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The week where I tried Mindful Chef smoothies

Week 39: Monday 4th September - Sunday 10th October 2021

As you may know, my weight loss healthy eating plan has so far been almost entirely based around a weekly Mindful Chef recipe box.

Mindful Chef - the best recipe box for effortless weight loss and healthy eating
I would love to have a personal chef.Someone to take on all of the time and effort that goes into meal planning, grocery shopping and cooking. Someone who knows about...

This has worked so well for me.

The Mindful Chef recipe boxes just take all of the time and effort out of healthy eating - I've lost so much weight, and got so much more fit and healthy over the last 9 months, since starting with these meals. It's not just healthy recipe boxes on offer from Mindful Chef though. They have an ever-increasing range of products, including nutritious smoothies, healthy ready meals, and soups and broths.

I've been particularly curious about the smoothies for a while now - so this week I decide to give them a try.

Trying out Mindful Chef smoothies

I'm not sure which ones to go for, as there are so many to choose from. Well, there are around 24 different smoothies to choose from actually.

Each smoothie flavour is sold in a bundle of 5 and costs £12. So that works out at £2.40 per smoothie. Maybe that sounds like a lot - but when you think people regularly pay more than that for a not-very-nice cup of coffee, from places like Starbucks, it's not at all bad really!

It would be nice if there were an option to 'create your own bundle,' containing just one of each flavour that you wish to try. Sadly, this isn't an option at the moment - they do have a small selection pre-selected mixed bundles though.

A screenshot of the mixed bundle packs available from the Mindful Chef shop

I decide to go with the flavour blast bundle, which contains two each of the following smoothies: blueberry chia, blackcurrant  grains, berry beets, coconut cooler, superseed  acai, and papaya orange.

This is probably the best way to sample a range of the smoothies, and as an added bonus, this mixed bundle works out slightly cheaper per smoothie too - it works out at £2 per smoothie instead of £2.40.

Mindful Chef smoothie delivery

Mindful Chef offer free next day delivery on shop orders over £24 placed before 2pm - so I don't have long at all to wait for my order to arrive. On Tuesday morning I receive an exciting box, filled with little smoothie portions.

My frozen smoothie portions from the flavour blast bundle.

How to make a Mindful Chef smoothie

The next challenge is figuring out how to make a smoothie. I feel like it should be a simple thing - but I've never made a smoothie before, so on my first attempt I spend a few minutes staring blankly at my new NUTRiBULLET blender and my Mindful Chef smoothie portion, wondering what on earth to do next.

My mind is filled with questions. Do I defrost the ingredients first? How does this  NUTRiBULLET thing work? Do you have to add liquid to a smoothie? If so, how much...?

After a couple of minutes research on the Internet I discover that it is actually ridiculously easy to make a smoothie! (You don't need to defrost the ingredients first, you do need to add liquid, and the NUTRiBULLET thing just magically turns itself on when you screw the cup into place).

So here's how to make a Mindful Chef smoothie:

  1. Grab the smoothie portion of your choice from the freezer.
  2. Cut open the portion. Throw the frozen contents into the NUTRiBULLET cup.
  3. Top the NUTRiBULLET cup up to the 'max' line, with a liquid of your choice (something like coconut milk, soya milk, oat milk, or even water - I went for oat milk).
  4. Fasten the lid onto the cup and screw it back onto the NUTRiBULLET .
  5. Wait for a couple of minutes whilst the machine does it's stuff.
  6. Stop the machine. Unscrew cup. Pour out your smoothie.
  7. Drink it!

Here's a cheesy video of me making my first Mindful Chef smoothie, to demonstrate just how quick and easy it is!

Mindful Chef smoothies nutritional information

My only concern is that fruit smoothies contain quite a lot of sugar, which perhaps isn't ideal when I'm still trying to lose weight.

I decided to create a sortable table, to make it easier to compare the nutritional information, and in particular, the sugar content of the smoothies. The table below shows the sugar content of all of the currently available Mindful Chef smoothies, as well as the calories, carbs, fibre and protein content. Just click on the table headers to sort the table:

Mindful Chef smoothie nutritional information per one portion (140g)

Smoothie Calories (kcal) Carbs (g) Sugar (g) Fibre (g) Protein (g)
Mango Lime 67 14.5 14.3 2.2 0.8
Watermelon Chia 94 14.5 13.2 4.3 2.0
Strawberry goji 84 17.5 15.7 3.6 1.7
Matcha coconut 121 15.4 12.3 2.5 3.5
Turmeric boost 113 20 17.9 3.6 2.2
Raspberry Rhubarb 53 9.8 9.8 3.7 1.1
Cucumber melon 34 3.8 3.6 2.3 2.0
Papaya blood orange 60 12.4 11.7 2.9 0.6
Passion fruit breakfast 126 19.7 11.3 5.0 3.1
Blackcurrant supergrains 179 22.7 11.3 7.0 5.6
Berry beets 57 7.8 8.0 6.2 1.5
Banana cacao 286 32.5 17.6 5.0 7.3
Supergreen 99 10.8 9.9 3.4 2.2
Berry blast 108 18.1 16.8 4.1 2.1
Green breakfast 153 18.2 10.9 4.9 4.8
Orange energiser 76 15.5 14.1 2.9 1.1
Coconut cooler 125 16.8 16.7 2.2 1.3
Superseed acia 140 19 17.5 3.5 3.6
Dragon fruit 98 20 18.6 2.0 1.7
Lean green 78 14 10.8 3.5 1.8
Blueberry chia 160 19.9 16.5 3.6 3.6
Green protein 139 11.8 10.2 3.4 4.9
Apple blackberry 120 19.6 10.4 6.6 3.2
Berry breakfast 158 26.7 17.2 4.2 3.5

