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  1. emslie grey ahoy home hanging heart decor gift website lylia rose blogger

    emslie grey ahoy home hanging heart decor gift website lylia rose blog

    Ahoy! | My Emslie Grey Prize

    Thank you very much to Emslie Grey for sending me this decorative 'Ahoy!' hanging heart.  I luckily won this last week by entering one of their Twitter competitions.  It's very well made and already has a proud spot in a corner of my bathroom!  It's actually the first and only thing hanging on the walls in our bathroom as I really liked the nautical design and elongated shape to the heart.

    I've been browsing their store since it arrived and wanted to share it with you.  Emslie Grey (emsliegrey.com) is an online shop full of beautifully designed gifts and home wares.  They have a stylish nautical range which is just perfect for the upcoming summer season.  My favourite pieces are the Beach Hut Cushion and Seafood Lampshade.  I also really love the Daisy Cushion from their cushion section with its fun and modern flower print.

    Which Emslie Grey item is your favourite?

    Victoria :)

  2. matcha clearspring green tea bags lylia rose healthy food superfoods blog d

    Amazing Superfoods | Matcha Green Tea
     
    Since recently discovering my new love for green tea, I've already found something even better called 'matcha green tea'.  I kept seeing this 'matcha' version pop up in adverts and even in marketing tweets, but I never knew it was any different to regular green tea.  Even though they come from the same plant it turns out the matcha green tea is processed differently to standard green tea and is way better for you.
     
    Matcha green tea leaves are less processed than regular green tea leaves so they maintain more antioxidants and nutrients.  These leaves are then ground down into a fine powder which is called matcha.  This powder is absorbed directly into our bodies when consumed so we reap all the benefits, unlike regular green tea where the tea leaves are discarded after use, along with many of the nutrients.  
     
    Some tea bags I recently purchased contain regular green tea plus matcha powder.  The matcha powder dissolves in the water so it is easily absorbed by the body along with its antioxidants.  You can also buy matcha powder by itself to add to smoothies and foods.  It's possible to make a tea with the powder by mixing a teaspoon in hot water, (wait a couple of minutes until a boiled kettle has cooled slightly) with a non dairy milk such as almond.  It should make a frothy tasty tea.
     
    The levels of antioxidants in matcha are truly outstanding!  Matcha contains 137 times more of the antioxidant EGCG than regular green tea, which is linked to reduced signs of ageing, good heart health and an improved metabolism. It has six times the antioxidants of goji berries and 60 times those of spinach.  It helps to fight off cancer as these antioxidant levels are so amazingly high. Free radicals don't stand a chance! On top of that it provides long lasting energy with less caffeine than a cup of coffee, lots of skin clearing chlorophyll and mood boosting L-theanine.  Pretty impressive hey?!
     
    matcha clearspring green tea bags lylia rose healthy food superfoods blog
     
    I bought my first box of 20 tea bags and I've had 1-3 cups each day for the past week.  I definitely feel way more energised, without experiencing that dreaded energy slump that coffee always gives.  It's also a pleasantly refreshing drink if the tea bag is brewed for only 1-2 minutes.  This stops the taste from becoming too bitter.  I find it a calming drink and I feel nice after drinking it, rather than a bit hectic-fuzzy headed when I drink coffee!
     
    Do you use matcha?
     
    Victoria :)
  3. aduna baobab raw energy bar almond pineapple lylia rose healthy superfood s

    aduna baobab raw energy bar almond pineapple lylia rose healthy superfood s

    Aduna Baobab Raw Energy Bar | Review

     
    Ooh this bar is exotically luscious!  It was like sunshine in my mouth!  Totally yummy.  This will be a perfect summer treat with the citrus and pineapple flavour. Energising, fulfilling and refreshing all at the same time. 
     
    These bars are promoted as great for healthy skin, energy and a boost for the immune system.  They have a fantastic dose of vitamin C.
     
    I've seen the superfood 'baobab' (pronounced bay-oh-bab) on packaging before but this is the first time I've had anything containing it.  This bar was in my recent prize bundle from nutritionandhealingfoods.com and I'm very glad it was. I've already researched baobab, started using the powder (blog post soon) and have been searching for a multipack of these bars!  
     
    In short, baobab is a superfood (or superfruit) from the African 'Tree of Life' baobab tree.  It's a nutrient dense natural raw food packed with fibre (50%), vitamin C, potassium, calcium and antioxidants.  It contains way more antioxidants than any other superfruit including blueberries, goji berries and even acai berries.  The baobab fruit is also sourced sustainably and ethically from many African communities who own the trees. 
     
    These bars are vegetarian, vegan, wheat and gluten free, raw, organic, dairy free and have no added sugar.  They contain only seven ingredients which are all natural; not a preservative or additive in sight.  To top it off (and not surprisingly) they won 'best healthy snack' at the 2015 Beauty Shortlist Awards.  If anyone ever fancies treating me, just sent a box of these my way!
     
    Please do visit the amazing Aduna website at www.aduna.com to view their great baobab products, recipe ideas and more!
     
    Have you tried these totally amazing Aduna Baobab Superfruit Energy Bars?
     
    Victoria :)