Nutribuddy Breakfast Shake: a review

The New Year brings new challenges and having already undertaken the Veganuary challenge I decided to try a weight loss challenge as well. I used Nutribuddy’s breakfast shakes for 14 days to see what effect they would have on me and my body and this review is all about that experience.

I chose a 14 day supply of Nutribuddy’s Vanilla Breakfast Shake and with it came a glass jar to store the shake powder, a bottle to drink from, and the shake itself. Nutribuddy kindly sent me this package to review their breakfast shake and I was already expecting to enjoy it because there’s so much I like about the brand and their standards, but I was surprised to find that the shake is also really tasty and filling and it’s so convenient for me to just make this for breakfast before rushing off in the mornings.

So what do I love about the brand? Let me list the ways.

  1. Vegan friendly and gluten free
  2. Soy free & sugar free
  3. 121 calories per shake
  4. Source of fibre
  5. Organic, natural ingredients
  6. 31 day happiness guarantee
  7. Recyclable glass packaging

This breakfast shake contains oats, seeds and coconut and is completely organic and vegan friendly. It’s free from preservatives, emulsifiers and stabilisers, so no nasties to be found here.

When I received this product in the post, I found the glass jar was wrapped in the most impressively sturdy bubble wrap I have ever seen – I’m going to save it for future house moves for sure. Also, can I just take a moment to congratulate Nutribuddy on using glass as a storage jar – in this plastic-frenzied dystopian world, it’s so reassuring to see a company taking the effort to send fragile glass jars in the post because they recognise that we need to move away from plastic storage and embrace recyclable packaging. Plus, it’s a great storage jar, so if you don’t replenish your stock of Nutribuddy shake (why wouldn’t you?) then you can reuse it to store pasta, rice, grains, etc.

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What about the taste?

I’ve used a well-known weight loss shake before and using their powder forms I had a lot of trouble shaking it enough to make it all mix in – I would always get unpleasant lumps of powder, no matter how vigorously I shook the damn thing. Not so with Nutribuddy – it blends in instantly, and because it’s made with oats, you do get flakes of oaks as you drink so it feels like real food but it’s part of the drink and not a horrible lump. The vanilla flavour I used is really nice, very subtle and not too sweet (I don’t always like sweet things in the early mornings.)

What I loved most about Nutribuddy is the convenience – their breakfast shakes have given me an extra 20 minutes in bed every morning. I cannot understate how valuable this is to me. To be able to prepare and drink my breakfast 5 minutes before I need to leave the house for work is an absolute godsend.

So thanks, Nutribuddy, for sending me your delicious vegan breakfast shakes, helping me to lose a little bit of weight after my festive indulgences, and thanks so much for giving me a lie in.

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Big Garden Birdwatch

Every January, the RSPB run an annual citizen science campaign to collate information on how many birds are visiting our gardens in winter. The aim of this project to gather data to understand how many birds are resident in the UK and which species are thriving or declining – it helps to keep track of bird populations so we can find out how the birds are doing. Half a million people took part in it last year!

Last year I remember seeing:

  • my usual flock of goldfinches
  • a small party of long-tailed tits dropped by
  • a few dunnocks moseying about on the ground
  • the family of sparrows that live in next door’s roof
  • bluetits
  • great tits
  • blackbirds
  • piegons

It’s always the last weekend in January and this year it’s 27-29th. If you want to take part you can request your free pack here. Make sure you choose a suitable spot to watch the birds – if you don’t have a garden, try a local park or nature area. Make sure you only count the number of one species within the hour in terms of how many you see at one time rather than the total number of, say, sparrows that you see; this means there’s less chance that you’re counting the same individual bird twice.

Not sure what bird you saw? The invaluable RSPB Bird Identifier will help to narrow it down for you.

It usually takes about a month for the RSPB to pool all the data and publish the results, so here are last years results to consider in the meantime.

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Are you taking part this year? Let me know what you see! 

Strumpshaw, January

A cold and dull day at Strumpshaw in January but still we saw plenty of marsh harriers, beginning to pair up and flirt and show off, and a kingfisher (too quick for a photo), and plenty of ducks. Half of the reserve was flooded so we couldn’t get around a lot of it.

