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Vivo V5 Plus IPL Limited Edition.

Vivo V5 Plus IPL Limited Edition smartphone is now available to purchase in India at a price of Rs 25,990 which is cheaper than the original V5 Plus launched back in January. With all that power under the hood,the premium looking limited edition smartphone does not burn a hole in the consumer’s pocket. The new V5 Plus IPL edition is priced at Rs. 25990, which only seems worth all that hardware and a customized look for the cricket enthusiasts.

 

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The IPL 2017 title sponsor, Vivo, has partnered with Flipkart for online sales of the phone, and it is going to be an exclusive partnership with the e-commerce player. However, the smartphone will also be available for offline sales as well in retail stores.

The special edition device is a bit different from the standard model when it comes to the design, as it has a new Matte Black finish and sports an 18-carat VIVO IPL logo engraved at the back. Otherwise, the V5 Plus IPL Limited Edition has the same hardware as the regular Vivo V5 Plus.

 

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The new IPL Edition Vivo V5 Plus has exactly the same hardware specification and features as the regular Vivo V5 Plus. The dual-SIM smartphone comes with a 5.5-inch full HD (1080p) IPS display. It is powered by a 2.0GHz oct-core Snapdragon 625 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of inbuilt storage, missing a microSD card slot. It runs on the company’s own custom UI, Funtouch OS 3.0, based on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow.  Connectivity options on the limited edition Vivo V5 Plus include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and more. To keep it running all day, the smartphone has a 3055mAh battery. The camera is the highlight of the Vivo V5 Plus, as the main focus is on the front camera, which has a dual lens system. The phone features a 16-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF) and LED flash. The selfie camera includes a 20-megapixel shooter coupled with an 8-megapixel  lens and the aperture is f/2.0 aperture.

 

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Vivek Zhang, CMO, Vivo India, said, “Today, one cannot ignore the power of online medium and through this association we want to give a chance and comfort to consumers across both mediums to own this exclusive product.”

A Teaholic’s Story

My Sip Therapy

I believe tea is a therapy for your body. Wake up to a morning cup of masala tea and see how it leaves you feeling light and active. Awakening your senses – one sip at a time.
My tea journey started way back during my school days when I used to bribe my maid Yeshwaribai, asking her to mix tea to my boring white milk to make it more palatable.

When I started my weight loss journey, green tea was my companion all the way. Green tea is not a mere fad. In fact, this invigorating beverage has been a source of bliss for thousands of years — much longer than I’ve been drinking tea!

Oh! What’s so special about this ancient elixir? And where has it come from?

I know for sure that tea originated from China many many centuries ago however, I am not going to google and bore you with those details. Green tea is one of the traditional remedies that has been getting attention of late. Some of the active ingredients in green tea can stimulate a process in the body that enables fat burning (oxidation) for a short period. You can drink cups of green tea throughout the day as part of a weight loss regime and strategic eating plan to support fat stripping.

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Typhoo Tea

Once my sister offered me a Typhoo green tea sachet in a hot cup of water, post lunch. I instantly loved the flavour of this hot beverage and ever since I am a regular user of Typhoo teas. Especially their fruit infused and green tea flavoured varieties. This British brand is in the tea business since 1903. Typhoo has developed and come a long way to be loved in close to 50 countries world over.

From picking the leaves from the best tea bushes and blending those leaves to create the perfect taste, to vacuum packing the tea and locking in the freshness. Every part in the Typhoo process is dedicated to making sure you experience a perfect tea-drinking moment in each cup. We should add one cup of green tea everyday in our lives to have a healthy lifestyle and heart.

 Typhoo Treasures

Being a teaholic, I love the range of rare and exclusive blends Typhoo Treasures has to offer.
Morrocon Mint is my favorite in the green tea variety. This is a beautiful gift box, you can gift someone who is struggling to lose weight instead of those high calorie chocolates and cakes. It contains:

  • Finest assortment of Teas & Infusions
  • Package contains Total of 90 enveloped Tea Bags ( 9×10 Tea Bags), (90 Tea Bags*2g)
  • 10 envelopes of each: Fruit Infusion (Orange Spicer, Lemon & Lime Zest & Black Currant Bracer)
  • 10 envelopes of each: Premium Tea (Gold, English Breakfast & Dcaf)
  • 10 envelopes of each: Green Tea (Traditional Tulsi, Moroccon mint & Natural) 

    This can be ordered on Amazon too,  check the link here Typhoo

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Cheers to good health
“It’s a fad, but a good fad. At least, it has great health benefits.”

