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Buntu Bottle

By BBB

Water bottles have become a necessity in recent years because 1) it is mega important to stay hydrated and 2) it is important to stay hydrated without creating plastic waste. On a functional level, a water bottle exists to hold water. However, on an emotional and symbolic level, a water bottle has become an extension of our style and personality – offering another way for us to express ourselves.

Buntu bottle in the gym

Which is why we fell in love with the BUNTU bottle at first sight. It somehow manages to be attractive and sophisticated at the same time while offering the practicality of keeping cold drinks cold (for 24 hours) and hot drinks hot (for 12 hours). Available in cool grey and rose quartz, the sleek 400ml bottle is made from high grade stainless steel and is also leak proof, BPA free and double walled for maximum insulation.

We recently put the BUNTU bottle to the test in the Caribbean and were pleasantly surprised (and relieved) to be able to sip on ice cold water in the hot sun hours after filling the bottle.

Buntu Bottle on a boat

 

The BUNTU bottle’s name was inspired by ubuntu, which is a South African philosophy that promotes community and oneness. This community focus is evident in their CSR. BUNTU is committed to sustainability, not simply because it helps consumers to reduce their plastic waste, but because they are committed to supporting the effort to make clean water available in some of the world’s poorest communities.  For every BUNTU bottle sold, 10% of the net profit will go towards funding a project by independent water charity drop4drop.

Between, the style, hydration, functionality, sustainability AND free shipping in the UK there are more than enough reasons to get yourself a BUNTU bottle.

The friendly folks at BUNTU are also giving Balanced Busy Bodies readers 15% off their purchase. Simply go to www.lovebuntu.com and enter BALANCE at the checkout.

Happy drinking!

You’d be forgiven for assuming that veggie balls would be bland and pointless, but we’ve given them a go and can honestly say that they are delicious.

Heck veggie balls

Heck Foods, the brand behind Heck sausages seems to have understood that the rise of flexitarianism was an opportunity to launch meat free products to the standard that they make their other products.

Whether you opt for the Super Green balls or the Thai Bite balls, we think you will be pleasantly surprised with their flavour and texture. They don’t taste like a meat substitute – they taste like fragrant, well-seasoned vegetables.

The Super Green veggie balls are made with quinoa, spinach, kale and ginger and a serving size (three meatballs) is only 124kcals. There are 9 veggie balls in a pack and the preparation is easy – bung ’em in the oven for about 25 minutes, turning over halfway through.

We tried them on a bed of rocket with linguine, but think they are likely to taste great in a wrap, on a salad, with rice… you get the drift. Whether you are a die hard or fair-weathered vegetarian, these veggie balls are versatile enough for a number of meal ideas.

If you want to give them a go you can get them at Waitrose or via the Heck Foods website

    

Myvitamins Chlorella

We were given an opportunity to try Myvitamins’ Brown Rice Protein Powder and Chlorella so we jumped on it. The products were launched as part of their new range of vegan proteins and superfoods.

Not too long ago if you were looking for protein powder you would find dozens of whey protein powders but very few vegan protein powders. Thankfully the landscape has changed and it’s easy to get your hands on different kinds of vegan protein.

Myvitamins’ Brown Rice Protein Powder provides 24g of protein per serving making it a suitable protein supplement for vegans. When paired with Pea Protein Powder you have a blend that provides the complete amino acid mix. Although it is unflavoured we found it to have a bit of an aftertaste so preferred it for pancakes and biscuits as opposed to shakes.

Brown Rice Protein Powder Pancakes

We were pleasantly surprised to find that chlorella packed such a nutritional punch and can be incorporated into the daily diet. The powdered algae contains a range of key vitamins and minerals such as Vitamins B12, D and E and iron, calcium and potassium – just a 5g serving of chlorella will give you more than the RDA of Vitamin D and Vitamin B12. It’s also a great source of chlorphyll and is purported to improve gut health. If taken in powder form it can be added to water, juice or your favourite smoothie. If you choose to add to juice or water make sure it gets a good shake and stir.

Myvitamins Chlorella

Other products in the range include vegan protein, soy protein, hemp protein, spirulina, cacao powder, hemp seeds, chia seeds and maca powder.

Find out more at myvitamins.com

In short

A tasty wheat free, gluten free AND dairy free bread – now at a supermarket near you

Review

We discovered the BFree brand while visiting the International Food and Drink Event in ExCel last year.

BFree Bread Shaped BenchInitially we were intrigued by the bread shaped bench on their stand, but when we discovered that they were a gluten free brand we were excited! Staff was more than happy to chat with us about their brand and it only took a few minutes for us to realise that BFree Foods are serious about ensuring that coeliacs can enjoy a sandwich:

  • They work with experts in their fields to ensure that the full range has the best nutritional profile possible.
  • BFree has developed a recipe and composition that replaces the gluten and wheat and with natural ingredients.
  • BFree’s breads contain a blend of natural flours, starches and proteins and are made in a dedicated gluten free facility with batch testing done on all productions to ensure that there are no traces of gluten.

Most interestingly for us is the fact that unlike many GF products, BFree have the lowest fat content (1.5%), are high in fibre and have the lowest calorie breads in the ‘Free From’ market at just 60 calories per slice.

What more could you ask for in a gluten free bread?

Taste

Photo 20-03-2013 10 31 03When we tasted the bread we were pleased that we couldn’t tell that it was a gluten free bread, but to ensure that our opinion wasn’t biased (the stand was that cool) we asked some of our testers for their opinion.

Our coeliac tester said: ‘The bread was nice and soft and toasted well! It didn’t go horribly dry after toasting which happens with some other brands’.

Our non-coeliac tester noted that ‘the wraps are fine cold, but when we heated them they had a different smell than we were used to. That said, the wraps remained soft and not soggy after heating and I was able to make a lovely chicken wrap for dinner’

What we liked

The taste – you probably wouldn’t know it is gluten free by the taste alone

The packaging – may sound like a random point, but the packaging just makes eating gluten and wheat free food feel cool

What we would do differently

We’re looking forward to seeing BFree in more UK retailers

Cost

Wheat and Gluten Free Multigrain Wraps – £2.80 for 6

Wheat and Gluten Free High Fibre Brown Seeded Loaf (400g) – £2.49

Wheat & Gluten Free Low Fat Soft White Loaf (400g) – £2.49

Wheat & Gluten Free High Fibre Brown Seeded Rolls (4 x 75g) – £2.59

Wheat & Gluten Free Low Fat Soft White Rolls (4 x 75g) – £2.59

Where to find them

The Multigrain Wraps are available in the ‘free from’ aisle in Asda,

The full range is also available at Ocado

Find out more

www.bfreefoods.com

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