We are now on Moonpig! 🐽

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We are now on Moonpig as part of their Rise n Shine gift box, the perfect gift for early birds and maybe those who need a little bit of encouragement...

https://www.moonpig.com/uk/gifts/the-breakfast-banquet-box/box438/

The gift box includes our glorious Whole Almond granola, alongside a host of other amazing gifts!

  • Belvoir - Orange & Mandaring Light Presse 25cl
  • Brew Tea Breakfast Tea 56.2g
  • Grumpy Mule Colombia Ground 227g
  • The Pickled Village - The Boozy Dark Breakfast 114g
  • The Pickled Village - The Indulgent One 114g
  • Toast Stamp - Rock the Toast
  • Ceramic Egg Cup

It has everything you need for the perfect breakfast in bed - so whether someones feeling a little under the weather, or right as rain - this gift is sure to give their day the best start possible. Happy gifting!

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Looking for a Summer job?

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Looking for a Part time job over the summer in Portaferry?

Looking for an exciting way to earn some extra cash an opportunity has arisen for a Production Assistant to join our team at Just Live a Little a growing company, that produces amazing handmade granola which sells across the world!

You will be working as part of  a small and busy team you must be able to follow standard operating procedures whilst working in an accurate and timely manner.

Key Tasks and Duties

  • Pack and dispatch granola
  • Accurate recording of goods in/out
  • Basic administration
  • Coordinating dispatch times
  • Participation in daily and weekly cleaning procedures
  • Any other duties within reason

 Essential Criteria:

  • No experience is required but a do attitude is a must and the ability to work hard!

Essential Behaviours:

  • A strong communicator and good team player
  • Display a willingness and ability to work flexibly.

To join our team, you can contact Jill via e mail jill@justlivealittle.co with  a short e mail and C.V

Just Live a Little Ltd is committed to equality of opportunity

 

5 Most Amazing Beaches in Ireland (Well my favourites)

Ok after last week’s snow I am more than ready to get outside….I love the snow but in December not early March.  So, this week the sun is shining and ok it is a little cold but ready to hit the beach!

I absolutely love living by the sea and often drag Ollie and Mya on days when they would much rather be inside playing Roblox…anyone else sick of hearing the word Roblox?  One of the amazing places to have the best chill-out-time is on the beach.  Let’s face it we are all in  need of some Vitamin D.   Here are more reasons beach-time should be your next move:

  •  Mental health: according to psychologists, staying on the beach calms the mind and relaxes the soul. It provides you the serene environment you need to rethink, re-strategize and rebuild your life
  • Swim: this is therapeutic. As you thrust your body into the soothing waters, it relaxes your muscles, joints and keeps your heart sound
  • Family bonding: with natural habitats in place, the beach provides the best atmosphere for a family time.
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Now that you know why beach-time can be amazing, see five amazing beaches to go to in Ireland:

1.       Knockinelder (I know I am Bias but I love it)

One of Irelands best kept secrets.  Fantastic tidal beach most of the time you have it to yourself as well as a fab beach you can scramble around to Kearney village the most beautiful National Trust village.  Perfect for kids exploring dog walking and getting the wind in your hair!

 

2.       Portstewart Strand

This is a well know beauty.  Brilliant for driving down on to, family barbeques races in the sand dunes and don’t forget the amazing waves for the surfing…well trying to surf for the craic.

3.       Murlough Bay

Set in the foothills of the Mourne Mountains this is an absolute beauty.  Stunning walk to the beach along the boardwalk and then you are rewarded with a stunning 3-mile beach, fantastic sand dunes and nature reserve.  Even on the busiest day you can find a quiet spot.

4.       Sandy cove beach co Dublin

Located south of Dublin, this amazing beach was an opening scene in the movie James Joyce’s Ulysses. It is an epitome of art in the open air.

5.       Barley Cove, co Cork

The water is outrightly clean. The sand dunes are mind-blowing. You can get sumptuous seafood in one of the Schull great seafood restaurants.

I could go on and on but this is a great start!

