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New Food Finds | May 2020

Ad | Gifted samples Foodies, I am back with this month's New Food Finds feature. As regular readers might know this is a monthly r...

New Food Finds
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Foodies, I am back with this month's New Food Finds feature. As regular readers might know this is a monthly roundup where I share fabulous products from new/established brands, independent producers and artisan food specialists. Last month's foodie finds included brands like Human Food, Love Yourself, Lizi's and Creative Nature. Take a look at this months discoveries.

YaconViva Yacon Syrup


If you are looking for a natural alternative to sugar, you could give YaconViva's Yacon Syrup a try. Made from the roots of the Yacon plant, this is a versatile natural sweetener that is ideal for those on a gluten-free, paleo, low sugar, low carb or keto diet.

YaconViva Yacon Syrup


With low GI levels, this naturally prebiotic syrup has a slow sugar absorption and is also rich in natural Fructooligosaccharides (FOS), a fibre that passes through the body undigested, yet feeds the natural gut flora which is great for the immune system and helps one feel fuller for longer.

The syrup is great tasting - a lovely malty flavour and can be used with desserts, yoghurts, in smoothies, cereals and pancakes and also in baking as a substitute for sugar. My favourite use of the syrup has been adding it my breakfast porridge, makes it even more healthier.

YaconViva Cacao Nibs


Another product from YaconViva that we tried was the Organic Cacao Nibs. These are packed full of antioxidants, contain natural caffeine and have been sweetened with Yacon Syrup making them great topping for desserts or as a baking ingredient. Great for snacking as well.

YaconViva Cacao Nibs


YaconViva Cacao Nibs are priced at £9.99 for a 300g pack while the Yacon Syrup is priced at £9.99 for a 220g bottle and both can be ordered online from www.yaconviva.co.uk

Better Nature Better Bites


Better Nature are a brand known for their nutritious, high protein tempeh. Tempeh fermentation is a food process that originated in Indonesia nearly 300 years ago and involves a culturing and fermentation process where soybeans or other legumes are transformed into the very versatile and nutritious tempeh.

Better Nature recently expanded their product line with the launch of Better bites - pre-marinated, snack-able bites in three indulgent flavours inspired by China, Mexico and India.

The new range available in Saucy Stir Fry, Tantalising Taco and Moreish Masala makes tempeh available in more convenient and flavoursome options, with the same nutritional value as the original. Made from fermented lupin beans, each 175g pack contains 33g protein and 21g fibre and is very easy to cook. Because Better Bites are pre-marinated, they can be eaten hot or cold.

Better Nature Better Bites

Better Nature Better Bites

Better Nature Better Bites

Better Nature Better Bites


(Above: Better Bites used in Mint Fried Rice)

All the three flavours are lovely but I did prefer the Moreish Masala over the other two. It worked really well in my 'Paneer Do Pyaza' recipe where I replaced the Paneer (Indian Cottage Cheese) with Better Bites.

Better Bites can be purchased from the Better Nature website for £3.79 (individually) or as part of a bundle from £28.99. The brand is currently offering free, nationwide delivery on all orders over £20.

Visit their website - www.betternaturefoods.co for more details and some interesting recipes.

Purition Nutritional Shakes 


Purition is a UK brand that make nourishing and healthier alternatives to meal replacement products and protein shakes. Made with only real food ingredients in small batches, Purition's product range is low in sugar, high in fibre and protein, certified gluten free and contains healthy fats from seeds and nuts. And they have an impressive range of flavours too.

Purition Protein Powders


The original range (has whey protein) including flavours like:
  • Macadamia & Vanilla
  • Chocolate (Cocoa)
  • Coffee and Walnut
  • Strawberry
  • Coconut
  • Almond
  • Pistachio
  • Golden Milk
  • Chocolate Orange
  • Beetroot
  • Beetroot & Chocolate
  • Chai Latte

And a vegan range (dairy-free range) with flavours like:
  • Vanilla
  • Hemp Chocolate
  • Strawberry
  • Coffee & Walnut
  • Hemp Original
  • Blackcurrant
  • Golden Smoothie
  • Chocolate Orange
  • Beetroot
  • Beetroot & Chocolate
  • Chai Latte

A quick look at the ingredients list for each of the flavours and you can see that each one has a slightly different nutritional profile but the one thing that is common among them is that they are all natural with no fillers, thickeners or artificial flavourings/colours.

Purition Protein Powders

Purition Protein Powders


If you are new to Purition, a great way to start off would be to try their 'Discovery Box' like we did. The box allows you to choose any 6 flavours (six 40g packs for £12.96) and we feel this is an excellent way of trying them out and deciding which flavour works well for you. You can then order your preferred flavour in a large pack size.