From burning fat to preventing bad breath, blocking the growth of skin cancer cells and aiding liver function, it has become the super drink of the moment.

To sum this all up, all I can say is that you have nothing to lose by drinking green tea. Oh well — I know it works for me, and I’m sure it will work for the rest of the world too.
So I say “drink up and say cheers to this cup of good health.

Do write and comment on how you liked Sweetannu’s post or let me know your personal tea experiences.
🙂 🙂 🙂

Exercising with Triaction

Most of us are aware of what happens to the body when we exercise. We build more muscle and more stamina. Moreover exercising just makes you feel so happy. But one feels awkward with that bouncy movements during vigorous exercises. Continuous and repetitive movements can result in soreness, pain and sagging. Therefore, every woman, no matter what size she is, should wear a sports bra while running or exercising.

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A Fitness session with Triumph and F2 Fitness.

Triumph is  one of the world’s largest intimate apparel companies. They announced the launch of its new Triaction Sports Bra collection on 30th June, 2016.  In collaboration with much reputed F2 Fitness, Bandra, they hosted an exhilarating fitness session where every participants got an exclusive preview and a chance to try out the new sports Bra.

 

Mrs. Jennifer Kapasi, Head of Operations, Triumph International introduced how to ‘Find the One’ sports bra that matches your body type and fitness goals.

 

 

Next, F2 Fitness co-founders Farah Vohra and Neville Almeida amped up the energy levels by giving the participants a glimpse into their internationally certified Les Mills classes. We got a few short sessions in Bodypump, Bodycombat and Bodyjam. Never felt so energized and pepped up after a workout. F2 Fitness ideally believes  “Getting Fit and Remaining Fit” helping each member to achieve their desired goals and fitness levels. WooH!!

Highlighting the new Triaction Sports Collection.

1)It comes in superb fit and energizing colours
2) Specially designed for women who are on the move, the racer back style brings added stability and support. 
3) Its moisture-absorbent mesh fabric add -on feature is definitely the plus point,  providing a dry feel to the wearer!
4) The foam pads give you a flattering look.
5) Individual cups control bounce and give extra support.

 

 My take on Triaction

Working out with Triaction was like magic. I didn’t once adjust my straps or even feel a slightest bit of discomfort. It felt dry and is a definite ‘must have’ for me, a woman who enjoys fitness. Now  yoga, gym, cycling, kickboxing or whatever I want to do, I will do with Triaction.

 

Find the One that moves with you at Triumph! Available at select large format stores, multi brand outlets and leading online portals.

  • Colours: Black, Neon Green and Neon Orange
  • Size Range: M to XXL
  • MRP: Rs. 1,699/-

 

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Presenting Presto Lunches

Oh Yes, I love to fine dine at five star restaurants. Who doesn’t ?  Last Saturday I went to The Trident- BKC for Lunch. I was there to try out #prestolunches, a three course Italian meal at Botticino, their Sleek contemporary dining room serving  traditional Italian cuisine .

 

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The Beautiful reception

A warm and inviting reception,  a huge spacious interior, elegant and clean ambience, neat and tidy tables,  charming and courteous staff made the Botticino the perfect place to fine dine for me that afternoon.

Presto Lunches


The Presto Lunches menu at Botticino  is a three course elaborate spread with a number of options to pick from for Rs. 990/- plus tax. You can call and book a table from Monday-Saturday for lunch.

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Items on the Menu.

Coming to the food we started with the appetizers. I tried the highly recommended Beetroot Tartare with orange spheres and beetroot macaroons. A visual treat served up with sweet flavours, refreshing and enjoyable to my palate.

 

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Fresh and sweet appetizer.

My companion for the afternoon Shimareet Bhasin, Communications Manager at the Trident seemed to be enjoying her Black pepper chicken served up with mash and grape reduction.

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For Mains I wanted to try the Red Snapper. This Poached Red Snapper was such a healthy option for main course. It was cooked in a glass jar with exotic vegetables, orange juice, and prawn stock. Served on a bed of potato mash mixed with olives and basil. This simple dish had no spices yet full of flavours.

 

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Shimareet had the Angel Hair shrimp pasta with olive oil, garlic and parsley. I enjoyed seeing her slurping it up with delight.

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The meal ended on a sweet note with us both indulging in chocolate.

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The Chocolate Feuillant- Spectacular to look, smooth and rich to taste

 

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I had the Costa hazelnut- Dark Chocolate mousse & hazelnut cremeaux

However right from the time we entered to the end I would only say one thing that Presto Lunches  over exceeded my expectation.

