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Posted on December 1, 2017

Herbalife products: yay or nay?

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Herbalife products

If you follow my Instagram story then you would know that I recently embarked on a Herbalife journey. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the brand, Herbalife is an international nutrition brand that provides a number of supplements and products for those looking to live a healthier and balanced life.

I would normally be a bit sceptical of any sort of brand that claims to offer the same – if not similar – nutritional value as whole foods as I would be quite firm on ensuring I get my nutrients from whole and fresh foods. But my sister spent the good part of last year, the year before and the year before that praising Herbalife so when the opportunity came to try a few of their products out it was a no brainer for me to give them a try!

Here are some of the products I’ve been using for the last couple of weeks 🙂

CR7 Drive

Herbalife CR7 Drive

Herbalife CR7 Drive

This product ranked quite high in my echelon of Herbalife faves – and it’s not because it was created by Cristiano Ronaldo! In fact, that had very little bearing on why took a liking towards it. The CR7 Drive is made of a light- tasting formula that enhances hydration during exercise and increases the performance of a workout.

One scoop of this product has  about 50 calories when mixed with 500ml water and has an incredibly refreshing taste. I take sips of this during my work out in place of just normal water and it always helps me excel during my workout and work up a good sweat.

Final Verdict: If it’s good enough for Ronaldo, it’s good enough for me! 🙂

Rate: 5/5

Price: €13.80 for a pack of 10 sachets

F1 Healthy Meal Nutritional Shake

Herbalife F1 Healthy Meal Nutritional Shake

Herbalife F1 Healthy Meal Nutritional Shake

I’ve never been one for meal replacements. It’s not something I would ever advocate for as I enjoy cooking and eating whole foods. So for the last few weeks I’ve been treating this product as a post work-out snack before my official meal or enjoying it as a dessert after my meal. It is incredibly convenient in that regard. Two scoops contain about 220 cals and 18g of protein when mixed with dairy-free milk and it is pretty filling on it’s own.

So while dieters use this best-selling product as a meal replacement to lose weight, I’ve been using this shake to help me get my calories up as I sometimes feel that I don’t eat enough calories during the day for my fitness goals. The vanilla flavour tastes amazing but it comes in about six other flavours too! Best part? It’s free from soya, lactose and gluten!

Final Verdict: It is incredibly filling and creamy to taste when mixed with milk. It does a stellar job at keeping sweet cravings at bay! 🙂

Rate: 5/5

Price: €39.05 for a 550g canister

Herbalife Aloe Concentrate

Herbalife Aloe Concentrate

Herbalife Aloe Concentrate

This product went down an absolute treat in my house – it didn’t even last a full week! For someone who isn’t yet versed at drinking water regularly during the day, this aloe concentrate helped me immensely. Three capsules of this concentrate gives water a citrus taste making it more likely to drink throughout the day.

A glass of this helps sooth the stomach and promotes good intestinal health so it almost works like a shower for your inside! It comes in three flavours – original, mango, mandarin and cranberry. I have yet to try cranberry and mandarin, but I have no doubt they’d create a refreshingly citrus drink too!

Final Verdict: It didn’t last a week in the house – that speaks for itself, really! 🙂

Rate: 1000% yes!

Price: €38.55 for a bottle of 31 servings

Herbalife Tea Concentrate

Herbalife Tea Concentrate

Herbalife Tea Concentrate

This product took some getting used to as I used a little bit too much powder the first time and it was very strong in tasting. That put me off and I literally hid it in the back of the press for weeks I know… But I have tried it again (the right way this time) and found that using the correct measurements make the world of a difference. The peach flavour tastes a bit like ice tea and it helps that this beverage can be consumed hot or cold!

I will start using it more regularly and getting a bit experimental with it to improve the taste as it provides a temporary thermogenic to the body, meaning it helps kick start your metabolism. It also contains caffeine so it can be used as an alternative to regular coffee – if one would dare to keep their energy levels up in a healthier way!

Final Verdict: I probably shouldn’t have give up on this so quickly considering all the benefits it has, fingers crossed I am more consistent with this 🙂

Rating: 3/5

Price: €27.60 for a 50g

Formula 2 Multivitamin Complex

Formula 2 Multivitamin Complex

Formula 2 Multivitamin Complex

As someone who recently started taking Vitamin D supplements, the idea of taking something that looks like medicine on a regular basis is becoming less and less daunting to me.

This product contains about 21 essential nutrients such as folic acid, calcium and iron. It contains antioxidant vitamins C, E and beta carotene which are all good for promoting healthy bones, skin and nails. It is to be taken three times a day with meals which can be a bit of an annoyance at times but I guess it’s just one of those things you have to do 🙂

Final Verdict: Multi-vitamins are a must in any diet, but I prefer taking them once a day!

