Beer52

Since finishing university I’ve developed a real taste for ale, and there’s one thing that spoils an evening at the pub for me, is when the only options for beer are Stellar, Fosters and Carlsberg. But we’re now living in a golden age of beer and nowadays in pubs across the UK, I can get ahold of a decent craft ale.

The struggle now, is trying to get the stuff at home, sure I can get my hands on BrewDog at my local Sainsburys, but after a while, I want to try something different – and that’s where Beer52 have stepped in. They’re a subscription based service and each month you receive eight beers, ferment magazine and a snack.

As well as being able to choose the number of beers you receive, you can also choose to have either a light or mixed box. I opted for the light box, which removes the dark beers and replaces them with lighter varieties.

The majority of the beers in last month’s box were from Danish brewer, Mikkeller. They are labelled as a ‘gypsy’ beer as they don’t operate in an official brewery, but instead, collaborate with other breweries to produce their beers. In my box, I received 6 beers brewed my Mikkeller:

  • Stick in the ear
  • I wish – Gluten free
  • Running Club
  • Henry Jagger
  • 19
  • Not just another wit

Beer52 costs £24 for 8 beers or £29 for 10 beers on a 4 weekly cycle, and it can be cancelled anytime. If you would like to know more about Beer52 or sign up to the service for yourself, do head over to their website.

 

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A healthy foodie subscription box | Lifebox

There’s been very few subscription boxes which actually appeal to me. The ones I’ve seen tend to be based on makeup and skincare, and whilst I love my Urban Decay eye-shadow pallets, I’m the kind of girls who’s bedtime routine consists of a face wipe.

However… last month I discovered LifeBox. A subsumption box service for healthy foodies and I couldn’t resist trying it out. Each month you get sent a box full of supplements, bars, drinks, superfoods, powders, and more. Each box can be tailed to your needs: everyday wellness (GF&V), women’s health, men’s health, junior, mini and even the occasional holiday box .

It’s the perfect way to try out new foods and discover new brands without having to buy full-sized, multi-packs of something you may not even like. It arrives in the post in a white box with the LifeBox logo printed on top and the products are wrapped in paper which is tied up in a cute ribbon. Receiving your box is truly a special occasion and I loved the feeling of receiving a box of food (who wouldn’t?!)

I opted for the women’s health box which in addition to be packed full of products, comes recipe suggestions and workouts. It was exciting to see products from both established brands and ones I’ve never heard of before. A firm favourite from last month’s box was the granola from Husk and Honey. Their spiced mulberry flavour is perfect sprinkled over greek yoghurt.

husk and honey

Whilst their boxes range for £15-£23, they are worth forking out for as in my February box I received…

  • A packet of hemp seeds by Linwoods
  • A granola bar from Kind
  • Four packets of tea from T Plus
  • A pot of pistachio nut butter by Nutural World
  • A sashay of birthday bake almond butter by Buff Bake
  • Cabbage chips by The Beginnings
  • A packet of superblends by Be.
  • A bag of salted caramel pecks by Inspiralled
  • Cocoa nib chocolate from IQ Chocolate
  • A rude healh almond drink
  • A packet of Chia seeds by Lifebox
  • Protein bites by Saf raw
  • A packet of chai turmeric blend by Wunder Workshop
  • A protein bar from The Primal Pantry
  • And of course, a packet of granola by Husk and Honey

I now consider myself a subscription box covert and I’m so glad I came across LifeBox, in my opinion there’s nothing else of the market quite like it!

lifebox

 

Gousto | Recipe subscription box review

As much as I love cooking, I hate coming up with a meal plan for the week. I’m a creature of habit and every week I’ll eat risotto, a quinoa salad with salmon, and a pad thai. So last week I decided to trial Gousto.

Imagine having someone else sort out your weekly shop and deliver it right to your door, and all you have to do is cook it! There’s tonnes of recipe box subscription services out there – and that’s hardly surprising as they’re such a great concept because they’re perfect for busy people who still want to eat well. AND they’ll get you out of your cooking rut in no time.  So what makes Gousto different?

  • You can choose up to four unique recipes
  • There’s a new menu every week (and there’s tonnes of recipes online)
  • The menu is spilt into: quick & easy, discover, veggie, low calorie and family friendly
  • You can pick the delivery date and how frequently you’d like it
  • The vegetables are organic and seasonal, and the meat and fish are responsibly sourced

gousto

My Gousto box arrived last Monday morning with plenty of ice packs to keep the food chilled along with a list of the ingredients and three meal cards. The meals are all written up on colourful recipe cards with a photographs to help guide you.

I shared the meals with my mum and we opted for all Asian inspired dishes…

Chicken katsu curry

Indonesian veggie nasi goreng

Thai crab rice

gousto katsu curry 2

So, all the meals I choose all included rice and only the katsu curry came with wholegrain rice. Personally I would love it if you could pick your ‘carb’ type as I would have opted for wholegrain for all my meals. The same goes with their pasta dishes, as in the past I’ve had their spicy haddock linguine and if I could have picked wholegrain pasta, I would have. My only other small niggle with Gousto is that the timings can be off as it does not take 8 minutes to pan fry a plump chicken breast.

All my meals came with plenty of veggies and I also loved that on the recipe cards they had the calorie breakdowns. Which is so handy for me as I could  easily add them to My Fitness Pal.

gousto crab rice 2

All the recipes I tested were delicious and packed full of flavour (they don’t skimp on herbs, spices and other seasonings) – and not to mention that they were dead easy to make. All your past recipes can be found on the MyGousto section on their website. Even if you don’t want to sign up to Gousto, you can get a handful of their recipes online.

I won’t lie, it’s expensive, but you’re paying for the convenience and to many people, myself included, value that a lot. Gousto may not be the best option for veggies as you pay the same as meat eaters. My vegetarian meal  however went so much further than the ones with meat or fish, the portion was huge in comparison, so it may not be quite such bad value as it sounds.

gousto nasi goreng

If you want to order a box from Gousto click here, where you’ll get a £25 off your first order if you use my code ANNA221576. If you opt for the 3 meal box it will only cost £9.99! Mad value for money.