A funny thing happens when you start to exercise regularly. You also start to eat better.
I guess your body doesn’t want to go through all that hard work to see it go to waste, so it craves healthier stuff. But, let’s face it. Healthy often tastes like crap, which is why it’s so difficult to eat as well as weshould. Cos, who wants to give up a salted caramel brownie for an insipid salad, right?
That’s why I was thrilled to be invited at The Bloggers Tea Party last Monday. I got to hang out and chat with my fellow bloggers and discover lots of natural and healthy snacks that taste as good as they make you feel. Now, which one to choose?
1. Bio-Tiful Diary
Since moving to London I’ve become obsessed with smoothies, so I’m thrilled to have found a healthy option. The new Kefir smoothie flavours, Morello Cherry and Blossom Honey & Mint, are enriched with gut-friendly bacteria, vitamins and minerals that boost health, digestion, and the immune system. And, they taste delicious, too. That’s the most important thing, really, or we wouldn’t drink them, would we? Available at Ocado.
They make healthy snacks inspired by West Africa, such as hand toasted peanuts, smoked almonds, and hand cooked plantain (my fave). There’s also a chilli version if you like your snacks spicy. They also offer subscription plans, which you should totally check out. Chika has partnered with SOS Child, so every time someone subscribes, a child in need is able to attend school. That’s the key to a better future, as we all know. Available at Chika’s.
3. Drink Me
Inspired by the original Chai from India, this range of chai lattes is made with real ground spices, black tea, sugar, and milk, and is 99% free of caffeine. I tasted the Spiced flavour and fell in love. It smells strongly of cinnamon, tastes sweet, and is totally addictive. Available at Amazon.
4. Jack’s Boost
Air dried apple crisps and a nutty, beige-coloured spread look so unappetizing, don’t they? Turns out, they taste amazing. It’s all in the butter, really. The Super Boost Spread (£5.29) is made with 10 types of seeds and nuts, including cashews, almonds, Brazil nuts, pecan, flaxseeds, and chia seeds, all rich in mineral and nutrients that boost health. Oh, every time a jar is sold, Jack’s Boost provides a free breakfast to a child in need in the UK. Available at Tastes Deli.
5. Just Bee: Honey Water
If you love fruity flavoured waters as much as I do, you have to try Just Bee. Their spring water is enriched with fresh fruit juices and a single drop of honey to give it that natural sweetness. It’s available in 3 flavours: Blueberry, Lemon & Green Tea, and Apple & Ginger. Plus, 10% of all profits go to Friends of the Honey Bee, a charity set up by the British Beekeepers Association. Available at Real Foods.
6. Mead Ho!
I don’t drink alcohol, but my friends who do assured me this stuff tastes as good as it smells. And, it smells like honey. That’s because it contains just enough of it to give this light beer a sweet touch. If you’re looking for something a bit different and healthier, it’s worth checking out. Ask for it at your local bar.
7. Modo Drinks
These are flavoured matcha teas. Lemon & Matcha Green Tea is very refreshing, while Pineapple & Matcha Green Tea is sweeter. But, they both give you a boost of energy. They’re also 100% natural. The separation you see in the bottle is totally natural, and the reason why you need to shake the bottle like a bartender before drinking it. Cool, isn’t it? Available at Selfridges, Oxford Street.
8. Pic’s Peanut Butter
I have a confession to make. Before last Monday, I had NEVER tasted peanut butter. It’s not that easy to find in Italy. We don’t care about peanut butter, really. We have Nutella, and that’s enough for us. Now, I had my first taste, though, I’m craving more. This one is available in crunchy and smooth, and with or without salt. They’re all without sugar, though, and still taste sweet and nutty. I can’t believe it took me so long to discover it!
This is a cool company that turns surplus fruits – you know those fruits that are too big, too small, too ugly, or simply too abundant to be sold in supermarkets – into healthy snacks. There are three flavours available: Apple & Raspberry (my fave), Apple & Mango, and Apple, Blueberry, & Banana.
10. The Cocoa Den
Ok, this is the least healthy option, but also the most delicious. Chocolatier Kate Burton is a true artists that shapes and moulds chocolate into all kinds of shapes and sculptures. And they all taste delicious. She also makes traditional hand rolled truffles and artisan chocolates that would make the perfect present for a special someone. Who’s gonna buy me some? 😉
Although these snacks and drinks all taste delicious, they all suffer from the same problem all tasty natural stuff does: each packet, jar, and bottle contains so little product. I guess it’s just not sustainable for small businesses to do otherwise. All the more reason why we should help them grow, right?