About a month ago, i received a shipment from Bai with samples of their antioxidant drinks. Bai has a line of 100% natural, antioxidant drinks each containing just 5 calories, hence the name Bai5. They use coffee fruit, the casing that surrounds the coffee bean as the base for their beverage. Coffee fruit is supposedly an antioxidant powerhouse and good for our immune system. Each 8 oz bottle contains about 2 servings and each serving has 35 mg of caffeine which is the same as a cup of green tea. Bai5 is a kosher, vegan and GMO-free product. Out of their 9 flavors, my favorites are Malawi mango, Congo pear, Brasilia blueberry and Ipanema pomegranate. Their first infusion, Sumatra dragon fruit is definitely an acquired taste, it is very mild and really doesn’t have much flavor. The beverages contain erythritol, a sugar alcohol which is not completely absorbed by the body, therefore low in calories. Excessive consumption of erythritol could lead to diarrhea and headaches. But 1 gram in each serving shouldn’t hurt, i suppose.
As for the taste, i don’t think i can ever drink it straight off the bottle, the coffee fruit smell is very overpowering. But they do make a great base for smoothies. I combined the Malawi mango with apples, almonds and flax seed to make this simple and filling breakfast smoothie. Its a win for caffeine lovers, this refreshing smoothie is good as your morning cup of Joe with added benefits from the fruits and flax seed.
8oz Bai5 Malawi mango
1 medium apple, sliced
handful of raw almonds
1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
1. Place all the ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth.
2. If you don’t have a powerful blender like vitamix or blendtec, i’d highly recommend soaking the almonds in 2 tablespoons of water for 20 minutes before grinding it.