Favourite apps when travelling abroad

We love to be organised when going away, so we thought we would collate a list of our free favourite apps for you to download before you next hop on the plane to your dream holiday.

Maps.me- This is an excellent app that will help you get around smoothly. When you are connected to wifi you can download the map of your surrounding areas, it will then save it so you are able to access the map without needing to connect to 3G/4G & wifi whilst out and about exploring We know lots of contracts now days come with data roaming but that uses battery which we personally would much rather use for photos.

Airline App- Gone are the days of printing out a boarding pass, you can now have it accessible on your phone. You can also track your flight on most of the apps and manage your booking prior to flying, how technology have evolved!

Hotel apps- if you are going on a spontaneous trip or going away for a longer period of time hotel apps are just what you need to make any last minute reservations. Our favourite hotel app to use on the go is booking.com it’s user friendly and you can also cancel or amend your booking if your plans change free of charge. It’s also a really good way to read hotel reviews before booking.

Currency app- with the current economic climate always changing and the exchange rate fluctuating you can keep up to date on what you are spending by using the currency exchange app. It’s also a great way to quickly check how much something is worth in your home currency.

Trip Advisor- we rely on this app so much when on holiday especially when deciding where to eat. We love that you can see other guests photos and read honest reviews. This can also be used to see hotel reviews, we rarely book a hotel without checking trip advisor. Be sure to leave a review yourself to help other travellers make good decisions.

Afterlight – this is our favourite photo editing app which unfortunately is an app you have to pay for but its not going to break the bank it only costs…. There are loads of things you can do on this app and let’s be honest every blogger loves finding a good photo editing tool.

Instagram- Instagram is our favourite app of all times. It’s the first point of call when researching our holiday destination. We search hashtags to help us find local hidden treasures that we would never have come across otherwise. For example when we went to Paris and Budapest we searched #pariscoffee #parisbrunch #budapestbrunch and found some amazing places to go that didn’t feature in your typical guidebook.

Boomerang- although this is also on Instagram that app is pretty cool and who doesn’t love a boomerang!

Tunnel Bear- if you are wanting to catch up on TV whilst away then this app will allow you to do so. You cannot watch itv hub, BBC player or 4OD outside of the U.K. However an app such as Tunnel Bear changes the VPN on your device so it thinks you are back in the U.K.- magic.

Kindle- there is something about reading a book whilst on holiday chilling by the pool. Books can take up a lot of space in your suitcase and the weight can also add up. If you are a fast reader then you probably find like us you can get through a fare few books whilst away. Although we do prefer having an actual book to read it’s much more convenient to download a number of books to the kindle app. The kindle app is compatible for both the iPhone and iPad.

Spotify- having music to listen to in the day by the pool is dreamy! We also love listening to music in the room whilst getting ready for the evening ahead. Spotify is free but the free version does have adverts so if these annoy you it’s probably better to sign up and pay £5.99 per month as it is advert free.

We are aware that using all these apps is likely to drain your battery which lets be honest isn’t ideal. So a few tips and tricks we would suggest are: turning your brightness down, switching low power mode on and turning your phone to aeroplane mode as this will help you save battery. Another idea could be to invest in a portable phone charger, we would be lost without ours.

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Refined sugar free Apple loaf cake

We love apple cake and decided we wanted to create a refined sugar free apple load because as proven previously in our banana loaf recipe you don’t have to use refined sugar in a cake for it to taste delicious.

We had a few goes experimenting with the recipe but we are finally happy with it and easy to share it with you! Let us know if you decide to make it and we would love to see your creations as always 🙂

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Ingredients
2 Braeburn apple
200g oat flour (we just blend oats that we already have in the cupboard)
1 tsp baking powder
1tsp bicarbonate of soda
100ml milk of your choice we used almond milk
3tbsp coconut sugar (optional)
2tsp Cinnamon

Method
Pre heat your oven to 180oc
Line your loaf tin and grease with some melted coconut oil
Blend the oats until they are fine and resemble flour
Chop 1 1/2 apples into medium sized chunks- with the remainder of the apple you will need to cut it into slices that can be placed ontop of the cake (as seen in the photo above)
Mix your oat flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon, 2tbsp coconut sugar and diced apples together until combined.
Pour in the milk and stir until mixed well.
Pour the mixture into the loaf tin
Place the sliced apple on top of the mixutre
sprinkle with 1tbsp coconut sugar
Bake the apple loaf for 30 minutes until cooked throughout
When cooked let cool and enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee!

The importance of water – Just Bee

Staying hydrated, before during and after exercising is vital.

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The human body is made up of around 73% water, and therefore we must consume a certain amount of water to survive, this will vary according to your age and gender. A male adult should be drinking 3 litres a day, while a female requires around 2.5 litres, however some of this water can be obtained through your food too! If you are exercising then obviously you need to drink more because you lose water through sweating.