The sugar content of the Mindful Chef smoothies varies quite drastically depending on the fruits. At the lowest end the cucumber melon smoothie only contains 3.6g of sugar. At the more indulgent end a dragon fruit smoothie contains 18.6g of sugar.

It's interesting to be able to compare the sugar content, and I think I will be mindful to mostly order lower sugar smoothies. To be honest though, I think perhaps I shouldn't be worrying myself too much about it - as long as this smoothie is the only sugary thing I'm having each day, the benefit of getting a wider range of nutrients into my diet, probably outweighs the negativity of a little extra sugar intake.

As long as I'm staying active, I think just one smoothie a day probably isn't going to be enough to reverse the weight loss progress I'm making.

The verdict on Mindful chef smoothies

They get the thumbs up from me! They're reasonably priced, so quick and easy to prepare, and taste great. My favourite smoothie in this bundle was probably the blackcurrant supergrains - but even the green one, which I was a little suspicious of, tasted good!

Purchasing your Mindful Chef smoothies

Healthy Meals Delivered | Prepared by Chefs | Mindful Chef
Delicious, healthy, gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan frozen meals from Mindful Chef. Quick and easy to cook in under 8 minutes. Nutritionally-balanced with no cheap fillers like pasta or refined carbs. Just simple, delicious, nutritious frozen meals.

Simply head over to the Mindful Chef shop, fill your shopping cart with your chosen smoothies (and perhaps also some healthy ready meals or soups and broths), then head over to the checkout to pay for your goods. You won't have long to wait - for orders over £24 placed by 2pm there is free next day delivery.

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Breakfast: A bowl of muesli with oat milk. One cup of black coffee.

Snack: A banana. A plain natural yoghurt.

Lunch: Mindful Chef's Jackfruit masala with coriander rava dosa.

Snack: Two cups of tea, each with a dash of oat milk.

Dinner: Mindful Chef's Jackfruit masala with coriander rava dosa.

Snack: A small bowl of muesli with oat milk.

Breakfast: Two Weetabix with oat milk. One cup of black coffee.

Snack: None today.

Lunch: Three scrambled eggs on brown buttered toast, with spinach. A Mindful Chef smoothie.

Snack: Two cups of tea, each with a dash of oat milk.

Dinner: Mindful Chef's chicken and cavolo nero with sage butternut hash.

Snack: A small bowl of muesli with oat milk.

Breakfast: Two Weetabix with oat milk. One cup of black coffee.

Snack: None today.

Lunch: Two boiled eggs with spinach. A Mindful Chef smoothie.

Snack: Two cups of tea, each with a dash of oat milk. A banana.

Dinner: Mindful Chef's chicken and cavolo nero with sage butternut hash.

Snack: A small bowl of muesli with oat milk.

Breakfast: Two Weetabix with oat milk. Two or three cups of black coffee throughout the morning.

Snack: None today.

Lunch: Two boiled eggs with spinach. A Mindful Chef smoothie.

Snack: Two cups of tea, each with a dash of oat milk. A banana.

Dinner: Mindful Chef's salmon, poached egg, tenderstem and seaweed.

Snack: A small bowl of muesli with oat milk.

Breakfast: A bowl of muesli with oat milk. One cup of black coffee.

Snack: None today.

Lunch: Two soft-boiled dipping eggs, with one piece of brown buttered bread and some spinach. A Mindful Chef smoothie.

Snack: Two cups of tea, each with a dash of oat milk. A chocolate chip cookie.

Dinner: Mindful Chef's salmon, poached egg, tenderstem and seaweed.

Snack: A small bowl of muesli with oat milk.

Breakfast: Two Weetabix with oat milk. Two or three cups of black coffee throughout the morning.

Snack: None today.

Lunch: Two soft-boiled dipping eggs, with one piece of brown buttered bread and some spinach. A Mindful Chef smoothie.

Snack: Two cups of tea, each with a dash of oat milk. A chelsea bun.

Dinner: Mindful Chef's smoky chimichurri and black beans with sweet potato.

Snack: A small bowl of muesli with oat milk.

Breakfast: Two Weetabix with oat milk. One cup of black coffee.

Snack: None today.

Lunch: Two soft-boiled dipping eggs, with one piece of brown buttered bread, and some spinach. A Mindful Chef smoothie.

Snack: One cup of tea with a dash of oat milk.

Dinner: Mindful Chef's smoky chimichurri and black beans with sweet potato.

Snack: A small bowl of muesli with oat milk.

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