & Seeds

Nut’s and seeds are rammed packed full of fats and also protein (See protein blog post). My favourites are snacking on almonds and walnuts or sprinkling my salad’s with seeds… or as i’ve said before, going crazy on nut & seed butter – click the words to buy my favourites!

/ Avocado & Eggs

I’m basically an egg, if you know me well enough i’m more than   partial to an egg… like every day! Although they are amazing fat     and protein source (see protein blog post again) pairing them with  avocado is a match made in heaven. Did you know? Research found that avocado’s helped improve bad cholesterol in overweight and obese people!



/ Oils

Flaxseed oil, hempseed oil, coconut oil and fish oil are among oils that research have found we should include in our diets. However, I love to dress my salads with extra virgin olive oil and love to cook coconut for that extra flavouring – TIP – try to stay away from vegetable oils as these can release toxins related to cancer.

/ Topping’s

My ultimate favourite way to get my fats in – SPRINKLE DATT STUFF. I top my yoghurt and oat bowls with all my favourite high fat toppings.

 

Desiccated coconut

Nut butter – For The Smooth Ride – Mindful Bites

                                             For The Crunch – Pip & Nut Crunchy Almond Butter


/ Meaty & Fishy

    & finally the one that most well known. We shouldn’t hide from fat at all chicken thighs and steak  have great fats in them to help assist our balanced diet! Don’t be scared to get fatty with meat just watch your portion control! Mackeral and Salmon are incredible fat sources providing vital omega 3’s!

What are your favourite healthy fat sources?
Love Chlo xxxx