I love coffee and feel like my eyes are never really open until I’ve got a mug in my hand so I was only to happy to give GC Skinny green coffee a bash.
Made from raw unroasted coffee beans, Skinny coffee is rich in both caffeine and chlorogenic acid and the latter has been proven to help slow your body’s fat absorption rate while boosting your metabolism. (The mix also includes raspberry ketones and evodiamine, two things researchers have looked at in regards to how helpful they can be in regards to weight loss but so far I think the jury’s out.)
I’ve been drinking Skinny Coffee for a while now thanks to the PR who gave me a whole bunch of it as a Christmas gift (thanks Renate!) and it’s pretty good. It tastes rather mild, a bit like chicory, but packs a caffeine punch so I’ve enjoyed knocking it back before a run. I’m quite sensitive to caffeine, so initially I’d feel the extra voomah* – as though I’d knocked back a Red Bull – but now I think I’ve gotten used to it. I’ve also started adding it to my favourite smoothie when I don’t have time to drink it hot.
As far as any weight loss benefits go, I can’t really judge this as my weight’s fluctuated a bit over the last little while thanks to living it up over Christmas, working it off and then slapping a bit back on again after my sister came down from France and we hit up a zillion restaurants. Still, if it’s got things in it that could be beneficial I’m happy to include them in my life. There’s no single magic bullet to whip off the kilos so you can’t merrily down a ‘skinny’ drink and then not pay attention to what else, and how much of it, you put into your mouth as the day goes on.
Still, like I said, this tastes good and its an easy ‘swap’. If it contributes even just 1% towards burning off the ten thousand kilograms of cheese I eat when my sister’s in town then I’m a happy camper.
Anyway, ‘cos I’m a sharer, I thought I’d fill you in on my favourite smoothie, the one flat mate and I whip up almost every single day.
The Bomb Diggity
1 banana (a potassium bomb – brilliant for runners)
handful frozen blueberries (low in kJ, high in fibre and rated one of nature’s most potent antioxidants)
a 3/4 cup of almond milk (you could use milk but we like to keep dairy to a minimum)
1 Tbs chia seeds (omega acids for the win)
2 Tbs Lifematrix Tropical fibre powder (This is made using coconut and pineapple fibre. It’s gluten-free and the only one I can find that doesn’t bloat me up like a whale but keeps you feeling full and really helps things, ahem, move along nicely…)
2 scoops chocolate protein powder (we like super low carb formulations)
1 or 2 sachets Skinny coffee (I throw in one if it’s just me and double up if it’s the two of us. Also, regular coffee works just fine too.)
Toss everything into your blender, whizz it up, serve and enjoy! The recipe makes two glasses and we’ve worked it out as being plus minus 850 kJ per glass. It takes two minutes to make as we’ve always got the ingredients on hand. The only rubbish thing is having to wash the blerrie blender.
*Please bear in mind that everyone’s tolerance to caffeine is different. To give you some perspective, my flat mate doesn’t feel it’s ‘strong’ enough so she drinks Skinny coffee with a teaspoon of regular coffee to get the ‘best of both worlds’. I’ve tried that and then felt like my heart was going to explode. So ja, each to their own.