I absolutely love superfoods, powder blends, wholefood supplements and vegan ingredients. Our cupboards are always overflowing with these sorts of things and my Kilner jars are stacked up on the kitchen sides filled with such goodness. When the opportunity arose to review some items from Indigo Herbs last week, I simply couldn’t resist. In this blog post I am going to share with you the three superfood powder blends I received and the vegan berry smoothie bowl recipe I instantly whipped up.
Whilst many women may get excited about clothes shopping, my thrill rather comes from shopping at natural grocery stores; especially those full of vegan delights and with healthy superfoods at the core of their products. Indigo Herbs is definitely one of these places that I can get very excited about. I create smoothies on almost a daily basis, sugar-free and dairy-free snacks and bites for the kids (OK, OK, and the adults too!) and energy balls galore. We have a meat and dairy free household and we’re 99% refined sugar free. This means I’m regularly buying the types of products Indigo Herbs sells – they are right up my street!
Ice-Cold Vegan Berry Smoothie Bowl
The products came with impeccable timing as I was already planning to make a delicious ice cold vegan berry smoothie bowl yesterday to enjoy in the heat. We had the most gorgeous bout of sunshine the past two days and our south facing sun trap of a garden provided some sweltering heat! I usually favour green fruit and veg smoothies or chocolate milkshakes (with plant based milk of course), but the heat had inspired me to make a thicker than usual, ice-cold berry smoothie bowl to cool me down!
I had frozen berries, oat milk and almond flakes at the ready, but no suitable powders to add to the concoction. Luckily my Indigo Herbs parcel arrived and the Super Vital powder was the perfect addition. It’s full of acai, baobab and beetroot powders so is a lovely rich purple flavour. It’s going to be the ideal accompaniment to many of my summer smoothies, homemade ice lollies and more. I’m even thinking up some berry style energy balls with this powder and drooling just at the thought!
It’s the first time I’ve made a smoothie bowl instead of drinking it from a cup, but I knew just what to do. Several times before I’d created a too thick consistency and struggled to drink from the straw, so had thought to myself it’s more like a frozen yoghurt type dessert! Inspired by the many smoothie bowls I see plastered on Instagram, I decided to make my own and turn my beloved drinkable smoothie into a much thicker spoon feedable (made up word right there I believe) mixture instead.
- 1x small banana (preferably frozen, but fresh is fine too)
- As many frozen berries as you can fill to the line of your largest blender cup. I used redcurrants, blackcurrants, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries.
- Oat milk (or water or whatever plant based milk you prefer)
- 1x heaped teaspoon Indigo Herbs Vital Powder (if you’re not used to superfood powders then start with less and build up over time)
- Flaked almonds, blueberries and berries for decoration
- Using your largest smoothie cup, add the banana and then top up with frozen berries to the fill line. I use a Nutri Ninja and used the largest cup with makes a good large bowlful of smoothie, or two smaller bowlfuls to share.
- Pour the milk or water up to the fill line
- Add the powder
- Blend until smooth – this may take a little longer than usual as it crunches through the frozen ingredients, so make sure you keep pulsing until they’re all blended properly
- Pour, or scoop out, into a bowl
- Add some flaked almonds and berries to make the bowl look extra pretty (and totally Instagramable)
- Devour and enjoy!
If you want to get even more funky and enjoy the flavours for longer, simply pour the mixture into moulds and freeze for delicious homemade, healthy, all natural frozen ice lollies.
The bowl was absolutely delicious and best eaten immediately before it starts melting, so I did.
Thank you so much to Indigo Herbs for sending me the powder. Let’s take a look below at the powders I received in more detail and their amazing benefits:
Superfood Powder - Beetroot Acai Baobab (Super Vital)
This is the amazing bright purple powder I used for my smoothie bowl above. It contains three ingredients; beetroot, acai and baobab. The colour is so vibrant and the blend is so flavoursome that you can add the powder to water alone for a great tasting refreshing beverage. For extra goodness blend with fresh fruit and vegetables, particularly more purple varieties to enhance that colour! It’s high in vitamin C and antioxidants providing energy, protect8ing against free radicals and helping to purify the blood. The baobab and acai are both organic too.
Find this product here: https://www.indigo-herbs.co.uk/shop/buy/supervital-powder-blend-product
Love Your Liver
This powder is full of such a mixture of ingredients it sounds strange, but it’s like another green powder blend with a rich green tone and grassy flavour. This will be another great addition to my regular green smoothies, but today I wanted to have a sort of shot of green goodness so blended a teaspoon of the powder with half a cup of distilled water and one kiwi. It’s a strong grassy flavour, so if you’re not used to this then add more fruit and start with less powder until you become accustomed to the taste.
This is an exclusive superfood blend which has been formulated by nutritionist David Ash for Indigo Herbs. It’s recommended to take it daily to support overall health and wellbeing. I bet this would have been a very beneficial blend just recently when I suffered a twisted sacroiliac joint for six weeks as it contains the remarkable anti-inflammatory turmeric powder.
This blend is aimed at the liver, though it can support health in many other ways. For the liver it provides detoxification, support and nurture. Again, start with a small amount and build it up over time to the recommended daily serving if you are new to these superfoods. This product contains:
- Barleygrass Powder
- Chlorella Powder
- Camu Camu Powder
- Turmeric Powder
- Banana Powder
- Milk Thistle Extract Powder
- Grapeseed Extract Powder
Find this product here: https://www.indigo-herbs.co.uk/shop/buy/love-your-liver-powder-fortified-product
Super Greens Powder (Certified Organic)
These sorts of powders are my favourite. I read once that green vegetables have around ten times the nutritional content of other veg. I’m not sure how accurate that is, but they are abundant in vital vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to improve and safeguard our health. We need a whole range of colours of vegetables and fruits which is where the saying ‘eat the rainbow’ comes from, but greens should be a part of a healthy diet every single day.
Of course it is essential to eat your greens, but for an extra boost and to get even more beneficial antioxidants in the diet then quality green superfood powders provide the perfect way to do this. Simply mix with water and drink as a shot each morning or alternatively create a mostly vegetable green powered smoothie with a touch of fruit to sweeten it.
This blend from Indigo Herbs is certified organic, very high in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and 100% pure. It’s full of all the green goodies, the best and some of the truest superfoods, that are going to boost your health the most; wheatgrass, barleygrass, spirulina, moringa and chlorella. Personally I prefer to get my vitamins and minerals from natural solutions such as this powder rather than questionable synthetic vitamin tablets made in labs.
Find this product here: https://www.indigo-herbs.co.uk/shop/buy/supergreens-powder-blend-product
Overall I am so impressed with Indigo Herbs. These three products are high quality, full of mostly organic ingredients, 100% natural and each blend works really well. For those of us who want an extra daily boost of vitamins and minerals from natural sources, they provide the perfect solution. They are abundant in minerals, vitamins and antioxidants which are naturally derived and perfect for us plant based foodies.
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