Bite into a chunk of Seed & Bean chocolate and enjoy the sweet intensity that follows.
At least that’s what hits you with the Extra Dark Chocolate Mandarin & Ginger bar. I can’t speak for some of the other flavours, Rich Milk Tangerine, Extra Dark and Rich Milk Sicilian Hazelnut & Almond (yet).
However, I’m sure it’s bound to be as exotic and fulfilling as my Mandarin & Ginger experience.
The cute thing is these organic and fairtrade Seed & Bean bars now come in small bar sizes of 32g each.
And, if you believe small is beautiful, then you’ll love knowing that Seed & Bean also ‘grow’ their wrappers, making them from eucalyptus trees in Cumbria, so they are compostable and biodegradable.
In fact Seed & Bean are the UK’s only 100% Accredited Chocolate Company.
When you’ve had your dinner an hour ago, but you’re still hungry.
You really shouldn’t… The chocolate is calling. It’s a choice between that, some yucky leftovers in the fridge or bloating out on a bowl of unnecessary cereal.
Another choice would be to grab a bar or bowl of Eat Natural’s healthy ingredients (they do both healthy cereals and cereal bars).
Taking an ‘allow nothing dodgy’ approach to life, Eat Natural’s latest high fibre creations mix carbs and crunchiness with nuts, seeds and possibly fruit to give you a truly satisfying snack experience.
You gotta love Eat Natural for what they do. Take their Almonds and Apricot cereal for example: lots of sweetness, crunchy toasted oats and a little shredded coconut and honey.
Or sample Brazils and Sultanas with its added pumpkins seeds. There’s even a crunchy fruit-free Nuts and Seeds version featuring a range of almonds, hazelnuts, linseed and sunflower seeds.
The simple rule is, when you’ve gotta snack, give yourself a healthier choice.
Plamil, makers of dairy free chocolate, have an exciting new product!
(And I’m not talking about their new sugar free strawberry and banana flavour chocolates!)
They’ve only gone and brought out these gorgeous packs of vegan hot chocolate – and they’ve done it in style…
Add 6-8 teaspoons of chocolate flakes to some simmering soya milk and you have a luxurious non milk cup of cocoa.
Plamil’s dairy free hot chocolate flakes are exceptional, and not just because of their decadent taste. They’re at least 70% organic cocoa so they taste rich and smooth, but they can also come sweetened with xylitol, which means no added sugar.
I was surprised to see Plamil selling a drink at all, until I realised what it was…
Plamil are a free-from company who specialise in vegan chocolate.
And the drink, organic Horchata, fits the bill (almost) entirely. It’s a dairy-free milk alternative which has been popular for centuries in Spain, plus it’s lauded for its health benefits as it is rich in vitamins and minerals.
Made from tigernuts (a vegetable, no nuts included) the drink has a sweet creamy taste and looks like a glass of golden Jersey milk.
The bottle seems expensive for its size until you realise you can dilute it to make five times as much. But the main thing is it’s delicious and those looking for a gluten free, possibly soya-free and rice free, alternative to milk may well find they hit the jackpot with this.
Horchata already has a bit of a following, so they know what they’re doing these Plamil guys. All that remains is for you to try it out yourself.
Earlier this week I was writing about Trek’s new protein flapjacks.
What I didn’t realise is that the same guys who make these are the ones behind the Nakd brand! (For some reason I thought Trek were American -sorry!)
Nakd bars are enormously popular among the health conscious, with their varied range of flavours such as mocha, ginger bread and apple pie, they have a soft, chewy texture that will fill you up till your next meal.
Using only raw ingredients made from a mixture of fruit and various nuts, Nakd bars also have no added sugar or syrup, and the bars are vegan, dairy free and gluten free.
But it doesn’t stop there, Nakd also make fruit flavour infused raisins. There’s lime, pineapple, orange, lemon, cherry and erm, cola!
And believe me, they’re tasty enough to make even the toughest raisin-phobe change their mind.