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FESTIVAL SEASON: 5 TOP WAYS TO FEEL LIKE YOU’RE GLAMPING WHEN CAMPING

Glitter at the ready. It’s Festival Season. It causes mass-excitement among the young, the old and the generally fun.

Us Brits get hyped for festival season long before it begins. You know the drill. Rally the troops, create a WhatsApp group titled ‘GLASTO 2017 BBY’ or whatever your super-keen mate decided was a good idea way back when in October. We’re so up for festival season that we’re willing to part with our hard-earned cash in exchange for months of excitement when tickets are released on those cold, dark October mornings.

If you’ve been to your fair share of festivals you’ll be familiar with the thought: do you you reeeally want to camp? Lets face it, we’d all secretly like to throw in the camping towel and glamp, but that’s ‘not part of the fun’, is it? Well, we’ve done the rounds in Rebel HQ pre-Glastonbury this month to collate 5 top ways to feel like you’re glamping when camping this festival season:

1. *Step away from the babywipes* – Hello Portable Shower.
Ok so it doesn’t sound like the most essential item to be packing for Glasto but we all know by day 3 you’ll be trying to remember what it felt like to feel clean. Simply stride on over to the nearest tree, portable shower in tow and bam, nope no baby wipes for you. They also don’t have to break the bank. So worth it.

2. SOCKS
Never under-estimate the feeling of sliding into a pair of crisp, freshly washed socks. Nobody wants to be waking up on the last day and looking at that pair that are still stuck at the depths of mudy-wellies in your tent ‘porch’. Be prepared – take a good old few spare (they take up no room) and you can make your mates jel.

3. Ditch the Freeze-Dried Noodles
That little extra upfront cost is nothing in exchange for having allllll that choice. Rebel’s dairy free organic coconut mylks are delicious AND nutritious. They don’t have to be chilled so they can be enjoyed a-la-field during festival season (we couldn’t resist a plug). But seriously they’ll keep you on top form right up until the Monday morning. They contain only natural, simple ingredients and are refined sugar free.

4. External Charger
Life. Saver. That favourite song your boyfriend’s sister wanted a Facetime from? Not possible when you’re in the red battery zone. Noooboddyy wants those 20% and 10% warnings so make sure you’re prepped and you can forget phone-charge-angst (definitely a thing) and enjoy the fest.

5. Pillows, Duvet, Mattress
OK admittedly only really possible if you’re driving to the entrance gate in a van (unlikely but maybe). Bringing your well-loved fluffy duvet is going to be your best bet of getting good quality z’s when you finally hit the hay. So forget cacooning yourself into a sleeping bag (the one that you may or may not have forgotten to air out after last season) and treat yourself.

*Rebel Kitchen Dairy Free Organic Coconut Mylks are now available in selected Sainsbury’s stores across the nation! Go grab ‘em and tag us in a photo when you do @rebel_kitchen*

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Rebel Mylk Ice Pops

Rebels. To celebrate the (hopefully) Great British Summer, we introduce these super quick and super easy coconut mylk ice pops in collaboration with NutriStrength. Below are three flavours for you to make, chill and enjoy.

Chocolate Raspberry:

100ml Rebel Chocolate Mylk
20g NutriStrength Whey Protein Roasted Cocoa
1 handful Frozen Raspberries
1 tsp Cocoa Powder (unsweetened)
50g Full Fat Coconut Milk
3 squares Sugar Free White Chocolate, melted (optional topping)
2tbsp Frozen Crushed Raspberries (optional topping)

Method:

Combine all of the ingredients (except the raspberries) in a blender and blend until smooth. Transfer the mixture into a bowl and add the frozen berries, mix well. Pour the cream into popsicle moulds and freeze for 30 minutes before inserting the popsicle sticks. Place them in the freezer for at least 2 hours to set until firm.

Chai Sesame:

180ml Rebel Chai Mylk
20g Nutristrength Pea Protein Vanilla
25g Light Tahini Seed Butter
1tbsp Ground Flaxseed
25g Full Fat Coconut Milk
2 squares Sugar Free Dark Chocolate 85%, melted (optional topping)
1 tsp Sesame seeds (optional topping)

Method:

Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour the mixture into popsicle moulds and freeze for 30 minutes before inserting the popsicle sticks. Place them in the freezer for at least 2 hours to set until firm.

Coffee Peanut Butter:

100ml Rebel Coffee Milk
20g NutriStrength Whey Protein Vanilla
2 tbsp Peanut Butter
¼ tsp Maca Powder
3 squares Sugar Free Dark Chocolate 85% (optional topping)
1 tbsp Granola (optional topping)

Method:

Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour the mixture into popsicle moulds and freeze for 30 minutes before inserting the popsicle sticks. Place them in the freezer for at least 2 hours to set until firm.

Yum, now pass us the sunscreen and a day off.

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Avocado Matcha Smoothie Bowl

Together with NutriStrength, Rebel Kitchen have taken the classic smoothie bowl to a whole new level. That’s right – whack the protein, matcha filled goodness right back in that avocado skin and you’re all set for an Instagram-able mid-day snack.

