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Motion Nutrition Organic Mid-Workout Hydration Review

After I returned home from my backpacking trip last summer, I was inspired to take up running – and it wasn’t long before I was completely addicted to the thrill of pounding the pavements, and smashing my own personal bests!

Fast forward to now, and (although I’m still very much a beginner) it’s hard to believe how much I’ve progressed in such a short space of time.

In fact, it wasn’t so long ago that my battle with Lyme Disease left me wondering if I’d ever be able to walk again. Yet, here I am now gearing up to take on my first half marathon, next month!

Chrissy Faery

It’s exciting stuff, and right now my soul is sparkling with an overload of gratitude, joy..and sweat!

With longer and longer distances making their way onto my Runkeeper Go training plan though, I’ve been taking extra care to ensure that I’m staying well-nourished and hydrated.

For medium-to-high intensity exercise lasting more than an hour, water alone isn’t enough – so I’ve been busy experimenting with lots of different snacks and energy drinks (both homemade and commercially produced) to find the perfect fuel, to support me in my upcoming race!

Motion Nutrition Mid-Workout Hydration Review

One of the products that has really caught my eye, is this organic hydration blend from Motion Nutrition.

I’d never actually heard of this brand before, but when I saw that this product was 100% vegan, gluten-free, organic and free from any artificial additives, flavourings and fillers – I knew I had to give it a try!

This plant-based hydration powder offers a blend of electrolytes, minerals and carbohydrates, which come from a range of ingredients including coconut water, pomegranate powder, sea buckthorn, acai powder and cordyceps mushroom extract.

It is designed to provide sustained energy and hydration, that will lead to improved performance and endurance.

Motion Nutrition Mid-Workout Hydration Review

This hydration blend comes in a 320g resealable pouch and costs £34.99. A 20ml scoop is provided.

To make it up, you simply pop one scoop of the powder into a shaker with 500ml of cold water – then shake it for 20-30 seconds, until it dissolves and forms a peach-coloured liquid.

The flavour of this sports drink is hard to describe, but I can definitely detect an aftertaste of coconut, pomegranate and mushroom flavours coming through. It’s certainly more bland (and slightly salty) than sweet though, which is not what I was expecting!

I can’t really say that I particularly like the taste of it, but it isn’t horrible either – and what it lacks in flavour, it certainly makes up for in performance!

When I run for over an hour, I usually feel pretty fatigued. My legs become heavy and my muscles start to groan, as their glycogen stores run low.

When I sip on this organic hydration drink during my run though, I’ve found that I’m able to overcome this – and not only this, I actually have a renewed burst of energy as well!

For me, this makes a real difference to my speed and stamina, and I’m sure it’ll be especially helpful during my upcoming half marathon in Llanelli, in which I’ll be running for over 2.5 hours!

I would definitely recommend this product for its blend of natural ingredients, and the effect it has on performance, and I’m excited to see where it will take me in the future, as I continue to run and improve!


Please note: All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. 

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So Free Organic Vegan Chocolate Review

Plamil Vegan Chocolate Review

I don’t eat chocolate very often, but when I do, it’s always a real treat – and whether it’s deliciously creamy white chocolate, indulgently smooth ‘milk’ chocolate, or mouth-wateringly rich dark chocolate, I’m a fan of it all – as long as it’s 100% vegan!
Vegan chocolate

As a vegan chocolate lover, you can imagine my excitement when the other day, I  came across an amazing giveaway on Twitter by Natural Lifestyle Magazine and Plamil Foods, to win a selection of So Free chocolate!

Of course, I leapt at the chance to enter – and to my surprise, I later found out that I’d won! 💜

Now, with this much chocolate on my hands, I figured it’d only be fair to taste the wares and let you know my thoughts! 😉

So that’s what I’m doing today – with the help of my lovely parents (who saw what I was doing and insisted on helping me with the task!)

