Recently we have had a few guest posts, including a couple from our friend and colleague Alyson Shipp, who also got her Dad, Tony involved….
As a keen walker, cyclist, runner and general lover of ‘the great outdoors’ I am always looking for a variety of healthy snacks to help me refuel when on the move. The general criteria I look for being something tasty, nutritious, healthy, plus easy to chew & digest. I was therefore pleasantly surprised when handed three packs of Nakd Fruit & Nut Bits to sample.
Nakd is a new brand to me and one I have not come across in the usual outlets – supermarkets, health food stores and outdoor shops etc. Manufactured in Great Britain by Natural Balance Foods, a relatively young company producing a variety of wholefoods which include the Nakd brand snacks and Trek protein bars plus several flapjack products.
So let’s get down to the nitty-gritty. Is the product any good and would I buy it? Well more of that later. I was lucky enough to be handed three different varieties of Nakd Fruit & Nut Bits, namely Cocoa Orange, Berry delight and Cocoa Delight. The cellophane pack is quite attractive with plenty of information regarding the product and comes in a handy size at 130g weight. Information described on the front of the pack states ‘1 of 5 a day, no added Sugar, wheat, dairy & gluten free’ and ‘Simply Yummy’. Images on back of the pack suggest the bits can be nibbled, shared or sprinkled onto cereals.
On ripping open the first pack, Cocoa Orange, the pleasant aroma immediately wafted upwards, reminding me of the smells from the old Terry’s chocolate factory at York. The bits are quite chunky being about 20mm square and have a soft and chewy texture. The cocoa is very evident but not too overpowering and the orange flavour still comes through. Upon checking the ingredients list, which is surprisingly short, they are:
Rice flour and a hint of orange flavouring.
No glutamates or ‘E’ numbers to worry about then!
Next I tried the Cocoa Delight variety, containing a higher percent of dates and cocoa, but less of the cashew nuts. This was quite pleasant but maybe a little bland compared to the other two flavours.
Finally it was the turn of Berry Delight, this being my favourite of the three varieties. Whilst only having a 3% content of raspberries, the taste and natural sweetness of the fruit made this a very pleasant chew. I can well imagine a few of these chunks thrown into a bowl of morning porridge would make for a pleasant and healthy breakfast, with a different slant to the usual addition of golden syrup.
Overall I consider these Nakd Fruit & Nut Bits to be of very high quality, made with natural ingredients. The energy content makes them very suitable for a between meals boost when working hard or during extended periods of exercise. The cocoa content is very evident in the taste so if you are not a chocolate fan then perhaps you should look for an alternative. The manufacturers’ web page http://www.naturalbalancefoods.co.uk/ contains plenty of useful information about its products which also include several other types of energy / protein bars, flapjacks and packs of fruit etc. All the products are said to be available in the leading supermarkets and health food shops or can be ordered online in packs from the manufacturer. The Nakd Fruit & Nut Bits (also available as bars) are supplied at a cost of £18.95 for a box of 8 bags including postage. This makes the product a little pricey in my book @ £2.37 per bag, however if you can find them in the local supermarket I am sure they would be a little cheaper.
So there you have it, a ‘Simply Yummy’ addition to the many health products out there on the supermarket shelves, but one I will certainly be buying, for throwing into my rucksack for the weekend jaunt.