Shake Shack Review

What, another burger review?! Last weekend was a weekend of burgers, after going to Hawker House on Friday, on Sunday I went to Shake Shack. I’d seen Shake Shack in Covent Garden but I’ve always chosen to go to other places instead but Connor (the boyf) assured me it was somewhere I needed to try.

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After the disappointment of the single patty disaster of the Bleecker Burger, I went for a double ShackMeister with bacon. The ShackMeister is a cheeseburger with crispy ale marinated shallots and ShackSauce. With my burger I had a chocolate peanut butter milkshake (despite Connor being allergic to nuts, I know, I know, I’m an awful girlfriend but needs and musts n all) and Connor and I shared the BBQ bacon cheese fries.

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The burgers are definitely more of a fast food burger as opposed to a gourmet burger but the combination of the crispy shallots, bacon, double patty and bright yellow plastic cheese was amazing. If only the cheese was of slightly better quality and the bun wasn’t so thin! I was in my element while eating this burger and I didn’t want it to end. The crinkle fries were also pretty good but I think I prefer more traditional fresh cut fries as they did seem like the variant you’d find from the frozen aisle of the supermarket. I felt they could have been more sparing with the cheese but the bacon and BBQ sauce was delicious. The chocolate peanut butter milkshake was nice but no where near as good as others I have tried. The peanut butter flavour was in fact just syrup which was all at the bottom of the shake. I was disappointed to see that there was no cookies n cream shake on the menu!

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Ratings
Burger –Β 8/10
Fries –Β 7/10
Milkshake –Β 5/10

 

Bleecker Street Burger Review

The Bleecker Street burger is frequently dubbed as the best burger in London and it’s been on my burger list (yes I have a list) for a while now. Last night I went to Hawker House Street Feast and to my luck, Bleecker have just been released as the new vendor there.

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I was slightly worried that I’d find the Bleecker burger too greasy after having an awful burger experience at Burger & Lobster where I had tidal waves of grease running down my arms… I decided to go for the Bacon Blue burger as the famous Bleecker Black was not on the menu. I watched my fresh patty meet the grill and within a few minutes of assembling it was on a paper plate in front of me. As soon as I saw my single patty, I wished that I’d gone for the double patty, nevertheless I tucked into my burger. I think I had the burger hyped up a lot in my head, don’t get me wrong, it was delicious but I think the double patty would have made a massive difference. The combination of the blue cheese, the streaky bacon and the succulent beef patty was a party of flavours in my mouth but I think they could have been more liberal with the blue cheese! The burger bun was nice and soft but too big for a single patty. I regret not going for the double patty option as the beef was of excellent quality. I plan to go to Spitalfields or to the Bleecker restaurant in Victoria after my rookie error…

Rating 6/10

6 Ways to Cheer Yourself Up

Truth be told, I’ve been feeling quite stressed and generally down recently as I have quite a lot on my plate at the moment, along with preparations for the Commonwealth Powerlifting Championships in South Africa. These are a few things that I find help to cheer me up when I’m feeling down, grumpy and stressed.

  1. Take a long hot shower or bath
    Unfortunately I don’t have a bath in my current flat but a long hot shower is also nice. Take the opportunity to shave, exfoliate and wash your hair with your favourite products.
  2. Apply a layer of fake tan
    I know this sounds silly but applying a bit of colour to my pale, office sheltered skin makes me feel so much better about myself – I just feel like I look healthier!
  3. Cook your favourite dinner
    Cook yourself a yummy dinner that you can enjoy eating and look forward to – none of that Tupperware!
  4. Take a selfie
    Again I know this sounds silly but I find I feel much better and self confident in myself if a take a cheeky selfie!
  5. Write down three positives aspects of your day
    This is something that I learnt from attending the #GirlGains events. ‘There is something good in every day’ and this task helps to clear your mind of negative thoughts.
  6. SMILE!
    It’s so easy to have a pity party but that won’t make you feel any better! Smile – whether it’s to a stranger on the train or to your family and friends.

