Yearly Archives: 2016

Low Sugar Desserts


We all know the dangers of sugar. It has been proven to be the leading factor of both adult and childhood obesity, in addition to having strong links to high cholesterol and heart or liver disease.

Bottom line, sugar is as bad for you as you can get. It contains no nutrients, no protein, no healthy fats, and no enzymes.

Here at Hey Like Wow, we pride ourselves on only providing the good stuff, which is why every one of our soft drinks are packed with fresh, essential vitamins, and contain no artificial sweeteners!

However, as the nights are getting colder, we all need a little added comfort into our day. So, next time you’re after a sweet treat or a pleasing pud, check out our list of low-sugar desserts and indulge, safe in the knowledge you’re staying away from sugar!

  1. Strawberry Vanilla Bean Cheesecake


Not only is this cheesecake free of added sugar, it’s dairy-free, gluten-free, and bake-free too! Taking its sweetness from the natural sugars in dates, agave nectar, and the topped seasonal fruit, this vegan dessert is just as indulgent and delicious as the traditional recipe, only ten times healthier!

2. Carrot Cake Bars


Tried and tested by diabetics, these carrot cake bars have been wholeheartedly approved. You can separate them into bars as suggested (perfect for taking out on the go!), or you can bake them in a circular tin and present as a pie.

3. Banana Bread


This version of banana bread is made with whole-wheat flour, making it a perfect option either for a satisfying dessert or a convenient breakfast. There are a few variations on the website, so you can choose between low-carb, fat-free, gluten-free or vegan banana-bread, all of which completely sugar free! Add blueberries into the mix before baking for bursts of natural sweetness.

4. Chocolate Fudge Cake


Yes, you read that correctly. Gooey, moist and creamy chocolate fudge cake, sugar and gluten-free! The cake gets its gooey-ness from the unusual baking ingredient, avocado, which is packed with all the healthy fats our body needs. While this indulgent and decadent cake is completely sugar-free, it a little high in calories so enjoy in moderation and share with friends!

5. Ginger Pear Muffins


A wonderfully seasonal choice of autumnal ginger, pear and walnuts, these muffins are the perfect size for when you’re craving a pick-me-up. Play around with the recipe, and try apples instead of pears for a little variation!

So, no matter your goal, be it to lose a little weight or effectively manage your diabetes, any one of these mouth-watering desserts will help you on your way! Try them all and tell us your favourite, each of them are delicious, but the proof is in the pudding.


Hey Like Wow Launches in Tesco Stores!


Here at Hey Like Wow, we’ve been working hard to create our range of healthy, vitamin-enriched soft drinks that are not only delicious, but sugar-free, preservative-free and artificial colour-free too.

We’ve managed to capture the goodness of vitamins B6, D, C and calcium by delivering them to you in their freshest form, across a range of exotic flavours, to make drinking Hey Like Wow enjoyable, and not an obligation.

We couldn’t wait to share our innovative new drinks with you, and we’re excited to announce that the wait is finally over. Hey Like Wow has now launched in Tesco stores across the UK, so keep your eyes out for our colourful bottles next time you hit the shops!

It’s been an exciting journey for us already. We are proud to say we recently won ‘Best Children’s Drink’ in the World Beverage Innovation Awards, and our innovative Blast-Cap Technology helped us win ‘Best Packaging’ at the Drum Dream Awards. To be considered in the same competition as international brands such as Innocent Drinks, Lipton, Britvic and Coca-Cola has been a hugely rewarding experience.

As our Hey Like Wow drinks are sugar-free, we have also been accredited by Sugarwise, the organisation that independently verifies the amount of free sugars in food and drink products, and we now proudly display the Sugarwise kitemark. This lets customers know that the sugars they need to count and worry about have been calculated and are low. We think it’s important for customers to be able to make smarter choices when shopping, which is why it is good to know that if you just choose foods or drinks with the Sugarwise kitemark, you won’t go over recommended guidelines on free sugars.