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Food – 4.5/5

Menu – 4/5

Service – 4.5/5

Ambiance – 4.5/5

VFM – 4/5

Will SweetAnnu visit again? …YES!! For sure. Its Total paisa vasool. Come on!! Gang of Girls lets fine dine and enjoy Presto Lunches at The Trident 🙂

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Maybelline’s Summer Essentials

I actually pictured myself whacking the hot sun and sending it behind the clouds.Well,that’s not possible so lets try and beat it in a race and stay cool this summer. Summer plays havoc with our skin too, adding to our woes of dullness, stickiness and sweat.

Maybelline says “Not anymore.”  They sent me a  #StaySummerFresh kit to review. The Summer Essential kit came  in a glittery zip pouch. It contained

  1. White Super Fresh Compact
  2. Colossal Kajal
  3. Baby Lips

 

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So lets get to business and review these products.
Up first is the…..

 

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1) Maybelline White Superfresh
Maybelline Compact powder is beautifully styled in a white compact case, sturdy yet sleek round plastic case with a mirror attached to the lid. A good quality application puff is also provided along with the package.  White Super Fresh compact is available in three different shades Pearl, Shell and Coral, suited for Indian skin. I have tried the Pearl variant and am very happy with its dry effect. It is suited for that summer no make up look.

 
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2) Baby Lips
As we all know, Maybelline New York has an exciting and wide range of lip balms under the franchise ‘Baby Lips’. Honestly this lip balm needs no introduction at all, I love baby lips as it really gives me soft happy lips. The texture of this lip balm is non-sticky, soft and smooth. It is very easy to apply, two or three swipes and the job is done. Don’t we all love all the flavours it has to offer?:)

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3) Collosal Kajal 
Do I need to say anything about Colossal Kajal?  The effect it has is mesmerizing. I am happy that Maybelline included this waterproof Kajal in their summer essential kit so that summer sweat won’t ruin your eyes. It is long lasting and totally worth the price.

 

So now get Summer ready with Maybelline New York Summer Essential Kit just like my little first time Model  Binaisha Irani. Thank you Doll for doing the photo shoot with me and send me Baby lip pouts on Snapchat.

Godrej Expert Rich Crème HairColour

Everyone has a different opinion when it comes to colouring your hair. Hair colouring can be done to either cover your grey strands or to change your look on the whole. When experimenting with hair colour, make sure that you choose the best of the hair colours since you do not want to cause any damage to your hair. This time I am giving my hair beautiful colour & “Dekhbhaal” with Godrej Expert Rich Crème Hair Colour.

 

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Available in 5 shades:

  1. Natural Black
  2. Black Brown
  3. Dark Brown
  4. Natural Brown
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Product descriptions:
• Pack contains 1 tube of Crème colourant (50 g), 1 bottle of developer (50 g), 2 conditioner sachets (12 g) & 1 instruction leaflet.
• Pack can be used multiple times to our convenience
• Goodness of Aloe & milk protein that makes your hair soft & shiny!
• No ammonia formula keeps your hair damage free.
• 30 minute application.

Price: Rs 120 for the new Multi- Application pack.

 

Simple Directions for Use:
1) Pour equal amounts of the developer and the colourant into a mixing bowl
2) Blend them well with a brush.
3) Make sections in your hair with a tail comb.
4) Now apply this mixture on your hair with the brush and leave it on for 30 minutes.
5) Rinse with water thoroughly, apply conditioner provided. Leave on for two minutes and  rinse again.
6) Towel dry your hair or a light blow dry will also be fine.
7) It’s so Easy- Peasy! I managed the whole “colouring” process fuss free. 🙂

 

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My final views

I am so glad I got a chance to try out Godrej Expert Rich Crème Hair Colour. There was no ammonia smell at all unlike some products in the market that claim to be ammonia-free yet smell very strong. However, I recommend a patch test like any other hair colour in the market – it’s always better to be safe.
Instructions were easy to follow without any mess at all. The goodness of aloe and milk protein kept my hair soft & shiny after the wash. There was no hairfall while washing too. I am totally happy with the product.

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I love my new Hair Colour!

YAAAAY!!! And the best part is that the goodness of the ingredients lends you that extra ‘dekhbhaal’ only an expert can give. So go on, use Godrej Expert Rich Crème Hair Colour and experience #DekhbhaalRichCremeKi in totality.
You can follow the brand on the following platforms:
Website –http://www.godrejexpert.com/
Facebook –https://www.facebook.com/GodrejExpert
Twitter –https://twitter.com/GodrejExpert
Instagram –https://www.instagram.com/godrejexpert/

Emerging Triumphant with Triumph

A week ago, I had the incredible honor and privilege of being invited to a ‘Bloggers Meet’ on 3rd February at the Jade Room, Hyatt Regency. This event was by Triumph, one of the world’s largest intimate apparel companies who announced the launch of Triumph’s new Magic Wire collection and the Romance Lace collection.