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Marsh harrier

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Ducks

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Mallards

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Coot

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Blue tit

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Great tit

Horsey Seals

New Years Day 2018 prompted a trip to see the grey seals on Horsey beach in Norfolk. I don’t know why I have never done this before as it seems to be such a popular day out in Norfolk, judging by the hundreds of people who showed up on New Years Day.

Seal fact: did you know that the scientific name Halichoerus grypus translates as “hook-nosed sea pig” !!

I’m sorry for all the seal spam coming your way but they are too cute not to share!

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Nutribuddy Breakfast Shake: first impressions

Today I received an exciting package in the post from Nutribuddy – their vanilla breakfast shake to review! I’ve heard great things about this brand before so I’m interested to see how I get on with their breakfast shake. I’m doing Veganuary this year and trying to move from a vegetarian to a more vegan diet, and finding a breakfast shake with no animal products at all has been a bit tricky, so I was pleased to come across Nutribuddy.

My first impressions

The package

It took a while to get into the parcel because it was so carefully and properly packaged – no breakages possible. Because Nutribuddy favour glass over plastic, they sent the product in a glass clip-top jar, which requires much tougher packaging. I really like the look of the storage jar as well and it fits quite nicely on the kitchen worktop – clear glass jar, classic design, no garish colours. 20180131230133_IMG_2184

The product

Looking at the actual shake powder I can see it has real oat flakes in, which I think will make it an interesting texture. What is normally so unsatisfying about weight loss shakes is that they are just drinks and you don’t feel like you’re eating food, so I feel like the oat flakes will be a good addition. I’ve read on the Nutribuddy website that their breakfast shakes are organic and suitable for vegans; they are also gluten, soy, and sugar free, and are high in fibre, so really it ticks all the health boxes.

The accessories

It comes with two little spoons for the shake powder that are a good size and fit inside the storage jar, which is handy. The bottle for the shake is again thoughtfully designed and has a handle so you can drink the shake on the move.


Overall, this feels like a really good product that perfectly fits the branding – I’m impressed with the eco-friendly choice of glass for the storage jar, I like that it has oat flakes in, and I like how it looks in my kitchen. Very excited for this 14 day trial and to see how I feel! I’m hoping to lose a little bit of that post-Christmas excess tummy and to see how much energy I have for a day’s work after this shake for breakfast. Sometimes when I walk into work instead of drive I don’t have much time for breakfast, so hopefully this will give me an easy way to get nutrients and stave off hunger with very little effort on my part! Stay tuned to read my review at the end of the 14 day trial of the Nutribuddy vanilla breakfast shake.

Mousehold Heath, Norwich, December

Mousehold Heath, Norwich, December

This may end up being posted in January but I’m writing this in that awkward period between Christmas and New Year where no one knows what day of the week it is. After a little bit of social media scheduling, I got a headache and decided to get out and go for a walk. I rarely go to Mousehold Heath in Norwich so thought I’d have a little walk around and see what I could photograph – barely anything, as it turns out, because despite this being an ideal habitat for a variety of species, I rarely actually manage to see anything at Mousehold. Is it because it’s so popular with dog walkers and kids on mountain bikes that the wildlife daren’t show its face? I’m aware that it’s winter and there is less to see but the concerning thing is that I barely heard any birds either.

Anyway, I did get a few photos, including an action shot of a squirrel racing up a tree so not a waste of time in the end.

 

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Houseplant Appreciation Day

It’s January 10th and that means it’s Houseplant Appreciation Day!

Since I started obsessively buying houseplants a few years ago, I’ve brought my total up to around 50. In that time, yes, some have died from neglect, but most have survived, been re-potted, and placed in various locations about our cottage. They receive frequent compliments from guests and they give me a lot of joy. Sometimes when the telly is boring I find myself gazing at the greenery. It’s fun to try to spot the Calathea move.

I’ve written about house plants and their benefits before so I won’t recap. This post is really intended as a photo gallery of the house plants I currently have and to introduce my latest additions:

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Maidenhair fern

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So how to celebrate houseplant day? It seems appropriate to give them a water and a little feed. I use Baby Bio House Plant Fertilizer. Or you could be a great friend and give a gift of a house plant?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ficus

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