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Snack Attack: Wellaby’s review

The snack market is huge and every expanding, but often snacks can be laded in calories, saturated fat and less than nutritious. I am always on the look out for new, nutritious snacks that I can eat and recommend to others. 

Wellaby’s Simple Bakes are gluten, dairy and nut free. This of course does not make them any healthier in my eyes, but it does mean they could be a worthwhile addition to the free-from snack market. Many snacks in the free-from aisle have one food group removed and replaced with fat/sugar in order to help boost the taste. 

These baked snacks are less than 100kcals per serving – however this is for a 24g serving and they come in a 120g packet. So I doubt that many people would stick to this serving size.  As well as being low in calories per portion they are low in saturated fat and sugars.

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They are marketed as being a wholegrain snack. Looking at the nutrition label they contain 4.2 g fibre per 100g, equivalent to a medium apple, this comes from the wholegrain rice flour and oats. A high fibre food is 6g/100g so I would put these as a mid-range fibre food.

I found these snacks really tasty. I sometimes find the flavouring in snack foods can be overpowering or too artificial tasting, but these were a good balance. I also enjoyed the crunch. 

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It would be great to see these in smaller, portion controlled packets, I particularly like the fibre content and the fact they are gluten, dairy and nut free.

Disclaimer: All views are my own, I was sent these 3 packets to review.

Cocoa-nut Naked Balls

You know those weeks when you’ve been burning the candle at both ends, you are feeling pretty exhausted and craving something chocolately? That’s me right now so today I created these healthy, delicious balls full of raw ingredients, goodness yet with that chocolate taste too. Inspired by the Nakd bar range, I decided it couldn’t be that hard to make my own version – turns out it isn’t!

These are gluten free (if you use gluten free oats), wheat free and easy to make if you have a food processor. I ued the nuts/seeds grinder on my Kenwood Chef. Drove my kids nuts with the noise – slighly payback for the times they drive me nuts with their noise 😉 Top tip, soak the prunes first and it will make life easier. I didn’t and had to do a lot of scraping them back down the grinder pot.

Dietitian UK: Cocoa-nut naked balls

Cocoa-nut Naked Balls
Yields 5
Raw balls of goodness with a chocolate kick. These are based on Nakd bars or Lara bars. Easy to make though a little messy!
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
137 calories
26 g
0 g
4 g
4 g
0 g
42 g
2 g
3 g
0 g
3 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
42g
Yields
5
Amount Per Serving
Calories 137
Calories from Fat 30
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g
5%
Saturated Fat 0g
2%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 2mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 26g
9%
Dietary Fiber 2g
9%
Sugars 3g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A
5%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
3%
Iron
8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 75 g prunes
  2. 50g oats
  3. 25g almonds
  4. 25g raisins
  5. 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  6. 2 tbsp warm water
Instructions
  1. Soak the prunes in the warm water for 15-30 minutes depending on how much time you have.
  2. Drain the water but reserve it.
  3. Add the nuts to a food processor or nut/seed grinder and grind. Then add the oats and grind. Add the rest of the ingredients and grind. You may need to add a little of the reserved liquid to help it along but not too much as you don't want it sloppy.
  4. Now roll into balls and place onto greaseproof paper on a plate or baking tray.
  5. Place in the fridge for a couple of hours to firm up.
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Review: Healthy Snack Foods

Due to my lifestyle  (busy mum, running 2 businesses as a dietitian and a Pilates teacher) I tend to eat a good breakfast and dinner with my children. Lunchtime is quite variable. Sometimes I’m teaching classes, sometimes I am with clients and sometimes I am eating with the children. Either way it is busy so I tend to have a small lunch and snack mid morning and mid afternoon to top myself up. So healthy snacks are essential for me.

I was recently sent some snack foods for the launch of our new Pilates, nutrition and Wellness studio…. which meant I got to try them all, yay!

Lizi’s Granola:

I tend to eat porridge for breakfast or make my own version of a muesli. Oats are my mainstay. So I was quite excited to try out this granola. I was sent the Low Sugar Granola to review. 

This provides 3.8g sugar per 100g so is classed as low sugar. Looking at the ingredients there is some sugar added in the way of fructose and black treacle, but these are the last ingredients on the list, each making up only 1.6% of the product. 

The granola contains oats, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, cashews, almonds, hazelnuts and walnuts plus coconut. It’s low in Glycamic Load which means when you eat a portion of this it will help maintain your blood sugar levels within a normal range rather than leading to a large rise in blood sugars. So eating this granola should help keep your energy levels up and keep you satiated.

So we know it is a healthy granola but is it tasty? YES. I still like my porridge or oats for breakfast but this has become a big hit in my family as a topping on yoghurt. I find it a great post-pilates snack in the evening after classes and my children are having some after tea on their yoghurt too.

 Dietitian UK: Lizi's Low Sugar Granola Review

 Munchy Seeds:

A very versatile snack. I was really surprised by how many people liked these at our launch. Sometimes seeds can be seen as too fiddly to eat, not that tasty and in my husbands words “rabbit food”. However these seeds seemed to be a hit with our clients.

I like them as a snack, grabbing a handful as I’m on the way to a class. I find them a little salty for my palette…. 

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Emily’s  Fruit Crisps:

I’ve been a fan of these for a while so it was fabulous to introduce others to these amazing fruit crisps. They are rather addictive and were the first thing on our table to go.

Perfect to keep in your bag as a snack or mix with nuts/seeds to make your own Grazing snack box.

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California Prunes:

Dried fruit is always a go to snack for me. I tend to keep it in large Kilner jars on a shelf in my kitchen so it’s easy to access and on view. If healthy snacks are visible you are more likely to eat those and not grab a biscuit 😉

Prunes can help you absorb iron, due to their content of Vitamin C. So if you are worried about your iron or are pregnant these could be a great thing to eat. They also contain soluble fibre which can help stabilise blod sugar levels and help keep you fuller for longer. Prunes are also well know for their effect on helping to keep the bowels regular, this is due to the insoluble fibre they contain, which passes into the large intestine where it feeds the “good” bacteria.

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These prunes are sweet and juicy. A word of caution would be to make sure you watch your portion control! 

Disclaimer: All these products were sent to me for free, I was not paid financially for this post. All views are my own.