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The Natural & Organic Products Show is an exhibition that took place at the Olympia Grand in London over the past two days, 13th and 14th April. The Natural Food, Beauty & Spa, Natural Living & Natural Health Shows were altogether in one large hall and a wonderful selection of products were on display.  I only found out about this event at the last minute but I new it would be a great opportunity to meet the people behind innovative brands in the natural and organic sector as well as find out about fantastic product ranges.

There were so many items to sample but I only selected a few. At the first stand I visited, the slim noodles range had been cooked in a wok with vegetables and soya sauce. The gentleman at the booth offered me a small tray of noodles and I was surprised that the portion was only 2-3 calories and tasted utterly delicious. These noodles contain 94% less calories compared to traditional noodles and is gluten, fat and sugar free.
At the Aduna stand I was able to try Baobab powder and all the wonderful health benefits of this
fruit can be found here. The powder tastes a bit like sherbert and it can be added to a range of meals. 

Next was the refreshing and delicious taste of the award winning Qcumber, a gently sparking spring water made from you guessed it cucumbers and my final treat was a scrumptious white and strawberry chocolate piece which was sugar free from Free'ist Foods.

I also had a range of samples to take away with me such as peanut butter powder from Hale Naturals which contains 70% less fat than traditional peanut butter, no trans fats or hydrogenated oil and is high in protein and fibre.

In my next blog I will discuss some of the take away brochures and products that I got from the show in more detail.

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I frequently buy an omelette sandwich for lunch from a place called Meal Deal which takes around 10 minutes to prepare. I find this simple sandwich quite tasty.

2 slices of brown bread
3 free range eggs
2 table spoons of olive oil
½ onion, diced
2-3 Mushrooms, diced
½ red bell pepper, diced
30g of cheese of choice (Optional)

Here is the first recipe which is a quick delicious Herbalife breakfast shake that I would like to share with you. I drink this delicious meal replacement every morning because it takes a couple of minutes to make before I leave for work or I can put it in a flask and consume it on the way there or whilst I'm at my office desk.

Recipe (228 Calories)

-Add 2 tablespoons (26g) of free from vanilla formula 1 shake (gluten free) to a glass/flask

-Add 250-300 mls of Rice Milk

-You can also use Soya, Cow's, Goat and Almond etc. I prefer using vanilla or the original rice milk.

-You can also throw everything into a blender and add fruits and nuts if you choose and there are plenty of recipes available.
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The Food & Drink Expo took place at the NEC, Birmingham from 24-26th March. Have a look at this video channel to have a glimpse of the event which takes place every two years. This fantastic show had a large selection of food and drink suppliers gathered under one roof and I had the opportunity to visit a vast array of company stands such as Cook, Harpers Food, Tom’s Pies, Fuel 10k, Oakhouse Food, chunks pies, various cake companies and the list goes on. There were also lots of delicious food and drink samples on offer and if you get the chance to visit in two years time, I highly recommend going.
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Healthier Food Choices - The apple or the burger

I try to live a reasonably healthy lifestyle by being a conscious eater intermingled with some exercise here and there. I became a vegetarian five and a half years ago much to the dismay of family and friends who didn't quite understand but I did so due to health reasons and fortunately I find it relatively easy to sustain this lifestyle, although the aroma of freshly oven cooked salmon or lamb does tempt me and one year I did succumb but it was my birthday. I try and keep fit and previously played football which I started playing at 5 years old. I run occasionally and have decided to undertake another half or full marathon this year to improve my fitness and beat my previous running times as well as raise some funds for charity. This should be possible as my first attempts were rather slow because unfortunately I did more walking than running due to lack of training.
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Welcome to I am Rachel the creator of this site and the fact that launch day is finally here just after celebrating my 30th birthday is very exciting. I am pleased to share with you what has been cooking these past few months.

I have created a review forum where you can rate a range of ready meals, restaurant cuisine, home made food and also a selection of weight management/loss and sports nutrition products. This serves to help consumers make informed decisions when faced with an assortment of food and nutrition brands and products when out shopping whether online or in store, as well as provide constructive feedback to the meal manufacturers, restaurants, retailers, cooks and chefs.
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