I have had offers to review some food products in the last few weeks and I wanted to tell you about some of products I liked and would use again. And lucky for you I have some products to give away for one lucky person to try as well.
Like everyone else, I am a lot more conscious of the type of food I am eating and giving my family these days. However, that said, I am still always on the lookout for healthier treats that we can all share and enjoy. It is about moderation, not abstinence. Well that is what my grandmother lived by and given she lived until she was 97, who am I to argue.
So, if you are looking for some ideas, here are some treat alternatives for you:
1. Smooze Fruit Ice
These are the best thing I have ever tasted in my life. Better than chocolate. Seriously.
And just to be upfront about this. No, no-one is paying me to say that.
They are little triangles of absolute coconut goodness. The perfect Summer staple.
And the best thing is they are just made of fruit and coconut. Simple.
No science degree required to read all the small print. Bliss
In fact they tasted so good, that I asked my sister in a law, who is a dietician, to check the ingredients for me. She gave them the nod of approval. Like anything, too much of a good thing can be bad so possibly eating the whole box in one sitting, while quite understandable, is not desirable.
The Smoozes come in four flavours - Mango and Coconut, Pink Guava and Coconut, Pineapple and Coconut and Simply Coconut. they are 100% natural and have no additives. That is music to every mother's ears.
Four of these precious items will make it into the Giveaway Pack (if my fingers can be pried away from them). You can find these products at all supermarkets, health food stores etc and the important thing to know is that when you go into the supermarket they come looking like this - in boxes of 10. You won't find them in the frozen section but near the jellies, ice cream cones and toppings. And I am just warning you Melbourne shoppers - YOU BETTER LEAVE SOME ON THE SHELVES FOR ME.
2. Eskal Products
I was given three Eskal products to try. Gluten free vanilla tea biscuits, Nut free Butter and 100% dairy and gluten free dark chocolate with mint.
I really like this brand and have tried some of their other gluten free products such as the Deli Crackers and their wafers. Eskal has a good range of gluten free products to choose from at the Supermarket. The products I have tried are tasty and are permanently on my shopping list so I was keen to try these new products.
The Free Nut Butter is surprisingly good. It is made with roasted Sunflower seeds and a great peanut butter replacement. Perfect for the morning's toast.
I tested the tea biscuits over a cup of tea with my sister. They are vanilla flavoured and quite tasty, unlike most of the cardboard tasting gluten free biscuits I have tried before. I tend to stay away from biscuits when I can but these are small and perfect to have with a cup tea or coffee or to hide in your cupboard when your gluten free guests come over. And that list is growing daily.
I was champing at the bit to try the chocolate. I am not a fan of dark chocolate (I know..I know...) but I gave it my taste test. This chocolate was really quite creamy and I loved the mint flavour. I saved some for a few friends who are dairy intolerant and they really like it too. While chocolate is one of those things I could eat all day I would buy this every now and then as a treat to share.
You can find more about all the other Eskal products at their website. They have been manufacturing food for a long time and I really am a fan of their gluten free range.
3. Well Naturally - No added sugar Milk Chocolate.
I was sent four different chocolate bars to trial. I know, the things I have to do just so I can let you know if it is good or not.
And as everyone knows you can never have too much of a good thing right? My friend actually lost 20k and ate one of this brands dark chocolate bars every day.
This brand has a lot of health products on the market which many of you would have seen and possibly tried before. I have tried their high protein mini bars as quick pick me ups after my 10k runs (oh ok then....just because I wanted a treat).
I am a little cautious about no added sugar products because of the sugar replacements used. However, in this case stevia is used as a natural sugar replacement. The stevia plant has a long history of use as a sweetener in South America. I actually use Stevia from time to time in baking so I am comfortable with that and know the benefits.
The choclate which comes in different flavours is truly delicious, especially the fruit and nut. You can find out more about the products here.
There are SIX chocolate bars going into the giveaway for one lucky reader.
4. WOW Sugar Free Confectionary
The WOW stands for wonderland of wellbeing. I was sent four packets of Sugar free sweets to try with family and friends. Chewy Fruits, Buttered Candy, Fruit Candy and Eucalyptus Drops. There are 9 different flavours in the whole range.
Chewy Fruits are my hands down favourites, maybe because I have tried these ones before, a lot if truth be told.
You can buy these from supermarkets and various pharmacies around Australia.
This company is Australian owned and the products are also made here. The sweets are 99% fat free, cholesteral free and they have no artifical flavours. They are really tasty and I think they are great if you are looking for something sweet evey now and then.
The only thing to be very mindful about is that you should never have too much of these sweets all in the one sitting. Simply because the sugar substitute used can cause a laxative effect (well unless you are looking for that particular outcome of course). Moderation is a good thing.
There are FOUR packets of confectionary to add to the Giveaway Pack for one lucky reader.
One lucky reader will win a food pack which contains:
- 4 packets of WOW sugar free confectionary
- 6 bars of Well Naturally No Added Sugar Milk Chocolate
- 3 full sized Eskal health products - dairy free, gluten free, nut free
- 4 Smooze Ice fruit packs
Total prize is valued at $40
Leave me a comment and tell me what you do to stay healthy (even if you have to tell me you put lettuce leaves on your vanilla slice, I understand unusual food combinations).
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Disclaimer: Please note that I received samples of the above products to trial and my scales indicate that yes, I did indeed eat them all. And NO I am not showing you the proof. The things I do for people of the Internet. No money exchanged hands unfortunately but chocolate, and now Smoozes, beat money hands down anyway. The comments expressed in this post are purely my own, clearly.