I was recently sent some smoothies to sample, from Savse.
I had to find room in my fridge for them all!
Savse smoothies are cold pressed, raw, and many contain vegetables as well as fruits.
I have often been having one after a run in this heat.
The new purple carrot was my favourite- it contains purple carrot, apple, blackcurrant, pomegranate and blueberry. It was really zingy and refreshing, and perfect after a long run in the heat, as I don’t usually feel like eating right away. From their press: Purple carrots, with a great depth of flavour and up to 28 times more antioxidants than their orange cousins, had long been enjoyed by our forebears before they fell out of fashion. Returning to its roots and championing the very best quality natural ingredients, Savse is proud to be celebrating these heritage carrots in ‘Purple Carrot’ the latest addition to their range.
After my 5 mile evening race I had the Protein Punch one, with coconut, pineapple, lime, vanilla, maca and whey protein (suitable for vegetarians). I don’t always like protein powder in things but this only had a small amount and was really refreshing and tropical tasting. I thought it might have a thick texture, but it was still more like a juice which I liked. It seemed a good choice as I had not eaten for a long time, and was going to have a shower before having some food.
The super orange (with mango, celery, apple, lemon, orange, passion-fruit and carrot) was tasty, and although it did smell faintly of celery, it tasted very fruity.
I was a bit hesitant about trying the super blue (containing blueberry, kale, beetroot, spinach, blackcurrant, apple, strawberry and orange) as although I love beetroot, the idea of drinking it does not appeal (either in juice or soup). It did have an earthy smell, but again it was really refreshing.
Although I don’t often have smoothies or juice, I really liked having one after a long run. I prefer to run before breakfast, and when I get home I like to have a shower and get dressed before making breakfast, so it can be a good 45 minutes (or longer if I do proper stretches) before getting any energy back inside (and I think this can lead to a headache later in the day). Having a smoothie fairly soon after I get home has been a good way to refuel without eating food (as the stomach can feel a bit dodgy just after you stop running), and touch wood I have not had a headache after a run. As they are now widely stocked in the UK (Ocado, Sainsbury’s, Asda to name a few) I may well look at buying one for after my longer weekend runs.
Are you a smoothie fan? Are there any vegetables that you would not like to have in a drink?
*I was sent the smoothies for free, but was under no obligation to post about them. All opinions are my own.