A while ago, I was sent some cartons of a yoghurt drink to try. We all absolutely loved it, but it wasn’t launched in the UK so we kind of mourned it and moved on, occasionally saying ‘omg, remember that amazing yoghurt stuff?’ sadly to each other. Well, HAPPY DAYS! It’s now launched in the UK and I went along to the gorgeous Cowshed Spa in London to celebrate with Optiwell and get a bit of pampering in too. Lucky me!!
Firstly, we heard a bit more about the brand: originally launched (and hugely popular) in Holland, it’s a smooth, fruity drinking yoghurt – and the best bit? Just 64 calories per 200ml glass – I know! You must give it a go because it is genuinely really delicious (and they didn’t pay me to say that either).
During the event, we had a heavenly Cowshed massage, and a pampering pedi too (I chose a reddy orange but was then jealous when my neighbour, Kate, picked a gorgeous sparkly top coat – why didn’t I think of that?). We also got the chance to talk to Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Expert, Laura Clark. This year, Optiwell introduced the small changes challenge – asking us to make a small change – anything from health to happiness (follow the #smallchanges hashtag on Twitter). I’m keen to make a small change to my breakfast routine to make it healthier. I tend to rush around first thing in the morning, getting people to various places, cooking breakfasts and walking the dog, then by the time I’m back from the dog walk and finally get some time, it tends to be getting on for 11am, when I’m then starving and end up eating a massive pile of toast while cracking on with my work emails. I was concerned that I wasn’t ‘kick starting my metabolism’ or whatever that thing is, early enough AND eating too much bread. Happily, Laura reassured me metabolism thing is just a myth, but she did give me some great healthy ideas for breakfasts when you have zero time, including overnight oats (why have I got out of the habit of these? I used to make them all the time), and breakfast smoothies.
During the event, we actually made some smoothies: a splash of Optiwell, half a banana, a handful of berries (frozen is fine) and a couple of ice cubes and the most delicious smoothies were made. Optiwell, has no added sugar and is totally fat free, so just adding fruit and ice makes it really healthy, but surprisingly filling.
Here’s a video from the event (I really need to work on not gurning quite as much when I’m being filmed):
Such a lovely evening. Plus I met the gorgeous Kate from Pouting in Heels (that’s us sniggering together in the video) and my #smallchanges? Breakfast EVERY day, and I’m determined to book myself in for a pampering massage every so often too. Heaven. Oh and those 1 litre cartons we loved so much are now available in Tesco.