As part of my #letskissgoodbyetoMS campaign this May , I have given up the luxury of all chocolatey goods. Side note: I can’t believe that I’ve already reached 85% of my fundraising goal! ❤ ~ https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/GEORGETTA-EVANS
As I’m also starting my fitness journey to be a gym bunny (haha I can’t believe I just called myself that… #dontjudgeme) and am trying to eat healthier! So, I recently purchased three different types of healthy snacks to see whether any tickle my fancy and have the best health benefits possible from a little snack bar.
My reviews work like this, I mark the Flavour, Appearance and Texture a score out of 10 and talk about each one. Let’s get started! (I am not ordering them in terms of best on but the chronological order).
#1 ~ Trek Cocoa Oat Protein Flapjack
F: 9 out of 10
A: 8 out of 10
T: 10 out of 10
Maybe I loved this because I was starving having just done a workout but I am happy to say I do recommend this bar, not only is it healthy, but it does have 9g of protein which gives an extra boost to anyone who is exercising regularly or need an extra boost with what they eat. The texture was soft but not sticky like a squares bar (which I know is made with marshmallow but I hate it when stuff sticks to my teeth) and the layer of cocoa dark chocolate is not thick and only covers one side. It isn’t too sweet either as the flavour of the dark chocolate balances with the sugar but also compliments the wholesome oats to satisfy your need for a snack. I could eat more, but I think one a day is perfect as I think two could be overkill. So, pretty happy to buy this one again!
Other flavours: banana bread, cocoa coconut, morning berry.
Price: in local supermarkets average £0.90 per bar, so bulk buying on amazon or other online retailers is usually a little cheaper.
#2 ~ The Primal Pantry Hazelnut & Cocoa Raw Paleo Bar
F: 4 out of 10
A: 6.5 out of 10
T: 6 out of 10
As I am also testing out being paleo, this is one of the key paleo bars in the UK market that has good reviews! The flavour is not very strong and sweet without a strong taste of hazelnut or cocoa so unfortunately, I found it rather bland. It is a little chewy and, this sounds weird, but satisfying to eat but I wish there were bolder flavours coming through. The appearance of the bar isn’t exactly inspiring but it wasn’t sticky or melting as I ate it. All in all, it is a good find, and I have higher hope for the protein bar flavours (listed below) as they excite my tastebuds a little more! It also is a great snack to have pre- or post-workout. Paleo bars are definitely worth a try if you’re wanting to swap your snacks, especially regarding the sugar content, as I find the “healthy” snacks provided by nature valley, alpen etc. have lots of artificial sugar. These bars may still contain sugar but it is natural and better for your body! 😀
Other flavours: Coconut & Macadamia, Brazil Nut & Cherry. Apple & Pecan
Also, protein bar flavours: Cocoa Brownie, Mixed Berries, Cocoa Orange
Price: in local supermarkets and Holland & Barrett they average £0.89 per bar, in Tesco a pack of 4 is £2.99 so bulk buying is definitely a better option and there are available on amazon and other online retailers
#3 ~ Deliciously Ella Cocoa and Almond Energy Ball
F: 6 out of 10
A: 5 out of 10
T: 7 out of 10
I heard of this lovely lady through my mum at the beginning of the year as she also does recipes for meals and healthier options that we can cook at home! One of the dishes, which I have made since is the apple crumble. This isn’t the normal dessert you expect, in fact, it’s a breakfast option that you can make at the beginning of the week and just devour for breakfast with any yoghurt or milk of your choice! Recipe here!
Anyway, back to the protein ball… The appearance wasn’t anything spectacular or something that I wanted to gobble up upon sight of it, nevertheless, don’t just a book by its cover. The texture is quite chewy and somewhat moist because it is made with dates and roasted nut butter (as well as other ingredients) to bind it. The flavour isn’t as inspiring or as yummy to the taste buds as I’d hoped as I can be quite picky about wanting a dominant flavour. It is a great snack for those who don’t like sweet and sugary things as it is definitely a perfect size to satisfy your snacking needs and hunger!
Other flavours available include almond and blueberry protein ball, hazelnut and raisin energy ball, coconut and oat energy ball.
Price: £1.79 at Waitrose or Holland & Barrett. [which is pretty pricey in my opinion but if it tickles your taste buds, then it could definitely be a top snack for you]
Ella herself has uploaded a video on youtube on how to make these at home:
Any recommendations of other healthy snacks, energy bars or other healthy foods are most welcome as I love tasting the food and blogging about it is double the fun!
It’s definitely more affordable to make the energy balls at home, as well as various other healthy snacks. If you fancy sate-ing your sweet tooth, using honey or other natural sweet ingredients are better than milk chocolate or sugar! Alternatively, as my godmother has suggested, throw together some nuts, dried fruit and dark chocolate and you’re good to go! Hehe!