And now for something slightly different! Regular readers will know I have a keen appreciation for the sweeter things in life, but while even a fleeting glance at this here blog may suggest otherwise, I do eat things other than cake. In fact, I actually do like to try and eat healthily. That said, I could definitely do with some help and guidance from a professional, and so jumped (off the sofa) at the chance to sample one of Nuture’s delicious sounding “10 of your 5 a day” detox programmes. The programme provides a veritable buffet of tasty treats, designed to form the basis of a wholesome, nutritious diet, or to complement a healthy, active lifestyle. I was pleasantly surprised when this colourful bunch arrived.
18 bottles of juice, 7 probiotic mixes and 5 servings of raspberry protein! Not being particularly (or at all) familiar with such a diet, I was a bit overwhelmed initially. Fortunately, Nurture provide some helpful guidance on their website on how best to integrate all of this into your lifestyle, whatever you are trying to achieve. For me, I felt options 3 and 4 were the most appropriate. Not, as you might have guessed, because of my “athletic training” regime, but because as I often find myself in need of a pick me up when at work and with little time (or willpower) to choose the healthy option! As Nurture say, the juices are a great grab and go solution, nutrient rich, filling yet low calorie. Sounds perfect!
In the spirit of the Nurture way, I sampled all of the juices as part of a relatively active daily lifestyle, and some after a spot of light exercise. Without further ado, let me take you on a raw, unpasteurised tour of the juices…
First up, Re-energise. This had what I would call a typically juice-y, sweet smell. The texture was smooth, with passion fruit the dominant flavour, and a slight tartness that lingered after I’d finished. Not bad at all.
Rehydrate certainly felt healthier than the first! The (so hip right now) coconut water and grapefruit was fresh, pleasingly bitter and decidedly un-sugary. This one is packed with electrolytes, ideal for replenishing the body after a run. I won’t claim I was out running marathons when I drank this, but after a day on my feet, this was a welcome refreshment. Very nice indeed, but then…
That colour can only mean one thing – my friend and yours, the beetroot, champion of anti-oxidants. Revive was my favourite so far, the earthy beetroot flavour most prominent on the nose and tongue, with the blueberry and pear coming through after. Rather delicious, and with a more robust texture than the previous two. Given my love of beetroot, I expected no other juice to hold a candle to this. However…
The best of the bunch! With the body provided by the kiwi puree and watercress, this certainly felt the most substantial and filling of the juices. The apple provided a delicate sweetness, while the mint and cucumber was fresh and distinctive. And I don’t even like mint! The only downside was that the ginger wasn’t as prominent as I would have liked. A bit more of that, and this would have been even better! If you’re into your anti-ageing B-complex vitamins (and who isn’t?), Refresh is the one for you.
The last of the juices I tried, and I was already pining for Refresh. I needn’t have worried though, as Replenish more than made up for the end of programme blues. Similarly substantial, with the spinach, celery and cucumber doing the nutritional legwork and the apple and orange doing the rest. Tasty stuff, and apparently a wonder for skin.
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