Easy Shakshuka Recipe

Shakshuka has quickly become one of my breakfast favourites! I love serving this recipe with bread for dunking in the runny yolks – a great way to start the day πŸ˜‰

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Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 1 red onion
  • 2 peppers
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  • Fresh parsley (to taste)
  • 1 tsp coconut oil (or oil of your choice)

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Method

  1. Finely chop the onion, peppers and garlic
  2. On a medium heat, add the oil to the frying pan
  3. Once hot, add the onion, peppers and garlic
  4. When the onions, peppers and garlic have browned off slightly, add the tin of chopped tomatoes along with the spices and seasoning
  5. Leave the some of the liquid to evaporate
  6. Make four wells in the mixture
  7. Crack one egg into each well
  8. Cover the frying pan with a lid (or foil if you don’t have a lid) for approximately 5 minutes
  9. Check regularly as a few minutes is the difference between runny eggs and hard yolks!
  10. Once cooked, sprinkle with fresh coriander

Enjoy!

Protein Banana Bread Recipe

After my boyfriend and I shared banana bread at a restaurant one Sunday afternoon, I’ve been experimenting with a high protein recipe for banana bread. I know the recipe requires some unusual ingredients but it’s worth it, I promise! πŸ™‚ Β Many protein cake recipes tend to come out awfully dry but this banana bread is moist and full of flavour.

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Ingredients

  • 30g Protein Pow cooking mix
  • 20g self-raising flour
  • 20g soya flour
  • 15g vanilla whey protein
  • 15g beef protein
  • 180g ripe bananas (approx. 2 small bananas)
  • 10g coconut palm sugar
  • 20g Sukrin gold (or any other low calorie sweetener)
  • 2 eggs
  • 40g butter or low fat spread
  • 1 tbp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp baking soda

 

Method

  1. Put the oven on 180 degree celsius
  2. Grease a loaf tin with butter or low calorie spread
  3. Using a fork mush up the banana
  4. Melt the butter in the microwave for approx. 10 seconds or until runny and mix with the coconut palm sugar, Sukrin gold and banana
  5. Whisk the eggs into the mix until smooth
  6. Fold the whey protein, beef protein, Protein Pow cooking mix, soya flour, self-raising flour and baking soda into the mix
  7. Mix in the cinnamon and add as much as to your own taste
  8. Bake in the oven for approximately 25 minutes or until a skewer comes out smoothly

 

Makes 8 slices – macros per slice

  • 103 calories
  • Carbs 13.8g
  • Fat 3.6g
  • Protein 7.3g

 

Tag me in your photos if you try the recipe!

Battle Oats Protein Cookies Review

Battle Oats sent me their new cookies to try. I have eagerly been waiting for the cookies to launch after being a fan of the Battle Oats bars.

First things first, I can’t believe how soft these cookies are! They literally crumble into your mouth.

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Double Chocolate Cookie

The cookies is chocolately as expected but does occasionally leave a slight taste of pea protein. This is my favourite out of the two flavours and I think I’ll be purchasing a whole box!

Macros per cookie (60g): 236 cals, 22.8g carbs, 9.6g fat, 10.2g protein

Rating 8/10

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Chocolate Chip Cookie

The pea protein taste was a lot stronger in the chocolate chip cookie and although it was nice, I think the double chocolate flavour is far better!

Macros per cookie (60g): 237 cals, 24g carbs, 9.6g fat, 10.2g protein

Rating 6/10

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Price

Β£16.99 for a box of 12.

The cookies are available from the Battle Oats website.

 

Battle Oats Cherry Bakewell Review

Battle Oats sent me one of their new cherryΒ bakewell bars to try. I have to admit that I’m not a massive cherry bakewell fan but agreed to try it with my partner in crime, Con who is allergic to nuts. Despite being cherry bakewell, the bar does not contain almonds!

On opening I was slightly worried that the bar looked a bit dry but to my pleasure, the flapjack softly crumbled when I bit into it. I was surprised when I actually really enjoyed the flavour. The cherry and almond were perfectly balanced and the sickly marzipan-like taste which I hate was absent. The bar has chunks of white chocolate and cherry but these were rare to find in the bar – where dem chunks at?!

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Nutritional Information

300 calories (per 70g bar)

Carbs 25g

Fat 13g

Protein 15g

Price

Β£16.99 for 12 bars

Summary

I think that the white chocolate coconut Battle Oats is still my favourite but if you like cherry bakewell then give these a try! The macros aren’t the best if you’re focusing purely on protein content but are perfect for a balanced fuel. I just wish that there were more chunks!

Rating 7/10

Novo Nutrition Proteinos Protein Cereal Review

Optigura sent me two boxes of the Novo Nutrition Proteinos to try. I thought I would review them and let you all know if they are worth the hype!

Texture

I was surprised at how crisp and crunchy the proteinos are. When served with milk, I found the cereal didn’t go soggy as quickly as normal cereal which was a bonus for me!

