06 December 2015

Introducing... Minvita Superfoods

Last month, I was contacted by the people behind Minvita - a company dedicated to researching and sourcing 100% natural beauty and health food products from around the world. All Minvita products are harvested sustainably to ensure there are no negative impacts on the local environment.
I was invited to choose and review some of their organic Superfoods products. Now, I'll be honest, this couldn't have happened at a better time, as I felt like I'd been over-indulging recently and really needed to get going with healthy eating and exercising again. After a good browse of the products on offer, I chose the Cacao Superfood Nibs*, £9.99/250g and the Aguaje Superfruit Powder*, £34.99/250g.

"Minvita Cacao Superfood Nibs are grown and processed in the heart of the ‘cacao belt’ using traditional methods. Prime Peruvian cacao pods are cut from the tree by hand, split open and the pulp scooped out to be fermented for a week, developing rich chocolate flavours. The beans are then dried under the sun and broken up into small, crunchy nibs."
Now, I make no secret of the fact that I am a lover of all things chocolate, so you are probably not surprised to see the Cacao Nibs* here. If I can eat chocolate, knowing that it is of such high quality and natural, raw origin that it can be called a superfood, then I'm a very happy (and smug) bunny!
It is suggested to use this product in cereals, home bakes or as a snack. The nibs are high in fibre and magnesium. One serving is 5g (1 dessert spoon), so this large, resealable plastic tub will give you 50 servings, averaging at approximately 20p per serving. This is definitely a welcome addition to my diet!
The nibs on their own taste quite bitter and not like your average chocolate bar at all. I've enjoyed sprinkling them over my breakfast of yoghurt with granola, adding that luxe, indulgent touch. I've also added them to smoothies. I can't wait to try them in some baked goods!

"Aguaje (Mauritia flexuosa) also known as the moriche palm or buriti, is a palm tree. It grows in and near wet areas in tropical South America. It is an elegant tree which can reach up to 35 metres in height. The large leaves form a rounded crown. The flowers are yellowish, and appear from December to April. The fruit, which grows from December to June, is a chestnut colour and is covered with shiny scales. The yellow flesh covers a hard, oval, nut. The most valuable asset of Aguaje is its fruit which is rich in Phytoestrogens, vitamins and minerals that enhance the internal and external health of your body, skin and hair."
I chose the Aguaje Powder* due to its high level of vitamins - particularly Vitamin A, C and E. It is also high in fibre. I thought this would be a great addition to my diet, especially during this time of year when viruses are picked up all too easily. Making sure you are getting your recommended daily intake of vital vitamins and minerals is key to building a stronger immune system, therefore helping to reduce your chances of getting ill over the colder season.
It is suggested to use this product in smoothies, juices, cereals, yoghurts or sprinkled over a salad. One serving is 5g (1 dessert spoon), so this tub contains 50 servings, averaging at approximately 70p per serving. This is definitely on the more expensive side of things, but if you were to allow yourself one serving per day, perhaps in your morning smoothie, then I don't think it's so bad - especially if it improves your health and well-being!
I've used the powder in smoothies and mixed with yoghurt - both work well, but I think using it in smoothies is the easiest, most practical option. And as long as you blend it well, you shouldn't really be aware of its presence, as it doesn't have much taste. I've also lightly experimented with adding it to baking recipes, such as chocolate cupcakes, and so far it has worked really well and been completely undetectable! I love "hidden" healthy ingredients.

Once I have experimented a little more with some recipes, I'll be sure to share them with you! Have you tried any superfood ingredients like these before?

*items kindly sent for review purposes; all thoughts and opinions are, and always will be, my own.

2 comments:

  1. I love cacao nibs. I sprinkle them on granola with berries. Great post! xx

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    1. Thanks, Kate! They are great, aren't they? I'd love to try using in them in a recipe for brownies or something similar. xxx

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