Those of you who follow my blog regularly will know I am a huge fan of Indigo Herbs and the choice and quality of their products; they really are just superb. When they asked me if I'd like to review some of their new products and check out their smart new packaging, of course I was very excited to.
The new package design is really simple but effective. I love the natural toned colours and the slight sheen of the packages which gives a classy edge to them, and it is great that they reseal too!
I'd agreed to try out some of the 'Superfood' range, including some products which were new to me which was a nice surprise. With so many exciting ingredients to work with, I'll be splitting up my review into a couple of posts for you, and over the next couple of posts I'll be testing out the following:
Organic Moringa Powder
Organic Spirulina Powder
Organic Wheatgrass Powder
Organic Supergreens Powder
Organic Superprotein Powder
The chia seed protein powder was particularly exciting as I've been looking for a nice, natural protein powder for my post work out smoothies now that I'm back in the gym (I am determined to get strong!). So many protein powders are just full of added ingredients that really aren't needed, and this is a natural powder, rich in essential fatty acids and containing no nasties.
I also wanted to test out the greens powder which is a blend of wheatgrass, barley grass, moringa, spirulina and chlorella powder. This supergreen powder can be added to smoothies, breakfasts and soups, giving a wide range of vitamins and minerals. This blend also contains all 9 essential amino acids, making it a complete protein too. Interestingly, I tend to react quite severely with taking chlorella- it makes me quite sick! This is odd as many of my friends and their children enjoy this nutritious algae daily, and the benefits to taking it seem quite impressive. I take spirulina with no ill effects and find this is a nice alternative for me.
So for the first recipe I was keen to work with these two ingredients, which were just crying out to be put in a shake of some-kind. I really wanted to do something a little different from the usual banana based, thick and very filling protein smoothies. I wanted to 'shake' it up a little, (pun totally intended- I am sorry!) and create something a little more zesty.
As I had a bottle of delicious kombucha sat in my fridge, I decided to make a sort of superfood cherry soda. Rich in vitamins and minerals from the greens powder, and protein from the chia powder, this really packs a punch, but it tastes light, sparkly and refreshing. The colour remains red and beautiful so can be a good option for those who are put off by green smoothies too; it definitely looks attractive. I've included a small amount of greens powder as per the package recommendations, but you can gradually increase the amount to suit your needs.
Obviously, my hubby was taste tester for this drink due to my chlorella issues- but it got a massive thumbs up! I used spirulina in my version and it was absolutely delicious. In fact I'll be making it frequently.
Supergreen Cherry Soda
275ml kombucha, (I like original or ginger flavour)
1/2 cup frozen cherries
Squeeze of fresh lime juice
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2-1 tsp supergreens powder
2 tsp superprotein powder
Blitz in a high powered blender until incorporated. Note that the drink will split the longer it is left so drink immediately! Adding a banana will solve this problem and bulk up the drink if the aim is also to feel fuller.