Smoothie Boosters!


Hey, lovelies! If you've read some of my older blog posts you may or may not already know that I am a massive fan of smoothies. Particularly, when I can get creative with them by adding different ingredients to different bases (I normally use bananas as my base). Sometimes I get a bit too carried away or just don't put the right ratio and end up with an odd tasting smoothie. But most of the time it ends up delicious and that's why I love to play around with adding different things to my smoothies!

I'm sure you can imagine my excitement when I was contacted by F4U (Formulated For You), a health food company based in Gold Coast, Australia, to try out their products. I was kindly sent three powders from their smoothie booster range, which I was allowed to choose. The first thing I was super keen to try was their açai powder. I was also intrigued by their lucuma fruit powder as I’d actually never heard of it before. And lastly, I decided to try their cacao powder as I’ve tried numerous in the past, some of which I really liked and some which I did not.


F4U Cacao Powder
I thought I would start with my favourite one, their cacao powder. As I mentioned, I’ve tried numerous cacao powders before, some I liked and others not so much. This one definitely falls into the 'I like' category. I've read that cacao powder has numerous benefits such as being a good source of macronutrients and antioxidants. The F4U cacao powder is organic, vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO and 100% pure.

Because I don't consume much refined sugar anymore (it makes me nauseous and breaks me out) I opt for cacao powder instead of sugary chocolate powder in my smoothies. When I first made the switch a long time ago I remember putting in the same amount of cacao powder into my smoothie as I would with regular chocolate, what a bitter smoothie that was! Pure cacao powder that doesn't have any sweeteners or additives, such as this F4U one, will obviously be more bitter. I was already familiar with the ratio this time thank goodness, and honestly, I think this may be my favourite cacao powder that I've tried. I found it to be more creamy in my smoothies than other cacao powders and no bitter aftertaste. I'm sure if I did the same mistake I did the first time it would be bitter, but with the appropriate amount, I really loved the texture and flavour of this one.

I thought I would share my current favourite nice-cream recipe in this post too. Now I promise this tastes better than it looks, but it was so hot and humid this day that the nice-cream melted during the photo taking process haha! I make this recipe both as a smoothie or nice-cream depending on what I feel like, just add or reduce the liquid to adjust the texture.


Ingredients:
♥︎ 1 x frozen banana (cut it up before freezing so it's easier to blend).
♥︎ 1 x tbsp peanut butter (I like the smooth one).
♥︎ 1/2 x tbsp cacao powder.
♥︎ Nuts, seeds or granola of your choice. I personally love buckinis, I think of them as healthy popping candy!
♥︎ Unsweetened almond milk (or liquid of your choice). Adjust amount depending on the texture you want. If I'm feeling a nice-cream I'll pour a bit less than half the amount of milk to the amount of banana if that makes sense.

Method:
1. Blend it up.
2. Pour into a bowl or cup.
3. Sprinkle some nuts or other toppings.
4. Enjoy!


F4U Acai Powder
The acai powder was the product I was most excited to try. Acai is known to be a rich source of antioxidants and I've read that it's good for skin health, which is a focus of mine always. The F4U acai powder is actually freeze dried from the acai berry juice rather than the berry itself, and there's no sweeteners or additives. This acai powder is also organic, vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO and 100% pure.

Since receiving my smoothie boosters in the mail I've been having a lot of fun creating different recipes and seeing how I like to use them. The first one I made with this was a simple banana and almond milk smoothie with a teaspoon of acai powder. I was a bit surprised at the flavour as it was not what I was expecting. I found the taste of the acai to be quite strong and not to my personal liking. Throughout the week I kept creating different combinations to see what worked for my taste palette using the acai powder. I ended up with a bit of a random smoothie combination but it actually helped dilute the taste! I used frozen mango, frozen banana, raspberries, almond milk, activated charcoal, a teaspoon of lucuma fruit powder (which I'm writing about next), and a small teaspoon of the acai powder.

I did need to use a lot of banana and mango with a little bit of acai powder to dilute the acai taste. It was still pretty noticeable but I definitely prefer this smoothie over the simple banana one. Unfortunately, I was not a fan of this acai powder because the flavour was too strong. But if it's a flavour you like that isn't a bad thing.


F4U Lucuma Fruit Powder
I had never heard of lucuma fruit before looking through Formulated For You's products. I did a bit of research on lucuma fruit and found that it is a fruit native to Peru. I read that lucuma fruit is high in beta-carotene, vitamin B3, iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium as well as other vitamins and minerals. It is described as having a 'slightly sweet, maple-like flavour.' Though I personally think it tastes a little bit like dried mango! I had never experimented with this kind of fruit in my smoothies before so I tried several combinations to see what I liked best. I found that this one tastes amazing in a simple mango smoothie. I pretty much tossed mango, ice, a bit of almond milk, a teaspoon of lucuma powder, and water into the blender. This was a very fresh and summery smoothie, which I really enjoyed particularly in this summer weather. Again, this product is also organic, vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO and 100% pure.

Out of the smoothie boosters that I tried my favourite was definitely their cacao powder. It is so smooth and doesn't have that bitter aftertaste (unless you put too much) so I will continue to use this regularly. I genuinely would recommend F4U's cacao powder. The acai powder, however, I personally did not enjoy taste-wise. I will pass this one on to a friend who may like the flavour more than me. Lastly, the lucuma powder was quite interesting and new to me. I will keep this powder and continue to experiment. It may sound odd but I actually think it would work in certain curries!

Thank you for reading my post, I hope you enjoyed it!

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