Kate Percy's Go Bites are a natural snack perfect for taking on-the-go or using as pre- or post-workout fuel. We had the pleasure of trying the exciting new fruity flavours and giving our verdict.
Boost: Raspberry & Cacao
I absolutely love the appearance of the new products by Kate Percy. The vibrant colours are very enticing and my mouth was watering before I even popped one in my mouth. The raspberry and cacao was my favourite flavour as it was so indulgent and flavourful – the perfect treat to look forward to during a tough marathon training run.
As with the original Go Bites, you get 3 balls in a pack and they are perfectly sized and portioned to have before, during, or after a workout. The texture is dense enough to be satisfying without being too chewy so as to hurt your mouth or be a chore to chew. Not only this, they're very handy and easy to store and so are my absolute go-to mid-run fuel for these reasons.
Refuel: Strawberry & Cashew
All of these Go Bites are made to Kate Percy's original recipe and promote the idea that real food fuels you better, which I am a huge proponent of. I find that a packet of Go Bites is the perfect running fuel and stops me from hitting the wall far better than any gel or other goo. Not only this, as they are made from 100% natural ingredients and free from gluten, wheat, and dairy, they are very easy on the stomach and you are unlikely to suffer any gastric issues when fuelling with them.
I had my strawberry and cashew Go Bites after a winter warmer duathlon at the Lee Valley VeloPark. It was a tough race and so having these tasty little bites in my bag to eat afterwards and refuel was absolutely perfect. The taste is awesome – the authentic, natural ingredients taste amazing and the texture is perfect. They're very satisfying and they really sorted me out after the race.
Recover: Blackcurrant & Blueberry
The blackcurrant and blueberry bites are made with rice protein and so give a well needed protein hit after a workout. They contain no added sugar and so are a super healthy food to snack on – whether you're training or not!
This flavour is really delicious, just like the others, and is perfect as a grab-and-go snack. The flavours are so authentic and the serving size is perfectly satisfying.
I absolutely cannot fault these delicious treats! They are unarguably healthy and are absolutely perfect for working out whether you have them before, during, or after. I really support Kate Percy's mantra that 'real food fuels you better' and these balls prove that point perfectly!
Mindful Bites is a health food brand specialising in the promotion of mindful eating. Their flagship products are delicious organic nut butters in a variety of flavours, but their newest product is even more exciting. We were lucky enough to try their new Crunchy Bites and give our verdict.
I really love the branding on this product as it's bright and vibrant while staying simple and powerful. Each product is colour coded to co-ordinate with the relevant nut butter flavour, so if you're a loyal Mindful Bites customer you'll quickly and easily be able to identify your favourite flavours.
Each packet comes with two long sticks which is easy to open and store and perfect for taking on a long run or to throw in your gym bag as a post-workout refuel.
The texture of the Crunchy Bites is really quite exciting. This snack consists of a crunchy gluten-free wafer stick filled with gooey delicious nut butter, meaning it has a crisp outside and a soft, melting middle. I love the contrast of textures between soft and crunchy, it makes the snack really interesting and makes it feel quite indulgent.
I absolutely love the taste of these Crunchy Bites. The product is available in four different flavours: cashew & baobab, almond & maca, hazelnut & berries, and brazil nuts & cacao nibs. Having already tried all of Mindful Bites' nut butter flavours for a review which you can read here, I knew that the pocket of nut butter in the centre was going to be delicious. Whether you're craving a savoury or sweet snack, these bites will satisfy that craving and they are just as good as a naughty snack – without any of the guilt! They're perfect for keeping hunger at bay while at work or for between meals on the weekend.
The nutritional info on these snacks is brilliant – the nut butter boosts the protein content and the exotic ingredients all have their own health benefits. For example, baobab is good for digestive health and and promotes radiant skin while maca is said to relieve symptoms of the menopause and improve mood.
I absolutely love the Crispy Bites as they are so moreish and tasty but packed with health benefits and nothing nasty. They're perfect as a grab-and-go snack and would even be great to put in a child's lunchbox for school. It's a 10 from me!
Zoot Foods was founded a few years ago when a group of friends realised there was no off-the-shelf snack bar with no nasty surprises at a reasonable price. They decided to get to work creating their own range with no added sugar, salt, or fat and thus Zoot Foods was born! I was lucky enough to be able to try their exciting bars and give my verdict.