Rating: 3.5/5

Price: €20.60

Herbalife Protein Bar

Herbalife Protein Bar

Herbalife Protein Bar

I genuinely feel like I need a drumroll for introducing this product – it is beyond heavenly! I literally have to talk myself out of overeating as I can easily devour a few in a day! But since it does have dairy ingredients I have to treat it as a ‘cheat snack,’ and that helps me control myself – well sometimes!

These bars are perfect for whenever I am feeling peckish and don’t want something too heavy. Each bar contains about 10g of protein and 140 calories – ten calories less than your average snack should have. It comes in four flavours and of the ones I’ve tried, the chocolate peanut butter is my favourite! Read more about it here.

Final Verdict: Can’t get enough of this!

Rating: 1000% yes

Price: €19.80 – 14 per box

Overall, my experience with Herbalife was surprisingly pleasant and I will continue to use some of these products in the future! Have you tried any Herbalife products before? If so, would love to know your thoughts! 🙂

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*These products were sent to me for review purposes, however all views remain authentically mine.


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5 healthy snack bars for your inner #FitFam


If there is one thing that keeps me happy when I’m out and about, it’s the reassurance that I have nibbles in my handbag. I know, I know…. I am worse than a toddler – just feed me and I’ll be happy! I either make my own healthy treats at home or settle for the next most convenient thing: store-bought snacks a.ka. the lazy way out.

Now I have no doubt that the words store-bought might make some of you dedicated foodies wince. But worry not, I can assure you that not all store-bought snacks are bad, especially when you go by my logic – the less ingredients, the better!

Without further a do, here are some of the snacks I like to keep at handy 🙂

1. Pulsin & Beond Organic Fruit and Nut Bars*

There’s no way these could not have made it to the top of the list – these truly taste heavenly! They’re made with high quality natural ingredients and are vegan friendly – free from gluten, dairy, soya, refined sugars and non GM.

To top that off, they’re cold pressed to give the most nutritional value.

The first of the three flavours I tried was chocolate; it exceeded my expectations because I am not a chocolate fan (unless it’s white) so I wasn’t expecting much. But the mix with peanut butter was just perfect. My favourite flavour was the raspberry and acai, you can just tell it’s made of natural goodness! The blueberry is also mouth-watering, but it is on the sweeter side of things.

If you want something less sweet, go for the chocolate flavour but if you want a perfect balance then go for raspberry and acai, You can buy these fruit and nut bars online and filter by flavour, diet and size – as they come in bigger packages too 🙂

2. Homemade Protein Balls

Protein balls

Protein balls

There isn’t a single person who has tried these no bake protein balls and not liked them – these bite-sized balls are both easy & fun to make. Of course you can choose a protein powder that fits your dietary requirements. But regardless of what protein powder you use, they will taste amazing once you combine it with the other ingredients!

Find the full recipe here 🙂

3. Cashew Crush Bars

The Foodie Market Cashew Crush Bar

The Foodie Market Cashew Crush Bar

The first time I tried one of these bars, I was completely taken aback by how good it tasted – I just wasn’t expecting it at all. Much like anyone other foodie, I had this skewed perception that a cheap “healthy bar” in Aldi wouldn’t taste so good – or be that healthy.

But after trying Cashew Crush and other products from The Foodie Market range in Aldi, I have to say I’ve been proven wrong. Cashew Crush bars are made entirely from cashews and dates and have no preservatives or added sugar. They are not overly chewy or overly sweet – they are just right!

You can buy them in a five pack in Aldi or sepeartely for 89c each 🙂

4. Sesame and Honey Bars

Sesame and honey bars

Sesame and honey bars

I have had similar bars to this & found them to be a little bit too sweet for my liking, so I took it upon myself to start making my own. These sesame and honey bars actually taste better than a lot of the store-bought stuff I have tried in the past – and this isn’t me bragging!

While I used honey in my recipe, I have no doubt that stevia syrup would work for vegans. Have a look at the full recipe here 🙂

5. Herbalife Protein Bars*

Herbalife Protein Bar Vanilla Almond

Vanilla Almond Herbalife Protein Bar

As tasty as they are, I treat these Herbalife protein bars as more of a healthy “cheat” due to some of the ingredients in them. I have quite a restricted diet in general, but every now and again I do like to indulge and have something that I normally wouldn’t consume. These protein bars allow me to indulge while remaining on the slightly healthier side of things.

It does contain dairy protein and other dairy products so it isn’t suitable to vegans or anyone with intolerance to lactose. However, the dairy ingredients help increase lean muscle body mass and contributes to increased metabolic rate.

Most snacks are supposed to have about 150 calories, but one of these bars have 10 calories less than your average snack – always a plus! You can order these online or from a Herbalife member by getting in touch with one in your local area 🙂

What are your go-to pick me ups? I’d love to know! 🙂

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*Products marked with an asterisk were sent to me for review purposes, however all views remain my own.

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