Tasty Tuesdays: 10 Foodie Products You Need to Buy This WeekBy Alicia Grimshaw
Shopping basket looking a bit sad? We’re here to help with some amazing food products. We’ve rounded up 10 foodie products you need to buy this week. Get slinging them into your trolley, pronto:
What: Carmen Ngan is the founder of Honey & Date, a vegan cake company that specialises in making healthy treats taste delicious. All of their cakes are raw, gluten, dairy, and refined cane sugar-free. They use superfoods like acai, maca, baobab, lucuma and spirulina, with the cakes sweetened by raw honey and natural fruit juices.
The Lowdown: The flavours draws on inspiration from Japanese and South East Asian influence, where you find flavours like pandan, coconut, yuzu and matcha. There’s 5 cakes in the range including blueberry infused with maqui and acai berry, raspberry with lucuma, Tiramsu, pandan and yuzu blended with spirulina and maca on a coconut and date base. Eating cake is a right and not a privilege.
Where: Order online
What: Lemonaid and ChariTea have come together to form a project that pioneers a new take on social drinking; the range of seven soft drinks and ice teas not only taste good, as a social enterprise, they also do good.
The Lowdown: Lemonaid produce sustainable soft drinks and ChariTea make equally ecological iced tea – the ingredients are organic, vegan and are sourced from small-scale farming cooperatives in Sri Lanka, Paraguay, Mexico and South Africa. Lemonaid’s lightly sparkling organic soft drinks are made from the very best fresh juices and are sweetened with cane sugar, and Charitea’s organic iced teas are made from freshly brewed loose leaf tea and sweetened with agave syrup or honey.
Where: Whole Foods, Selfridges, Harrods, Planet Organic and As Nature Intended
What: Husband and wife duo are the team behind new snack brand, Top Herd. The 100% natural, gluten free jerky and skinny salami has been developed at home in their kitchen, creating some delicious flavours made from beef, pork and turkey.
The Lowdown: All of their meat is simply air-dried, preserving it naturally and contains no nitrites, preservatives or additives. The range includes chilli and lime turkey, honey mustard pork, smokey BBQ beef and tangy tomato beef. Since launching in January they’ve become a hit in the gym community and people who dig high protein on the go snacks.
Where: Order online
What: Buddha Water is a sophisticated premium soft drink with a secret ingredient. This lightly sparkling water, benefits from a refreshing burst of pure, Scandinavian birch sap. Available in a variety of natural flavours, it is the only range of sparkling water drinks of its kind. Crisp and clean, the sap has a slightly sweet taste with a gentle ‘woody’ aroma.
The Lowdown: The flavours include hibiscus with its delicate florally overtones, or the incredibly zesty lemon and lime. Prefer the taste of the tropics? Then opt for mango. Discover a fruity hit of black cherries in the cherry, or the explosion of wholesome cranberries in the cranberry. For those that prefer pure and simple, there’s original – with its unexpected appley zing.
Where: Order online
What: Vita Coco has combined two of its favourite things: coconut water and chocolate, to bring a brand new flavour – Vita Coco Chocolate. Simply made with fresh coconut water, a dash of creamy coconut milk and finished with a generous pinch of cocoa powder – this is every chocoholics dream.
The Lowdown: The drink is filled with natural goodness, is a great source of potassium, and is dairy and gluten-free. The new chocolate variant joins Vita Coco’s seven strong range and is available now in 1 litre cartons, with the 330ml size to follow in May – just in time for Easter. If you’re nuts about Vita Coco and/or love chocolate, then this drink is for you.
What: CO YO is the UK’s leading coconut milk yoghurt brand. Produced in a dedicated dairy-free factory in Kent, CO YO specialise in not only creating yogurts, but also the best damn coconut ice cream out there. Adding to their line, they’ve just created a dairy-free salted caramel coconut yoghurt treat, which will satisfy your sweet tooth and provide all the nutty loving.
The Lowdown: CO YO’s new yoghurt offers a lovely strong caramel taste, which has been created using an all-natural ingredient sauce made from coconut sugar and coconut milk. The sauce is then blended with Himalayan salt crystals (packed with minerals) and stirred into creamy natural CO YO to give you a delightful treat that packs a punch in taste.
What: Cocofina has one aim: to serve healthy and yummy coconut goodies to the world. The Cocofina brand represents healthy, honest and quality snacks. Cocofina products are made from the right coconuts with no hidden ingredients, additives or preservatives, and they’ve recently released their line of organic coconut chips.
The Lowdown: Packed with healthy fats, high in fibre, and only containing natural sugars, the all new coconut and pineapple and coconut and mango chips are a snacking sensation. There is nothing but toasted coconut and tropical fruit in each packet. UK Soil Association approved and vegan and vegetarian friendly, you can enjoy these organic treats straight from the pack, on the move or at home.
Where: Order online
What: Primrose Matheson is the lady at the forefront of Primrose’s Kitchen. After struggling with various types of illnesses, Primrose decided to create natural and wholesome food that is both easy to assemble and healthy. The team at Primrose’s Kitchen has been busy developing a delicious, new, naturopathic product that is now available in stores.
The Lowdown: The raw vegetable hemp and banana granola offers a high protein breakfast with 17g of protein per 100g serving. The hemp and banana granola also contains Barleygrass which is alkalising in the body. The raw vegetable courgette and cacao granola is nutrient-rich with lucuma fruit and includes turmeric which works as a natural anti-inflammatory. All flavours are made using sprouted buckwheat and are sweetened only with whole fruit date or banana.
Where: Planet Organic and Wholefoods
What: Qnola is a London based start up specialising in nutritionally enhanced breakfast goods. Most famous for developing the first quinoa-based granola in 2014, Qnola was designed as a solution to the lack of genuinely healthy cereals on the market. Qnola is the first quinoa granola and is lower in sugar than any other granola on the market – containing only natural sugars.
The Lowdown: Quinoa is rich in essential nutrients and antioxidants and helps reduce inflammation – a common side effect of oats and other cereals and grains. They combine the Quinoa with other nutritious ingredients including coconut oil, nuts, seeds, coconut flakes and pure superfood powders. Qnola is high in protein, healthy fats and antioxidants, and is designed to be eaten just like any other cereal or granola.
Where: Order online
What: Back in 2011, Kate and Jane were on a mission to develop a delicious bean-to-bar superfood chocolate. They scoured the most remote corners of the planet to find the healthiest and tastiest raw ingredients, finally discovering in the fertile lands of Peru the rare and intoxicating pure Criollo bean.
The Lowdown: At iQ they retain 100 percent of the goodness of the bean. That means no roasting, no baking and no scorching. The range includes; orange and wild raspberry, zingy lime, peppermint, cacao-nib crunch and original. They’ve specially designed a chocolate bar for yogis, made with only raw beans and sweetened with coconut blossom.
Where: Whole Foods, Planet Organic and Harvey Nichols