August Fashion Favourites

Hello my lovelies, today I thought I would share my fashion favourites for the month of August. This month has seen every single type of season here in England so my fashion favourites have been influenced by this greatly (which is why there aren’t really any summery pieces).

-Mom Jeans-

August Fashion Favourites || Fashion || Outfit Ideas || UK || EnglandI bought mine a while ago but every time I put them on I thought they weren’t flattering enough or that I couldn’t rock them. And then suddenly one day I just loved them and I’ve been wearing them loads ever since! I have to admit though, they aren’t the most comfortable of trousers, but that doesn’t stop me. Mine are from Zara and are super affordable! Click here to check them out.

-Culottes-

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I don’t know if you know this about me but I am pretty much all about being comfortable (who isn’t?), so culottes are pretty much the perfect thing for me. They are breezy and super comfortable but also super stylish. I personally like to wear them with all sorts of tight crop tops or I sometimes tuck t-shirts into them. I think they are perfect for the English summer because you have your ankles out but you won’t freeze to death because your legs are somewhat covered. Mine are from Bershka and can be found here.

-Trainers-

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I’m all about comfort. When uni starts up again you better believe that I will be switching all of the fancy summer shoes for my trusty old nike runners. They are so comfortable but they dress down everything. So I was in desperate need of some shoes that look good but didn’t make me look like I wasn’t putting any thought into my outfits. I had lusted over the classic adidas trainers for a while but everyone and their mum had them so I always resisted getting them. My trainers were gifted to me by my mum after she decided they were too young for her. And I love them. I literally wear them with everything! Dresses, trousers, jeans, leggings! They are a bit pricy, but I think they are worth it considering how much wear I get out of them. If you want to check them out click here.

-Pink Jacket-

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I had been on the hunt for a light jacket that I could throw on pretty much every outfit. I have a denim jacket but I don’t think I can rock that double denim look. I have a leather jacket but I feel like it kinda harshens my look a little and adds too much black. I had seen jackets like this one in more expensive shops but had resisted buying one because I couldn’t justify buying a spring/summer/autumn jacket for over £60-80. Then one day in Primark I stumbled across this beauty. It was everything I wanted and it was only £25! I think it was a match made in heaven because I even found the last size 4 lurking in the shadows. I feel that this jacket can be worn with everything and I think I will continue to get loads of use out of it as we go into autumn.

I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know if you want this kind of post to occur on a monthly basis!

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Chocolate Cookie Date Protein Balls

In my What I Eat In A Day #1 post I showed you my protein balls. After much experimentation and trialling I have created the perfect recipe. These are full of protein and are a perfect snack throughout the day!

100 Calorie Chocolate Cookie Date No Bake Protein Balls. These are super easy and quick to make and can be enjoyed at any time throughout the day. They are full of protein, and are super delicious. Health || Fitness || Gluten-Free

100 Calorie Chocolate Cookie Date No Bake Protein Balls. These are super easy and quick to make and can be enjoyed at any time throughout the day. They are full of protein, and are super delicious. Health || Fitness || Gluten-Free

100 Calorie Chocolate Cookie Date No Bake Protein Balls. These are super easy and quick to make and can be enjoyed at any time throughout the day. They are full of protein, and are super delicious. Health || Fitness || Gluten-Free

100 Calorie Chocolate Cookie Date No Bake Protein Balls. These are super easy and quick to make and can be enjoyed at any time throughout the day. They are full of protein, and are super delicious. Health || Fitness || Gluten-Free

100 Calorie Chocolate Cookie Date No Bake Protein Balls. These are super easy and quick to make and can be enjoyed at any time throughout the day. They are full of protein, and are super delicious. Health || Fitness || Gluten-Free

100 Calorie Chocolate Cookie Date No Bake Protein Balls. These are super easy and quick to make and can be enjoyed at any time throughout the day. They are full of protein, and are super delicious. Health || Fitness || Gluten-Free

