Hi everyone! I hope you are all having a gorgeous week so far, it’s almost the weekend. A little later than usual, but last month I was given the opportunity to try out some fantastic products for the blog. Always disclosed is whether I have been kindly sent these products for a review or if I’ve purchased them myself to try to share. In all instances, I will express my honest opinions across all products featured, so here’s what I’ve road tested for the blog in June.
The Coconut Collaborative Frozen Yoghurt
In the recent heat wave that we’ve experienced in the UK, I’ve been face-planting myself in tubs of frozen yoghurt. Literally no bowl is required, I’m a straight to the tub with my spoon kind of girl, classy I know. The kind people over at The Coconut Collaborative sent me their full range of Snowconut frozen yoghurt that includes vanilla, chocolate, mango and raspberry flavours. These are free from dairy, soya, gluten and made from the milk of the coconut.
I have already reviewed their coconut yoghurt a few months ago on the blog and had bought a tub of the vanilla frozen yoghurt already, but was interested to try the other flavours. Unlike the coconut yoghurt, I found the frozen variety to be much creamier and has a lovely texture.
The chocolate flavour is the perfect indulgence if you want a sweet fix and the mango is very refreshing on a very hot day. I haven’t tried the raspberry flavour yet but don’t think it will disappoint seeing as the rest of the range is so great. I would love to use these to attempt to create a healthy milkshake recipe, which I think would be really tasty.
You can pick up a tub of Snowconut for £4 (sometimes on promotional offers) from Waitrose and Sainsbury’s.
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There seems to be a theme here, another coconut product to review. OK, I confess I’m a bit addicted to all things coconut, but who isn’t? I love coconut water and it’s a fantastic and tasty way to stay hydrated in the summer sun. I’ve tried many different brands of coconut water, but when offered the chance to review the world’s first protein-rich coconut water, I was interested.
As for taste, Coco Pro coconut water tastes just as good as any other coconut water brand out there and I really enjoyed the pineapple flavour. Designed as a recovery drink after exercise they pack 20g of protein per carton, which I thought was pretty impressive. They contain no added sugar but are sweetened with natural sweetener stevia.
More interestingly the drinks protein boost comes from a premium whey protein isolate that generally can be high in sugar. Each 330ml carton contains 10g of sugar and I consider that to be pretty high.
Despite the rather high sugar content, I can see that there is niche for something like this in the market as an alternative to regular sports drinks that are full of additives, which these are free from At the moment Coco Pro is available from Ocado, Holland and Barrett, Muscle Food and GNC.
You can follow Coco Pro on Facebook and Twitter.
Doisy and Dam
As a bit of a foodie, I love discovering new products to try and after spotting this bar of Doisy and Dam organic dark chocolate on Ocado, it conveniently made its way on over to my shopping basket. What struck me was that it was enriched with lucuma powder a superfood powder that has great for anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing properties – oh, and it contains coconut!
It is pricey, this one bar cost me £3.79, but it made a lovely treat and I did eat it sparingly, which isn’t like me at all. I kept it in the fridge so it had a nice ‘snap’ when I tucked into it. I’m not sure if this is a new thing or not, but I like the idea of dark chocolate bars with added health benefits from the addition of superfood powders and it’s great that there is now this option on the market. They also have other dark chocolate in their range that contain maca, spirulina and chia seeds that are next on my list to try.
You can follow Doisy and Dam on Facebook and Twitter.
Not strictly a healthy living product, but I was asked to test a new app that specialises in buying and selling unwanted gift vouchers. Zeek was created in an attempt to try to cut the amount of gift vouchers that go unused each year by creating a marketplace for them in a form of an app. You can upload your unwanted vouchers and sell them for cash and at the same time buy other people’s vouchers all in the same place.
The app is pretty user-friendly after registering your details and new vouchers are being added daily. Once you have purchased a voucher from a seller it’s stored in your ‘wallet’ until you want to use it. Most if the vouchers are digital and can be used online, but you do have the option of having the physical voucher delivered to your home address.
With my gifted credit, I was able to buy vouchers for John Lewis, Next and Marks and Spencer and there are lots of gift vouchers from other popular retailers available too. The gift voucher price always seems to be slightly higher than the cash value, so you get more bang for your buck. If you have any unwanted gift vouchers I think it’s a great way to sell or exchange them.
You can follow Zeek on Facebook or Twitter.
HAVE YOU TRIED ANY OF THESE BRANDS BEFORE? WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THEM? WHAT NEW HEALTHY LIVING PRODUCTS HAVE YOU BEEN TRYING OUT LATELY?