• Squirrel Sisters Energy Bars Review

    Squirrel Sisters Raw Energy paleo bars

    Squirrel Sisters comprises of sisters Gracie and Sophie Tyrrell who are both passionate about health, wellbeing, and nuts! They have developed all their products from scratch in their UK kitchen, with a little help from mum Jean, and I was really excited when they sent me some of their products to try.

    Squirrel Sisters products are labelled as 'energy bars' meaning that they are not specifically high in protein, but are made with the highest quality natural and whole ingredients and are vegan, raw, paleo, high-fibre, gluten-free, and sugar-free. This means they are the perfect healthy snack for those who are health conscious, and those who suffer from food intolerances or allergies. The bars are cold-pressed, which means they retain all of the fibre, flavour, and vitamins during the production process.

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    Cacao Orange

    Each product comes with two 20g bars in a packet. They are beautifully packaged with stunning branding and design which makes them really tempting and attractive. The bars themselves are the perfect size for snacking, either at your desk or to take out on a run or bike ride. The cacao orange flavour is absolutely delicious, with a real taste of chocolate orange running through it and a devilishly dark undertone from the cacao.

    Cacao Brownie

    The cacao brownie is definitely my favourite flavour of the four on offer by the sisters! It is wonderfully chocolatey and very moreish! I definitely wanted more after I had finished eating it! This flavour is not too sweet thanks to the cacao, but it is by no means bitter which is great.

    Coconut Cashew

    The coconut cashew flavour is very decadent. It's really quite sweet because of the coconut, so that would make it the perfect solution to a sweet craving. 

    Raspberry Ripple

    The raspberry ripple flavour is also very sweet, with little hints of pink raspberries running through each bar which makes them very attractive. Again, this bar is very moreish! But the small portion size is perfect as it means you do not end up over-indulging. 

    Verdict

    I love the homegrown aspect of this brand and how humble both the girls are. They also run a blog with training tips, fitness ideas, and recipes which is a great backbone to their brand. Everything from the packaging to the bars themselves is so original and you can really tell this brand has been developed with care. The bars are gorgeous and delicious, and in perfect handy snack sizes for on-the-go clean eating. The only point I'd make is that making a high-protein range should definitely be something next on the girls' list. It's a 9 from me!

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    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • BodyMe Organic Vegan Protein Review

    BodyMe Plant Based Protein Vegan Review

    BodyMe was founded in 2011 by Leigh Prideaux and is an ethically-conscious UK brand just liked Sundried. Naturally, it seemed like a great collaboration and I was really excited when they sent me some of their wonderful products to try. 

    Chia Vanilla Protein Bar

    With 16g of protein in each bar, I'm off to a great start before I’ve even taken it out of the attractive and well-designed packet. The bars are dairy-free, GMO-free, gluten-free, and raw vegan. Phew! You’d think all that would mean it tastes like cardboard, but it absolutely doesn’t! The texture is not too dense or chewy and they're easily digestible. The Chia Vanilla bar is packed with chia seeds which are a popular superfood; they are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids and are rich in antioxidants, calcium, fibre, and iron. The chia seeds add a subtle crunch and the texture is not too thick or chewy - my mouth didn’t ache after eating it like with some protein bars! All the ingredients are organic with no nasty surprises and nothing made in a lab. It is cold-pressed which means none of the flavour or nutrients are lost in the production process.

    Cacao Orange Protein Bar

    The cacao orange bar has an ideal taste of chocolate orange and the little chunks crackled and popped which adds a fantastic texture. Like the chia seed bar, it is not too thick or chewy and has a delicious taste. It didn't leave an aftertaste in my mouth like some protein products so that was a bonus too. It's fairly moreish, I could've eaten more!

    Cacao Mint Protein bar

    The cacao mint bar was my favourite, it's delicious! I was dubious at first as I was worried the cacao would be too much, but it was perfect.  The mint flavour filled my mouth as soon as I took the first bite, without being overpowering. The texture is perfect, not too chewy and with lovely crunchy bits to keep it interesting. I could easily eat this bar every day!

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    Plant Protein in a choice of cinnamon, cacao, or naked flavours

    The plant-based protein is made from a blend of pea, brown rice, and hemp seeds which makes it an interesting mix! I'm often wary of vegan protein powders as they can be very thick and grainy, but these are fantastic! I think they are possibly better blended with certain liquids - soy milk rather than just water - but I had the cacao flavour powder in my daily spinach protein smoothie and it was great!

