Monday, 17 November 2014

Review : Juiven8 Protein Fruit Juice

I've recently been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to try a brand new protein drink that's coming to market. As you know I've tried many other protein products in the past including Natural Whey Company, MyProtein and Everything But The Cow to name a few. In a market crammed with products of this nature, Juiven8 has managed to differentiate itself.
What they sayJuivenis a delicious ready-to-drink protein fruit juice, which helps promote toned bodiesboost workout performance, support weight management and aid post-workout recoveryBlended with real fruit and coconut water, Juiven8 is packed full of antioxidantselectrolytesvitamins and amino acidsAvailable in two fantastic flavours, Juiven8 is available in packs of 250ml bottles - perfect for consuming in the gym, at work, or on the go.

What makes it different:  Out of existing products that I'm familiar with I would have to say that Juiven8 is most similar to Everything But The Cow. Both are ready mixed, fruit based protein drinks but Juiven8 contains coconut water, which EBTC doesn't, and has a higher protein content at 12g vs EBTC's 7g. 

What's in it: Lots of good things but predominately fruit juice, puree and coconut water with a little bit of stevia for natural sweetness. Coconut water is known for being naturally isotonic, rehydrating and rich with natural electrolytes, cholesterol free, 99% fat free, low in carbs and naturally occurring sugars. Depending on which variety you opt for you can also benefit from high fibre and antioxidant acai berry and vitamin C rich blackcurrants or digestion assisting pineapple and immune system-enhancing mangoes providing a hit of vitamins A, B6, C and E.

My verdict: I didn't expect to like these as much as I do. I found them to be delicious and refreshing without the slight heaviness you sometimes get from a protein drink. I thought it more like a smoothie than a whey drink and a great alternative to milk or milkshake based protein drinks. Because it's pre-mixed you don't risk lumps of powder spoiling an otherwise delicious drink.

These have been especially good for me post-workout in the evening. If I've eaten dinner before working out it's nice to have a protein drink afterwards to stave off midnight hunger pangs. My favourite is the Mango and Pineapple variety, not only because I'm a fan of mango but also because it was slightly smoother than the Blackcurrant ans Acai flavour, which have more noticeable bits in it, presumably from blackcurrant skins.

I can't comment on whether or not these live up to any claims about boosting performance and so on, but there are studies that support these claims for protein in general terms so I see no reason why these, in conjunction with a balanced diet and regular exercise wouldn't contribute to recovery, performance and weight management.

At £3.95 RRP these aren't cheap but if you use protein drinks, value natural ingredients and convenience then they might be for you. They are available to order online and will soon be coming to selected gyms and retailers.

If you fancy trying Juiven8 I'm delighted to be able to offer you a 10% discount on all orders until 1st December using code V9CRD4DM7LW1. This can also be used in conjunction with the free shipping that's being offered on packs of 12 or more so there are some good savings to be made. Enjoy!

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Disclaimer: I was sent six bottle of Juiven8 for free in return for writing a review. Opinions are my own.

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