100 Calorie Chocolate Cookie Date No Bake Protein Balls. These are super easy and quick to make and can be enjoyed at any time throughout the day. They are full of protein, and are super delicious. Health || Fitness || Gluten-Free

100 Calorie Chocolate Cookie Date No Bake Protein Balls. These are super easy and quick to make and can be enjoyed at any time throughout the day. They are full of protein, and are super delicious. Health || Fitness || Gluten-Free

Makes approximately 12 balls

Ingredients

  • 125g of Raw Almonds
  • 6 Pitted Dates
  • 60g (2 Scoops) of Protein Powder of Choice (I used this Chocolate Cookie one)
  • 2-3 Tsp of Water

Instructions

  1. Blend the almonds in a food processor until they are finely ground.
  2. Add the pitted dates and protein powder with half the water (so around 1 tsp) to the food processor, and blend until the mixture comes together. If the mixture is too dry add some more water until it is a good consistency. If it is not sticking together when you squeeze it between your fingers, add another date.
  3. Scoop out the mixture using a tablespoon and form them into round balls. Continue this with the remaining mixture and you should make around 12 balls.
  4.  Keep the balls in the refrigerator in an airtight container for around 3-4 weeks and enjoy.

Nutritional Information (Approximate)

Calories 106 // Protein 6 g // Carbohydrates 7 g // Fat 6 g // Fiber 1 g // Sugar 7 g

Recipe adapted from Amazing Almonds

100 Calorie Chocolate Cookie Date No Bake Protein Balls. These are super easy and quick to make and can be enjoyed at any time throughout the day. They are full of protein, and are super delicious. Health || Fitness || Gluten-Free
100 Calorie Chocolate Cookie Date No Bake Protein Balls. These are super easy and quick to make and can be enjoyed at any time throughout the day. They are full of protein, and are super delicious. Health || Fitness || Gluten-Free

My Current Workout Routine

Today I thought I would share with you my current workout routine which I have been doing since February! I think it is super important to find a workout routine that works for you because you will be so much more likely to stick to it. Also you need to make your workout routine fit you and your goals. If you are not trying to lose loads of weight, you can do less cardio! If you are wanting to gain muscle, then cater your workout routine so that you can do that. Also don’t be afraid to switch it up if your routine no longer works for you. Now I’m gonna get into what I actually do.

Fitness workout routine to stay toned and healthy. Using the 8fit app, get great results without working out for hours. || LizLiving || Fitness Routine || Workout Routine

I’ve mentioned this in a previous post, but for my workouts I used the 8fit app. I first started using it after seeing the Anna Edit talking about it in a Youtube video and thought I would give it a try. Previously I had just been doing a few blogilates videos a few times a week, however because I get bored of doing the same thing over and over again, I found it annoying to find different videos of hers to do every time I wanted to workout.

I then tried 8fit. This app has HIIT based workouts and every workout is different. The workouts are suited to whatever level of fitness you are at, and the best thing, you don’t have to plan out your own workout. There are 4 different types of workouts; Rep based, Time Interval based, Tabata or Paleo Run. Most workouts work the full body which is something that I didn’t usually do as I normally focused on my bum and abs. I used to workout 3 times a week but now I workout every other day (as I like having a day in between so that my body can rest).

Fitness workout routine to stay toned and healthy. Using the 8fit app, get great results without working out for hours. || LizLiving || Fitness Routine || Workout Routine

I really have seen results since I started doing this fitness routine. When I stared in February I could hardly do a womans pushup, and now I can do 15 proper push ups. I also have super strong legs and abs that sometimes make an appearance on a good day.

I’m so glad that I have found something that works for me and something that I really enjoy! However, with that said, I may reach a plateau and end up changing to something else. Let me know whether in future posts you want to see some at-home HIIT workouts.

If you want to give the 8fit app a go for yourself with a free trial check it out here.

