What are the Healthiest Countries in Europe?

Did you know that life expectancy varies throughout different countries in Europe? This infographic informs you on the top 20 healthiest countries in Europe, starting with Sweden. Sweden has been deemed the healthiest country in Europe, with a life expectancy of 82.4 years. The tobacco intake is a mere 8.4%, which is very small considering Iceland, which is in second place, has a tobacco intake of 19%. With factors such as obesity, air quality and infant mortality taken into consideration, the results from this infographic may surprise you! Can you find your favourite country?

When travelling around Europe, it is important to carry a European Health Insurance Card, also known as an EHIC. This card entitles you to the same medical treatment as the residents of that country. Click for more information on the EHIC and order one today.

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Protein on the go

I’ve mentioned several times in other posts this past month about my goal of getting a bit healthier this year and looking after myself. Last year I dabbled with protein and getting a more balanced nutrition; something I have struggled with. I am your typical lazy eater and will grab something quick and easy like crisps or biscuits before looking at the fruit bowl and thinking about the calories.

2017 is time for change and for the last couple of weeks I’ve been trying out protein bars that are perfect for the on the go person like myself. SciMx sent me several of their bars and cookies to taste test and trial to see if it really made a different to my diet.

When the parcel arrived in the post, I couldn’t wait to get started and first up on the test was the chocolate protein milkshake.

Good news is that it tastes like any old chocolate milkshake so it’s not as though all that protein has an adverse effect on the taste. I really liked how full it left me and didn’t make me feel sick which could be down to the no added sugar. Top marks for the milkshake.

Now onto the cookies! I tried the strawberry and white choc chip and the double choc chip. I also tried the chocolate brownie as well and can confirm all 3 were yummy. I wouldn’t say they are sweet other than the chocolate or strawberry taste you get so if you’re expecting sugary sweet like some other cookies out there, these would disappoint. However for the purpose of being protein cookies and brownies, they absolutely filled me up and gave me more energy.

Lastly, the on the go bars featuring cookies and cream oat bake and strawberries and cream oat bake. These are my favourite thing I tested particularly the cookies and cream oat bake which tasted heavenly. I have to say visually they didn’t look fab but taste was enough to overcome their ugliness. I will definitely buy these again as they left me feeling full and were just yummy.

For my overall verdict, I think this range is great. My fiancé had heard of the brand before whereas I was unfamiliar but I have to say as a non gym-goer, I would definitely look to buy these on the go products again in future. Well done SciMx you have converted me to a protein way of thinking and eating.

Laura x

*These products were sent to me in exchange for an open and honest review, all thoughts and photos are my own as usual*

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Switching up my breakfast

Lately I’ve been trying to get a bit healthier with my diet and lifestyle and it made sense to start with the first meal of the day; Breakfast.

I’ve always gone for the easy option and bungled a bit of bread in the toaster then ran out the door for work once eaten or a bowl of cereal that’s full of sugar. Having hated muesli and granola as a kid, I never took the plunge in trying them again until recently.

After trying granola and realising I absolutely love it, I decided to venture into the world of Muesli and see what it had to offer. My brand of choice for my first dabble came in the form of Moma. I’ve tried some of these products before and absolutely love their porridge range, so I thought I’ give their DIY Bircher Muesli a go.

Bircher Muesli for those of you that are wondering; is an oat mix with fruits and seeds. Moma use gluten-free oats in their products which is a huge plus for me as too much makes my stomach all funny. This Bircher Muesli is raspberry and coconut and contains raisins, apple, sunflower seeds, coconut flakes, desiccated coconut, raspberries and blackcurrant as well as their usual gluten-free oats.

Now the reason it’s called DIY Bircher Muesli is because it’s great for those of us that don’t have a lot of time in our morning routines. Here’s 3 ways the folks at Moma recommend trying this product:

  1. Just add milk or a dairy free alternative (1 minute to make)
  2. Add to a bowl and mix with either yoghurt or apple juice and leave it to soak (5 minutes to make)
  3. As above but if you have more time you could grate some apple of add more chopped up fruits (10 minutes to make)

I’ve only tried mine with almond milk so far but would give it 10/10 for taste and texture. Next on my list to try it to pop some apple juice in and leave them to soak and see what they can do.

I would definitely recommend Moma and their DIY Bircher Muesli if you’re looking for a healthier alternative for your breakfast routine. If you have any other recommendations then please drop me a comment below.

Laura x

*This muesli was sent to me in exchange for an open and honest review. All thoughts are my own*

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