*I was taught the (Northern, I assume) phrase “it’s nectar” earlier this year. It means = its good/class/top-notch. All that kinda jazz.*
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Now that I’m back home and have the kitchen appliances I know how to use properly (our oven’s symbols at uni were illegible), I feel a sense of relief.
And I get perhaps my favourite kitchen appliance back: the blender. Our blender is nothing fancy; and let’s face it, if you’ve got one that blends food properly, there is no need for any “super-duper”, branded one.
The reason I am so excited to be back with the beloved blender is I had an idea about something.
Now you may or may not know, that I am a Forever Business Owner (F.B.O) i.e. I have my own business with Forever Living. If you want to know more, have a read of these posts:
But as much as I’m advertising these products, I have to say I genuinely love them.
I’m using their lotions everyday, their lip balm is phenomenal and I have never found a better shower gel (I use their Hand and Face Soap as shower gel). But I remember sitting about university thinking of how I could get around something.
Now I don’t think I’d be the first F.B.O to kindly point out that the drinking gels are not the most pleasant to the tastebuds, and my reaction when I first tried the Aloe Vera Gel was like the reaction someone who doesn’t like vodka reacts to a vodka shot.
However, I have learned, if you want something to work, you have to stick at it. So I have kept shotting and retching, shotting and retching.
But, there is definitely something about the gel. I haven’t quite put my hand on what yet, but I feel the benefits of the drinking gel.
Annoyingly (and I’m kicking myself here), I left my drinking gel in the fridge at university so I can’t wait to nip back and grab it before someone chucks it out by mistake.
So today, when I was lazing about in bed not quite fancying lunch, but thinking of food, I cast my mind to smoothies.
Snacking on food is my biggest downfall. I can eat healthily; eating plenty of fruit and vegetables etc., but snacking and grazing on food gets to me.
Smoothies fill me up. And, I have fond memories of creatively making them with my mum and little sister in the school holidays. So as a mood pick me up too, I went downstairs to make one.
I had the idea a couple of weeks ago when I was still at university (and without the beloved blender – I really missed it okay – you understand if you have ever moved away from home and then come back), to put the drinking gel in a smoothie. An attempt to combat the taste.
Now without the only drinking gel I have tried, I cast my eyes over another Forever drinking gel I have: the Forever Aloe Berry Nectar. *I hope you’ve discovered the reason for the post name now, lol*
This is a cranberry-apple flavoured aloe vera gel and yes like the other, still has a bit of an after taste, but is much kinder on the tastebuds and easier to withstand. And just a couple of facts:
- Recommended serving size: 120ml
- Servings per container: 8
- Energy per 100ml: 50kcal (2.5% of Recommended Intake)
- Sugar per 100ml: 7.5g (8.3% of R.I.)
I also thought of the flavour as just another flavour of a smoothie; sometimes reverse psychology works.
I’ve been suffering with a cold for over a week now and it’s put me down in the dumps quite a bit, but this gel made me feel a bit more positive when I read that it helps to support immunity. That’s something I need right now. The gel also “contributes to the support of metabolism” and I cannot say how much my metabolism needs boosting.
So, I incorporated this gel into a smoothie.
Now, I’m going to be totally honest – it may not be the healthiest smoothie in the world (excluding the use of the gel), but I’m rundown and also craving, and sometimes you just need a tasty pick me up. And surely (?) this is better for me than binging on a whole load of chocolate. ??? Please inform me, if not.
And, can we please note, I’m rummaging through cupboards that I myself do not stock so I just throw random stuff in and see what happens. The base of my smoothie is shown in the picture above, anything in the ingredients list was added as I went along.
- 120ml Forever Aloe Berry Nectar
- 1 banana, chopped
- 1 teaspoon (crunchy) peanut butter
- 1 packet (2 bars) Nature Valley Oats+Honey, broken up as finely as possible
- 1 teaspoon golden syrup
- 75ml grapefruit juice, (from a can of grapefruits)
- 1/2 flat teaspoon cocoa
Of course, you can alter this to what you like an dislike, and I had doubled the portions to make enough to have tomorrow or another day. And re(lax)-fridgerate.
I find when making any smoothie of any kind, it’s best to test the taste after blending one ingredient into another. I go along with what my tastebuds tell me. Therefore, my ingredients list is IN ORDER OF HOW I BLENDED MY SMOOTHIE, so I won’t bore you with a method.
I was trying so hard to stay away from anything chocolately, but I could tell just a hint of cocoa would balance out the not-so pleasant taste of aloe vera.
However, I’m sipping it while writing and can honestly say, I am now used to it and have no problem with it. If it does your body some good, a simple aftertaste can be beared with.
P.S. If you’d like any information on Forever Living’s drinking gels, get in contact with me via the comments section below, or send me a message on Facebook through my page Kulayrosas.
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