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Healthy Banana Cinnamon Muffins

As I had some very ripe bananas I thought I would use them up in some sort of recipe. Today I am sharing a recipe for healthy banana cinnamon muffins which are very delicious. I hope you enjoy them!

These healthy banana cinnamon muffins are perfect for breakfast on the go or a light snack throughout the day. They are wheat, refined sugar free and can be made in minutes.These healthy banana cinnamon muffins are perfect for breakfast on the go or a light snack throughout the day. They are wheat, refined sugar free and can be made in minutes.These healthy banana cinnamon muffins are perfect for breakfast on the go or a light snack throughout the day. They are wheat, refined sugar free and can be made in minutes.These healthy banana cinnamon muffins are perfect for breakfast on the go or a light snack throughout the day. They are wheat, refined sugar free and can be made in minutes.These healthy banana cinnamon muffins are perfect for breakfast on the go or a light snack throughout the day. They are wheat, refined sugar free and can be made in minutes.These healthy banana cinnamon muffins are perfect for breakfast on the go or a light snack throughout the day. They are wheat, refined sugar free and can be made in minutes.These healthy banana cinnamon muffins are perfect for breakfast on the go or a light snack throughout the day. They are wheat, refined sugar free and can be made in minutes.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups oats
  • 2 overripe bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of fat free greek yoghurt
  • 3 tablespoons of fruit syrup
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup raw cacoa nibs

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees celsius and spray your muffin tin with oil spray.
  2. Blend the oats until they become a flour before adding in all of the other ingredients except for the cocoa nibs.
  3. Once the mixture is smooth, stir in the cocoa nibs and pour the mixture into each of the cups in the muffin tray. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until the muffins are brown and when a toothpick is inserted, it comes out clean. Let these cool for atleast 10 minutes before enjoying.

Nutritional Information (Approximate)

Calories 140 // Protein 6 g // Carbohydrates 19 g // Fat 5 g // Fiber 4 g // Sugar 6 g

Recipe adapted from Well Plated 

These healthy banana cinnamon muffins are perfect for breakfast on the go or a light snack throughout the day. They are wheat, refined sugar free and can be made in minutes.

Top 5 Tips to Getting Healthier

Today I thought I would share with you some of my top tips to help you get healthier.

1. Drink Water

5 easy tips to get healthier

Water is so important! You’ve probably heard this before but our bodies are made up of 75% water which is a huge amount. I drink at least two litres of water a day, but I know that this can be hard to do. When you drink this much water in a day, one of the biggest downsides is going to the toilet constantly, so in order to pace yourself try and mark out how much water you should be drinking at different times of the day on a water bottle. I use the one from hydratem8 but you can literally just write it on a water bottle with a sharpe.

Water is so good for your skin, digestion, kidney, cholesterol, brain and helps your body function. That is why it is so important to keep your body hydrated so that you can be the best that you can be. Often our brain can get confused and you may actually be dehydrated but your body is saying you want a snack. So before you eat a snack, drink some water to test whether you are in fact hungry or just dehydrated. Another way to increase your water intake is to substitute all other drinks for water, and to always have water on hand for you to sip on.

2. Find what type of workout suits you

5 easy tips to get healthier

I found it so hard to stick to working out when I had to actually plan it myself. When a workout itself already takes at least 30 minutes itself, the last thing you want to do is spend 10-20 minutes planning said workout. Also I get bored of workouts quickly and need to change it up constantly. However, you may like doing the same workout for a few weeks before changing it up. Experiment with what works for you! Try different gym classes, hire a personal trainer, watch some youtube video workouts and see what suits you.

The only way that you’re going to continue working out is if you actually enjoy it (or at least don’t mind it) and is minimal effort to get to it. Which brings me to a second point. Find where you should workout. If you know you won’t motivate your self to actually do a workout from your living room, then instead do workout classes that you’ve pre paid for, and that way, if you don’t go you will be wasting money.

