Tried & Tested Snacks: February Edition

With new products on the market almost every week, it can be overwhelmingly difficult to decide which to try first. To help make the decision process slightly easier, i’ve tried and tested five products this month, find the verdict below.


1. Mars Frozen M&M’s Peanut Sticks

It’s about time Mars brought out a frozen version of their best-selling chocolate. These individually wrapped ice-cream bars contain a creamy milk chocolate ice-cream encased in a hard-chocolate outer layer with crushed m&m shell throughout with the perfect hint of peanut butter.

Verdict: So good I could eat the whole four.

Where to find: Woolworths & Coles freezer isle.

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2. Gelato Messina Tim Tams: Ice Coffee

Australian biscuit brand Arnott’s have collaborated with Gelato Messina for their second Tim Tam range. This time the concept behind the three flavours was to store them in the fridge and eat them cold. The flavours included Choc Cherry Coconut, Iced Coffee and Turkish Delight.

Verdict: Personally I’m a Tim Tam Slam fan, so eating my Tim Tams straight out of the fridge was entering new territory. That said, the flavours were pretty true to their name. Ice coffee was hands down the crowd favourite.

Where to find: Woolworths & Coles biscuit isle.

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3. Salted Caramel Almond Milk

Australia’s Own Foods Salted Caramel Almond Milk is nutty, sweet and (slightly) salty all at once. It slides down your throat with ease, exciting even the bleakest of taste buds. Best enjoyed ice cold.

Verdict: Free from gluten, dairy and soy, you’d be surprised at how good this milk tastes. Get creative and add it to a smoothie. Breakfast never sounded so good.

Where to find: IGA & Specialty Food Stores.

 

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4. Fantastic Rice Mini’s

For an alternative to Arnott’s Shapes, these mini rice wheels are the perfect bite-sized snack. Flavours include Chicken, Honey & Soy or Chilli Salt & Pepper. For a mini wheel of rice, the flavour sure does pack a punch, and the texture is almost Twistie-like, making them hard to put down. Arguably Honey & Soy was my favourite of the two, although the Chicken was a close first. 

Verdict: Ate the entire box on the car ride home from Woolworths.

Where to find: Woolworths biscuit isle.

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5. The Golden Gaytime Sanga

Ditching the stick, the Golden Gaytime has been transformed into the most epic ice cream sandwich you’ll want to get your hands on ASAP. It boasts a sweet carmel-ey honey cream on the inside, and a classic biscuit cover on the outside. The biscuit has been ramped up by ‘improved crumb technology’, with a higher crumb density, so your tastebuds may go into serious shock.

Verdict: This is one serious game-changer in the ice-cream department. The perfect balance of ice cream and biscuit, I don’t know why you’re still reading this and not getting your hands on one.

Where to find: IGA freezer isle.

 

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Is Pickled Avocado The Latest Food Trend?

It seems as though we can’t get enough of our fermented foods.

Fashion Media Brand InStyle recently shared a video that has caused quite a hype across the Internet. After receiving over 9 million views, the step-by-step video showing us how to pickle avocado has left the majority of viewers in outrage.

Lifan Scarlett Li wrote “I can’t think of a better way to disrespect avocado…”

While Andreea Tal wrote “wtf is going on here on this day?”

But not all feedback was negative.

Tanya Schwartz wrote “two of the best things you can eat. Pickles and avocados in one. Yummy. I’m gonna try when you’re home.”

And Stephanie Faghiri wrote “IT IS MY TWO FAVOURITE THINGS MIXED OMG”. 

While I’m quite the advocate when it comes to trying new things, personally I think avocado is best served smashed on some sourdough, but I won’t judge.

If you haven’t already, check out the video below.

How Practicing Yoga Every Morning Will Change Your Life

If you’re not a morning person then you’re about to become one. While getting out of bed in the morning can be extremely hard, the health benefits of doing morning yoga are totally worth it.


Start Your Day Happy

The mood boost received through a yoga practice is one of the most beneficial reasons to practice yoga in the mornings. Exercise of all kinds increases ‘feel good’ neurotransmitters, and yoga being a form of exercise, stands out as a proven GABA booster. GABA is one of your main inhibitory neurotransmitters that put the brakes on brain activity, enabling you to relax. One session of yoga can increase GABA levels by 27%, and doing it in the morning means you can start the day off relaxed and happy, emitting positive vibes.


Breathe Easy

By starting your day in asana, you are essentially starting your day cultivating breath awareness. Asana is one of the eight limbs of classical yoga, and is one that should be steady and comfortable, helping a practitioner to become more aware of their body, mind and environment. So by doing this first thing in the morning, you are more likely to keep your breath (and cool) for the rest of the day. After all, they say that the slower and deeper you breathe, the longer you will live.


