I’m going to switch gears a little bit here today. It’s been a while since I’ve done a straight-up product review. I generally only accept samples of items that I can incorporate into recipes (and I never guarantee that I’ll write about them). I also don’t generally “do” supplements. But when I was offered some samples of Maqui Superfruit products something caught my eye – they said that I could add it to yogurt, oatmeal, or red wine. I was intrigued. The thought of making a glass of wine “healthy” was too tempting to resist!

By the time my samples arrived, I came to my senses and realized that 1) it was ridiculous to try to justify my glass of wine by adding a supplement to it and 2) adding this to my wine seemed like a really good was to ruin said glass of wine. So much for that idea!

As I read the packaging though, I really did get interested in this stuff. Just 1 Tablespoon of the liquid contains three fruit servings! I can always use help when it comes to eating fruit – especially this time of year when it seems like nothing is in season and everything is expensive. It’s a great source of vitamin C and potassium, and is very high in antioxidants AND it’s organic! It seemed too good to be true, but I looked it up and apparently the maqui berry comes from an evergreen shrub native to Chile (there’s also a Chilean wine made from the fruit).

Since I never really like powdered drinks (I’ve never even liked powdered iced tea or anything like that), I decided to start with the liquid concentrate. You can either reconstitute the liquid with water or drink it as it. Based on the smell I decided the best move would be to get it down the hatch as quickly as possible, so I chose to try it straight up. In a shot glass, which I figured would be the best way to bypass the taste buds.

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Don’t pay any attention to the look on my face in the last photo there. This stuff actually doesn’t taste bad at all! It’s honestly grown on me quite a bit, and my bottle is about a third of the way finished already. It tastes like super strong grape juice with a finish that reminds me of currants. I don’t know if this is the miracle drink that it claims to be, but I do like it a lot. It gives me energy and it makes me feel happy and radiant. In these cold, dark winter months where fruit is hard to come by and a box of clementines costs $8, it could just be because it’s the most nutrition that I’m gettng but I’ll take it! It’s a little expensive, but there’s a decent chance that I’ll buy another bottle when I run out.
As for the powdered formula? As suspected, I don’t like it dissolved in water. It seems gritty. It’s not bad mixed into vanilla yogurt, but for now I’ll stick with the liquid.
I’m a little confused about what exactly I need to say in order to be in compliance with the FTC’s new disclosure policy – I hope this covers it: The products discussed above were provided to me free of charge by Novelle International. While I was under no obligation to do a review, I did tell them that I would do one if I liked the product. All opinions written above are my own. I am not a health professional, and I assume no liability for any health claims written or implied.