Tried and Tested Product Review – September
This past month has been an impressively health and environmentally conscious time in our household in terms of products. Just to set the record a little straight, although we appreciate the benefits of maintaining a healthy diet and value caring for our planet, we are not prime examples of a typical modern health conscious family in that we do radical things like eat sugar, wheat, dairy and meat!
However, we appreciated being sent these products to review and are certainly enjoying the benefits of using them.
So this past month we have been drinking T Plus green teas, eating SweetPea Pantry bakes and keeping our food fresh with wax infused Beebee Wraps.
Just in the interests of integrity and whatnot, this is my honest review. Although we were sent the products for free, I am under no obligation to write a positive review.
Tea Plus – the Smarter Tea
To be perfectly honest, I’m not a great fan of herbal teas. I went through a herby phase as a student and I will drink one every now and then, infact I’m drinking the Boost pictured above as we speak, but there’s something about the ‘plantiness’ taste of herbal teas that always makes me feel as if I’m drinking medicine.
And it’s not really far from the truth. According to this article in the Healthline website, green tea has been researched to be the healthiest tea in the world and contains many researched health benefits which apparently include improved brain function, fat loss, a lower risk of cancer. And I have to admit, I do always feel like I’m doing my body a favour when I drink some.
As you can see from the names of the tea range above, they certainly suggest an impressive array of health benefits. All of the T Plus teas contain added vitamin C and B vitamins as well as natural flavourings, fruits, herbs, spices and roots.
However, although I don’t drink them all that often, my teenaged daughter does so she was delighted to try out the range.
So what did we think of these teas? Well the Boost contains raspberry and pomegranate and I get a raspberry aroma off the tea but it is not one of the ingredients, neither is pomegranate. It does however contain natural flavourings, cardamom, hibiscus, ginseng and a whole range of vitamins. It has a pleasant after taste.
The Detox tea is flavoured with apple and blackcurrant, it does actually contain apple pieces as well as dandelion root which is a known diuretic. My friend tried that one and reported back that she was running to the loo all day so her kidenys were obviously effectively doing the job for which they were designed, aided by a bit of dandelion!
When it was a bit warmer at the end of summer my girls enjoyed making these teas into iced tea. they sweetened them with apple juice and added fresh mint leaves and ice cubes. Their favourite flavours were the orange & blue berry and lemon & peach.
I always take health claims with a bit of a pinch of salt but on the other hand I’m always delighted to give my kids anything that will purportedly boost their immune system, especially as we head into the colder seasons.
T Plus supports Vitamin Angels who work to provide vitamins to at-risk mums and children worldwide and donate a percentage of every sale to this worthy cause.
They also kindly sent me a Keep Cup which is a reusable cup for carrying your drinks on the go. These are so handy for if you buy coffee from a takeaway too as some places offer you a discount if you bring your own reusable cup. Also, by not using disposable cups, you are doing your small bit in helping to preserve our planet.
Next time I buy herbal teas I will look for these because of all the added vitamins as well as the lovely flavour combinations.
You can find out more about their teas here on their website.
Sweet Pea Pantry
Next we tried two different bakes from the Sweet Pea Pantry. These are ready mixed baking mixes which come dry and you simply need to add a few wet ingredients. we were sent the Carrot Muffin mix and the Chocolate Brownie mix.
Cake is a sure way to make our hearts happy! And these mixes are filled with healthy ingredients too!!
The brilliant thing about cake mixes is that they are so quick to make, these take 5 minutes to prepare and then just another 10 to 20 minutes to bake. However, I hardly ever buy them as they often contain loads of added sugar and strange preservatives which are a mystery to mankind. This range however is presented as their Feel Good Range and is free from gluten, sugar and dairy and is suitable for vegans.
So what do they contain? The brownie mix has raw cacao, flax and teff. I had no idea what teff was so I had to look it up. Turns out it is a common grain grown in Ethiopia and Eritrea, the seeds are ground into flour and it is used to bake their traditional bread.
The back of the box has the directions for baking and a table lists the extra ingredients you need to add. They have cleverly given the vegan option adjacent to the non vegan option..
Instead of sugar they suggest you add honey or syrup (golden, maple, date, rice malt or agave). I did feel they were asking us to add quite a lot of extras but the handy thing is you can control how sweet they are and adjust according to your own preferences.
We baked the Chocolate Brownies for the shorter time recommended as we like our brownies gooey. The pack says it make 10 bites but I used a circular pan as then each slice has one chewy end and one gooey end. You could tell straight away that these were not your traditional brownie recipe. The texture was slightly courser and they were not as sweet although I added 6 table spoons of golden syrup as suggested. We ate them warm and I loved them. The kids enjoyed them very much too even though they weren’t as sweet, they were very chocolately and moist.
These come with tiny pieces of desicated grated carrot already added. You can also add pieces of pecans or walnuts to the mix if you like. we just went for the standard recipe. The instructions say that the mix makes 6 large muffins but I made 10 small ones and baked for a slightly shorter time (15 mins).
We all loved these (apart from Rebecca who is the most typical child in her tastes in food). They were moist and flavoursome and perfect for lunch boxes, although they didn’t get that far.
We give these a huge thumbs up!
For more information and to view their full range visit their website.
I absoluely LOVE these – they are just amazing! Made out of organic cotton, local beeswax, natural tree resin and organic jojoba oil these wraps can be used to cover and protect food and reduces the need for single use plastics – like plastic wrap.
They are easy to use, you just need warmish hands! Here is the information off the back of the pack:
Using warm hands wrap around food to create a breathable seal.
Hand wash in cold water and eco-friendly soap. Not for use with raw meat and fish, dishwashers or microwaves.
Intermittently, recharge your BeeBee by ironing between two sheets of greaseproof paper, peel away while still wet and hold aloft until dry.
Love your BeeBee and it will last up to twelve months. Then simply throw on the compost!
I have used them to wrap up vegetables in the fridge – like half a butternut squash and half a head of lettuce to prevent them from drying out.
I have also used them to seal bowls of salad, trays of baked goods and as a cover over the tomato bowl to keep the fruit flies away.
Not only have I found them incredibly useful but I have also grown to love the beeswax smell of them and I can look forward to using them for a year or longer.
BeeBee is a company that believes in ethically sourcing their products and strives to have a low impact on the environmant and a zero waste policy.
This product definitely gets a huge double thumbs up from me.
Find out more about them on their website.
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