Healthy Snacking with Revive

Healthy snacking is a real challenge, and it’s almost an oxymoron. But when the ingredients are clean and wholesome, without compromising on taste, healthy snacking can be possible! When Revive reached out to me for a review on their overnight oats, I just had to agree because I am such a sucker for overnight oats and I wanted to see what their range had to offer.

Four delicious flavours to choose from

What really prompted me to do the review was the use of natural ingredients in the entire range of overnight oats. There are no artificial flavours, preservatives or sweeteners.

Ingredients: Rolled oat, instant oat, organic soybean, freeze dried peach, monk fruit (luo han guo), chia seed, cinnamon.

If you’ve always struggled to get the right proportion or texture of your overnight oats, you could give this a try. In each packet of 300g, just pour out 50g (suggested serving size) and add about 120ml of milk at night and the next morning, you have some seriously delicious overnight oats for your breakfast/ snack!

There is a generous amount of dried peach in the packet (Peach & Cinnamon). If you’re not into cinnamon, the taste of it is not really strong in this flavour. If you would like a stronger cinnamon flavour, I would suggest adding more cinnamon on your own.

Ingredients: Rolled oat, instant oat, organic soybean, freeze dried banana, monk fruit (luo han guo), chia seed, cocoa.

The second flavour I tried was Chocolate Banana. This was da bomb! It’s no wonder this is the most popular flavour. It truly is delish. It feels like eating dessert for breakfast/ snack! It was not overly sweet and I’m so impressed that all the ratios of the ingredients are spot on. I was quite apprehensive about this one because I was afraid that it might be sickeningly sweet, but it turned out wonderful. Not only did I not crash right after eating this, I was energised and kept fuller for longer because of the wholesome ingredients in it.

Ingredients: Rolled oat, instant oat, organic soybean, freeze dried pineapple, monk fruit (luo han guo), chia seed, organic desiccated coconut.

Again, there are large chunks of dried fruit (i.e. pineapple) in this packet (Pina Colada flavour). The desiccated coconut comes through in every bite in his flavour so if you love it, you’re in luck. If not, then this might not be the flavour for you. I found this slightly sweeter than the chocolate banana.

Ingredients: Rolled oat, instant oat, organic soybean, freeze dried mango, monk fruit (luo han guo), chia seed, organic desiccated coconut.

The last flavour is Tropical Mango. The dried mango comes in pretty large chunks so you might have to proportion these out so that you get at least one of these in each serving you make. Again, I thought the desiccated coconut taste came across quite strongly, similar to the Pina Colada one.

Overall, I would say that I enjoy all the flavours. If I have to rank them, I would say Chocolate Banana is my favourite, followed by Peach Cinnamon, Pina Colada and Tropical Mango.

The preparation is easy and convenient. Just pour out 50g or scoop out 4 tablespoons of the package contents and add half cup or 120ml milk. I have tried it with almond milk and it works out fine too, just that I feel that with dairy, the oats taste creamier. There is no need to add any other sweetener or fruits or seeds/ nuts. Of course, if you would like some other additions, you can go ahead and do so. For me, I feel that it’s just right for me so I don’t add anything else. Actually, I’m very impressed that the sweetener used is Monk Fruit (luo han guo). So clever!

Normally when I prepare my own version of overnight oats, I would have to weigh out/ measure my oats, chia seeds and wash/chop some fruit to add to it in the morning so I find that using Revive’s Overnight Oats cuts down prep time. It’s so simple and convenient that there’s really no excuse not to eat healthily.

I actually wanted to try out some granola too but I’m allergic to all other tree nuts except almonds so I had to give that a miss. The nut butters are also worth a mention as they are 100% nuts, no nasties or anything else. That’s what I really like about Revive’s range of foods. Absolutely natural.

Ingredients: 100% dry roasted almond (skin on)

The nut butter is wholesome and fragrant and spreads easily on bread. There’s no added sugar or salt and in fact, the only ingredient is the nut itself. Because nuts naturally contain oil, there might be some oil that settles at the top when you store the bottle. Just give it a good mix before spreading, or store it upside down. I just like to give it a good stir anyway.

If you want to start eating healthily, perhaps you can head over to Revive to take a look at their range of products. They have made healthy snacking and eating convenient and a reachable goal.

Disclosure: Products were provided for review purposes. No monetary compensation was received.

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Fresher, cleaner air at home

Having fresher, cleaner air for our loved ones at home is definitely a priority, especially when they have sensitive noses/ airways. I actually already have one air purifier at home which I had reviewed earlier. But I was eager to try out Starke Living’s air purifier because it is wireless and so much more portable, thereby offering more possible scenarios for it to be used.

Charging it in my living room when it arrived

Not just functional, the Starke air purifier can definitely be part of a stylish setup in your living room. Measuring 16*16*26.8cm, its effective range is 10-15 square metres. There is a leather strap which is packed separately in the box (don’t accidentally bin that!) for you to attach to the air purifier to make it easy to carry around with you.

After the first recommended charge of at least 3 hours, I carried the air purifier easily (only 1.25kg!) to my daughter’s room at night:

The picture above shows the air purifier with the night light on, a function which you can choose, so there’s no need for another night light for your child when it is in use. Placing it next to my daughter’s bed turned out to be slightly disturbing for her so she shifted it to the foot of the bed, on the ledge where it was left on till the next morning. In an air-conditioned room, the sound of the air purifier right next to her seemed to be amplified. She did not complain of any sounds after she shifted it.

At the start of its use, the battery life was 100% as shown in the display screen. The next morning when I checked it about 10-11 hours later, the battery left was 52%. This means that if I intend to use it again later at night while she sleeps, I ought to have it charged.

The charging is simple as it uses a USB cable. When the air purifier is not in use, you can just turn it off with the switch at the back. Because it is so light, wireless and portable, it can be used anywhere you want, even in the car.

Some of the important features:

  • Able to disinfect and sterilize with the release of negative ions to purify the air
  • 360 degree full air circulation
  • 3 types of filters (Primary Filter, Activated Carbon Filter, HEPA Filter)
  • Automatic & Manual Mode available for Wind Speeds
  • USB fast charge with Type C
  • Smart LED display of settings, ambient air quality and battery life

Key specifications:

  • Battery: 10000mAh, 37W (estimated lasting time 20h)
  • Purification level: H13
  • CADR (Clean Air Delivery Rate): 56.8m3/h
  • Noise level: <52.3dB
  • Negative ion concentration: 8000000 pcs/m3
  • Effective Range: 10-15 square meters

Overall, I really like the Starke air purifier because of its convenience. Being wireless is definitely a plus point because you never have to worry about having to plug it in somewhere for it to function. The only downside I feel is its effective range is not very big. But if you are using it in a bedroom, bathroom, car or not a big living/dining room, that should not be an issue. The houses these days in Singapore aren’t particularly spacious anyway. 🙂

Available in white/ grey, the Starke air purifier is retailing at an affordable price of S$150. You can buy it online or try it at Beauty World Centre #02-30 (please make an appointment) or chat online or on the line with their staff at +65 90739848. Starke Living also specialises in luxury, designer bathroom products that are handcrafted such as bathtubs and toilet bowls.

Disclosure: The product was provided for an honest review. No monetary compensation was received.

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