Enjoy your time in Ireland.

Mind Blowing Cycle Routes in Ireland

I know it is only February and David’s leg is still very much out of action but we are  thinking about Spring and getting the bikes out again. 

In the UK and Ireland, more people are beginning to take an interest in cycling. According to Business Insider, rich folks are forsaking their Ferraris for bikes. There must be something about cycling that causes hearts to leap with joy and legs spinning on pedals.

In the UK and Ireland it seems like the bike era is back again. Every day, there are increasing numbers of bikes at the train station and in carparks.. Not a coincidence, as folks are turning their everyday lives into an adventure through the woods, around lakes and mountains or just cycling to work!

Whether you are on a guided tour, self-guided tour or an excursion in Ireland, there are routes that will astound you and create the experience you long for.

 

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1.       Rostrevor route- 27km

This heavenly landscape was the inspiration behind the book Narnia by C.S Lewis. This route awards great view to the Moure Mountains, Rostrevor forest, and Carlingford Lough. You may require thicker tires because this route is rough.

2.       Castle Ward Boundary Trail 12.8

The longest cycling trail at Castle Ward, this trail combines sections of multi use trail.  The route is tough but beautiful from the car park, this circular trail leads along the shore of Strangford Lough and then around Audley's Castle through the surrounding woodland. 

3.       Inis Morloop – 57km

This route leads to the stone fort of Dun Aonghasa and the mystical poll na bPiest pool; which is the Irish site for Red Bull cliff diving.

4.       Wild Atlantic route- 2500km

If you are serious then this is the route for you - It will take from a week to a month to explore its entire length. If you don’t have all the time to do this, you could ply some of its routes. Wild Atlantic envelopes Ireland’s coast, it is a beautiful sight to behold. This route runs through Donegal and slieve league cliff.

5.       Waterford Greenway-46km

Greenway is between Waterford and Dungarvan.  It leads to an old railway line plus there are plenty of pubs along the route.

6.       Blessington loop-75km

This route is mostly quiet and leads to Glendalough Monastery and Wicklow mountains.

Cycling is beneficial to your wellbeing. It boosts your immune system, grants you sound sleep, helps blood flow in your body and keeps you strong.  It is a great way to spend time together as a family even if it is like us just a picnic on the beach and back…..time to get the wind in your hair.

          

Thinking of a Gluten Free diet in 2018?

The grоwіng fаd fоr a glutеn-frее diet in rесеnt years іѕ еnсоurаgіng the fооd іnduѕtrіеѕ tо соmе uр wіth more glutеn-frее рrоduсtѕ іn the mаrkеt. Thе main rеаѕоn bеhіnd thе popularity of the dіеt іѕ thе health bеnеfіtѕ associated wіth it. Thеrе аrе mаnу people whо аrе nоt convinced wіth thе idea оf the dіеt plan, but the rесеnt studies shows thаt the еlіmіnаtіоn оf gluten frоm a rеgulаr diet not оnlу helps thе сеlіас patients tо maintain good hеаlth but also hеlр thе оthеr реорlе tо іmрrоvе their dіgеѕtіоn and thіnkіng.

Health bеnеfіtѕ оf gluten-free 

• Pеорlе whо have incorporated thе соnсерt of thіѕ wоndеrful diet plan іn thеіr lifestyle hаvе seen a surprising drор іn their lеvеlѕ оf сhоlеѕtеrоl. It іѕ certainly a very gооd nеwѕ fоr most оf thе people ѕtrugglіng wіth сhоlеѕtеrоl іѕѕuеѕ.

• Diabetics аrе observing a ѕіgnіfісаnt dесrеаѕе іn thеіr lеvеlѕ of blооd sugar by following thе рrоgrаm

• Thеrе are several kіndѕ оf food thаt соntаіn glutеn. Eliminating it frоm уоur diet means еlіmіnаtіng a bіg lіѕt of unhealthy food from уоur dаіlу dіеt. Sо, оnсе the рlаn becomes a раrt of уоur lіfе, you wіll observe a ѕіgnіfісаnt іnсrеаѕе in уоur energy lеvеl and оf соurѕе, you tеnd tо gеt hеаlthіеr than ever.

