Bye Bye Naughty Drinks…kinda


You are probably looking at the title thinking what are Naughty drinks, well that’s the name I have decided to use for this post with regards to sugary drinks and alcoholic drinks.

But why “Naughty” your asking well these are the drinks we crave, but know are bad for you….so Naughty I thought was a fitting name….anyway lets continue…

One thing I noticed was I was drinking on average 24 to 60L of fizzy drinks a month (average 1-2L bottles of coke or Irnbru a day), and with a few beers mixed in throughout the month. Money wise this was a lot, plus a lot of sugar which I love but too much.

So sugar and money this was too much, so its time for a change.

Obliviously the old saying is “in moderation” so I am keeping that in mind and making these changes.

Fizzy Drinks

So I love having a glass of Diet Cola or Irnbru, and at work the big glass bottles some times two a day. Lets say a bottle is £1 and I have two a day that’s £10 just for Monday to Friday so £40 a month that’s a lot of money just on fizzy drinks…and sugar etc

Most of these drinks have Aspartame and depending on what you read, its either ok-ish or VERY bad for your health. Again that saying “in moderation”. Drinking the odd fizzy drink here and there am sure isn’t too bad for you, but if your a big drinker then that little amount of Aspartame and sugar etc soon builds up.

So what changes to fizzy drinks have I made?

I am not completely stopping fizzy drinks, but during the week I am solely having water. My aim is to try to have zero fizzy drinks and have water but I may have say 4 glasses of something fizzy a month (for nights out, social events etc.) but if I don’t attend any then it will just be 100% water.

Alcohol

So this is something I have been cutting down on in 2019, and will continue in 2020.

I love my craft beers, and funky flavoured beers but too many beers again isn’t good for you and give you a wee beer belly which sadly I have now so I would like that to go.

Again just like the coffee I will only now take a beer at a social event, or a special dinner night out or one every few weeks if I am at home.

A wee treat every now and then will be a good change.

Caffeine

I love a good strong coffee in the morning to wake me up, but I have too many throughout the day which isn’t good for you but mmmm I love my coffee.

I decided to look for a coffee alternative, which I found and will do a wee review on soon. This reduces my caffeine intake and its heather for my stomach.

It smells like coffee, and has a very close taste….if you fancy trying here is the link on Amazon (Link Here)

Healthier Water

I mentioned I am now drinking a lot of water daily, but you may say that’s boring as it doesn’t have a taste well that’s where your wrong.

I purchased this water infuser from Amazon (Link HERE) and purchased some lemons and limes from my local supermarket.

this pic only has limes as I enjoy just limes more than mixed.

Cut them up, put them in the middle compartment, filled with water and left in the fridge overnight for a nice cool and flavoured water for the next day.

The flavour isn’t super strong, but it does have a nice flavour and helps make water even nicer to drink….plus lemon and limes have health benefits to.

Overall :

These little life changes can make a big difference, and I look forward to feeling healthier and due to not spending as much saving some extra cash.

Let me know how you flavour your water at home, for some ideas 🙂

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Beanies Flavoured Coffee : Review

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www.beaniesflavourco.co.uk


I saw Beanies advertised on Facebook or Instagram, and I took a note that I wanted to try them and see how their coffee is…..this must have been many many months ago.

Finally, I decided to go onto their website and order 4 coffee’s

I decided to go for a random mix :

  • Double Chocolate
  • Mint Chocolate
  • Cookie Dough
  • Caramel Popcorn

All of these sounded good so I couldn’t wait to try them when they arrived.

The Coffee

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I started with the Popcorn, then the Mint next was the Chocolate and finished on the Cookie Dough.

I found the Chocolate and the Mint were my two favourites, they had a nice taste and a nice aftertaste.

The Popcorn was nice but just didn’t hit the spot for me, and the Cookie Dough this was a big disappointment for me…..I didn’t like the taste!

Overall

Overall I liked trying the flavours, I now know 2 I won’t get again and 2 I will so what’s next well you will just have to wait and see what my next purchase is.

The Mint was today’s order clear winner!

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Willow Tea Rooms (Glasgow):​ Review

217 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow

V: 15th July 2018      T:  0141 332 7696  W: www.willowtearoomstrust.org

Child Friendly: Yes (well behaved kids)      Accepts: Cash & Card


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I had been here many years ago, I think just before it closed for some sandwiches and coffee. I heard it hard recently opened so I thought I would pop in, have a small something and see how the renovation had changed it.

On entering it has changed a lot!!! what used to be where you would buy bits and bobs, and some jewellery its now all for you to sit in and have something to eat or drink.

Next door is now where you can purchas items.

Todays Order…

Scone with jam and clotted cream £4.25
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The wait for this was a little longer than expected, but it did arrive warm so I am guessing it was maybe freshly made.

This was good, what can you say a scone with clotted cream and jam is just mmmm

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5
Value for Money : 4

Viennese Coffee £4.00
2 shots of espresso and whipped cream

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On arrival, I took the photo right away. This did not look like what it should be, it looked like it should be something else (but it was the correct order)

A Viennese Coffee should not look like this, this just visually looked like a double espresso and that was it.

The coffee was nice but it was NOT what it says it was.

This is how it should be!

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Sorry guys big disappointment here!!!

Portion Size : 4
Flavour : 4
Presentation : 1
Value for Money : 2

Overall

Overall the refurb for here was very nice, at the time of my visit it was only open maybe around the two weeks area.

Today’s visit was ok, I loved the scone but the coffee a massive disappointment!

At some point, I will go back and try the afternoon tea.

Review Scores – 

  • Atmosphere : 5
  • Staff : 5
  • Menu Choice : 5
  • Service : 4
  • Food : 5
  • Value for Money: 4
  • Overall : 3.5

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