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The week where I tried Mindful Chef smoothies

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

This week I've decided to try Mindful Chef smoothies.

I wasn't sure which ones to go for so I ended up ordering myself a mixed bundle - the Flavour Blast Bundle - which contains the following smoothies: blueberry chia, blackcurrant  grains, berry beets, coconut cooler, superseed  acai, papaya orange.

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

Buying a blender

I also needed to get myself a blender. I had a look at a few options but decided to 'play it safe' and stick with the brand that everyone always talks about - the NUTRiBULLET.

I wasn't disappointed - it's so easy to use and super-easy to clean!

Benefits of Mindful Chef smoothies

There are a couple of reasons why I thought it might be good to add a daily smoothie into my diet:

It increases my fruit intake: I'm not particularly good at eating fruit. I eat a lot of vegetables but not so much fruit. A daily smoothie seems like a quick, easy and tasty way to get a some extra fruit into my diet, therefore increasing the vitamins and nutrients I'm getting each day.

It adds more variety to my lunches: To be honest, I've been getting a bit bored of having the same old things every lunch time. I nearly always have some form of eggs on toast, with spinach. My lunches are still mostly going to be some form of eggs on toast (I'm too time-conscious at lunch times, and too uninspired to think up any other super-quick lunch ideas). However, adding in a smoothie is a quick way to brighten things up and add a bit more variety to my lunch.

A little bit about Mindful Chef smoothies

Mindful Chef have a selection of around 24 different smoothies available. Each smoothie portion is apparently flash frozen to lock in all of the nutrients. To be honest, I'm not even entirely sure what 'flash frozen' means, but it sounds like a good thing...

The smoothies work out at around £2.40 per smoothie (or £2 per smoothie if you buy a mixed taster bundle like I did), which maybe sounds like a lot - but when you think people pay more than that for a cup of coffee, it's not at all bad really.

For £2.40 you get the benefit of having everything conveniently portioned, with just the right balance of ingredients to ensure a great tasting smoothie. For £2.40 you also get a quick, hassle-free, mess-free experience - no need to research recipe ideas; no need to go shopping for ingredients; no need to spend time chopping fruit and veg; and no need to wash knives and chopping boards.

How to make a Mindful Chef smoothie

I've never made a smoothie before, so on my first attempt I spent a few minutes staring blankly at my new NUTRiBULLET blender and my Mindful Chef smoothie portion, wondering what on earth to do next.

It turns out that it's ridiculously easy though!

  1. Grab the smoothie portion of your choice from the freezer.
  2. Cut open the portion. Throw the contents into the NUTRiBULLET cup (you don't even have to defrost it - it goes straight in from frozen).
  3. Top up the NUTRiBULLET cup 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!

Sugar content of Mindful Chef smoothies

My only initial concern was that the fruit smoothies contain quite a lot of sugar, which isn't ideal when I'm trying to lose weight. However, at least with Mindful Chef smoothies the only sugar is naturally occurring sugar from the fruit - there's no extra added sugar or preservatives.

The sugar content of the Mindful Chef smoothies varies quite drastically depending on the fruits. Most of them seem to contain around 10g of sugar per 100g. At the lowest end the cucumber melon smoothie only contains 2.6g of sugar. At the more indulgent end a dragon fruit smoothie contains 13.3g of sugar per 100g.

I've also decided to balance things out a bit by swapping my muesli for breakfast, with Weetabix. The muesli I have for breakfast contains 10.8g of sugar per 100g, whereas Weetabix contains only 4.2g per 100g - so that makes up for having some extra sugar at lunch time.

To be honest though, I think perhaps I shouldn't be worrying myself too much about the sugar content - 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.

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!

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This week I have been eating...

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.

Up next - my weight loss journey week 40

Weight Loss Journey - the week where I did pole dancing
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