3. Make it a lifestyle, not a diet

5 easy tips to get healthier

In order to actually be healthy, it should be a long term thing rather than something you do for a month to lose weight. So in order for it to be a long term thing, it needs to be maintainable and realistic. Don’t go too crazy and cut out everything from your diet, or reduce your calories massively, as you won’t be able to keep it up. Instead change up what you eat so that it is whole foods, that is less processed. Start cooking everything yourself so you can control exactly what is going into your meals and so if you need to, you can track your daily intake.

4. Have a goal

You need to have something you are working towards, or a reason to be healthy. This could be that you love working out or eating healthy food, or it could be that you want to go down a dress size so that you can fit into a dress you bought for a special event. Whatever it is, have something that you are working towards. My current goal is just to get fitter and to have more muscle definition and in order to do this I am eating well and exercising every other day. However I have found that over time, I have remained healthy because it makes me feel good! And this is the best motivation.

5. Organise your time

5 easy tips to get healthier

Working out for me is not an option but something that I just do. Hence instead of making it a choice for yourself, make it something that is just in your schedule for the day. Over time, you will be so used to working out that it will just be something that is part of your routine. However you also need to organise time to eating well. In the world that we live in at the moment it is so easy to eat unhealthily. If you are short on time, try and make good choices. Get the healthy options. Go to places like Pret a Manger who have loads of healthy options, and who show you the calories and nutrition values. Otherwise set time aside in your schedule to pack your lunches and cook nutritious meals.


I hope you enjoyed these tips that I gave and that you found these helpful! Leave comments on any tips you have on getting healthier!

5 easy tips to get healthier

A Week of British Summer Outfits

Today I am starting a series called What I Wore Wednesday where I share with you my outfits throughout the week. Recently in London the weather has been a bit pants. It’s been raining loads and isn’t that warm but it is suppose to be summer so I am trying to modify my summer wardrobe to make it more weather appropriate! Let me know what your favourite outfits are from my week!

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-Wednesday 9th-

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On this day I was going to be seeing friends for some drinks so I thought I would be a little smart casual. I was a little too summery for the weather but I still rocked it to the best of my ability. Also I absolutely love these espadrilles! They make the outfit so summer chic.

Top – Bershka – No Longer Available

Jeans – Topshop Jaime Jeans– £40

Shoes – Miss KG – £55

-Thursday 10th-

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On this day I was pretty casual wearing my mum jeans. I have a love hate relationship with these as they arn’t the most comfortable thing to wear but they do look pretty cool. Also can you believe that this jacket is from Primark? I found the last size 4 and I think it was meant to be.

Top – Zara – £5.99

Jeans – Zara – £25.99

Shoes – Michael Kors – £135

Jacket – Primark – £25

-Friday 11th-

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Again I was pretty casual, wearing a pretty, floaty top with some trainers. As opposed to the mum jeans, these are so comfortable and stretchy. Jaime jeans are literally the only style of topshop jeans that I wear and I absolutely love them. What are your favourite style/brand?

Top – Brandy Melville – £13

Jeans – Topshop Jaime Jeans– £44

Shoes – Michael Kors – £135

-Saturday 12th-

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Yep you guessed it, I am again very casual. I don’t really do much all day at the moment as it is the uni summer holidays so I like to be comfortable. These culottes are just that, comfortable! It literally feels like I am wearing pjs all day long and I’m not opposed to that.

Top – Zara – £5.99

Trousers – Bershka – £14.99

Shoes – Michael Kors – £135

Jacket – New Look (Similar) – £29.99

-Sunday 13th-

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Again I’ve gone for a very comfortable outfit. I am absolutely loving jumpsuits as you can look fabulous without having to think too much at all. The jumpsuit originally came with a fabric belt that you wrapped around yourself but I think it looks so much better with a black belt. Side note but on this day it was absolutely beautiful weather which made me so happy!