My mum (Vegan Mama) is a huge chocolate-lover who has been vegan for many years, and my dad (Plant-Based Papa) eats a largely plant-based diet – but sometimes falls off the wagon!

Below, we’ve given each variety of chocolate a score, on a scale from 1-6; with 6 being the absolute best. We hope you enjoy reading our thoughts!

 

Plamil So Free Chocolate Review

So Free chocolate is made using certified organic ingredients which are completely vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and nut-free! It’s also produced ethically, using 100% renewable energy. 🌍

Plamil So Free Vegan Milk Chocolate Review

So Free Milk Chocolate Alternative 

This dairy-free alternative to milk chocolate melts in your mouth, and is super sweet and delicious! You wouldn’t know that it’s a free-from chocolate – and with it’s rich, yet light taste, I think it would appeal to most chocolate-lovers!

Me: This chocolate is sweet, smooth and yummy, so I’m rating it 5/6! It would have got 6 if it wasn’t for the fact that the Organica Couverture ‘milk’ chocolate is just a teeny bit better! 

Vegan Mama: I’m giving this chocolate 6/6! It’s delicious and very creamy! 

Plant-Based Papa: It’s definitely a 6/6 for me too – Although, I might need to try another few pieces, just to be 110% sure! 😉 

Plamil So Free Vegan White Chocolate Review

So Free White Chocolate Alternative

This vegan white chocolate is seriously sweet and creamy! It contains 48% cocoa, natural vanilla flavouring, and it’s sweetened with rice powder and raw cane sugar.

Me: I’m rating this one 5/6 as well, as it’s such a creamy and tasty white chocolate. I do feel that it could melt a little better than it does though – but I’m probably being a bit fussy!

Vegan Mama: 6/6! I can’t stop eating it, and out of all of the flavours, this is one of my favourites!

Plant-Based Papa: I rate this 5/6! I really like it, but the texture seems different to that of regular white chocolate. I also think that it tastes very similar to the ‘milk’ chocolate one – although Chrissy and Vegan Mama disagree!

So Free Perfectly Dark Chocolate Review

So Free Perfectly Dark Chocolate

This beautiful dark chocolate contains 72% cocoa and is rich, indulgent and delicious – with just the right amount of raw cane sugar to offset the bitterness.

Me: I love this one, and I’m rating it 5/6! For me, this chocolate has the perfect balance of sweetness and richness – it also melts in the mouth so perfectly! If you like your dark chocolate on the sweeter side, I think you’ll definitely be a fan!

Vegan Mama: I’m giving this one 3/6! I’m often not keen on dark chocolate, and this one is a little on the bitter side for me!

Plant-Based Papa: I’m rating this one 4/6! It’s very tasty, but I much prefer the dark chocolate variety below, which is sweetened with coconut blossom! 

Coconut Blossom Vegan Chocolate Review

So Free Dark Chocolate Sweetened with Coconut Blossom Sugar

This dark chocolate variety contains slightly less cocoa than the regular dark chocolate, and is sweetened with coconut blossom sugar, which gives it a unique, caramel-like flavour.

Me: I’m afraid this one didn’t really do it for me, so I’m rating it 3/6! I found the caramel taste of the coconut sugar too over-powering for my liking!

Vegan Mama: 5/6! I think this one’s absolutely lovely, and the coconut sugar really takes away from the bitterness and adds a good favour too! (I was expecting it to taste of coconut though, which it doesn’t!) 

Plant-Based Papa: I’m rating this 6/6! It really couldn’t be better – I love the unique flavour that the coconut sugar provides, although I was expecting it to taste of coconut as well! 

So Free Extra Dark Chocolate Review

So Free Extra Dark Chocolate

This extremely dark chocolate contains 87% cocoa, and is rich and mouth-wateringly bitter!

Me: 4/6! Dark chocolate used to be my thing, and the more bitter it was, the better! These days I prefer my chocolate to be a little sweeter, but this rich and bitter chocolate is still super delicious, and I’m sure my younger self would’ve rated it 6/6! 

