Mornflake’s The Oat Games

On Sunday 24th July, I travelled up to Cheshire to attend The Oat Games, an event hosted by Mornflake. Mornflake have been milling oats since 1675 and 15 generations later are still owned by the Lea family, which in my eyes is amazing considering the number of family businesses which have not survived!

Photos taken by @veesfitnessfood

The Oat Games were held in a Mornflake Oat crop which had been transformed into our playground for the day. We were put through our paces by Mornflake’s local CrossFit, CW1, starting with learning how to flip tyres and prowler sprints. After, we were put into pairs to complete 3×7 WODs (workout of the day), counting our total number of reps as we went. I was paired with Richard from the Mornflake team and he definitely helped me to keep going through the workout as I found it tough – just a bit different from the usual powerlifting training haha! Once we completed the workout, we cooled down with a yoga session led by the Boys of Yoga.

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Photo taken by @mornflake

We were treated to delicious snacks and smoothies created by the talented Nic’s Nutrition, including the amazing Almond Butter & Oat Protein Bites which were my favourite of the day! The recipe of the protein bites can be found here on the Mornflake website along with all of the other recipes we tried.

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Photo taken by @danceflowlift

I had such an amazing day meeting so many of the other bloggers I have interacted with on social media, as well as new bloggers. It was lovely to put names (or Instagram handles!) to faces and to connect with people who share my passion for health and fitness! The CrossFit workout and the yoga definitely put me outside of my comfort zone but it was refreshing and exciting to try new things. I want to say a massive thank you to the team at Mornflake for creating such a special and fun event – an experience I will never forget!

The video of the day is now on YouTube here and you can find out more about the event on the Mornflake blog here!

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Photo taken by @mornflake

 

 

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Chilly’s Bottle Review

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I’ve had a constant battle over the last few months trying to find a water bottle that doesn’t leak in my gym bag, causing my fractional plates to get all rusty and that isn’t a not-so-classy used a million times plastic Evian bottle… When I was in America, I saw these suave looking flasks but I couldn’t bear to part with the equivalent of over £35 on a bottle so after some intense late-night googling, I found the Chilly’s bottles.

Product Features

The bottle claims to keep cold liquids cool for up to 24 hours in all weather conditions and hot liquids warm for up to 12 hours. It is BPA free and leak-proof, as well as having the ability to preserve the flavour and freshness of your beverage.

Product Specification

The bottle is made from stainless steel and is constructed with double wall vacuum insulation. It has a screw close lid which has a airtight seal, giving the bottle it’s leak-proof ability. The bottle comes in three sizes – 260ml, 500ml and 750ml.

Product Review

I love the look of the Chilly’s bottle – it is so sleek and elegant. The bottle has been on it’s side in my gym bag and it did not leak a drop which I was very impressed with. Although I haven’t tried the bottle with hot beverage yet (it’s over 30 degree celsius at the moment in the UK yay!!), the bottle has been a lifesaver in this heat by keeping my water cool! My bottle is the 500ml version which in my opinion is the perfect size. The 500ml bottle is £18.98 which I believe is cheap compared to bottles of the same style. It is more expensive than your average plastic bottle but the Chilly’s bottle has other features which your bog standard bottle does not possess. The only slight drawback is that I’ve managed to scratch my bottle already but probably due to vast quantity of stuff that lurks within my gym bag… I’m basically Mary Poppins! I will definitely continue to use my Chilly’s bottle.

The Chilly’s bottles are available to buy here.

Skinny Bakery Review

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The Skinny Bakery sent me a selection of their products to review. The products are lower in calories than the traditional bakery item and overall, I really enjoyed all of the products sent. All of the packets are sold at £2.95 and contain several little bites. I think that this is a great idea as they can be enjoyed as a small snack or the whole packet can be demolished without heavily denting your calorific intake!