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The onset of February brings out the butterflies, excitement and the colour red – it’s Valentine’s month. And there’s no better way to celebrate than with some chocolate, wine and lingerie – it doesn’t matter if you’re celebrating with your loved one or celebrating your singlehood. I don’t know about you but I just love the month of February, its time for birthday celebrations and Valentine’s Day making this month so very special for me.

 The Bloggers Meet

 

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The event began with greetings and salutations. Ms. Jennifer Kapasi, Head of Operations, Triumph International (India) begun the session proudly showcasing Truimph as an 130 year old company present in 120 Countries. I loved the way she projected Triumph as a brand for every women. If your need is lace to T-shirt bras, or beginners to nursing bras, Truimph has now evolved with one for everyone.

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The Romance Lace collection- is a highly sophisticated lace series, artistically crafted with contrast color two-tone flower embroidered lace emphasizing trendiness that offers the perfect balance of sensual and feminine .It is time to discover your inner romance this Valentines!

 

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The Magic wire collection- This collection had a ingenious new cup design, it felt so soft, flexible because of the new built-in silicon wire. it was super smooth and light weight so I guess its comfort for the whole day with no strain or pain. Only with comfort and the feel good factor there is lots to gain.
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Thanks to the Home Salon we bloggers had a pampering nail art session. Get in touch on +91 8080223388 to get an appointment and a service in the comfort of your home.

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We all had some fabulous snacks with tea, coffee. A special mention to the creamy mushroom and parmesan puffs.

 

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And every bloggers meet is incomplete with some crazy sweet Selfies and a group picture of everybody present.

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Where can one find Triumph…!

Triumph exclusive brand store, Skyzone, High Street Phoenix, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai, Tel No – 022 6673 9382 along with major large format stores in India such as Shoppers Stop, Lifestyle, Pantaloons, Central, Westside and Globus and leading online portals like Zivame, Amazon, Myntra, Jabong, Snapdeal, Paytm and many more 🙂

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SweetAnnu’s final views.

The silicon wire is not fixed hence movement and comfort level will be higher than regular that uncomfortable underwire bras. The bra feels smooth on the skin, is creaseless and seamless.
Lycra as a fabric is more breathable hence keeps one cooler than cotton. The bra is light weight making it more user friendly with comfort the top priority for the working Indian woman.
All I can end by saying I am #InLovewithTriumph 🙂

Lets Make India immune with Dabur Chyawanprash

Dabur Chyawanprash, has been a brand we all can relate to. I am sure we all have had it in some stage of our lives as it is a product over 100 years old. It builds and strengthens the immune system for fighting viruses and bitter colds especially when given to children.

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School is a child’s second home. It’s where the child studies, plays, socializes and spends most of the day time. A school must be a safe, happy and clean environment to groom a batch of healthy-happy future citizens of our country. Healthy schools mean healthy kids and hence healthy nation. Developing immunity happens to be the most important agenda of parents and schools.

 

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We teachers and mothers should be thankful to Dabur for the steps taken towards achieving the mission of a healthier India. As they say ‘healthy roots lead to a healthier tree’, so it’s our duty to ensure that our children get a healthy environment to grow in. An environment that helps them develop a strong foundation. And that is why Dabur Chyawanprash has decided to take the lead for the same.

 

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This year continuing their endeavour and apart from the search for the most immune school of India, Dabur Chyawanprash has collaborated with GOONJ to spread warmth in these harsh weather conditions. They have started a warm-clothes collection drive. This drive would reach 1800 schools across 19 cities. The collected woollens, sweaters and clothes would be then handed over to GOONJ, to take it ahead from there.

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Goonj has also started its nationwide campaign Odha Do Zindagi, raising the need for woolens in regions where severe winter is taking its toll. Due to lack of adequate woolens, many poor people even lose their lives. They are targeting a collection of over a million pieces of woolens and blankets initially.
I am doing my bit by contributing and spreading awareness. Do participate in the campaign… Contribute, create awareness, and organize donation camps.
LET’S JOIN THE MOVEMENT. LET’S MAKE INDIA IMMUNE
Kudos to Dabur Chyawanprash & GOONJ for this nation-wide noble endeavour!

Maybelline 12 hour fresh Compact

Hello!! Lovely ladies…
I am excited today to review the new Maybelline New York’s White Super Fresh Compact Powder just launched in the market.