• Rеgulаr workout followed by thе dіеt plan hеlрѕ tо rеасh thе wеіght loss gоаlѕ faster.

• It hеlрѕ in better bоwеl mоvеmеnt.

• Pеорlе wіth сеlіас disease can ѕее wоndеrful changes in thеіr hеаlth by following the plan.

• Thе bіggеѕt bеnеfіt іѕ thаt food wіthоut glutеn now tastes really gооd.

Thе рrоgrаm wаѕ ѕресіаllу dеѕіgnеd for thе реорlе ѕuffеrіng frоm thе соndіtіоnѕ like сеlіас dіѕеаѕе, diabetes and whеаt аllеrgіеѕ, but thе bеnеfіtѕ associated wіth thе рrоgrаm аrе also drіvіng оthеr реорlе tо ѕwіtсh to іt аnd enjoy its bеnеfіtѕ.

If you are thinking of trying a Gluten Free diet then why not try Just Live a Little Triple Nut Gluten Free Granola.  The grеаt thіng аbоut Just Live a Little Gluten Free granola is thаt it іѕ rісh in fibre аnd keeps you feeling fullеr fоr lоngеr, аnd is therefore not only great for breakfast but also a perfect snack and oh it tastes fantastic. 

Ghostly Granola Goodies for Halloween

Halloween and half term holidays are just around the corner.  We love to get outdoors as much as possible but let’s face it there can be some rainy days and you need some indoor entertainment!   Why not try out some of these healthy granola Halloween snacks using Just Live a Little granola that kids will love and adults will also find delicious.

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This Years Lunch Box Essential

It’s that time of year again… back to school! If you are anything like me the summer seems to fly by and it is back to school before we know it.  We have had a great summer but now it is time to get back to the books. 

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How we fuel hungry office staff around the UK!

Mid-way through 2016 we started supplying Office Pantry (https://www.officepantry.co.uk/) with our superflapjack bars and thought this is as good a time as any to talk about why we do so.

As you know, we want everyone to have fun and eat well.

Now the place where we all actually spend the majority of our time is at work, at the office.  So if we can deliver some happiness to you at work then we’ll have done right, and help to put a smile on your face.

That’s why we supply Office Pantry.

Office Pantry helps deliver healthy snacks to companies right across the UK – with their packs being tailor made to the offices they deliver to. Great bosses provide the snacks, including our superflapjack bars (https://www.officepantry.co.uk/just-live-a-little-snackbars-and-granola), to their staff, making everyone happier.

We’re also proud to say we passed the 3 Office Pantry tests.

Those being:

1.       Everything must be made in the UK

2.      Everything must be grandmother approved

3.       Everything must taste damned good

Taking those in order:

1) We make everything here at our home in Portaferry – made in the UK.

2) So the “grandmother test” means all the ingredients in the Office Pantry snacks must contain wholesome, real ingredients. In fact, the ingredients must be approved by a grandmother – if she can hold and touch the ingredients in raw form, and make a meal out of them for her favourite grandchildren, then it passes the Office Pantry.

We passed this with flying colours as we do just that – we use real ingredients to make real food and help you eat well

3) The fact our bars taste “damned good” goes without saying doesn’t it!

So there we go, we’ve known the founders Charles (on the right) and Giles for nearly a year now, and we’d encourage all of you to nudge your boss and point him or her towards this page à https://www.officepantry.co.uk/office-snacks-delivered

This way we can all have fun and eat well at work!

 

Fun Summer Granola Recipes

When the kids are off school and the weather is maybe not what we were expecting how about making some fun granola recipes.....

Todays is from Bakers Royale.

This recipe works best with Just Live a Little Oatyberry granola.

Its so simple and the kids love it!