We are pleased to say we also participated in the 2016 Sugar Summit, organised by Sugarwise, which took place at the Houses of Parliament in October. We were thrilled to have been a part of this high-profile event, alongside MPs, health professionals, retailers and charities. The lively discussions focused on health issues related to sugar overconsumption and ways of promoting low sugar and overall healthier diets. We have long believed things need to change when it comes to the amount of sugar in our diets, which is why we created our sugar-free soft drinks, and we are happy to see this issue is being given serious consideration.

We’re excited by what we have achieved so far and are looking forward to sharing our healthy soft drinks with as many people as possible. Get your hands on our delicious drinks in Tesco stores up and down the country. We would love to hear what you think, so please tweet us your thoughts at @HeyLikeWow or get in touch via our Facebook page. We hope you love them as much as we do.


Hey Like Wow wins ‘Best Children’s Drink’ in the World Beverage Innovation Awards!


Here at Hey Like Wow, we are incredibly proud to announce that our innovative, nutritious soft drink has just won Best Children’s Drink at the World Beverage Innovation Awards 2016! Now in its 14th year, these globally renowned awards are designed to celebrate excellence and innovation found across the beverage industry, and reward those who have shown particular flair over the course of the year.

In 2016, there were 229 entries made from 37 different countries around the world. In a fiercely fought contest that saw companies compete in 26 categories, we were lucky enough to come first in ours. We collected our award on November 9th in Germany, at the BrauBeviale Production Trade Fair in Nuremberg.

We competed in our category alongside two highly impressive companies, which has made our victory that much more impressive. It was also another great opportunity to get our name out there, to build up a presence on the global stage and become synonymous with healthy drinking alternatives. To be considered in the same competition as international brands such as Innocent Drinks, Lipton, Britvic and Coca-Cola has been a hugely rewarding experience.

The awards are organised and held by FoodBev Media, an international multimedia company that offers valuable insight around food and drink innovation, as well as trends that are being seen on a global stage. They are a highly credible and respected influencer, and their awards schemes are given international esteem.

FoodBev Media’s marketing director, Isabel Sturgess, summed up this year’s event perfectly:

“We saw a fantastic range of products this year as innovation continues to ignite consumers’ growing interest in beverages. The awards are a great way to keep up to date with the industry’s best innovations across the globe. It’s a great celebration and highlights company successes in areas of finished products, marketing, manufacturing, ingredients and, importantly, commitment to CSR.”

A full list of winners can be found here, with Hey Like Wow 6th on the list.

So why did we win? What is it about Hey Like Wow that impressed the judges and saw us crowned as this year’s Best Children’s Drink?

We believe it is our emphasis on delivering a healthy, vitamin-enriched soft drink that is not only delicious, but sugar, preservative and artificial colour free. We have worked hard to find a way to combine pure, natural mineral water with the highly beneficial vitamins B6, C and D, without losing any of the goodness. We have achieved this through our blast-cap technology, the innovation we believe is crucial to giving children and adults an incredibly valuable drinking experience.

It is great to see our hard work paying off, and on November 14th, when Hey Like Wow will officially be released in Tesco stores across the UK, it will be the turn of consumers, and children, to make their decision. We think you will love Hey Like Wow. Not long now until we can prove it.


The Motivation to Fight Hibernation


Our mental attitudes over summer and winter can be drastically different, especially if you’re one of the 1 in 3 of us who suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). Temperature and light both have a direct impact on our body rhythms, meaning that when they change so radically it’s difficult for us feel like ourselves.

This means that we may start to lack motivation in winter, or go into a bit of a slump, and lose sight of the importance of staying fit.

We’ve identified the three biggest challenges of retaining motivation over winter, and have given our top tips on how to beat them.

When it’s hard to get out of bed:

We get it, it’s warm in there. It’s comfortable, it’s cosy. But it’s a trap! In the long run, you’ll thank yourself for getting up and getting started!

  • Prepare yourself an exciting breakfast the night before. Overnight oats are a delicious start to the day, and versatile too. Pair your oats with different fruit combinations so you have something new to look forward to every morning!
  • If you’re planning on working out first thing in the morning, put your workout clothes on the heater the night before so you can get out of your warm bed and into your warm clothes.
  • Invest in a lamp that simulates natural light for a more refreshing start to the day. The light cues your body to feel alerted and energetic throughout the day.

