{product} Kickstart 2020 with smoothie boosters – naturally!

I’m constantly looking for ways to improve my health and well-being, without throwing my life around completely. A great way to bolster your new year’s resolutions, is Natural Herbs & Spices‘ new range of smoothie boosters, naturally!

Introduction

I drink my fizzy vitamins in the morning, I aim for at least 2 liters of water a day, and eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Still, sometimes it just doesn’t feel like I’m doing enough. In this highly-strung, driven and sometimes chaotic world we live in, we forget to nurture our bodies to cope with the onslaughts. It’s only when we pull out the Med-Lemon, do we realise we’ve pushed ourselves too far, without mercy, for too long.

And, as we all make ourselves promises at the start of each new year, I also renewed my vow  to look after myself, and protect my body as best as I can, because it sure does indulge me! The universe recognised my good intentions and a big box of Natural Herbs & Spices smoothie boosters crossed my desk a few weeks ago.

A big fan of smoothies and juicing, but completely unfamiliar with the booster boxes, I was childishly curious and excited to see how this all works. I immediately fell in love with the gorgeous branding and all the vibrant variants in the range.

Background

Natural Herbs & Spices has launched an innovative range of smoothie boosters with a Rooibos matcha base and functional ingredients, to elevate the nutritional value of your favourite smoothie, breakfast bowl or fresh-pressed juice. A solution for those interested in ensuring their meals are packed with nutrition, the smoothie booster range has no artificial colours or flavours and is also suitable for vegans. 

“We have worked hard to develop a quality range at an accessible price, using responsibly sourced and clean ingredients that are as good for your body as they are for the earth. Even the box is created using 80% recycled materials (press release).”

The range

The range includes five combinations: Build, Balance, Enrich, Support and Energy. I found it really clever that they have identified five “phases” that need an additional boost of nutrition, as we all go through these five phases on an almost daily basis. This way, you can feed your body exactly what it needs!

Each box contains 12 sachets of 5gr booster powder each. You only need a single sachet for a 250 ml juice or smoothie, so a box could easily last you a few weeks!

Build: a blend of protein boosting ingredients with a warm cinnamon flavour. We all know how important protein is in the body – it’s an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood.

Enrich: a blend of omega boosting ingredients with a nutty flavour. An all-round wellness enhancer, this omega booster will keep you focused, agile and in top shape!

Balance: a blend of alkaline boosting ingredients with a crisp apple flavour. The advantages of raising the alkaline levels in your body are endless – from promoting weight-loss to fighting disease!

Support: a blend of antioxidant boosting ingredients with a delicious cacao flavour. Contains caffeine.  Antioxidants fights free radicals from the body cells, and prevent or reduce the damage caused by oxidation, among a myriad of other great things it does!

Energy: a blend of energy boosting ingredients with a fruity tropical flavour. Contains caffeine. This one doesn’t require any explanation – we all know how quickly we deplete of energy!

The Little Hedonist’s smoothie recipes

I also loved the fact that it was all very straight forward and simple. No complex names or mixing instructions, no fitness-fanatic jargon or intimidating molecular structures on the labels and packaging. Feeling tired? Take an energy booster. Had a nice work-out at the gym? Take a protein booster. Buckling a bit under the pressure? Balance or Enhance. Trying to avoid the summer sniffles? Support your body! You see where I’m going with this…

Over the course of a few weeks, The Tall Hedonist and I got creative in the kitchen and came up with a few recipes for smoothies that showcase Natural Herbs & Spices‘ range of smoothie boosters. Here they are!

The nutter-nana

Frozen banana chunks
Roasted macadamia butter
Milk to taste
Honey
Cinnamon
2 sachets Natural Herbs & Spices Build smoothie booster

This one was a classic protein bomb with creamy banana and nutty goodness. Cinnamon is literally a super-food and the added hit of spice was simply delish. I garnished it with toasted cocoa-coconut flakes.

The island vibe

Frozen mango chunks
Pineapple juice
Fresh mint
Fresh lime juice
Coconut yoghurt
2 sachets Natural Herbs & Spices Energy smoothie booster

Tropical vibes all around. The combination of mango, mint and coconut was really refreshing, and suited the tropical fruity flavour of the smoothie booster. A little zing from the lime juice and this is a summer cooler of note.

The balancing apple

Frozen pineapple chunks
Pineapple juice
Green apples
Cucumber
Fresh lime juice
Freshly grated ginger
Coconut yoghurt
2 sachets Natural Herbs & Spices Balance smoothie booster

A gorgeously green smoothie, filled with crisp apple and cucumber flavours. The ginger and pineapple makes for a lovely little hum, whilst the coconut yoghurt keeps it creamy and indulgent.

These can also easily be added to your juices or shakes, or as a topping on your breakfast bowl, fruit salad, yoghurt or granola. I’ve found that they don’t have an overpowering strong flavour, meaning you are not losing the natural tastes of your meal to the booster. There are so many ways to incorporate these packets of power into your meal-plan; the options are pretty much endless!

In conclusion

Natural Herbs & Spices‘ range of smoothie boosters is something I can definitely commit to. It’s sustainable, clean ingredients, choc-a-bloc with good nutrition for mind and body and caters for the health-conscious among us. You don’t have to be a gym bunny to use these. You don’t need a degree in nutrition to understand these. It doesn’t involve a complete lifestyle change, but it does encourage you to think a bit more about how and what you eat. It made me take a hard look at how I treat my body by what I treat myself with. And that, my little hedonists, are the first small steps in the right direction.

These smoothie boosters now form part of our regular eating plan in The Little House, as it nourishes our bodies and replenishes our tired minds. And most of all, they counteract the utter indulgences that usually take place on a weekend!

Thank you, Natural Herbs & Spices, for creating a range of intuitive, uncomplicated, absolutely delicious and naturally healthy boosters that are easy to use and incorporate into busy lives and schedules! 

Disclaimer: I was given this product(s) as part of a press drop in exchange for my honest and truthful opinion and review thereof. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are solely those of The Little Hedonist, given in good faith and in no way influenced by the company or its affiliates. All images, unless otherwise stated/credited, are also my own.

 

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