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We are all trying to live better lives both personally and for the planet. With this in mind we thought we'd share with you our top picks of books and products that can help you to live healthier and in a sustainable way, but with a very practical and easy-to-do slant to it. You can check out our choices of books, kitchen gadgets, foodie gadgets for on-the-go and some personal care products.
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As the only coffee drinker in my house I find our Nespresso machine a valuable asset. If I make a plunger of coffee I won't drink it all and feel it's very wasteful. On the other hand using pods are very unfriendly to the environment. When I came across this stainless steel refillable pod I was sceptical but knew I had to try it. I've been using it now for about a month and it's a game-changer. I find my morning coffee now has more of a ritual feel to it and I have no guilt attached to using yet another pod that goes in the bin (even if it is being recycled). I highly recommend trying this out.
We have hand-picked a selection of books that we feel are really useful and practical to apply to day-to-day living in order to improve your life. Some of them we have full reviews written and others we simply recommend. We hope you enjoy them! You can also have a read of our book highlights from 2019 in our blog post '8 Books for the Wellness Lover in Your Life'.
The links between stress and your health are long established. Find out what’s causing the stress and you’ll get better. Well, if it was only that simple!
Stress, for starters, is very personal and relevant to an individual’s perspective. What might stress one person wouldn’t even enter the stress radar for another. So there is definitely not a one-size-fits-all approach to establishing what your stressors are and then attempting to eliminate or diminish them. The Stress Solution is jam-packed full of information on causes of stress and how to manage it..... Read our full review here
If we have never felt at some point that we are burnt out, whether it be from a job or personal circumstances, then we probably have had the thought run through our head that we are heading that way if we don’t make some fundamental changes to the way we are living. Our lives are so fully charged compared to even just 10 years ago. I know this because I’ve been there..... Read our full review here.
With growing knowledge about the negative impact of consuming meat and dairy products on our personal health and the environment made coming across Holly White’s book Vegan-ish feel like finding the pearl in the oyster.....Read our full review here.
The Food Medic, or the inspiring Dr. Hazel Wallace, whichever name you go by she not only has the medical background to back everything she is recommending up, but she is full of ideas to help you incorporate better eating into your life for a healthier you. You can read an interview we had with her at WellFest in 2018 here.
The Doctor's Kitchen is a way of introducing foods to your everyday life that will help improve your health. It's written by Dr. Rupy Aujla who is paving the way for medical students to learn more about nutrition as part of their studies and empowering t. You can read an interview we had with him at WellFest 2018 here.
Madeleine Shaw has a a real flair for incorporating healthy food and recipes into her books that don't have a billion ingredients and yet have a bang of flavour. Her books are a must for any healthy cook's bookshelf. You can our interview we had with her at WellFest 2018 here.
Jasmine Hemsley is an amazing source of healthy food inspiration. She is well known as being half of Hemsley + Hemsley with her sister Melissa and has branched out with this latest book explaining the Auyervedic approach to eating in a very accessible way. She's really passionate about the subject which you can read more about in our interview with her from Thrive Festival in Dublin in 2019 here.
This classic kids cookery book has released its 10th anniversary edition. It’s a brilliant book to get kids into cooking delicious food that they’ll love to eat. It’s easy to follow, and like most children’s cookbooks, will require an adult to guide through the process. It’s such a great way to give kids a sense of independence and have a healthy relationship with food. We have a well-worn copy on our bookshelf!
Like a lot of people we have our go-to recipes that we like to make and we recognise that there were a few kitchen utensils or gadgets that helped us cut down on our prep-time and help increase our repertoire of meals. These are some of our favourites.
The hand blender is just so versatile, and is particularly good for creating amazing soups and also good for chopping vegetables, nuts or seeds quickly for cooking or for salads. This is definitely a 'couldn't live without' item for the healthy home cook. We like this one because of the metal blender piece which is easy to clean and very durable.
While the nutribullet has been around for years now, it really remains top of its class in terms of high speed blenders. Perfect for making smoothies year round and supercharging your day. Also good for making blends to freeze as ice-pops for all the family. Again, this was a game-changer in terms of health and nutrition for us and we highly recommend it, especially at this great price.
A spiraliser is a great way to present both fruit and vegetables in a fresh and different way. Whether it's to bring more fun to dishes or to help those fussier eaters to enjoy their veg in a new way, or maybe you are trying to increase your veggie intake there are a multitude of uses for this fun addition to any kitchen cupboard. The most recognised use is 'courgetti' when you spiralise courgettes and eat in place of spaghetti, an easy way to reduce refined carbs and increase your veggies into your eating habits.
4. Slow Cooker
This hardworking, versatile machine is a great addition to any kitchen. This slow cooker is great for stocks and one pot wonders. It is a game-changer for any busy person - that's all of us! You can just throw in the ingredients and let it do all the work!
