• Boost Ball Protein Ball Review

    Boost Ball High Protein Sundried

    Boostball is a homegrown UK brand whose ethos is to provide the nation with 'less ingredients, more protein'. Their high protein balls contain all natural ingredients which have various health benefits. The high protein content is conducive to muscle growth and they only contain natural sugars found in fruits and plants. I was excited to try their products as they sound as delicious as they look!

    Maple & Cinnamon Roll

    The balls are raw and cold-pressed which means they don't lose any vitamins or other nutrients during the production process. The Maple & Cinnamon Roll flavour balls have a looser texture than the others which makes them easier to chew. They're nice and light with just the right amount of cinnamon flavouring without it being over-powering. There are three balls in each pack and together they provide 11g of protein which is impressive for such a light snack!

    Chocolate Orange Mud Cake

    The chocolate orange mud cake was definitely my favourite flavour! So chocolatey and moreish, I could've eaten them all day! They are lovely and sweet without the help of artificial additives and the orange flavour shines through really well. This flavour feels so decadent and indulgent, you could eat them to cure a sweet tooth or chocolate craving without having to feel guilty, winner! 

    Peanut Butter Cookie Dough

    The peanut butter cookie dough flavour was a personal highlight too. After spotting peanut butter listed on the ingredients, I confirmed with Boost Ball's 'Chief Roller' Dan Chambers that no palm oil is ever used in any of their products, which is a really important point. Palm oil is not only bad for our health but it's bad for the environment too, yet it is a really common ingredient in many processed foods, including peanut butter. So the fact that Boost Ball steer clear of it is a big tick from me. 

    Coconut Fudge Cake Boost Ball High Protein Sundried

    Coconut Fudge Cake

     The coconut fudge cake balls are covered in flaky desiccated coconut which I love, although it did make a bit of a mess on my desk! The texture is quite hard, I decided that eating each ball whole was the best option rather than trying to bite into it. But this is definitely not a negative quality; they are not so hard that they are difficult to chew. They are perfectly sweet without any added sugar or artificial sweetener which is great. 

    Verdict

    Boost Balls are the perfect snack whether it's to satisfy a craving for something sweet or just something to get you through the mid-afternoon slump at work. It's so great knowing you can have something healthy to snack on that won't taste awful and has lots of protein in it as an added benefit. I love the branding and packaging on these and they're perfectly pocket-sized so you could even take them on a run or a bike ride. It's got to be a 10 from me!

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    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • Creative Nature Superfoods Product Review

    Creative Nature Superfoods Protein Bar Sundried Review

    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. 

    Salted Caramel 

    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.

    Cacao Orange

    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!

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    Verdict

    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!

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    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • Mindful Chef Food Box Review

    Mindful Chef Food Box Review

    Mindful Chef is a health-focused food box company set up by school friends Giles, Myles, and Rob in 2015. Since then, they've been delivering fresh produce and tasty recipes to thousands of people from small farms in Devon where they grew up. Their ethos is helping people lead a healthier life by reducing the intake of sugar and refined carbohydrates. None of their fresh food boxes contain pasta, bread, or white rice, but instead are packed with fresh vegetables and wholesome ingredients. They cater for all different dietary requirements, including vegan, which is the option I went for when they offered to send me some of their fabulous meals.

    Teriyaki tofu, seaweed & brown rice bowl

    The concept of Mindful Chef is fantastic. They send out a box full of fresh ingredients, all weighed out perfectly, and a simple recipe which is easy to follow. Now I hate cooking, and I am terrible at it! I'm talking undercooked veg, overcooked rice, and bland everything. But with Mindful Chef, even a rubbish cook like me can whip up a tasty and nutritious dinner with minimal fuss! The other thing that I love about this concept is that I ended up eating foods and flavours that I would never have otherwise. I don't think I'd even know where to find seaweed let alone how to add it to a recipe! So their teriyaki tofu, seaweed and brown rice bowl was a big winner for me. The flavours are fantastic and really clever; they work wonderfully together to create a really delicious dish. Everything you need is right there in front of you so after a long day at work, you can come home knowing that a healthy dinner isn't too far away. 

