Thyme Smoothie Review

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Thyme Smoothie Review

It’s Thyme for my smoothie diary

See what I did there?

So, parcel delivery excitement hit new levels today at the arrival of the latest Thyme fresh food package!

Thyme are suppliers of great food, freshly made by hand and frozen, without preservatives, then sent to your door ready for when you are. Having great food ready and waiting in the freezer can be a lifesaver, especially as a working mum.

We’ve been impressed with Thyme’s range of meals before but we’re first timers trying out a smoothie delivery service, and before its arrival I imagined simple packets of mixed frozen fruit, thinking there’s probably not much else to it. *insert big smile*

So wrong. I was so wrong.

I haven’t counted up the packets, because they went straight in the freezer, and are still really cold after the impressive cold storage box they arrived in too, but there’s loads of them! I took a photo, feel free to attempt to count them for yourself…

We got to work straight away, the packets contain 120g of, yes mixed fruit, but it’s more of a novel of frozen fruit, and veg. Each one giving you a different chapter.

They are imaginatively named to reflect their contents; Banana Armour, For Beauty’s Sake, Absofruitly, ah-sahy-ee but the one we went for first was “All Hail Kale” purely because we thought hey let’s get this one out the way…

Containing Spinach, Kale, Mango and pineapple I have to be honest it didn’t make me think yum and seeing the dark green colour (that’ll be the spinach) it turned into whilst whizzing in the blender, I was worried…

But going in for a taste; I was hugely surprised, it wasn’t as lush as some of the other more fruity options I had ahead of me but it was surprisingly very pleasant. Quick tip – I guesstimated the amount of liquid to add and as a result the frozen fruit and veg stuck to the sides of the blender so I added more water which inevitably turned it watery, but later (after tasting) adding a banana fixed this a treat, and toned down the stark green colour too!

Thyme suggest adding liquid of your choice, we annoyingly had no fruit juice in the house so I stuck to water but after that first taste I decided it was absolutely perfect without juice and wouldn’t add anything other than water with them all. After all there can be hidden additives, added sugars and all sorts in fruit juice anyway – this way you know you’re only consuming the goodness of the fruit and veg. You know what you’re getting.

Whilst sipping from the cute vintage styled milk bottle and straw that came in the pack, I sat down and googled the properties of spinach and kale:

Kale is low in calorie, high in fibre and has zero fat. One cup of kale has only 36 calories and it is great for aiding digestion. An excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin A, manganese, and copper; a very good source of vitamin B6, fiber, calcium, potassium, vitamin E, and vitamin B2; and a good source of iron, magnesium vitamin B1, omega-3 fats, phosphorus, protein, folate, and vitamin B3.

Spinach is well known for its nutritional qualities and has always been regarded as a plant with remarkable abilities to restore energy, increase vitality and improve the quality of the blood. It is an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids), manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, copper, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin E, calcium, potassium and vitamin C. It is a very good source of dietary fiber, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc, protein and choline.

Add the vitamin packed sweetness of mango and pineapple, you have yourself a cracking lunchtime snack. I say this because I totally forgot about lunch afterwards.

Introducing a pre-teen

Next up was the Banana Armour; simply Bananas and Strawberries. This taste test involved a pre-teen and went something like this:

Me: Hey had a good day at school? Can I get you a smoothie?

Mini-Me: Yeah it was ok, and nah thanks.

Mini-Me heads for the kitchen for a snack.

Mini-me: Mu-uum, what are these little bottles?

Me: They’re for smoothies.

Mini-me: Can I just have water in one?

Me: No, it’s just for smoothies…

Various clunking noises from kitchen.

Blender can be heard whizzing

In walks pre-teen mini-me glugging smoothie from very cool milk bottles, having chosen milk over water or juice for his liquid.

Me: Nice?

Mini-me: No words, just nodding while thumbs up.

Now that’s a win!

Beautify me

The sun is out and we’re going for a beauty chapter of the smoothie novel. “For Beauty’s Sake” contains apple, spinach, carrot, ginger, and lemon zest. Not ingredients you would normally think of putting together but it works really well. The ginger and lemon in particular is really tasty.

A post workout get up and go

It’s 7am, workout done so started the day with a much needed ‘get up and go go’ full of vitamins A and C, from a combination of broccoli, banana, spinach, pineapple and celery. Now I don’t like celery so was dubious. Guess what? It’s been my favourite so far! So much so that as my glass was reaching almost empty I added a banana, more water whizzed it in the blender and filled my milk bottle right back up again.

Later bonus: Mini me comes home from school and heads straight to the freezer. I’m truly amazed yet delighted that this pre-teen is suddenly so into smoothies. His best friend is trailing behind and eventually after some debate (with the freezer door left open) they both select ‘Purple Rain’ – specifically interested in the pomegranate. Mini Me introduces his best buddy to the world of making smoothie by demonstrating the process in detail and when Mum arrives to collect, she too receives education…

Veg by stealth 

Broccoli is one of the most nutricious vegetables, some research says that raw broccoli is healthier than cooked; that a serving of raw broccoli is 1/2 cup or 36 grams, and provides just 10 calories. Whereas a 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli weighs 78 grams and provides 25 calories. Interesting eh?

 

So mini-me is after a smoothie, and as he turns his nose right up at the sight of broccoli, little does he know that the pre-approved ‘banana armour’ smoothie that’s all ready for him, in the smoothie central kitchen has an additional 36 grams of raw broccoli stealthily hidden in it. He never even noticed a thing…

Top tips for smoothie making

I’ve learned a lot from my journey with the Thyme smoothies, one is that you don’t always need fruit juice to mix a smoothie; plain old water is just fine.  Two that pre-teens are highly capable of using the blender, three that you can easily introduce (and hide) new fruits and veg in your kid’s smoothies and four that you really can mix fruit and vegetables together in a smoothie to make a tasty and filling drink.

A great tip I would add is that I’ve started whizzing up all left over vegetables at the end of the week and making them into ice cubes, ready to drop into next week’s packets from Thyme. My pre-teen doesn’t even know he’s eating all this extra veg, and I’m delighted to be wasting far less food too.

 

 

Where to buy

Thyme are the producers of this fabulousness, and it costs less than you might think too. When buying a box like ours, it works out at just £1.33 per packet which, if you throw in a couple of extra secret ingredients is a great way to ensure two of you get at least a couple of your 5-a-day and it’ll last for weeks!

We tried the best selling smoothie variety box which came with 30 frozen and blender ready mixed fruit & veg packets including:

  • Banana Armour x 3
  • Absofruitly x 3
  • Share your Passion x 3
  • Cococabana x 3
  • All Hail Kale x 3
  • Green Defender x 3
  • Energy Currant x 2
  • Ah-Say-Ee x 2
  • Purple Rain x 2
  • Pump Up The Beet x 2
  • For Beauty’s Shake x 2
  • Get Up & Go Go x 2

Use code “MUMSCLUB” to get £10 off your next order!

 

 

 

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