BUT I LOVE BREAD!!!!!!!!
*sob* *sniff* *sob*
Picking myself up from the soggy puddle of tears on the floor I decided that the only way forward was to find some healthy snacks that were wheat free and tasty enough to satisfy my bready cravings. Luckily I'd already bought the odd pack of Nākd Berry Delight bars and gobbled one down when I felt the urge to raid the little's snack stash. I checked the back of the packet and yes they were completely wheat free *tick*.
Then something rather miraculous happened. The nice chaps that make the Nākd range dropped me a note out of the blue asking if I'd like to trial some of their range. After I'd checked the kitchen for hidden cameras and made sure that Jeremy Beadle* wasn't hiding in the larder with a microphone I contained my excitement and wrote back with a cool 'sure, why not'.
A few days later this arrived...
The Nākd range is made by Natural Balance Foods, a young British company (hoorah!) that's devoted to making healthy snacks. The bars in the Nākd range are made using a wholefood approach with minimal processing and no added sugar, syrup or additives. This is quite different to a lot of other so-called healthy snack bars -
"It only takes 35 minutes to make a Nākd bar, from mixing all the yummy ingredients to popping it in the pack – compare that with a baked cereal bar which is so processed and ingredient-laden that it takes 3 hours 45 mins to make. That’s 6x longer! We think this just goes to show that making foods with a wholefood approach is much better – both for you and the planet." (Nākd website)Hmmmm...
Ok, so all this healthy eating stuff is important but let's be honest it has to taste good too, right? To be honest my taste expectations of healthy snack bars are pretty low - they often taste of cardboard and raisins - but in the most part I have been pleasantly surprised by the Nākd range...
|My tasting notes...|
Cocoa Orange - Just like a Terry's Chocolate OrangeTM ... but healthy! These should be available on prescription.
Caffe Mocha - really expected to like this one. The biscuit and flavour tasted kinda separate - a bit like eating a fruit biscuit and drinking a cafe mocha at the same time.
Strawberry Crunch - the crunch bars have quite a different texture from the others, with a satisfying snap that I thought came from rice but turns out comes from soya crunchies. You can really taste the strawberry in this one - lovely flavour.
Banana Bread - a bit artificial tasting even though it's natural flavouring.
Cocoa Delight - OMG!!!!!!! This is delicious! My joint favourite with Berry Delight. If eating one of these a day with a cup of coffee is healthy eating then I'm converted!
Rubarb and Custard bar - just like those hard boiled sweets from the penny jars. Yummy and only 128 kcals.
Banana Crunch - nice texture but I didn't like the banana flavour as much as the strawberry version.
Tangy Lime Raisins and Cola Raisins - both a bit weird and remind me of a taste from my childhood....cola cubes! (Couldn't eat the whole packet, bit too tangy)
Cherry Infused Raisins - a bit like chewing a Cherry Cola.
So overall the two winners in my taste test are.... *drumroll*
Ok, so I'm not keen on the raisins and not all the flavours of the bars do it for me but my two favourites are delicious and the fact is they are just squished fruit and nuts with natural flavourings. No added sugar. No nasties. And the bars count as one of your five-a-day. Yes really! What's not to love about that? I'll definitely be recommending my favourite flavours to my friends - wheat-free dieters or not.
*Jeremy Beadle hosted the UK equivalent to 'Candid Camera'.
Disclaimer: I was sent a box of Nakd products to review. I received no other compensation and all opinions are entirely my own.