Eating Well This January: Eating In

OK, so I’m going to assume that a lot of you are like me in that you may have over indulged a little over the Christmas break; am I right? Well if you’ve done that then you probably also spent most of the Twixmas period trying to eat all the bad things left in the house before January arrives; still on track? Now it’s time to admit that you’ve started making strange noises when you raise yourself out of a chair and to do something about it.

I’m not into that ‘New Year, New Me’ bullshit but I do believe that making lifestyle changes can provide a good platform to being a bit happier and a bit healthier. So, I’m on a quest to find ways to eat well but improve my health at the same time.

Mrs Munkee and I have opted to give the paleo diet a try. Now, I’m not usually a fad-follower but I want to get my mission into print then I will feel more obliged to stick to it and will be publically shamed if I fail! I do want to be clear though: this does NOT mean that I will be neglecting my duties as a Food Adventurer. Instead, what I want to do is find ways to eat great food that fit within the parameters of a healthy lifestyle and food routine.

Please don’t be alarmed though. January’s blog series won’t be preachy and I won’t be turning into a spandex-clad-Mr Motivator-look-a-like. It’s just another leg to my Food Adventure.

Juicy Fuel Cola

Rating: 9/10

Appeals to: just about anyone but the discovery of a natural fruit cola will be music to the ears of anyone who is just in the process of making the lifestyle change


Fantastic. In my view a big amount of this product’s charm is held in the packaging. The soft drinks category is fast-paced, noisy and ruthless so differentiated, honest and en vogue designs will certainly help to stand out from the wallpaper. In addition to this, the messaging that comes across from the can is spot on. The product’s USP is that it is natural, simple and is one of your five a day. Well I can see that easily from the shelf. Job done.


£1.00 – well, it’s the magic price point so you can’t really argue. Yes, it’s steeper than it’s famously red counterpart but just how much can you trust the ingredients of a drink that I use to clean my toilet?


Genuinely outstanding. Both the cola and the cherry cola variants are fantastic. In my opinion they have echoes of the familiar flavour with a non-synthetic aftertaste. A natural efficionado would be able to identify each fruit as it bursts in the mouth.

My only complaint about these drinks is that they may have spoiled my enjoyment of the better-known brands!

Verdict – in a word, superb! Managing a healthy lifestyle isn’t easy with temptation lurking behind every supermarket shelf however it’s products like Juicy Fuel Cola that make that transition that bit easier. My belief is that you should be able to lead a healthy life without breaking the bank or punishing your tastebuds; more of these types of products please!


Northern Munkee.