5 Years Blogging: Win a Tasty Selection of CLIF Bars *CLOSED*

CLIF Bars

Want to WIN a tasty selection of CLIF bars?

To say a massive thank you to all my amazing readers, each week throughout September I will be running lots of competitions with some fabulous prizes.

Today’s prize is a selection of CLIF bars.

CLIF Bars

The CLIF Bar equation is simple – put good food in to get good performance out. Combining wholesome, delicious ingredients including organic rolled oats and organic dates all wrapped up in a moist, fulfilling bar, CLIF Bar is a source of protein and fibre and contains 11 vitamins including B6 and B12 which contribute to the normal release of energy for use in the body.
Carbohydrate rich, the energy bar also supplies working muscles with the fuel they need for extended periods of activity – helping you to stay stronger for longer.

And thanks to its portable design and great taste alongside maker Clif Bar & Company’s commitment to sustainable production, CLIF Bar can be used as a source of energy for active people who respect their bodies and the world around them.

So whether you’re cycling to work, exploring a new country footpath or simply looking for a tasty and nutritious snack to get you through a busy afternoon, CLIF Bar is built to sustain your adventure.

CLIF Bar is available in six delicious flavours – Chocolate Chip, Crunchy Peanut Butter, Oatmeal Raisin Walnut, Blueberry Crisp, Chocolate Almond Fudge and White Chocolate Macadamia Nut.

For further details visit www.clifbar.co.uk

How to Enter

To be in with a chance to Win a selection of CLIF Bars

Answer this question:
How many flavours is CLIF Bar available in?

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Terms and Conditions

The competition is open to UK entrants only aged 18 and over, one entry per person.

A winner will be chosen from all valid entries using random.org.

Competition closes 9pm Wednesday 24th September.

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Taking the Early Bird Challenge

Taking our pup for an early morning walk

How many times do you hit the snooze button before you actually get out of bed in the morning?

If you’re like me, you may struggle with getting up early. I have always been a night owl and on the odd occasion I have been called upon to get up before my usual alarm time (8am) I have found myself to be more productive first thing. But the next day I fall back into my usual routine and tend to sleep through my alarm, crawling out from under the duvet somewhere nearer 8.30 (or even later). Who wants to get out of a warm snuggly bed on a cold, grey morning?

Well I did, as it happens, because I wanted to challenge myself to be more productive and lead a healthier lifestyle. You may well ask ‘how does getting up earlier equate to living a healthier lifestyle’?

The benefits of getting up in the early hours of the morning are enormous as you can make a huge difference to your health and mindset simply by adjusting your sleeping pattern. Healthier sleeping patterns have been proven to reduce obesity and waking up earlier provides you with the opportunity to eat a proper breakfast, fuelling our bodies with the right stuff to make the most of the day ahead. It also helps with stress reduction and management, as we remove the rush of the morning and replace it with time for ourselves, loved ones, and surroundings. Fitting in morning exercise energises the rest of our day as fresh oxygen encourages cell renewal and purifies blood, curing old aches and pains.

Taking our pup for an early morning walk

Taking our pup for an early morning walk

It seems simple doesn’t it, but getting up early is often overlooked as a way to improve health and wellbeing. Free Office Finder (www.freeofficefinder.com) created the #EarlybirdChallenge and challenged me to spend a week getting up early (and I mean early!) to see whether it helped me become more productive and whether it made a difference to my health or wellbeing.

On day 1, after the initial ‘shock’ of prising myself from my nice warm bed at 5.45am, it was great getting up and knowing that I had the whole day ahead of me with lots of time to accomplish my daily tasks. Typically I’m up, showered and ready to start my work day at 10am but this time I found I was ready in record time and out the door less than an hour later. I hadn’t planned what I would do with my extra time in the mornings so I took myself off for a long walk around the local park, watching the sunrise and generally feeling rather smug with myself for being an ‘early bird’ for a change!

My early morning view

My early morning view

Whilst I was about an about on my early morning walks, I found lots of scenic areas, noticed the leaves were turning brown and that Autumn was well and truly on it’s way. I took some time to take in the surroundings and found my mind was clear for the day ahead plus I’d managed to get some exercise without really thinking about it. I’m not going to lie – by 5pm I was so tired I felt like I could sleep for a week but after an early bedtime of 10pm and a deep sleep, the next morning I woke early again and repeated my new early morning ritual.

Also on an early walk I discovered a park gym – free to use outside gym equipment in communal areas which are becoming more widespread throughout the UK – so I will be spending some more time there in the mornings too. Plus I’ve invested in a sunrise clock which simulates the sunrise with the aim to wake up naturally earlier in the morning (especially as the mornings become darker in the winter months). Generally I felt more refreshed when I woke up, more productive during the day and more accomplished at the day’s end.

