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    Currently Tasting #4

    You know when you just love food and can’t stop trying new things? Yes that’s me, though I haven’t actually posted one of these since Currently Tasting #4 in January. I just got a new set of drawers – you should see my snack drawer!

    BearClaws-BlackcurrantRaw

    Natural Fruity Treats

    These blackcurrant bars, they taste exactly like Ribena. Not kidding. They’ve got that tangy, strong taste that Ribena blackcurrent has and I LOVED them. Couldn’t get enough. Where did I get them? Aldi. I’ve been super impressed with Aldi the last few times I’ve been actually because they have quite a few random healthy treats in stock now. It’s always nice to find something new to try.

    I’m also loving Bear Claws too. Yes they’re for kids but does that matter really? I don’t think so. If anything it makes me feel better because hey, they should be healthy right? It’s just a quick little snack for mid-afternoon when my eyes start closing at my desk. Had to do a little searching as I knew Lauren had posted about these kind of snacks… She was the person who had me first have a look last year!

    LentilPasta-EdamameSpaghetti

    Alternative Pastas

    Ever tried lentil or edamame pasta? Or anything other kind of pasta that isn’t normal pasta? It’s a little strange to be honest, but that’s not a bad thing. The lentil pasta is my favourite. The taste wasn’t really weird or out there, but it wasn’t quite like regular pasta obviously. It definitely felt healthier! The good thing about these kinds of pastas is that they generally have a lot more protein in them compared to normal pasta – useful as a vegetarian when sometimes you just want pasta with a bit of Philadelphia and a few vegetables in there!

    Gousto Box Meals

    I’ve heard about Gousto many times before, but if I’m honest the prices always put me off. Why spend money on food that would cost much less to go buy yourself? Chloe tweeted about getting a free box to try out and that was it, I was in the Gousto club. There was a voucher code and then I did have to pay £5.99 to get the order to go through, but thanks to the blogger incentive running, it was refunded into my paypal account within the hour. I’m not going to lie, I was a little scared about that but I figured for 5.99 it’d still be worth it!

    I chose the Veggie Lentil Pie and Mushroom Dahl and damn, they were tasty! The ingredients all arrived in a big box, with a cooler bag for the items that needed storing in a fridge. They had a date of 4 or 5 days I think and they lasted well – I cooked the pie on the second day and the dahl on the fourth. The recipes were easy to follow and it was definitely simple having all ingredients at hand with the right measurements. If you’re not a brave chef, these would be great to start you off cooking tasty meals. The lentil pie was definitely our favourite, and I’ll be using that recipe card again for sure!

    GoustoLentilPie

    GoustoMushroomDahl

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    Currently Tasting #3

    Oh well, it’s been a while since I did one of these right?! I haven’t been trying all that much lately, but I definitely need to change this. Mostly need to look at new high calorie (but healthy!) snacks to try out. I have tried a few things though, and these are my thoughts…

    Currently Tasting #3 | Juicy Fuel Cola

    Juicy Fuel Cola Drinks*

    In 2016 I attempted to give up fizzy drinks, and I did well for the first couple of months… The latter end of 2016 was abysmal, and whilst I got myself onto pepsi max for the most part instead of any full sugar drinks, I was still drinking too many. For 2017 I am trying again. (And I’ve been doing okay! Last night I went to a pub and had a glass of water and a glass of juice!) Fizzy drinks are not good, and they don’t even taste that great to me any more.

    Then I was contacted by Juice Shed about their Juicy Fuel Cola and discovered the healthier fizzy drink options. Each can is one of your 5 a day, how amazing is that? The 100% natural craft cola has been made with real fruit and doesn’t have any added sugar or sweeteners. (It does of course still have natural occurring sugars from the fruit though!) The ingredients literally consist of carbonated water, fruit juices, and natural flavouring, with the cherry flavour also including natural colouring too.

    Yeah so if you’re a coca cola addict, then obviously these do not taste the same – but I think they’re a good replacement. Honestly I would definitely buy these again! The cherry one is very fruity, whilst the plain cola one kind of reminds me of cola flavoured laces/sweets.

    Currently Tasting #3 | Freedom Mallows

    Freedom Mallows

    I was never a huge fan of marshmallows before becoming vegetarian, though I did enjoy the occasional flump… However these were sent to me by the lovely Lauren and I did actually try them a few weeks ago but they didn’t really fit into any blog posts. Until now!

    As they say on the website, Freedom Mallows are not only vegetarian, but they are vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy free, fat-free, GMO free and nut-free. I mean that’s pretty amazing right? And the great thing is, they taste just like regular marshmallows if not better. (Because I didn’t find them as sweet/sickly as the usual ones were!)

