Roots Collective recently launched here in the UK and I was kindly sent the full collection to try out. I’m always keen to get more vegetables into my diet and this seemed like a quick and easy way to do it. I found them very useful to have in the kitchen and as I’m keen to repurchase them over the summer months I thought I’d tell you about them.
At first you might think Roots Collective are a new selection of smoothies but they’re actually whole vegetable blends. The blends have a much thicker consistency than traditional smoothies. Each blend contains 85% cold pressed vegetables and they don’t have any added fruit juice. Each bottle contains at least 1 of your 5 a day and there are 127 calories or less in each.
There are 5 blends to pick from, each bursting with vegetables and their own unique recipe. You can simply drink the blends straight from the bottle or add them into soups, pour them over salads or make sauces with them. It’s your chance to get creative.
Green Warrior – Cucumber, Spinach, Avocado, Honey, Courgette, Coconut Milk, Lime, Parsley & Chives. I drank this blend straight from the bottle. Although it is very much a green blend I found it easy to drink and very tasty. This one had quite a smooth consistency and was very refreshing. I think it will be perfect for hot summer mornings.
Sweet Beets – Beetroot, Red Pepper, Avocado, Cucumber, Honey, Lime & Ginger. I used this one as part of my breakfast. I took a little inspiration from the Roots Collective website and mixed 3/4 of the bottle in with my rice flakes. I also added a little water and a sprinkle of granola on top. It was delicious and such a quick and easy way to kick-start my vegetable in-take for the day. I’d happily drink this one straight from the bottle, I actually did just that with the remainder. However, when I buy this again I’ll probably still be using it as part of my breakfast, it was just so good.
Garden Greens – Cucumber, Peas, Avocado, Honey, Kale Lime & Mint. This one works perfectly with a pasta dish. I used my favourite pasta from Gusto Nero and warmed up Garden Greens in a pan before pouring it on top. It was delicious and very quick to put together when I got in from work.
Carrot Zing – Carrot Juice, Carrot, Coconut Milk, Ginger, Honey & Lime. I drizzled this over a lunch time salad and then drank the rest straight from the bottle as an afternoon snack. It has quite a thick consistency with lots of bits in. I thought it was very tasty and I actually wished I’d drank it all from the bottle. I think this one would work well warmed up as a soup during the colder months.
Asian Sling – Carrot, Spinach, Yellow Pepper, Coconut Milk, Avocado, Lime, Coriander, Honey, Red Chilli & Lemongrass. I used Asian Sling within a leek and potato soup. It really gave a good flavour to it, especially with the lemongrass and chilli. You could also heat this up on its own as a soup which I think would work really well.
I love that Roots Collective are so versatile. If you need to knock one back as you rush out the door they all taste good. Alternatively, you could take them into work to warm up for lunch or get creative with them for your evening meals. I’ll be purchasing them again and would love to know if you’ve tried them and how you use them.
You can buy the blends directly from their website.