When it’s hard to leave the house:

Okay you’re up, but maybe you don’t need to go outside. You can just put on comfy clothes, stay home, reply to a few emails while slouching over a coffee?

  • After getting out of bed, jump straight into the shower and then get dressed immediately after. The water on your face will wake you up, while getting dressed will set you up in the mind set of accomplishing tasks.
  • Make sure you have weather appropriate work out wear! No morning is too cold if you’re wearing the right clothes for it.
  • Warm up indoors. It’s important to warm up the body before exercise anyway, but doing so indoors will leave you desperate to get out into the fresh air.

When it’s hard to remember the point:

Over winter, it’s easy to lose the drive that we kept up during summertime. With no shorts or swimsuits to be seen in, we may start to feel like we don’t need to be keeping up with fitness.

  • Focus on how exercising makes you feel, not how you look. When we bury our bodies in thick coats and jumpers, a little extra weight on our tummies may not seem like such a big deal. However, the feeling of confidence and accomplishment doesn’t have to be dress dependent. One suggestion is to write down how you feel after every work out, and read it back when you’re looking for some drive.
  • Make yourself a timeline and write down what exercises you want to do weekly. A twelve-week timeline starting now will take you into the New Year, making you realise how fast time flies! One added bonus of this is that you’re able to monitor your progress, another added bonus is that it takes three months to build a habit. By the time New Year’s Resolutions come around, you’re already ahead!

So beat hibernation season with these tips, not forgetting the importance of a balanced diet.

Keeping hydrated is an important factor in keeping energised, so here at Hey Like Wow, we support you ticking over by creating a vitamin packed mineral water. Free of artificial preservatives, sweeteners or colours, this refreshing and exotic burst of flavour will boost you up during the cold months ahead!


Making the most of your pumpkin after Halloween


In the UK, 7 million tonnes of food and drink are wasted per household every year. That’s more than we throw away in packaging, and equates to £470 a year, or if you’re in a family with children, £700 per year. That’s £60 every month going in the bin!

This Halloween, a large proportion of our pumpkin lanterns will end up adding to this number, but considering their nutritional breakdown, you can try something new instead!

One cup of boiled pumpkin is overflowing with Vitamin A, making up well over 100% of our daily recommended amount. It also contains Vitamins C, E, B6, potassium, copper, iron and magnesium.

At Hey Like Wow, the thought of rejecting these vital vitamins and nutrients goes against our nature, so we’ve put together a selection of ways to use our Halloween pumpkins in delicious and exciting ways to ensure they don’t end up in the bin. To support what we gain from pumpkins, try any one of our exotic flavoured drinks, which additionally includes vitamin D while remaining sugar free and without any artificial preservatives, colours or sweeteners.

  1. Pumpkin crisps

Although crisps don’t sound like a healthy snack, if you make them yourself and bake them instead of frying, they can be! You can also adapt this recipe to make regular potato crisps, or sweet potato, butternut squash, parsnip crisps, etc.

  1. Pumpkin soup

A classic for a reason, pumpkin soup is exceptionally simple to make, and makes for an uplifting meal as the weather gets colder outside. Soup particularly benefits from being made in a slow cooker, if you have one, as the slow, gentle heat really draws out all of the natural flavours.

(Also, check out the mouth-watering roasted pumpkin pasta salad he describes in the beginning paragraph!)

  1. Pumpkin salad?

I’m not sure if you can class this as a salad, or just a delicious medley. The unusual combination of flavours of sweet honey, sour cherries and salty feta is contrasting yet complimentary, making for a fresh yet comforting main or side.

  1. Pumpkin purée

Often when looking to make pumpkin based desserts, the recipe calls for pumpkin purée. Or, any other baking recipe will ask for oil or butter at some stage. You can make up a whole batch of pumpkin purée and freeze it, and use in replacement of oil or butter in any recipe! (This is a particularly delicious combination when baking banana bread).

  1. Pumpkin seeds

Make sure you’re using every part of the pumpkin by roasting the seeds, even if what you’re making doesn’t require them. You can add them to a warm vegetable salad, scatter over soup or baked foods, or if you add other flavourings, have them on their own as a snack packed with essential minerals such as zinc and magnesium!