Vegan Mama: I’m really sorry, but this one is far too bitter for me! 3/6!

Plant-Based Papa: I’m also rating this one 3/6, as it’s too bitter for me as well! 

So Free Vegan Mint Chocolate Review

So Free Intense Mint Dark Chocolate

When it says it’s intense it’s not lying – the mint flavour in this deliciously smooth dark chocolate really packs a punch! It’s as strong as an after-dinner mint cream, and it really makes your taste-buds come alive! This chocolate contains 60% cocoa and is flavoured with organic peppermint oil.

Me: This has to be 6/6!! This one really surprised me as I didn’t think I’d like it so much – but it’s actually one of my favourites! I would go so far as to say, that I’ve never tasted mint chocolate this good!!

Vegan Mama: I really love this one too, and I’m rating it 5/6! It’s got such a strong mint taste!

Plant-Based Papa: This one is really delicious! It’s a 6/6 from me!!

So Free Orange Chocolate Review

So Free Tropical Orange Dark Chocolate

This beautifully creamy dark chocolate is infused with organic orange oil, which gives it the most incredible flavour! With 60% cocoa, it’s rich and dark, yet not bitter at all!

Me: 6/6!! I love this one so much – In fact, I’d rate it more if I could! It tastes like a chocolate orange, but it’s completely vegan and gluten-free! Unlike many other orange-flavoured chocolates, it also doesn’t contain any sugar crystals – which I think is great, as I’ve cut my mouth on them before! This orange chocolate is dark, sweet, smooth and utterly, utterly divine! 

Vegan Mama: Yummy! This one is absolutely lovely and it’s my favourite one of them all! It’s got to be a 6/6!!

Plant-Based Papa: 6/6 again! Along with the mint one, this one is definitely my favourite! You wouldn’t know that these chocolates were vegan and over the years, free-from products like these, have definitely come a long way! 

I’m so grateful to Natural Lifestyle Magazine and Plamil Foods for picking me as their winner, and I hope that you’ve enjoyed our review of this incredible, cruelty-free chocolate!

Do you love chocolate too, and which flavours would you like to try the most? Let me know in the comments below!

 

*This post contains affiliate links. All thoughts are our own. A huge thanks to the parental unit, for helping me to write this review! 

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Review: Limited Edition Lemon Drizzle Nakd Bars!

I’ve always found that Nakd bars tend to be hit or miss.

There are flavours that I really, really love (such as cocoa orange! Yum yum!) and there are others that I’d never want again. (Sorry! 😝)

Despite this, I absolutely adore the brand’s happy, healthy ethos, and I love that they cater for vegans – so when I heard all the hype about their new limited edition Lemon Drizzle bars, I knew I had to give them a try!

Lemon Drizzle Nakd Bars Review

Now, I’ve got to admit, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Would they be bland and dry (like drizzle cake sometimes can be) or were they going taste artificial, like children’s sweets or even washing-up liquid?!

Nakd Lemon Drizzle Bars

Thankfully, to my relief, my fears were completely misplaced – and as I bit into my very first bar, I knew immediately that I’d found my new favourite flavour!

The new Lemon Drizzle Nakd Bars are moist, zesty and bursting with natural lemon flavour. They really do taste like cake too, with the perfect balance of softness and sweetness, combined with a delicious, coconutty texture.

Nakd Bars Review

Not only do they taste incredible, these raw fruit and nut bars are also wheat and gluten-free, completely vegan (yay!) and contain a simple list of ingredients which includes dates, raisins, almonds, coconut, cashews and lemon.

If you have a nut allergy then, unfortunately, they’re not for you – but if you’re allergy-free and looking for a healthy, tasty and filling snack that’s vegan and gluten-free, then I couldn’t recommend them more!

The only downside is that they’re a limited edition flavour – Please tell me this isn’t true?!

 

This is not a sponsored post and all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. 

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