GLORIOUS! SkinnyLicious Soups Review

I was super excited when GLORIOUS! contacted me, asking whether I was interested in collaborating. Of course I wasn’t going to turn this opportunity down, so they decided to introduce their SkinnyLicious range to me.

The soups are not only packed with bold and exciting flavours, but also nutritional goodness from the fresh ingredients used. Each SkinnyLicious soup is less than 2% fat and under 150 calories per portion, without ever compromising on taste. So they are the perfect light lunch to heat up quickly in the office microwave or on the hob at home!


– MORE BANGALORE: This SkinnyLicious soup most certainly delivers on flavour, satisfaction and texture! The blend of rich Toor Daal lentils and chickpeas is absolutely first class, providing the soup with a hint of Indian tastes without being too overwhelming. I usually don’t enjoy Indian food but this soup is definitely unlike anything I’ve ever tasted – GLORIOUS! always gives MORE than the average food. I especially loved the subtle tastes of garam masala, curry leaves and mango chutney to present all the amazing flavours of India in one pot! To describe the taste would be impossible as there’s so many herbs and spices bursting in this pot – but it is definitely one for the exotic taste palettes. This thick and very filling soup is surprisingly only 147kcal per serving as well as 1 of your 5-a-day, and is vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free. But these factors seriously do NOT compromise on flavour. I recommend serving with a sprinkle of chopped nuts and teaspoon of coconut yoghurt for a light, refreshing lunch which will transport you to the heart of India.

 

– GOA EXPRESS: I loved the warming combination of tomato and lentils in this soup, providing a unique twist to the classic and much-loved tomato soup. The spicy kick presented by the addition of smoked paprika, turmeric, cumin and chilli powder really presents an extra dimension to the tasting experience and captures the Goan lifestyle/ diet. This SkinnyLicious soup was quite thick, meaning that it was very filling and incredibly satisfying as a meal – helped by the fact that one of the main ingredients is low-fat yoghurt, whilst also constituting a creamy yet coarse/ granular texture. Because of its dense consistency, it is the perfect meal as it will make you feel fuller for longer, and with only 150kcal per serving, it simply feels like you’re cheating the system: packed full of flavour, low in fat and calories, plus satisfying… What more could you wish for!?

 

– SUN-KISSED IN SICILY: It’s safe to say that this one was definitely my favourite SkinnyLicious soup! The gorgeous blend of rustic pomodoro tomato and balsamic vinegar is just a match made in heaven ❤️ Now this is a traditional hearty soup transformed beyond its classical reputation into an Italian beauty! The subtleties of roast garlic, fennel and parsley all complement the pomodoro tomato flavour perfectly to constitute the most flavoursome and warming soup I’ve ever tasted. Absolutely incredible when served with bruschetta bread to dip in the steaming soup and drift off into an Italian, dreamy reverie!

  

– THAI TUK-TUKS & TURMERIC: A simply divine infusion of carrot and coconut that totally inspires me to dust off my rucksack and go travelling to Thailand. I usually find carrot soup bland and in exciting, but this wasn’t the case with this SkinnyLicious soup – the addition of coconut presents this dish with a creamy, sweet taste whilst constituting a smooth, rich texture. I loved the mix of flavours, spices and herbs – including lime, lemongrass, turmeric, ginger, coriander and chilli – which, when all combined, made this a totally ass-kicking soup to really set your taste receptors rocketing! With perfect taste, texture and consistency, I’m digging this Thai-inspired product. And with only 119kcal per portion, it’s totally acceptable 🎉🙌

– NEW ENGLAND IN AUTUMN: The beautifully luscious, deep orange colour of this soup is so inviting and welcoming – perfectly appetising on a cold, wet autumn evening. The smooth, creamy texture of this butternut squash soup is so light and easy on the heart. It’s truly a dreamy SkinnyLicious soup with a subtle hint of cumin for a bit of a spicy kick if you’re a fan of strong flavours! I loved the thick consistency provided by the potatoes which also help to make this a very filling meal. The autumnal flavours of nutmeg, cumin and smoked paprika were so soft and almost nostalgic as summer bids us farewell. I served a portion with a seeded wholemeal bagel for the perfect accompaniment 🙂


– SINGAPORE FLING: Mmm spicy, flavoursome and exciting. I can see why there’s an illustration of fireworks at a festival on the packaging of this SkinnyLicious soup: the heat will take you on a rollercoaster of a ride! No one can say that this is a regular tomato soup since there’s nothing bland about it whatsoever. The rich tomato taste is beautifully complemented with coconut for a delicious, hearty Asian soup that will release the inner spice fanatic within! What makes this SkinnyLicious product even more unique is the addition of basmati rice to provide a different texture, completing the meal gorgeously and leaving you satisfied for hours. With only 130kcal per portion, this is not a lunch you want to miss out on! 

