Another month has flown by and its that time once again. A Degustabox* round up, featuring all the products from the July box.
Handy snack bags of freeze dried fruit and yogurt pieces coming in at less than 50 kcals a bag. I'm not overly enamoured with the name, it reminds me of childhood packed lunches. The packaging also reminds me of slimming snacks. But, real proper fruit and yogurt in portable form? I was willing to give it a try.
I got two flavours: fig with cherry yogurt and strawberry with raspberry yogurt. The yogurt itself tastes artificially sweet and the fruit isn't too dissimilar to other dried fruit snacks out there. I'd say you'd be better off getting some Greek yogurt and adding your own fresh fruit for more flavour.
Collagen Vitamin C Drink
I'm not entirely sure where to start, without being too negative. I'm not a fan of food companies claiming their items to be an alternative to just plain eating well. Nothing is a superfood if you have a bad diet. I'd rather have fresh fruit and vegetables and get my vitamins from there. The claim of collagen in this 'drink' does sound promising if you want fancy smooth skin (depending on how much you have to drink).
But its also worth checking the ingredients. In this pouch of super sweet fruit juice are tiny pieces of collagen made from fish skin. Of course, anything jelly like contains some form of gelatine, or in this case, collagen. I don't know what I expected, but to me it wasn't obvious that a fruit drink would contain an animal product.
If you're a little sensitive, I wouldn't recommend you Google how you get collagen from animals.
Taking the Pea
On a lighter note, I love love loved these. Crunchy coated peas in a range of flavours including: smoked ham, sweet chilli salsa, wacky wasabi and cheesy peasy & onion. At 145 kcals per pack, I'd say these are a good alternative for a bag of crisps, giving you a naturally higher amount of protein and fibre.
Tasty Little Numbers
These meals claim to be low calorie, gluten free meals. Their smaller portions helping you to enjoy your favourite meals but at a more reasonable amount. I can't remember the last time I had a ready meal, and I'm afraid I'm going to be stubborn and give these a miss too.
I'll take them into work and see if anyone wants to give them a try. Apparently due to how they're made and packed, they don't need to be refrigerated even though they contain meat?
Newtons Appl Fizzics
Another favourite! A blend of apple juice and sparkling water, this is just like grown up Appletizer and has 40% less sugar than regular apple juice.
Greeta's Premium Mango Chutney
Greeta has won a Great Taste award for this signature chutney. I like to add to chicken wraps for a little more oomph, or even to mix with oil and coat potatoes for extra flavour. A great fridge staple!
I love Weetabix so enjoyed these after having a few early starts in the week. Perhaps sweeter than I'd have for breakfast usually, but handy for breakfasts in a rush.
Say Yes to No
Possibly the most underwhelming packaging out of the lot. But, definitely my favourite of them all. Maybe its mind trickery. You don't expect much, but these are packed full of flavour and have a great crunch. I got sour cream and onion and would have loved to dunk them in some freshly made guacamole. I'm definitely going to be buying more of these.
I've yet to pluck up the courage to open this bottle. It'll either go two ways: I'll love it and have a strawberry headache the next morning, or as expected, I'll hate it. I think Pinot Grigio will disown me if I succumb. Wine snob, perhaps, but I'm not sure I can #BringOnTheBrini.
I really enjoyed trying some different products this month. If you want to try your own Degustabox, use my discount code for £3 off (valid till the end of October) Find out more here.