Ingredients:

  • 100g Strawberries
  • 100g raspberries
  • 100g blueberries
  • 1 large tub of Greek yogurt
  • 85gmilk
  • 85g honey
  • 170g Just Live a Little Oatyberry granola

Method:

In a medium size pan on a medium heat combine and cook the strawberries and raspberries until simmering.  Cook for 10-12 mins stirring often.  Once the mixture is thickening take it off the heat and cool to room temperature.  Repeat with the blueberries.

Combine the mix with the yogurt, milk and honey it should be a thick mix but not pourable.

To assemble

Pour a tablespoon of yogurt into each mould and a tablespoon of Just Live a Little oatyberry granola and a tablespoon of jam.  continue layering until the moulds are filled.  Tap the mould against the counter to release any air bubbles.  Insert the ice lolly stick and freeze for at least 6 hours,

That's it enjoy!

Jill x

 

 

Food Shows.....

Just Live a Little is just back from a four day food show in Alimentaria in Barcelona.  One of the largest shows in Europe.  It was enormous had six halls and would have taken a month to visit all the halls and all the stands.

There really is no way to prepare yourself for participating in a show this size in another country, preparing for childcare and flights and accommodation the stand the stock the leaflets.  If there is an easy way to prepare let me know as I felt I was organising a mission to Mars.

Being at a food show in Barcelona is way more glamorous than it sounds. It is a huge exhibition hall where you do not see the light of day for ten hours and no matter what shoes you bring they are the wrong ones as they don't actually make suitable shoes for this amount of standing.

Some of the great things about these shows is the camaraderie.  Everyone around you in the exhibition hall becomes like your best friend.  We all feed each other encourage each other and go out to eat together and make sure everyone gets home safe.  Its a cocoon from the real world its "show world"

One of the most exciting things is the people you meet.  At our stand we met retailers, distributors, online retailers from all over the world including Russia and Guatemala, Costa Rica, Spain, Italy, Israel, America, Africa.

It is great to leave our little world in Portaferry and meet so many great contacts.  it is also great to be home and sitting down.  I will keep you posted on which country you will find Just Live a Little next.

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Jill x

Gluten Free Granola is here!

 I am so excited to launch our new Triple Nut Gluten Free Granola.

We are always been told one of the things people miss most about going Gluten Free is delicious Granola for breakfast. Now you won't have to.

Oats do not in themselves contain gluten (I know lots of people didn't know this)  but often they can be contaminated. So we are delighted to be making our new Triple Nut Granola with gluten free oats. Oats that were grown and processed in such a way that they never came into contact with wheat.

Our recipe packs a serious punch of healthy fats and nuts Almonds, Cashews and Pecans. They will seriously make your taste buds buzz!

Let us know what you think and I will keep you updated on where to buy.

Jill x

 

Northern Ireland Year of Food and Drink 2016

As a lot of you will know Northern Ireland is renowned for the reputation of its local producers and traditional crafts such as distilling, butchery and bakery, each has a long and proud history in NI. Our food producers are shining on the world stage with hundreds of Great Taste Award winners including Hannan Meats, Broighter Gold and Abernethy Butter. The strength of our local produce has made an impact on the food experience visitors can expect in our restaurants, hotels, visitor attractions, cafes, pubs and cookery schools.

Well this year, we are celebrating the great local produce that comes from Northern Ireland.  The Year of Food and Drink 2016 is a celebration of everything delicious about this place, as well as its epic landscapes, traditions and people that make our food heritage so unique. With 366 days of foodie experiences, there’s no better time for you to enjoy a true taste of Northern Ireland.

We kick off the year with Breakfast Month, we have teamed up with our friends at Suki Tea to give away a delicious Breakfast Hamper of award winning loose leaf breakfast tea and super-tasty handmade granola, the perfect healthy breakfast combo of Northern Ireland produce! For your chance to win this exclusive hamper of Breakfast goodies simply go over to our facebook page The Competition runs until midnight Monday 25th Jan 2016.

To keep up to date with what’s happening in Northern Ireland’s Year of Food and Drink visit discovernorthernireland.com or join the conversation online using #Enjoy2016

We are really looking forward to May and have some exciting things planned for September.