Water is a healthy choice (firstly it is free!) and will work best at quenching your thirst and contains zero calories and no sugar. If you don’t like the taste of plain water we would suggest trying Just Bee.

We came across Just Bee by chance on twitter and it was their vibrant bright branding that brought them to our attention. After researching on their website and getting to know their story we couldn’t wait to try their products.

Just Bee honey water, is spring water enriched with a single drop of honey, it has no refined sugars and contains less than 50 calories per carton.

Apple and ginger – We absolutely loved this flavour and it was definitely our firm favourite out of the three flavours. The flavours complemented each other and the honey added a sweet taste.

Blueberry – This one would be perfect for people who like fruity sweet drinks.  It had a strong floral after taste with fruity notes.

Lemon and green tea –  We love green tea with lemon so we were super excited to try this flavour and we absolutely loved it. It was incredibly refreshing and would be perfect on a summer day enjoyed with lots of ice and a slice of lemon.

We have loved enjoying these drinks post workout to re-hydrate especially as the drinks are super refreshing.

 

BLOGMAS Day 9- Homemade Mince Pies

Mince Pies are traditionally served during the festive season, they are fruit based mini pies that the British eat millions of during November and December. We would compare mince pies to Marmite in the sense you ever love them or hate them! They are definitely something you learn to love as you get older and they taste especially nice with brandy butter!

Homemade mince pies (including the pastry) taste amazing straight out the oven, this year we decided to make ‘open mince pies’. Instead of covering the mince pies with a lid we cut out stars and placed them on top of the mince meat.

We didn’t have time to make our own mince meat so went to Waitrose and picked up one of their mince meats as we have heard it tastes amazing. To give it our own touch we also added some extra ingredients which you will find below!

Ingredients Pastry
350g Plain flour
250g Butter
1 Egg
100g Caster sugar
Dash of water

Ingredients Mince Meat
Waitrose Mince Meat
2 Tangerines flesh and Zest
1 Braburn Apple finely chopped

Method
1. Pre heat the oven to 180oc
2. Rub together the butter and flour using your finger tips
3. Mix in the sugar, egg and water
4. The mixture should now form a pastry, be careful not to over mix
5. Place the pastry in the fridge to chill
6. While the pastry is chilling chop the apple and place in a large mixing bowl
7. Grate the Tangerine zest and chop the flesh and add to the mixing bowl
8. Add the jar of mince meat to the mixing bowl and stir using a wooden spoon.
9. Roll the pastry and cut using a circle cutter (should be about 2cm thick)
10. Place the pastry into a baking tin and then add the mince meat.
11. You will then need to cut out the stars and place them on top of the pies
12. Cook the mince pies for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.

Apple Cinnamon Protein Pancakes

It was a cold autumnal day and we were really craving pancakes. We had some frozen apples in the freezer so decided to make cinnamon apple pancakes! Try the recipe below and let us know what you think, we will be making them again for sure!

Serves 6 Pancakes
Ingredients
50g Oats Blended or oat flour
1 Scoop Vanilla Protein
1tsp Baking Powder
1tsp Ground Cinnamon
½ tsp Ground Ginger
50ml Milk (add a bit at a time as you may need more or less)

Topping
60g Bramley Apples (we used frozen apples from the garden)
1tsp Cinnamon
20ml Water
Maple Syrup/honey (optional)

Method
Blend your oats until they form a flour
Add the rest of the dry ingredients and blend.
Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until it forms a batter.
Heat your pan (medium/high heat) and melt some coconut oil.
Add a table spoon of mixture to your pan and flip once bubbles appear on the surface.
In a separate pan you will need to stew your Apples with the cinnamon and water until they are piping hot.
Stack the pancakes and add the topping.

The Porridge Series-2 (A taste of Autumn) 

Autumn is without a doubt one of our favourite times of year, we absolutely love summer but there is something about autumn that is so comforting. Grabbing a jumper and getting cosy on the sofa whilst sipping a hot beverage is perfection.

Nothing quite says autumn like the delicious spices: Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves oh the list could go on for days.

In our porridge we decided to use Cinnamon. Cinnamon has been used for decades in both sweet and savoury dishes which you can buy either ground or rolled up as a stick.
This spiced apple porridge reminds us of a hot apple pie!

 A taste of Autumn 

Ingredients
50g Porridge Oats
250ml Almond Milk/ Milk or water
1 Apple (we used Pink Lady)
1 Tsp Cinnamon
2 Tbsp Water
Drizzle of honey

Method
Place your porridge oats in a bowl
Pour your liquid of choice on top of the oats
Place the oats in the microwave for 2-3 minutes (stir after one minute)
Once your porridge is cooked remove the bowl from the microwave and set aside.
Slice your apple
Place the apple in a clean bowl
Sprinkle the teaspoon of cinnamon over the apple evenly
Add 2tbsp Water to the apple and cinnamon
Place in the microwave for 2 minutes or until the apple is soft.
Place the apple on top of the porridge and add a drizzle of honey.


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