Smoothie balls are currently all the rage. Some people enjoy them due to convenience, or for a health booth. No matter what your reasons for using them are, if you are a Coeliac or gluten intolerant then the brand you use, needs to be gluten free. Today I’ve quick review and look at the Hummingbird ‘Blendies’.
Hummingbird is a Melbourne based company that creates blendies in five different flavours. Blendies are smoothie balls that are gluten free, paleo friendly and most are vegan (some contain honey). Made with no refined sugar and all natural ingredients.
The instructions are pretty simple to follow, drop one blendie ball into your blender with fruit and liquid of choice, then blend and enjoy. There are suggestions for recipes on their website with each product.
The five flavours available include:
- Protein ( Raw Cacao, Pea Protein and Date are just some of the ingredients)
- Antioxidant (Dragon fruit, acai, goji berries are just a few of the ingredients)
- Energy (Turmeric, ginger and coconut oil to name just a few)
- Cleanse (Matcha, spinach and spirulina to name a few ingredients)
- Kids (Orange Juice, Date, Honey and Tumeric are just a few of the ingredients)
I found in the protein variety that the pea protein flavour was noticeable. For me that isn’t a great flavour, however, the cacao did balance it out. When mixed with some berries, I do enjoy it but there is always a slight pea protein after taste.
This was definitely my favourite of the five flavours. Adding extra blueberries or other mixed berries to this blendie add a lovely flavour. There was a harmonious balance between sweet and the pea protein taste when additional berries were added. If you use coconut milk, it also adds flavour that masks the protein taste. I’d happily enjoy this antioxidant blendie in my breakfast smoothies.
This is essentially the adult version of the kids blendie. Again it utilizes orange juice from concentrate, as well as turmeric and ginger. Add a bit of fresh orange juice and some mango or banana and you can balance the savoury notes from the spices with some sweet. This one is one that I could see myself enjoying just like the Antioxidant blendie.
My least favourite was the Cleanse. It wasn’t bad, just definitely not my cup of tea. The pea protein, spirulina and spinach all add a savoury taste to this smoothie. I found this ball ended up with a grainy texture as well. I could imagine that people who aren’t into sweet smoothies will absolutely adore this one. The ball mixture is supposed to be good for detoxifying the body.
The kids blendie ball can be a bit polarising, I personally love the taste of turmeric and found the combination of Orange juice, honey and turmeric pleasant. For those who aren’t a fan of turmeric, they may not agree. In terms of kids enjoying this, it would depend on the child. If you blend the ball with some more orange juice and mango then it has a lot of sweet flavour to it. This was one of my favourites from the lot.
Pricing for the Hummingbird Blendies starts at $15.90 for a tube of 5 balls. That works out to around $3.18 a ball. Of course, you also need to add your fruit and choice of liquid but if you buy it bulk it could work out to about $5 a smoothie or so. For those who will use them daily, there is also subscription service available that provide a significant discount. The 3 month and 12 month delivery options have minimum order requirements but do drop the price from $15.90 to a minimum of $9.90 (for 12 months, minimum 3 tubes per month).
That’s my quick look at review of the Hummingbird Blendies. If you know someone in your life that may enjoy gluten free smoothie balls, share this article with them.
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Until Next Time;
Ashlee; The Aussie Coeliac.