 

 

Chocolate Pearls

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The chocolate pearls were like small circular brownies with a gooey chocolate frosting on top. The texture cake was quite dense and fudgy – delicious. The pearls are made with yogurt and tofu which I think gave them a very slight aftertaste but it was enough to put me off.

Typical values (per 85g pack): 208 Calories, 30g Carbohydrates (14g Sugars), 6g Protein, 8g Fat. (per 100g): 245 Calories, 32g, Carbohydrates (19g Sugars), 7g Protein, 9g Fat.

Ingredients: low fat yoghurt (25%) (skimmed milk, live active yoghurt culture), sugar, wheat flour, water, egg, tofu (21%) (filtered water, soybeans, isolated soy protein, gluconolactone, calcium chloride), cocoa powder, vegetable oil, dark chocolate (sugar, cocoa mass, cocoa butter, emulsifier: soya lecithin, natural vanilla flavour), baking powder (wheat flour, sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate)

The chocolate pearls are available to buy here.

 

Double Chocolate Meringue Cookies

The chocolate meringue cookies couldn’t be more true to their name. The cookies had the light texture of a meringue but they fell apart in your mouth like a cookie of high quality does. These were my favourite out of all of the Skinny Bakery items.

meringue cookiesTypical values (per 40g pack): 141 Calories, 26g Carbohydrates (24g Sugars), 4g Protein, 2g Fat (per 100g): 353 Calories, 65g Carbohydrates (61g Sugars), 10g Protein, 5g Fat.

Ingredients: egg white, icing sugar (sugar, anticaking agent: tricalcium phosphate), sugar, cocoa powder, wheat flour, organic dairy-free dark chocolate (cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, emulsifier (sunflower lecithin)), cream of tartar.

The double chocolate meringue cookies are available to buy here.

Mini Coconut Bites

The coconut bites had a soft texture and were easy to eat unlike others coconut bites I have tried previously. The coconut flavour is followed by a sweetness from the apple which I love. These coconut bites only have five ingredients which I think is amazing considering how nice they taste!

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Typical values (per 100g serving): 212 Calories, 30g Carbohydrates (12g Sugars), 5g Protein, 7g Fat.

Ingredients: apple, wholegrain jumbo oats, prunes, organic desiccated coconut, peanut butter (Roasted peanuts whole skin on)

The mini coconut bites are available to buy here.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

The cookies were more like biscuits in my opinion. They had a nice crisp crunch to them and they would be perfect for dunking in your tea or coffee (if that’s your thing!) but I personally found them to be the least exciting product of the bunch. Don’t me wrong, the cookies were very nice but I think I preferred the other items more! I did think it was cute how the pack came with a variety of shaped cookies.

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Typical values (per 50g pack): 187 Calories, 37g Carbohydrates (18g Sugars), 4g Protein, 2g Fat (per 100g): 374 Calories, 75g Carbohydrates (36g Sugars), 8g Protein, 4g Fat.

Ingredients: wheat flour, sugar, egg, organic dairy-free dark chocolate (7%)(cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, emulsifier (sunflower lecithin)), partially inverted sugar syrup, vanilla extract (Water, Ethanol, Vanilla Extract), sodium bicarbonate.

The chocolate chip cookies are available to buy here.

Sweet Potato Brownies

The sweet potato brownies were very moist and chocolatey. If you’ve made sweet potato brownies at home, then you know that you can still taste the sweet potato but it’s a taste I personally like.sweet potato

Typical values (per 85g pack): 189 Calories, 24g Carbohydrates (16g Sugars), 6g Protein, 8.5g Fat. (per 100g): 222 Calories, 28g, Carbohydrates (19g Sugars), 6g Protein, 10g Fat.

Ingredients: Sweet Potato, Egg, Chocolate (sugar, cocoa mass, cocoa butter, emulsifier: soya lecithin, natural vanilla flavour), dates (dried dates, rice flour), Almonds, Cocoa Powder, Sodium Bicarbonate.

The sweet potato brownies are available to buy here.