 

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Love at first sight

Maybelline Compact powder is beautifully styled in a white compact case. It came in a sturdy yet sleek round plastic case with a mirror attached to the lid. A good quality application puff is also provided along with the package. The puff and the powder are separated by a thin plastic film. I really loved it instantly 🙂

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Price- At Rs 150/- for 8 g
Shades – Available in 3 shades for your skin tone: Pearl (Light to Medium), Shell (Medium) & Coral (Medium to Dark).

 

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Smell- No particular strong smell but a pleasant feel overall.

 

Main Ingredient –contains pure perlite, a skin perfecting powder that makes skin lighter while absorbing sweat and oil.

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The Shell shade blending with my skin tone perfectly

My experience

At the beginning I used it in the mornings. The new Maybelline New York’s White Super Fresh Compact Powder gives a neat matte finish to the skin on application. It did not feel chalky and blended evenly and smoothly. It lightened all my blemishes on my face. It was non too powdery and felt natural, like the no make up look. Best of all I did not sweat or feel something is applied on my face.
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What I like about Maybelline  Compact Powder

  • Attractive, easy to carry packaging.
  • Has a good inbuilt mirror.
  • lightening smooth effect on skin.
  • The texture is not chalky .
  • Mild fragrance.
  • Economically priced.


    What I didn’t like about Maybelline  Compact Powder

  • Lacks SPF so sunscreen has to be applied before compact.
  • You need to touch up after 6 hours at work to feel fresh again.
  • No ingredients list.

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    Final Verdict

    Overall I liked the product, as it is value for money. It gives a decent effect after application. If you have not  then you must give it a try soon.

    I hope my review made sense to all those reading. Please write your comments after reading. I would love to get feedback.

    Keep smiling.
    Keep shining.
    It’s bye for now from SweetAnnu 🙂

Staeta Soy Milky – A nutritious story.

My First impression of Soy Milk

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I am always linking blogposts to my childhood memories however this one is unique. My first introduction to the existence of Soya Milk was when my cousin was declared allergic to regular milk as a baby and was recommended Soymilk by doctors as an healthy alternative. It was then that the whole idea of wholesome nutrition and its benefits came to light.

Benefits of Soy Milk

As the taste of commercial soy milk improves more and more people are drinking it as enjoyment. But many people drink soy milk for the added health benefits. So what are the benefits of drinking soy milk as compared to cow’s milk?

Benefit 1: Soy milk contains only vegetables proteins

Benefit 2: Soy milk contains no lactose

Benefit 3: Fewer people are allergic to soy milk

Benefit 4: Soy milk reduces cholesterol

Benefit 5: Soy milk is rich in isoflavones, calcium,vitamins and minerals.

These are just few of the benefits and the list is endless.

New Product in Indian Market

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We are all familiar with some existing brands which sell Soymilk in the indian Market. Let me introduce to you Staeta Soy Milky. Staeta Soy milky is lactose free and heart healthy source of high quality protein. Soy milk can be handled and much used in the same way as dairy milk. It is extracted from whole soya bean which is a healthy alternative of dairy milk.

I recently sampled some flavours and would like to share my views on what I felt on the product
Packaging- 200 ML in a rectagular tetrapak
Price – INR 25/- for each tetrapak

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Flavours-
Staeta Soymilky is available in 5 different flavours. Original, Natural, Chocolate, Malt, and Kesar Pista.
Original-  This is slightly sweetened  which can be used to make tea, coffee, milkshakes, smoothies and in other dessert preparations as a substitute for milk.

Natural- This is an Unsweetened variety of Soymilk  extracted from whole soybeans naturally. This can be used to make tofu. I had it after a workout and felt totally energized as I got my quota of protein power from it.

Malt- This was a personal favourite from all. It tasted so yummy when I had it chilled. Rich malty flavour, the sweetness was not so over powering. It will be a runaway hit with kids.

Chocolate- This tasted like a chocolate milkshake added with lots of chocolate. Sweet and refreshing you cannot believe its soya milk if had in a glass.

Kesar Pista- This was lightly flavoured with sweetness and kesar pista. I wish I could actually get the feel of kesar pista instead of a light flavour. But then its packed with calcium, minerals and the goodness of Soya making it that perfect drink.

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SweetAnnu’s Report Card-


4.5/ 5 for the quality of product, packaging and pricing.

5/5 for the nutritional benefits and goodness of Soya.

So  go all out and try Staeta Soymilky today.

Check http://staeta.com/staeta/ for further details, store locators and recipes. 🙂