These days, people are more conscious than ever of fitting wellness into a hectic lifestyle: some look to yoga, some rely on meditation, some balance their diets, some look to relaxing aromatherapy, and some diligent few (those who really rock at scheduling, that is) will strive for all of the above.
For time-constrained Hongkongers whose days are often packed with indulgent business dinners, or who find it all too easy to reach for the greasy cha chaan teng menu at lunchtime — keeping healthy snacks and beverages around as mainstays can really help to anchor your daily routine, plus stave off the need for calorific alternatives.
With a reputation as the largest essential oil brand in the world today, Young Living is complementing what it’s best known for by expanding its wellness offerings with Slique — a brand new range of healthy snacks and dietary supplements all aiming to help you regulate your calorie intake so you can more easily achieve your weight loss goals. It goes without saying that they’re intended to go with a balanced diet and regular exercise for the best results.
The Slique Ocotea Oolong Cacao Tea (HK$257 for 25 teabags) is not just your regular morning cuppa: the guilt-free oolong-based tea bags are packed with powerful antioxidants in the form of flavonoids and polyphenols. Replacing full fat coffees and sugary milk teas, this makes for a fresh and light start to the day.
Perfect for busy seasons where overtime in the office is rampant, the Slique Shakes (HK$645 for 15 packets) are full, fibre-rich meal replacements clocking in at just 190 calories per packet, which you shake, blend or stir with 8oz of milk (you can also add your own fruits for custom blends). The Berry Breeze flavour tastes vaguely like berry cheesecake — try it with soy milk or almond milk; we found using full fat milk to be too rich and cloying for the palate. A packet also gives you 16g of protein, 23g of carbohydrates, and about 20% of the daily recommended intake of a wide range of minerals and vitamins, such as vitamin C, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, niacin, iron, zinc and plenty more.
When you’re feeling peckish between meals, the Slique Bar (HK$230 for six) is a delicious, chewy medley of fruits and nuts for a satiating snack. We got to try the Tropical Berry Crunch variety, which features superfoods such as wolfberries (goji berries), chia seeds, quinoa crisps, coconut as well as orange peel oil and cinnamon bark oil, making it lightly aromatic, as well as awesome for your digestive system and overall an uplifting and guilt-free midday treat.
The Slique line rounds out with two other products to help with nutrient absorption and digestion: the Ningxia Red Wolfberry drink (HK$941 for two), an antioxidant infusion made with goji berry puree, a super blend of fruit extracts and essential oils; and the ComforTone herbal supplement (HK$441 for 150 capsules), which uses herbs and essential oils to support a healthy digestive system, helping you to flush out residue from the body.
For those who prefer a more ‘no-brainer’ approach to getting their diet back on track, you can also shop for 15- or 30-day collections (HK$2,263-4,408), as well as an “Assist” pack (HK$1,099) that is perfect to keep in the office, consisting of tea bags and snack bars for grabbing on the go. Each pack also comes with a Slique essential oil and a ginger vitality essential oil.
Of course, no matter what dietary products you choose, at the end of the day the only surefire way to weight loss is to safely create a calorie deficiency — to have greater energy output than what you’re putting in. With that in mind, Young Living’s new health food line may just be the extra boost of convenience and nutrition you need to get the energy input-output formula back on track.
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