Plant Powered Smoothies| Batch Organics Review

And I’m back at the Gym again! It’s been exactly an year since I stopped going to the gym because I thought that walking daily would be enough. And it’s enough to keep me active but not to keep me fit. There’s nothing like a good workout to make you feel good about myself, so here I am back again, but this time I had to adapt my diet to my new lifestyle.

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Since a few months back I’ve decided to slowly give up on meat and that means that I need to get my nutritious needs somewhere else.

I’ve recently found the Plant powered Smoothies from Batch Organics that are 100% organic, gluten free and plant-based. And I thought it’s about time that I tell you guys about it!

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I know we don’t have time to be home preparing smoothies, so what if I told you that they deliver really nice cups filled with the right amount of healthy organic frozen fruit, veg and superfoods to your door? And they’re designed to be popped straight into the freezer so that you can use them as and when you need them? Cool, hein?

I take mine sometimes in the morning if I don’t have time to prepare breakfast. Sometimes I have them in the middle of the afternoon when I need an energy boost and the same after a gym session.

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So here are the smoothies I’ve tried and you can find different ones on Batch Organics website.

Greens & Ginger – Definitely my favourite, with organic avocado, kale, courgette, ginger, lime, moringa and yacoon root.

Cherry & Charcoal – This one isn’t only delicious but the colour is also amazing, with Organic cherries, blueberries, kale, apple, ginger, rosemary and charcoal.

Kiwi & Bee Pollen – I didn’t enjoy this one, but I’m also not a big fan of mango so I guess it makes sense. It included pineapple, mango, kiwi, papaya, lime, maca, cinamon ashwagandha and bee pollen.

I haven’t tried the Mango & Basil one you can see on the image but it’s on my pans for this evening.

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And the good news is…

You can get £10 off your first order using my link – https://batch-organics.myshopify.com/?ref=YIPOCICU&name=Melissa+Nunes

So give it a try and let me know on the comments below!

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Royale Cafe| Review

I wasn’t very lucky with the weather the last time I was in Lisbon. It pretty much rain a lot and every day, which says a lot for someone who lives in England.

But I was able to enjoy a sunny afternoon with one of my oldest and dearest friends at Royale cafe in Lisbon and we got to stay outside in the garden enjoying a few hours of sunshine.

Choosing the right place to have a few afternoon snacks in Lisbon has become quite hard for me. Not because of the variety, there’s plenty of cafe places to pick from, but because I feel like they’re all trying to copy each other and the quality of the service is going down. But this wasn’t the case with Royale Cafe.

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My friend and I ordered the Tapa Iberia bread topped with marinated fresh tomatoes, olive oil and garlic along with an Eternal Summer cold tea with mint, cinnamon, cardamom and clove for me, and for her, a delicious cappuccino.

We were tempted to keep ordering that bread for as long as we were there, that’s how delicious it was.

The decoration and ambience of the space is very fresh and relaxed and I can definitely see myself spending here a few summer afternoons this year.

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So here’s one of the not crowded, great food, good priced places that I recommend you to visit in Lisbon during your next stay.

http://www.royalecafe.com/

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Tapisco Lisbon| Restaurant Review

A few weeks ago I was announced one of the winners of a competition held by Lisboa.come along with Tapisco restaurant.

A few weeks later it was my birthday along with Tapisco’s birthday and what better occasion to visit and try out Chef Henrique Sá Pessoa’s recipes.

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After living in Spain for more than 7 years and considering Spanish cuisine one of the best in the world, standards were quite high.

Croquetas de jamón ibérico caught my eye straight away. I can’t remember when was the last time I had some of these, but I can say they were very good.

Choco Frito com maionese de coentros e lima – this is a very typical Portuguese dish and I have to recommend that amazing mayo.

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Gambas al Ajillo – An all time favourite, perfect to eat along with bread. If you think this is weird, then you have no idea of what you’re missing out.

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Tortilla de Patata – I have to admit that I’m not a fan of this dish. My sister ordered it, she’s quite an expert of when it comes to tortillas and unfortunately we all agreed that it tasted like a french omelette instead of a tortilla. I would add more potato to the recipe.

Huevos rotos con paletilla ibérica – You can never go wrong with jamón, unless you add caramelised onions, then it’s a big NO. And unfortunately, that was the case.

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Legumes Grelhados com salsa Romesca – Delicious, probably my favourite!

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The restaurant is very well located at Príncipe Real. The decoration was very “taberna” in a modern way, which makes you feel relaxed.

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There are a few other options on the menu that I would like to try, so if you’re visiting Tapisco make sure you leave a comment below with your feedback!

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