Any way you use them, pumpkins are a valuable source of nutrients and to waste them would be the true horror of Halloween. Let us know your own ideas on how you plan to cook up and eat the pumpkin poltergeist of your household!


Re-energise Your Running Routine in Autumn


Many runners find the repetitive sound of their feet hitting the ground one after the other to be soothing, almost hypnotic, and a great way to switch off from the stresses of daily life. But what can you do when it’s your running routine that begins to feel repetitive?  Here are some ideas to re-energise your routine and put the spring back in your step:

Create a new playlist

We all have our favourite tracks, one which motivate us to keep going. An updated soundtrack can really make a difference to your routine. If your current playlist is full of the latest releases, mix it up with some classics, and if the classics are your usual thing, download some remixes for your next run. Consider asking a friend to share their playlist and you might find some new favourites. Alternatively, give audiobooks a go. Biographies, comedies and thrillers will keep you entertained and you may find yourself doing an extra lap just to find out what happens next!

Buy a new pair of running shoes

What it is about a new pair of trainers, or any new item of running gear, that always causes excitement and anticipation? If your running routine is as tired as your running shoes, don’t wait for birthdays or Christmas. Find a new pair to inspire you and put them through their paces – you won’t be able to stop yourself. For extra excitement, experience the very latest in Blast-Cap Technology with our Hey Like Wow soft drinks, delivering hydration and nutrients to support your active lifestyle.

Get involved

Sometimes a solitary run is just what’s needed to clear your head and get away from it all, but if you’re feeling uninspired by your routine, why not join a running club? Clubs provide good opportunities to learn new routes and meet new running buddies. The support of other runners is a great way to stay motivated and there is usually a good social element too. Post-run pub lunch anyone?

Reverse your route

If there are limited options for exploring new routes where you live, simply reverse your route to add a bit of variety. This works particularly well if your route includes hills, as you will find yourself running uphill when you are used to a decline and vice versa.

Add spontaneity – the Swedish way

Want to break up your routine with something less structured? “Fartleks” might just be the thing. Swedish for “speed play”, fartleks will introduce an element of fun and games to your regime. Just run at a comfortable pace to warm up and then throw in a sprint – run at this pace until you reach the end of the street, or until the next set of traffic lights, or until you see a blue car. Just have fun with it, it’s called “play” after all!

Go off the beaten track

Pounding the pavements might be your usual routine, but have you thought about where else you could take your workout? The local park, beach or woodland trail will not only offer interesting sights (ooh a squirrel!) but will make you work harder as the terrain is likely to be more uneven than you are used to. Not only that, spending time with nature is proven to give your mental health a positive boost too.

Treat yourself

Running requires commitment and dedication, so don’t forget to reward yourself for all your hard work to keep your spirits and motivation high. Treat yourself to a restorative massage, spa-day, or nice, warm bath to feel rested and re-energised for your next run. Better yet, grab a bottle of Hey Like Wow, to truly refresh after your workout.


How To Get Kids Active This Autumn


As we start to say goodbye to the sunshine, it is time to be a little more creative with how we get children outdoors, so that they get their daily dose of vitamin D. At Hey Like Wow, every single one of our drinks contain this vital vitamin, along with vitamins C and B6 too. This means that all you have to worry about is making sure your kids exercise too!

There are some children who don’t like the idea of playing sport, and that’s okay! There are plenty of other ways to make sure that they are getting the fresh air and movement they need to have a healthy start to life.


There are endless different types of walks you can do! A nature walk takes you along a nature trail and allows for kids to work their imagination, as they discover new items to learn about. Bring a bag so you can collect as you go!

A colour walk is also an innovative way to get the kids out and excited about exercising. Choose your colour at the beginning of your walk and allow your children to run ahead and begin the hunt for everything that matches it. Try taking a picture of each item they find, as a way of keeping track.

If you have a dog, and friends who do too, then why not arrange to get together and walk as a group? Exercise is far more fun with friends, and dogs always provide great entertainment!


