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Kinsale Food Company - Pate!

The lovely people in the Kinsale Bay Food Company have re-branded all their fabulous products and have sent me some to Smartpoint for you all... There's a delicious range of soups coming in a blog post, and a fish pie that is SO good! But as the weather is still all about eating out and enjoying picnics, here's their range of patés. If you're a fan of smoked salmon this is the paté for you! A bargain 6Sp for the tub! All Irish and gluten free! Anyone given it a try? 

Kinsale Bay - Smoked Salmon Pate
per 30g - 1SP
per 60g half tub - 3SP
per 120g tub - 6SP

Kinsale Bay - Chicken liver pate
per 30g - 4SP
per 60g half tub - 8SP
per 120g tub - 16SP

Kinsale Bay - Chicken liver pate with Red Pepper Relish
per 30g - 4SP
per 60g half tub - 8SP
per 120g tub - 16SP

Kinsale Bay - Chicken liver pate with Red Onion Marmalade
per 30g - 4SP
per 60g half tub - 8SP
per 120g tub - 15SP

Never eat...

... on two feet! 

Aren't we all SO busy? Aren't we all in a rush to get to the next step on the ladder of life? One of the top tips my leader tells us regularly is put your knife and fork down when your eating... Digest your food & remember your meal is just as important as everyone else's! 

How many of us eat our toast at the toaster whilst the kettle is boiling? How many of us grab a sandwich on the go? How many of us munch the first thing we can get our paws on in the car? It's bad for our digestion, it's bad for our brain space and very often, anything eaten on the hop never finds its way onto a tracker! Grabbing something that's not on the plan tells our brain that our bodies just aren't worth nourishing properly! 

'This will do' ... really won't!

So take out the fancy plates, and get your toastie on it! What or who are you saving them for? You're worthy of using your best and favourite things in your own home, so get the fancy schmancy wine glasses out and fill it up with your water, pull up a seat and enjoy your food! You're worth it!


A new range of sliced poultry I spotted last week in my local SuperValu, 3 flavours in the chicken and some traditional turkey slices too... very handy for lunches and eating on the go! Packed with protein! 

Homebird Irish Roast Chicken, traditional flavour per 100g pack - 1SP

Homebird Irish Roast Chicken, Garlic & Herb flavour per 100g pack - 1SP

Homebird Irish Roast Chicken, Sweet & Smoky flavour per 100g pack - 1SP

Homebird Irish Roast Turkey, traditional flavour per 90g pack - 1SP

The greater the storm...

Not sugar coating it... (cause that would cost SmartPoints!) but the fight to do it, whatever 'it' is, is within you... if you want something bad enough, you'll do it... it might take months, or like me years, but when you REALLY want something you will do whatever it takes to do it... 

It's hard! Losing weight is really hard... eating a chocolate bar requires no thinking, no effort (unless you've hidden them and forgotten where they are... just me?!) ... staying on plan, making decisions, planning, tracking, scheduling time for your meeting all takes effort especially when your mindset is 'why bother?!' but when you focus on how you felt the day you made the decision to get healthy... you know that you never want to go back there ever again... so every small, teeny tiny decision is worth it! 

I've fallen off the wagon spectacularly sometimes, I don't know anyone who hasn't! But life constantly reminds me that I never, EVER want to go back to that person who was afraid to go to the shops in case people were judging her shopping, the girl who dodged every invitation not because she didn't want to go have fun but because she didn't think she was worth it, people only invited her because they felt sorry for her... that person who smiled all the time but who's knees ached all night when she just wanted to be happy... really happy... That's where the power is... in your darkest feelings... when you feel the most down and miserable you need to remember it... feel it and think 'nope, not any more!' ... harness it and use it to get what you really really want! Success!

If you're going through the downs, rather than the ups, just remember how much you want it... remember you're reading this post because you want to keep going, you want to get to goal, you want to be successful and happy in your own skin... remember how you felt that first weigh in? remember how even thinking about clothes shopping made you cry? Then take out your tracker, plan out your breakfasts and there's a third of the weeks meals on plan! We got this... whenever you feel like you're in the middle of a storm look around there's a sea of rainbows ahead! 

Count the memories...

Ok, it's summer... it's here (apparently!) and you're not a size 6 and everything still kinda wobbles a bit... This isn't the time to throw in the towel and what yourself through till September when the 'Christmas' countdowns begin! This is the time to celebrate how far you've come and live life!

Your kids/boyfriend/husband/friends don't see wobbles... They see you not jumping the pool having fun... They see the miserable face of someone who isn't really enjoying their holiday... Children see (and FOLLOW!) how you behave and how you act... If you're off on holidays, make memories! Life is too short and your children won't remember how many points you ate on holiday... they'll remember dripping 99s, sharing fish & chips and laughing in the sunshine (I'm an optimist!)... Your friends will remember that booty up at karaoke and laughing till it hurts! These people love you, just the way you and are, and whilst the bigger picture is to be a new healthy improved version of you, until then, be proud of how far you've come and get out and live! 

So if you're not at goal, you will be... But now is the time to put on the swimming cozzies and tear into the water squealing with the rest of them! 

Just Add...