Taste

The proteinos taste almost identical to normal cereal. I think there is a slight taste of protein in the aftertaste but it wouldn’t stop me from purchasing them in the future.

Chocolate Flavour – I personally think they could have had a stronger taste of chocolate but I enjoyed them nevertheless.

Honey and Vanilla Flavour –Β I think I preferred this flavour over chocolate as the honey flavour made the milk sweet and delicious.

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Nutritional Information

Per 34g serving
Energy 134 kcal
Fat 1.4g
Carbs 13g
Protein 16.2g
Ingredients

Ingredients: Milk protein, pea starch, pea fibre, seasoning (sugar, flavouring, natural flavouring), Oil (Rapeseed oil, natural flavouring), Pea protein isolate, Acidity regulator (citric acid), sugar, salt, flavouring, sweetener (stevoil glycosides)

Price

Β£5.99 per box

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Conclusion

Overall, I really enjoyed the proteinos and they have definitely satisfied my cereal cravings! The macros are amazing – 16.2g of protein per serving for cereal! I would have given the proteinos a higher rating if they were a more reasonable price as I think that Β£5.99 is expensive for a box of cereal.

Chocolate – 8/10

Honey and Vanilla – 9/10

Novo Nutrition Proteinos are available from Optigura here.

Oatein Brownie, Flapjack and Cookie Review

After being disappointed with my Salted Caramel Cookie, Oatein contacted me and asked if I would be interested in reviewing a sample of their products.

White Chocolate Brownie

When I opened the brownie, I was greeted with a familiar small. It smelt and tasted like white chocolate protein powder which by no means is a bad thing but I did find it a bit overpowering. The texture of the brownie was quite dense but not at all dry. I thinkΒ the brownie is more of a blondieΒ and I don’t think I’d buy a whole box of these personally.

Macros 254 calories, C26.5, F8.6, P17

Rating 6/10

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Cookies ‘n’ Cream Brownie

The cookies ‘n’ cream brownie was quite similar to the white chocolate one in texture. I didn’t think it tasted that much like cookies ‘n’ cream but I preferred it to the white chocolate flavour. Both flavours of brownie tasted incredible when heated in the microwave.

Macros 250 calories, C24.5, F8.7, P17

Rating 7/10

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Blueberry and White Chocolate Cookie

So this cookie surprised me. It tastes like a blueberry muffin and has re-ignited the blueberry muffin obsessed I once had. The texture is soft and crumbly like a normal cookie. I would definitely buy a box of these in future – well done Oatein, you got it bang on here!

Macros 307 calories, C30.4, F12.3, P16

Rating 10/10

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Strawberry Cheesecake Flapjack

I have become a bit wary of strawberry flavoured protein products after previous reviews. The texture of the flapjack was nice, dense and oaty. The flavour was not too overpowering and I was thankful when I didn’t have a lingering artificial, sickly taste of strawberry in my mouth afterwards. I enjoyed this more than I expected and I would be interested to try the other flapjack flavours as I do prefer chocolate flavours to fruit flavours.

Macros 302 calories, C38.1, F7.9, P18.7

Rating 7/10

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Okay, so Oatein have redeemed themselves after the disappointment of the salted caramel cookie. I really want to try the other flavours now and I have a feeling I may end up ordering…

Oatein products are available from their website hereΒ as well as from many other major sport nutrition websites (e.g. CSN, Protein Pick and Mix).

Fudgy Protein Brownie Recipe

There is nothing more disappointing than a dry arse brownie… Unfortunately, the addition of whey protein powder can result in this more often than not. I have tried this recipe with both whey protein powder and beef protein powder and I prefer the latter as it provides a fudgy texture to the brownie. While I wouldn’t use beef protein powder for everyday, it is amazing for baking and many sites sell it in sample sachets so you don’t need to fork out for a massive bag! πŸ™‚

 

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Ingredients (for a single serving)

  • 10g ultra fine oats
  • 6g beef protein
  • 6g cacao powder
  • 10g sukrin gold
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • a pinch of coffee granules
  • 30g fat free greek yogurt
  • 1 egg white

 

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius
  2. Grease small loafΒ tin or cupcake cases
  3. Add all of the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl
  4. Whisk the yogurt and egg white into the bowl
  5. Transfer the mixture into the loaf tin
  6. Bake for approximately 12-15 minutes

 

 

Macros

  • Calories 122
  • Carbs 19.9g
  • Fat 1.8g
  • Protein 15.1g