Jumpsuit – Bershka – £17.99

Shoes – Michael Kors – £135

Jacket – New Look (Similar) – £29.99

Belt – H&M (Similar) – £4.99

 

-Monday 14th-

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On this day it was relatively sunny so I made use of this and wore this summery top. Unfortuently as the stores have now changed their stock to their pre-autumn collections, it is no longer available. I love finding the opportunity to dress up a little and wear floaty tops that make me feel so extra.

Top – Bershka – No Longer Available

Jeans – Topshop Jaime Jeans– £44

Shoes – Michael Kors – £135

-Tuesday 15th-

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Again this dress is no longer available but it is something that I love. However, it does look like a sack without the belt on. Again it was pretty sunny so I got out my espadrilles whilst I still have an excuse. I feel like this year I haven’t got to wear them very much whereas last year they were all I wore.

Dress – Bershka – No Longer Available

Belt – H&M (Similar) – £4.99

Shoes – Miss KG – £55

I hope you’ve enjoyed my week of outfits! Let me know which one is your favourite!

 

What I Eat In A Day #1

Today I am sharing with you what I eat on a typical day. On this day I did a 20 minute HIIT workout in the morning where I would have burned around 200-300 calories. Throughout this post I will be sharing how many calories each meal contains to help you and your fitness goals but I don’t always track my intake.

-BREAKFAST-

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Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day and is one that I always look forward to. This is what I have been eating every morning for years but now I have added protein powder to help me gain and maintain muscle.

Ingredients

  • 50g Porridge Oats
  • 15g MyProtein Cinnamon Danish Impact Whey Protein
  • 200ml Alpro Almond Milk (shared between both porridge and coffee)
  • Nespresso Bukeela Coffee Capsule

Method

  1. Measure out the porridge and mix with approximately a cup of water
  2. Microwave on high for 2 min 30 sec (or until prefered consistency)
  3. Stir porridge and make a hole in middle. Add milk and then protein powder to hole and mix all together until creamy and well combined.

Approximate Calories: 280

-MORNING SNACK-

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I don’t usually have a morning snack but today I was a bit hungry so I decided to have one of my chocolate cookie protein balls that I recently made. A recipe for these will be coming once it has been perfected.

Approximate Calories: 100

-LUNCH-

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This is a slight variation of the Mango & Lime Quinoa Chicken Salad recipe that I shared with you recently. I ran out of spinach and had some leftover lentils and as a result I created this quinoa salad. It was super tasty and would be perfect as a packed lunch (with the tomatoes left whole).

Ingredients

  • 90g Cooked Quinoa
  • 40g Puy Ready Cooked Lentils
  • 1/2 Avocado
  • 80g Cherry Tomatos
  • 90g Mango, Lime & Coconut Chicken Chunks from Tesco
  • 1 Tablespoon Mango, Lime & Chilli Dressing from Tesco

Approximate Calories: 430

-AFTERNOON SNACK-

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For my afternoon snack I’m having a boiled egg but my boyfriend absolutely hates them! They’re so good for you and are loaded with protein, vitamins and good fats. I love them and they are perfect as a snack all by themselves.

Approximate Calories: 66

-DINNER-

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As I had some leftover sausages, I thought I would use them up in this sausage and prawn jambalaya. This recipe is a bit like a paella, and tastes amazing! This recipe serves 2.

Ingredients

  • 5 Heck Chicken Sausages
  • 1 White Onion Sliced
  • 1 Clove of Garlic Minced
  • 1 Yellow Pepper Sliced
  • 1 Green Chilli Sliced (Leave out if you can’t handle the spice)
  • 1 Tablespoon Cajun Seasoning
  • 1 Teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 150g Rice
  • 1 Chicken Stock Cube Dissolved in 350ml of Water
  • 60g Diced Chorizo
  • 20ml Olive Oil
  • 165g King Prawns

Method

  1. In a large frying pan, heat the olive oil on a medium-low heat. Once hot, add the onion and chorizo and cook for 5 minutes before adding the garlic, peppers and chilli for a further 2 minutes.
  2. Add the spices and the rice to the pan and stir the mixture to coat the rice in the oil. Pour the chicken stock in and give a good stir. Cover with a lid and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the rice is tender. (Add more water if you think it is getting too dry).
  3. Whilst the rice is cooking, fry the sausages and the prawns according to the packet instructions in a separate frying pan.
  4. Once the jambalaya is ready, stir in the sausages and prawns, and serve.