A surprisingly physical activity, gardening is great when you want to stay a little closer to home. Studies have also shown that kids who garden have healthier eating habits. Besides, we all know kids love anything that gets them muddy, so it makes for the perfect activity. A simple start would be growing cress, or planting some bulbs so that they can enjoy the anticipation of watching them bloom the following spring!

Scavenger hunt

Devise a list of objects and send your kids out on the hunt! Conkers, acorns or chestnuts are great seasonal ideas! Take it a step further and hide your own objects. Provide a treasure map, set a time limit to ramp up the excitement and get those children running around!

Apple Orchard

This activity has a double-whammy benefit, as not only does the whole family get to enjoy the outdoors, you also come home with a basket of apples! You could give the kids a target number of apples to get in a certain time, or leave them to their own devices, as they run through the trees and reach (or jump!) to pick them.


A new form of treasure hunting, geocaching works by using a GPS enabled phone to guide you around your area, to find real life hidden treasures! By entering your postcode, you are provided with a list of nearby locations where a geocache is hidden. Simply enter the location on your GPS device and find what has been left for you, and leave other treasures for fellow geocachers.

A healthy lifestyle is the balance between diet and exercise, and here at Hey Like Wow we don’t think that children should miss out on either. Try some of these outdoor activities with your little ones today and let us know about your day!


Why Do We Put Vitamin D in Hey Like Wow?


During the summer months, it is great to know that simply stepping outside for a few moments to enjoy the warmth of the sun’s rays on your skin is doing more than just putting a smile on your face – it’s boosting your vitamin D levels too!

Vitamin D is made in our skin cells, in response to being exposed to UV rays from sunlight. During the winter months, however, studies show that up to half of people in the UK could be deficient in this important vitamin.

This year the clocks are going back on the 30th October, signalling the end of British Summer Time and the beginning of colder, shorter days. For many of us, this means missing out on those precious hours of sunlight, and therefore vitamin D, as we sit at our desks or keep warm indoors.

Most of us are aware of the important role vitamin D plays in bone health, as well as the regulation of calcium and phosphorus, which helps to reduce the risks of developing conditions like osteoporosis. However, latest research is suggesting there could be even more to this vitamin than we think.

Cardiovascular Health

According to NHS England, cardiovascular disease is one of the main causes of death and disability in the UK. Cardiovascular disease generally refers to conditions that involve narrowed or blocked blood vessels that can lead to a heart attack, chest pain (angina) or stroke. Recently, inadequate levels of vitamin D have been linked to an increased prevalence and incidence of cardiovascular disease.

Auto-immune diseases

The term ‘auto-immune diseases’ refers to a wide range of conditions where the body’s immune system fails to recognise the difference between ‘self’ and ‘non-self’. When this happens, the immune system destroys cells and tissues of the body thinking they are foreign invaders. Conditions such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes mellitus, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) all fall under this definition. Numerous studies have shown that there is an association between vitamin D deficiency and these conditions, as well as the ways in which vitamin D may prevent and even treat auto-immune disorders.

Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia, affecting over 800,000 people in the UK. It is a progressive neurological disease affecting many functions of the brain. Scientists know that the brain relies on vitamin D receptors to protect itself against things that can damage it, but only recently has there been more research in this area. The latest studies show that adults with a deficiency in this vitamin have a 53% increased risk of developing dementia. Alarmingly, this risk rises to 125% for those with a severe deficiency.

The prevalence of vitamin D deficiency increases with distance from the equator, and Northern European countries have the highest rates of deficiency. This is why it is so important to identify other sources of getting sufficient levels of this ‘sunshine vitamin’, especially when the sun is not shining!

At Hey Like Wow, our aim has always been to provide an easy and enjoyable way of including more vitamins and minerals in your diet. This is why vitamin D is just one of the vitamins we have added to our range of healthy, vitamin-enriched, sugar and preservative free, soft drinks.


No Tricks This Halloween With These Healthy Halloween Treats!


It’s that time of year again! Halloween is a time to get creative with your costume, channel your inner artist with a pumpkin, and get the kids together for a night of games; bobbing for apples, wrap the mummy, and of course, trick or treat.

However, these ‘treats’ are usually bursting with processed sugar, preservatives and E numbers, which we all know to be the true horrors of Halloween, with their links to obesity, heart disease and hyperactivity.