    

– SAN ANTONIO FIESTA: Arrribaaa! This soup is definitely a FIESTA of flavours and all things yummy, encouraging you to rummage through your wardrobe and find that Mexican sombrero of yours! I would actually liken it to a fuse of chilli con carne, gazpacho and Mexican chilli dip. This hearty chilli sin carne soup (meatless) is slightly spicy to provide a fiesta kick to it but the heat is slightly softened due to the addition of a four bean mix (haricot, red kidney, black eye and black turtle) and basmati rice. The consistency is quite thick, resembling more of a sauce than soup and thus feels more filling as you have to chew a lot more than ‘regular’ soup. So at only 99kcal per serving, you most certainly get an impacting, flavoursome and satisfying meal but without any guilt👌 

    

Mindfully, Moni x

P.S. Taking photos of soup is actually really difficult!! It’s so hard to make it look interesting or appetising so sorry for the not-so-great pics :/

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Roberts Berrie Review

Roberts Berrie smoothies are all vegan and with a shelf life of 8 months, you have no fear of them expiring (even if you do buy in bulk – which saves you a lot of money!) The three different flavours provide all the best features of berries in an easy-to-drink form which is quite unique. The cup it comes in has a convenient, hassle-free and fool-proof lid – you simply need to peel back the top layer to reveal a drinking port in the second layer which is designed to avoid spillage!

The Roberts Berrie smoothies are made completely from whole berries, including the skin and seeds, which are rich in flavonoids, vitamins and fibre – and is the reason why the products have strong, confident flavours as well as rich, fragrant appearances.

The best time to drink them is in the mornings as part of breakfast but honestly, can be enjoyed whenever as a healthy snack. 
The products can be stored unopened at room temperature, but I stored them in the fridge to be served when chilled.

– LINGONBERRY-CRANBERRY: I totally loved this flavour! With a very strong and powerfully-hitting taste, this will definitely wake up your taste receptors and flavour senses! Accompanied with a deep red colour, the Lingonberry-Cranberry Roberts Berrie smoothie is deliciously tasteful and sensuous as the various ingredients have different peaks of taste. I found that the refreshingly tart lingonberry flavour (145 lingonberries – 17% of ingredients) was most evident on first tasting, with the more subtly bitter cranberry following shortly after (14%) for a roller coaster of a tasting experience. This made it really enjoyable to drink as I could differentiate each component accordingly and not take for granted the health benefits of these berries. There’s so many advantages of consuming these berries, to name a few: lingonberries have a high content of antioxidants works to fight against the effects of harmful free radicals, including premature ageing, elevated blood pressure and infertility; whilst cranberries are high in anti-inflammatory components, a real powerhouse for your immune system, and maintains a healthy urinal tract.

– SEA BUCKTHORN-APRICOT: If I’m to be brutally honest, I didn’t enjoy this flavour as much as the other smoothies. Having said that, it was only the first gulp which was unpleasant as I was shocked at how strong the sea buckthorn taste (140 berries in each smoothie – 25% of ingredients) was since I expected an equally prominent apricot flavour (17%). Nonetheless, as I drank on and became used to the taste, I adopted my mindfully eating technique of slowly taking small sips in order to fully appreciate and experience each individual flavour in its own right. So I could then taste the apricot, apple (for sweetness) and citrus flavours which may be less immediately evident but are still present and complete/ complement the sea buckthorn smoothie perfectly. All in all, by the third gulp I did in fact enjoy the smoothie although the initial sea buckthorn taste was a surprise to my system – especially as it was the first thing I drank in the morning so quite the wake up call! The colour was interesting as well – obviously a deep orange colour due to the sea buckthorn and apricot (but with specks of black) so provides a sunny start to anyone’s day!

– WILD BLUEBERRY: This is without a doubt my favourite flavour – it is simply delicious, so flavoursome and absolutely divine! I’m a massive fan of blueberries and bilberry powder so it’s with no surprise that I enjoyed this Roberts Berrie smoothie the most. With a beautiful deep blue – almost purple – colour, the taste of bilberries is just as strong and prominent (260 whole bilberries and 40% of the smoothie). The deeper the colour, the richer the berries are in goodness, which is why you can distinguish them from your common blueberries by being deeper in colour and smaller in size. The Nordic bilberries, sourced from Finland, are so flavoursome because they’re left to grow wild and make this smoothie just the perfect pick-me-up refreshment when you’re feeling low in energy or slightly sluggish from a heavy meal! As a source of protective antioxidants and flavonoids, particularly anthocyanin, drinking this smoothie will help boost the immune system and prevent infections. Just a handful of these blue gems contains vitamins A, C, E and K and also zinc, copper, potassium, magnesium, iron and manganese; whilst also containing a high level of fibre thus aids digestion and prevents constipation… Do you need any more reasons to get drinking!?