Review: Tibits

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Back at it with the reviews! I love sharing all my favourite spots around London with you all so I hope you enjoy this review.

It’s strange to think I’m only just writing this review as I’ve been going to Tibits for years – their food is always packed with flavour and love how you can pick and choose what you want. (Also, a bonus that Tuesday, everything is plant based!)

I started with a carrot, apple and ginger juice which was sweet and refreshing. They have so many wonderful drinks on offer and always have specials of the day (prickly pear was the special when I went).

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For the main, I obviously had to get a little bit of everything just to taste all the different things they had on offer. The highlight of the meal was definitely the smooth and smokey babaganoush, beetroot mint (delicious with the addition of mint) and the dried green bean salad. To be honest, it didn’t look or sound like the most appetising thing on the menu but the flavour was banging. Green beans tossed with walnuts and a tangy vinaigrette. Definitely something simple that I’ll try to recreate – I’m sure it would be great with a pesto dressing too.

There were plenty of options for everyone, whether you’re gluten free, dairy free or raw. There were so many delicious dishes from fresh Asian slaw and carrot salad to mushroom pie and falafel.

And of course, there’s always room for dessert! I sampled a little bit of everything but the warm sticky pudding was so decadent and delicious. They also had a range of fruit on offer as well as victoria sponge cake, rice pudding and warm berry crumble.
Thinking about all of this is making my mouth water!

Tibits
Address: 12-14 Heddon St, Mayfair, London W1B 4DA
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs: 9am-10:30pm, Fri-Sat: 9am-12am, Sun: 11:30am-10:30pm
Website: https://www.tibits.ch/en/home.html 

Avocados

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I hope you all enjoyed my last nutrition post on coconut oil! This week I’ve decided to write about one of my favourite vegetables (or fruit, if you’re one of those people).

Avocado is another fatty food, but not all fat is created equal! The fats in avocado are monthly monounsaturated fats, in the form of oleic acid.
It can:

Lower LDL cholesterol and increase HDL cholesterol.

Lower your risk of heart disease and keep your heart healthy.

Promote a healthy weight and may aid in weightloss.

Is anti inflammatory due to the photo nutrient compounds in it.

It can also help absorb nutrients, such as carotenoids (eg. Beta carotene and lycopene) up to five times as much!

Avocados have many vitamins and minerals in them:
Vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin B5, B6 and B9, potassium (more than a banana), 4g of protein, 11g of dietary fibre. Whew, that was a mouthful!
It’s also a total superhero food for your skin!
It contains omega 9’s that reduce redness and heal damned skin, the vitamin C creates collage and elation. Super or what?!

I love eating avocados whether its guacomole or salads, but sometimes the simple things are best: make an avocado ‘boat’ by cutting it in half, add olive oil, a dash of apple cider vinegar and soy sauce in the hollow, mix the dressing and eat! Simple pleasures!

Coconut Oil

I want to start off by saying that this isn’t a recipe but I wanted to start a nutrition and health part of my blog telling you guys about benefits of a specific ingredient and ‘nutritional powerhouses’ that I’ve been using recently. I love learning about nutrition and dietics, so if you do too, hope you enjoy!

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I grew up hating coconuts – I loathed them: the smell, the taste, everything!
I had never actually tried it but I just couldn’t stand anything with coconut.
However, about a year ago I tried coconut flesh for the first time. I had been missing out completely! So creamy and milky and delicious – I was a changed woman!

I’d heard a lot about coconut oil: the benefits but also the high amounts of saturated fats and whether it was good or bad and I didn’t really think it would be worth splashing out on a product that I didn’t know too much about, so I decided to check out what the hype was about!

Coconut oil is amazing: not just for cooking and ingesting internally, but also for use externally. It’s one of the best natural makeup removers out there!
The many benefits are:

Lowering cholesterol and blood pressure levels.

Weight loss.

Boosting immunity.

Helps strengthen bones, as it helps with better absorption of calcium, vitamin D and other minerals.

Helps with digestion and may get rid of irritable bowel syndrome and candida.

Can help with skin problems such as psoriasis, eczema, acne, ageing etc.

It can also help heal bruises and scars if applied externally by making a protective barrier over it.

Many people are against coconut oil as it is 90% saturated fat. About 50% of that is lauric acid, which is made of many medium chain fatty acids that are digested easily by your body. The lauric acid contains many anti microbial, antibacterial and antioxidants.

But which coconut oil should I buy? I hear you ask. I personally get a organic raw virgin oil from biona (found here). It does have a slight taste of coconut, which I love and gives things a delicious buttery taste.

It’s great in baking for substituting with butter or I can imagine it’s great in curries. My favourite way of using it is when I make popcorn – it’s like cinema popcorn but a billion times better!

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