I like to keep fit, eat healthily and lead an active and rewarding lifestyle. As a single parent to my two young children, Millisent 7yrs and Gabriele 2yrs, it’s important that I have the maximum strength and stamina to single-handedly juggle all of the tasks and obstacles that family life throws at me. And a vital part of working out is undoubtedly providing your body with the correct nourishment and recovery that it needs to fuel your muscles, which is why I adore the new Juiven8 Protein Infused Fruit Juice range.
Each 250ml bottle of Juiven8 is a delicious ready-to-drink protein fruit juice which helps to promote toned bodies, boost workout performance, support weight management and aid post-workout recovery. Blended with delicious real fruits and coconut water, Juiven8 is packed full of antioxidants, electrolytes, vitamins and amino acids, with each 250ml bottle containing 12g of whey protein. As a vegetarian I try to add plenty of soy and raw nuts into my diet to boost my protein intake, but it can be difficult as most protein comes from meat, so it’s fantastic to have a delicious fruit juice that can help me to hit the levels needed to support and maintain my workouts.
Juiven8 comes in two fantastic flavours of Mango, Pineapple & Coconut Water or Blackcurrant, Acai & Coconut Water; which are perfect for sipping in the gym, keeping in the fridge at work, or popping in your handbag for when you’re on the go. The drinks should be kept refrigerated and shaken well before use as the fruits separate when left to stand, and once opened each bottle needs to be consumed within 24 hours. Protein is an essential nutrient with your organs, muscles, skin, hair, nails, bones and even certain hormones being made up of some amount of protein, and on a daily basis your body uses protein to build and repair these tissues, especially when working out. Protein is considered to be a vital nutrient to maintain and develop lean muscle, and an essential nutrient for anyone wanting to stay lean or tone up and get in shape.
Juiven8 use a premium grade whey protein which is packed full of amino acids, keeping you feeling full and making you less likely to snack. Juiven8 source fruits that have the most natural health benefits, such as the acai berry which is hailed as a super-food, is high in antioxidants and packed with fibre, and the delicious blackcurrants contain a high level of vitamin C and GLA. Mangoes are also an excellent source of vitamins A, B6, C and E, which help your body to fight off infection and maintain fresh and healthy skin. And finally, pineapples are naturally low in calories, contain a proteolytic enzyme that helps digest food and taste sweet and succulent.
Not to be confused with coconut milk, coconut water comes from young green coconuts and is naturally isotonic, rehydrating and rich with natural electrolytes such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium and potassium. These electrolytes help maintain and restore fluid levels in the body and regulate muscle function when exercising. Coconut water is also cholesterol free, 99% fat free, low in carbs and low in naturally occurring sugars. Juiven8 juices are produced in the UK using only the finest ingredients, with each flavour specifically formulated to optimise the heath-boosting, antioxidiant, vitamin rich properties of the carefully selected fruit extracts. The drinks are not pasteurised in order to preserve the natural goodness, and a tiny amount of Stevia is added which is an all-natural plant sweetner 200 times sweeter than sugar but with zero calories or carbohydrates, and is used to complement the taste of the fruit.
The blackcurrant & acai juice is mouthwatering with its rich, full and deeply tropical fruity flavour that leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste tingling through the tongue and really quenches your thirst. As a cold juice it is incredibly moreish and I found myself pushing through my workout simply to enjoy my juice straight from the fridge at the end. The mango & pineapple juice is ever so slightly thicker and puts me more in mind of a shake or smoothie. It is light, smooth and refreshing with the subtle fruitiness of mild sweet mango and ripened pineapple. How refreshing it is to find such natural and health inspired juices that taste divine and assist in a positive and active lifestyle. And the cooler pack they come in is perfect for taking them along to the gym or out on a jog. It has certainly enhanced my workouts, helping my muscles to recover and spurring me on to reach the finish line for my quenching fruity protein drink after each session.