SMOOTHIE

Ingredients:
150 ml Rebel Kitchen Coconut Matcha Mylk
1 scoop Nutristrength Pea Protein Vanilla
1 Large Avocado
1 Handful Baby Spinach
1 Fresh Lime Juice
1 tbsp Rebel Kitchen Original Coconut Yoghurt
1 tbsp Apple Puree
2 fresh Mint Leaves
1 Handful Fresh Sliced Strawberries (optional topping)
2 Fresh Chopped Basil Leaves (optional topping)

Method:
Slice the avocado in half and remove its stone. Scoop out avocado meat into bowl and reserve avocado skin to use as mini serving bowl. Add avocado meat and all smoothie ingredients to a blender and blend until deliciously creamy and smooth. Divide between 2 and spoon mixture back into the avocado skin. Drizle with granola, the sliced strawberries and fresh chopped basil leaves.

GRANOLA

Ingredients:
1 handful Pecan Nuts
1 handful Cashew Nuts
1 tbsp Desiccated Coconut
1 handful Rolled Oats
½ scoop NutriStrength Pea Protein Vanilla
1 tbsp Coconut Oil
1 tsp Agave
¼ tsp Maca Powder
2 shakes of Cinnamon
2 tbsp Water

Method:
Place the nuts, coconut oil, oats, agave and desiccated coconut into a pan over a medium-high heat. Pan-roast, stirring often, for about 5 minutes, or until the mixture is well coated and golden. Set aside to cool and stir in protein powder, maca, cinnamon, and water. Mix with your hands until all mixed. (Press the granola mixture very firmly and to get clusters)

Et voila! Once you’ve made it, don’t forget to tag @rebel_kitchen and @nutristrength in a pic of your delicious and nutritious avocado matcha smoothie bowl.

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Rebel Kitchen Granola Mix

We’ve slaved away in the kitchen making the perfect granola recipe so you don’t have to. Make big batches to last you the week. We won’t judge if you eat the whole lot in one go either 😉

Ingredients:

125ml Maple Syrup
2 tsp of Coconut Oil
1 tsp of Cinnamon
300g Gluten Free Oats
150g of Mixed Seeds
100g Dried berries (cranberries)
50g Coconut Flakes (optional)
Chai Mylk (around 125/150ml)

Method:

Pre heat the oven to 160C, melt the coconut oil in a pan and mix it with the maple syrup and cinnamon in a large bowl. Add the oats and mixed seeds and then bake on a baking tray for 15 mins. Add the remaining dried ingredients and bake for a further 10-15 mins.

Enjoy!

 

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10 healthy habits to carry into the New Year

Most of us approach the New Year from the disenchanting stance of giving something up. Lots of things. Things that we like. As if the post-Christmas comedown wasn’t hard enough….

Instead, why not focus on the positive sentiment of starting something new? Habits take time to build but lots of small steps in the right direction equate to bigger, more positive changes over time. With that in mind, we’ve pulled together our top 10 healthy habits to carry into the New Year.

The best part? You don’t need to give up a single thing. Amen.

THE PSYCHOLOGY BEHIND GOAL SETTING

Less than 10% of us who set resolutions stick to them. Why? Because we’re unrealistic when it comes to goal setting. They say it takes up to 21 days to form a new habit but in actual fact it’s much longer. Try two months – or 66 days to be precise (according to studies). In other words, we significantly underestimate the time and effort it takes to make (or break) a habit.

The point being, change is slow – and it’s a process. It’s important not to judge ourselves harshly if we do slip up. So embrace the process, enjoy the journey and keep it real all the way.

HEALTHY HABITS TO START RIGHT NOW:

  1. Sign up to something new

 Whether it’s a reading club or Salsa dancing, a fun new activity will broaden your social group and give you the feel-good boost – and is proven to lower blood pressure and levels of depression too. Nourishment for mind, body and soul. 

  1. Move more

You don’t need to join a gym to get fit. Just get out there and get moving. Regular cardio, even low-impact walking, is still exercise. And it’s one of the single best things you can do to impact your physical and mental health for the better. Try to build in 20 minutes of this each day. 

  1. Drink more green tea 

Green tea is more than a caffeine-boost. It’s an antioxidant-rich, metabolic-enhancing elixir that could even protect against diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s and diabetes. Plus, it won’t give you the jittery side effects of one too many coffees. Drink up.

  1. Schedule 10 minutes of meditation or quiet time each day

Clear space to be alone, without distraction, for 10 minutes a day. It’s an opportunity to declutter the mind and destress, which will contribute to a more positive relationship with yourself and others. It’s one of the least selfish things you could do for yourself this year.

  1. Donate your time: volunteer 

Volunteering your time to others improves overall happiness and mental wellbeing. It can also enrich your sense of purpose in life. As little as an hour of your time each week for all that? Priceless.

  1. Surround yourself with positive people

Commit your time to people who lift your spirits and make you laugh – there are plenty of places we can go to find stress without our friends being one of them. It could be one of the most positive things you do for your health this year.

  1. Create a better sleep environment 

The quality of our sleep can affect our physical, emotional and mental health – so create the best sleep environment possible. Make your bedroom a technology free zone after 9pm. Invest in a mattress comforter or cosy throw. Make the bedroom (and sleep) your sanctity.

  1. Make just one healthier food replacement this year 

For example, replacing a sugary soft drink with a naturally sweet coconut water (check out our special offer in Waitrose) or confectionary chocolate for a Rebel Kitchen Mylk. Start small and build in more over time. The changes will soon add up.

  1. Drink water. Lots of it

The best advice never gets old. Make drinking more water the habit that sticks. It flushes out toxins, aids digestion, relieves fatigue and reduces headaches. Make sure you get your 2 litres a day.

  1. Keep it real 

Remember – don’t make your new habits absolute. Because it’s not about perfection. It’s about balance, loving yourself and striving towards a direction that fits in with your life. Here’s to 2017.