Mindful Living | Bionade Review and Giveaway

Mindful Living Bionade

 

Mindful Living | The Project

I started exploring and investigating ways to live my life more mindfully in 2012, when my specialist gave me the official all clear.  The auto immune disease that had controlled my life with chronic illness was officially in remission!  The after effects of having lived with chronic pain and constant illness for many years don’t disappear overnight, so it is even more important that I continue to live as healthily as I can.

My health and pain levels improved markedly when I was on an extremely restrictive diet – gluten free, dairy free, sulphite free, sugar free … et al.  Unfortunately, whilst it wasn’t actually taste free, it certainly was fun free.  My life revolved around planning and preparing food for fuel, rather than for fun, pleasure and entertainment.

I wanted to live a healthy life but I wanted to enjoy the process of eating and drinking too.  From this mindset, my Mindful Living project was born.

It is a project that involves looking at living my life, but with a more mindful approach.  With more thought and attention to what I was putting into my body and what I was putting my body through.

 

Mindful Living Bionade

 

Bionade | Mindful Living

However, because I’m only human and I crave treats, it hasn’t been easy.  Especially over the festive party season and the hot, hot summer.  I have to admit that I’ve had trouble resisting ice cream, chocolate, Champagne, cocktails and my bete noire, fizzy drinks.

That is until Bionade (pronounced Bee-oh-nah-day) came into my life when I was lucky enough to receive some samples for trial and review.  A range of organic non-alcoholic refreshment drinks in four delicious flavours, they are produced in a unique manner involving the fermentation of natural raw materials.  This stuff is the bomb!

  • 100% organic in materials and production
  • Low sugar, low calories
  • Brewed like beer but non-alcoholic, using the same purity laws as German beer brewing.
  • No colours.  No preservatives.  No artificial flavours.
  • Gluten free
  • Suitable for vegans and vegetarians

 

Bionade Healthy Living

 

Bionade | The Experiment

I’ve spent the summer experimenting with Bionade.  For a school Christmas function, I packed a couple and drank them from the bottle, like the beer drinkers around me.  Talk about being a walking billboard!  The interest generated in Bionade was huge – and thought provoking.  Hangovers and drinking too much are almost expected at this time of year. Not for me!

At a Christmas barbecue with friends, I refilled my empty Mojito glass with Bionade when I decided I had had enough alcohol for the evening.  A decision a few of my friends wish they’d taken too, judging by the rate of caffeine being consumed the following morning!

Over the festive season, the Bionade bottles were my new BFF.  They were not only my fizzy drink replacement but my alcohol replacement.  I have committed to reducing my alcohol consumption during the summer season.  The combination of alcohol, a known inflammatory, with high humidity and heat creates swollen joints and pain that can easily be avoided.

Drinking too much sugar, another known inflammatory, is also not terribly good for my joints and pain levels, so replacing alcohol with soft drinks isn’t a great idea.  Water is vital for a healthy life … but hardly exciting or packed with flavour!  This where Bionade became my summer saviour – a yummy flavour with natural low sugar ingredients.  Perfect!

 

Bionade Mindful Living

 

Bionade | The Flavours

The four delicious flavours aren’t sweet and sugary like typical soft drinks, but they are refreshingly different.

Elderberry – distinctively fruity with a European twist

Ginger and Orange – spicy and fruity combined for a zesty flavour burst

Herbs – my favourite flavour, combining various herbs in a tangy crisp sensation

Lychee – a lemony lightly fruity tastebud delight, probably the most kid friendly flavour

 

Bionade Mocktail

 

Bionade | Cocktails and Mocktails

Bionade is delicious served straight from the bottle, or poured over ice in a tall glass, but I couldn’t resist the opportunity to create the Kimba Likes Bionade Cocktail.  As you do.

  1. Chop limes into quarters and muddle.  Make individual mocktails in a glass or prepare in a jug to share
  2. Crush some fresh mint by rolling between your palms and add to the limes
  3. Add a quantity of ice cubes – you can freeze them with rosemary sprigs in them for extra prettiness and flavour
  4. Top up with the Bionade flavour of your choice.  I prefer Herbs but the other flavours work equally well.  Herbs and Lychee combine beautifully.  For the cocktail version, add alcohol of your choosing.  I’ve been making mine with tequila

Serve garnished with a sprig of mint.  Enjoy!  Now that is the taste of summer!

 

Bionade | The Verdict

What can I say?  I loved being a Bionade guinea pig, and am delighted to have created some buzz about a natural soft drink (and alcohol) alternative.

The flavours do take some getting used to but I find them refreshingly different and absolutely delicious.  I will definitely be repurchasing Bionade.

As part of the Kimba Likes Keeping It Real Policy, I decide whether to work with brands and companies based on my own opinion and whether I would repurchase the product with my own money.

I am a huge fan and Bionade is now part of my summer ritual.  If you are interested in reducing your sugar intake (perhaps your alcohol intake too), along with reducing the amount of artificial flavours and colours in your diet, then give the refreshingly different Bionade a go!