This kinda falls into the 'they'll think of anything' department! But if you're caught on the hop and have nothing in the house to add to your omelette, Just Add have got you covered! x

Just Add - Leafy greens
per 60g (half pot) - 1SP
per 180g tub - 3SP

Just Add - Mexican style veggies
per 100g (half tub) - 3SP
per 200g tub - 5SP

Just Add - Mediterranean style veggies
per 100g (half tub) - 2SP
per 200g tub - 4SP

Skinny Chef Dips!

A new Irish range of dips and pestos spotted in Supervalu! I'm all about buying & supporting local!
Nothing like fresh pesto really is there? Anyone given them a try?

Skinny Chef - Wasabi dip
Up to 45g - 0SP
per 125 ml tub - 1SP

Skinny Chef - Roasted Red Chilli Pepper Dip
per 15g - 1Sp
per 30g - 3SP
per 125ml tub - 11SP

Skinny Chef - Fresh Basil Pesto
per 15g - 2SP
per 30g - 5SP
per 135g tub - 21SP

Skinny Chef - Red Pesto
per 15g - 2SP
per 30g - 4SP
per 135g tub - 19SP

Skinny Chef - Wild Garlic Pesto
per 15g - 2SP
per 30g - 4SP
per 135g tub - 19SP

Every class has got one...

Every class has got one... Lets' call her 'Kate' ... she loses every week, she's nearly at goal and she started 5 mins ago... Bitter much?! Yup! But what we've got to remember is everyone is different... when I joined Weight Watchers (this time around!) I looked at some of the people in the queue and wondered if I was in the wrong group! These people didn't need to be at Weight Watchers! But 7lbs to one person is the same as 70lbs to another... and 7lbs can be just as hard to lose as 70lbs ... Some of the people in that queue had lost loads of weight, they were nearly at goal... what we've got to remember is everyone is different stages of their weight loss journeys... 

Your journey is exactly that YOURS... my journey is mine... Just because someone else is getting closer to goal doesn't mean we're failures... we're on our own path, so lets just support each other!

WEETABIX additions!

Something for the weetabix fans! Two new flavours added to the range! 

Weetabix Additions - Apple & raisin
per 2 biscuits - 5SP

Weetabix Additions - Coconut & raisin
per 2 biscuits - 6SP

Got a dirty past?

So you had a fabliss weekend.. you ate everything that wasn't stationary, you drank Mr. Hendricks dry (and you think Mr. Gordons too!) and the hangover fry up was the best plate of food every produced in history! Delighted for you! I hope the untagging of dodgy pics on Facebook doesn't take all morning! But so what... you had fun, you celebrated, commiserated, laughed and cried and made a few memories along the way... there's two ways of looking at this... you can stage dive off the wagon in spectacular fashion and plough head first into a Supermacs garlic & cheese fries and not darken the door of your class till September when you'll be right back where you started back in January weeping that the plan 'just doesn't work...' OR you can make a cup of tea, get out your meal planner, write a shopping light and get right back on track... there's no point in crying over what's happened... Did you put on a stone on holidays so what! Did you have a ball? Great, but don't let that stop your journey... Get back in the saddle and do it for you x

Let's get twisted!

I know the weather is unpredictable (well in Ireland it is anywya!) but we've got to grab any sunshine that appears whilst we can and bask in it (wearing sunscreen of course!) This weeks SmartPoint Swap is a fav ice cream of mine... Twisters! (Tangle twisters back in my day!)... My love of this ice cream even made it to mani Monday last year! I know... I know... still saving 2SPs for a sweet fix isn't to be sniffed at! Here's to the summer... *crosses finger & toes* x

HB/Walls Regular size Twisters (80ML) - 4SP

HB/Walls mini Twister (50ML) - 2SP

Whirlz from Aldi - 3SP 

Gianni's Ice Blitz ALDI - 4SP

Harvest Moon Hummus

It's 'dippy-salady-eat-outdoors-if-the-weather-behaves' weather and hummus is a popular choice for lots of picnics! This is an Irish range by Harvest Moon, you'll pick them up in Supervalu! Gluten, diary and additive free with no added sugar they're in handy 180g tubs too so you can't go too mad! Most importantly all freshly made! I've tried the Roasted Red Pepper one... LUSH!

 I've included 3 products from their soup range too! 

Harvest Moon hummus - Natural 
per 30g - 3SP
per 180g pot - 15SP

Harvest Moon hummus - Roasted Red Pepper 
per 30g - 2SP
per 180g pot - 12SP

Harvest Moon hummus - Basil
per 30g - 2SP
per 180g pot - 11SP

Harvest Moon hummus - Sweet potato & coriander 
per 30g - 2SP
per 180g pot - 13SP

Harvest Moon - Fresh pesto
per 30g - 5SP
per 180g pot - 28SP

Harvest Moon - Vegan pesto
per 30g - 6SP
per 170g pot - 34SP
So high because of the nuts... 

Harvest Moon - Walnut & lentil pate
per 30g - 4SP
per 140g pot - 19SP

Harvest Moon - Red Pepper, roasted garlic & basil
per 100ml - 1SP
per 250ml serv (half pot) - 3SP
per 500ml tub - 5SP

Harvest Moon - Spicy kale & butter bean
per 100ml - 1SP
per 250ml serv (half pot) - 2SP
per 500ml tub - 4SP

Harvest Moon - Curried parsnip & lentil 
per 100ml - 1SP
per 250ml serv (half pot) - 4SP
per 500ml tub - 7SP

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