❤️️ Hello to our marvellous May Lifebox worth over £40 ❤️️
Welcome to your Lifebox!
Did you know that roughly 70% of your immune system is housed in your gut? Pretty crazy right!
We are coming to learn more everyday about how crucial gut health & a happy microbiome is to our daily & long-term wellbeing. Known as the ‘second brain’, our gut microbiome plays a key role in both our physical and mental health.
Stress has a huge impact on our wellbeing, but also the wellbeing & diversity of our gut bacteria. So, this month, we have really focused on supporting your gut microbiome & immune system as we re-enter a kind of ‘normal’.
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Allergen Disclaimer: Tonys Chocolonely Dark Almond Sea Salt Bar is suitable for vegan & is gluten-free, however it is made in a factory that handles gluten & milk. So if you have an allergy please be extra careful. For more info, please get in touch with Tonys directly – visit their website.
As the seasons change, what we eat and drink should naturally change too!
But, with beautiful flowers and blossoms can come pesky allergies so to combat this common condition, we’ve made sure to include plenty of gut loving goodies this month to support you as we enter Spring!
This month’s box is an ode to Spring and supporting your body & mind as we welcome in the warmer weather!
Since we’re spending lots of quality time at home, we’ve included Oggs & Just Wholefoods so you can take your vegan baking to the next level.
Of course what would a Lifebox be if not for a couple of extra tasty treats – we’re absolutely delighted to be including Gato & Co Peanut Butter Protein Cookies (yes you heard that right), Nairns BBQ Popped Oat, Fit Bites, and Neat Nutrition!
❤️️ Introducing our fantastic February Lifebox! ❤️️
Ah February, the month of love & pancakes – we’re here for it 🥞
This box is a seriously good one – so whether you’re looking for that perfect Valentines or Galentines gift or simply to treat yourself – don’t wait as this box will be a sell-out!
2020 is that still you? The New Year has certainly got off to a challenging (& familiar) start, but there are longer days and sunnier starts on the horizon!
Until then, our boxes are focused on physical and mental health!
In this box you’ll find the likes of ManilifePeanut Butter – their delicious soup recipe in the booklet is wholesome & packed full of nutrients,Tick Tock Wellbeing Tea that is created with balance, bounce and bedtime in mind – Zzz…
DressiniTahini Dressings are packed with calcium, magnesium & minerals that help support our nervous system. Of course you’ll find some of our favourite brands – Bravefor a sweet treat, Gut Stuff giving you an ever important fibre boost, Vedge, Hippeas and Native Snacks.
After a long day, add a few drops of Fushi Rose Skin Oil into a warm bath or massage into your skin for a heavenly and relaxing fragrance that can uplift your mood. And finally the incredible & brand new Better YouHair, Skin and Nails Vitamin Spray – created by Madeline Shaw!
Lots of love, Alicia xx Owner & Curator | Dip-Nut | mBANT | CNHC | www.acoopernutrition.co.uk
❤️️ Introducing the incredible January Lifebox! ❤️️
Whether you’re plant-based all year round or simply trying out Veganuary, our boxes are the perfect way to get in more goodness! New year, new you & all that…😋
Winter does feel never ending, doesn’t it? I always use the Winter solstice on the 21st December as a mental turning point, it means Spring is on its way – albeit rather slowly 🌞
With the Winter solstice firmly behind us (and 2020 for that matter), we can look forward to warmer weather & lighter days. But in the meantime, our January Lifebox is an ode to seasonal immunity and supporting a good mood!
While in general I enjoy these colder days spent enjoying the cosy comforts of home, I don’t know about you, but I often find myself exhausted around this time of the year.
It feels eternally dark outside and even going for a quick walk just doesn’t sound that appealing.
It’s actually very common to struggle with sleep & experience a lower mood during the Winter months. Why? We actually need daylight (& sunlight) to help regulate our Circadian Rhythm. Sunlight also triggers the release of Serotonin – our happy neurotransmitter, and of course Vitamin D.
So, what’s the solution? When you wake up, try to open all your curtains and get as much light into your eyes as possible straight away. If you can go for a pre-work or lunchtime walk outside to do some gentle stretches, this will definitely help!
