Pret A Manger – Chicken Protein Box

Hello! Today I want to tell you about a lunch I’ve become rather fond of which takes the form of a Protein Box from Pret. This isn’t sponsored and hasn’t been requested by a PR company, it’s just me sharing the love for something I quite like.

I eat a lot, and a lot of that is food which (combined with no exercise) means my clothes are slowly feeling tighter… my poor self control means I can’t cut delicious food out totally but I am trying to reduce my carb intake for lunches.  So here we are with this box which seemed like a good option to me and, as a classic millennial, I’m a right sucker for an avo.  However despite these lures I am also a bit of a stinge, so was initially put off by the £4.99 price tag.

WTF is this thing then? Basically you get a tub which contains chargrilled chicken, about 1/4 of an avocado, a few bits of long stem broccoli, 1.5 hard boiled eggs, spinach as a base, a lemon slice and mixed seeds sprinkled on the top. It also comes with an ‘ancho chilli’ dressing which I was wary of initially but love love LOVE now.

The dressing tastes kind of red peppery, a little bit spicy (but only a slight hint) and sweet at the same time. The rest of the box isn’t anything that will blow your socks off if you’re looking for a magical flavour journey, but goes together really well and I like the variation of having a few different elements and textures in the box to dip in and out of. The chicken is moist (ho ho), the eggs tastilicious and the seeds add a nutty something something. I don’t finish the box feeling stuffed but that’s probably a good thing for a lunch to make sure I don’t fall asleep at my desk. I mentioned the price tag before and after eating this box once it was so tasty and fresh I’m on board with thinking it’s worth the cost.

Nutritional stats, facts and figures

Table of Nutritional Information (from Pret)
Per 100 g Per 273 g serving
Energy (KJ) 572.9 1564.0
Energy (kcal) 137.7 376.0
Fat (g) 7.7 21.0
of which is – saturates (g) 1.5 4.0
Carbohydrate (g) 2.5 6.7
of which – sugars (g) 1.3 3.5
Fibre (g) 1.7 4.7
Protein (g) 13.8 37.8
Salt (g) 0.7 1.8

I really like this cute box, as you can probably tell. It seems to be good for you and muchos pleasant so I’ll probably have it once a week in my work-lunch rotation as more of a treat because of the cost, but it’s definitely worth it. Ta, Pret.

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Atomic Vintage Festival – Sywell, England

What ho! It’s 2018 and that means a whole new year of events are afoot! A highlight of 2017 for me was Atomic Vintage Festival and with 2018’s yearly dose of Atomic coming up in July, I thought you needed to know the haps and why you need to be there!

So, held on an airfield about 20 minutes north of Northampton the Atomic Vintage Festival pops up every Summer to provide a fun-filled weekend of dancing, planes, drag racing (not the RuPaul sort, well.. maybe), funfair rides, bands, shopping and more! I attended in 2016 and took part in the fashion show as well as working promo as an Atomic Bombshell, but 2017 well and truly took the biscuit.

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Skinny Coffee by The Skinny Caffe

Skinny Coffee is a 30 Day Program to help weight loss with only one cup of this coffee a day, drunk 15 minutes before you have your breakfast. With a slogan of “Make Coffee, Not Excuses” I thought hey, why not? Now I’m not saying I am overweight so please no hate there, it’s just over the last 6 months my clothes seem to be smaller – very selfish of them…. so I thought if I can start wearing them comfortably again then that would be a great feeling for me. No excuses!

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Paxton & Whitfield – Christmas Orders

We’ve recently posted some delicious fondue recipes from Paxton & Whitfield, so now it’s time to let you know about some of their Christmas offerings for 2017! Imagine the scene…it’s Christmas Day…you’ve had your huge lunch and opened most of your presents, the heating is full blast and your loved ones are driving you a wee bit nuts. You look to your left and what do you see…?!

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Wrap It Up – American Smokey 

Although I have experienced Wrap It Up before, this was our first time to the Aldermanbury location and we had a specific mission: try the new American Smokey wrap. Fortunately, myself and Toli are fans and friends of beef brisket, the main component of this new wrap so we were both looking forward to this and also slightly fearful of the brisket quality.

But let’s start from the very beginning, shall we? I’ve heard it’s a very good place to start – thank you Julie Andrews.

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Spicer + Cole – Queen Square, Bristol

Ooo arr! We’re in the West Country, Bristol to be specific, and it’s BRUNCHTIME following a 30th birthday party. A little dozy and worse for wear, we are wandering Bristol without aim….luckily, we’ve found a brunch spot not far away from the city centre and our hotel. Hooray! It looks safe and there are spare seats, so we step inside.

The menu looked pretty interesting, offering the standard kind of things you’d expect to see in a brunch spot, but my bruncheon of choice was the Harissa Bap. Specifically, the menu read “Bacon house harissa + aioli bap with a poached egg” – interesting. Bit different to my go-to of eggs benedict or something avocado-looking. Continue reading

Belvita – Breakfast Biscuits

Salutations! Apparently 1 in 3 people skip breakfast, and that may well be true as I am guilty of being one of the skippees.  Getting up in the morning is always tougher especially when the mornings are getting darker and we really REALLY don’t want to leave our warm duvet nests.

So, as a quick alternative to the standard bowl, we’ve been checking out the offering of Belvita Breakfast Biscuits to let you know about two (out of eight possible) flavours from the range.

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La ChiVa – Freeze Dried Fruit Snacks

Today we’re trying dried fruit snack packs from La ChiVa! – ‘Columbia’s second favourite export’

These are a healthy freeze dried fruit snack which you can eat on their own, sprinkle on your cereal or yogurt or possibly do other things I haven’t yet considered! I opted to try them on their own as ‘fruity crisps’ – and also because I had no cereal or yogurt in the cupboards.
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