I love discovering new healthy products (as I’m sure you already know!) and this new product really is innovative. Introducing Everything But The Cow (EBTC) ‘dairy-free smoothie drinks’.
EBTC launched only last year (late summer 2013) and are unique in their combination of more than 20% real fruit and protein, with most protein based drinks (whether dairy or non dairy) using fruit flavourings to top up very small amounts (if any) of real fruit. They are significantly lower in sugars than fruit smoothies yet avoid the use of artificial sweeteners, or indeed, artificial ingredients of any kind – they are sweetened with just a touch of honey.
The drinks are designed to provide a:
- Healthy, light alternative to fruit smoothies.
- Natural, dairy free alternative to milkshakes.
- Fruity, refreshing alternative to protein drinks – most sport specific protein shakes have 20+g but EBTC is not designed to be a sports protein shake but a natural way of getting protein on the go for everybody, with each 330ml carton containing 6.6-7.3g protein.
The drinks provide just 122-182 calories and 2.6-4g of fibre per bottle and are dairy-free (they contain isolated soy protein), gluten-free and fat-free. The drinks have a balanced mix of carbs (21g-35g) and protein designed with a healthy, active lifestyle in mind – they really do make a perfect mid-meal or pre/post workout snack! The smoothies are made in beautiful Somerset by a new British company, and come in three fabulously fruity flavours; Mango & Orange, Strawberry & Raspberry, and Banana & Kiwi:
- What do the drinks taste like?
Well I loved them! And to say the drinks are dairy free, they have a lovely creamy texture, similar to a ‘skinny fruit milk shake’. They aren’t overly sweet (they are sweetened with a touch of honey) and don’t at all taste artificial.. perhaps because all of the ingredients are natural! The drinks, as you would expect, taste just like a fruit smoothie with mango and orange being my least favourite. The drinks are best served chilled but can be kept at room temperature unopened. They unfortunately didn’t pass the taste test of my ‘taste tester’, however only 50% of recipes/products on my blog ever do (!!). So do let me know if you have tried, or if you try these drinks – I would love to know what you think!
- Where can you buy them from?
The drinks are currently available from Ocado, Whole Foods Market, As Nature Intended, Harrods and many independent cafes, stores and delis.
**February/March 2014 Giveaway**
EBTC have been kind enough to offer you the chance to try the drinks for free in this giveaway.. I have a 8 bottles of each flavour to give to one lucky winner (so you’ll win 24 bottles in total!).
To enter this giveaway all you have to do is:
1) Leave a comment below telling me where/when you like to enjoy your smoothies – I like them for breakfast or as a pre-dinner snack!
2) Register your entry in the widget below!
3) For extra entries follow the instructions within the widget (optional)
This giveaway will stay open for 2 weeks (from Monday 24th February 2014 until Monday 10th March 2014) and the winner will be picked at random, using the widget the day after it closes. The winner’s name will be displayed within the widget and I will contact them directly to arrange delivery. Due to postal reasons this giveaway is open to UK residents only (so sorry!).
Thank you for your support & good luck!!
*This blog post has been produced in collaboration with EBTC. Samples of the product mentioned were supplied to me free of charge to try however this review is 100% honest and of my own opinion. I was not influenced in any way by the free samples/incentives supplied and do not promote this product more than other products that I have not reviewed. The products that I am giving away were supplied to me free of charge however I chose to do this giveaway based on the merits of the product itself (from a personal/professional point of view). I do not promote this product more than others that I am not giving away. This blog post contains an affiliate link. Please read my disclaimer page for more information.