    Verdict

    BodyMe has ethics that Sundried really supports and they are a small British brand just like us. Their products are clean and vegan without compromising taste so it's a win-win! It's a 10 from me.

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    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • Rude Health Product Review

    Rude Health Sundried Product Review

    Rude Health is a small London-based food and drinks company co-founded by Nick and Camilla Barnard. They celebrated 10 years of business in 2016 and they aren’t afraid of speaking up about real, honest food. Their ethos is about providing high-quality ingredients and products to the public and they have spent years perfecting all of their recipes. Their bright, loud, and exciting brand really sparks an interest in their healthy snacks and nutrition, but they stay humble by only using the kind of ingredients that you’d use in your home, with nothing artificial or refined. I was lucky enough to be able to try a generous offering of their products and I was not disappointed!

    Rude Health Product Review Sundried Almond Drink

    Almond Drink

    Made from spring water, rice, Italian almonds, organic cold-pressed sunflower oil, and sea salt. That’s it! Just five organic ingredients which make it vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free. It has complex flavours, with the depth of the rice hitting you after the freshness of the spring water. The almonds provide a nice sweetness without the aid of nasty artificial sweeteners or other additives. It would be perfect pre- or post-workout, especially after a heavy triathlon training session. It tastes delicious on its own or partnered with their ultimate muesli. I’m definitely a big fan of this drink and I would happily have it every day!

    Rude Health Product Review Healthy Granola

    Spiced Apple/Honey & Nuts Granola

    Like the drink, the granola manages to be perfectly sweet without the help of chemicals or processed additives. The fruit adds a lovely touch, with the spiced apple providing a little tang in the background. The texture is perfect, not too crunchy, and feels fresh. You can tell this has been made with real ingredients without compromising any of the flavour.

    Rude Health Sundried Review Porridge

    Hazelnut Butter Porridge

    The porridge comes in a super cute individual pot, with a handy guide written up the side of the packaging so that you know how much water to add. It’s very easy to make, just add boiling water! You could easily take this to work with you and either have it as breakfast at your desk or as an afternoon snack to keep you going through a long day. The hazelnuts add a lovely crunchy texture and the cacao is rich and indulgent without being unhealthy! Winner!

    Verdict

    I love the Rude Health brand and all that it stands for. Their humble roots have blossomed into a really exciting brand with strong ethics just like Sundried. Their products taste fantastic and it’s good to know that there’s nothing artificial in what you’re eating. It’s a 10 from me!

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  • Vega Clean Vegan Protein Review

    Vega Clean Protein Sundried Review

    Vega is a well-established plant based protein company in the USA, so when I was asked to try some of their products as they start to make waves in the UK, I was thrilled! Vega was co-founded by Brendan Brazier, a vegan former professional Ironman triathlete, so Sundried and Vega share some common ground in our passion for ethical consumption and triathlon. Vega’s products boast organic ingredients which are all gluten-free, non-dairy, and high protein. What’s not to love?

    Vanilla Flavour Essentials Nutritional Powder

    The vanilla flavour essentials nutritional powder is made from a blend of pea, flaxseed, and hemp. Its wholesome vegetable ingredients provide you with the nutritional building blocks to start your day strong and are high in protein, fibre, and omega-3. Vega says that it’s great as a smoothie, but I decided to try out their recipe for Cashew Vanilla and Coconut Balls, which turned out to be amazing!

    Cashew Vanilla Coconut Balls Protein Vega Sundried

    They are really easy to make - trust me, I am a terrible cook! They smell phenomenal and they are lovely and light with a sweet taste. They make the perfect post-workout snack, and knowing that they are raw vegan and organic means they are totally guilt-free! If you want to have a go yourself, you can find the recipe on the Vega website.

    Chocolate Flavour Clean Protein

    I also got to try to chocolate flavour clean protein, which is a protein powder made from pea, hemp, alfalfa, and pumpkin seed. It’s naturally high in protein and low in sugar which makes it the perfect clean vegan protein powder! It tastes great mixed with water over ice but there are also recipes on the Vega website which you can try.

    Verdict

    So, the verdict. I must say I am impressed! Anyone who has tried several different vegan protein powders has probably had the same experience as me in having to endure thick, lumpy, powdery protein shakes which taste awful! Well, no longer. Vega’s products are light and mix well, and are perfect in tasty recipes so that you can stay nourished and happy all day long. I was really pleasantly surprised by these products as past experiences have made me dubious about plant-based protein, but the nutritional value of these products is excellent. It’s a 10 from me!

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    Posted by Alexandra Parren