Salute To The Sun

The traditional practice of Surya Namaska (the sun salute) was performed at sunrise as a way to greet the sun and the arrival of a new day. By practicing sun salutes in the morning, you awaken your body, to stretch and say good morning to each of your muscles. Being aware of the rhythms of the natural world and practicing as the sun rises, we are able to tap into our own natural rhythms, making it especially beneficial for those of us who are so caught up in the world of technology and work. This morning routine is a reminder of our more natural state.


Metabolism Booster

By practicing yoga in the morning, the body’s metabolism is boosted, and so is the digestive system. Morning yoga helps you digest more efficiently, burn food up faster, metabolize fat and move nutrients throughout the body, whilst also inspiring you to be healthy throughout the day. It’s pretty much guaranteed that you’ll leave your practice feeling happy and energized, and more tuned in and connected with your body and mind.


Sleep Better

Can’t sleep? Practicing yoga first thing in the morning will most likely make bedtime become a top priority. Morning yoga has been proven to regulate sleep rhythm and even balance out your hormones. A dedicated morning practice allows those of us who quite often find ourselves sleeping in, wasting our mornings rather than making the most of them. Think about how good you’ll feel when you’ve finished a long day at work and you don’t have to stress about hitting up the gym.

The Latest Brunch Spots In 2017

The brunch scene in Perth is buzzing, and it’s happening faster than you can say maple syrup flavoured bacon. But with new openings popping up all over the place, it can be a little hard to catch up. Luckily I’ve come up with a list of newbies for you and your fellow brunch addicts to hit up.


Open Plan

If there’s one thing North Perth lacks it’s decent coffee. Thankfully, this little gem has graced NP with its presence, serving up in-house roasted coffee and all day breakfast. The guys here have done a complete 360 on the layout, with a fresh new open plan look. Food wise, the menu’s full of the favourites, baked eggs with chorizo, soldiers with a boiled egg and dukka and of course avo smash. For dairy-free coffee, there’s soy and almond milk, and for the few that aren’t caffeine addicts, they make a mean matcha chai latte.

408 Fitzgerald St, North Perth


Someday Coffee Co

Someday Coffee Co is the perfect fit for Floreat. Besides the fact they brew up some seriously smooth coffee, they’re also pumping out drool-worthy breakfasts. Think pimped up toast, Mexican beans and pancake stacks that will have you in a food coma for days. Vegans won’t be missing out on the good stuff here either, with the menu offering up something for everyone. The beans are supplied by Perth-based Micrology Coffee Roasters, and their coffee machine is treated like royalty. But if you’ve reached your coffee quota for the day, the drinks menu is overflowing with turmeric and chai lattes aplenty and Kommunity Brew Kombucha.

445 Cambridge St, Floreat


Tom Dick And Harry’s

All day breakfast and great coffee, what could be better than that you ask. Well, this new joint in Mt Hawthorn also allows pups, so you can rock up in the afternoon, order poached eggs on rye with a side of bacon and enjoy a hot latte with your best mate by your side. Whether you’re after a coffee, matcha latte or acai smoothie bowls, you can enjoy it all, all damn day.

144 Scarborough Beach Rd, Mt Hawthorn


Venery

In the heart of Subiaco, Venery is serving up some of the best coffee the ‘burb has to offer. It’s rumored that they’re one of the first cafes in the world to debute a fancy revolutionary coffee machine with milk frothing technology that promises to deliver only the best coffee every single time. If that’s not enough reason to visit, perhaps their jaffles will lure you in. I highly recommend you get yourself there ASAP.

420 Hay Street, Perth


96 Degrees

If you were ever chasing down Perth’s best Nitrogen infused cold drip, then you need to head over to 96 Degrees. This little café is new to Flora Terrace in North Beach, and specializes in all types of coffee. The team here share a common interest: coffee. After drinking cup after cup, they’ve finally perfected their blend thus opening their doors to the people of Perth. And if you love their coffee that much, take home a bag of beans and test out your coffee making skills.

117C Flora Terrace, North Beach


Violet Banks

Whether you refer to it as Oxfort Street, North End or Mt Hawthorn, Violet Banks has opened its doors on the popular café strip. They serve up one heck of a coffee, with only the best beans from Leftfield Coffee Roasters. The coffee goes down a treat with their warm peach and choc chip muffins. But if you’re hungry for something more delectable, go for the ham and three-cheese béchamel sourdough toastie. Is it lunchtime yet??

399 Oxford St, Mt Hawthorn