Food: Cure your snack cravings the healthy way
We don’t know about you, but WFH seems only to have increased our desire to snack our way through the day. A silver lining, though, is the number of genuinely good-for-you options now out there. Here are nine of our newest go-tos
ZENB Bites, from £3 per pouch, ZENB.co.uk
Made from sliced whole veggies - skin, stem, seeds: nothing goes to waste - ZENB Bites take their name from the Japanese word ‘zenbu’, meaning ‘wholeness’. Organic, vegan, free from gluten and all nasties, they’re packed with natural flavour, being first infused with herbs and then seasoned with spices. They come in five varieties, from savouries (the Red Pepper, Tomato and Chilli is a winner) to sweets (Pumpkin, Apple and Cacao Nib doubles brilliantly as a porridge topper).
Podberry Crunchy Pea Snacks, £1 per 20g bag, eatpodberry.co.uk
Made from freeze-dried, naturally seasoned Perthshire peas, these little bags of goodness are vegan, high in protein, low in fat, free from gluten and constitute one of your five-a-day. Plus, the flavours are delicious, spanning both traditional (Sea Salt & Balsamic Vinegar and Sweet Chilli, both excellent with a G&T) and inspired (the Ham Hock, which genuinely tastes of ham hock, is wizardry). Our top choice is the Parmesan & Truffle, though: if you can hold out till lunchtime, it adds great crunch and punch to salads.
Katie’s Food Co. Banana Crisps, £1.49 per 32g bag, amazon.co.uk
Don’t let the fact these crisps are made from banana slices fool you into thinking these are sweet treats. Inspired by their creator’s travels in Asia, where banana crisps have long been a thing, they are designed to be a genuine swap for potato chips and come in four savoury flavours: Salt & Vinegar, Mixed Herb, Himalayan Salt and Thai Sweet Chilli. Made from 100% natural ingredients and no nasties, they’re vegan, gluten free, one of your five-a-day and seriously moreish.
Fairfields Farm Lentil Bites, 85p per 20g bag, hollandandbarrett.com
Coming in two equally addictive flavours - Tomato & Herb and Jalapeno & Lime - Fairfields Farm Lentil Bites are a local hero product. As well as tasting great (once opened, we challenge you not to polish off the packet), they’re vegan, gluten free and, hand cooked on a family-run East Anglian farm, made from natural, locally sourced ingredients using renewable energy, via solar power and anaerobic digestion. And did we mention they’re less than 99 calories per pack?
Ten Acre Crisps, 89p per 40g bag, hollandandbarrett.com
Made on the same Essex farm where the potatoes are grown, Ten Acre Crisps are a take on the classic potato chip. Produced as sustainably as possible - the hand-cooking process is powered largely by solar energy, with the waste sunflower oil going to biofuel - they are gluten, dairy and MSG free, as well as being suitable for people looking for vegan, halal and kosher snacks. Plus they deliver both satisfying crunch and serious flavour, from well-done classics (The Secret of Mr Salt) to surprise combinations (The Day Sweet & Sour Became Friends).
Doughlicious Lite Bites, £1.99 per pouch, doughlicious.co.uk
Made in a West London factory powered by renewable energy, these organic, vegan, gluten-free, ready-to-eat cookie dough bites are a game changer. Both the texture and flavours - Apple Crumble, Chocolate Peanut Crunch, Coco Delight, Lemon Raspberry and Orange Chocolate - are singularly satisfying, making them ideal for scratching that mid-afternoon sweet-treat itch without loading your system with added sugars and synthetics.
The Protein Ball Co. Protein & Vitamin Balls, £1.99 for a bag of six bites, hollandandbarrett.com
Known for producing 100% natural snacks which, packed with protein and flavour, are perfect for giving dipping energy levels an instant boost, The Protein Ball Co. has unveiled three new categories: High Protein, Plant Protein and Breakfast-on-the-go, the latter of which includes two new vegan-friendly flavours, the equally scrumptious Coffee Oat Muffin and Blueberry Oat Muffin. The ultimate stamp of approval? Dame Kelly Holmes has just become the brand’s official ambassador.
Pip & Nut Gingerbread Almond Butter, £3.95 per jar, sainsburys.co.uk
If you’re a fan of nut butters, this newbie from Pip & Nut is an absolute must. A warming blend of roasted and naturally sweet Californian almonds, fiery ginger root, spicy cinnamon and caramelly dates,it’s just the job for cold-weather snacking, preferably slathered on a slice of sourdough toast. Porridge people also have to try it swirled through their morning oats; addictive in the best possible way. Buy a jar and you’re supporting Hackney Food Bank, too, with 25p donated for every single sale.
KIND Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Bar, £1.50, sainsburys.co.uk
Billed as “the nation’s favourite healthy snack bar” brand, KIND’s products are made solely from natural, nutrient-dense ingredients, chiefly fruits and nuts, and contain no artificial nasties. The brand is famed for flavour as well as quality: the newest addition to the range, Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate, conflates a pair of bestsellers, Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt and Caramel Almond & Sea Salt, in response to popular demand. In line with its KIND ethos, the company supports good causes, too: for every packet of Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt bars sold, a donation is currently being made to CALM, the Campaign Against Living Miserably.
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