Since hitting my 30’s I’ve been trying to adopt a healthier lifestyle. I’ve made a few obvious changes like upping my water intake and trying to be more active plus dropping a few extra lbs and super charging my skincare routine to prevent those dreaded wrinkles. Someone once told me that you should sandwich your skin between two layers of hydration – on the outside, moisturise your skin with your skincare regime – and on the inside, internally hydrate yourself with water and nutritious foods.
This metaphor is something I can really buy into, as I know from personal experience what a difference staying hydrated and sticking to a regular skincare routine can do. It not only has improved my skin but it makes me feel much better about myself too. As part of my lifestyle changes I’ve also been adding much more fresh fruit and veg into my diet and have already seen an increase in my energy levels and general wellbeing.
But I wanted to go a little further in my quest for a healthier lifestyle and started exploring new foods and products which is when I discovered the brand Vegesentials and decided to take on The Vegesentials Challenge! They are the UK’s first raw fruit and veggie drink brand and have made a range of smoothies, each one made from half fruit, half vegetables which offers a much higher nutritional value than fruit smoothies or juices alone. The challenge itself involved trying to have 7 a day of fruit and vegetables (instead of the recommended minimum of 5) and recording any changes or benefits I found within a week.
The Vegesentials Challenge
For a week I tried to pack in as much fruit and veg as I could with each meal and snacked on both fresh and dried fruit and raw veg. I also had a Vegesentials smoothie with lunch most days to again up my intake of fruit and vegetables. I found out that in Europe it’s mostly recommended adults have 5-6 portions a day whereas in Australia it’s around 8 portions a day. Also I discovered that it’s now believed that 5-a-day should be increased to 7 portions of fruit and veg a day in the UK as this is the optimum amount at which health factors such as risk of cancer (25%) and heart disease (31%) significantly decrease.
During the week I also started snacking on much healthier foods such as natural greek yogurt in place of sugar or sweetened fruit yogurts, had nuts and plain popcorn instead of chocolatey treats and cut out artificial sweeteners and sugar from tea and coffee.
I tried six different flavours of Vegesentials smoothies (each one contains 1 or 2 portions of fruit and veg) and found only one flavour I didn’t like which contained kale, which I’m generally not a fan of anyway, but the other flavours were surprisingly sweet and not unpleasant at all. My two favourite flavours were the Carrot, Peach and Cucumber, and the Cucumber, Pineapple and Spinach Smoothies which actually felt like a treat!
Observations I made throughout The Vegesentials Challenge:
- They are not thick smoothies but more like juices – just something to think about if you’re expecting something on par with the texture of a milkshake.
- All the smoothies tasted nice and not unpleasant at all – don’t let the colours put you off!
- I felt full after having a smoothie and didn’t need to snack mid-afternoon if I had one at lunchtime.
- My energy levels increased a lot in the daytime and I found I relied less on caffeine to get me through the day.
- I felt less bloated and my stomach looked smaller.
- My skintone improved, making me look brighter and my eyes looked more sparkly.
- It was a much easier challenge than I anticipated!
I want to stress here that taking The Vegesentials Challenge isn’t a quick fix to lose weight or a fad, I genuinely think that adding them into my diet played an important part in helping me make some lifestyle changes as it’s made me think twice about what I’m putting into my body and what the affects may be. I will be continuing to have Vegesentials smoothies, just not every single day as it’s good to change things up and think they will help me when I need an energy boost or I’m feeling sluggish.
Want to WIN a weeks worth of Vegesential’s Smoothies?
To say a massive thank you to all my amazing readers, each week throughout September I will be running lots of competitions with some fabulous prizes.
Today’s prize is 7 Days worth of Vegesentials Smoothies!
How to Enter
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The competition is open to UK entrants only aged 18 and over, one entry per person.
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Competition closes 9pm Monday 22nd September.
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