Good luck with the competition

Jill

Happy New Year

Sorry we are a bit late....better late than never, Happy New Year!

 Life here at Just Live a Little was hectic in the run up to Christmas. We finally finished up on Christmas Eve at about 4pm when our last order was collected to go to China from Derry Farm Portaferry to Dairy Farm Hong Kong.

In the past few months we have been working on lots of other exciting projects including working with Foodist in Germany.  Check out their website https://foodist.de/  and see our new no added refined sugar in their January box.

We are also delighted to be working with a young and exciting company in Taiwan.  Called morning shop.  http://www.morningshop.tw/item/201510AM220010883 The company focuses on breakfast products so this is just perfect for us!

We had a lovely week off….enjoying lots of lovely food wine and picnicking in the rain! !

Now we are back in full swing and ready to take on 2016!  This is such an exciting time for Northern Ireland food and drink producers as we begin the Year of food and drink.  It’s only right January is Breakfast month.  So we will be out and about locally tasting our delicious granola.  Also listen out for our radio advert on U105 and If you have a chance checkout our Facebook video. https://www.facebook.com/U105NI/videos/10153901099328746/

I hope you are having a great start to 2016.

Keep sending us all your feedback we love to hear from you.

Happy 2016

Jill x

Playlist and Recipe Development

We have been busy here developing new recipes.  Recipe development is double the fun with a great playlist.  So we decided to share what we have been playing behind the scenes while we have been developing our fabulous new granola bar.  Not long now until we can reveal the flavour but trust me its delicious. In the meantime enjoy the eclectic mix.

http://www.deezer.com/playlist/1374137705?utm_source=deezer&utm_content=playlist-1374137705&utm_term=695875031_1444569350&utm_medium=web

Tracklist

  • Morcheeba - Otherwise
  • Sure Thing - St Germain
  • Rafiki - Zap mama
  • Miss you (Remastered) - The Rolling Stones
  • Pools - Glass Animals
  • Samba de mon Coeur qui bat - Coralie Clement
  • Omen- disclosure
  • Royals - Lorde
  • Happy endings -Faul
  • Halo - Ane Brun
  • You're the one I want - Lo fang
  • All is not harmed - Ben Howard
  • Barcelona - George Ezra

 

 

Back to School

If you are like me the end of August and the return to school is bittersweet.  During the rainy days of mid July I was more than ready for back to school but now that it is actually here I am mourning the carefree days of Summer.

Despite the rain (did I mention we had a very wet summer!) we had a great time. Here are my top 5 memories of summer.

1 - We realised pretty quickly the weather was going to be rubbish and invested in wetsuits.  We have spend many fun evenings on the beach in Knockinelder body boarding and paddling and enjoying having the beach to ourselves.  Mya defiantly has the potential to be a surfer.

2 - A fabulous road trip to Kinsale in Cork.  We managed 3 entire days with no rain (yes back to the rain!) and enjoyed sailing, swimming and eating oh my was there eating!

3 -Every year for Ollie's birthday we have our annual trip to Portrush and to Barry's amusements.  I love the kids rides but they don't need me anymore but they did take sympathy on me and invite me on my favourite water turtle.

4- A sneaky night away with David to Bellinter house wwwbelinterhouse.com.  This is where we went on honeymoon and I highly recommend it without children!

5- Finally in preparation for Autumn we took Ollie and Mya to their first rugby match on Friday night. Ulster V Leinster, Ok so Ulster lost but we have two new Superfans...come on Ulster!!

All good things must come to an end and Autumn is coming.

Every year I promise I am going to be organised for school and I do start offwell as I pick up trousers and skirts at the end of June and put them in the back of the wardrobe and give myself a pat on the back.  Then its the week before school starts and I put off getting out uniforms from the wardrobe looking to hold onto that holiday feeling for as long as possible. Finally Ollie will ask where are my new school shoes...what new school shoes? Is it just me? On a positive note I am always organised for breaktime.....granola bars all round!

I hope everyone had a lovely summer, let me know what your highlights were oh and good luck for the school run.

Jill x