Can you eat sweets and still be healthy? Today’s post is a combination of a review plus a look at why I believe life is all about balance. You may be used to reading about health and fitness from time to time on my blog, but I think it’s important to be upfront about the fact that my life isn’t all avocado and tofu salads and smoothie bowls. I’m going to be explaining why I love to indulge in sweet treats, and reviewing an incredible company called Unicorn Sweets who so kindly sent me the lovely hamper you see just below!
I’ve had a sweet tooth since I can remember. I could take or leave chocolate to be honest, but good old sweeties have always been my go-to treat. When Unicorn Sweets contacted me about reviewing one of the vegetarian hampers I jumped at the chance (not least because I think it’s awesome that they’ve put the thought into creating one!). Everything about Unicorn Sweets, from the candy they offer to their colour scheme, evoke those childhood memories of popping down to the local corner shop with my 50p pocket money for some sweets at the weekend. It’s the idea of indulgence being FUN that appeals to me, and what could be more fun than a hamper of delicious sweets?!
This vegetarian hamper featured some of my ultimate favourites – a Sherbet Dip, Love Hearts, Rainbow Drops, Cherry Drops…the list is endless! They were packaged beautifully, and I love the variety (as did Tiz – after all, sweets are the best treats to share!). This is called the Old School Sweet Hamper and retails for £14.95. I couldn’t think of a more awesome, nostalgic gift for a sweetie-loving friend! There are so many more hampers and gifts to choose from on the website, as well as loose sweets too. Check it out for sure!
So, how do I fit sweets into my generally healthy lifestyle? It’s easy – moderation! Everyone is different, but for me the idea of ‘clean eating’ 24/7 just ain’t going to work. On the vast majority of days, I enjoy something resembling ‘junk food’ (i.e. something I’m not necessarily gaining anything from nutritionally), whether it’s a couple of sweeties, biscuits or a packet of crisps. I feel like it keeps me on track as I’m not denying myself anything, just putting most of my focus on nutritious food. It works for me! The 80/20 rule is often cited, and it’s something I like to loosely follow. Even during January, when I lost 11lbs, I was having at least a couple of Oreo biscuits a day, and the occasional junk food meal of vegan pizza or a vegan burger. Balance is key.
I’d love to know your thoughts on this! Do check out the Unicorn Sweets website too – a huge thank you to them for this lovely hamper, which I’m very much enjoying chomping through!