When faced with a rainbow it’s hard to determine where to start. Savse smoothies had sent me a set of their 5 smoothies: Super Green, Super Purple, Super Red, Super Orange and Super Blue just when I needed them most – after 10 days at an all-inclusive in Hurghada, Egypt.
It was in with the fruit and veg and out with all the holiday food (the pomegranate and guava can stay). Coming back from holiday just as the Christmas season starts getting going means that it was hectic from the moment we stepped off the plane and checked our phones. As a result, breakfast would have been non-existent were it not for my stash of SaVse!
What I like about SaVse is that they’re compact yet also constitute two of your five a day. They also taste really good – they’re sweet yet not sickly and they all contain some element of veg, especially the Super Green which contains 80ml of broccoli puree (150ml pear juice, 5ml kiwi pulp, 5ml lemon juice, 5ml banana puree, 4ml kale pulp and 1ml spinach juice). I initially thought that the ingredients that were bigger on the label represented the amount in the smoothie but it’s not quite the case.
For anyone who balks at the idea of broccoli in their glass, rather than on a plate, don’t worry, I spent several minutes on my walk to the tube sipping some Super Green and closing my eyes to see if I could taste it. If I thought really hard and called upon my over-active imagination, I just about got a hint of broccoli. Just. Basically, were it not on the label, you’d never know.
The Super Red (with beetroot, apple, avocado, lime, mango and lemon) tastes earthy yet not overpoweringly so. As someone who’s not so keen on beetroot, this is so tasty I’d happily drink a fridgeful – in fact, I’d happily guzzle any one of these smoothies, they all taste great. It’s hard to believe that they’re actually good for you. And that brings me onto another thing – the SaVse name. According to the website, it’s Georgian for ‘crammed’ and these little bottles are certainly crammed full of delicious goodness.
I also like that this is a family business, headed up by Guka Tavberidze and inspired by the smoothies that his mother, Nina, made to boost her iron levels during pregnancy. She continued making them for their children and successfully disguised the veg using the fruit. Other members of the family now seem to be involved in the business and as you can see from the shelves in Boots, Pod, the Camden Co, Fortnum & Mason, Harvey Nichols, As Nature Intended and many other places, they are doing well. Taste one for yourself and you’ll see why!
The newest flavours are the Super Blue and Super Orange and both are equally strong representatives to the SaVse offering. With the Super Orange especially, it can be hard to make celery taste good but they’ve managed it.
When I’ve got a busy day, I love that I can grab one of these out the fridge, along with a handful of nuts (they help slow down the sugar release) and drink it on my morning journey. Better still, they’re all cold-pressed and raw (unpasteurized) so all the goodness is retained and I know I’m starting my day on the right track.
Where to buy: Take a look online at SaVse’s stockists.
How much: From £2.35 for a 250m bottle
Who’s it for? Busy Londoners who want to increase their fruit and veg requirement whilst on the go