You have 25, 000 mornings in your lifetime. So what are you going to do with yours?

If you’re up for taking the #EarlybirdChallenge get involved by sharing your images on social media – perhaps go somewhere new for breakfast, take a yoga or exercise class or enjoy your local surroundings. Trust me – it’s worth it, get out there, explore the world and find a brand new way to start your day.

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The Vegesentials Challenge + Win 7 Days Worth of Vegesentials Smoothies *CLOSED*

The Vegesentials Challenge

Since hitting my 30’s I’ve been trying to adopt a healthier lifestyle. I’ve made a few obvious changes like upping my water intake and trying to be more active plus dropping a few extra lbs and super charging my skincare routine to prevent those dreaded wrinkles. Someone once told me that you should sandwich your skin between two layers of hydration – on the outside, moisturise your skin with your skincare regime – and on the inside, internally hydrate yourself with water and nutritious foods.

This metaphor is something I can really buy into, as I know from personal experience what a difference staying hydrated and sticking to a regular skincare routine can do. It not only has improved my skin but it makes me feel much better about myself too. As part of my lifestyle changes I’ve also been adding much more fresh fruit and veg into my diet and have already seen an increase in my energy levels and general wellbeing.

But I wanted to go a little further in my quest for a healthier lifestyle and started exploring new foods and products which is when I discovered the brand Vegesentials and decided to take on The Vegesentials Challenge! They are the UK’s first raw fruit and veggie drink brand and have made a range of smoothies, each one made from half fruit, half vegetables which offers a much higher nutritional value than fruit smoothies or juices alone. The challenge itself involved trying to have 7 a day of fruit and vegetables (instead of the recommended minimum of 5) and recording any changes or benefits I found within a week.

The Vegesentials Challenge

The Vegesentials Challenge

For a week I tried to pack in as much fruit and veg as I could with each meal and snacked on both fresh and dried fruit and raw veg. I also had a Vegesentials smoothie with lunch most days to again up my intake of fruit and vegetables. I found out that in Europe it’s mostly recommended adults have 5-6 portions a day whereas in Australia it’s around 8 portions a day. Also I discovered that it’s now believed that 5-a-day should be increased to 7 portions of fruit and veg a day in the UK as this is the optimum amount at which health factors such as risk of cancer (25%) and heart disease (31%) significantly decrease.

During the week I also started snacking on much healthier foods such as natural greek yogurt in place of sugar or sweetened fruit yogurts, had nuts and plain popcorn instead of chocolatey treats and cut out artificial sweeteners and sugar from tea and coffee.

I tried six different flavours of Vegesentials smoothies (each one contains 1 or 2 portions of fruit and veg) and found only one flavour I didn’t like which contained kale, which I’m generally not a fan of anyway, but the other flavours were surprisingly sweet and not unpleasant at all. My two favourite flavours were the Carrot, Peach and Cucumber, and the Cucumber, Pineapple and Spinach Smoothies which actually felt like a treat!

Observations I made throughout The Vegesentials Challenge:

  • They are not thick smoothies but more like juices – just something to think about if you’re expecting something on par with the texture of a milkshake.
  • All the smoothies tasted nice and not unpleasant at all – don’t let the colours put you off!
  • I felt full after having a smoothie and didn’t need to snack mid-afternoon if I had one at lunchtime.
  • My energy levels increased a lot in the daytime and I found I relied less on caffeine to get me through the day.
  • I felt less bloated and my stomach looked smaller.
  • My skintone improved, making me look brighter and my eyes looked more sparkly.
  • It was a much easier challenge than I anticipated!

I want to stress here that taking The Vegesentials Challenge isn’t a quick fix to lose weight or a fad, I genuinely think that adding them into my diet played an important part in helping me make some lifestyle changes as it’s made me think twice about what I’m putting into my body and what the affects may be. I will be continuing to have Vegesentials smoothies, just not every single day as it’s good to change things up and think they will help me when I need an energy boost or I’m feeling sluggish.

Want to WIN a weeks worth of Vegesential’s Smoothies?

To say a massive thank you to all my amazing readers, each week throughout September I will be running lots of competitions with some fabulous prizes.

Today’s prize is 7 Days worth of Vegesentials Smoothies!

The Vegesentials Challenge Smoothies

How to Enter

To be in with a chance to win this competition

Answer this question:
How many days did I do The Vegesentials Challenge for?

AND simply follow me on:

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THEN Leave me a comment below to say where you have followed me and the answer to the question!

Terms and Conditions

The competition is open to UK entrants only aged 18 and over, one entry per person.

A winner will be chosen from all valid entries using random.org.

Competition closes 9pm Monday 22nd September.

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