If you are someone who are looking for ways to lead a healthier lifestyle (in terms of diet) in an enjoyable manner (LOL, sounds weird, I know.. But read on!), I am sure what I am going to share with you in this blog post may somehow appeal to you.
YES, ESPECIALLY MANY OF MY FRIENDS WHO ARE ALWAYS TELLING ME THAT YOU ARE AFRAID OF BEING FAT AND UNHEALTHY.
Don't get me wrong, I am not trying to promote or advertise blindly without facts - Everyone loves reviews based on personal experiences, so here I am - with photos to share as well!
With thanks to William and USANA for the invitation, I had the opportunity to try out a really fun session with their latest product - MySmartShake.
What's MySmartShake, you ask?
My first impression when I heard the name was, "Eh, is it a kind of milkshake?" LOL.
Well, close. But not entirely.
ONLY HEALTHIER, AND YUMMIER.
(You must be thinking I am kidding. Well, I'm not!)
Simply put, MySmartShake is a customisable protein-based
shake that help consumers meet their personal lifestyle needs by rebalancing their diets.
I don't wish to bore you out with too much details about health (I know this can get pretty boring), but allow me to share some information about it that will benefit you in the long-run. Read first, and thank me later!
Admit it, sometimes we know that a certain food is unhealthy BUT yet we gave in to temptation (Seriously, who can give up GOOD food?!)
Such as these: -
Saliva drooping, no??
Delicious as most unhealthy food are, the modern Singaporean diet comprises large amount of processed carbohydrates and the excessive intake of these is often associated
with obesity, heart diseases and diabetes.
Our bodies cannot live with fats, too. BUT MANY OF US ARE GETTING FATS FROM THE WRONG SOURCES - known as UNHEALTHY FATS.
It's really a headache to balance the essentials in our bodies, it's either the fats too much that led to obesity (Agree or not?!) or lack of certain nutrients.
Some people simply don't give a damn because it's a hassle to keep a balanced diet.
That is why I am amazed when I got to know about the invention of MySmartShake. I can't wait to share with you guys too because this is really fascinating!
With ONLY a few simple steps, you can "rebalance" your diet and witness improvement in the long run.
“Packed with complete proteins, reduced levels of simple carbohydrates, coconut oil as a healthy source of saturated fat and no refined sugar, MySmartShake lets consumers fill their tummies in the most healthy and tasty way,” said Mr. Kenny Tan, Regional Senior Nutritionist at USANA Singapore.
NO WAY. Usually healthy and tasty don't go along well with each other.
OK, enough talk. I shall let pictures do the talking!
A random selfie pic before I headed down to the media launch of MySmartShake:
When I reached the area, I was warmly greeted by the friendly staff. I felt so welcome that I actually forgot to take a photo of the main entrance as intended. No joke. DAMN.
While sitting at the waiting area, I was given a little orange sticker to stick on and the staff told me that I would be in the orange team.
Sounds like there would be a friendly competition going on?!
I was soon led to a cosy seminar room in which I went around exploring the area and took photographs, along with other bloggers who had reached.
The sight of so many of my favourite fruits on the table! I was so tempted to grab a bowl of those juicy-looking grapes!! (but I didn't lah... Cannot spoil my image as a professional blogger mah.)
There were 3 table set-ups that were similar. I had no idea what we were going to do yet at that point of time, but I was feeling the excitement in me. It looked like we would be going to make something.
Seriously, I could feel a healthy vibe in that room. Hahaha.
And here's Ms Lily Farquhar, a lovely lady who is certified holistic health coach! It's a really cool job title, don't you think so?! She shared with us some information about health. She definitely made a good example because she looked radiant. Like really radiant. LOL.
Just to share some of the interesting slides that were shown to us during the launch:
Introduction to MySmartShake and how easy it is to prepare:-
There are 2 different types of bases that one can choose from - Whey and Soy. Each packet is made up of 14 servings!
After deciding on the base you prefer for your shake, here's the yummy part- Flavour Optimisers!
According to your mood or craving, you can choose the different kinds of flavours that they have.
