Another day, another nutritional range review – after all, who doesn’t like the sound of a quick fix to get healthy and tone up?
When the opportunity came up to review the Nutribuddy range, I jumped at the chance. I was sent the breakfast bundle (consisting of a breakfast flavour powder, instant porridge and a shaker, as well as add on’s chia seeds, coconut flakes and flaxseeds), but what really drew me in was the fact that that all the products are entirely vegan (as well as vegetarian – obvs – gluten-free, soy-free, lactose-free and sugar-free!).
In actual fact, at first I didn’t even realize it was an aid for weight loss – I was intrigued by the fact that it was all vegan and, for a long time, I’d been struggling to think of more vegan breakfast products. I struggled with breakfast as it is when I was eating meat, so trying to find healthy vegan options in the morning when, as a whole I’m not a big fan of breakfast, was something I’d struggled with.
Therefore, I chose to review this product for the sure fact that I could replace my boring go-to breakfast of avocado on toast.
But more about the product.
WHO ARE NUTRIBUDDY?
As a company, Nutribuddy create their products to fit three core values:
Safe | When buying any health products – it’s vital to know what you’re buying is safe. We always have safety at the forefront of our minds when developing any new products. Despite our ‘safety first’ ethos we have still managed to develop some of the most effective products on the market with clinical studies to back up the effectiveness of the core ingredients.
Healthy | We believe health products should actually be healthy! We ensure all our products contain healthy, natural ingredients and we don’t use any unnecessary bulking agents, fillers and other unnecessary added ingredients, to ensure our products are pure and healthy. We only use natural flavourings. All our products are Non-GMO and our whey protein comes from grass-fed cows.
Effective | The Nutribuddy team have spent countless hours formulating the Nutribuddy products to make sure they really work! All our products are based on real science and where applicable the key ingredients have robust clinical evidence to back up their effectiveness as well as safety. To view real Nutribuddy results, visit our testimonials page.
I love these core values, and the testimonials page is extremely motivational – it’s so nice to see physical photos of actual customers and the results they have achieved by using Nutribuddy’s products.
WHAT’S IN THE PRODUCTS?
The Nutribuddy Breakfast
contains organic gluten-free oats, organic flaxseeds, organic chia seeds, organic sesame seeds, organic desiccated coconut, vanilla flavour and stevia, whereas the instant porridge includes just gluten-free instant oats, flaxseeds and stevia – so all good stuff!
HOW I GOT ON
I started my breakfast kit not long after returning home from Mexico as a boost to get me back onto my fitness regime (it turns out getting in a new relationship can make you super lazy). Mostly, I relied on the breakfast blend, simply because it was so easy to put together and drink on the go. You simply measure out three scoops (using the included scoop spoon of which I do not know the correct name of!) of the organic oats, seeds and coconut and 300ml of milk or a milk substitute, pour it all into the shaker and, well, shake. The taste is delicious and it kind of tastes like a sweet but light milkshake. This surprised me, as I’d tried oats in the past and found them RANK. It was ideal for on the go though and even when I knew I was staying at my boyfriends house, I’d measure out the power into the shaker (or a small container) in advance so that I could just add milk at his – so it was really easy.
I also enjoyed the porridge, but one thing I will say is that the suggested number of scoops to use doesn’t result in much porridge and certainly not enough to fill you up. I mean maybe that’s the point, as in to eat less, but I tended to add an extra scoop or two as I felt this stopped unnecessary snacking later in the day. I also added the flaxseeds and coconut shavings on a few occasions and some fruit, which resulted in me finally being able to put together a super cute oat bowl that was totally Instagram worthy. I’m also not a huge fan of porridge normally, but this porridge was delicious.
Day to day, I actually didn’t feel a huge change. I didn’t feel like I had extra energy or that my hunger was quenched, but in a typical placebo effect, the fact that I was choosing a healthy breakfast over anything else did make me feel more upbeat and like I was doing a job.
Although I didn’t feel different day by day, I actually did notice a difference after a week or so of using the breakfast kit. I looked a little less bloated but physically I couldn’t see that I had lost any weight. HOWEVER. After weighing myself at my Nan’s, I realized I had lost weight.
When I finished Veganuary and spent a week binge watching unhealthy food before slowly easing myself back into going vegan, I weighed myself and I had put on weight. Simply by going from full vegan to full not vegan, I put on just over half a stone.
When I weighed myself after a week or so of using these products, I had lost around about this amount and found my weight exactly the same as it was the day I stopped being vegan. Therefore, I had lost the weight I had gained since going back to eating meat, which was reassuring.
It’s interesting that that’s what the scales said, although I didn’t physically see a huge difference. However, I guess there is that old age debate; some people believe you shouldn’t listen to the scales and just concentrate on how you look and feel, but, on the other hand, your physical weight fluctuates due to bloating and water weight etc, so it’s hard to deny what the scales say.
I did try and ease back into my fitness regime during this time too, albeit very slowly. I probably managed one workout a week.
So, in conclusion, I do believe it worked – alongside a few work outs – but not in the way that other nutritional ranges had for me. I didn’t feel any different, but it was clear to see that I did lose some weight.
Because of this, I would likely try this product again, especially as I believe it is worth the price: for £35.98 you can get the full breakfast kit (with the add on flax seeds, chia seeds and coconut shavings), for a 14 day supply. I do believe you get enough in the kit to last you three weeks or perhaps even a full month though.
There’s also a three month shipment plan which saves you 30% and works out to £21.59 a month – however, if you cancelled after three months I’d strongly suggest you’d be left with enough ‘kit’ for five or six months!
What do you think? Would you give Nutribuddy a go? Let me know!
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*Please note, although I received this product free in exchange for a review, all opinions are entirely my own.