Roots Collective Vegetable Blends Review!

I was recently contacted by a company called Roots Collective, asking if I’d like to try out some of their products. Loving anything veggie and health related, of course I said yes. They sent me a selection of vegetable ‘blends’ – that’s right, blends; not smoothies or juices. The great thing about these blends is that you can drink them cold, warm them up as a soup, or even use them as a sauce in one of your meals.

But what makes the blends different from juices or smoothies? There’s at least 80% vegetable in each recipe, and no added fruit juice. I love that the nutritional values are great, and they’re not full of sugar like a lot of products you find in the shops. They use high pressure processing to ensure the highest nutrient content possible, and each recipe is gluten and dairy free. A whole quarter kilo (as a minimum) is included in each one – that’s a lot of veg! This is a really low cal, tasty way to get your veg intake up. Plus, they have extensive farming knowledge and use only the freshest produce in their blends. There are 5 unique blends, and they kindly let me try them all.

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Opening the package I was SUPER impressed with the little chiller bag they put them in. I think it’s so cute and I’m definitely going to find another use for it. The packaging is great and contains all of the information you could need to know. The blends all scan into MyFitnessPal too, which is great for those tracking their cals/macros like me! I’m afraid I was boring and drank each one cold as an afternoon snack while I worked, but that doesn’t mean I enjoyed them any less.

Carrot Zing – carrots, root ginger, coconut milk, lime juice, and a dash of honey. This one had a thick, pretty bitty texture. Quite liked this one, but I imagine it would have been even better heated as a soup.

Garden Greens – cucumber, mint, peas, curly kale, avocado, honey, and lime. This one had a smoother texture than carrot zing, and is surprisingly nice cold. I enjoyed this flavour more than I thought I would.

Sweet Beets – red pepper, beetroot, root ginger, avocado, honey, cucumber, and lime. This one had a very smooth consistency, and was lovely to drink cold. I’d say it was my favourite flavour out of the five!

Asian Sling – yellow peppers, carrot, spinach, lemongrass, and coriander. This one was similar in consistency to Garden Greens, and another one I found to be surprisingly nice cold. However, I could imagine it would be delish hot as a soup!

Green Warrior – courgette, spinach, cucumber, lime juice, avocado, coconut milk, honey, and a pinch of parsley and chives. This one was very liquidy, the smoothest consistency of them all. Great for those who don’t enjoy the bits. It had a really cool flavour, probably thanks to the cucumber in the recipe. Great for a summer’s day!

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You can purchase these yummy blends nationwide from www.rootscollective.co.uk for £2.95 per bottle. You can also follow their social media to see what yummy recipes people are creating with them – TwitterInstagramFacebook. Overall I loved the blends, and they made a fab, healthy addition to my day!

PandaVita Organic Baobab Fruit Powder Review

PandaVita, an ethical & organic superfood company, recently contacted me to see if I’d like to review their Organic Baobab fruit powder. I must admit, I didn’t even know what Baobab powder was at first, so as somebody who claims to be into health and fitness, I was a little embarrassed. However, being hailed as one of the most nutrient dense foods in the world,  I felt intrigued and said I’d give it a go. Here’s what I think!

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I was a little worried about how this Baobab powder would taste. Even though the company says that it tastes like sherbet, I was a little sceptical. I found myself pleasantly surprised. It isn’t too sweet, sour, or sickly. It’s a really mild citrussy flavour, and actually quite nice. It mixes well with water, and is a light orangey/yellow kind of colour. After drinking it I definitely feel more energised, and I dare say, happier! It’s great because it also contains fibre (which many of us don’t get enough of), vitamin C, and other health benefits that you can find on their website. They say it can even aid weight loss. Its paleo, gluten free, dairy free, vegan, and all that other good stuff too!

Of course you don’t just have to be boring and mix it with water like me. They have some amazing ideas and inspo on their Instagram page – @panda.vita. You can find smoothie bowls, porridge, and even cream cakes! You can also find yummy sounding recipes on their site. If you share your creation with them on social media, you could win a free 50g packet.

As this powder has so many health benefits and you can do so much with it, I’ll definitely be replacing my packet when I run out!