    Currently Tasting #3 | Nutty Snacks

    Whitworths Toffee & Pecan Shots and Nature Valley Peanut Protein Bar

    Another thing I don’t particularly like (or so I thought) is sultanas/raisins. They’ve just never appealed to me. When I first bought this shot snack I saw toffee and nuts and figured yep, that sounds fab. Then I discovered it had sultanas and dates. Well I do actually like dates (so surely I must like sultanas?!) so I gave it a go and haven’t looked back. These are the perfect mid-morning snack when you feel like you’re flagging at work. The toffee makes it chewy and sweet, whilst the nuts and fruit fill you up. 100% would recommend. This is actually my second box of them… There are quite a few different kinds too, though the fully fruity ones don’t appeal to me to be honest.

    This Nature Valley bar is also a great mid-morning snack, and very filling. If you don’t like peanuts, then I would avoid because this is very peanutty. Obviously. I wasn’t so sure at my first bite but it got nicer as I ate it. The chocolate definitely helps… Each bar has 10g of protein anyway so it’s a winner for me on that front.

    Have you tried anything new lately?

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    *Items included have been sent for review, but as always all opinions are my own.

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    Currently Tasting #2

    I’ve tried quite a few new things since I wrote my last Currrently Tasting – not all good haha! I have to admit, this one isn’t really a very healthy one overall, but hey new foods! There’s a bit of a mixture here, but they do mostly all relate to healthy eating… Or getting protein in. If you have any suggestions of things I should try, please let me know! I need to broaden my diet.

    Tofu & Protein Cookies

    Cauldron Tofu & Protein cookies

    Tofu: not completely sold on it. I fried this with some veg and noddles in a teriyaki sauce, and maybe I cooked it too much (probably) but I didn’t really like the texture. The taste too was weird – like, really woody/soil like. It doesn’t make sense, but I can’t think of how else to describe it!

    Protein cookies: Another disappointment. I got the White Choc Macadamia and Choc Caramel Chunk from The Protein Works and I just expected a little more. They actually tasted really powdery and sort of like sweet. The dark chocolate one definitely tasted of chocolate, but I couldn’t get past the powdery taste. I had a couple of bites of each one and that was enough! I feel like I should add that the proportions in the photo are not correct… The cookies really weren’t that huge compared to the tofu box – it’s just two photos badly placed together.

    Weight Watchers Dessert

    Weight watchers desserts*

    I was sent a couple of vouchers for these, and I was actually really looking forward to trying them. I’m not a massive ice cream fan to be honest, but my mum and auntie are and I knew they’d love to help me try these! Weight Watchers desserts boast a low calorie and low fat recipe, which makes these feel a little healthier. The sundaes are worth 3 pro points on weight watchers, and the swirl pots 2. For me, to have something that’s a little healthier but still a treat makes these worth a buy even if you’re not following the diet.

    Toffee & Honeycomb Sundaes

    I had a bite of this one, but my mum and auntie both had the full sundaes. I thought it was really creamy, and the toffee sauce and honeycomb pieces added a nice chewiness – I really liked the small honeycomb bits! My mum said that you wouldn’t think it was low fat and a healthier ice cream dessert. Her only downside was that there wasn’t enough! (Not sure it’d be as weight watchers friendly with more haha!)

    Chocolate Honeycomb Swirl

    Really chocolatey and creamy! For me this was the perfect portion. It definitely felt moreish, but I was also satisfied afterwards. The chocolate swirl in the middle of the ice cream was really rich, and it also had those chewy honeycomb pieces mixed in. I really liked the honeycomb…

    Toffee Fudge Swirl

    Ooh now this one had a really strong flavour! The toffee was rich and creamy, and definitely felt like an indulgence. For me a few spoonfuls was plenty, but if you’ve got a sweet tooth for ice cream treats you’ll love this one. I’m more of a savoury or fruity person to be honest with my desserts!

    Weight Watchers Dessert Trio

    Pringles

    Limited edition Pringles

    Okay so yeah, these are an unhealthy snack. No denying that! But I couldn’t resist when I saw the flavours, and just had to try them. The Spicy Chilli Samba ones have a real kick to them! My lips were tingling! They’re full of flavour though, and not the kind of spice that gets rid of all other tastes and senses. I feel like these really need a salsa or guac dip to go with them – I couldn’t just eat half a pack like I can with the BBQ flavour. The Brazilian Salsa ones though… Now brace yourselves here! They taste like dominos pizza. Not even kidding. Even my brother was amazed. Kind of sweet, definitely tomato-y with a little bit of a twang in there. Heaven in a tube. Definitely recommend these flavours – they’d go really well together mixed in a bowl.