Approximate Calories per Serving: 750

-DESSERT-

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Dessert is pretty much a must for me. This was super tasty and isn’t too high calorie. It is simply an Alpro Soya Chocolate Dessert with a Fiber One Brownie crumbled on top. If you want something with less calories you could simply have either of these to satisfy your cravings.

Approximate Calories: 201

Todays Total Calorie Intake: 1812

This amount of food is what I would usually have on a day that I workout on. Let me know any new recipes I could try because I am always looking for something different. Also let me know if you want to see more of these What I Eat in a Day posts!

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Current Physique and Fitness Goals

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Today I wanted to share with you how my body is currently looking and what my goals are for the future. Naturally I do have a pretty fast metabolism which means that I am naturally pretty skinny. Despite this, I have had phases in my life where I did put on a lot of weight but I was able to lose it again pretty quick (without much dieting).

Current Physique

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I’m probably the smallest I have ever been in my life at the moment. I weigh 51kg and I am 167cm tall. This technically is considered as underweight but I haven’t tried to get to this weight. I eat normally and I don’t ever go hungry. I’m just eating healthily and exercising.

I actually really like how I’m looking at the moment physically. You can see some definition from my abs, and my muscles are pretty firm. I work out every other day using an app called 8fit which I have been using since February. I have really been enjoying using it as I don’t have to think at all about what I will be doing during my next workout which makes working out so simple.

Using this app I can definitely see that I am getting stronger. When I first started I couldn’t do a normal pushup (not really even a woman’s push up). Now I can do multiple! I can also see that my legs and abs are getting stronger and stronger as the months go by, and this is so motivating!

Fitness Goals

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Although I do love how my body is looking, there are always areas that can be improved. I would love to be able to have more ab definition, but that would involve losing more weight from my stomach. As I said before, I am technically underweight as it is, so that isn’t really possible. However I do want to gain more muscle. As muscle weighs more than fat, this will help me climb the scales a little. To do this I’ve started incorporating protein powder into my diet in order to ensure that my body isn’t eating away at the muscle that I already have so that I can build more.

Recently I have been watching some vloggers on Youtube who have inspired me to start to grow my peach a little. Nothing crazy but I want to add a bit more curvage. Mainly my goal is to continue as I am but just add a bit more muscle rather than losing any weight.

Let me know in the comments what your current fitness goals are!

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Mango & Lime Quinoa Chicken Salad

Today I thought I would share with you one of my favourite summer time salads that is super easy to make. Not only does it taste amazing, it’s also super healthy and filling.

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Ingredients

  • 100g Cooked Quinoa
  • 100g Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1/2 Ripe Avocado
  • 50g Baby Leaf Spinach
  • 90g Mango, Lime & Coconut Chicken Chunks from Tesco
  • Optional : 1 Tablespoon Mango, Lime & Chilli Dressing from Tesco

Instructions

  1. Cut the cherry tomatoes in half, the half avocado into cubes and the spinach into small pieces.
  2. Slice the chicken chunks into bite size pieces.
  3. Add all of the ingredients into a bowl and stir to flavour the salad with the seasoning from the chicken chunks.
  4. Optional: Drizzle a tablespoon of the dressing from Tesco to add an extra mango taste.

Nutritional Information (Approximate)

Calories 397 // Protein 28 g // Carbohydrates 33 g // Fat 17 g // Fiber 11g // Sugar 7 g

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