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Turtle Bay’s Vegetarian Menu

Recently I headed to Turtle Bay in Middlesbrough to try out their vegetarian menu. I am in no way saying that I am a vegetarian however I thought it would be nice to give it a try, not only to give myself a fresh idea of meat free meals but also to help my readers find restraurants that offer a great variety of options. Turtle Bay definitely offers a large variety, not like most places where there are only one or two options for vegetarians or vegans. I took along my friend Zoe who has recently cut quite a lot of meat out of her diet, so I felt she was the perfect person to accompany me. We both had such a lovely time, the food was amazing but even that was topped by the exceptional customer service. They couldn’t have done anymore for us! 

What I thought was great was that their vegetarian and vegan menu had a range of starters, main courses, desserts and a drinks menu all suitable for those following. Like I said previously I’m very used to seeing such a small selections of vegetarian or vegan dishes on menus.
I was a little sceptical at first because I didnt have a clue what to try, I’m normally just a meat and veg kind of person so trying something different was good for me but quite scary aswell. We decided we would start with the Vital Veggie Platter, this way we got the option to try a little bit of all the starters on the menu. The platter included sweetcorn fritters, crispy okra, jerk pit grilled mushrooms and peppers, halloumi and mango flatbread, sweet plantain and a super green salad. Honestly it was amazing! There wasn’t one item on the platter that I didn’t enjoy. It was so nice to see how differently vegetable can be cooked and made so tasty! I think I liked the crispy okra and sweetcorn fritters the best, but it was a close call.

For mains I went for the Spinach, Aubergine & Sweet Potato Curry served with steamed rice and flatbread, actually we both did. I would normally order a sweet mild curry from a takeaway as I’m not a massive fan of spice, I prefer something with good flavour. This curry had a chilli kick, along with lots of different flavours. It’s something I would love to try and make at home, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I always thought a meal wasn’t complete without meat however this has changed my opinion completely. Sweet potato and spinach work really well together.

We were a little naughty and decided to have pudding too, oooops! I ordered the chocolate brownie with ice cream, again this was on the vegetarian menu aswell. OMG!! It was beautiful, rich but not too heavy. And it just finished the meal off perfectly! I will definitely be ordering it again next time we head to Turtle Bay!

All round we had such a perfect evening. Turtle Bay is somewhere you can go as a couple, a family meal or even just a catch up with friends, I love the reggae reggae them that’s runs through the whole restaurant, decor and bar. It’s nice to go somewhere abit different for a change, you’ll have to give it a try!

Roo x

Lose Weight Without The Calorie Calculators

Every trainer in the land (well, most lands) will tell you that the truest way that you can lose weight is to create a deficit in your calories. The hard part about this is that calories can be overwhelming. Let’s be honest here; they’re correct. A deficit in your daily calories, no matter how big or small, will lead to weight loss. Here’s the thing about that: calorie counting may be a great way to lose weight, but it’s sure as anything not the ONLY way to lose weight.

Weight loss is a touchy topic for most people. So many out there have a specific way to do things and watch the scales move, that to suggest anything other than their own plan is going to be met with disdain. And that’s okay; not everyone will want to make a change when there is already something working for them. Weight loss is entirely possible without counting every calorie that passes your lips. Choosing lifestyles like the In-Sync Diet, for example, can help you to lose the weight that you want without having to count those pesky calories in every bite. The other thing about calorie counting is that so many are terrible at it! Eggs in one size have a different number of calories as eggs in another size, and if you aren’t counting the calories correctly you can find yourself accidentally eating more anyway!

Calorie labels on food aren’t always accurate. A punnet of grapes in one store will have a different calorie content to grapes in another store, and so you can find that labelling can be wrong up to a fifth of the time. Rather than spend your entire grocery shop counting all the calories in the store, you could let go of the boredom. You can’t calorie count through every situation in your life, either. Calories are present at weddings and social events, too, which means your whole plan can go flying out of the window with a canape at your next social event. It’s not always a convenient way to lose weight.

One of the most positive ways that you can lose weight is intermittent fasting. This doesn’t mean eating nothing, it means following a principle of say skipping out on one of the meals in your day and during that time, enjoying peppermint tea and water instead of the meal you would have eaten. Pairing foods that are high in protein as well as being high in fiber (such as chicken and veggies) can also help you to slim down without having to count every bite that you eat. Drinking water to fill the gap between meals where your body is craving carbs and fakes you out with hunger is a great way to flush out your body. Increasing your metabolism is going to be the best way for you to stay healthy throughout each day.

Calorie counting can be boring and stressful; lose the weight you want without the math.
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