    So that’s what I’m currently tasting… Have you tried anything new lately?

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    Currently Tasting #1

    I really enjoy doing my Currently Loving posts, and after receiving a few new foods lately (and finding some myself!) I figured it would be interesting to start a ‘Currently Tasting’ series, where I post my first impressions on foods I’m trying. I’m always on the hunt for new snacks and it gives me a good excuse, right? Will include proper food too – not always junk food. (Junk food that is slightly healthier though ;) ha!) I just bought myself some marinated tofu pieces… Never tried tofu before so that’ll be interesting! Will update in the next few weeks on that one.

    HIPPEAS CHICKPEA CRISPS

    Currently Tasting #1 | HIPPEAS | lifeofkitty.co.uk
    First up – Hippeas*. Made from organic chickpeas, these crisps are vegan, gluten free and a good source of fibre and protein. I didn’t really know what to expect with these, but I was definitely pleased after my first bite! I received four flavours: sweet’n’smokin, in herbs we trust, pepper power and far out fajita. They’re pretty much just massive wotsits, but obviously healthier. They are pretty crunchy though, and don’t melt in your mouth so much. You wouldn’t know they were made from chickpeas. I wouldn’t feel guilty snacking on these every day!

    Thoughts on the Hippeas flavours

    When you open the packets, the smell of the Hippeas is really strong. My favourites were the sweet’n’smokin ones. Can’t beat a bit of BBQ flavouring, right? The far out fajita almost hurt my eyes when I opened it. I was worried because the chilli was so damn strong, but when tasting it was actually quite mellow. Definitely had that bit of spice, but not spicy enough to burn your taste buds and rid of any chance of tasting anything else for the rest of the day. Pepper power packed a little peppery punch. They were also a little salty. Possibly a little too peppery for me to eat the full bag at once, but would be great for sharing snack bowls. I would say the same for the in herbs we trust flavour too. They had a really herby smell, and a savoury taste – it was nice, yet a little strange. I know crisps are generally savoury, but I would say the flavours range from sweet to savoury in the order I’ve mentioned them. The good thing is that whilst the smells are really strong, the actual tastes are not overpowering at all.

    I found that the Hippeas were pretty filling as a snack, and it’s likely due to the fact that these flavours all have 2.8g or 2.9g of protein in them, which for crisps is really good! They also have minimal sugars and minimal fat so you know, definitely a guilt free snack! I will definitely pick more up.

    LOVINGEARTH RAW ORGANIC CHOCOLATE

    Currently Tasting #1 | lovingearth raw chocolate | lifeofkitty.co.uk

    Currently Tasting #1 | lovingearth raw chocolate | lifeofkitty.co.uk
    Lovingearth raw organic chocolate* – they’re vegan, cane sugar free, GMO free, gluten free, soy free and dairy free. What more could you ask for eh?

    These chocolate bars are completely raw – uncooked and unprocessed – meaning all the natural goodness in the cacao beans stays intact. If you could ever have healthy chocolate, raw is the way to go. I’ve never really tried any raw chocolate, and I have to admit that I’m not a huge fan of dark chocolate. I can eat it, and will occasionally choose it but then Dairy Milk… Anyway, the fact that these are vegan really appeal to me because I am trying to cut down on my dairy.

    Thoughts on the Lovingearth chocolate flavours

    First impressions? So creamy, oh so creamy. It’s hard to believe that these don’t have any milk in them. The texture is exactly like regular chocolate, though I would say a lot smoother and more melt-in-the-mouth than other big brands of milk chocolate.

    Okay, I have to admit that I really did not like the Creamy flavour. It’s described as coconut mylk chocolate with 47% cacao. I’m not a fan of coconut, at all. This bar was definitely the creamiest, and I mean I only didn’t like it because the main flavour was coconut. Mandarin and Gubinge was edible for me, but this one is still made from coconut mylk (and 46% cacao) so that taste was still quite strong. The mandarin did power through though, and I think you’d love it if you enjoy chocolate orange. My favourite was definitely Raspberry. This one is cashew mylk chocolate with 44% cacao, so obviously didn’t have the coconut taste. The raspberry wasn’t overpowering, yet still strong enough to give the raw chocolate that sweeter bite.

    As a raw chocolate with no dairy in the ingredients, I was super impressed with the overall flavour of the chocolate and just how melty and smooth it was. There are quite a few different flavours on the website, so I’d definitely be interested in trying more. For me personally, the ones with coconut mylk are not the ones to go for, but if you do like coconut you’ll love these!

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