These glass jars help you keep your cupboards organised and in a really sustainable way. You don't have to worry about any chemicals getting into your food and you can also shop for refills or buy in bulk and store in manageable sizes. This is a super starter pack or a great addition for those already practicing this great sustainable approach to food prep.
These Pyrex dishes are a great way to cook and store leftovers, whether you use the freezer, or fridge. They are also a great way to organise foods in the fridge allowing you to utilise the space fully. The rectangular shape works really well for storage and can go from freezer to oven too.
Foodie Gadgets for On-the-Go
We are all so much more aware of recycling products now and one of the worst offenders are single use items such as coffee cups and lids that we all use a lot. This gorgeous stainless steel, insulated travel mug comes in a range of colours and can help you play your part in saving the planet - and get you a discount on your coffee in most decent coffee shops - Win-Win!
The worst offender in terms of plastic in the environment is, as we know, single use plastic. So having a stylish and yet practical solution is essential. Having searched and got it wrong a few times, we have landed on a brilliant bottle with the Super Sparrow. This bottle comes with a sports lid and straws, is easy to clean and includes a straw cleaner and comes in a multitude of colours to suit your taste.
Avoiding the plastic cutlery and straws given to you in most convenience lunch providers, this little case (which comes in loads of colours) is a great way to help prevent more plastic going into the environment. Keep it in your bag or at your desk so that you're always prepared in style and comfort.
Your search for the perfect eco friendly lunch box has ended! This lunch box is the perfect solution.
While we love the stainless steel lunch boxes, sometimes they are just not practical for some people - maybe they need to microwave their food directly in the lunch box, or maybe they would get too easily damaged being flung around in a kids schoolbag. So we searched out what we think is the best durable bento box. We have put it to the test in our house and it's a total hit and includes a reusable set of cutlery. Here are a couple of things that the manufacturers have to say about it:
- This microwavable & dishwasher safe lunch box bento box is made of food grade, eco friendly, BPA-free PBT Material (Stronger than PP plastic), which is durable, safe and non-toxic
- LEAKPROOF 2 TIER LUNCH BOX: This minimalist Japanese food containers bento lunch box features air-tight and leakproof silicone sealed lid design & 2 tier design, it keeps your meals fresh and mess free by preventing any spills leaks or smells in your bag. And this lunch boxes meal prep container is also very easy to clean due to the super smooth inner surface
These bamboo toothbrushes have soft bristles and are
- Environmentally-friendly toothbrushes with handles formed from sustainably sourced bamboo
- Biodegradable bamboo handles
- BPA-free nylon bristles ~ 1 Blue & 1 Green per box
- Packaged in biodegradable recyclable cardboard boxes; plastic-free packaging
- They come in adult size or child size
This award winning organic oil works wonders for your skin. We've been using it for years and highly recommend it.
Description: Rosehip oil, the product that started the natural skincare revolution. This versatile oil is suitable for all skin types and is especially excellent for body care, helping to improve the appearance of scars and stretch marks.
Benefits: Certified organic, 100% natural. Clinically proven to help scars, stretch marks and wrinkles.
Suggested Use: Apply 2-3 drops to palm of hand. Gently massage into skin, follow with moisturiser, make-up or use on its own.
Awards: Natural Health Beauty Awards 2014
This moisturiser leaves your skin so smooth and soft with no oily feeling after application. We love this range of organic products that Trilogy have developed.
What they say:
trilogy’s number one selling moisturiser contains nature’s most powerful plant extracts to deliver hydration while helping to repair the skin. This versatile moisturiser is quickly absorbed providing the perfect make-up base.
Benefits: Versatile high performance moisturising cream for all skin types. Contains trilogy signature ingredient Rosapene.
This shampoo leaves your hair feeling soft and hydrated. It's really gentle for those with skin sensitivities. It's our go-to shampoo of the moment.
What they say:
An effective formulation to invigorate hair and scalp. Alleviates dandruff, soothes irritated scalp and revitalises damaged hair. A miracle solution for dry, flaky scalps. A fantastic shampoo for those who suffer from a dry scalp. Leaves your hair feeling wonderfully soft and full of bounce: Soothes irritated, dry, flaky scalps Revitalises damaged hair Alleviates dandruff Normalises oil and moisture balance
This hair serum leaves your hair feeling soft and strong. It acts as a really effective conditioner and, again we love all the benefits it offers.
What they say:
Dead sea spa Magik hair magic serum is an intensive conditioning treatment suitable for all hair types, especially beneficial for dry and damaged hair. Contains pro-vitamin B5 for extra shine and conditioning. Will give bounce and shine to your locks, prevents split ends and is anti-frizz.
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