Food and Drink

Homemade Food And Drink Gifts That Are Always A Big Hit

If you are stuck for gift ideas, food and drink gifts are a great option. You can’t really go wrong and you know that they’ll be enjoyed as long as you pick something they like, so they’re a great fallback gift idea. There are so many brilliant food and drink gift boxes you can get online these days and they have a lot of interesting stuff in them. But if you want to make your gifts more special, why not make something yourself? Homemade food and drink gifts are always a hit and it’s a good way to save a bit of money while also giving a thoughtful gift. These are some of the best homemade food and drink gifts that everybody will love. 

Homemade Food And Drink Gifts

Beer And Wine

Giving somebody beer or wine as a gift is a bit of a copout. It’s usually well received but it’s often seen as a low effort gift that you get for somebody when you don’t really know what else to get. There’s not a huge amount of thought behind it, but if you want to give somebody beer or wine and make it really special, why not make it yourself? You might think this sounds impossible and you’ll never be able to do it, but it’s actually not that hard to do. You can get some great beer and wine making kits from companies like KegThat and they’re simple to do at home with some relatively cheap equipment. Once you’ve got all of the stuff, it doesn’t cost that much to buy the ingredients so you can make a constant supply of your very own beer and wine to give out as gifts or to keep for yourself. 

Baked Goods

Everybody loves a good cake, so baked goods are always a winner if you are looking for a gift idea. Even if you are not a particularly experienced baker, it’s not that hard to make up a batch of chocolate brownies or some cupcakes. They don’t need to be perfect because they’re homemade and the fact that you put the effort into making them yourself will make the gift extra special, even if the cakes aren’t the best. 

Preserves

Preserves are a classic homemade food and drink gift and they usually go down well. Making jam or chutney is fairly easy and you don’t need to buy any expensive equipment, you just need some fruit. Preserves are a great one for Christmas because you can easily make them in big batches so you’ve got lots of gifts for those people that are difficult to buy for. Preserves also keep for a long time (which is where they get their name) so you can make big batches and then give them out throughout the year as gifts. 

All of these homemade food and drink treats make a great gift on their own. But if you want something truly special, why not combine them together into a hamper and throw in some nice homegrown vegetables and other bits and bobs? Next time you are stuck for gift ideas, homemade food and drink gifts are the perfect choice. 

Platinum Labs Optiburn vs. EHP OxyShred: The Facts

In the recent past, there has been as a result of technological advancement more, and more people are getting stuck in their homes glued to their phones, computers, and televisions. As a result, we have a generation that is getting less and less active

There are lots of people that are struggling with their weight and obesity. The situation is so bad that even those that might not be suffering from obesity may still need to cut some fats to be at a safe, healthy level. Research has linked obesity to a lot of chronic ailments such as hypertension, heart disease, and diabetes. Without intervention, numerous people run the risk of getting otherwise preventable conditions.

All is not lost, though, because through exercise, all that can change. Combined with proper nutrition, exercise will get you into shape and back on the healthy track. The same technology that is blamed for contributing to obesity has also given us products that help us in the burning of fat. Fat burners are increasingly getting popular as more people realise the benefits of using them. A combination of pre-workout supplements and fat burners produces fantastic results.

Today we are going to have a look at two popular fat burners, compare them, and then give the verdict on which one we think wins amongst them.

Why go for fat burners?

They are a massive deal in the fitness and bodybuilding world. They are great for shredding fat and giving users lean bodies. Optiburn and oxyshred are the two names you are likely to find in any serious fitness enthusiast’s cupboard.

EHP OxyShred

EHP OxyShred has been in the market for a considerable amount of time, becoming a household name in fitness circles. According to its makers, this is an ultra thermogenic product that has its flavours being 100% natural.

There are six flavours that users can choose from, ranging from guava, mango, passion, mild melon, kiwi strawberry, and pink grapefruit. A double scoop, users get to enjoy an increase in their metabolism.

Which ingredients are in it 

This supplement contains the regular list of vitamins and minerals ranging from Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, B12, Riboflavin as well as niacin.