 

Bionade | The Giveaway

This is my first giveaway for 2014 and I’m thrilled!  I love being able to share fabulous brands and products with the lovely people who make up the Kimba Likes community.

Please fill out the entry form, and leave me a comment telling me which flavour appeals to you the most, and why.  Open to Australian residents only.

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Kimba Likes Image Credits

  • Images by Kim-Marie Williams
  • Bottle image by Bionade Australia

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  • […] to mocktails for all the fun and flavour without the hangover! Try my Bionade mocktails (substitute for the fizzy drink of your choice), or a fruit & sparkling water shaken […]ReplyCancel

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  • Sarah @Creating Contentment - 31 January 2014 - 6.11 pm

    I like the sound of lychee, but if you reckon herbs is the best then this is the first I’ll try. ReplyCancel

  • Fiona - 31 January 2014 - 5.39 pm

    Lychee would be great for those hot summer afternoons!ReplyCancel

  • Merryl Donn - 31 January 2014 - 5.17 pm

    Lychee. I love fresh lychees and I’d love to taste this lychee flavour.ReplyCancel

  • Jackie @ Hippie Mumma - 28 January 2014 - 9.18 pm

    Ginger and Orange – how refreshing!!ReplyCancel

  • Tia - 27 January 2014 - 12.08 pm

    I’m always on the lookout for new things, and considering their range, I’m keen to try the herbs and lychee. Herbs for me, as I like drins that aren’t too sweet. And I would be keen to find out if lychee would be suitable for my son, who has a load of food intolerances. ReplyCancel

  • Vicki | The Fashionable Mum - 27 January 2014 - 10.45 am

    I’m super interested to try this as hubby and I are cutting out alcohol since the start of jan and I am over the taste of finger beer!

    Oh and interesting fact, my phone autocorrects Bionade in to boobage…ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne Duke - 25 January 2014 - 9.18 am

    These sound lovely !! I would love the Herbs flavour as it sounds very refreshing, just what is needed in a hot summer !!ReplyCancel

  • redambition - 24 January 2014 - 10.46 pm

    These drinks sounds fabulous! I think Elderberry would be my favourite flavour!ReplyCancel

  • The Plumbette - 24 January 2014 - 9.39 pm

    In my current pregnant state, these drinks sound like the perfect indulgent drink without the guilt! All of the flavours sound great but the Orange and Ginger appeals to me.ReplyCancel

  • Grace - 24 January 2014 - 8.52 pm

    Oooh, Lychee flavour! YUMM! Sounds like it’s a great substitute to those vinos!ReplyCancel

  • Jody at Six Little Hearts - 24 January 2014 - 6.09 pm

    Oooh I’d like to try any of these – they all appeal! I had Pneumonia late last year and I am still struggling to get back into things like I was before. Jody at Six Little HeartsReplyCancel

  • Mystery Case - 24 January 2014 - 3.52 pm

    Lychee here too! I love Lychee and struggle to find them anywhere and refuse to do the ones in a can. I’m really very interested in this. I too am on a rather restricted diet due to illness while we still try and work out what is going on while my pancreas and other bits continue to not play the game. I’m wondering what the sugar content in these are?ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 24 January 2014 - 7.55 pm

      I’ve got the Herbs one in front of me. 16.5g in a 330mL serve. Or 5g in a 100mL serve.ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me - 24 January 2014 - 3.41 pm

    I have to be honest and say that Lychee sounds most appealing to me, because I’m trying to cut back and almost stop drinking my vodka and lemon mix and so this is probably a good way to do it without turning to green tea! I’m actually also hesitant to drink anything alcohol with preservatives in because they make you feel so crap the next day!
    Also, I’m so pleased for you, to hear that your auto immune disease is in remission, when I got in to this blog thing about a year ago and read of your troubles I was amazed at all that you did despite having a chronic illness. Happy for you and here’s to a fun and healthy 2014 xReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Thompson - 24 January 2014 - 3.21 pm

    With all of my intolerances and sickness issues, this would be the perfect solution for me. I am debating between the ginger and orange and the herbs. The herbs mainly because this is so different to any other drink and I need a new taste sensation!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Mckenzie - 24 January 2014 - 3.15 pm

    As you know Kimba I suffer from chronic pain and inflammation and may have added another problem into the mix a disorder called RSD my hand and arm swells at night and is very very painful so I have been very mindful I never drink very much and have been having fruit smoothies in my mix and go machine it hasent done anything yet but I know I am adding in more fruit and veggies to my diet and that can only be a good thing.I not sure which flavour I prefer either lychee or the ginger and orange!ReplyCancel

  • Caroline Raj - 24 January 2014 - 2.11 pm

    I found this really interesting. Would like to give this a try. Sounds delicious and healthy – bring it on!ReplyCancel

  • Norlin Mustapha - 24 January 2014 - 12.41 pm

    Not entering the comp because obviously I don’t need to. BUT, I’m loving the taste actually, especially seeing that I don’t normally drink soft drinks or any sugared drinks. A great alternative and yeah…curbs my alcoholic intake too 😉ReplyCancel

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