HERE'S THE CRAZY PART- THEY COME IN FLAVORS SUCH AS BANANA, CHOCOLATE, CUPPUCINO and ORANGE CREME.
And unlike other drinks of such flavours, USANA's flavour optimisers contain only less than 40 calories for each sachet. Not to mention they are made of NATURAL flavours. In other words, they are not artificially-flavoured, which would be unhealthy.
(I know some of you may be sceptical and think, "Will it really taste so good?!" Well, read on to find out MY verdict!)
Soon, we were split into our teams according to the color stickers that we were given.
I was in the orange team.
I was in the orange team.
Each team were given a theme and we had to make a shake that's related to it. Our team got the theme of "A healthy breakfast"!)
We had to pick 3 different fruits from the long table (It can be ANY fruits we prefer - but we just had to keep our theme of a healthy breakfast in mind!)
Our team picked strawberries, blueberries and bananas.
There was a time limit so all of us were very "Kan cheong". Our table soon turned into a mess! Haha.
We were told to put in 2 scoops of the base (We put the Soy base) together with the fruits in the blender.
I'm really sorry for the blurry pictures because it was not easy trying to capture pictures amidst the excitement that was going on!
*It was not captured here but we added in the flavour optimiser in as well*
We threw in the strawberries first.
And a few blueberries.
(It reminded me so much of Home Economics class! Haha)
Of course, we had to add in some organic soy and water to mix - else it would be too clumpy and dry!
To enhance it, we put in some ice cubes as well to make a cold shake.
You see, everything is up to your preference.
Now.. Ready to blend it, baby??!
It took us a few attempts to blend it because we didn't add in enough soy and water, and the end product was very thick in texture. But we managed to get it right eventually!
It was then that we were told that we had to decorate our shake as well to ensure that it is Instagram-worthy.
WHOA. We panicked for awhile.
One of the team members was very creative and used blueberries to decorate the top. We were praying so hard that the berries would not sink!
"Shall we add in a strawberry as well?"
And we even added a bit of healthy sesame seeds to it. SO HOW DO YOU THINK WE FARE?!?!
Look professional or not?!
*feels a sense of pride*
You want a closer look? Okay.
"NO ADDED SUGAR"!
All of us were so excited with our own masterpiece shake that we came up with all sorts of patterns to capture it at its best.
After the first shake, that's NOT the end for us! We were then told that we had to create a second shake, and it would be judged according to its look and taste!
The winning team will receive attractive Takashimaya vouchers!!
All of us were like "GOSH, I AM SO GOING TO WIN IT!"
That's William posing for a shot (Haha, he looked like he was endorsing the products!!!)
More pics of the masterpieces created:
This was a shake created by another team which I think was really creative!
Nearing the end of the session, we were given the opportunity to try our own shake! Honestly, I love them. And I am sure many others did, too. The cups were gone in 10 minutes!
This is from the winning team. I think they definitely deserve the win - The gradient-like effect of the drink is so cool. It was a pity I did not get the chance to try samples of their shake!
Everyone was in a frenzy of taking photographs and it was funny as we used different fruits to place around the drinks (as part of the "props"). The effects really not bad eh!
After all the photo-takings, we had the opportunity to bring home some of MySmartShake products so we can make our own shake! (Thank YOU, USANA!!)
I was so thrilled and could not wait to start making one of my very first shakes right away. Who knows, I can come up with a very cool drink blended with the best combination of fruits that is worthy of world-class standard. WAHAHA. #daydream
I can honestly say that this session is a real eye-opener...
I still cannot believe that something that looks so nice can taste so nice, too. IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN. Not only that, it has all the health benefits our bodies need - What more can one simply ask for? It's like having so many benefits in a single drink, not to mention that it improves and re-balances our health if consumed over a longer period of time.
I especially love the fact that everything is so customisable and they are not restrictive on it. For example, if I love oranges and apples, I can simply just add them in to make MySmartShake for the day.
They can be tailored according to my daily craving and mood. Hahaha.
I know you must be tempted after reading about my experience - Anyway, no harm trying out and see for yourself. It's a health turner.
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