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Squirrel Sister May Favourites

Written By Sophie and Gracie 

Our monthly favourites that we’ve been enjoying throughout May!  Let us know if there are any products you think we would be interested in trying for future posts…

Gracie’s favourites

1. Neil’s Yard Rosemary & Cedarwood Hair Treatment

Sophie originally tried this product, which is how I found out about it. If you have read any of our previous monthly favourites you will know that we are big fans of Neil’s Yard because all their products are natural, safe and ethical. This hair treatment should be massaged onto your scalp and hair and left for a minimum of 30 minutes. When I use it I normally put it on at night and sleep with it on then wash it out in the morning. It’s a deep conditioner, which stimulates the scalp and revitalises lacklustre hair, helping to restore body and shine. This is a vegan product; the ingredients are 100% organic and include coconut, rosemary and lavender oil and lots of other essential oils. After using it I noticed my hair looked much more hydrated and had a lovely shine to it. 

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2. Biona Almond Butter with Nairn’s Oatcakes

My ‘go to’ breakfast (when I’m in a rush) and little afternoon pick me up this month has been Biona almond butter spread on the finely milled Nairn’s oatcakes. I love the fine milled oatcakes because they are much lighter and crispier than any other oatcakes that i’ve tried. I’m also obsessed with the Biona almond butter because it’s so smooth and tastes delicious. This is the perfect healthy snack that has a fantastic balance of protein and complex carbohydrates. It’s also a great source of energy, protein, good fats and fibre.

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3. Coconut & Macadamia Protein Bounce Balls

I don’t really like coconut, hence why I have only just tried this flavour bounce ball. However I tried one at the start of the month and loved it. I don’t eat them regularly because the ingredients aren’t 100% clean, however I like the fact that they are high protein, so great for refuelling after a workout. I love the size and think the packaging is really fun. I also like the fact that they are quite convenient and easy to carry around when you are on the go.

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4. Mr Organic Pesto

I love pesto and will normally try to make it myself but if I don’t have the time or ingredients to hand then Mr Organics Pesto is my favoured choice. Mr Organics Pesto is great because you can keep it in the pantry/cupboard as a ‘go to’ convenient cooking option and add it to any dish to liven it up. It’s suitable for vegans and the health conscious, due to the fact it has no cheese.

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5. Epsom Salts

I have always been a huge fan of epsom salts. I love having baths and think it’s a great way to unwind and relax and adding epsom salts to my bath is something I regularly do. The main ingredient of epsom salts is magnesium sulphate, which has the ability to extract sodium, phosphorus and nitrogenous toxins from the body. Sooo if you add epsom salts to your bath the magnesium sulphate is absorbed through the surface of your skin, which gently draws toxins out, helping to reduce pressure, swelling, bloating, bruising, irritated tissue and ease muscle and joint pain. I tend to have my epsom salt baths after doing vigorous exercise to help relax my muscles and draw out any toxins that could cause stiffness the next day. Epsom salt can be quite pricey and I get through a lot of it, so in order to make it less expensive I tend to buy in bulk. Click on the picture of the salts to see where I get them from.  As you can see in the pic…it’s a huge bag 🙂

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Sophie’s favourites

1. Essential Organic Crunchy Peanut Butter

I LOVE peanut butter, to the point where I sometimes avoid buying it because I just want to eat it all the time.  There are a lot of bad ones out there with added sugar, salt and palm oil….or on the other hand a lot of the super healthy ones tend to separate out the oil and it can get very messy.  But this one is completely natural, organic and hardly separates at all!  Perfect on an oatcake as a snack….or just on a spoon to be honest.

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2. The Diet Myth: The Real Science Behind What We Eat by Tim Spector

I recently read an article by Tim Spector so decided to buy the book.  It is really interesting as he looks at all the different information about diets and what you should/shouldn’t eat, and really how you should find what is right for your own body type….and how and why that is.  He goes through each element of the modern diet and explains in an understandable way what each of them are and how things affect people differently.  I find that there is so much information out there now which really does get confusing and sometimes can feel demoralising if it’s against what you thought you were doing right so this really helps to understand what is and isn’t true.

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3. Body Brush from The Body Shop

Until you try using a body brush, this seems like a ridiculous habit.  But if you’re prepared to try, I can promise that it really will make you feel good!  I honestly notice a difference in the way in which my skin feels, it definitely reduces water retention and also makes a difference to cellulite.  I try and do it at least once a day, usually before bed,  but it is also a great way to get your circulation going to start the day!  I packed mine in the shipping container which hasn’t arrived from Singapore yet so bought a new one from Body Shop.

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4. Floravital (gluten free and yeast free version)

It’s been a busy month, and this supplement is brilliant to give you an extra dose of iron and vitamin B and an overall boost in general.  I wake up with more energy and my energy levels are much more stable throughout the day.

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5. Pink ‘skater’ dress from M&S

Wedding season and summer is approaching and this is a great and affordable option if you have things coming up!  It is comfortable to wear, flattering and bright without being offensive.

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