A few weeks ago I was sent a some products to review from Viva Pure:
Viva Pure are a web based company that sell an excellent range of products including raw foods and ‘super foods’. I absolutely love the ethos of this company – their mission statement can be found here, but basically they believe that good nutrition should also mean good taste, a sentiment I can certainly relate to!
I was sent three products to try out:
These are completely raw having been sprouted and dehydrated at a low temperature to improve their taste and nutritional value. I swear that these taste exactly like cheesy doritos! They contain garlic and onion powder, cumin, chipotle pepper and himalayan crystal salt. 85g costs £3.95 so not cheap but they are really tasty. You could probably get a similar product else where or just use plain pumpkin seeds for a lower cost, but with this product you are getting better nutritional value and taste – especially if you crave doritos and need a healthy fix! I can’t say I would be able to justify spending so much on these when other cheaper alternatives are available but they are very good.
This semi powdered mix contains a range of ‘super foods’ including chia seeds, goji berries, raw cacao and maca. You can use it in a variety of ways – to keep it raw you can mix it cold with almond milk or, as I did mix it with regular oats for a warm porridge. It would also make a fantastic topping for smoothies or mixed with yoghurt. I really like this mix, it has a great deep cinnamon chocolate flavour and the ingredients list is just amazing. Again, this isn’t cheap at £5.25 for 184g but it is full of the finest quality raw super food ingredients and it is a pretty versatile product. I would happily treat myself to this when I had the spare cash available. The porridge shown above was made with the mix and oat bran and tasted amazing!
I absolutely love this granola! I have to say it may be the best I’ve ever tasted (although I can’t say I’m any kind of granola expert!) This is raw as the ingredients have been dehydrated to preserve all the enzymes and nutritional benefits. It contains organic pecans, almonds, sunflower seeds, apple, cinnamon, agave and so on. I just loved this – really crunchy and chunky with the most delicious apple cinnamon flavour. I’ve been using it as a topping for smoothies but of course this could be eaten with fruit and almond milk to keep it raw or with yoghurt or just as a snack. Its £5.98 for 212g – pricey but I have found that I use granola quite sparingly as a topping and therefore that would probably last me a while. Like the chia super food porridge mix I can say that I would purchase this product as a treat when I could afford it, yum!
Along with these products I also purchased some of their maca powder, raw cacao powder and chia seeds, all of which I have found to be excellent. I have also been particularly impressed with their website as it contains quite a lot of useful information on raw food, why dehydrating is good, what the deal is with sprouting etc as well as several recipes.
Overall this is a great company and website to look at if your interested in raw foods and ‘super foods’. I know that ‘super foods’ aren’t for everyone, they are certainly more of a luxury but I enjoy incorporating them into my diet. If you are interested in finding out more about super foods take a look at Lana’s blog Being That Change – she has done some excellent posts on super foods.
*As with all my reviews I was given these products for review purposes – all comments are honest and my genuine opinion and assessment of the product*
Have you purchased anything from Viva Pure or been on their website? What’s your thoughts on raw and ‘super foods’?