So we have found five tasty alternatives to keep your kids happy and healthy this Halloween! With their creative and fun appearance, children will love them, and you get the peace of mind that you are keeping the real monsters at bay.

1. Chocolate Apples


A perfect alternative to toffee apples, these apples coated in dark chocolate have all the health benefits of dark cocoa. They’re rich in antioxidants and contain qualities which help the heart and circulation, without the high sugar content of toffee and dramatic effect on tooth decay, liver damage and diabetes.

2. Stuffed Pumpkin Peppers


A more savoury option, these stuffed pepper make a great choice if you’re hosting a few children over dinner time! You can get creative with the filling (maybe try spaghetti in a tomato sauce to look like brains spilling out!), or substitute the mince with black beans for a tasty vegetarian option high in protein.

3. Frankenstein Kiwi Heads 


Providing 273% of your daily recommended amount of vitamin C (five times more than an orange!), the kiwi is a valuable treat when the nights are getting colder and you’re in need of a natural immune booster! Kiwis also contain 89% of your daily recommended amount of vitamin K, which has been dubbed ‘the forgotten vitamin’ as despite its major benefits, it’s often being overlooked. Vitamin K is crucial for fighting blood clots, strengthening bones and preventing heart disease. Decorate this healthy head with either blueberries or dark chocolate chips and you’re left with not only an exceptionally nutritious snack but a seasonal Frankenstein head too!

4. Strawberry Ghosts


Strawberries have a long list of health benefits, earning their title as a ‘superfood’. Not only do they contain immunity boosting vitamin C, they promote eye health, fight cholesterol, reduce inflammation leading to arthritis, regulate blood pressure and boost fibre.

Tip: for a more accessible product, use vanilla yoghurt. Simply put yoghurt in the freezer until it becomes a little firmer (not frozen!), dip strawberries, place on parchment paper and refreeze after adding dark chocolate chip eyes and mouth!

5. Witches Broomsticks


While cheese has a bad reputation of having a high fat content, this is entirely dependent on the type of cheese you use. This recipe suggests a reduced fat mozzarella, but you can of course make any other substitutions!

Cheese also has substantial health benefits, such as being a rich source of calcium. This is important for bone strength and growth, as well as helping your heart and muscles function properly. There is also a substantial amount of protein in cheese, which our body uses to rebuild muscles, blood, bones and skin.

It’s important to stay healthy over festive holidays. Head to Pinterest for more ideas on how to stay nutritious and delicious this October. Plus, why not replace the tricks with treats with a luscious Apple drink from Hey Like Wow! Get your fill of vitamins B6, C and D, while still enjoying the excitement of ghosts and ghouls with your sugar and spice and all things nice, as well as the rats and snails and puppy dog’s tails!


The Truth Behind Sugar and Heart Disease


In a shocking new report, it has been found that a sugar lobby group paid scientists to underplay the role of sugar in heart disease. Researchers for the 1960s study, who were influential scientists of the period, were found to have been bribed by the sugar industry and asked to place the blame for heart disease squarely at the door of dietary fat.

Although the original study is now decades old, what it highlights is the 50 year struggle to unearth the true negative health effects of sugar. During the review, it has been shown that the three Harvard scientists involved each received the equivalent of $50,000 in today’s money to skew the results and overlook sugar as a contributory factor to coronary heart disease.

The biggest problem that is faced, even today, is the sheer amount of food company sponsored research. This huge influence on nutrition science is inevitably holding us back from the truth about processed food and drinks. Each company has their own agenda, and will likely find favourable results from a study that they have helped to fund.

What this means is that it is difficult to know which reports and products to truly trust. This is why we have worked so hard to prove our commitment to health. By applying to be a Sugarwise approved product, we wanted our customers to know that when we say we are sugar free, we mean it. Equally, our attendance at events such as the Allergy and Free-From Show this year again highlights our commitment to a truly transparent drink.

We want consumers to know exactly what they put in their bodies and choose products that actively benefit them. As well as removing everything that is bad, we also pump Hey Like Wow full of good too. In an industry where reports don’t always tell the whole story, choose products that you can guarantee the health benefits of.