This week felt like the first time in ages that the sun graced us with its presence and that’s when it dawned on me that Spring is nearly here! Spring with all it’s renewed vigour, freshness, lush greenery and vibrant floral colours, the promise of new beginnings and well, just generally a sense of positivity and hope that gets drained out of us during the winter.
It also meant I was able to get outside and take some half decent photos (seriously, drab and dreary winter days are the worst for trying to capture anything in a good light!) and I had the absolute ideal models in the form of these gorgeously cheerful bottles of B. fresh juice.
Now, I love a juice and I would always usually make my own so that I can make sure I know exactly what’s gone into it (I’m a bit of a control freak like that!), but sometimes it just seems like too much of an effort to drag the juicer out, particularly because it’s such a pain to clean out at the end.
The beauty of the B. fresh juices is that because they are made in Shropshire by 3rd generation British farmers who grow the produce, juice the produce and put their absolute heart and soul into making the product, there is an overriding sense that the company really genuinely cares about the quality of their product and wouldn’t dream of fobbing their customers off with ‘just another juice’. In fact, they only ever use either vegetables, fruit and leafy greens that they have grown themselves or from sources that they clearly know exactly where they have come from; they call it their ‘Own-Grown or Known-Grown’ philosophy. And because they are cold pressed, rather than the usual pasteurised/heat treated method, it means all the essential vitamins and nutrients remain at their optimum and give you a juice that is as healthy for you as if you had made the juice yourself at home. The result is juice that looks, tastes and makes you feel great and which has absolutely zero nasties in it.
Containing everyone’s favourite green things (well, apart from Kermit, obvs!); spinach, apple, lime, ginger, cucumber and kale, this verdant powerhouse of a juice is the perfect way to get some health into your life.
Just check out these perks:
- No added sugar.
- Just 50 calories per 250ml bottle.
- 1 of your 5 a day.
- High in Vitamin A – great for eyes and the immune system.
- High in Vitamin K – great for building strong bones and clotting the blood.
- Helps the body flush out nasty toxins.
We all know how good anything green is for us, but sometimes it can be tricky getting a high enough amount of it into our diets. Or perhaps for some it’s just simply a case of not being able to stand the taste; the high iron content of green vegetables can often make them taste bitter or slightly metallic, and that is why this juice is perfect. It packs in a whole heap of green goodness, but manages to taste good too! It tastes really fresh (because, of course, it is) with a zesty kick to it, but I think most importantly for me, it tastes real…and I am ALL about the real as you may well know!
As corny as it sounds, and yes it was probably helped by the fact I was drinking it on such a lovely sunny day, but as I drank I couldn’t help but imagine lying in a beautiful english country meadow, the birds singing, and a gentle, warm breeze stirring the grass around me. Yes, I know, I know, I’m way too nostalgic for my own good, but seriously this is damn fine juice!
And with every sip I could feel the goodness surging through me, powering me up like Popeye and his can of spinach, to the point that I could almost have believed that my body was growing more muscles the more I drank; wishful thinking I know!
If you could bottle up sunshine it would look like this and therefore rather fitting that it has been given the name ‘GoldenGlow’. This juice contains orange, turmeric, carrot and apple and at just 92 calories per 250ml bottle it is the ideal way to inject some extra vitamin A and C into your diet. Turmeric is the spice of the moment (it has anti inflammatory properties and is fab at helping to keep colds at bay) and it plays a key role in this drink, by adding a certain spiciness and tang that cuts through the sweetness of the orange and carrot. Incredibly fresh, the flavours are balanced out perfectly and for the rest of the day I felt as though I had a luminous bright orange glow surrounding me, rather like the Ready Brek advert; if you’re old enough to remember!
The convenient handbag sized bottles make these juices a great grab and go option, whether you’re rushing out the door to get to work of a morning, heading for an early gym sesh or if you’re looking for a healthy drink for your kids lunchboxes. And how great to know that by drinking one of these you’ll have ticked off one of your five a day; a smug ‘winning at life’ moment right there is ever there was one!
B. fresh juices are available to buy from Sainsburys and if you’d like to find out more about them you can follow them on Facebook @b.freshjuicery, Twitter @b_freshjuice and Insta @b_freshjuice.
*Product gifted for review