Putting the smooth in smoothie

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I have been so, so crap at keeping my blog updated since honeymoon. The weeks before we went were hectic, rushing round getting everything sorted and the excitement of our trip. And since we've been back it's been just as hectic, catching up on life and getting back into a routine.

However, I feel like my life has resumed some sort of normality again.

Just before I went on honeymoon I was contacted by a company who wanted to send me some samples of a brand of smoothie that they were promoting. I completely forgot all about it, until I got back and the lady had emailed me again. While sorting through my hundreds of emails I found it, and decided that the post-honeymoon detox would kick off nicely with said smoothies.

I was sent a big box with a whole host of flavours in - some of which sounded more appetising than others.

The Savse (pronounced Sav-Say) smoothies are based on authentic family recipes created in the 1980s by Nina, the mother of Savse's founder Guka Tavberidze to help cure an iron deficiency during her pregnancy in the 1980s.

Savse is the ideal fix for those looking for something deliciously healthy and naturally tasty. And, what's even better, is that each low-calorie bottle offers two of your five-a-day.

Savse, mening 'crammed' in Georgian, is filled to the brim with 100 per cent natural super fruits and antioxidant-rich vegetables, to ensure the tastiest, healthiest, raw smoothies - with no added sugars, colourings of water.

I love smoothies, but my main concern is always how much sugar is in them. They're pitched as being so healthy but, often, they are actually worse for you than drinking a big bottle of Coke.

These, however, are completely natural and are all really low in calories.

The first one I tried was the Super orange flavour (which contains mango, passion fruit, orange, carrot, celery, apple and lemon). It smelt beaut and it tasted just like Tropicana. It tasted like it should be so, so naughty and full of sugar.

It also reminded me of the mango and passionfruit iced drinks that they do at Starbucks and Costa - it was really refreshing and really tasty.

I then tried the Super Red one, which was just as nice. This one contained strawberry, kale, orange, broccoli, celery and spinach. I actually made myself a smoothie with similar ingredients at home before these were delivered, and it didn't look (or taste) anywhere near as good as this one.

I have also tried the orange and apple juices - which are beaut. The orange juice tastes just like proper orange juice - which is probably because it is! It also doesn't have 'bits' which is a big win for me, because that always ruins orange juice for me.

The apple juice was really tasty, too. Although, I must admit I preferred the orange out of the two.

The Super Blue (blueberry, blackcurrant, beetroot, strawberry, kale, spinach, orange and apple) at first taste reminded me of a Fruit Pastille ice lolly. It was lovely - very blackcurrant-y. 

The Super Green, which contains kale, spinach, pear, apple, lemon, kiwi, broccoli and banana, was the one I was least looking forward to trying. It looks really healthy, which usually means it isn't as tasty. However, that wasn't the case. It was really refreshing and I really enjoyed it.

The only one I didn't particularly enjoy was the Super Purple (beetroot, apple, lemon, lime and mango). The taste was ok, it was the smell that put me off. It smelt "very earthy" as my friend put it. It didn't taste as bad as it smelt, I will give it that, but it wasn't my favourite.

Other flavours that the range includes are a Protein Blast, a Protein Punch and Protein Smash. These are apparently perfect for pre and post workout - not something I have any experience or knowledge in whatsoever!

Overall, I must say I was really impressed. And I would definitely buy the smoothies in future. You can buy them in Tesco, Waitrose, Sainsbury's, ASDA, Co-Op, Boots, Ocado, Harrods, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, Spar, Nisa, Planet Organic and Wholefoods.

They are priced around £1.75 for a 250ml bottle, depending on where you get them from.

Since its introduction, Savse has shaken up the smoothie market. It's not like other smoothie brands, as it uniquely cold-presses all of its ingredients to retain the essential goodness of the full fruit and vegetables. High pressure processing (HPP) is the sophisticated preservation technique used to ensure that all vital nutrients are locked into each bottle and removes any nasties, without compromising on taste or quality by using heat pasteurisation.

Basically, they're just really, really good for you. And they taste good - which is a double win!

For more information about the brand, you can find them on Facebook by following this link.


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