With the focus on healthy eating, there has been scare-mongering within the health PR industry to steer clear of items that are termed ‘junk’. Whether that’s pizzas, burgers and chips or crisps, chocolate and sweets.
So the search to find healthy replacements for these foods has surged with focus on energy bars and protein balls. Yet one of the food groups that has always seemed to balance between the healthy and the unhealthy are nuts and seeds. This small yet powerful food group have been hailed as ‘superfoods’, ‘miracle-foods’ and everything else associated with ‘clean-eating’. That is if you have them in moderate amounts of course otherwise they become the epitome of bad eating, unhealthy eating and everything else associated with over-eating!
Whilst nuts have been around for eons, and come in all shapes and sizes – the popularity of these have grown as consumers add pumpkin seeds to porridge, nibble on brazil nuts as an afternoon snack or grind almonds to make almond butter. They can be sweet or savoury, pre-meals or post-meals, starters or desserts.
The variety these little foods offer are endless.
Rating: 7 out of 10
Appeals to: nut-lovers and those with a sweet tooth who want to (try) and be relatively healthy
These delights come packaged in little bags of equal looking delight. Wrapped in clear bags with tasteful ribbons, the consumer can see the nuts clearly which are attractive. The colours of the nuts add to the overall look and feel, one can see these presented as favours in weddings or gifted to loved ones for special occasions. I like the fact that these are small enough to pop into your bag as well rather than being in a box or dividing up a larger bag. The tasteful sticker details the ingredients, although perhaps the brand could be a little more prominent on this.
For 100g bag, ranges from £2-£3. These can be purchased from the website directly. Although the price is a steep for one bag, these are intended as gifts and can be bought in bulk for events. The price though for one bag can be deemed fair as the nuts do last over a few days/weeks and can be shared. It helps manage consumption that’s for sure!
These little bags of nuts are tasty! The three different flavours I tried were all spot on with my favourite being the Cin-Almond one. These were so more-ish, sweet without being too sweet, tasty without being overpowering. Whilst they were sweet flavoured nuts, at no point did I feel guilty for having one too many. The Nang Sweet Pea – Original were just incredible too, the ingredients just say sugar and salt but these seemed to have just the right balance of delicious-ness. There is definitely a certain je ne sais quoi as you can’t quite put your finger on the flavours but whilst popping these in your mouth, all you need to do is savour and enjoy them rather than trying to figure it out. Although I may not purchase these regularly, I do know where to go now for a tasty nut treat and to order some packets for special friends.
Verdict: in a word –more-ish. Whilst the price can initially cause you to pause to purchase, after tasting it you can see that it’s actually a fairly reasonable price. The whole look and feel is of something that is quite homely and very personal.
I would love to hear your thoughts if you have tried this product – feel free to leave comments below.
Guest Blogger: Mrs M.
As a person with a recently diagnosed sensitive digestive system, I’m now on a path to make sure I eat well whilst still enjoying myself. Having been fearful of food, I now love finding new products, going to new restaurants to try new twists on dishes and am constantly looking for quirky items to consume. I’m a huge supporter of simple food that is made tasty with the right combination of ingredients and more importantly enjoying your food and diet in a balanced way. That means I always have room for my favourite item – chocolate!