Monday, July 15, 2019

All about: new Dose & Co




A few months ago I first heard word of Dose & Co, a new health and wellness supplement range by New Zealand-born, US-based naturopath and nutritionist, Libby Matthews (above). I was immediately intrigued and now I’ve tried some of their offering – totally in love.
Also the co-founder of Two Islands Co. (although no longer with the company), I first met Libby when she and her sister began the Julia & Libby brand, which became known around town for creating deliciously decadent recipes free of refined sugar, as well as often dairy free, gluten free and vegan. Libby herself has always been the ultimate picture of health and wellbeing, and clearly well qualified to do her own thing when the right time came about.
That ‘thing’ is the aforementioned Dose & Co, which is a range of clean, sustainable probiotic protein powders and bio-available collagen powders that have been designed with good health and great taste top of mind. Focused on improving health from the inside out, each product has been developed to improve gut health through nourishing, high quality ingredients free of fillers and artificial flavours – and the one I’ve been taking tastes pretty amazing too.
The range features two New Zealand ‘firsts’ – the first probiotic protein powder and first collagen creamer (specifically designed to be added to coffee).  These are formulated using only clean ingredients that have been sustainably sourced (an absolute must when it comes to collagen supplements), and what they come in has been just as carefully thought out. Alongside spending a huge amount of time sourcing sustainable and clean ingredients that taste great, Libby took the upmost care when considering the packaging, which is fully biodegradable - the carton, spoon, packaging (even using paper cellotape).  
In Libby’s words, “the range has been designed with simplicity in mind - the easier it is for you to adopt, the more likely you are to use it and the longer you’ll feel the benefits. Whether it’s the addition of the Collagen Creamer to your morning coffee, a scoop of the protein powder into your post workout smoothie, or swapping out flour for protein powder in baking.”
I haven’t tried the plant- based probiotic protein powder, but it sounds like a definite winner. As well as containing easily-absorbed GanedenBC30 probiotics, it has been made up of European GMO-free yellow pea protein, which has been mixed into three flavours: Chocolate Fudge; Creamy Vanilla and Salted Caramel Toffee. “It was really important to me to use natural, clean ingredients,” says Libby, “so instead of the usual sweeteners used in protein powders and supplements, we have used Monk fruit extract. Monk fruit extract has high antioxidant properties, contains zero calories, zero carbohydrates, and it does not affect blood sugar levels making it suitable for diabetics.” 
The Collagen Creamer I have used, both in my coffee and smoothies. It uses German Bovine collagen which helps improve digestive health as well as skin, hair, nails and bone health. With a base of coconut milk, it is packed with MCT fats, so is perfect for those following the KETO and Paleo diets, and it’s available in two flavours: Vanilla and Mocha. 
Available from doseandco.com, the Protein Powder comes in two sizes, $54.90 for 500 grams, and $94.90 for 1kg, whilst the Collagen Creamer comes in a very pretty 350 gram tub for $54.90. 

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