Zoot Zero Range
I was pleasantly surprised when I opened my box from Zoot and found some chocolate bars in there! Usually, health food brands stick to fruit and nut bars as they are naturally healthier, however Zoot specialise in no added sugar chocolate bars and I couldn't wait to try them.
The chocolate bars are part of the ZOOT ZERO range, a premium-tasting chocolate range featuring four bars: Smooth Dark, Zesty Orange, Creamy Milk, and Hint of Mint. All bars are twin packs featuring 2 x 20g bars giving you the healthy option of eating one and saving one for later!
Zoot utilise the increasingly popular sugar alternatives Stevia and Maltitol meaning the ZOOT ZERO range of chocolate has all the taste of premium chocolate with fewer calories. Stevia, a natural sweetener derived from the Stevia Rebaudiana plant, is grown in Paraguay and Brazil and does not affect blood sugar levels (unlike artificial sweeteners). Maltitol is also a sugar substitute with 75-90% of the sweetness of sugar. Created from hydrogenating maltose, a natural sugar created from corn starch, and with a little over half the calories of sugar, it does not have the same blood sugar impact as refined sugar and both Stevia and Maltitol do not cause tooth decay.
The bars are suitable for vegetarians as well as being gluten free for our coeliac friends. With only 0.9g of sugar per bar I was seriously impressed at how healthy this chocolate bar really is. So, how about the taste? Well, upon discovering that the natural mint extract from Black Mitcham peppermint used in ZOOT ZERO Hint of Mint chocolate is from Summerdown Mint in Hampshire and has been developed by Sir Michael Coleman from the Coleman mustard empire I was pretty impressed! I don't usually like dark chocolate, but I absolutely loved this bar. The mint flavour floats in the background while the chocolate melts in your mouth. Knowing that there's less than 1g of sugar in this bar makes it a totally guilt-free treat!
The milk chocolate bar is actually quite sweet thanks to the sweeteners and the texture is reminscent of advent calendar chocolate. Whether this is a good thing or a bad thing is for you to decide!
Zoot Natural Range
The ZOOT NATURAL range of fruit, nut, and seed bars are made with a blend of dates, sultanas, and currants with the distinctive flavour of each bar provided by the inclusion of a variety of nuts and seeds. All ZOOT NATURAL bars are dairy free, a source of protein, and 3 of the 4 bars have a high fibre content. The ZOOT NATURAL bars are also vegan and gluten free meaning they are suitable for a wide range of people. Each bar also boasts an average of 5g of protein which is very good for a bar that doesn't claim to be 'high protein'.
ZOOT ZERO and ZOOT NATURAL are both free from added sugar and are certified ‘free from added sugar’ by Sugarwise (the new kite mark showing that products have been independently assessed and guaranteed to be low in free sugars.
I'm really impressed by the Zoot brand and their chocolate bars will now be my go-to when I have a chocolate craving! It's a 10/10 from me.
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!
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.
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!
Creative Nature is a young, ethical organisation that was established to promote health, creativity, and respect for the environment, just like Sundried. They source their ingredients from exotic countries like Hawaii and New Zealand to offer the very best in worldly superfoods. I was thrilled when they sent me a selection of their high protein bars to sample.
Apple Pie Protein
The Creative Nature protein bars boast such qualities as being gluten free, dairy free, wheat free, and nut free, meaning that even people with food allergies can freely enjoy them with no qualms. They are also certified by the Vegan Society which means they are ethical and clean. With 8g of protein in each bar, there is a good balance of macronutrients. The Apple Pie protein bar tastes fantastic! It really tastes like apple pie! The texture of the bar is great, nice and soft without being too chewy like some protein bars.
I was a little disappointed with this flavour as salted caramel is my absolute jam, I cannot get enough of it, and this didn't really give me much of that flavour. It still tastes fantastic, but I didn't get the salted caramel vibe unfortunately.
The cacao orange flavour was my favourite of the three which was a surprise! The orange flavour is so authentic despite there not actually being any orange listed in the ingredients. The cacao gives a lovely balance of deep flavours to offset the sweetness of the dates and orange flavour. The added crunch from superfoods such as pumpkin seeds and chia seeds give this bar a fantastic texture and make it very moreish!
The bars themselves are delicious with an excellent texture. The only drawback I'd say is that they're so moreish I could eat them all day! But with that fibre content I don't think my stomach would thank me for it! The flavours are rich and complex and I think they would perhaps suit names that do those qualities more justice. It's an 8 from me!