This month the products that I’ve been sent for my January product reviews have been decidedly healthy! From fresh vegetable juices and a superfood cleanse to gorgeous nut butters and stevia. I’ve also been sent a lovely personalised slate.
These Bfresh cold pressed juices are fantastic. I love juicing but I don’t always make the time. These are perfect for an on-the-go pick-me-up. They are low in calories and sugar, but rammed with vegetables. One lovely part is that they’re grown on the Bfresh farm – so they’re juiced at their best. My favourite was the carrot/apple/orange/ginger juice. My kids loved it as well. Sweet greens was my husband’s favourite.
I’ve was sent some products from superfood brand Bioglan. Those Raw Bites were absolutely amazing and a snack that I’d definitely seek out again. They also sent the Skinny Greens plan – where you have a drink every morning for a few weeks.
The first week I really enjoyed the tropical flavour of the green superfood drink. Just mix with water and drink for breakfast. The second week started with the citrus thermo burn. It has a fruity chilli flavour that I found a bit challenging, but my sister tried it and liked it mixed with a banana and water in a smoothie.
They also have a vanilla replenish shake that you can have to keep hunger pangs at bay. It’s creamy and quite nice. This plan is meant to help with weight loss, but sadly I scuppered that when my sister came to stay for a week in the middle of it. Too much fooding and boozing made it tough to see any results. But that first week, I certainly felt alert and energized. I need to come back and finish phase two of the plan and get back on track!
Although I’ve heard of stevia as a natural sweetener, I’ve never tried it. I remember my sister raving about it when it first hit the scene in Canada, but still I didn’t seek it out. I suppose that as I have such an aversion to sweeteners I was skeptical. But this is different. Natvia is calorie-free but is very sweet.
It comes in sugar-like granules and is made from 98.6% Erythritol and 1.4% Steviol Glycosides. I have no idea what these are, but their site says: “Erythritol is naturally-derived sugar substitute. It is a sugar alcohol, also known as a poly-alcohol…. The main advantage of erythritol as a sugar alternative is that, it has zero calories per gram, compared to sugar with 4 calories per gram. It also ranks zero on the glycemic index, whereas sucrose (sugar) is 65 and glucose is 100. This mean that erythritol does not effect blood sugar levels and does not cause insulin spikes.” The plant-derived steviol is added as it increases the sweetness so you can use the same amount as sugar.
Sugar has certainly been in the bad books lately, so Natvia is very useful as a substitute while we all wean ourselves off the need for things to be so sweet. You use the same amount as you would for sugar and you can also use it for baking. I’ve sprinkled a little on porridge and put some in coffee and it’s really nice – sweet with no aftertaste. My next test is to bake with it and I’ve seen loads of others have had great success with that.
These ‘crisps’ from Ape Snacks are dried coconut curls with salt and pepper. They’re lovely and moreish and completely satisfy a savoury craving. They have no nasties and are just coconut, salt and pepper. They’re also gluten-free and vegan. It’s unusual to see a snack with such a short ingredients list, so these are a refreshing change. I tried them with a friend and we both really liked them – the sweet tropical flavour of the coconut is lovely with the natural rock salt and black pepper.
Giftware company Dust & Things sent me this gorgeous personalised slate tray. It’s so apt with my love of vegetables! It is absolutely perfect for serving cheese and crackers and I’ve been using it to give the kids their veggies and hummus. Dust & Things have all sorts of stunning personalised gifts from chopping boards to coasters. Be sure to check them out.
I’m in love with nut butter and I don’t care who knows it! Perhaps that’s a bit dramatic but oh my, that almond coconut butter is OUT. OF. THIS. WORLD. I’m nearly ashamed to admit that we’ve had nearly the whole jar already.
When I looked at these jars of lovely nut butters from Pip and Nut I saw the simple, short ingredients list. Nuts and a little salt. It needs nothing more. Then I looked at the existing jar of peanut butter in my cupboard and my heart sank. It contained added palm oil and sugar – completely unnecessarily. I’ve been feeding my kids palm oil and extra sugar for no reason. I recently posted about a report that shows that ‘engineered foods’ are affecting our children’s palates and it shows how important it is that we give our kids natural foods. These Pip and Nut peanut butters are exactly how nut butters should be – full of nuts. I won’t be buying the palm oil versions again. Ever. These ones taste a zillion times better, fresher somehow. How PB should taste.
USN sent me this chocolate vegetarian/vegan protein powder. I’ve recently taken up running, so it’s a nice supplement afterwards to help build lean muscle mass. Also, this powder is fantastic in energy balls to boost the protein and energy of them. This is a nice powder that has no artificial sweeteners and has real cocoa. I’ve been moving from a vegetarian to a vegan diet, so this is a really yummy way to get 25g of protein in one shake. The powder is mixed with water and turns into a thick shake. It has half of the day’s protein, so it’s easy to get the rest in seeds, nuts and oats. The main ingredients in this powder are rice protein and pea protein.
DK Publishing sent me their new book, Energy Bites. I’m a huge fan of these little wonder-balls as you’ll see from my Beetroot Chocolate Protein Balls, Carrot Cake Quinoa Truffles and Sweet Potato and Ginger Balls. This book shows how easy it is to combine a few ingredients into a nourishing snack.
The book is laid out in a fun, approachable way and shows just how limitless the combinations can be for energy bites. There are how-to’s and step-by-step pictures, as well as lists of alternatives to help you create your own energy bites.
Coconut Gold sent me this jar of 100% raw, organic, cold pressed coconut oil. I’d consider myself a massive connoisseur of coconut oil. I use it for beauty (moisturiser, hair oil, makeup remover, oil pulling) as well as cooking in baking, frying and even in bulletproof coffee. All coconut oil certainly are not equal. This is a premium coconut oil, made with care. It is smooth so perfect for oil pulling and is a really nice high quality oil. Coconut oil is so versatile that I always keep a jar in the bathroom and a jar in the kitchen. This one is so lovely that it’s going to be a bathroom one – it feels so nice on my skin. You can buy it at Fortnum and Mason or online.
Disclosure: I was sent these products to try for my product reviews post but all opinions are my own.