Eat Natural photos by lots of devoted snack bar fans

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It seems folk can’t get enough of the Eat Natural bars.

There’s lots of fan photos out there.

It’s not so surprising considering all those natural ingredients they insist on using.

And with flavours like Vanilla, Plum & Peanut or Almond, Apricot & Yoghurt it’s a wonder they’re not even more well known.

Thankfully, there’s loads of flavours available from GoodnessDirect, and most likely lots more photos of empty wrappers.

 

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Apple and Pear Jam made without any sugar or sweetener of any sort

I have to admit I’m amazed.

I simply didn’t realise you could make a jam out of fruit without adding any kind of sugar at all.

Pear and Apple Spread
Biona make an apple butter with no sugar

Apparently it’s fairly easy to do with apples and they call the result ‘apple butter’, which is an apple puree so thick it can be spread just like jam, but of course, with far fewer calories.

Biona have a version which is a combination of apples and pears to make a rich and tangy Organic Apple and Pear Spread.

No added sugar or sweetner, no pectin or coagulator of any kind – just good spreadable fruit. Who knew? But, it turns out people have been making apple butter for centuries.

The world’s first 100% Raw Smoothie

Nosh Smoothie
Optimum health in a bottle

This may well be the year of functional foods.

Last week I wrote about a multivitamin drink supplement and now here’s a Raw Smoothie.

The fact is, most other smoothies and juices are heat-treated… which destroys the live enzymes found in fresh fruit. But, because raw fruit has all those vitamins, nutrients and minerals the Smoothie makers, Nosh, wanted to keep the whole process as pure as possible.

Maximum nutrition is the key word – in a bottle. There’s at least 6 wholefood ingredients in every bottle (and nothing else) and they’re loaded with Vitamin C.

Nosh comes in 4  flavours, all uniquely designed to help you through the day:

If you want to win that next cupcake competition… try a Goober

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Bring a new exciting twist to your fruity snacks

If you want to win that next cupcake competition.

Or just want to impress the kids.

Try adding a few cola flavoured Goobers to your baking recipe.

Goobers are in fact deliciously juicy and healthy. Raisins have long been valued as the most convenient and versatile of snack fruits.

A Goober is simply a humble raisin steeped in natural fruit flavours – bringing a whole new dimension to your cooking.

Or, of course, you could happily serve them up as your chldren’s favourite lunch box treats. Or sprinkle the tasty nuggets on their breakfast cereal.

Goobers come in a variety of fruity and more exotic flavours. Try blackcurrant or cherry, lemon or lime, orange, pineapple or strawberry.

But, if you really want to win that competition, then bubblegum or cola flavour should do the trick.

Rude Health just brought out even ruder snacks

I don’t know why Rude Health is as popular as it is…

Perhaps because their cereals and now their oat biscuits and vegetable bars are happy to be just what they are – what you see is what you get: good ingredients, nothing artificial, just bog standard, tasty British food.

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Healthy snacks from Rude Health

Take their new Oaty biscuits for example. Made entirely with oats from Scottish farms, extra virgin olive oil and a dash of sea salt, they’ll take you to snack heaven. Perfect with a bit of stinky cheese…

(The oat biscuits can come with rye or spelt too if you like a bit more roughage.)

The new unique vegetable, fruit, seed and nut snack bars could give you a rude awakening too. The beetroot or pumpkin based bars will provide a new convenient way to get your fruit and veg.

They’re made with fruit and vegetables in a fudgy bar with seeds & nuts thrown in for good measure. And if that isn’t enough they are high in fibre, wheat-free and made using a dairy-free recipe with no refined sugar.

Just the kind of thing to keep in your pocket for a ramble through the countryside.

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Surely you can’t get more healthy than this?

My secret love of health shops

I love health shops.  

The first thing I noticed as a child would be the smell upon entering…

Either an earthy air of wholesomeness or an atmosphere rich with the aroma of exotic dainties.

There was always something new and a little different to try in there.

Nowadays, there are so many new exotic foods to try you’d need a whole warehouse to stock them, which is where GoodnessDirect.co.uk comes in! While we’d encourage you to shop local, we actually stock a lot of healthfood shops and it’s still generally cheaper  to order online than pop out in the car.

GoodnessDirect is still replete with new exotic foods. For example, has anyone heard of Inca Berries?

Inca Berries
A supersweet superfood

Inca berries

Another fruit to add to the supefood list, The Inca Berry is sweet to the point of being tart and can be eaten dried or baked into biscuits cakes (or combined with cheese if you’re the adventurous sort). They are, of course, full of antioxidants, high in fiber (more than prunes) and a great source of vitamin B12 – to the point that Inca Berry lovers often report increased energy and mental sharpness.

Inca Berries are just one of many dried fruits packed for retail by Eat Goodness, the Goodness range also includes nuts and exotic flour.

Just the sort of thing you’d expect to find in a good health food shop.

Raw bars just got better

Nakd Rhubarb & Custard

Last week I wrote about some new Scottish fruit and oat bars, known to be healthy for their unprocessed ingredients.

nakd are a Welsh company who have been doing it for ages…

The main difference being nakd’s raw ingredients tend to be a mixture of fruit and various nuts.

RAW WARS?

If there’s any sense of a ‘raw war’ between the two nations then the Welsh have just upped the ante with a new Rhubarb & Custard flavour.

I don’t know about you, but the flavour appeals simply because of my schooldays spent saving up pennies to buy my favourite sweets from the corner shop, especially the hallowed Rhubarb & Custard flavour!

But there’s not one bit of added sugar or syrup here, simply 100% natural ingredients. The bars are vegan, dairy free and gluten free with a soft, chewy texture that will fill you up till your next meal and most likely count towards your 5 a day too.

nakd make lots more flavours too, such as mocha, ginger bread and apple pie, but, if you’re not convinced by my nostalgic excitement over childhood flavours, read this feedback and weep…

“Hi, I’m another person who normally never bothers to write to companies, but I felt compelled to this time. The new Nakd bars are just fantastic. How did you manage to come up with something that tastes even better than chocolate?!!! I’m as far away as you can get from a health food junkie, but given the choice of pretty much any other biscuit, cake or sweet I’d choose one of the new bars every time. The flavours are brilliant. I expected to like one or two but, having tried the sampler pack, I’m happy to say that I love all of them. Thank you!”