In the second part of our Gastrotastic Food Heroes special on The Nuli Juice Company, we bring to you the taste test. I know, some of you might counter that this was hardly an arduous job to complete, but as the saying goes, someone has to do it, and do it we did with a delivery of nine flavours from the signature collection. If you are reading our blog for the first time, you can find out more about Nuli and the food hero behind it, Ada Osakwe in our previous post.
Whilst we all know the phrase about not judging a book by its cover, I cannot begin this review of the juices without mentioning the gorgeous packaging. Before you’ve even taken a sip, you are already anticipating bottled goodness, and that is exactly what you get with nothing exceeding much over 200 calories per 250ml bottle. Guilt free glugging – Praise Be! Of the range of juices sampled at Gastrotastic Towers, all were excellent, however as with all things, there were some knock-out stars:
No Dairy Required
Bananarama (Banana, Almond Milk, Ginger) 136 calories per bottle
In a category all by itself, is this healthy alternative to a milkshake. For the lactose intolerant, vegan or those just trying to get rid of the extra roll in their mid-section, Nuli have created a wonder shake that is truly scrummy. The magic comes in those locally grown bananas which have the perfect level of sweetness, teamed with almond milk with its nutty aftertaste, and when pepped by the ginger, one doesn’t miss the sugar or the dairy at all. Fabulous to drink on its own, I couldn’t help thinking this would be insane mixed with bran and flax and dried raspberries, just call it Mazzi’s breakfast gets pimped courtesy of Nuli!
Green Juice Flavours:
Mint Bliss (Mint, Pineapple and Cucumber) 132 calories per bottle
That Morning Kick (Lettuce, Cucumber, Celery, Apple, Lemon, Ginger) 178 calories per bottle
Green Zest (Spinach, Pineapple, Cucumber, Lime, Ginger) 82 calories per bottle
I have always been a massive fan of green juices, and this was before making one’s diet more alkaline had even become ‘a thing’. Of the three that I sampled, That Morning Kick was probably the truest, and the one that being pineapple free, had the vegetable intensity that I love in a good green juice. If you are waking up feeling sluggish after a heavy night or seeking to jumpstart a healthy eating plan this is definitely the one for you. An honourable mention must be made to Mint Bliss and Green Zest, both of which reminded me of walking through a sunny meadow, barefoot, with a gentle breeze behind me. They both had the clean taste of cucumber coming through but as they are lighter and sweeter in taste would go particularly well with a snack of smashed avocado on wholemeal toast for that double dose of green goodness!
Yellow Juice Flavours:
Dr Nuli (Pineapple, Ginger, Cayenne Pepper, Apple Cider Vinegar) 165 calories per bottle
Tropical Heat (Red Bell Pepper, Pawpaw, Mango, Pineapple, Parsley, Basil) 73 calories per bottle
The Simple Life (Carrot, Lemon, Ginger, Pineapple) 159 calories per bottle
The yellow juice selections really showcased Nuli Juice Company’s creativity in flavour combinations. Dr Nuli might have a medicinal sounding name, but this was a detox elixir reimagined for the tropics. The addition of Cayenne Pepper, renowned for its immune system boosting properties, and Apple Cider vinegar that is great for maintaining clear skin, also adds heat and depth to the warmth provided by the ginger. It was a definite case of sad-face when it was finished. Tropical Heat’s ingredients read like a salad, but what one gets is a complex juice that is both sweet and savoury and extremely smooth on the palate, probably my favourite of the three and the one that had me still thinking about its taste the day after. The Simple Life is a great re=invention of a carrot juice blend, which is normally teamed with apple but here is substituted for pineapple with lemon and ginger bringing further zing to proceedings.
Pink Juice Flavours:
Nuli Dream (Watermelon, Lime, Mint) 101 calories per bottle
Spice Root (Carrot, Beetroot, Lemon, Apple, Ginger, Orange) 203 calories per bottle
Okay, so technically, these aren’t really in the same family in quite the same way as the others as there is no common ingredient, but one is light pink in colour (Nuli Dream) and the other a deeper tone (Spice Root), plus one has to group things together somehow so please forgive me. Nuli Dream is a real treat as watermelon is conventionally teamed with something sweeter but the addition of lime and mint gives it a clean and herbaceous finish. However my hands=down favourite and possibly the drink I could order by the crate full forever is Spice Root ; one sip and I felt, I don’t know, alive and oh-so=happy! Onto technicalities: the carrot and ginger is set off by the earthiness of the beetroot and the lemon and orange bring a citrus note which is sweetened by the apple. Bliss in a bottle.
Technology hasn’t yet advanced to the extent that I can embed smell and taste into this post, but then that would diminish the fun of discovering the incredible range for yourselves. So buy online or pop into Café Neo or Nuts About Cakes if you live in Lagos to enjoy the deliciousness that is Nuli Juice. As for me I’m going to spare myself the drama of being low on supplies and become an official online regular!