Also included are other elements such as green coffee bean extracts, conjugated linoleic acid, and grapefruit seed extract.

Effects

Users have given varying feedback, with some indicating that they did not experience any effects while others report undergoing not such good effects.

There is, however, one thing that consumers agree on, the fact that the product tastes great. This is no surprise, of course, with over six different flavours, one is bound to find something that they like.

Platinum Labs Optiburn

This is oxyshred’s biggest competitor. It claims to offer its users five key benefits. These are; fat transport, mood enhancement, water flushing, burning fat as well as thermogenesis.

As opposed to oxy shred, Optiburn does not include proprietary blends meaning that you will be sure exactly what you are consuming. Its ingredients include; green tea extracts, raspberry ketones, taurine, conjugated linoleic acid, carnitine as well as dandelion root extract.

As mentioned earlier, it is ranked as one of the best fat-burners with users citing that it is especially effective at suppressing hunger, something that is important for people trying to lose weight.

Who wins?

These are two great products that have almost similar ingredients making it difficult to choose a winner. We promised to pick a winner and kept a promise. We chose Optiburn because you know what you are taking in. Supplements that have proprietary blends make it hard to tell what one is taking in.

My SodaStream Review

Recently SodaStream got in touch to see if I would like to review one of their new SodaStream machines, of course I would!

ice blue sodastream I remember as a child my Dad going out and buying us one, we didn’t have many fizzy drinks in our house, so for Dad to get us on of these was a real treat for me and my sister. I remember Dad being as excited as us about it. It was a great boxy looking machine with glass bottles. I’m sure now it would be classed as a retro item, who knows what happened to it.

sodastream canister

Now I can share this excitement with my little ones who are only allowed fizzy drinks on our treat days or if we are eating out.

ice blue sodastream

SodaStream Review

SodaStreams for those who don’t know about them are little magical items that make your tap water into a delicious fizzy drink. You then have the option to add flavour to your carbonated drink.

sodastream bottle

I choose the icy blue, which looks almost minty green on line but is a real icy blue shade that I love. Although maybe I should have gone for the pale pink, which is super cute.

sodastream bottle water line

The SodaStream is very easy to use, your only a couple of simple steps away from your drink. Fill up your SodaStream re-useable bottle with tap water or filtered water to the fill line on the bottle. Ensure your gas bottle is attached correctly, attach the bottle and push the button on top of the machine. Give it a couple of short blasts and you are done!

soda stream

I love that it’s so simple to use, just make sure the bottle is in correctly, it doesn’t sit on the bottom of the machine, there will be a little gap. So don’t think that it’s not in correctly.

The children love it too, I make sure the bottle is in correctly and they can add their bottle and then push the button to generate the bubbles. It’s great because they love to get involved and its also sugar free, as it’s just tap water. The children now have it in their bottles or we will tip it into glasses for them to enjoy. My advise is to keep a bottle of water in your fridge so you can always have a cold fizzy water, for me I like my water to be cold.

I love my SodaStream

I do love fizzy drinks, I know I really shouldn’t drink them as much as I do. However it’s my plan to use our SodaStream Spirit as much as possible to cut down on the amount of diet coke that I drink. I’m able to take a bottle of the fizzy water with me wherever I go, so I don’t feel the need to buy diet coke on the go.

We try to take our own bottles with us places, we normally all have our drinks bottles with us but this will help cut down the amount of tins and plastic bottles we put into the recycling bin each week.

sodastream bottle with bubbles

Not only do SodaStream give you delicious fizzy water, you can buy a selection of flavourings to enhance your experience. Fruit drops, that are only £2.99 each, zero calorie and make 80 servings and they come a range of different fruity flavours. Not only do they sell Fruit Drops but also Soda Press Co retro looking bottles that have a range of retro flavours including cola, lemonade and tonic. I haven’t actually bought any of these yet, but I’m going to order the cola and the tonic. So it will mean I never run out of tonic for my gin………. Yummy!

I really love my SodaStream and I am so grateful to SodaStream for helping me to relive my childhood memories with my little ones.