Preparing the drinks is easy, just add some milk or plant-based alternative (if you are vegan) and blend well. The drinks taste great with all natural flavours. It has a somewhat coarse texture compared to other protein powders we have tried but that's not a deal breaker. I actually liked that I could feel and taste the nuts/seeds in some of the shakes. The drink is satiating and makes for a great breakfast shake or a post exercise drink.

You can read more about Purition at www.purition.co.uk

Sun on a Beach Hot Sauce


Spirit of Aloha 65 is a spirit drink infused with fresh pineapple, lemon, ginger, scotch-bonnet chillies and carefully selected herbs and spices and is perfect for making cocktails. It's great with tonic water. The brand, Aloha 65, recently launched a new product - Sun on a Beach Hot Sauce!

Sun on a Beach Hot Sauce


Made in small batches in the UK using the same fruit, chillis and herbs and spices which are used in Spirit of Aloha 65, the hot sauce is a highly versatile sauce that balances the sweetness of pineapple with the heat of scotch bonnet chilli and other herbs to create a winning taste experience. You can use it as dipping sauce, a marinade, a salad dressing, for BBQs or simply stir some into soups. It works great in all cases. Our favourite way to use it has been as a dipping sauce for baguettes, for adding a little bit of heat to wrap sandwiches and with pizzas.

Read more about Aloha at https://aloha65.com


Whole Earth Chocolate & Hazelnut Smooth Peanut Butter


Whole Earth, the popular peanut butter brand, recently launched a Chocolate and Hazelnut peanut butter spread. Made without any refined sugars and sweetened with dates, the limited edition spread contains 80% less sugar than the standard chocolate version making it a healthier alternative.

Whole Earth Chocolate & Hazelnut Smooth Peanut Butter


Packed with the goodness of peanut butter and with the delicious taste of chocolate and hazelnuts, this new spread works well as a topping for pancakes, can be added to smoothies or porridge or you can enjoy it with a cup of Greek yoghurt like I do. Tastes fab!

The Whole Earth Chocolate & Hazelnut Smooth Peanut Butter is priced at £4.00 (RRP) for a 340g bottle and is available from Tesco.

31 comments

  1. The purition powders look fab, I like that they have a vegan range and the range of different flavours sound good and they sound really healthy

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  2. The Better Bites look really versatile (and tasty)

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  3. The Spirit of Aloha sounds fab! love to try that!

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  4. ashleigh allan18 May 2020 at 14:50

    The saucy stir fry sounds great - always looking for new ideas!

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  5. The peanut butter looks good and a good choice

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  6. The syrup looks great, perfect for adding to yoghurts or cereals for an extra tasty flavour. Hard to choose as a lot look yummy!

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  7. I'm curious about the YaconViva Cacao Nibs, I'd like to try them.

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  8. I'd like to try the Purition Nutritional Shakes as it may help with weight loss.

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  9. would like to try the yacon syrup... for pancakes?

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  10. Purition shakes, I have these in the morning, not this brand but something similar! Its about time I try a new brand.

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  11. I'd like to try the Purition range as a work lunch replacement

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  12. The Better Nature bites sound ideal. Their new Eastern flavours sound delicious, especially the stir fry, and would give me ideas for making a range of new recipes for my family to enjoy.

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  13. The Whole Earth Chocolate & Hazelnut Peanut Butter, looks delicious and am a big fan of peanut butter as a great vegan alternative so whats not to like!

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  14. Better nature bites - healthy and delicious

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  15. The Whole Earth Chocolate & Hazelnut Smooth Peanut Butter looks delicious

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  16. Spirit of Aloha 65 I fancy trying this as a new flavour with a barbeque seems like it will have a nice kick

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  17. the spirit of aloha 65 sounds fantastic

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  18. Can't decide between the Puriton Shakes and Whole Earth Chocolate & Hazelnut Smooth Peanut Butter! They sound delicious!

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  19. I love the sound of the Whole Earth Chocolate & Hazelnut Peanut Butter!

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  20. Natalie Burgess21 May 2020 at 10:30

    The Aloha hot sauce looks amazing and perfect to add a kick to all food xx

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  21. Aloha - we love spicy sauces!

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  22. The yakon syrup looks so versatile!

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  23. I would love to try the better bites

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  24. The Better Bites look really tasty

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  25. the better nature bites sound interesting

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  26. The YaconViva Cacao Nibs sound delish!

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  27. I like the idea of the carob nibs. It would definitely the first one I would choose.

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  28. Better bites, right up my street, thanks

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  29. These products look really good, love to try them out!

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  30. Would love to try the Whole Earth Chocolate & Hazelnut Smooth Peanut Butte . . . looks divine! 🍫🥜😋

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