Coco Crush: 6 Tasty Treats

We have been super healthy all month at #TeamCoco (well, almost all month), so it’s time to let our hair down, dive head first into our January payday funds, and [...]

We have been super healthy all month at #TeamCoco (well, almost all month), so it’s time to let our hair down, dive head first into our January payday funds, and enjoy a tasty treat or two.

February is basically here, and with it brings the month of love, so why not love yourself and tuck into something delicious, nutritious, and thoroughly enjoyable?

Check out these delectable foodie treats and divine drinks to get you through the month ahead. We have included a seriously good sugar alternative, a flavoursome Mexican recipe, a super selection of cooking sauces, a rich vegan cheese, a mindful cup of tea, and an excellent rose negroni cocktail.

What’s not to love about February!

Natvia

Natvia is a great tasting sweetener made from 100% naturally sourced GMO-free ingredients. It tastes deliciously sweet, with no bitter aftertaste, or nasty chemicals – typical of other artificial sweeteners. If that wasn’t enough, Natvia has zero calories per serving. That’s 100% less calories than sugar.

Natvia is created from a unique blend of organic Stevia (a sweet leafed plant) and erythritol (a natural nectar found in melons and grapes) making it 100% natural.

Not only for your morning cuppa, try sprinkling Natvia over porridge, baking your best Mary Berry cake creation, or even adding to savoury sauces, such as curry or bolognaise, for that extra special touch.

Priced at £5 (300g), available from Tesco stores and tesco.com

Old El Paso

Old El Paso, the UK’s favourite Mexican food brand is bringing the celebrated
Super Bowl party to the nation as they join forces with NFL as the official UK partner of Super Bowl LIV.

This weekend is Super Bowl Sunday. Traditionally, it was an American celebration, but with American Football growing in popularity Mexican food brand Old El Paso want to show you how to throw the infamous Super Bowl Party in style.

Why not try half-time Halloumi Fajitas? Recipe below:

Ingredients: Halloumi, veg oil, mixed peppers, black beans, sour cream, jalapeños, avocado slices, Old El Paso Crispy Crumb Seasoning, Old El Paso Flour Tortillas, Old El Paso Salsa.

Method: Slice halloumi into 1cm thick slices and mix with veg oil and Old El Paso Crispy Crumb Seasoning, to coat. Pan fry halloumi alongside peppers until lightly golden and crispy on each side. Microwave Old El Paso Soft Flour Tortillas 35-40 seconds. Lay the crispy halloumi on the warm flour tortillas; add black beans, avocado and cooling sour cream. For a real kick add jalapenos and finish with Old El Paso Salsa. Serve

Old El Paso Fajita Kits, Salsa, and Flour Tortillas available from most UK supermarkets.

Bay’s Kitchen

Bay’s Kitchen, the innovative new range of award-winning FODMAP-friendly, gluten-free certified, vegan-approved, stir in sauces. Featuring six tasty flavours – Mild Korma, Thai Green Curry, Tikka Masala, Jalfrezi Curry, Sweet & Sour, and Tomato & Basil.

Low FODMAP is the only scientifically approved diet to help relieve IBS sufferers from symptoms like uncomfortable bloating, changes in bowel habits, fatigue and stomach cramps.

Priced at £3.95 (per 260g jar), available from Morrisons, Ocado, and bayskitchen.com

Camelia

So, you enjoyed Veganuary and are continuing into the next few months, and want to up your game when it comes to a cheeseboard. Check out the tasty brie-like vegan alternative Camelia.

This bloomy rind fermentino is an organic 100% plant based vegan cheese made from cashews and macadamia nuts, and it makes a vegan cheeseboard burst with flavour.

Priced at £8.95 (100g), available from abelandcole.co.uk

Tea Makers of London, SANE Blend

The Tea Makers of London have partnered with mental health charity, SANE, to support their vital work in campaigning, researching and providing care for those in mental health crisis, and together they have created a special herbal blend.

With months of tea trials and expert blending, a special herbal infusion has been created – Refreshing SANE Herbal Blend.

The tea is a comforting herbal infusion of chamomile blossoms, tangerine and rose blossoms. This refreshing loose leaf tea makes for a delicately aromatic infusion, ideal for enjoying during a quiet moment in the day. This is a mild and sweet blend with citrus notes and ginger, perfected with wellbeing in mind.

Priced at £7.95 (80g caddy), available from theteamakers.co.uk

Lanique Spirit of Rose Liqueur

Have you ever tried Lanique Spirit of Rose? When you drink Lanique you’re drinking the true Spirit of Rose. Enjoyed for over 200 years, throughout European aristocracy by kings, queens and emperors, Lanique is the pure distillation of 18th century splendour recreated in this modern world.

Lanique have suggested trying a Lanique Rose Negroni and we are all over it. A floral twist on a bitter classic, this serve packs a high-spirited punch with a delicate rosy finish.

You will need:

12.5ml Lanique, 12.5ml dry vermouth, 25ml gin, 25ml Campari. Simply serve over ice and garnish with an orange wedge.

Priced at £31.95 (70cl), available from masterofmalt.com, alternatively visit lanique.co.uk for more information about the brand and for other cocktail recipes.

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