    Teriyaki Tofu Vegan Mindful Chef Recipe

    Brazilian black bean stew with brown rice

    This recipe also got a big thumbs up from me. The macros for each meal are very handily listed on the recipe card, and can also be found on Mindful Chef's website, so for those counting macros or preparing for a competition, the hard work is already done for you. Again, the flavours in this dish were fantastic, with the sweetness of the creamed coconut marrying together with the bitterness of the beans to create a great balance. Mindful Chef also includes raw cacao powder in this dish which is a good source of magnesium, used by the body for energy production and promoting good circulation. Another ingredient which I would never have thought to include in my dinner so I love it! 

    Sugar snap, chickpea, and cauli rice biryani

    One of the main ingredients included in this recipe was cauli rice, which I had heard of but never tried. Cauliflower rice has up to 75% fewer calories than regular white rice and it stays fresh for up to 12 months with no preservatives so it is definitely a healthier option. This recipe was also delicious and super easy to make! Its nutritional information is also very balanced, providing 447 calories, 53g of carbs, 21g of fat, and 21g of protein which is very good for a vegan meal.

    Verdict

    I love the ethos of Mindful Chef and the fact that it is a humble British brand just trying to help the nation become healthier. They have so many different recipes that you would never get bored and it also encourages lazy people like me to get more active in the kitchen! It makes cooking easy and they cater for everyone. Their recipes are delicious and healthy, as well as being varied and exotic. I think I might have to sign up for a subscription myself! It's a resounding 10 from me.

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    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • Pip & Nut Peanut Butter Review

    Pip & Nut Peanut Butter

    Pip & Nut was founded by Pippa Murray who has a fascinating story behind her brand. She won a competition to live rent-free in a shed in London, which allowed her to save the money she needed to start up her business. Leaving behind an unfulfilling job, Pippa was able to follow her dreams of running her own business and providing high-quality products to the nation. I was thrilled when I was sent her famous nut butter to try.

     Crunchy Maple Peanut Butter

    I was really excited to try the crunchy maple peanut butter, not only because it sounds insanely good, but also because my colleague absolutely raves about it. And she's right, it's fantastic! I added it to my daily smoothie and it blends really well, adding a very indulgent twist to my otherwise boring smoothie. Of course, I couldn't resist having it by the spoonful too as it tastes fantastic. It's fairly runny compared to other peanut butter products because it does not contain palm oil. I actually prefer it being runnier because it's easier to spread, and palm oil is bad not only for our health but also the environment, so it's really important that Pip & Nut avoid this ingredient. The Crunchy Maple Peanut butter contains maple syrup, roasted peanuts, coconut oil, and sea salt. Just four simple ingredients! 

    Honey Cinnamon Cashew Butter

    I am a new convert to cashew butter having only ever tried peanut butter up until very recently.  Pip & Nut's Honey Cinnamon Cashew Butter is delicious; it's lovely and smooth, and again is fairly runny which makes it perfect to go on toast or a bagel. The honey adds a subtle sweet taste while the warming cinnamon provides a spicy kick which isn't too strong. Again, it only contains whole ingredients, and no chemicals or e-numbers so you know that what you're consuming is good for you. This flavour pairs really nice with the natural flavour of apple, so slathering onto apple slices makes the perfect afternoon snack!

    Pip & Nut Healthy Peanut Butter Cashew Butter Product Review Sundried

    Verdict

    I love Pip's ethos and the values that she delivers. All the products contain very few ingredients, all of which are wholesome and natural. They believe that nuts should be embraced, along with the natural good fats that they provide. Peanut butter can get a bad wrap sometimes as it can be calorific, but in sensible quantities, it can be enjoyed as an indulgent yet healthy snack! I love the variety of interesting and unique flavours that Pip & Nut provide and I absolutely cannot fault these products! It's a 10!

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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!

    BodyMe Vegan Protein Sundried Review

    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