I know that the weather sometimes won’t allow for this, so we’ve included some helpful goodies in this month’s box to support our bodies & mind during Winter. Including the fabulous Linwoods Flax with Vitamin D & Probiotics and Jetfuel Rest Sachets which value at £20.
You’ll also find Westlab Muscle Spray to help revive tired muscles and aid relaxation, Virtue Drinks for some natural energy if you’re feeling groggy and Chescots Porridge Pots & the Coconut Collab to get your day off to a flying start.
Of course, the box is also packed with handy on the go snacks including POP Peanut Bar, The Protein Ball Co, Shore Seaweed Crisps, Nucao, Miso Tasty, Mister Freed and Teapigs. We hope you love your box!
Lots of love, Alicia xx Lifebox Owner & Curator. Dip-Nut, mBANT, CNHC.
Autumn is fully under way and we’re starting to brace for colder weather and darker days! I’m a huge fan of October – not just because it’s my birthday month – but also because it’s a great excuse for cosy jumpers and hot baths.
As we enter into the colder months of the year, our immune system has to work extra hard to ward off any unwanted germs or bugs that thrive in the chillier weather.
That’s why this month’s Lifebox is an ode to Autumn Wellbeing and we’ve kitted it out with some amazing brands that will help keep you feeling your best as winter approaches.
Starting with an essential nutrient for our immune systems and supporting our mood which can nosedive during darker days – Vitamin D! In this box you’ll find the amazing Better You Vitamin D Spray – take this daily underneath your tongue to feel the effects! You’ll also find the fantastic JetFuel Botanical Blend Tea that comes in three varieties – Immunity, Energy & Rest – & we’re here for all of them!
A very special feature is Phytality Ultana Phytoplankton – one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet! It is rich in omega 3 and contains a whopping 75 essential nutrients. Check out their recipe on page 4 & 5 to find out how to incorporate it into your daily diet.
You’ll find a pack of their award-winning, deliciously crunchy chickpeas in our September Lifebox! Get your box here!
If you can manage to not wolf them down as soon as you open the box (you’ve done a better job than us), check-out the recipe below created by the fantastic @hungrygirlsdiaries
Pesto Stuffed Arancini
*Makes 14-16 medium sized arancini balls* Gluten-Free & Vegan
500g Lemon, pea & basil risotto (or any vegan risotto) 100g BRAVE Chickpeas & 50g pistachios (or any nut of your choosing!) 100g Plain flour (We used Dove Farms GF plain flour) 75ml Plant milk 80-100g Pesto (We did a homemade pistachio and basil one) Neutral Cooking oil (For frying) Lemon wedges (To serve)
1) Heat up 6cm of oil in a large pan on medium heat to about 180°C.
2) Blitz up the chickpeas and nuts together in a blender and pour into a bowl.
3) Then pour flour into another bowl and season with salt and pepper. Pour milk into another bowl.
4) Using a dessertspoon, scoop the risotto into a ball in your hand. Press your thumb into the ball, creating a well to stuff with pesto (about half a teaspoon should do it). Cover the top with more risotto and roll into a ball.
5) First coat the ball with flour, then with milk and finish by rolling in the chickpea and nut mixture.
6) Carefully place 3-4 balls into the oil at a time. (Don’t overcrowd as it lowers the temperature of the oil). Cook for around 5-6 minutes until golden and crispy!
The days are drawing closer and the weather is playing us hot & cold. But there’s something I find magical about the seasons changing, with all the green around us gradually becoming beautiful Autumnal shades of red and brown.
As the season changes, so do our nutritional needs.
In Summer, it’s all about cooling foods rich in hydrating electrolytes and carotenoids that protect our skin from UV rays. As the temperature drops, we need more warming foods that help to nourish our body, keep our immune system supported and protect us against any pesky germs hanging around.
Which is why you’ll find the amazing Taka Turmeric Hibiscus Teathat supports, well, just about everything! Turmeric has long been considered a superfood for a reason – it has shown to support healthy immune function and has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties! I’ll give that a go.